Hymn Story: He Will Hold Me Fast

He will Hold Me Fast was written by Ada Ruth Habershon best known for the song “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”. She was born in 1861 in Marylebone, England. She first began writing hymns in 1899 in German. In 1901, she wrote in English. In 1905, Ruben A. Torrey and Charles Alexander asked Habershon to write hymns for their evangelistic […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Yasha

Jehovah Yasha means the Lord my Savior 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.”

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Hymn Story: Come to Me, Come to Me    

Come to Me, Come to Me was written by Elisha Hoffman. Hoffman was of German descent and learned about music from his parents. During his family’s daily worship time, music was an important part of the service. During this time he developed a love for sacred music and a belief that music was “as natural a function of the soul […]

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Hymn Story: Come As Ye Are Ye Who Are Troubled     

Come As Ye Are Ye Who Are Troubled was written by Haldor Lillenas. Lillenas was born in Stord Island, Norway in November 1885. He immigrated to the United States where he studied music. He pastored churches in Califronia and Indiana. He married Ber­tha Mae Wil­son, a song­writ­er like him­self, and they became elders in the Church of the Nazarene. He […]

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Guest Post: Unseeing Faith by Stacy Simmons

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” -Hebrews 11:1 How many of us have faced some form of a personal “mountain” to climb? Was it something we could physically see, or did it loom ahead of us like an early morning fog? When writing my first novel, A Promise for […]

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Hymn Story: Shall I Come Just As I Am

Shall I Come Just As I Am is a hymn written by Elisha A. Hoffman. Hoffman was born in 1839 and ordained into the ministry in 1868. He served numerous churches and wrote over 2,000 hymns. Some of his best known hymns are “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, “Are You Washed in the Blood?” and “I Must Tell Jesus”. He […]

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Book Review: Romancing the South by Yvonne Lehman

Romancing the South contains two wonderful books by Yvonne Lehman.  After Yvonne’s passing, her daughter, Lori Marett, and Eva Marie Everson labored to update these two stories while maintaining the heart of the story and the Southern Charm. In Somewhere a Rainbow Brooke faces the challenge of rebuilding her life by renting a cottage on Hilton Head Island. There she […]

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Patriotic song: America

America is a song written and recorded by Neil Diamond. The song is a positive interpretation “of the history of immigration to the United States”. The song was a hit single in the United States in 1981. Diamond sang it at the centennial re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty and it was used with the promotion of the 1996 Olympics. […]

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