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MMF - Top Ten Favorite Hymns

Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by Dr. Bob, Apr 25, 2001.

  1. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    On the old BB this thread "opened a window" on the souls of our members. It helped me to express MY salvation in music and to see what moved and motivated others. In my music seminar last weekend we looked at 100 songs (examples of good or bad words, change made to lyrics, meter, endings, etc). As we looked at each, I kept saying "This is one of my favorites."

    Regulars and Lurkers -- What are your favorites?
    [ September 08, 2002, 09:56 PM: Message edited by: Aaron ]
  2. Barnabas H.

    Barnabas H. <b>Oldtimer</b>

    Jul 1, 2000
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    Great selections Dr. Griffin! Here is some of mine: [​IMG]

    01. Amazing Grace
    02. Blessed Assurance
    03. Crown Him With Many Crowns
    04. Dwelling In Beulah Land
    05. Faith Is The Victory!
    06. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
    07. He Lives
    08. It Is Well With My Soul
    09. Just As I Am
    10. More About Jesus
  3. Ransom

    Ransom Active Member

    Oct 3, 2000
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dr. Bob Griffin:
    Regulars and Lurkers -- What are your favorites?

    Again, in no particular order:

    <UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>Amazing Grace
    <LI>It is Well With My Soul
    <LI>And Can It Be
    <LI>All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
    <LI>Great Is Thy Faithfulness
    <LI>The Love of God
    <LI>Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
    <LI>Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
    <LI>A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
    <LI>Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

    "The Love of God," though not my favourite hymn on the list (that particular honour goes to "And Can It Be"), gets a special mention - as I have said elsewhere, its third stanza is the most beautiful piece of sacred verse set to music, ever.
  4. Pastor Steve

    Pastor Steve New Member

    Feb 14, 2001
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    My favorites?
    - Saved, Saved, Saved
    - It is Well
    - O Sacred Head Now Wounded
    - The Sands of Time
    - Doxology
    - To God be the glory
    - When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
    - When I Survey the Wonderous Cross
    - O That Will Be Glory
    - My Jesus I Love Thee
  5. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman Active Member

    Dec 15, 2000
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    In no particular order:

    It is well with my soul
    Great is thy faithfulness
    Joyful Joyful we adore thee
    Shine, Jesus, Shine
    It will never lose its power

    Let me think about the rest.
  6. MikeJ

    MikeJ New Member

    Mar 9, 2001
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    I hope you folks will indulge me a little. A little talk that I give every once in a while that I call "Top Ten". This is for fun, for all those mentioned, but most of all it is for Him.

    I love to sing. I’m not very good at it. But I love it. I have always believed that it wasn’t the quality of the voices, but the attitude of the hearts that made a choir. Choral music has been a big part of my life. There is a saying attributed to Martin Luther where the reformer is quoted “There is nothing the Devil fears more than Christians singing”. I’d like to share with you my “top ten” songs. These are songs that have special associations with people in my life.

    The first is a Malotte’s version of the “The Lord’s Prayer”. I think that Mario Lanza’s recording is the most haunting that I have heard. And the best performance of it that I have ever heard "live" was done by our choral director in Florida, Carolyn McShan. But the reason that this song is special to me is because of my Grandmother, Esther Jacob. Grandma had three sons, and six grandsons. I happen to be the shortest of the grandsons. And there was nothing that she liked more than to have these grandsons over to spend the night. As we got older and ornerier this got to be a challenge. This was her favorite song. And she sang it as a lullaby to us. Short, very independent and very Lutheran. She loved her Lord, and her family, especially her grandsons.

    The second is “Jesus Loves Me”. It has been said that there is no more succinct distillation of the Good News than this song. My special person for this song was our neighbor in Whitehall, Ohio, Mrs. Armentrout. Mrs. Armentrout held an after school Bible school in her garage. We memorized bible verses. She taught us to sing about Zacheaus. And she told us bible stories with felt characters. Now a day we have Power Point and Veggies Tales. And I wouldn’t go back. But remember those felt characters. Was there really a difference between the set for “Noah” and “Moses and Pharaoh”? Where she got the patience to teach that rambunctious and raggedy group of kids about Jesus, I don’t know. Well maybe I do. Mrs. Armentrout was an alcoholic. She had spent years in bondage to her addiction. She had one daughter, who got invited to a youth rally, and there she met Jesus. And then she took Jesus home to meet her mother. Talk about changed lives.

    The third song is a hymn. “It is well with my soul”. It is one of my daughter’s favorites. The incredible story of Horatio Safford. Losing his children in a shipwreck. Losing his business to the Chicago fire and still able to write: When peace like a river attendeth my soul and sorrows like sea billows roll. ……It is well with my soul.

