By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

Requested by Erlene, written by Fanny Crosby in 1875–Draw Me Nearer, Blessed Lord, sung by the Sanctuary Choir at the First Methodist Church, Houston.

Why do we have a hymn contest? To glorify God, to show Him that we love Him, and to do something together that reflects our Christian fellowship.

By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

How about an old Sunday school favorite? Requested by Erlene, Draw Me Nearer–one of some eight or nine thousand hymns written by Fanny Crosby, sung by the Celebration Choir. You might want to turn up the volume on this one.

We’re Short of Heroes

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We’ve got superheroes out the wazoo, thanks to our, ahem, “entertainment” industry. Superheroes for every conceivable occasion.

But not for real life. We did have one hero, President Donald Trump, but the global ruling class ran him right over. Took ’em four years to do it, but they did it. And now the good guys are powerless and there’s no one to stop the bad guys from running on all fours into Hell, as St. Gildas once put it.

We don’t need superheroes. We need real heroes–like, for instance, Fanny Crosby. Blinded by an incompetent doctor shortly after she was born, Fanny wrote some 8,000 hymns, many of which are still well-loved today. That’s a hero. Never mind the silly costumes.

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And I’ll bet we could find these heroes, if we looked. Find them, celebrate them, and follow their examples. Most of the good people have been driven out of politics–out of most of our institutions, I daresay. So we won’t look there. They’ll turn up in unexpected places.

But one thing we’re fabulously rich in, and that’s anti-heroes. Bad guys. Huge bad guys like George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg, and whoever’s pulling the strings for Joe Biden. And lots and lots of little villains who riot when BLM says riot and think they’re fighting fascism because fascists have told them so. And the medium-sized villains who train and instruct the multitude of useful idiots. Not to mention the bad guys in China, Russia, and Iran.

We pray the Lord our God will turn the ungodly against each other, as He has done so many times in history. When good guys are in short supply, He can use bad guys to tear and rend the other bad guys. Sennacherib, king of Assyria–invincible, the big cheese, proud enough to mock God–first he lost his army to the plague, and when he got back home, his own sons murdered him.

Liu Shao Chi, president of Red China: a devout communist, but the only man in China that had the courage to call Mao out for the Great Leap Forward–an experiment in mass murder that cost some tens of millions of innocent lives. Mao had Liu murdered by his doctors, but not before Liu stopped the killing spree.

God will find persons who will do His will. They will commit crimes against criminals, as did the sons of Sennacherib, or suddenly find themselves moved, like Liu, to stand for the right no matter what the cost.

Be uneasy on your thrones, you self-dubbed masters of the universe. The only God has taken your names, and judgment is coming.

‘Blessed Assurance’

You don’t often hear Blessed Assurance with a flute solo. Nathan and Lyle, with a few family members, have treated us to this cozy rendition of Fanny Crosby’s classic hymn.

Play It Again, Lee (‘He Hideth My Soul’)

I’ve just finished writing my Newswithviews column for the week. The day’s nooze has left a bad taste in my mouth. But this hymn has been in my mind all day–so I’m going to post it again.

He Hideth My Soul, by Fanny Crosby, sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir–and it’s as fresh and uplifting as it was when it first came out in 1890. An antidote to nooze!

‘He Hideth My Soul’

This was the first hymn that popped into my head last night, when I was looking for a hymn to start this morning. Well, why not? You can’t beat a hymn by Fanny Crosby, sung by the kids from Fountainview Academy. This video was filmed during their visit to Hawaii.

‘Blessed Assurance’

Can’t go wrong with a hymn by Fanny Crosby! Blessed Assurance she wrote in 1875, and it’s still as popular as ever. Sung here by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet. Background sets by God the Father. (Credit to SE Samonte posting on YouTube: I use many of the hymns posted on his site.)

By Request, ‘To God Be the Glory’

You can’t go wrong with a Fanny Crosby hymn! Requested by Erlene, this is To God Be the Glory, sung by the Apostolic Christian Men’s Group. Background sets by God the Father.

‘To God Be the Glory’

We have no hymn requests this morning, so I have to rely on my own favorites. Well, you can’t go wrong with hymns by Fanny Crosby, like this one–To God Be the Glory, sung by the Apostolic Christian Men’s Group. Background sets by God the Father.

And I look out the window and it’s snowing again…

‘He Hideth My Soul’

Let’s start the day with a classic Fanny Crosby hymn from 1890–He Hideth My Soul, sung by Nathan and Lyle with family and friends.

Y’know, we do take hymn requests, and we’re happy to do it: but only a few of you ever ask. Really, it’s the easiest thing in the world–just make your hymn request in a comment anywhere on the blog, and we’ll do the rest.