Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go

In 1936 two friends served together at a Sunday school conference in Alabama. At lunch they shared what God was doing in their lives. One of the friends named R.S. Jones was a missionary and told the other, B.B. McKinney, about how he had grown to love the country of Brazil. He had been serving…

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Abide With Me

The author of the hymn, Henry Francis Lyte, was both a published poet and an accomplished hymnwriter who wrote, “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken,” and “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven.” For most of his life, Lyte suffered from poor health and he would travel so that he would gain relief. He developed…

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Amazing Grace

One of, if not the most familiar hymn of the faith is that of Amazing Grace. John Newton deemed himself a “wretch” within the lyrics of the song mainly because he was a slave trader, blasphemer, rebel, immoral, and a torturer. The man that wrote on God’s amazing grace, was at one time as far…

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy Faithfulness, Thomas Chisholm (1923) Most of the hymn stories we will tell are of songs that were written in extraordinary situations in which the author was in shipwreck, thunderstorms, or some type of life changing event, but this hymn story is different. Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” not in an…

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IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

Horatio G. Spafford was a successful lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a lovely family — a wife, Anna, and five children. Desiring a rest for his wife and four daughters as well as wishing to join and assist Moody and [his musician Ira] Sankey in one of their campaigns in Great Britain, Spafford planned…

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THROW OUT THE LIFELINE

Edward S. Ufford, a Baptist preacher, often visited Nantucket Beach, a particularly dangerous coastal area, where many ships had been destroyed on the rocks. The local lifesaving station at Point Allerton had a Lyle gun to shoot out a lifeline to ships in need. While watching a lifesaving drill he noticed some of the previous…

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LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING

While attending a service of the famous preacher-evangelist D.L. Moody, Philip P. Bliss sat and listened intently as Bro. Moody spoke. At the close of his message Moody told the story of a an endangered ship and a brave captain. Moody spoke of a night so dark and dreary night upon the sea. The waves…

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Walking with Hymn: Silent Night

On December 24, 1818, 201 years ago, the song “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night) was sung for the very first time. Today, this treasured Christmas carol has been translated into approximately 300 languages! In Mariapfarr, Austria, in the year 1816 (the same year that Indiana became the 19th U.S. state), an Austrian by the name of…

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WHEREVER HE LEADS, I’LL GO

In 1936, two friends serving together at a Sunday school conference in Alabama were at lunch, sharing what God was doing in their lives. One, a missionary to Brazil home on furlough, told the other, a hymn writer leading the music for the conference, that a health issue would keep him from returning to the…

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Have I Done My Best for Jesus?

Edward Spencer was a student at Garrett Biblical Institute in Evanston, Illinois, on Lake Michigan. On the morning of September 8, 1860, Ed heard the news that the Lady Elgin, an overloaded steamship, had collided with the lumber-hauling schooner Augusta, and had sunk. People were drowning, and nothing could be done because of the heavy waves and strong currents. Ed…

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