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Onward, Christian Soldiers” was written in 1865 with no intention of ever being published, especially in adult hymn books. Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, its author, was at that time the curate of a parish in Yorkshire county in the north of England, and he recounts how and why he wrote it: It was written in a […]

Father’s day is coming up. The more years I clock as a father, I cannot help but notice the profound impact that the male parent has on a child. I have understood this impact, even more, owing to the sessions of counselling I have with couples; many relationship problems between a husband and wife can […]

“Breathe on Me, Breath of God” is an English Christian hymn. It was written by Edwin Hatch, a Church of England vicar and the Professor of Classics at the University of Trinity College in Canada. It was first published privately in 1878 and publicly published in 1886. History Edwin Hatch spent his childhood in a […]

Do you remember Ms. Clara from the movie The War Room? Karen Abercrombie, the actress who portrays Ms. Clara, is just as beautiful, inside and out,  as the character she plays. A strong woman of faith, a godly woman, and a unique, sweet soul. Karen Abercrombie is an award-winning actress, an award-winning, Master Storyteller, a […]

It was a daring move when, in 1707, Isaac Watts published his first book of hymns. At that time it was the practice of almost every congregation of the Church of England to sing only Old Testament psalms in their public worship. However, Watts had grown to dislike this because it restricted the Christian from […]

It was 1936 and 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 […]

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus’ is a Christian hymn originating from India. The lyrics are based on the last words of a man in Garo, Assam. About 150 years ago, there was a great revival in Wales. As a result of this, many missionaries came to northeast India to spread the Gospel. The region […]

Songs are a powerful means of teaching. The melodies, rhythms, and rhymes that characterize songs make the words easier to remember. The best and most effective songs combine lyrics and music to cultivate feelings that complement the meaning. All throughout history, God’s people have used songs to teach. We can see this as early as […]

Isaac Watts, who wrote this hymn, was the father of hymn-writing in the English language. He was born in England. His father was not a member of the state church and was twice thrown into jail for opposing it, so that when he was a baby his mother often carried him in her arms to […]

Yesterday the world commemorated international women’s day. This is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Today we look at some of the strongest women in the bible. MARY One of the most important strong women in the Bible is Mary, Jesus’ mother. The gospels recount how she was […]


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