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Were You There When They Crucified My Lord Hymn Story and Lyrics

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord is one of the most famous Negro spirituals. It has been sung by Christians all over the world. I cannot remember a time when I did not know this song. It is that famous in some parts of the world. This is a song that reminds us of the crucifixion, the laying of Jesus's body in the tomb and the resurrection. The writer makes these events fresh and new in our minds by asking the question "Were you there?".  You are therefore taken in song to Golgotha where you see Christ crucified with the two thieves. The part of the song that gives me goose pimples is the repetition of the word, tremble. How can you not tremble when you remember those nails that pierced His hands and feet. As you see him suffering because of our sins. Every time I listen to this song the line "Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble" always makes me visualize the crucifixion of Christ our Lord. You can almost see him on that old
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You May Have The Joy Bells Hymn Lyrics and Story

There are so many uplifting songs that will put a smile on your face and "You May Have the Joy Bells" is one of them. J Edward Ruark is the author of the words of this hymn which was published in 1899. The music was provided by William J Kirkpatrick. Unfortunately little is known about the author, J Edward Ruark. He may have been one of the many people who sought the assistance of William J Kirkpatrick in adding music to their poems. It is, however, a powerful song that promises joy-bells if we live for Jesus every day.  There may be trials but He will keep the joy-bells ringing in our hearts. You May Have The Joy Bells Hymn Lyrics You may have the joy-bells ringing in your heart, And a peace that from you never will depart; Walk the straight and narrow way, Live for Jesus every day, He will keep the joy-bells ringing in your heart. Refrain: Joy-bells ringing in your heart, Joy-bells ringing in your heart; Take the Savior here below With you everywhere, yo

Win Them One By One Hymn Story and Lyrics

Win Them One By One Hymn Story The author of this beautiful hymn is the well known author of children's hymns, Lizzie DeArmond . She wrote this hymn in 1915. Lizzie was born on Ju­ly 23, 1847, in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia. She died on Oc­to­ber 26, 1936, at her home in Swarth­more, Penn­syl­van­ia. She started writing poems when she was only twelve years old. However, her most prolific period came after she became a widow with eight children to support. It was during this period that Lizzie started to write in earnest. She wrote articles, stories as well as hymns. As is the case with most hymns that came from the pen of Lizzie DeArmond this song was also originally meant for Sunday School children. Lizzie DeArmond Win Them One By One Hymn Lyrics 1 We must win them one by one as the master did of old, When He said to His disciples "Follow Me;" From the highways broad and wide, to the byways turn aside, In the footsteps of the Man of Galilee.

I Sing The Mighty Power of God Hymn Lyrics and Story

It is almost impossible to believe that "I Sing the Mighty Power of God" was originally written for children. But that is exactly what this hymn was intended for.  It was first published in 1715 in a hymnal called "Divine and Moral Songs for Children". It was the goal of the author, Isaac Watts to write songs to the level of a child's understanding. However, this song is now more associated with adults than with children. Its simple message continues to bless millions of Christians worldwide. To appreciate this hymn more one has to be reminded of the state of Christian music during that period. Most of the songs then were songs directly from the book of psalms. It was more of chanting the scriptures than actual singing. Church music had become dull that a 19 year old Isaac Watts complained to his father about this. It was his father who challenged him to write something better. From that moment on Isaac Watts began writing hymns. He was

God Leads Us Along Hymn History and Lyrics G A Young

God Leads Us Along Hymn History This song is a reminder that God's providence is still with us even in our difficult moments. There are moments when we feel like God has abandoned us we still need to know that God is still with us as we go through these difficult times. The author of this song, George A Young was a rural preacher and carpenter who humbly served the Lord on a meager salary. However, instead of complaining about his situation George Young and his family served the Lord as a loyal servant. This preacher through their meager salary and resources eventually managed to construct a house on their own. They were happy to have their own house just like all of us would. Unfortunately while Young was away holding meetings in another area some bad people decided to make life difficult for this humble servant of God. They burnt the house down to ashes. Instead of complaining and blaming God for not preventing this misfortune, George Young never lost his fai

The Old Rugged Cross Hymn History and Lyrics

The Old Rugged Cross Hymn History The Old Rugged Cross is one of the most popular Christian hymns in the English world. It is a hymn that leads us to focus on what Christ did on the cross and make his sacrifice our own.  Being a Christian is not easy but we all need to cling to that old cross and bear the shame and ridicule we might face. This hymn composed in 1912 by evangelist and song leader George Bennard . He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1873.  He was converted at the age of 24 after attending a Salvation Army meeting. He later left the salvation and joined the Methodist church in 1910.  After joining the Methodist church he became an itinerant preacher for the Methodist church. He held revival meetings in the Midwest of the United States. It was during one of these revival meetings that he came up with this hymn. This was his response to the heckling and ridicule he received from several youths at a revival meeting in Michigan.  Bernard was troubl

Onward Christian Soldiers Hymn Story and Lyrics

Sabine Baring-Gould and Arthur Sullivan composed this hymn. The words were written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865 while the music to the song was added in 1871 by Arthur Sullivan.  Arthur Sullivan added the tune of the song at his friend Ernest Clay Ker Seymer’s house. This later made him name his tune “St. Gertrude” after his friend’s wife. This hymn is one of the commonly known gospel hymns, derived from the New Testament, where Christians are sometimes referred to as soldiers of Jesus Christ. This can be seen in verses such as II Timothy 2:3 (KJV): "Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." The hymn was originally meant for the procession with the cross by children who walked from Horbury Bridge to Horbury St Peter's Church near Wakefield, Yorkshire, at Whitsuntide in 1865.  This hymn was originally titled, "Hymn for Procession with Cross and Banners" and Baring-Gould composed it in five minutes. He was later repo