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Dr. Jim Willoughby

Dr. Mike Holloway ~ March 15, 2020

In 1938, Britain's Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, met with Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and the French Premier to discuss Hitler's demand for the western part of Czechoslovakia. The reason given was that most of the people living in that region spoke German.  This region was formerly Austria, which had been forfeited as part of the ramifications of WW I.  The real reason was that Hitler was planning to rule the world, and he needed the wealth of natural resources in this region to finance his ambitions.  Chamberlain had already been warned that if Hitler did not get his way, he would invade the region and take it anyway.  In order to prevent another war, Chamberlain agreed to meet at what came to be known as the Munich Pact.  At this meeting, the Soviets were not invited to attend, nor were the Czechs.  During this meeting, it was obvious to Chamberlain that Hitler was serious about risking a war in order to meet his demands, and therefore, he gave his permission for Hitler to peacefully take the region, promising not to attack or oppose him when he did.  On this day in 1939, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia but when he saw no opposition, he decided to take the entire nation!  Chamberlain was shocked and upset but did nothing.  From there, Hitler then invaded Poland and conquered it as well, and that was when Chamberlain began to realize what he had done.  In granting Hitler permission to invade one nation without opposition, he had thrown gasoline on a flame, which started WW II.  The greatest lesson learned from the Munich Pact was that a bully must be stared down and not appeased.  If Hitler had been challenged by Chamberlain, there might not have been a world war.  Satan and evil must be looked upon in the same way.  Satan is a bully, as is our flesh.  If we choose to live our lives by going with the flow and trying to have as much peace and comfort as possible, we will only be feeding the beast that will one day turn on us and attack with a vengeance.  When the devil tries to bully us, we need to make our way into the presence of Christ and stand our ground.  By doing so, we are appeasing the Lord while resisting the devil, which is the safest place to be.

This Day In History

Hymn Stories

Dr. Jim Willoughby ~ March 15, 2020

The well known hymn, “At the Cross,” was actually one of three versions of “Alas, and Did My Saviour Bleed.”  This hymn was written by a brilliant man by the name of Isaac Watts.  Watts was born in England in 1674, son of a non-conformist preacher who was sent to prison twice due to his convictions.  His father did not agree with the Catholic church or the Church of England.  He read the Bible to Isaac and all of his children each day.  When Isaac was eleven years old, his father addressed a letter to all of his children encouraging them, "...frequently to read the Scriptures...get your hearts to delight in them...above all books and writings account the Bible the best and read it most...lay up the truth of it in your hearts."  At age fifteen, Isaac Watts accepted Christ as his Saviour.  From his earliest years, Isaac displayed great intelligence.  By the age of sixteen, he was fluent in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and French.  He also became an accomplished writer, penning  academic books on geography, astronomy, grammar, and philosophy.  Even though his friends strongly encouraged him to become a doctor, he chose instead to follow God’s call to the ministry.  He became the assistant pastor of a small independent church in London in 1699, and in 1702, he became the head pastor.  Throughout his life, he wrote over five hundred hymns, including “Alas, and Did My Saviour Bleed.”  This particular hymn has been heralded throughout the years as one that contains an immense amount of Bible doctrine.  Specifically, it is a masterpiece concerning the matter of propitiation.  In 1885, Ralph F. Hudson added the refrain and the tune that we know and use as "At The Cross."   As an example to how this song has been used by the Lord, the famous hymnwriter, Fanny Crosby, once stated that she had been to the altar multiple times seeking peace and, “...it seemed to me that the light must indeed come then or never; and so I arose and went to the altar alone. After a prayer was offered, they began to sing the grand old consecration hymn, 'Alas, and did my Saviour bleed, And did my Sovereign die?' And when they reached the line, 'Here Lord, I give myself away,' my very soul was flooded with a celestial light. I sprang to my feet, and then for the first time I realized that I had been trying to hold the world in one hand and the Lord in the other."