Hymn Contest Winner!

Before the whole thing turns into “What hymn contest? What’s he talking about?”, let me announce the winner of the contest. Drum roll, please.

On July 28, Ina requested I Saw the Light, by Johnny Cash, which received 21 views that day. The prize is–well, she already has the new book, The Wind from Heaven, but there’s still the cool T-shirt that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.”

Ina, please let me know which prize you’d like to receive, and send me your mailing address.

Note: Just because the contest is over doesn’t mean we’re going to stop posting hymns and taking hymn requests. We’d love to post yours!

And the Hymn Contest Winner Is… (Not So Fast, There)

Why Were Angels Singing to Me?

Wait a minute–now it looks like I won the hymn contest. That can’t be right. I must disqualify myself.

Tomorrow I’ll announce the real winner. Don’t miss it!

By Request, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

One of my favorites, requested by Erlene–Doc Watson singing What a Friend We Have in Jesus–almost brought to tears, too. This is a hymn that makes people pause and listen, if you whistle it as you go by on the sidewalk.

Hard to sing this without feeling it! I’m not sure that can be done.

Hymn Contest Closes Tomorrow

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Good grief! It’s already August 7, which means tomorrow Patty and I celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary.

And it’s also the day we close the hymn contest. So if you’re going to enter, do it now.

It’s easy–just request a hymn. The hymn that gets the most views on the day it was requested wins the contest; the reader who suggested it wins either an autographed copy of one of my books or this cool red T-shirt that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.”

So far the leading hymn has 21 views/votes.

By Request, ‘Crown Him With Many Crowns’

In requesting this hymn, Phoebe was a little bit afraid it might be not quite in season. I don’t care about that! I’ll post a Christmas carol in August if somebody requests it.

I don’t think any hymn is ever truly out of season.

Crown Him with Many Crowns, sung by the Martin Brothers… Background sets by God the Father.

‘O Worship the King’

No hymn requests from any of you bashful people out there! Ah, well… here’s one of my favorites–O Worship the King, sung the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

The hymn contest closes Sunday and so far the leading hymn has just 21 views on the day it was requested.

By Request, ‘A Moment of Time’

The only hymn entered into our hymn contest today, so far–requested by Erlene, A Moment of Time, by Carroll Roberson.

I had hoped our hymn contest would both glorify God and add another dimension to our fellowship. Oh, well…

‘Wonderful Peace’

Well, I can’t force readers to enter the hymn contest, can I? It’s over on Sunday; and as of now, the leading hymn has 21 views. What can I say? Only a handful of reader request hymns.

Here’s one I never heard before–Wonderful Peace, sung by Fountainview Academy students visiting the coast of California.

By Request, ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’

Requested by Erlene–Onward, Christian Soldiers, sung by the Sanctuary Choir at the First Methodist Church, Houston.

Libs hate this hymn! They don’t want to hear that we’re at war. But war it is, and here’s what St. Paul had to say about it (Ephesians 6: 10-17).

Our warfare is ultimately not against flesh and blood, but forces of spiritual evil.

We wear as armor the truth, and righteousness, and the gospel of peace.

Our helmet is salvation, and our weapon is the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.

With the shield of faith we extinguish the fiery darts of the wicked.

And we pray unceasingly.

This war is fought out in this fallen world every day and every night; and “go along to get along” is not the way to win it.

‘Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise’

Well, the hymn contest is winding down, it’ll be closed on Aug. 8, only a few readers participate… I tried.

No entries this morning, so I’ll go with a favorite of my own: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise, sung by the Smucker Family.

It’s not too late to join the rather small throng of contest entrants. A hymn request is a contest entry, and you can make it by leaving a comment anywhere on this blog. The hymn that gets the most views on the day it was requested is the winning hymn, and whoever requested it gets a prize.

So far the leading hymn has a mere 21 votes.

I’d love to hear from some of you who’ve never entered!