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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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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Hymn Story: Revelation Song

Revelation Song is adapted from Revelation 5. The song was written by Jennie Lee Riddle. It was first released on May 5, 2009 on the album Fearless by Phillips, Craig and Dean. Band member Randy Phillips explained why the trio recorded the song: “This song captures the moment of looking up into Heaven, peeling back the curtain of eternity so […]

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Hymn Story: Earth and All Stars

Earth and All Stars was written by Herbert Brokering. He was born in 1926 and a Lutheran pastor, teacher, author of over 40 books, poet and hymn writer. He died in 2009. The tune to Earth and All Stars is the same tune used for Brokering’s other well-known hymns, “Alleluia! Christ Is Risen.”                         The tune was composed by David […]

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Book Review: A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse

After being kidnapped Emma Grace McMurray finds herself looking over her shoulder and turns up as a Harvey Girl. Businessman Ray Watkins is instantly captivated with Emma Grace. Adventure and mystery pull the two closer together as they set out to unravel it. Kimberley Woodhouse tells a masterful story which will resonate with readers. The story takes place in the […]

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