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Heritage Hymns Podcast

Heritage Hymns is an insightful, historical journey into the life and times of the gospel hymn writers and the music that forms much of our sacred, traditional, and conservative heritage. Each podcast, less than ten minutes in length, will expose this generation to hymnists like Fanny Crosby, Isaac Watts, P.P. Bliss and countless others. How can we know where we are going without first understanding from whence we came? Thanks for listening!

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The Old Rugged Cross

Do you cherish the old rugged cross?  If you do, you are bound to cherish this great hymn.  Here's the story of George Bennard, the author of "The Old Rugged Cross."  

11mins

8 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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Holy, Holy, Holy

Reginald Heber never saw the fruits of his devotional labor.  Time with Christ in God's Word produced a song that has long outlived his earthly journey.  Hear the story of "Holy, Holy, Holy" in this episode!  

10mins

1 Aug 2017

Rank #2

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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Seeking just the right words to give to two friends who had suffered the loss of their wives, Mr. Showalter encouraged them through the words of Dueteronomy 33:27.  Lean on the everlasting arms!   Hear the story in this episode!

6mins

18 May 2017

Rank #3

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Mansion Over the Hilltop

Just like that nine year old boy in the poor country of Texas, my father is building me a mansion just over the hilltop!  Hear the story in today's episode!

5mins

7 Jun 2017

Rank #4

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Come Thou Fount

Few songs are as beloved as Robert Robinson's "Come Thou Fount."  Listen to Pastor Cox tell the brief history of Robinson's classic hymn.

7mins

10 Aug 2016

Rank #5

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No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus

Charles Weigle overcame the loss of his loved ones by remembering that "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus."  Hear the episode in today's episode!

11mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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Take My Life and Let It Be

A brief history of the life and songwriting ministry of songwriter Frances R. Havergal.  Frances Havergal was used of God to write the beloved hymn Take My Life and Let It Be.

6mins

19 Jun 2016

Rank #7

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Lord, I'm Coming Home

William Kirkpatrick was so burdened for a soloist in a conference whom he did not believe knew the Lord.  Hear the story of the soloist's conversion in this episode!  

7mins

30 May 2017

Rank #8

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Grace Greater than our Sin

Julia Johnstone's life story is the story of the hymn.  Unlike other hymn stories, there is no great circumstance underlying its authorship-- just a  Christian who loved Christ and understood grace.  Listen to the story in today's episode!  

7mins

15 Nov 2017

Rank #9

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10,000 Angels

Ray Overholt was used of God to write the beloved song "10,000 Angels."  Listen to the fascinating story of how this wonderful song was used to bring its author to Jesus.

9mins

2 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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Doxology

A brief history of the life and songwriting ministry of songwriter Thomas Ken.  Thomas Ken was used of God to write the beloved hymn "Doxology."

7mins

12 Jun 2016

Rank #11

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Swing Low Sweet Chariot

A brief history of the life and songwriting ministry of songwriter Wallace Willis.  Wallace Willis was used of God to write the beloved hymn "Swing Low Sweet Chariot."

5mins

30 Jun 2016

Rank #12

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Amazing Grace

John Newton was more than a slave owner between England and Africa, for at one point he was the servant of slaves in Africa.  Yet, by the marvelous grace of Christ, he was saved.  His song would later become one of the most popular songs around the world, sung by saints and sinners alike.  However, only the truly redeemed can understand its true meaning and power.  This is the story of "Amazing Grace" in today's episode of Heritage Hymns.

12mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #13

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

In 1707 Isaac Watts produced a new hymnal.  This publication served as a pivot-point for church music that still echoes through the pews of our day.  Hear the story of Isaac Watts and his masterful depiction of Calvary, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross!

9mins

19 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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My Faith Looks Up To Thee

A brief history of the life and songwriting ministry of songwriter Ray Palmer.  Ray Palmer was used of God to write the beloved hymn "My Faith Looks Up To Thee."

7mins

3 Jun 2016

Rank #15

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In the Garden

A brief history of the life and songwriting ministry of songwriter C. Austin Miles.  C. Austin Miles was used of God to write the beloved hymn "In the Garden."

10mins

24 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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Draw Me Nearer

What do you say after watching the sunset?  Fanny Crosby exclaimed, "Draw Me Nearer!"  Hear the story in today's episode.  

6mins

22 May 2017

Rank #17

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Ninety and Nine

A brief history of the life and songwriting ministry of Ira Sankey.  Ira Sankey was used of God to write the beloved hymn "The Ninety and Nine."

14mins

8 Jul 2016

Rank #18

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The Love of God

The next time you sing this classic the dark hours of your life, think of a Jewish Rabbi who wrote it during the dark ages of genocide, who, as still incomplete, understood something of the love of God.  Here's the story of "The Love of God."

10mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #19

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Sweet Hour of Prayer

Today’s story is the tale of influence— the influence of a blind, lay preacher in a trinket shop in England…and the influence of a seasoned song writer on a universally-known singer.  This is the story of Sweet Hour of Prayer in today’s episode of Heritage Hymns.  

6mins

4 Sep 2017

Rank #20