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Comfort in Death: Timeless Hymns of Courage

Comfort in Death: Timeless Hymns of Courage

     This story of trial and faith occurred in recent years, proving that the 'old hymns of the faith' still have power in the life of believers in our modern age. Most songs, most speeches are put to silence in the face of deep pain, but hymns? Hymns have the power to comfort, calm, strengthen, and point upward the heart that longs to please Him in every scene of life.

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder- James M. Black

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder- James M. Black
Mr. Black served as a teacher of singing schools and editor of many gospel songbooks. One of the titles, Songs of the Soul, 1894, sold more than four hundred thousand copies wherein these lines were first published and became widely accepted. Black records the origin of the lines as follows:

Singing to Salvation: Old Sinner Converted

Singing to Salvation: Old Sinner Converted
"An old inn keeper in England, who had often swore that he would never attend church, heard of the choice music, and of the crowds attracted by it, and so resolved, one Sunday afternoon, to go and hear the singing, but not to hear one word of the sermon.

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Sweet Hour of Prayer
As originally printed, it had four verses, of which the following was the second. As it is generally omitted we insert it herewith: –

Salvation by Singing: Jesus Lover of My Soul

Salvation by Singing: Jesus Lover of My Soul

As he paused a moment in his walk the sound of singing reached his ear; he opened the door and listened. It was the children’s nurse just putting her young charge to bed. Clear and distinct came the tone to Frank’s ear, –

“Jesus! Lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the raging billows roll,
While the tempest still is high.”

 

Hymns on the Battlefield- When I Can Read My Title Clear

Hymns on the Battlefield- When I Can Read My Title Clear
It is related of a Christian officer at the battle of Shiloh, that he lay all night on the field, wounded in both thighs. Said he, “The stars shon...

Hymn Story: Rock of Ages

Hymn Story: Rock of Ages
How often does the weary soul toil on through the burden of the day without stopping to consider Him? Fellowship with He who ought to be our refuge, our joy, our strength often is relegated to the early morning hours or before bed at night. But what courage might we find if we would only turn our thoughts to him as we labour? Given below is one such example.

It Is Well With My Soul- Horatio Spafford and Phillip P. Bliss

It Is Well With My Soul- Horatio Spafford and Phillip P. Bliss
From the archives at Melody Publications, we bring the history of the beloved hymn "It Is Well." This history and hundreds of others are found in t...

Anne Steele

Anne Steele
“A name that will linger long in the memory of those who love to sing the songs of Zion, is that of Anne Steele. She was born in 1716, and was th...

The Birth of a National Hymn– My Country ‘Tis of Thee

The Birth of a National Hymn– My Country ‘Tis of Thee
… Samuel F. Smith D.D. (1808-1895), an eminent New England Baptist minister, is the author of this and some thirty other hymns. In answer to some ...

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson
"Robert Robinson was born in Swaffham, Norfolk, on September 27th 1735. He was saved in his early 20s, and later became a preacher..."

Come, Thou Fount of Ev'ry Blessing

Come, Thou Fount of Ev'ry Blessing
“Many illustrations can be given of this line of “Come Thou Fount.”
“Do you wish to sing as angels sing? Ask of God an heavenly mind...