But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
When Dr. Torrey was president of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, he received a letter from a distressed father. The man had a prodigal son named Bill, who was breaking his heart as children will do. The man wanted to enroll Bill at Moody. Dr. Torrey replied that he sympathized with the father, however it wouldn’t be possible to admit the boy. Moody was a Bible school, not a reformatory. The father wrote again requesting Bill be allowed to attend. Finally Dr. Torrey agreed, provided the boy meet with him daily and abide by the rules.
Needless to say the arrangement took some time to get used to and Dr. Torry still had his doubts. Bill had serious problems. However, he did keep the rules and proved to be attentive to Dr. Torrey. To make a long story short, several years later that boy, William Newell, became a beloved professor at Moody Bible Institute.
In 1895 William began thinking of putting his testimony into verse form. The idea rolled around in the back of his mind for several weeks, then one day on his way to lecture, the lines came to him. Ducking into an empty classroom he jotted down the words on the back of an envelope. As he hurried to class, he met the director of music and handed him the verses, suggesting they needed an uplifting melody. By the time Dr. Newell finished his lecture the tune was ready.
The two men sang it together and it was published shortly after. Bill Newell went on to become a well-known Bible teacher throughout the Midwest and the author of a popular series of Bible commentaries. He once said that had he not gone through his troubled years, he might never have fully understood the importance of Calvary’s grace.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found liberty … At Calvary
Amen! What a message of His love for us! God prepares us in our valley time.
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