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Go Down Moses - Negro Spirituals Stories.

In this post, we discuss one of the most popular negro spirituals, " Go Down Moses " or as others call it "Let My People Go. To be very honest it would be better to call negro spirituals, slave songs as they were actually composed by slaves and reflect their situation at that time and their hope that somehow God was going to intervene to free them from slavery. One of those slave songs or negro spirituals is this spiritual, Go Down Moses. The power and source of most of the negro spirituals come from the Exodus experience of the children of Israel in the Bible. As we all know the Jews were once slaves in Egypt. But with God's help, the Jews gained their freedom. The God of Abraham parted the Red Sea for the Jews to cross and they traveled safely from Egypt to the land of Canaan. A land flowing with milk and honey. The African slaves identified with the Jews and longed for their own freedom. They thought, "If God could do that for the Jews, God can

Jesus There's Something About That Name Song

Who Wrote There's Something About That Name Bill and Gloria Gaither are the authors and composers of this beautiful song, "Jesus, There's Something About That Name". They composed this song in 1970 when Bill was 34 years old and Gloria was 28 years old. It was composed after the loss of grandparents and the onset of their own parenthood. We can only speculate as to what was going on in their minds at this difficult and challenging time. Jesus is the name that billions of people in this world turn to when they face all sorts of challenges. Christians going through wars such as the war in the Middle East turn to this name for safety. Where else would they go when going through such crises that they have no control over but to Master, Savior, Jesus. Bill and Gloria Gaither When people are on their deathbeds they turn to this name. Jesus is the savior and Lord to them as they face their end. Even those that have few problems can turn to him to praise Him

There is A Balm in Gilead Hymn and Lyrics

There is A Balm in Gilead Song History There is a Balm in Gilead is one of the most famous Black American negro spirituals. There have been various versions of this spiritual over the years and the first appearance of this spiritual in its present form is uncertain. Washington Glass included it in his hymn "The Sinners Cure" in 1854 and attributed it to himself but it is definitely not his. There is a balm in Gilead It appears to draw its inspiration from Jeremiah chapter 8 v. 22: "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my people?". In this spiritual, the balm is spiritual medicine to deal with the sins of God's people. There is A Balm in Gilead Lyrics Below are there is a balm in Gilead lyrics and video. Chorus :     There is a balm in Gilead     To make the wounded whole;     There is a balm in Gilead     To heal the sin-sick soul.     Some times I feel discou

Shall We Gather At the River Hymn, Lyrics and Video

Shall We Gather At The River Hymn Story The author of this beautiful hymn is American poet and music composer Robert Lowry (1826-1899). This traditional Christian hymn was actually titled 'Hanson Place' but is now popularly named 'Shall We Gather at the River' or 'At the River'. Hanson Place Baptist Church in Brooklyn is the church where Robert Lowry served as a minister of the word of God. Robert Lowry - Shall We Gather At The River Hymn Shall We Gather At The River lyrics and hymn video. 1. Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod, with its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God? Refrain: Yes, we'll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river; gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God. 2. On the margin of the river, washing up its silver spray, we will walk and worship ever, all the happy golden day. (Refrain) 3. Ere we reach th

Higher Ground (Lord Plant My Feet on Higher Ground)

Higher Ground Hymn Story In the video below Christian Edition a well known Adventist male chorus, sing a classic Christian gospel song, Higher Ground (Lord Plant My Feet On Higher Ground). Johnson Oatman Jr (1856-1922) is the author of this prayer gospel song. The music to the words of the song was added by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The author is reported to have written about 3,000 songs from 1892 to 1922 when he died. His songs were in demand by gospel musicians of his day including Charles Gabriel, William James Kirkpatrick , and Edwin Excell. Higher Ground is a prayer song that seems to have been inspired by Philippians 3:14 -"I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (NIV) Johnson Oatman Jr - Higher Ground hymn Higher Ground (Lord Plant My Feet On Higher Ground) Video  Below is a video of this hymn. Higher Ground Lyrics Below ar

