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Sing it, Mahalia! ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’

This is the rousing gospel song that’s been on my mind these past two days–and who better to sing it than Mahalia Jackson? Here she is in 1957 on the Nat King Cole Show.

You may want to turn up the volume for this. Yeah, I know, I say that almost all the time. Well, I’m not going to post stuff for which I recommend we turn down the volume, am I? Anyway, here’s one of our national treasures singing a hymn to wake us wide-awake!


‘Be Strong in the Lord’

I don’t know anything about this praise and worship song, other than it was written by Linda Lee Johnson in 1979 and a lot of people seem to like it. Also, it echoes one of my favorite passages of Scripture, Ephesians 6:10-17–which begins:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.


By Request, ‘The Lighthouse’

I think I may have posted this once before, but Erlene asked for it today, so here it is–The Lighthouse, performed by John Starnes. Some of these pictures, by the way, are gorgeous.


Encore, ‘Soldiers of the Lion’

By popular demand, one more time–Chuck Girard and Soldiers of the Lion.

There are Christians who just cringe all over at the military metaphor, never mind the New Testament resorts to it again and again.

This song reminds me of one of my favorite lines in all the Bible, spoken by David:

“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (I Samuel 17:26)

It is a question we can still ask today; and you can come up with as many answers as I can.


By Request, ‘I Am’

Well, now I have a bunch of hymn requests–and be patient, I will get to all of them.

I Am, by Mark Schulz–Allison, you asked for it, and here it is.

Praise the Lord, all ye lands.


By Request, ‘One Pair of Hands’

By popular demand, Carroll Roberson singing One Pair of Hands.

I wonder how they recorded this outdoors.


By Request, ‘Just a Closer Walk With Thee’

Erlene, I hope this is the one you wanted–Just a Closer Walk with Thee, sung by Carroll Roberson. His voice is a musical instrument.

You all out there, I know you enjoy these hymns, but you’ve also been letting Erlene and Linda to all the heavy lifting: so I’d like to hear from more of you. Let’s post your favorite hymns. As an added inducement, that’s that much less time I have available for reporting transgender news and bunk like that.


By Request, ‘My Redeemer Lives’

This is from a worship video used in his church, which the pastor posted on youtube. I dunno that I could ever get comfortable with that: I much prefer a hymnal.

But I’m not here to say anything about anybody’s worship preferences. Praising God is good–period! Thank you, Linda, for your request. I hope it was the one you wanted.

I am happy to report that I played basketball today, for the first time in I don’t know how long. I think the next oldest guy on the court was at least 25 years younger than me. Thank you, Father in heaven, for allowing me this. (And the old blood pressure wasn’t bad an hour later, either.)


By Request, ‘Is There a Mountain’

Erlene, you asked for it, so here it is: Is There a Mountain, by Carroll Roberson.

Everybody else out there–remember, the hymn shop is always open. Request a favorite hymn, and I’ll post it here.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.


By Request, ‘Jesus Paid It All’

No question has ever troubled more Christians than, “Am I good enough to get into Heaven?” Have I been good enough? Have I done enough good works? What if you had to do 500 good works, and you could only manage 498? And so on.

Listen to the message of both Testaments of the Bible, from Isaiah to Paul: the bill has been already paid–paid by Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.

Just listen.


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