‘A Mighty Fortress’ (with Lyrics)

I could hardly believe my ears, the first time I heard this, Martin Luther’s hymn, being played on the bells of St. Francis’ Church, across the street from me: A Mighty Fortress is Our God. Pope Benedict XVI had some good ideas, and allowing this hymn to be played was one of them.

Your Favorite Hymns continues–please feel free to add to the list.

Sing Louder! (‘A Mighty Fortress’)

One of the best pieces of advice I ever heard was from a woman on a little 15-minute Christian radio show, years and years ago. When things get really hard, when your faith is stretched to the breaking point, she said… sing louder!

For we have a mighty fortress and the devil can’t prevail against it. And so this hymn, by way of emergency relief–A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, sung by the choir and congregation at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

By Request, ‘A Mighty Fortress’

This hymn request from Joshua came along just when I needed it–A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, sung a capella by the Haven of Rest Quartet.

“My high tower, and my deliverer…”  Psalm 144:2

By Request, ‘A Mighty Fortress’

Whew! Back from an exhausting trip to Wegman’s: great store, but so noisy, so crowded!

Erlene thought we might enjoy this classic hymn by Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. We need that fortress. And we look forward to that day when the angelic host comes marching out of it.

By Request, ‘A Mighty Fortress’

Lest we grow downhearted, surveying our scarred and cratered cultural landscape, we have this timely hymn request from Susan–A Mighty Fortress Is Our God by Martin Luther, interpreted by Matt Boswell.

Whatever happens, we have got

The Spirit of God–and they have not.

Bonus Hymn, ‘Faith of Our Fathers’

I was sitting outside, working on The Wind From Heaven, the Lord had just showed me how to deal with a thorny problem in the plot, when the bells of St. Francis chimed this hymn, Faith of Our Fathers. I had to come in and post it for you: this lovely version by the kids at Fountainview Academy.

After that the bells played A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, by Martin Luther. Thank you for that, Pope Benedict.

Someday by the grace of God the churches will all be reconciled; and when Christ sets up His throne on earth, they will all be one in Him. Amen!

‘A Mighty Fortress’

Sung with gusto by the Maranatha Promise Band–A Mighty Fortress is Our God, by Martin Luther. God knows we have need of a fortress! “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46).

Even More Good News!

He’s still a mighty fortress! Turn up the volume.

Is this a case of “seek and ye shall find”? More good news–it’s out there.

According to a recently-released study by Harvard and Indiana University Bloomington, Christianity in America is not shrinking, but growing stronger (http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/22/new-harvard-research-says-u-s-christianity-not-shrinking-growing-stronger/?fbclid=IwAR2XkMLvWJzF3P4lTkrhMg-wSVxzmAdiCKhMoGsjhpNuM9s8U-Tu5n2YX9U#.XH7kV-iIzB6.facebook).

Yes, the mainline/flatline denominations are declining like mad, people leaving them in droves. But at the same time, overall church attendance, regular Bible reading, trust in the Bible as God’s word, and daily prayer, have held “steel-bar” steady for the past 50 years. It seems people who leave the loosey-goosey liberal churches don’t stop being Christians. They just go somewhere else.

Not only that: in 1989, studies found 39% of Christians held to “strong beliefs and practices.” In the 2018 study, that number had risen to 47%. And according to a Pew poll, the growth of Christianity in America is not within the church denominations, but in “the non-denominational family.” Meanwhile, Christians have more children than the secular crowd.

It all adds up to a “persistent and exceptional intensity” in American Christianity, says the Harvard-Indiana study.

And gee whiz, for some reason, you don’t hear the nooze media shouting it from the housetops. Probably because it makes them sad.

Couple this with Christianity growing stronger and stronger in Asia and Africa, and what we’ve got is some very good news indeed.

[Thanks to Susan for the news tip.]

‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God’ (with bells!)

 

Now this is a way to start the day! A Mighty Fortress is Our God–with choir, trumpet, organ.., and handbells. It must take hours and hours of rehearsing, to get it right.

If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, you’d better check to make sure you can still fog a mirror.

Performed by the choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God’

“God is our refuge and strength…” Psalm 46. Martin Luther, inspired by the Psalm, wrote A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. I think you’ll agree we need daily access to that refuge.

Sung here by the Roger Wagner Chorale–turn up the volume.