Tuesday, November 30, 2010


   He was born two months prematurely on a Monday on the thirtieth day of the month of November in the year of our Lord 1874 in Blenheim Palace of Woodstock, Oxfordshire in Great Britain under the name of  Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.  Though he was born into a world of material affluence, he would have to overcome obstacles in his life that could have held him back.  As a young boy, to the discouragement of his father, he did not do well in school.  Many believe now that this was due to young Winston having a form of dyslexia.  He spoke with a heavy lisp that could still be heard in his latter public speeches.  Both of his parents were were concern about keeping up their social status than giving any affection to young Winston or any of his siblings.
   In the 1930s Churchill would become the lone voice warning Great Britain and the world about the coming conflict with Adolph Hitler and the Nazis.  As Great Britain's Prime Minister during World War II, he would bolster the courage of the tiny island nation in the darkest days of standing alone against the Nazi war machine by the commanding power of his voice.  Churchill saw World War II as a fight for the survival of Christian civilization against Nazi barbarism.
   Let's let this loin out of his cage, and speak for himself:

   "Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old." (in an address to the House of  Commons, June 4, 1940)

   "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

   "Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or pretty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."


Ephesians 6:13

   Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  (ESV)

Ephesians 6:13

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