Do I Dare?

“‘Amazing Grace,’ How sweet the sound!” The composer of the beloved hymn, John Newton (1725-1807), had this hymn first published in what is called “The Olney Hymns” book. It was an illustration of potent ideologies of the evangelical movement in England at the time. The Amazing Grace tune as we know it was composed byContinue reading “Do I Dare?”

I Can Face Tomorrow

There are particular moments from early childhood that many remember vividly.  It may be good things and it may be bad things.  Some moments are big and other ones are small.  But these moments for some reason, just stick out to us.  One moment that often comes to mind randomly but always providentially is whenContinue reading “I Can Face Tomorrow”

The Old Rugged Cross

George Bennard was born February 4th, 1973, in a coal mining town of Youngstown, Ohio. He aspired to be a Christian evangelist, but his father died so he stayed and supported his mother and sister. Later he became involved with the Salvation Army and then an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Bennard diedContinue reading “The Old Rugged Cross”

Victory in Jesus

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). The hymn “Victory in Jesus” was written by Eugene M. Barlett (December 24th, 1885, to January 25th, 1941). Two years before his death from complications of a stroke, the song first appeared in a paperback song bookContinue reading “Victory in Jesus”

Jesus Saves!

Priscilla J. Owens, a Baltimore public school teacher for 49 years, wrote these stirring soul-winning words for a missionary service in the Sunday school of Union Square Methodist Church. Music was not added till some 14 years later by William Kirkpatrick. All of this hymn is sound but one small verse in the second stanza.Continue reading “Jesus Saves!”

What A Day

Eliza Hewitt, a school teacher in Philadelphia (1898), who wanted to reach her students with the Gospel wrote the classic hymn, “When We All Get to Heaven.” The music was written by Emily Wilson, who was also the wife of a Methodist District Superintendent. The anticipation of Heaven has often been described as the oxygenContinue reading “What A Day”

One Small Word, One Big Difference

William R. Newell was an evangelist Bible teacher and assistant superintendent at Moody Bible Institute. One day on his way to teach a class, he started meditating on Christ’s suffering at Calvary and all that it meant. So he steps into an empty classroom and scribbled a hymn on the back of an envelope .Continue reading “One Small Word, One Big Difference”

I’ll Fly Away, Oh Glory!

There is a famous hymn in which many people, Christian and secular, are familiar with. “I’ll fly away” is sung at nearly every country, bluegrass, folk, homecoming, (sometimes) rock outings, and movies. The song has an amazingly Biblical principle. Surely, we will fly away and be preserved into the Heavenly kingdom of our great GodContinue reading “I’ll Fly Away, Oh Glory!”