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Dear Refuge of my Weary Soul

Anne Steele wrote this hymn in the mid- to late 1700’s. The thoughts and emotions are just as applicable today as then. Her version had 8 four-line verses, the modernized version put to music by Kevin Twit has changed that to 4 eight-line verses, eliminated one set and repeated the last.

Verse 1 […]

Not What My Hands Have Done

Today is Reformation Day, when many Christians celebrate the beginning of the Reformation. It all started with Martin Luther and his 95 Theses, which he was hoping would simply end the practice of the Pope selling indulgences to raise money. They led to much more than that, though. From that start came the “five Solas” […]

Habakkuk’s Song

On a flight home from LAX last summer I was listening to my iPod (the only Apple device I use regularly) and the playlist made it to the album “Canticles“, a compilation by Cardiphonia, and to the song “Habakkuk’s Prayer” by Caroline Cobb. What had been background music all of a sudden made it to […]

Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

John Newton wrote this hymn in 1779. It still works today.

Christ Is Our Cornerstone by Katy Snow

Approach, my soul, the mercy seat, Where Jesus answers prayer; There humbly fall before His feet, For none can perish there. Thy promise is my only plea, With this I venture nigh; Thou callest burdened souls to […]

A new song for this morning

In case you need a fresh start this morning, here’s an old hymn by Anne Steele, straight from the 18th century to today, just to get you going.


I. LORD of my life, O may thy praise Employ my noblest pow’rs, Whose goodness lengthens out my days, And fills the […]

A Hymn for the Resurrection

Christians, dismiss your fear! The Lord is risen indeed! Let every breast with gladness glow, And every mouth sing praise. […]

New Christmas Music from Sojourn

Sojourn Music, a ministry of Sojourn Church, just released a new Christmas CD, “A Child Is Born”, with many reworked carols and a couple of new songs (at least to me).

Sojourn Music has done a number of CDs, but my favorites are the two based on the works of […]

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

I’m singing the offertory Sunday, doing one of my favorite songs, but with a new melody. I wrote about it earlier, in this blog post, but the text bears repeating here. The lyrical melody line is nothing like what you’ve sung in the past or heard on “Little House On the Prairie” and breathes new […]

What a place to hide!

O safe to the Rock that is higher than I, My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly; So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine, would I be; Thou blest “Rock of Ages,” I’m hiding in Thee.

Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee, Thou blest “Rock of Ages,” I’m hiding in Thee.

In […]

Now may the God of peace and love

Now may the God of peace and love. Who from th’ imprisoning grave Restored the Shepherd of the sheep, Omnipotent to save;

Through the rich merits of that blood Which He on calvary spilt, To make the eternal covenant sure On which our hopes are built;

Perfect our souls in every grace, To accomplish all […]