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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Behind the Song: Grace Greater Than Our Sins

Diana Leagh Matthews"We all need more grace to be given and to be shown.

This hymn stuck in my mind because I had a resident ask for the song on a regular basis. For a long time I thought it was his favorite, but later discovered it was his wife’s favorite.

After she passed, this hymn was a way for him to connect with her.

The hymn was written by Julia Harriette Johnston. She was born on January 21, 1849 in Ohio. At the age of six, she moved to Peoria, IL where she resided the remainder of her life. Her father, Robert Johnston, was a Presbyterian minister.
Her mother founded the Presbyterian Missionary Society of Peoria and Julia served as president for over twenty years. She also wrote Sunday School lessons for David C. Cook Publishing Company. Over the years she authored several books including Indian and Spanish Neighbors (1905) and Fifty Missionary Heroes (1913).

She wrote over 500 hymns, including Trust in Jesus, Praise the Redeemer and What Would Jesus Have You Do?. She worked with various composers over the years to set music to her poems. Grace Greater Than Our Sins is her best known hymn.


The hymn is dated to 1910. The lyrics express the unending grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The lyrics express the dark, despairing world we live in until we accept the grace “where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.”

Daniel Brink Towner composed the music for the poem. He was born on March 5, 1850 and began studying music under his father at a young age. He served as music director for a variety of churches before becoming music director at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. 


He composed over 2000 hymns including At Calvary, O Grace of God so Boundless, Send Out the Light and Anywhere with Jesus.

The tune for Grace Greater Than Our Sins was given the name Moody, for Towner’s association with Dwight L. Moody and the Moody Bible Institute.

The song is first believed to have been published in Towner’s Hymns Tried and True in 1911.

Julia Johnston died on March 6, 1919. Towner died later that year on October 3, 1919 in Longwood, Missouri.

In the Baptist hymnal we use for sing-a-longs, this song is across from Amazing Grace and the two songs flow together seamlessly.

How have you seen God’s grace greater than our sins?"


Behind the Song: Grace Greater Than Our Sins Go to this link to read her original posting, and scroll to the bottom where Bill Gaither's singers sing it, and then listen to other selections... or listen to the-

Bill Gaither's singers sing it!


  Pray with me-

    Father, how we praise You today! The beauty we see on sun-shiny days is breathtaking!
   Please accept our grateful praise for Your great grace given to us through Jesus, Your Son.
   Thank You for making a way that is greater than our sins, as we sure do need that provision on a daily/hourly manner.
   As we listen to Grace Greater than Our Sins, may we understand Your love for us in a bigger measure.
   I ask this in the precious, mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.

Hannah's Prayer Youtube  {Now, here's a preacher/prayer!)
(Google images and my emphasis added)

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 36:8 "They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house: and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures."

Today’s quotes: "God wants the best for us and continues to work to free us from anything hindering our closeness to Him. If we don’t let go of our past, we’ll become trapped in our past. When God unsticks us, let’s not go back to get re-stuck. Don’t chase after what God has removed. 

When you are feeling dismantled, your life in shatters, remember God takes broken and creates beautiful. Pursue God and all the pieces fall into place. You are unstuck in Christ. He has set you free, so be free!" Lisa Buffaloe
(Taken from Lisa Buffaloe's Blog

   Unstuck  

Posted: 07 Jan 2016)



“If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable. Think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad. C.S.Lewis 

Some thoughts today: God wants to be one with us. We need people to encourage and instruct us in how to walk successfully this Christian way.

~ Because you know someone cares, take correction. (see Jer. 30:11 b). If sin is an issue; anything that's not God's way, like grumbling and complaining, deal with it. Repent and with God's help, be determined to stop it!

~ Spiritual battles in prayer tears down strongholds of wrong beliefs and habits. Be careful who you "hang with". Be forewarned: "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners." (1 Cor. 15:33).


26th- Tuesday’s post by Wesley L. Duewel- 
     #11 We Are Failing God

28th- Thursday's post by Wesley L. Duewel-
     #12 Wanted: Giants in Prayer

30th- Saturday's post by Lee Forbes-
     The Devil Found an Easy Prey

31st- Sunday evening's post by Sharon Jaynes-
     You Could Be Someone's Miracle




A popular post: 8 Free Gifts You Should Give 

THE GIFT OF LISTENING . . .
But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming,
no planning your response. Just listening.

THE GIFT OF AFFECTION . . .

Be generous with appropriate hugs..."





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