Spiritual Moments with the Great Hymns: Devotional Readings That Strengthen the Heart

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Harper Collins, 1997 - Religion - 256 pages
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The great hymns keep on giving strength, bolstering faith. They endure because they "build on the human heart." As do these meditations based on seventy favorite hymns and gospel songs. Sometimes they beckon, softly and tenderly; sometimes they pierce like a trumpet call. Like the hymns, the readings in this books may herald tidings of comfort and joy. Rephrase an old, old story. Remind us that Jesus loves us and bids us to shine. Testify to God's amazing grace. Prompt us to fall on our knees, to lift up every voice. Some of them tie a song's origin to its message. Many weave in moments of epiphany: How and when did a particular hymn touch someone's spirit? All of them lead you to consider God's Word as you face daily victories and challenges. There's something extraordinary about these devotional readings by Evelyn Bence. Put yourself in the hands of a masterful storyteller--who knows how to draw you in and draw you near.
 

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Contents

Introduction 11
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Tliomas Chisholm 19
We Plow the Fields and Scatter Matthias
Silent Nightt Joseph Mohr 39
Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Angels We Have Heard on High
We Three Kings John Henry Hopkins 57
Joy to the World baac Watts 63
Gave My Life for Thee Frances Ridley Havergal 151
51
Hymns as Prayers
57
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
65
How Great Thou Art Smart K Hine 171
74
Songs of Testimony
81
Know Whom I Have Believed
87
And Can It Be? Charles Wesley 192
98
Celeb ration of Community
7

God Our Help in Ages Past Isaac Watts 78
Jesits Loves MeAnna Warner 87
Onward Christian Soldiers Sabine BaringGould 93
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Tell Me the Stories of Jesus William Henry Parker 105
5
In the Garden CAustin Miles
17
At the Cross Isaac Watts refrain by Ralph Hudson 120
27
Words That Challenge
38
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
45
Lift Every Voice and Sing James Weldon Johnson 212
15
For All the Saints William Walsham How 221
21
Pictures of
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Like as a Mother Coniforteth William Runyan 232
35
What a Friend We Have in Jesus Joseph Scriven 238
41
Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
48
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Evelyn Bence is author of several books, including Mary's Journal, winner of the Christianity Today critic's award.

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