Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.@Hebrews 10:21–22
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Phoebe P. Knapp (1839–1908)

Fan­ny Cros­by, 1873. My friend, Mrs. Jo­seph F. Knapp, com­posed a mel­o­dy and played it ov­er to me two or three times on the pi­a­no. She then asked what it said. I re­plied, Bless­ed as­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine!

This hymn was sung in the Acad­e­my Award win­ning mo­vies Plac­es in the Heart (1984) & Trip to Boun­ti­ful (1985). Based on the num­ber of hym­nals in which it ap­pears (ov­er 850), this song is Fan­ny’s most pop­u­lar work.

As­sur­ance Pho­ebe P. Knapp (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

During the recent war in the Trans­vaal, said a gen­tle­man at my meet­ing in Ex­e­ter Hall, Lon­don, in 1900, when the sol­diers go­ing to the front were pass­ing an­oth­er bo­dy of sol­diers whom they rec­og­nized, their greet­ings used to be, Four-nine-four, boys; four-nine-four; and the sa­lute would in­var­i­a­bly be an­swered with Six fur­ther on, boys; six fur­ther on. The sig­ni­fi­cance of this was that, in ‘Sac­red Songs and So­los,’ a num­ber of copies of the small ed­i­tion of which had been sent to the front, num­ber 494 was, ‘God be with you till we meet again;’ and six fur­ther on than 494, or num­ber 500, was ‘Bless­ed As­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine.’

Sankey, p. 122

Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

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This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

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Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

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