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.

HS36: Lifespring! HymnStories “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen”

This old “Negro Spiritual” shares a very important place in American music history with another very well-known song that will be the subject of Lifespring! HymnStories number thirty-seven. Fisk University of Nashville, Tennessee, is part of the story as well. Lyrics: “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen Nobody knows…

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HS35: Lifespring! HymnStories “Day By Day”

Written by the “Fanny Crosby of Sweden”, Karolina W. Sandell-Berg, this hymn was born out of a personal tragedy. Listen for the story behind the hymn. Day By Day Lyrics: Karolina Sandell-Berg Music: Oskar Ahnfelt Day by day, and with each passing moment, Strength I find, to meet my trials here; Trusting in my Father’s…

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HS34: Lifespring! HymnStories “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

(We did this hymn back on Episode 5, but we did not have the lyrics being sung. This episode includes Karmyn Tyler singing this beautiful hymn.) “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, popularized by George Beverly Shea and the Billy Graham Crusade choirs. Thomas O. Chisholm William M. Runyan Arrangement: Heidi Henninger Great is Thy faithfulness, O…

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HS33: Lifespring! HymnStories “To God Be The Glory”

One of Fanny Crosby’s many hymns which was not at all popular when it was first published. Cliff Barrows, of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association team, was introduced to this wonderful hymn eighty years after it was written, and the rest, as they say, is history. Listen to the show for more details and a…

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HS32: Lifespring! HymnStories “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

Written by Henry van Dyke in 1907, this hymn was inspired by the Berkshire mountains. Mr. van Dyke was an extremely accomplished man, to say the least. Listen to the show for his story. Performed by: /strong> Download “Joyful, Joyful” (mp3) from “James Morrison: Gospel Collection Volume One” by James Morrison Classic Fox Records  …

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HS31: Lifespring! HymnStories “Be Still, My Soul”

Little is known about Katharina von Schlegel, the German author of this poem. Her words, joined with the haunting strains of “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, have made this a classic hymn. It was widely sung during World War II when it comforted an entire nation. Music in this episode: Prayers For This Century…”Be Still, My…

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HS30: Lifespring! HymnStories “In The Sweet By And By”

This great old hymn was written over a hundred years ago, but took less than thirty minutes to compose. Listen to the show to hear the surprising story. Music: Instrumental accompaniment during the reading: Randy Sanders Vocal Performance: Download “Sweet By and By” (mp3) from “Little is Much” by Kevin Short ItsAboutMusic.com Buy at iTunes…

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HS29: Lifespring! HymnStories “Crown Him With Many Crowns”

As I record this, it is Easter week, considered by many to be the most holy of weeks in the Christian calendar. We celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, who conquered death and thereby sealed Satan’s fate and made it possible for you and for me to…

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HS28: Lifespring! HymnStories “Higher Ground”

This hymn-prayer, written in 1898 and loosely based on Paul’s testimony in Philippians 3, was written by Johnson Oatman, author of “Count Your Blessings” and thousands of other hymns. Listen to find out more! Special thanks to Don for giving his permission to use his recording of this great hymn on today’s show. Please help…

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HS27: Lifespring! HymnStories “My Jesus I Love Thee”

Written by a teenager, this hymn illustrates that one does not need chronological maturity for God to use a person! Hymn performed by wahba. My Jesus I Love Thee William R. Featherston My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin I resign; My gracious Redeemer, my…

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