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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Hymn Story: Comes As You Are

Come As You Are is a hymn written by Deirdre Brown. Brown is an Australian sister, composer, teacher and liturgist who wrote the hymn in a folk style. The hymn was released in 1986 by Spectrum Publications. The song has been published in several hymn books but now seems to be out of print. Australian Carmelite friar Paul Gurr OCarm […]

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Hymn Story: Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden is a contemporary Christian song performed by Crowder. The official music video was released in June 2017. The song is on the album American Prodigal. David Wallace Crowder performs as Crowder and has a solo career since 2012. He was the lead vocalist of the David Crowder Band from 1996 until it dissolved in 2012.

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Hymn Story: My Faith Looks up to Thee

My Faith Looks up to Thee was written by Ray Palmer. He was born in Rhode Island in 1808 and is often considered to be one of America’s best nineteenth-century hymn. He was a popular preacher and author, writing original poetry and translating hymns. He wrote the hymn shortly after completing college while he was teaching in 1830. He said […]

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Hymn Story: What wondrous love is this?   

What wondrous love is this? Was published in 1811 and considered a Christian folk hymn. It was very popular during the Second Great Awakening. It was first published in the camp meeting songbook A General Selection of the Newest and Most Admired Hymns and Spiritual Songs Now in Use in Virginia. Most sources attribute the tune to “The Ballad of […]

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Hymn Story: Salvation Unto Us Has Come

Salvation Unto Us Has Come was written by Paulus Speratus.                  He was born in 1484 in Swabia, part of Medieval Germany. He often styled himself as “a Rutilis” or “von Rötlen” leading to the belief he may have been born of nobility.             By 1518, he served as a preacher in Bavaria. He was one of the first […]

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Hymn Story: The Day of Resurrection  

The Day of Resurrection was originally written in Greek. St. John Damascene, known also as John of Damascus, was born somewhere around AD 655 and died around AD 745. Some historians believe he may have lived to over 100 but we do not know for sure. According to tradition, he was a monk at the St. Sabbas Monastery. He is […]

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Hymn Story: Lamb of God

Lamb of God was written and made popular by Twila Paris. The song is copyrighted 1985 by Straightway music. Twila Paris is a contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, author and pianist. She has released twenty-two albums and had thirty-three #1 singles on Christian radio since she began her ministry in 1980. She released her first album in 1965 as a […]

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Hymn Story: Lord Take My Hand and Lead Me

Lord Take My Hand and Lead Me was written by Julie Katharina von Hausmann. She was born in 1826 in Riga {now in Latvia}. Her father was a teacher and after he went blind, she cared for him until his death. She then went to live with her sisters in Ger­ma­ny, Southern France and St. Petersburg, Russia.  Julie never married […]

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Hymn Story: Christ the Life of All the Living

Christ the Life of all the Living was written by Ernst C. Homburg. Homburg was born in 1605 in Germany. He often wrote love and drinking songs before a family illness led to his conversion to Christianity. His poetry then turned more serious and he wrote hymns which expressed his faith and helped to strengthen his own walk with the […]

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