    The fourth is “How Great thou Art”. My maternal grandfather’s favorite. Nolan Murphy was a man’s man. He wasn’t a particularly pious man. For most of his life he had kind of an arrangement with God. If God wouldn’t bother him, he wouldn’t bother God. He had no active antipathy towards the church. But he would have been a lot happier worshipping with a golf club or a tennis racket or a fishing rod in his hand than a hymnbook or a bible. Tell you something; he could wipe me all over a tennis court until I was 16 (he would have been almost 70). And he liked nothing better than to take his grandchildren golfing, fishing, or to a football or basketball game. He used to take me to HS basketball playoffs and Ohio State football and basketball games. Everybody called him GP at his insistence, because he was “too young to be a grandfather”. I was the number one grandson so I got him longer than any of the others. I adored him. I still miss him. I mentioned that he wasn’t particularly pious. I did have the opportunity to share the good news with him 3 years before he died. And later he did share with me that his favorite hymn was "How great thou Art".

    The fifth is the Baptist National Anthem, Amazing Grace. In 1981, I had the opportunity to serve as a substitute teacher at Spencer Memorial Baptist School. I was under-employed at the time and a baby Christian. $30 bucks for a 6 ½ hour day looked pretty good. I shared an office with a remarkable lady named Martha Futrell. Martha had a heart condition and she really didn’t have any business teaching school. No business but God’s business, that is. I came in one morning marveling about the story of John Newton and how amazing grace really is. And she related that her favorite verse of that song is the last one: When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun. We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’ve first begun. John Newton didn’t write that verse. But it is great and you know that wasn’t even in the Methodist hymnal till 1986.

    The sixth is a Ricky Skaggs song. “Somebody’s praying, I can feel it, somebody’s praying for me”. This song was introduced to me by a lady named Kim Toney. Her husband’s name was Gray Toney. Talk about confusing. Kim’s spiritual gift was encouragement. Gray’s spiritual gif was playing the banjo. Now don’t you snicker like that, give me a guitar player, Gray on the banjo and somebody on the harmonica and any four men from this choir and we could do a version of “I’ll fly Away” so that when we were finished we’d all look up and say, “Why is the roof still here? I’m ready.” Back to the song. I have had the opportunity to sing solo songs in church only three times in my life. And I got to sing this one Sunday evening service for my mother and father. I meant it. It was pretty neat. My Dad was misty eyed. My Mom was misty eyed. Our pastor, Brother Dennis, he was snuffling a bit. Even my son Matt, who I think was 13 at the time, told me. “That was a whole lot better than last time.” That’s not bad from a teenager.

    The seventh is my wife’s favorite. If you want to see Darlene’s face light up just start up “Victory in Jesus”. This special lady has put up with me for the last 27 years. . He loved ere I knew him and all my love is due him, he plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.”

    Number 8, is the “The Old Rugged Cross” this was Darlene’s Granddad’s favorite song. Pappy was born in 1885, to put that in perspective Grover Cleveland was president. Pappy went to be with the Lord in 1992. That’s 107 years. He drove a coal delivery truck until he was over 80 years old. The first time I met him, when we shook hands, he turned my hand over and ran his finger across my palm. “That hand never held a shovel.” He said. Not many of us are made of the same kind of stuff today. “I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.” If it was good enough for those hands, it’s good enough for mine.

    Number 9. Most of you will not be familiar with this one. It’s “Visions of Saint John” by John Ness Beck. It starts: “Behold, he cometh with clouds. And every eye shall see Him.” We sang this in high school as a choral contest piece in 1971. I knew more about Revelations from this song than from anything else. Thurman Davis was our choir director, he happened to be a Baptist. Thurman was a big part of my life for the 5 years that I attended Northland High School. He was little bit ornery. But the songs we sang. The testimony he gave us in that music has never left me.

    Number 10. The Hallelujah Chorus. For Thurman, for Grandma, for Don Grant, Jan Hauser, Becky Hartley,Carolyn McShann, John Otwell, Susan Cotton, Terry Sapp, Mike Crook, Steve Nance and Steve Brown. The Bible says that the heavenly choir is going to sing, “Worthy is the Lamb”. That may be so, but I believe that we will warm up with this. Maybe “Hallelujah to the Lamb”. But I don’t stop at ten I’ll cut Dr. Parker even shorter on time.

    Are we going to sing in heaven? Absolutely. Who is going to be in the choir? Revelations 5:13 says that “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, an all that is in them" will be the chorus. So you may as well start practicing now. None of this laying back. None of this wondering “Do I sound like …..?” You do, but to God you sound like Pavarotti, and that’s what’s important. What will we sing? Revelations also has some clues to that also.