In The Garden / I Come To The Garden Alone Hymn

Who Wrote The Gospel Song In The Garden I come to the garden alone was composed in 1912 by C Austin Miles(1868-1946), a pharmacist by profession. I come to the garden alone has divided opinions among Christians. It is loved and loathed in equal measure in the Christian community. Those who oppose this hymn think that it is too erotic and egocentric. The History Behind I Come to the Garden Alone/In the Garden. C Austin Miles says the inspiration for this hymn came to him in March 1912 when he was drawn to John 20-1-18. This is the story of the meeting between Jesus and Mary Magdalene soon after his resurrection. He says as he read this chapter he felt as if he was part of the scene as Mary knelt before Jesus and addressed him as "Rabboni". He says, "My hands were resting in the Bible while I stared at the light blue wall. As the light faded I seemed to be standing at the entrance of a garden, looking down a gently winding path, shaded by olive branche

Christian Music : Give Me The Bible Music Special by Kenneth Cox Ministries

The video below brings to us songs that were sung during a concert during the Give Me The Bible evengelistic seminar by veteran evangelist Kenneth Cox. The songs include, 'On One More Valley', 'The Man in the Sky', 'He Chose Me', 'Beautiful Life', 'In His Hands', His Eye is on The Sparrow' and 'When I Come To The End". The musicians appearing in this video are Joe Pearle and Donna Klein Donna Klein - Kenneth Cox Ministries

Let Us Break Bread Together Lyrics and Story: Famous Negro Spirituals

Let Us Break Bread Together Story 'Let Us Break Bread Together' follows in the tradition of most negro spirituals in its simplicity in both words and tune. Negro spirituals were mostly composed by black American slaves with no western training in music. Some scholars believe that the slaves simply added words to African traditional folk tunes they had left behind in  Africa. This hymn or spiritual has found use among young people as it is easy to accompany it with acoustic guitars and therefore lends itself to a freer form of worship. It has also gradually found acceptance among the older Christians as well. This is clearly shown by its inclusion in many hymn books and albums such as the late 1970s album The Old Rugged Cross by long-standing and revered gospel singer George Beverly Shea. This song is mainly used during communion services. It reminds us of our spiritual food and drink presented through the bread and wine during holy communion. Let Us Break Bread Toget

All Glory, Laud and Honor hymn Story and Lyrics

All Glory Laud and Honor Hymn Story All Glory, Laud and Honor hymn was written by St Theodulf of Orleans while imprisoned in the cloisters of Angers, France in 820. It was originally written in Latin under the title, ' Gloria, laus et honor' . The English version is a translation by John Mason Neale. Although sung at other times this hymn is usually sung as a Palm Sunday hymn. It beautifully captures the spontaneous joy which greeted the King of Kings as he triumphantly rode into Jerusalem It is based on Matthew 21:1-11 although reference to 'palm' follows the Biblical version of John's Gospel since both in the gospels of Matthew and Mark the crowd uses branches from the trees.  All Glory, Laud and Honor hymn lyrics:- Refrain: All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer, King! to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring. Thou art the King of Israel, thou David's royal Son, who in the Lord's Name comest, the King and B

All Hail The Power of Jesus Name Hymn Story and Lyrics

All Hail The Power of Jesus Name Hymn Story Folks, 'All Hail The Power of Jesus Name' hymn is one of the most well-known hymns in Christianity. It is sung in almost all the major Christian denominations and found in most hymns. Edward Perronet, a Frenchman who settled in England in 1680, is the author of this hymn. His father was vicar of Shoreham parish church from 1728 to 1785 and was known as a trusted adviser to the Wesleys. Edward followed John Wesley on his journey and eventually, he became Minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, Canterbury. All the Power of Jesus Name is often called the 'Coronation Hymn'. The basic, constant, proclamation is 'Crown Him Lord of All'. It is simply among the finest in English hymnody. It made it first appearance in the November 1779 issue of Gospel Magazine. Augustus Montague Toplady , author of "Rock of Ages" was the editor of this magazine at that time. All Hail the Power  of Jesus Nam

