Patriotic Song: Over There

Over There was written by George M. Cohan in 1917, during the height of World War I.  The song became an instant hit. The song reflected Americans’ expectations that the war would be short.  It was a patriotic song designed to galvanize American young men to enlist in the army and fight the “Hun”. The song is best remembered for […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Rophe

Jehovah Rophe means the Lord who heals you Surely he took up our pain    and bore our suffering,yet we considered him punished by God,    stricken by him, and afflicted.  Isaiah 53:4 But he was pierced for our transgressions,    he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was on him,    and by his wounds we are healed.   Isaiah 53:5

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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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Names of God: Jehovah Rohi

Jehovah Rohi means the Lord my Shepherd The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  Psalm 23:1   Awake, sword, against my shepherd,    against the man who is close to me!”    declares the Lord Almighty.“Strike the shepherd,    and the sheep will be scattered,    and I will turn my hand against the little ones.   Zechariah 13:7 Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Rapha

Jehovah Rapha means the Lord that heals He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals […]

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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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Names of God: Jehovah Raah

Jehovah Raah means the Lord my Shepherd Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.     Psalm 80:1 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the […]

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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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Names of God: Jehovah Qanna

Jehovah Qanna means the Lord is Jealous or the Lord is Zealous. Simplified it means Jealous God. Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the LORD your God has forbidden you. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, […]

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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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