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Pioneering podcaster Steve Webb tells the stories behind some of Christianity's greatest hymns, then plays the song, often with a contemporary flair, from some of today's most talented musicians.

Lifespring! HymnStories Steve Webb

    • Religión y espiritualidad

Pioneering podcaster Steve Webb tells the stories behind some of Christianity's greatest hymns, then plays the song, often with a contemporary flair, from some of today's most talented musicians.

    HS63: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

    HS63: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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    This Episode's ArtistSarah NoëlleLinks: YouTube | Facebook







    Thanks to Robert J. MorganAs always, I want to thank Pastor Robert J Morgan for giving his permission to use his books Then Sings My Soul volumes 1 and 2 as the source material for Lifespring! HymnStories. Without that, this show might not exist. Check out his books here, or wherever books are sold.







    LyricsWords: Robert RobinsonMusic: Traditional American Melody







    Come, thou Fount of every blessing,tune my heart to sing thy grace;streams of mercy, never ceasing,call for songs of loudest praise.Teach me some melodious sonnet,sung by flaming tongues above.Praise the mount I'm fixed upon itmount of God's redeeming love.







    Here I find my greatest treasure;hither by thy help I've come;and I hope, by thy good pleasure,safely to arrive at home.Jesus sought me when a stranger,wandering from the fold of God;he, to rescue me from danger,bought me with his precious blood.







    Oh, to grace how great a debtordaily I'm constrained to be!Let thy goodness, like a fetter,bind my wandering heart to thee:prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,prone to leave the God I love;here's my heart, O take and seal it;seal it for thy courts above. 

    • 8 min
    HS62: How Firm A Foundation

    HS62: How Firm A Foundation

    This Episode's ArtistWendell KimbroughLinks: YouTube | Website | Twitter | Facebook | bandcamp







    Thanks to Robert J. MorganAs always, I want to thank Pastor Robert J Morgan for giving his permission to use his books Then Sings My Soul volumes 1 and 2 as the source material for Lifespring! HymnStories. Without that, this show might not exist. Check out his books here, or wherever books are sold.







    LyricsWords: KMusic: Early American Melody







    1 How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!What more can he say than to you he has said,to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?







    2 "Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed;for I am your God, and will still give you aid;I'll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.







    3 "When through the deep waters I call you to go,the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;for I will be with you, your troubles to bless,and sanctify to you your deepest distress.







    4 "When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,my grace, all-sufficient, shall be your supply;the flame shall not hurt you; I only designyour dross to consume and your gold to refine.







    5 "E'en down to old age all my people shall provemy sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;and when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne.







    6 "The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,I will not, I will not desert to his foes;that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,I'll never, no never, no never forsake."

    • 9 min
    HS61: Nearer, My God, To Thee

    HS61: Nearer, My God, To Thee

    This hymn is one of my favorites, and one aspect of the story behind it is one of the most famous there is.







    This Episode's ArtistAnna RicheyLinks: YouTube | Website | Instagram







    Thanks to Robert J. MorganAs always, I want to thank Pastor Robert J Morgan for giving his permission to use his books Then Sings My Soul volumes 1 and 2 as the source material for Lifespring! HymnStories. Without that, this show might not exist. Check out his books here, or wherever books are sold.







    LyricsWords by Sarah F. AdamsMusic by Lowell Mason















    Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me, still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to thee; nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 







    Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, darkness be over me, my rest a stone; yet in my dreams I'd be nearer, my God, to thee; nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 







    There let the way appear, steps unto heaven; all that thou sendest me, in mercy given; angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to thee; nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 







    Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise, out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise; so by my woes to be nearer, my God, to thee; nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 







    Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky, sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly, still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to thee; nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

    • 9 min
    HS60: Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

    HS60: Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

    Today's hymn story is that of “Jesus, Lover Of My Soul”. Lyrics by Charles Wesley and music by Simeon B. Marsh. I think you’ll like it, and the version of the song I play for you.







    This Episode's Artists







    The Living Stones QuartetLinks: YouTube Spotify Amazon Music Apple Music







    Thank you to Robert J. Morgan







    As always, I want to thank Pastor Robert J Morgan for giving his permission to use his books Then Sings My Soul volumes 1 and 2 as the source material for Lifespring! HymnStories. Without that, this show might not exist. Check out his books here, or wherever books are sold.







    LyricsJesus, lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly, while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high; hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past; safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last! 







    Other refuge have I none; hangs my helpless soul on thee; leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me. All my trust on thee is stayed, all my help from thee I bring; cover my defenseless head with the shadow of thy wing. 







    Plenteous grace with thee is found, grace to cover all my sin; let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the fountain art; freely let me take of thee; spring thou up within my heart, rise to all eternity.

    • 11 min
    HS59: Lifespring! HymnStories “Revive Us Again”

    HS59: Lifespring! HymnStories “Revive Us Again”

    Today’s hymn is Revive Us Again, and I think you’re really going to like the performance by today’s artists.







    The lyrics of Revive Us Again were written by William P. Mackay, and the music by John J. Husband.







    This Episode's Artists







    The Akins, a father, David. and his two sons, Nick and Eli. If you like what you heard, check out their website  at akinsministry.com. The video for this song is here.







    Thank you to Robert J. Morgan







    As always, I want to thank Pastor Robert J Morgan for giving his permission to use his books Then Sings My Soul volumes 1 and 2 as the source material for Lifespring! HymnStories. Without that, this show might not exist. Check out his books here, or wherever books are sold.







    Lyrics







    We praise Thee, O God!For the Son of Thy love,For Jesus Who died,And is now gone above.







    Refrain:Hallelujah! Thine the glory.Hallelujah! Amen.Hallelujah! Thine the glory.Revive us again.







    We praise Thee, O God!For Thy Spirit of light,Who hath shown us our Savior,And scattered our night.







    All glory and praiseTo the Lamb that was slain,Who hath borne all our sins,And hath cleansed every stain.







    All glory and praiseTo the God of all grace,Who hast brought us, and sought us,And guided our ways.







    Revive us again;Fill each heart with Thy love;May each soul be rekindledWith fire from above.

    • 8 min
    HS58: Lifespring! HymnStories “I Am Thine, O Lord”

    HS58: Lifespring! HymnStories “I Am Thine, O Lord”

    Our hymn today is I Am Thine, O Lord, with lyrics by Fanny J Crosby and Wm. H. Doane.







    I’ll tell you the story behind the hymn, and then I’ll play a lovely rendition of the song by Nathan Drake of Reawaken Hymns.







    Special thanks to Nathan Drake of Reawaken Hymns for allowing me to use his beautiful recording of this hymn.







    Also, thanks to Robert J. Morgan for allowing me to use his books, Then Sings My Soul, as source material for Lifespring! HymnStories.







    Lyrics







    I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice,and it told thy love to me;but I long to rise in the arms of faithand be closer drawn to thee.







    Refrain:Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,to the cross where thou hast died.Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,to thy precious, bleeding side.







    Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord,by the power of grace divine;let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,and my will be lost in thine.







    (Refrain)







    O the pure delight of a single hourthat before thy throne I spend,when I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God,I commune as friend with friend!







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    There are depths of love that I cannot knowtill I cross the narrow sea;there are heights of joy that I may not reachtill I rest in peace with thee.







    (Refrain)

    • 9 min

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