Lifespring! HymnStories

Bringing a new appreciation for the great hymns of the Christian faith by telling the stories behind the hymns. Hosted by Steve Webb.

HS61: Nearer, My God, To Thee

This hymn is one of my favorites, and one aspect of the story behind it is one of the most famous there is. This Episode’s Artist Anna RicheyLinks: YouTube | Website | Instagram Thanks to Robert J. Morgan As always, I want to thank Pastor Robert J Morgan for giving his permission to use his…

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HS60: Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

Today’s hymn story is that of “Jesus, Lover Of My Soul”. Lyrics by Charles Wesley and music by Simeon B. Marsh. I think you’ll like it, and the version of the song I play for you. This Episode’s Artists The Living Stones QuartetLinks: YouTube Spotify Amazon Music Apple Music Thank you to Robert J. Morgan…

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HS59: Lifespring! HymnStories “Revive Us Again”

Today’s hymn is Revive Us Again, and I think you’re really going to like the performance by today’s artists. The lyrics of Revive Us Again were written by William P. Mackay, and the music by John J. Husband. This Episode’s Artists The Akins, a father, David. and his two sons, Nick and Eli. If you…

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HS58: Lifespring! HymnStories “I Am Thine, O Lord”

Our hymn today is I Am Thine, O Lord, with lyrics by Fanny J Crosby and Wm. H. Doane. I’ll tell you the story behind the hymn, and then I’ll play a lovely rendition of the song by Nathan Drake of Reawaken Hymns. Special thanks to Nathan Drake of Reawaken Hymns for allowing me to…

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HS57: Lifespring! HymnStories “Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us”

Our hymn today is Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us, attributed to Dorothy A. Thrupp, with music by William B. Bradbury. Special thanks to Kaoma Chende for allowing me to use his marvelous recording of this hymn. Please visit his website here! Also, thanks to Robert J. Morgan for allowing me to use his books,…

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HS56: Lifespring! HymnStories “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”

  Written by Charles Wesley in 1744, this hymn first appeared in the 1745 “Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord”. Listen for the story behind the song. . Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788 Music: Rowland H. Pritchard   Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from…

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HS55: Lifespring! HymnStories “Jesus Shall Reign”

This is a show dedicated to renewing love for the great hymns of the Christian faith. In this episode I tell the story behind the hymn “Jesus Shall Reign”, which was written in 1719 by Isaac Watts, with the music being written by John Hatton. The version of the song played in this episode is…

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HS54: Lifespring! HymnStories “How Great Thou Art”

Carl Boberg, a 26-year-old Swedish minister, wrote a poem in 1885 which he called “O Store Gud” (“O Mighty God”). The words, literally translated to English, said: When I the world consider Which Thou has made by Thine almighty Word And how the web of life Thou wisdom guideth And all creation feedeth at Thy…

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HS53: Lifespring! HymnStories “Jesus Loves Me – Revisited”

Take Two Revisiting the story behind “Jesus Loves Me”, perhaps the best known children’s hymn of all time. The reason we’re doing this is that, when I did it in HymnStories #2, I didn’t have a version of the music with the lyrics that was cleared for play in a podcast. Now that more music…

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HS52: Lifespring! HymnStories “Away In A Manger”

Away In A Manger Was written in 1887, and is commonly known as “Luther’s Cradle Hymn.” But did the great German Reformer, Martin Luther, really write the words? Did he sing them by the cradle of his little son, Hans? Listen to the show for a possible answer. This hymn is beautifully performed by David…

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