Wednesday, 9 October 2019

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.

Joy-bells ringing in your heart,
Joy-bells ringing in your heart;
Take the Savior here below
With you everywhere, you go;
He will keep the joy-bells ringing in your heart.

Love of Jesus in its fullness you may know;
And this love to those around you sweetly show;
Words of kindness always say;
Deeds of mercy do each day,
Then He’ll keep the joy-bells ringing in your heart.

You will meet with trials as you journey home;
Grace sufficient He will give to overcome;
Though unseen by mortal eye,
He is with you ever nigh,
And He’ll keep the joy-bells ringing in your heart.

Let your life speak well of Jesus every day;
Own His right to every service you can pay;
Sinners you can help to win
If your life is pure and clean,
And you keep the joy-bells ringing in your heart.

For more lyrics and stories visit popular and old hymns history.

You May Have The Joy Bells Hymn Video

Joy Bells Quartet also known as Joy Bells Ministries not only sing's as a way of spreading the Gospel. Here they are singing this beautiful hymn, You May Have The Joy Bells.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

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.


One by one, yes, one by one,
We must win them for Jesus one by one;
In the narrow ways of life, amid the tumult and the strife.
We must win them for Jesus one by one.

2 Is it nothing they are lost, souls that Jesus died to save?
Let us gladly in the rescue lend a hand;
News of life and love impart to some weary sinful heart,
Help some brother in the glory light to stand. [Chorus]

3 We must win them one by one by a little kindness shown,
Or a gentle touch of human sympathy;
Stooping down from heights of ease, seeking only God to please,
Pointing ever to the Christ of Calvary. [Chorus]

For more lyrics and stories visit Popular and old hymn history.

Win Them One By One Video.

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 so prolific that by the times he died he had written hundreds of songs for the Christian church.

It was not an easy ride at first as the Conservatives in the church objected to the composition of songs not directly from scripture. The church leaders said any music not directly from the scriptures was not inspired.

However, Isaac Watts could not understand the logic of being able to pray using your own words but being denied to sing in your own words. To him, if one can pray in his own words then one should also be allowed to sing songs not directly from scriptures.

I Sing the Almighty Power of God is based on scriptures talking about creation. Passages such as Jeremiah 10:12-13: 12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
Isaac watts

I Sing the Mighty Power of God Lyrics

I sing the almighty power of God,
that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad,
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
the moon shines full at God’s command,
and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord,

who filled the earth with food,
who formed the creatures thru the Word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed,
where’er I turn my eye,
if I survey the ground I tread,
or gaze upon the sky!

There’s not a plant or flower below,

but makes thy glories known,
and clouds arise, and tempests blow,
by order from thy throne;
while all that borrows life from thee
is ever in thy care;
and everywhere that we can be,
thou, God, art present there.

For more lyrics and stories of popular hymns please visit here.

I Sing The Mighty Power of God Video

Thursday, 3 October 2019

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 faith in the Lord. It is out of this tragedy that he wrote this hymn that continues to bless us to this day.

This hymn was written in 1903.

God Leads Us Along Hymn Lyrics

1. In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.


Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

2. Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

3. Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

4. Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

For more lyrics and stories visit popular and old hymns history and lyrics.

God Leads Us Along Hymn Video.

Below is a video from the Gaither Music Homecoming choir featuring Sue Dodge.

Haldor Lillenas found of Lillenas Publishing Company, a music publishing company is one person whose life was impacted by this hymn. 

He had just arrived in the United States from Scandinavia. The first years of his life in the US were hard but a kind lady befriended him and taught him the English language. 

This same lady also introduced Haldor to Christ. The lady would sing this song, God Leads Us Along, to comfort him.

Later in life when he was an adult he remembered this song that had been very special to him in his time of need and wanted to find out something about the author, George A Young. 

Unfortunately, he discovered that the songwriter had passed away. However, he managed to locate his widow who was living in a nearby town.

Haldor went to this town and managed to locate Young's widow who was then living in a poor house. 

Young's widow told him of his life with her husband and how God gave them a wonderful life together until his husband passed away. 

She told him that God had led her to that town and she was excited and glad about it. She is reported to have added, "Isn’t it wonderful that God leads his children day by day and step by step?"

Never once complaining about her humble life she told Haldor that she loved the fact that she was able to assist the people in that town who were in need.

Haldor was so moved by this testimony and excited that he had found more than the story of the songwriter but also a woman who had fully surrendered herself to God's will. 

I pray that God will give me and you the same faith as this woman and her late husband who were so committed to God's work that they appeared to brush away the difficult and humble life they lived. 

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 troubled by their disregard of the gospel that he turned to the bible to reflect on Christ on the cross.

Here he wrote just the first verse of "The Old Rugged Cross".

He finished the song several months later at another meeting. He was then traveling with Ed E. Mieras. Bernard and Mieras performed the finished song on the last night of the meeting.

Another well-known musician and composer Charles H Gabriel helped Bernard with the harmonies.

The version that we know today was first performed on June 7, 1913, in Pakagon, Michigan at the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Pokagon. 

Before this Bernad had performed this song before the sponsoring pastor and his wife, Rev. Leroy, and Ruby Bostwick. It is said that the Bostwicks were moved to tears after hearing this song.

It later became more popular and came to the attention of evangelist Billy Sunday who used it in his meetings. He is the one who popularised this song.

George Bennard

The Old Rugged Cross Lyrics

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.


So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies, at last, I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’t was on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

For more lyrics and stories of hymns visit popular and old hymns history.

Old Rugged Cross Hymn Video.

Gaither Music: Ben Speer, Mike Allen, Judy Martin Hess, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith - The Old Rugged Cross.

Bennard retired to Reed City, Michigan where he died on October 10, 1958. The local Chamber of Commerce erected a cross near his home. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.