At The Name of Jesus Hymn - Caroline Maria Noel (1817-77)

Caroline Maria Noel (1817-77) is the composer of this popular hymn, ' At the Name of Jesus '. It was originally designated as a processional for Ascension Day and appeared in Mrs. Noel's The Name of Jesus and Other Poems of 1870. This hymn is based on Philippians 2,9. Here is Philippians 2:8-10, 'He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.' The author was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. She spent the last 25 years of her life bedridden by a painful and crippling illness and much of her time was spent composing hymns for fellow sufferers. Before this illness, Caroline Maria Noel had tried her hand at composing poems but gave it up. This however changed when she became an invalid as she took advantage of her situation to compose a lot of poems and hymns. At the

There Is A Green Hill Far Away: Story Behind Hymn and Lyrics

Who Wrote There Is A Green Hill Far Away Hymn? Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95) is the composer of this extremely popular hymn, There Is A Green Hill Far Away. It draws its inspiration from the Apostles Creed especially the line that goes, 'Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.' It is generally believed to have been written at the bedside of a sick young person. The writer gives substance and answer to those who inquire why Jesus died. She talks about God's forgiveness.  She speaks of how man can reclaim his original close relationship with God and suggests the only possible response is the total giving of loving self. The event was for us. Cecil Frances Alexander, besides being a hymn writer was also a poet and was born in Dublin to Major John Humphreys and his wife Elizabeth (nee Reed). There Is A Green Hill Far Away Hymn Lyrics Below are There is a green hill far away hymn lyrics: - There is a green hill far away,

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Hymn Lyrics and History

History Behind Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Hymn The author of this beautiful and well-loved hymn, "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind", is John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92). He was from Massachusetts and wrote poetry and found early inspiration from Robert Burns. John Greenleaf Whittier - Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Hymn He spent time as a journalist and editor and became Secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society. This hymn was written against the background of boisterous revival meetings of the time. He was a Quaker who believed in worshiping God in silent meditation and deplore the histrionics associated with the Evangelical movement.  He originally wrote this poem as a meditation poem and did not expect this hymn to be sung. It should, however, be pointed out that he did allow the verses to be used in a hymn book published in 1884. This hymn has long been regarded as an excellent statement that Christians should learn the virtue of silence

When We Walk With The Lord Hymn (Trust And Obey) - History of hymn

When We Walk With The Lord History This hymn came about from an incident at one of Dwight L Moody's revival meetings in 1887. A young man who had just given his life to the Lord Jesus Christ was reportedly heard saying, 'I am not quite sure - I am going to trust and obey.'  Daniel B Towner- Trust and Obey The music director of the Moody Bible Institute, Professor Towner, was present at the meeting when these words were uttered. Based on these words, Professor Towner with the help of John Sammis, who developed the lyrics, composed the music to this hymn Trust and Obey or When we walk with the Lord. The words seem so simple but they express the feelings of many Christians. It is not easy to trust and obey but that is what we are all called to do if we are to be happy in Jesus. This song has remained popular with many Christian singers to this day and it is my hope that you too will be blessed by this simple but powerful Christian song. A brief Intro of

Will Your Anchor Hold?- Story Behind This Classic Hymn

Will Your Anchor Hold History The author of this hymn, "Will Your Anchor Hold", is Priscilla Owens . She was born in Baltimore, USA in 1829 of Scottish and Welsh blood. For over 50 years Priscilla Owens was actively involved in work for Christian youths and most of her songs were therefore composed for children.  Besides this hymn she is also well known as the composer of another beloved Christian hymn, "We have heard a joyful sound". She also composed several other hymns during her fruitful life on earth. "Will Your Anchor Hold" was sung outside the door of the dying hymn-writer Mary Fawler Maude (Thine For Ever! God of love). She sent her singers the message, "Tell them that it does not fail - it holds." The hymn suggests that personal stability can only come from the right foundations. It employs a seafaring analogy in making its point. Will Your Anchor Hold In The Storms of Life? (hymn) Will Your Anchor Hold Lyrics Be

