Oh, How He Loves You And Me – written in 1975

OH, HOW HE LOVES YOU AND ME                                            written in 1975

The Story

Kurt Kaiser (1934 – ) has many awards for composing, conducting, and arranging music… including lifetime achievement awards. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He has written many tunes in several different music styles and has written more than 400 songs.

Where do his ideas come from? He says, “Through the years I have been in the habit of keeping my ears tuned to the things people say, a phrase that may give me an idea for a new song. I’ll write it down quickly… and file it away in a special place in my office.  Occasionally, I will pull these things out and look at them.”

One day he came across the line, “O, how He loves you and me.” He began to think about that phrase, and in 15 minutes he had written this song. It’s a simple song, but God has used it to touch millions of hearts.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – take comfort in the fact God loves you.

O how He loves you and me!

O how He loves you and me!
He gave His life, what more could He give?
O how He loves you, O how He loves me,
O how He loves you and me!

Jesus to Calv’ry did go,

His love for mankind to show;
what He did there bro’t hope from despair:
O how He loves you, O how He loves me,
O how He loves you and me!

Jesus, Name Above All Names – written in 1974

JESUS, NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES                                           written in 1974

The Story

One December, Naida Hearn (1931-2001) of Palmerton, New Zealand was making a list of all the names of Christ she knew, some from the Old Testament and some from the New Testament.

When Naida went to do her family’s laundry, she had to go out to the “wash house” behind their house. One day as she went out back to do her wash, she took that list with her and put the list on the windowsill so she could meditate on it as she did the laundry. As she thought about the list, she began to sing. She said God gave her the first line: “Jesus, name above all names”… and the rest came as she continued to sing.

Naida thought she’d better write down those words before she forgot them, so she interrupted the laundry, went back into her home, and sat down at her piano to write it out. While she wrote it down, she asked God, “Is that okay, Lord? Is it alright like that?” She thought she felt God was saying it was fine as it was. That was all Naida wrote, and then she went back to her laundry. It was just that simple.

The Song

            Read this chorus, and – today – proclaim the name of Jesus!

Jesus, name above all names,
beautiful Savior, glorious Lord,
Emmanuel, God is with us,
blessed Redeemer, living Word.

Jesus, loving Shepherd,
Vine of the branches, Son of God,
Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor,
Lord of the universe, Light of the world.

Greater Is He That Is In Me – written in 1973

GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME                                                  written in 1973

The Story

Lanny Wolfe (1942 – ) was born in Columbus, Ohio. He learned how to play the piano by ear, a talent that was used in his local church growing up. He went to Ohio State University and received his baccalaureate degree in Business Education, and began teaching public schools. Going to night school, he finished his MBA there as well.

Being a talented church musician, he was offered a job at a Pentecostal Bible school in California to teach worship music – which led him to return to a traditional learning atmosphere where he eventually received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from San Jose State University. He eventually finished a second Master’s in the same field.

He headed the music departments at several Bible schools affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church International. Since 1993, he has served as music director at a charismatic non-denominational church in Houston, as well as being a music instructor at South Texas Bible Institute. Lanny is presently serving as CEO for Paradigm Music Productions, writing, conducting choir clinics at churches across the country and accompanying members of the original Lanny Wolfe Trio for reunion concerts at selected churches and venues throughout the nation.

Lanny was driving through Nevada one day on his way to Montana, the kind of trip that gives plenty of time for thinking about and composing music. Lanny remembers that trip like this: “I was just riding in my car and I had a moment of truth of the Scripture that I had read all my life. It was just a realization of what that Scripture really meant.”

That Scripture was 1 John 4:4: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, and the Holy Spirit gives us the confidence and courage we need to face any obstacle.

The Song

Read this hymn, and – today – walk in the confidence that comes with knowing Christ is with you.



Greater is He that is in me. Greater is He that is in me.

Greater is He that is in me… than he that is in the world.


Satan’s like a roaring lion, roaming to and fro

seeking whom he may devour; the Bible tells me so.

Many souls have been his prey to fall in some weak hour,

but God has promised us today His overcoming power. (CHORUS)


On the Day of Pentecost, a rushing mighty wind

blew into the upper room and baptized all of them

with a power greater than any earthly foe,

and I’m so glad I’ve got it, too.  I’ll let the whole world know. (CHORUS)

Freely, Freely – written in 1972

FREELY, FREELY                                                                            written in 1972

The Story

            Jimmy and Carol Owens make up a songwriting team that became known to the world during the Jesus Movement of the 1970s.

