By Request, ‘Because He Lives’

Requested by “Thewhiterabbit”: this is the Gaither Vocal Band, with help from their live audience, going to town on Because He Lives. We start another blogging day with praise of the Lord.

By Request, ‘In the Garden’

Phoebe asked for this hymn, and that’s one of the jobs we do, so here it is–In the Garden, sung by Alan Jackson: with lyrics, too.

Consider this a sanity break. So much evil, so much madness out there…

‘By the Mark’

We have this from my chess buddy, “Ohio Chess Fan”–By the Mark, performed by Dailey and Vincent, presented by Bill and Gloria Gaither.

Remember, the hymn shop’s open all day, open to all. If you have a favorite hymn you’d like to share, just let us know.

Bonus Hymn: ‘I Sing the Mighty Power of God’

I don’t know why this particular hymn is in my mind today, but it’s welcome and I want to share it: I sing the Mighty Power of God, written by Isaac Watts in 1715 and still glorious today, sung by the Mountain Anthems. The phrase that moves me most: “all that borrows life from thee.” We are only here because He is.

I know things are pretty freakin’ awful just now–but look to the heavens, look to the earth, and praise the Lord for His creation. God’s stuff still works, and always will.

By Request: ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’

Requested by “Thewhiterabbit,” an old church and Sunday school favorite–Holy, Holy, Holy, sung by the Altar of Praise Men’s Chorale. Background sets by God the Father, maker of heaven and earth.

By Request, ‘Fairest Lord Jesus’

This is a good old Sunday school favorite. Our church’s hymnal said it went back to the Middle Ages.

Fairest Lord Jesus–requested by “Thewhiterabbit,” sung by kids from the Fountainview Academy.

‘Be Thou My Vision’ (Audrey Assad)

This Irish hymn is one of the oldest hymns in anybody’s hymnal; it was old when King Alfred burned the cakes. But today it’s more popular than it ever was–Be Thou My Vision, sung by Audrey Assad. Background sets by God the Father.

By Request, ‘Great Are You, Lord’

When I great hymn request at night, I hold it over to the next morning. I can’t keep track of everybody’s time zones.

Requested by SlimJim, Great Are You, Lord, performed by All Sons & Daughters.

Keep ’em coming, folks. It’s snowing and icing and sleeting out, and I seem to be stuck here today–might as well work, can’t get to the grocery store.

By Request, ‘Blessed Are Those Who’ve Never Seen’

This hymn by Carroll Roberson is based on Scripture: the story of Thomas’ doubt of Christ’s resurrection, told in John 20:26-29.

Requested by Erlene.

‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’

No studio: just somebody’s living room. No electronics. Nothing special in the way of acoustics. No instrumental back-up, not even a piano. But oh! how beautifully this hymn is sung!

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, sung by the Gordon Quartet–is this a blessing, or what?