Berean Bible Heritage Church

Preparing for Eternity

October 25, 2014; 9:12 pm
Jerusalem Time

Hymns and Their Stories

by Pastor Clinton Macomber

God created man to glorify Him in all things, and part of the wonder of man is the ability to harmonize and make a melodious sound in singing and with instruments of music. The largest book of the Bible is dedicated to the sole purpose of providing both the music and the words to be sung!

Whenever we take the gift of singing and music from God and use it for sensual reasons, it is blasphemy against not only God, but our Savior, Jesus Christ, and it sears closed our conscience from the work of the Holy Spirit.

Where the people of God loved their Savior enough to sing His praises, the church has had a rich and powerful testimony, whether in the cotton fields or in the flames of satanic hatred. The composers of the great hymns of the past have left a powerful testimony, and some of their stories are included here.

Hymn Story News Updates

Hymn Story News RSS

Joseph Scriven story

Well, we have worked on this story for several years, and finally got an edition finished and on the website! Joseph Scriven was an obscure man, but what a testimony he left behind! Because he was willing to stay in his small corner, seeking to exemplify an unselfish and holy life, quietly performing important feats of help to the poor and widows, he left a lasting impression on not only the farming community where he lived, but in the legacy of that private poem for his mother known as “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Almost every week this hymn is requested by those that attend our little chapels, and now the folks have the story to go with it.

We hope this story will help our brethren in Christ! The links are:

Joseph Scriven life story

What a Friend We Have in Jesus hymn story

Rev. Cleavant Derricks

Well, we finally got back to our hymn story research and writing! The work finished today was a borderline project, since the author was a little wilder in his music of later years than is really honoring to God. He went the way of John Peterson and others like them.

At any rate, the songs Rev. Cleavant Derricks wrote in the 1930’s when things were rough for people in America everywhere, were well received and encouraging! Cleavant worked hard to bringing out a strong proper rhythm, simple wording that is easy to remember and follow, and lively tunes with strong bass parts. He was a prolific writer of songs when he started out and then lost the enthusiasm after serving in World War II as an Army music director.

He decided to settle down and become a Baptist preacher, but his singing kept on going, but not in prestigious or notable churches. Finally in financial straights, he contacted a music producer, asking if he could sell some new songs he would work at writing. They instead did two record albums with him, supplying some much needed income, which was even more important, because it turned out he was dying of cancer.

To use the information in bulletins or other articles for church use, just eliminate the parts not wanted. I have paragraph starts in hopes I will eventually find out more information and be able to expand what was written.

The new article is: Rev. Cleavant Derricks, gospel song writer and Baptist pastor.

Frances Havergal

What an amazing woman! Would God could have every woman in such a devoted state to Him! What a different world this would be. As it stands is there anyone on earth with such devotion and incredible talent that shuns this world, its fame and fortune to serve only God? It would sure be wonderful to meet or even hear of such a person!

But as it stands, we can only pray for and hope one day soon, a present day Frances Havergal could stand up and challenge the state of things as we know it.

We have had this article for some time, and now we revisited it and added and edited things quite a bit. We also came across a really good drawing of her that will probably be ripped from our webpage and unscrupulously used all over the world! But the internet is a big club where too many have no integrity!

At any rate, have a look at this woman’s testimony. For the churches who use our information, printing the whole story is too much for most readers. I usually just take a focal point of a longer story like hers to print in our publications. If anyone wants more they can always get a copy of the full story easily. The emphasis tomorrow at our service will be her consecration story, and the rest gets pared off to fit the small space we can give it.

 

To see this new drawing and her story see our article: Frances Havergal.

Arthur Luther additions!

Wow! We are so thankful to God and Arthur Luther’s daughter for the opportunity to share these unusual items.

First off, we have gotten the article he wrote called “Cave Men Stuff” so that it is available with a redrawn graphic. You can see this at the following link:

Cave Men and stuff by Arthur Luther

Second, we have just finished processing and setting up eight of the songs he sang with his wife while playing his organ. To be able to hear this blessing of hearing a hymn writer sing hymns, click the following link:

Arthur and Irene Luther sing hymns

A media player has been added to the Jesus Never Fails page that has Arthur Luther singing the hymn with his organ. Use the following link to see this page and hear the music!

Jesus Never Fails by Arthur Luther

There are still several more items to add to this hymn writer from his daughter, so we hope we can get them processed soon!

Jesus Never Fails update

Arthur Luther contacted us and sent us a packet of stuff on her father! What a blessing! In it there was a tract that her father wrote about the famous hymn. Instead of using it as a source, we simply reproduced it, and deleted the duplications mentioned from our write up.

We have much more to add later!

To see the new information, use the following link:

Jesus Never Fails

New RSS link added

Chris Jones of with www.brynseionwelshchurch.org  in Beavercreek, Oregon, contacted me to let me know about their Gymanfa where they sing the Welsh hymns! I sure would love to go to such an event! Can’t wait to get to heaven to do it there!

He also asked if I could add an RSS link to the hymn story update blog. We took some time this evening and got that added and did some more tweeking of the appearance of the feature. Thanks Chris for the request! Hopefully this will help several others too!

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Last week we assembled an article on the hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” This precious hymn has an interesting story behind it.

However, on looking to clear out old articles, we came across an article Deborah had written on the subject! Our new article had the facts, and more detail, but we did not have the comment about animals. So we copied her paragraph and pasted it into the new article and made her a co-author. If you read the article last week, take another look and read the addition. She makes a very good point.

Link: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms hymn story

News section added

We are adding the news items to the directory pages, so website users can see the latest articles and changes. We hope this will make the website more useful for return users and let visitors see the site is in continual development. It will also save people from having to dig up the news system and go through it to find what they want. With our system is the automatic updates that a person can have emailed to them. Hopefully there will be more on that later.

So to start with we added the news setup on the main page. We are still wondering how much to include, so will be trying various things.

What we really want is to show the new history stories and hymn stories on their directory pages. So that will be straightforward.

Ok, we also worked on our Jerusalem date and time, changing our provider for that. We will also see how it does. So far either time service is slow and slows down the page quite a bit.

The links are as follows:

  1. Berean Bible Heritage Church main directory
  2. Hymn Stories
  3. History On This Day

Elisha Hoffman

Well, we just rewrote another set of articles and got them uploaded. We had some delays, since our website hosting company moved our server to another facility at the same time! But it looks like the big move is over, and our pages are now displaying again, just a lot faster than before!

Elisha Hoffman was quite a guy, and we hope we added a bit more detail than most have found. We also redid the graphic so that it is a bit more friendly to the eyes than before.

Along with him, was a couple hymns and their story. To see the new pages, use the following links:

Living for Jesus articles

We had started the conversion of this article some time ago, but could not find much on the writer of the music, Harold Lowden.

We worked on the project again today, and found a little more to add, but still it is hard to find anything on this man!

This concludes the work on this hymn so to see the links to the authors and the information about the hymn use the following link:

Living for Jesus hymn information.


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