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Hymns to Observe Lent

Posted by Sherry on 3/10/2011 in Music and Hymns, Top 100 Hymn Project |

One way to remember Christ and his death and resurrection during the forty days of Lent and into the Easter feast is to remember and sing the great hymns of the church. In 2009 I took a survey and posted about the 100 favorite hymns of my readers. You’re welcome to use my list or […]

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What I Learned from Psalm 19

As we read this psalm together this morning, I thought, “Ah, I know this one. I’ve sung it and read it and written notes in my Bible about it. How comfortingly familiar!” The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night […]

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Soundtrack for the Book of Esther

Posted by Sherry on 1/27/2010 in General, Music and Hymns, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

I’ve been reading and studying the book of Esther all month. Here are a few songs that go well with the themes of Esther: courage, trust, God’s sovereignty, our willing obedience. God of Grace and God of Glory by Harry Emerson Fosdick. Grant us the wisdom of a Mordecai and the courage of an Esther. […]

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Hymn #1: Be Thou My Vision

Posted by Sherry on 10/25/2009 in General, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

Lyrics: Attributed to Saint Dallon Fargaill (6th century) Translated to English by Mary E. Byrne (1905) Versified by Eleanor Hull (1912) Music: Irish folk melody, SLANE. Theme: After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1. […]

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Hymn #2: Amazing Grace

Posted by Sherry on 10/24/2009 in General, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

Lyrics: John Newton Music: Unknown Theme: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the […]

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Semicolon Review of Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Posted by Sherry on 10/21/2009 in Adult Fiction, General, Music and Hymns, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

Reprint from May, 2005: Peace Like a River tells the story of the Land family, father Jeremiah, two sons, Davy and Reuben, and a daughter, Swede. The children’s mother walked out on them long before the time of the novel. Reuben, eleven years old, tells the story. Davy is sixteen when the story starts, and […]

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The Story Behind “It Is Well With My Soul”

Posted by Sherry on 10/21/2009 in General, Music and Hymns, Poets and poetry, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

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Hymn #3: It Is Well With My Soul

Posted by Sherry on 10/21/2009 in General, Music and Hymns, Poets and poetry, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

Lyrics: Horatio Spafford, 1873. Music: VILLE DU HAVRE by Philip Bliss, 1876. Theme: And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[b] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:2b-4. Now if we are children, then we […]

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Wednesday’s Whatever: I Like Lists

Posted by Sherry on 10/21/2009 in Booklists, General, Music and Hymns, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

Especially book lists: Time’s Top 10 Literary Hoaxes. This list is interesting, but it’s really the Top Ten Mostly Recent Literary Hoaxes. I’ve written about a couple of others that were perpetrated in the past: Leonainie: The Poet Poe in Kokomo Chatterton, the Wonderful Whelp. C. Michael Patton’s Top Fifteen Must Have Books on Apologetics. […]

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Hymn #4: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Posted by Sherry on 10/20/2009 in General, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

Lyrics: Martin Luther, translated to English by Frederick H. Hedge. Music: EIN FESTE BURG by Martin Luther. Theme: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters […]

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