By Request, ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’

Requested by Erlene, this lovely hymn–Great Is Thy Faithfulness, sung by the Blue Rock Mennonite Youth–with some of God the Father’s most gorgeous background sets. If all He ever did was to create the beauty of the earth, we should love Him for that! But of course He has done so much more.

By Request, ‘I Saw the Light’

We have an entry in our hymn contest–requested by Ina (in Scotland!), I Saw the Light, sung by Johnny Cash. This video was originally part of a Columbo episode.

We still have had only one hymn get as many as 20 views; I can’t imagine why our hymn contest has fallen on such hard times. To enter, all you have to do is request a hymn. But only a rew people do that.

Well, it’s all over on Aug. 8…

By Request, ‘I Want to Stroll Over Heaven With You’

As if our hymn contest wasn’t in enough trouble already, I loaded this hymn onto my mouse and somehow managed not to post it. So I’m trying again.

Requested by Erlene, I Want to Stroll Over Heaven With You, sung by Alan Jackson.

Can I post it this time? Let’s find out.

‘Revive Us Again’ (J & J)

Look at this: now I have to enter my own hymn contest.

Just kidding. But I do hope some of you will enter soon with hymn requests.

We all love Joshua and Jeremy, and I always post their videos when I see them. We haven’t heard Revive Us Again lately, so it’s a nice surprise to hear it from our friends and colleagues, J&J.

By Request, ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’

I need an antidote to covering the nooze, and Erlene has provided one (plus another entry in our hymn contest)–Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, sung by Alan Jackson.

Most of you still haven’t entered the contest. Don’t be shy! Step right up. It’s open till August 8.

By Request, ‘A Mighty Fortress’

What hymn would better serve us as an anthem? Requested by “thewhiterabbit,” A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, by Martin Luther. YouTube doesn’t tell us who’s singing this; but I thought I recognized the walls and towers in the picture: “Those are the walls of Avila,” I mused, dredging up a memory from high school Spanish. And when I checked… that’s what they are, all right.

But the fortress that we sing of will never grow old.

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, ‘All Creatures of Our God and King’

A Sunday school favorite, the next entry in our hymn contest today–requested by “thewhiterabbit,” sung by the Altar of Praise Chorale: All Creatures of Our God and King.

By Request, ‘I Saw the Lord’

Sorry, running late today… so let’s get the hymn contest started.

Today’s first entry, requested by Erlene–I Saw the Lord, by Dallas Holm.

The contest only runs till August 8, the prizes are fantastic, it’s open to all–so why aren’t more of you entering? If you’re worried about the $2,000 entrance fee, well, let’s just get rid of it… There, it’s gone.

By Request, ‘O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer’

We’re off to a late start with the hymn contest, but here we go–

Requested by Tessa, O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer, presented by Sovereign Grace Music, performed by Prayers of the Saints Live.

The contest is open to all, so don’t be shy, step right up and name a hymn!