Hymn Story: Children of the heavenly Father

Children of the heavenly Father was written by Caroline W. Sandell Berg. She was born in 1832 Sweden and known as Lina Sandell, the “Fanny Crosby of Sweden.” “Lina”. She wrote hymns partly to cope with the fact that she witnessed her pastor father’s tragic death by drowning. She is said to have been very close to her father and […]

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Names of God: Elohim Tsebaoth

Tseboath is another form of Tzevot or Sabaoth. The Hebrew root for tsaba is “a gathering of people”. Elohim Tsebaoth means the Lord of the Armies.  Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.     Psalm 80:7

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Come down, O Love divine

Come down, O Love divine was written by Bianco da Siena an Italian poet and wool worker who was born at Anciolina, in the Val d’Arno around 1350. In 1367 he entered the Order of Jesuates, consisting of unordained men who followed the rule of St. Augustine. Little is known of Bianco beyond the fact that he is said to […]

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Book Review: Raising Spirit Led Kids: Guiding Kids to Walk Naturally in the Supernatural by Seth Dahl

In Raising Spirit-Led Kids: Guiding Kids to Walk Naturally in the Supernatural the author shares stories and real life experience on how to guide children to walk naturally in the supernatural. At first I wasn’t sure what to think but the book is easy to read and relate to and very enjoyable. The author provides Biblical guidance and prayer prompts […]

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Hymn Story: Blessed Jesus at thy Word

Blessed Jesus, at Thy word was written by Tobias Clausnitzer.  He was born in 1619 Saxony. In 1644 he was appointed chaplain to a Swedish regiment. He preached the sermon at the accession of Christina as Queen of Sweden and the service for the conclusion of Peace at Westphalia in early 1649. In 1649, he was appointed first pastor at […]

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Hymn Story: As We Gather at Your Table

As We Gather at Your Table is a communion song. The hymn was written by Carl P. Daw. Daw was born in 1944 to a Baptist Minister. He became an Episcopal Priest and served congregations in Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He began writing hymns and served as editor for several hymnals. “He is Curator of Hymnological Collections and Adjunct Professor […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Herod Tries Jesus

Herod Antipas ordered for John the Baptist to be beheaded. However, Jesus avoids him until he is arrested and brought up on charges. Jesus is first taken before Pontius Pilate.  “When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.”  {Luke 23:7} Herod Antipas is over Galilee which […]

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