Psalms

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I Knew Not

Daniel Webster Whittle (1840-1901) was a Gospel song lyricist, evangelist, and Bible teacher. He marched with Sherman and was wounded at the Battle of Vicksburg. He mostly wrote under the pseudonym “El Nathan.” He was widely known for the hymn, “moment by moment” and today’s topic “I know whom I have believed.” It is wonderful …

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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 by …

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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 book …

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A Mighty Fortress

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. ~ Psalm 91:2 On March 17th, 2003, due to multiple diplomatic tensions between NATO countries and Iraq, diplomatic relations between Iraq and the United States ended. With them, thousands of NATO troops were deployed Iraqi …

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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. …

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Foggy Mornings

As I travel up the Coalfield Expressway in West Virginia this morning, it is very foggy (as it is most mornings). Through the dense fog I always get nervous because although I have traveled this road often, I can not see and or remember the curves of the road. This morning, God spoke to my …

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