Hymn Story: He Will Hold Me Fast

He will Hold Me Fast was written by Ada Ruth Habershon best known for the song “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”. She was born in 1861 in Marylebone, England. She first began writing hymns in 1899 in German. In 1901, she wrote in English. In 1905, Ruben A. Torrey and Charles Alexander asked Habershon to write hymns for their evangelistic […]

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Hymn Story: Shall I Come Just As I Am

Shall I Come Just As I Am is a hymn written by Elisha A. Hoffman. Hoffman was born in 1839 and ordained into the ministry in 1868. He served numerous churches and wrote over 2,000 hymns. Some of his best known hymns are “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, “Are You Washed in the Blood?” and “I Must Tell Jesus”. He […]

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Hymn Story: Wholly Yours

Wholly Yours is written by David Crowder. It shares the message found in Romans 8:39 “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord..” The song was published in 2005 by Capitol CMG Publishing.

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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: Haven of Rest

The Haven of Rest was written by H. L. Gilmour. Gilmour was born in Londonderry, Ireland in 1836 and emigrated to America as a teenager. He married Letitia Pauline Howard in 1858. After serving in the American Civil War and spending several months at Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia he went on to become a dentist. He helped found the […]

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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: The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life, How Sweet the Fruit comes from the account of the Tree of life as recorded in the book of Genesis. I’ve been unable to uncover any information on who wrote the song. The melody is described as “Traditional American Melody”. Listening to the version below the melody is the one we know very well. It is […]

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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: Waymaker

Waymaker is a contemporary worship song that is very popular right now. It was written by Nigerian gospel singer Sinach. She released the song as a single and music video on December 30, 2015. The following year, she released Waymaker-Live in November. The song became certified gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa. Sinach was rated as the “female […]

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