Behind the Hymn: Now Rest Beneath Night’s Shadows

Now Rest Beneath Night’s Shadows was written by Paul Gerhardt. Gerhardt was born in Gräfenheinichen, Saxony, Germany in 1607. He studied theology and wrote many hymns. He endured much suffering and lived through The Thirty Years War. Four of his five children died young and his wife endured a prolonged illness. Like many other German hymns, Gerhardt’s songs are very […]

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Couples in the Bible: Aquila and Priscilla

 Aquila and Priscilla are always mentioned together. They are mentioned six times throughout scripture. “There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome. Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as […]

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Couples in the Bible: Joseph and Mary

Mary is a young woman when the angel Gabriel appears to her to tell her that she had been chosen to give birth to the Messiah—” for you have found favor with God. “  {Luke 1:30}  She replied  “Behold, I am the servant[f] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” {Luke 1:38} and later went to visit her […]

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Behind the Hymn: My Song is Love Unknown

My Song is Love Unknown is a hymn by Samuel Crossman. Crossman was a Puritan minister who opposed the Act of Uniformity 1662 and was exiled from the Church of England. He wrote the poem “My Song Is Love Unknown” in 1664. It was not published until he rejoined the Church of England and published in The Young Man’s Meditation […]

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Behind the Hymn: The Day Thou Gavest

The Day Thou Gavest was written by John Ellerton. The hymn was first published in 1870. Ellerton was born in London, England in 1826. He was ordained to the Church of England in 1851 and served six different churches throughout his career. He also helped to compile several hymn books. He died in England in 1893. Ellerton wrote and translated […]

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Couples in the Bible: King Xerxes and Esther

Esther, also known as Hadassah, is being raised by her cousin and guardian, Mordecai. The king banishes his queen and his men sought out “beautiful young virgins”. {Esther 2} Esther arrived at the king’s palace and underwent the beauty regiment required. When her time came she went into King Ahasuerus and “the king loved Esther more than all the women, […]

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Behind the Hymn: Now I Belong to Jesus

Now I Belong to Jesus was written by Norman J. Clayton. Clayton composed the tune Ellsworth in 1942 and a year later wrote the lyrics to this hymn to go with it.  The hymn is sometimes referred to by it’s first line “Jesus, my Lord will love me forever”. Clayton was born on January 22, 1903 in Brooklyn, New York. […]

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Couples in the Bible: Hosea and Gomer

Hosea was a prophet of the Lord who told him to marry Gomer “a wife of whoredom”.  {Hosea 1:2} The name Hosea means salvation or he saves. The Lord told Hosea his wife would be unfaithful but their marriage would serve as a correlation to God’s relationship with an “adulterous” Israel. After the couple had children, Gomer was unfaithful. The […]

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Behind the Hymn: More About Jesus

More About Jesus was written by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt and John R. Sweney provided the music. More about Jesus was one of the first collaborations of Hewitt and Sweney. The song was first published in 1887 in the hymnal Glad Hallelujahs. During a visit to the Onondaga Reservation, Hewitt was adopted into the tribe. She stated “this relationship has led […]

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Names of God: Jehovah El Elyon

Jehovah El Elyon means Lord Most High.           Your arrows have pierced me,    and your hand has come down on me.  Psalm 38:2           But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. Genesis 14:22

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Couples in the Bible: David and Bathsheba

The story of David and Bathsheba is the best known among King David and his wives. Bathsheba is the daughter of Eliam. {2 Samuel 11:3} When David first sees Bathsheba bathing on the rooftop, she is married to Uriah the Hittite. Uriah is serving in the army.  {2 Samuel 11} David desired her and sent for her and she later […]

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Book Review: Nature of a Lady by Roseanna White

In Nature of a Lady, Libby Sinclair retreats for the summer to the Isles of Sicily. While there she stumbles upon the secrets of the former tenant, Elizabeth. Libby and Elizabeth’s brother, Oliver, team up to find the missing woman. The two bond as secrets are exposed. Once again, Roseanna White has written an amazing book with well rounded characters […]

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