Hymn Story: Now We Thank We All Our God

At the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War, the walled city of Eilenburg, Saxony struggled with overcrowding, deadly pestilence, and famine.  This area is part of Germany today. Lutheran minister Martin Rinkart, and his family, opened their home to refuges. By 1637, Rinkart was the only surviving pastor, conducting as many as fifty funeral a day throughout a severe plague. […]

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Patriotic song: This Land Is Your Land

I thought we’d look at a popular Patriotic song, This Land is Your Land. The American folk song was written in 1940 by Woody Guthrie.  During this time he hitchhiked from Los Angeles to New York City and continuously heard God Bless America played on the radio and jukeboxes.  He is said to have written the song in a “flophouse […]

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Hymn Story: Christ is made the sure foundation

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation was a Latin hymn written sometime in the late 6th or 7th Century under the title Urbs beata Jerusalem. The original hymn was sung as an unaccompanied plainsong melody. In 1851, John Mason Neale translated the hymn from Latin into English.  Many modern versions of the texts vary greatly from his original translations. The […]

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Hymn Story: I Vow to Thee My Country

“I Vow to Thee, My Country” is a British patriotic hymn.  Sir Cecil Spring Rice wrote the poem “The City of God” or “The Two Fatherlands” in either 1908 or 1912. The poem described how a Christian owes his loyalties to both his homeland and the heavenly kingdom. In 1908, he was posted at the British Embassy in Stockholm. In […]

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Hymn Story: The Lords My Shepherd

The Lord’s My Shepherd is a hymn based on Psalm 23. It first appeared in the Scots Metrical Psalter in 1650 and is usually attributed to the English Puritan Francis Rous. The tune Crimond is generally credited to Jessie Seymour Irvine, daughter of a parish minister of the Church of Scotland during Queen Victoria’s reign. The hymn was a favorite […]

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Hymn Story: The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is Ended

This hymn was recently sung at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Rev. John Ellerton wrote the hymn in 1870 to be included in A Liturgy for Missionary Meetings.  Two different translations of the text are included in German official hymnals. The theme focusses on the worldwide fellowship of the church. It goes on to offer a continual prayer and […]

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The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers

Kathryn Walsh arrives in 1875 Calvada, a tiny mining town after being banished from her step father. She soon reopens her uncle’s newspaper and keeps finding herself in trouble. Matthias Beck, the local saloon and hotel owner, takes an interest in the outspoken lady. At first they are at odds until they keep finding themselves on the same side. Francine […]

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Names of God: Jehovah-‘Uzam

Jehovah-‘Uzam means the Lord is our strength in trouble I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;    they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine.Then all mankind will know    that I, the Lord, am your Savior,    your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”     Isaiah 49:26

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