I came across a few very old hymns recently that have been recorded by Red Mountain Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Before jumping to any conclusions, please read my disclaimer…I make no claims to know anything about the church’s doctrine or way of life, so this is by no means an endorsement of the ministry. In much the same way that I don’t refuse to sing Fanny Crosby hymns because we would differ on some doctrinal issues, or refuse to read AW Tozer’s books because he wasn’t a Baptist, not knowing or agreeing with Red Mountain Church, is not a problem for me. I’m sorry if it is for you.
Both of these hymns have ministered to my soul lately and have provoked me to worship throughout the day. I purchased them through iTunes, but a simple search of the title would provide several different sites to download the mp3s, given that someone would desire to do so.
The first is entitled, “Lord, Dissolve My Frozen Heart” and was written by Thomas Kelly who lived from 1769-1855. I’ve been unable to find the date that this hymn was written, and while it can be no less than 157 years old, to me, the words still seem as fresh as they would have been the day they were penned.
The second, called “Christ or Else I Die” and written by William Hammond (1719-1783), is a prayer in and of itself. Take a moment and enjoy a portion of it below.
If you are anything like me, an old hymn full of rich and weighty words that has stood the test of time, should be welcomed in our churches. I, for one, wish we had these already translated into Portuguese.
I’d love to know your opinions…