Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus

Hymn Story Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymn Lists by book of Bible Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus Helen Lemmel (1863-1961), a gifted singer, was born in England to a Methodist minister and his wife.  Her family moved to the United States when she was 12 years old.  Her parents recognized her musical gifts, [...]

2018-03-30T15:49:40+00:00Hymn Stories|

Trust and Obey

Hymn Story Trust and Obey Hymn Lists by book of Bible One night at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting in Brockton, Massachusetts, a young man stood up to testify about his confidence of salvation.  He said, "I am not quite sure," meaning that he wasn't really certain that God would save him from his [...]

2016-05-19T07:53:37+00:00Hymn Stories|

To God Be the Glory

Hymn Story To God Be the Glory Hymn Lists by book of Bible Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) was blinded by an illness as an infant, but she lived a long life full of joy and accomplishment.  She entered the New York School for the Blind at age 15, and remained there for 35 years, first [...]

2016-05-19T07:50:22+00:00Hymn Stories|

This Is My Father’s World

Hymn Story This Is My Father's World Hymn Lists by book of Bible Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901) was an extraordinarily talented young man from a well-to-do family, so he could easily have succeeded at any profession.  God called him to be a minister of the Gospel, and he followed the call faithfully. As a [...]

2016-05-19T07:46:22+00:00Hymn Stories|

Ye Servants of God,Your Master Proclaim

Hymn Story Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim Hymn lists by book of Bible We are familiar with stories of Christians being persecuted by Roman emperors and representatives of particular religions.  We are less aware of Christians being persecuted by other Christians.  That, sadly, has too often been true.  A recent example is the [...]

2016-05-19T07:44:56+00:00Hymn Stories|

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Hymn Story There's a Wideness in God's Mercy Hymn Lists by book of Bible The author of this hymn, Frederick William Faber, was raised as a Huguenot, but went to Oxford and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1837.  He then came to know John Henry Newman, the famous Catholic priest (and later [...]

2016-05-19T07:43:11+00:00Hymn Stories|

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Hymn Story While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Hymn lists by book of Bible This hymn was written by Nahum Tate (1652-1715) and Nicholas Brady (1659-1726). Tate was the son of an Irish clergyman, who fancied himself a bit of a poet.  The son, Nahum, became an accomplished poet, and was appointed Poet Laureate of England [...]

2016-05-19T07:41:25+00:00Hymn Stories|

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life

Hymn Story Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life Hymn lists by book of Bible Frank Mason North was neither a missionary nor a hymn writer, but was asked to write a missionary hymn for the Methodist hymnal.  That request wasn't completely random, because North was an officer of two city missions—the New York City [...]

2016-05-19T07:39:11+00:00Hymn Stories|

There Is a Balm in Gilead

Hymn Story There Is a Balm in Gilead Hymn Lists by book of Bible There Is a Balm in Gilead African-American slaves sang spiritual songs to bring a bit of light into their otherwise bleak existence.  Their songs comforted and strengthened them.  Some, such as "Go Down, Moses," held out promise of freedom, but in [...]

2016-05-19T07:38:21+00:00Hymn Stories|