There can be no “best” hymn sung by Christian churches, but there are some that are far more popular than others. A few have become classics, sung by generations. Consider John B. Dykes and Reginald Heber’s “Holy, Holy, Holy,” or “Amazing Grace” by E. O. Excell and John Newton.

The former places third on GodTube’s all-time hymn hits list, the latter comes in at No. 1. (GodTube is a Christian-emphasis parallel of the better-known YouTube.)

Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com.

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Charlotte O'rourke

Besides Amazing Grace, I’ve also been partial to Farther Along which gives me faith in knowing it will all work out as God intended. Sometimes like in the Durst case, you wonder? Justice sometimes comes slow and sometimes not in this lifetime, but faith in knowing that you will eventually understand why is my comfort. Thanks for the article.

Lines from Farther Along:.

Tempted and tried, we're often made to wonder

Why it should be thus all the day long

While there are others living about us

Never molested though in the wrong

When death has come and taken our loved ones

It leaves our home so lonely and drear

Then do we wonder why others prosper

Living so wicked year after year

Farther along, we'll know all about it

Farther along, we'll understand why

Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine

We'll understand it all by and by

"Faithful 'til death", said our loving Master

A few more days to labor and wait

Toils of the road will then seem as nothing

As we sweep through the beautiful gates

Farther along, we'll know all about it

Farther along, we'll understand why

Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine

We'll understand it, all by and by

Yes, we'll understand it, all by and by

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