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At Calvary

Today’s video features the hymn, “At Calvary,” written by William R. Newell in 1895. Newell was born in Savannah, Ohio in 1868. He attended Wooster College, Princeton and Oberlin Theological Seminary. He also spent time at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago serving as Assistant Superintendent.

While on his way to teach a class one day, the words to today’s hymn came to him. Finding an empty classroom, he sat down and quickly wrote the lyrics on the back of an envelope. A short time later he visited Daniel Towner, the Music Director at Moody, and showed him the lyrics he had just written. Towner went to a piano and within the hour had written the music.

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned–
Then I trembled at the Law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus ev’rything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary.

O the love that drew salvation’s plan!
O the grace that brought it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.

Mercy there was great and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my burdened soul found liberty–At Calvary.

Thank you for listening!

7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

(Isaiah 55:7)

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

(Galatians 5:1)

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