One Sunday evening after a church service, Jimmy and Carol were eating with Jack Hayford, pastor of the Church on the Way, just northeast of Los Angeles. Pastor Hayford suggested, “Why don’t you write a musical about our church?” This suggestion wasn’t intended to focus on their particular church as much as it was meant to focus on the principles of ministry that had made the church successful.

Jimmy and Carol began to work on the project immediately. They saw it as “a gift from God to the universal church”. Working with singer Pat Boone, they put together the Come Together musical. In 1973, they took the musical to England, where it was presented 400 times, often in large halls in cathedrals. Across the United States, young people of diverse churches were coming together in new ways that hadn’t been experienced before.

At the heart of this musical were the simple words and melody of “Freely, Freely”, written by Carol, and taken from the instructions of Jesus as He sent out His disciples: “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8).

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – share the Christ you have been freely given.


Freely, freely, you have received;

Freely, freely give.

Go in My name and, because you believe,

others will know that I live.


God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name.

I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name.

And in Jesus’ name I come to you

to share His love as He told me to.

He said… (CHORUS)


All pow’r is giv’n in Jesus’ name;

in earth and Heav’n in Jesus’ name,

and in Jesus’ name I come to you

to share His power as He told me to.

He said…  (CHORUS)


God gives us life in Jesus’ name;
He lives in us in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you
to share His peace as He told me to.

He said… (CHORUS)

Father, I Adore You – written in 1972

FATHER, I ADORE YOU                                                                 written in 1972

The Story

Many people have some of their best times of worship while riding in a car! And a car is a great place to sing because no one but God can hear you… and He already knows what kind of voice you may or may not have.

Terrye Coelho (1952 – ) and her sister were driving home from a wonderful Christian-life Conference, worshipping God, as they traveled. Terrye started composing a new worship song… this song, and her sister joined in. By the time they arrived home, the whole song – text and tune – was finished. Terrye had just become a Christian a year before, and at the age of 20, she was worshiping the Lord through her own music.

A different Person in the Trinity is praised in each of the 3 short verses of this song, but when the worship chorus is sung as a round, the Trinity is praised simultaneously.

This song has great harmony, especially when sung as a round… and seems to fill whatever space it is sung in.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – read it as a prayer.

Father, I adore You… lay my life before You;
how I love You.
Jesus, I adore You… lay my life before You;
how I love You.
Spirit, I adore You… lay my life before You;
how I love You.

Alleluia – written in 1972

ALLELUIA                                                                                          written in 1972

The Story

Jerry Sinclair grew up in Calais, Maine, which is about as far northeast as you can go in the United States. Then he moved to Orange County, California, which is about as far southwest as you can go in the United States. What did he do when he got to California? He wrote a song with one word in it: Alleluia. This song became famous not only in America but around the world. Sometimes God works in surprising ways.

I could find no public record of when Jerry was born, but he died in 1993. As a teenager, Jerry was a singer. He moved from Maine to Oklahoma, and then on to California in the 1960s… during the Jesus Movement. When worship choruses became popular in the early 1970s, it was this song that led the way. Jerry Sinclair is remembered for his ministry on the streets in California with and for the Jesus People Movement.

In Scripture, the psalmists apparently thought the word “alleluia” was the perfect word for worship. It means “Praise the Lord”, and in Psalm 150, the last psalm, the psalmist used the word “praise” 13 times in its 6 verses.

In this worship chorus, Jerry used the word “Alleluia” 8 times. It’s the simplest song you’ll ever know.

I remember singing this song for the first time at Church Camp at Camp Formosa in Formosa, Arkansas.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – praise the Lord!









Seek Ye First – written in 1972

SEEK YE FIRST                                                                               written in 1972

The Story

Karen Lafferty (1948 – ) always seemed to be coming in second.

She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in choral music and oboe, and by that time she also played piano, saxophone, and guitar. She entered the Miss New Mexico contest and ended up as first runner-up. Thinking she could climb the ladder in show business, she started singing in bars and clubs in New Orleans. But, as a Christian, she realized this was not the right place for her to be. She was faced with a decision; she was either going to live for Jesus Christ or not.

She renewed her commitment to the Lord and decided to use her talents for Him. But, when she auditioned for Campus Crusade’s music ministry, she was turned down; they didn’t think she was a mature enough Christian. She was crushed; it seemed God was shutting every door… even the doors she thought He would obviously want opened. She decided to give guitar lessons, but only got 3 students – not nearly enough to support herself.

It was the lowest point in her life… and went to a Bible Study. That night, they studied from Matthew 6, and focused on that verse that says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” That night, she went home and began plucking notes on her guitar… until the words and melody for this song came out. She went to bed after that and slept in peace, for the first time in a long time, confident God would do something with this song… and with her.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – put this song to practice in your life.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you – Allelu, alleluia!

Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find;
knock and the door shall be opened unto you – Allelu, alleluia!

We do not live by bread alone, but by ev’ry word
that proceeds from the mouth of God. Allelu, alleluia!

My Tribute – written in 1971

MY TRIBUTE                                                                                     written in 1971

The Story

Andraé Edward Crouch (1942-2015) was the son of bivocational-pastor parents. He says he received the gift of music as a child, when his father was called as a guest preacher and pastoral candidate to a small rural church that had no musicians. He began playing for them at the age of 11. He wrote his first gospel song at 14, and formed his first band, the COGICS, in 1960.

In 1965 he formed The Disciples, which lasted until 1979, and as a protegé of Audrey MieirRalph Carmichael, and other leading Contemporary Christian Music artists of the time, went on to win a total of nine Grammies, and numerous other awards. He wrote his first well-known song, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power“, at the age of 15, but most of his songs that have gained congregational currency flowed from the years when he was active with The Disciples. After The Disciples were disbanded, Crouch continued his recording and performing career, and also became more active in church ministries.

After his parents died (1993-94), with his twin sister, Sandra, he took over the pastorate at the church his parents had led, New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoma, California. In December 2014, Crouch was hospitalized for pneumonia and congestive heart failure, and in January 2015, he was readmitted to the hospital following a heart attack. He died there five days later, at the age of 72.

In his life, Andrae did pretty much everything. He pastored a church, worked with drug addicts and prostitutes, and produced much of the music for Disney’s The Lion King and Spielberg’s The Color Purple. He performed in more than 60 countries.

Most of all, Andrae enjoyed helping troubled people. A young man named Larry was an example of one of these troubled people. It didn’t seem Larry would ever be one to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, one day, after a church service, Andrae saw Larry weeping… and, soon, Larry surrendered his life to Jesus.

On one occasion after that, Larry called Andrae and asked him to read Luke 15, the chapter that has the stories of the lost sheep and the Prodigal Son. Larry was convinced Andrae could write the greatest song of his career from that chapter. Andrae knew that chapter well, and didn’t find the inspiration to write a great song from that chapter. Until the next day… when inspiration came.

Thinking partly about Larry… and partly about the Prodigal Son, Andrae wrote this song. “To God be the glory for the great things He has done.”

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – give God the glory due Him for the great things He has done in you and through you.

How can I say thanks for the things You have done for me;
Things so undeserved yet You gave to prove your love for me?
The voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude.
All that I am, and ever hope to be… I owe it all to Thee.

To God be the glory!  To God be the glory!
To God be the glory for the things He has done!
With His blood He has saved me.  With His power He has raised me.
To God be the glory for the things He has done!


Just let me live my life and let it be pleasing Lord to Thee,
and if I gain any praise, let it go to Calvary.

With His blood He has saved me.  With his power He has raised me.
To God be the glory for the things He has done!

Through It All – written in 1971

THROUGH IT ALL                                                                            written in 1971

The Story

Andrae Crouch (1942-2015) was a gifted musician who received many honors and successes in life… but he also has had his share of heartaches. In one church he sang at, the first 4 rows of people walked out when he walked onto the stage; they didn’t know the man they had invited to sing was an African-American. At another engagement, the church couldn’t find housing or him because of his skin color… and a church member volunteered a shed next to a chicken coop for him to stay in.

But, this song wasn’t written as a result of those kinds of events. It was written after Andrae had purchased a ring for a young lady who often sang with his group. He says, “We were working for 3 days at a church in Northern California, and I had picked out that time to ask her to be my companion for life.”

The first night his fiancée-to be didn’t show up. She didn’t come the next night, either. On the third night she came, gathered the group together, and announced she was in love and planning to get married. But she wasn’t talking about Andrae; she was going to marry someone else.

After the service that night, the heart-broken Andrae drove 5 hours back to his home. During that long drive he wept and prayed… and thought back to David in the Old Testament, and how he had been directed by God’s rod and God’s staff. When he got home, he sat down and wrote this personal testimony as a hymn.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – think of tough times when you had to rely on God.

I’ve had many tears and sorrows, I’ve had questions for tomorrow;
there’ve been times I didn’t know right from wrong:
but in every situation God gave blessed consolation
that my trials come to only make me strong.

Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

I’ve been to lots of places, and I’ve seen a lot of faces;

there’ve been times I felt so all alone.
But in my lonely hours, yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus let me know that I was His own. (Chorus)

I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through;
for if I’d never had a problem I wouldn’t know that He could solve them…
I’d never know what faith in God could do. (Chorus)