hymns

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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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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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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HS51: Lifespring! HymnStories “He Hideth My Soul”

Bouncing back- that’s a quality to be cultivated, because life is full of struggles. How do we become resilient? Unsinkable? Joyful amid the blows and burdens of life? This hymn tells us: A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away; He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved, He…

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HS50: Lifespring! HymnStories “Jesus, I Come”

Jesus, I Come 1887 One of the best histories of the gospel song era is George Stebbins’ autobiography, Reminiscences and Gospel Hymn Stories. Stebbins was born in ht e mid-1880s in New York and showed early musical prowess. At age twenty-three, he moved to Chicago where he worked in churches and became acquainted with some of the…

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HS49: Lifespring! HymnStories “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”

Jesus must have been a bird watcher, because we see Him refer to birds many times in scripture. Listen to the show for the story of how this encouraging hymn was inspired. Our hymn is performed beautifully by Natalie Nicole Gilbert. His Eye Is On The Sparrow Lyrics: Civilla D. Martin Music: Charles H. Gabriel…

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