    But one of the songs may go like this:

    Our Father who art in heaven,
    How great thou art
    It is well with my soul, because
    Somebody was Praying for me.
    And you have given amazing grace
    Because Jesus loves me and
    I will cling to the old Rugged Cross because
    We have “Victory in Jesus”
    I look forward to the day when I can behold the Lamb coming in clouds
    Hallelujah, hallelujah

    [ April 26, 2001: Message edited by: MikeJ ]
  7. Bob Alkire

    Bob Alkire New Member

    Mar 23, 2001
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    Amazing Grace, At The Cross, Beulah Land, Christ Arose, Jesus Paid It All, Whosoever Will, What a Wonderful Savior, Since I Have Been Redeemed, Stand on The Promises and There is Power in The Blood.
  8. apeman

    apeman Guest

    In no order:
    O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
    Power in the Blood
    Standing on the Promises
    How Firm a Foundation
    The Solid Rock
    Rescue the Perishing
    There is a Fountain
    Marvelous Grace
    Wonderful Grace of Jesus

    ~Theological Neophyte~
  9. Aaron

    Aaron Member
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    Sep 4, 2000
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    Well, I must say I am not in the habit of ranking hymns, so I'll simply jot down the first ten that come to mind, as they are probably my most favorite.

    <UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>My Faith Has Found a Resting Place<LI>Onward Christian Soldiers<LI>Tell Me the Story of Jesus<LI>Tell Me the Old, Old Story<LI>All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name<LI>Crown Him With Many Crowns<LI>Spirit of Faith Come Down<LI>At the Cross<LI>Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross<LI>Be Still My Soul[/list]

    Had to correct some grammar in the first sentence [​IMG]

    [ May 22, 2001: Message edited by: Aaron ]
  10. Q. Marlow

    Q. Marlow New Member

    May 19, 2001
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    Ten of my favorites no particular order:

    Victory in Jesus
    At the Cross
    What a Friend we have in Jesus
    Wonderful Grace of Jesus
    Blessed Assurance
    When I survey the Wondrous Cross
    Holy, Holy, Holy
    Onward Christian Soldiers
    There is a Fountain
    It is Well with my Soul (third verse is awesome)
  11. WisdomHunter

    WisdomHunter New Member

    May 21, 2001
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    Here are just a few, in no particular order:

    In the Garden
    Ivory Palaces
    The Bible Stands
    Be Thou My Vision
    What Child is This?
    Day by Day
    Amazing Grace
    Brethren We Have Met to Worship
    Jesus Loves Me
    My Father Planned it All
  12. extremebiblereader

    extremebiblereader New Member

    Jan 12, 2001
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    Okay i wanted to post somethng on this..being a baby christian i still have some favs.
    1. Amazing Grace
    2. How great thou art
    3. Blessed Assurance
    4. Set my soul afire
    5. Jesus Saves
    6. Jesus loves me
    7. Send the Light
    8. Jesus is the sweetest name i know
    9. Are you washed in the blood
    10. At the cross
  13. Billy Boy

    Billy Boy New Member

    Jun 25, 2001
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    One of my all time favorites is

    "Whosoever will may come."

    We need to sing it out loud, everyday!!

    Rev. Dr. Billy Boy aka Groomsey aka William Grooms, Lover of all esp. the ladies of the FFF
  14. Lorelei

    Lorelei <img src ="http://www.amacominc.com/~lorelei/mgsm.

    May 25, 2001
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    Sofly and Tenderly is my all time favorite.

  15. MagicDar

    MagicDar New Member

    Jun 21, 2001
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    I have noticed that I love the hymns when they are put to a more upbeat music or composed with a band.

    Shine Jesus Shine
    Wonderful Grace of Jesus
    Oh come let us adore him
    There's something about that name
    Every day with Jesus
    I know this isn't a hymn but I love it anyway
    Shout to the Lord

    :D Dar
  16. Gina B

    Gina B Active Member

    Dec 30, 2000
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    1. Be Thou my vision
    2. I've found a friend
    3. How Great Thou Art
    4. Come Thou Fount
    5. How firm a foundation
    6. Job's prayer (Fernando Ortega)
    7. The heart of Worship (?)
    8. It came upon the midnight clear
    9. Oh come, Oh come Emmanuel (my favorite)
    woops. Stick that on top.
    10. Holy, holy, holy
    I'm gonna go sing now.
    Gotta add one more. More precious than silver. There.

    [ June 27, 2001: Message edited by: Gina ]
  17. Psalm145 3

    Psalm145 3 New Member

    Feb 25, 2001
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    Before I was saved, I listened to a lot of rock music. Even after I was saved for a couple years I still listened to some rock as long as the lyrics weren't blasphemous.

    I now believe that rock music is hazardous to spiritual health, regardless of the lyrics. I haven't read the other threads in this forum yet, but maybe I'll find a place to post a Biblical philosophy of music.

    The Lord has put a new song in my heart, I love the old hymns. I'm still learning them(I'm only 4 years old) but there is one that I find myself whistling quite often: How Great Thou Art.

    It is Well With My Soul
    Blessed Assurance

    And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord
    (Eph. 5:18,19)
  18. PreacherBoy

    PreacherBoy New Member

    Jun 22, 2001
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  19. Kathy

    Kathy New Member

    Jun 27, 2001
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    In no particular order:

    I Love You Lord
    Glorify Thy Name
    How Majestic is Your Name
    Open Our Eyes, Lord
    Awesome God
    Holy Ground
    He Is Exalted
    As the Deer
    Shine Jesus Shine

    Kathy [​IMG]