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - The Kings Heralds

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Hymn History When I Survey The Wondrous Cross is one of the most famous and favorite hymns composed by Isaac Watts. Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ was the original heading as found in Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707. The second line of the original hymn read, "where the young Prince of Glory died" but this was later changed by later hymnology compilers who were uncomfortable with such a description of Christ. It looks as if Isaac Watts was guided by Galatians 6,14 in composing this beautiful hymn which is now the favorite hymn of millions of Christians. It is only in the Cross of Christ that we can find salvation and power to live our daily lives. The cross should be the center of all our beliefs and prayers. Without the cross, we are all hopeless creatures in this world. May we never boast except in the cross of Christ. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross Hymn Lyrics Please find below 'When I Survey The Wondrous

Does Jesus Care? Hymn History and Lyrics

Does Jesus Care Hymn History Frank E Graeff is the author of this song. Frank E. Graeff was a minister in the Methodist denomination and served some of its leading churches, in the Philadelphia Conference. He was well known for his sunny disposition. Frank E Graeff His sunny disposition was in spite of the severe testing experiences that he had to go through throughout his life. This song was born out of these testing experiences and he comes out still trusting in the love and care of Jesus. During the testing experience that led to this hymn, Frank E Graeff is reported to have turned to God's word found in 1 Peter 5:7 which states, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (NIV). It was after meditating upon this verse that Frank E Graeff wrote the lyrics of this hymn,. Does Jesus Care Hymn Lyrics Does Jesus care when my heart is pained Too deeply for mirth or song, As the burdens press, and the cares distress And the way gro

Classic Christian Music Video Featuring King's Heralds, Denise Barclay, Matt Throgmorten, Steve Darmody etc

A timeless and classic Christian Music video from 3ABN television featuring King's Heralds, Denise Barclay, Matt Throgmorten, Steve Darmody etc singing in the studios of the Three Angels Broadcasting Network in the United States. Classic Christian Hymns

Christian Music Video: Jeremy Hall, Burchfield Brothers, Hope's Call, Darrell Marshall, Denise Barclay etc

This is a Christian Music video featuring talented musicians on 3ABN television. The musicians include Jeremy Hall, Burchfield Brothers, Hope's Call, Darrell Marshall, Denise Barclay etc.

Joy To The World Lyrics and Story - E T Everett Instrumental Piano Christmas Carol

Joy To The World Story Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is the author of the words and lyrics of this famous Christmas song that has blessed millions in for hundreds of years. He wrote the words in 1719 and this is just one of the many hymns and carols that he wrote.  The University of Edinburgh awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1728 in recognition of his contribution to Christian music and enriching the Christian experience through other ways. This song is based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the bible and was not initially meant to celebrate the first coming of Christ, his birth, but rather his return at the end of the world.  We are called to celebrate because God, as always, has been true to his word and has finally brought redemption to the house of Israel. The music to this carol is traditionally thought to have come from the famous George Frederick Handel famous for the Hallelujah Chorus. Scholars are however still not agreed on this. Isaac Watts has written othe

3ABN Old and Timeless Christmas Music, Carols and Readings Video

This is a very exciting and inspiring collection of traditional English classic Christmas carols and readings from the Kenneth Cox Ministries. You will definitely be blessed by listening and watching this Christmas carols video as seen on 3ABN and the program was entitled, On A Silent Night : An hour of Christmas Carols And Readings Some more Amazing Christmas carols' stories and lyrics Below are some super amazing Christmas carols' stories and lyrics, Silent Night - Stille Nacht Lyrics and Story (Composer Joseph Mohr in 1818) In The Bleak Midwinter Christmas Carol and Story Mary Did You Know (Christmas Carol with lyrics) Joy To The World Lyrics and Story - E T Everett Instrumental Piano Christmas Carol Hark The Herald Angels Sing Lyrics and Story (Composer Charles Wesley in 1735) Good News From Heaven The Angels Bring Hymn - Martin Luther Away In A Manger, No Crib For A Bed - A Classic Christmas Lullaby & Carol Shout The Glad Tiding