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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 ...

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...

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
Hymns have had a profound effect upon people of all tongues and nations through the ages. They have the power to convict, to comfort, to exhort, to point to Christ. Of all the testimonies of a hymn's impact, perhaps none are as gripping as the story of the song that saved a missionary's life, by the grace of God.

There Is Power in the Blood- Lewis Edgar Jones

There Is Power in the Blood- Lewis Edgar Jones
Lewis Edgar Jones was born February 8th, 1865, in Yates City, Illinois, and died September 1st, 1936. Jones grew up on a farm outside of Davenport, Iowa, until he left at age 21.

O What Amazing Words of Grace - Samuel Medley

O What Amazing Words of Grace - Samuel Medley
“’Whoever thirsts,” ‘O gracious word.’”  “Precious is the gospel invitation given in the hymn by Samuel Medley (subject of our previous Melody Mom...

O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth.

O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth.
            “This hymn was penned by Samuel Medley, who wrote two hundred and thirty hymns, which were gathered in a volume the year after his dea...

Just As I Am, Without One Plea

Just As I Am, Without One Plea
  Charlotte Elliot, born March 18th, 1789, suffered throughout her long life with great physical pain and distress. Though she was physica...

Blest Be the Tie that Binds- John Fawcett

Blest Be the Tie that Binds- John Fawcett
“This sweet hymn was written by John Fawcett D.D. in 1772. The following are given as the interesting facts that occasioned it..."

I Gave My Life For Thee

I Gave My Life For Thee
  The story behind the hymn “I Gave My Life For Thee” as told by its author, Francis Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), in response to a letter sent to ...

William Cowper

William Cowper
       William Cowper (pronounced ‘Cooper”) was born November 15th, 1731. Rendered motherless at the age of 6, and raised by a father unsuited to ...

There is a Fountain- William Cowper

There is a Fountain- William Cowper
“After giving a black catalogue of criminals, among whom were thieves, drunkards, &c, the apostle adds: "And such were some of you: but ye are...