Christians, keep your banners waving

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1 Christians, keep your banners waving;
The hosts of Satan all are raving,
And he himself leads in the fight.
Girt with truth, go forth to meet him;
Yea, with the Word of God defeat him
And put his wicked hordes to flight.
Defy the gates of hell!
With us Immanuel!
Hallelujah!
The mighty foe, by Him brought low,
No more shall work us harm or woe.

2 Christians, fight all lust within you;
Let no enticing evil win you,
But conquer in the Savior's might.
From the Lord new vigor gaining,
Let not the light of faith be waning,
But keep it ever clear an bright,
If ye grow weak in soul.
O look to yonder goal
With its glory,
And let us fight with all our might,
The victor's crown we have in sight.

3 Christians, fight, for time is flying,
And daily we ourselves are dying;
Our sojourn here below is brief.
When the world is terror-stricken,
And Jesus all the dead shall quicken,
Then we from death shall gain relief.
So let the world deride.
The Lord is on our side;
We shall triumph.
The deed is done, God's only Son
For us the crown of life has won.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #244

Translator: Herman H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

Author: Wilhelm Erasmus Arends

Arends, Wilhelm Erasmus, son of E. F. Arnds, pastor at Langenstein, near Halberstadt, was born at Langenstein, Feb. 5,1677. He became, in 1707, pastor at Crottorf, near Halberstadt, and in 1718, pastor of the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Halberstadt. He died at the latter place, May 16,1721 (Koch, iv. 389; Allg. Deutsche Biog., i. 516; manuscript from Pastor Spierling, Halberstadt, and Pastor Schafft, Langenstein). He is said to have contributed three hymns to pt. ii., 1714, of Freylinghausen's Gesang-Buch Of these Nos. 118, 303 are ascribed to him at p. 3 of the Grischow-Kirchner Nachricht, 1771, to Freylinghausen's Gesang-Buch, while the other is left anonymous. It is:— Rüstet euch ihr Christenleute. [Christian Warfare.] First… Go to person page >

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Translator: Herman H. Brueckner
Author: Wilhelm Erasmus Arends

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