WORSHIP IN SONG for 12/8/19.
We sang this hymn in worship December 8, 2019: Because He Lives, #364, We seldom think of this song as a Christmas song, but “Because He Lives” began that first Christmas and He still lives on today.
Bill & Gloria Gaither – Because He Lives [Official Live Video] ft. Gaither Vocal Band
Alabama – Because He Lives (Live)
Because He Lives // Jedidiah Horca // Live at 401 – a Contemporary Christian Music version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvJwuEBNgPo
Three Children Sing a Stunning Rendition of Because he Lives:
Southern Gospel – Booth Brothers, “Because He Lives”
We invite you to choose one of these versions to listen to as a part of your devotions today.
HISTORY (quote): Now for the story behind “Because He Lives,” as Gloria told it to me in one of several interviews. In the late 1960s, while expecting their third child, the Gaithers were going through a rather traumatic time in their lives. Bill was recovering from a bout with mononucleosis. It was a special period of anxiety and mental anguish for Gloria. The thought of bringing another child into this world, with all of the “craziness,” was taking its toll on her.
On New Year’s Eve, she was sitting in their living room, in agony and fear. The educational system was being infiltrated with the God is dead idea, while drug abuse and racial tensions were increasing. Then suddenly, and quite unexpectedly, she was filled with a gentle, calming peace. It was as if her heavenly Father, like an attentive mother bending over her baby, saw his child and came to her rescue. The panic gave way to calmness and an assurance that only the Lord can impart. She was assured that the future would be just fine, left in God’s hands.
Shortly after the baby was born, both Bill and Gloria remembered that the power of the blessed Holy Spirit seemed to come to their aid. Christ’s resurrection, in all of its power and affirmation in their lives, revitalized their thinking. To Gloria, it was life conquering death in their daily activities. Joy once again dominated the fearful circumstances of the day. (Quoted from: Story behind the song: ‘Because He Lives’ by Lindsay Terry, Posted Jan 29, 2015 at 4:10 PM at https://www.staugustine.com/article/20150129/lifestyle/301299969)
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