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  • Richard Mansel 5:04 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Motivations for Hating God 

    In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

    How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

    After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. (More …)

     
    • Karen 5:33 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, this is an excellent article. I will use it in my conversations with people who just do not get it. Some people brush over this horrible time in history like it was not that big of a deal. I think our minds just want to blot it out as one would blot out viewing a horrific crime scene or accident. It is mind-boggling to me how the world witnessed this and allowed it to continue. The thing that people don’t understand is that Jesus was Jewish. His only difference was He was the Messiah, the son of God. If we are the brothers and sisters of Jesus then the Jews are like first cousins to us. Some people bent on hate just can’t understand that.

      • Richard Mansel 7:45 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Karen for your kind words and thoughts.

  • Richard Mansel 1:33 pm on 2011-04-17 Permalink | Reply
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    The Face of Evil 

    Satan’s influence in this world is firm and all-encompassing. Throughout all of society, we see the existence of evil. His ways have touched the hearts of men leading them to do the Devil’s will.

    I was recently watching a two-part documentary on the “History International” channel on “The Third Reich.” The second part of the series discussed the fall of the Nazi party in Germany. They examined film, audio and remembrances of the German people during World War II. It was unlike anything I have ever seen.

    One part was especially chilling.

    A 21 year-old Nazi soldier named Willy Peter Reese talked about how the Nazis marched into Russia. In his video footage he had built a small gallows, where he had suspended three stuffed animals with tape. He had piled wood underneath them and he set the wood on fire to burn their bodies as they hung from the gallows. He said, “We marched into Russia. Murdered the Jews, strangled the women, killed the children. Everyone knows what we bring.”

    That was one of the most frightening things I have ever heard a soldier say. I can’t get this out of my mind and I’ve watched that scene several other times. We need to be reminded from time to time that such evil exists and that in Christ, we are free from Satan’s grasp.

    Every person is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). However, with some, their good parts are frozen from disuse. They have given themselves completely to, what C.S. Lewis called, “Our  father below.” He is constantly out to destroy us and steal our humanity (1 Peter 5:8; Luke 22:31).

    Only through Christ can we be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s blood will wash away our iniquities, freeing us from the disease of sin (1 John 1:7; Acts 2:37-38).

    We cannot control what other people do, and the evil in their hearts. All we can do is serve the Lord and be ready when we take our last breathe (Luke 13:3-5). Evil may kill our bodies, but they are defenseless against our soul!

     
  • Mike Riley 9:08 pm on 2010-01-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Miep Gies, Who Helped Hide Anne Frank, Dies At 100 

    Brethren, since I love human interest stories, I just had to share this article about a selfless lady (Miep Gies – now deceased at 100 years of age) who assisted in hiding Anne Frank from the Nazis: http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/22211455/detail.html

    Anne Frank’s cousin wrote of this lady:

    “Every day for over two years she put herself in danger by hiding Jews from the Nazis,” said Anne Frank’s cousin, Bernd “Buddy” Elias, who last saw Gies on her 100th birthday. “If they had caught her, she would have been put in a concentration camp herself.”

    Ms. Gies said of herself in helping Anne:

    “Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.”

    “The Diary of Anne Frank” (published in 1947) was the first popular book about the Holocaust and has been read by millions of children and adults around the world in 70 languages.

    A very selfless and brave lady in helping others under very trying and difficult circumstances.

     
    • Richard Hill 2:13 pm on 2010-01-13 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting this Mike. What an impressive lady! We need more people in the kingdom willing to put their livelihoods and their lives on the line.

      When we truly see the gift of salvation we’ve been given, we come to understand a seemingly paradoxical statement. It costs us nothing and it costs us everything.

      I pray for courage today, this year and the rest of my life not to give in to my own fears, but realize God has put me where I am for a purpose. When Esther feared for her safety Mordecai gave her warning and this wise advise. In Esther 4:14 he says “. . .Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (NKJV)

      Though I might suspect what God has in mind, there’s no way I can know. Here’s a humbling thought. I might not have the capacity to understand it even if He whispered it in my ear! The requirement is not to understand. The requirement is to act with the courage of my convictions in whatever lies before me. God will work out the rest. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”
      Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

      How do we see our place in the kingdom of God? Is it just one of privilege? Do we see the responsibility that has been placed on us?

      • Mike Riley 8:55 pm on 2010-01-13 Permalink | Reply

        Richard, thank you for writing these encouraging comments! Yes, we are indeed put on this planet to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. We must have the courage, the conviction, and the fortitude to fulfill that purpose.

  • Richard Mansel 1:51 pm on 2009-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    A Good Attitude During the Holocaust? 

    Tim Hall’s excellent article today tells us how we can be optimistic in life.

     
  • Weylan Deaver 10:27 pm on 2009-11-24 Permalink | Reply
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    “Favoured Races” 

    Let’s remember the full title of Charles Darwin’s book when it was first published in 1859: “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”

    You can’t hold onto natural selection/survival of the fittest, and at the same time uphold the equality of humanity. Darwin ushered in evolution, which gave us eugenics, which gave us the Holocaust (millions dead) and abortion (tens of millions dead). Evolutionists have a lot to celebrate, no?

     
    • Phil Sanders 10:49 pm on 2009-11-24 Permalink | Reply

      Some years ago I was required to read the “Origin of Species.” What I most noted was all that Darwin admitted he did not know. So much of what he said there was not from knowledge but from speculation (according to his own words). He is one who has stabbed in the dark and left a lot of lies and devastation.

      A century and a half of research still cannot fill the blanks of his ignorance. He only postulates and speculates. In all of this he asks men to deny the wisdom of an eternal, omniscient Creator God so they might drink from his broken cistern.

      Phil

    • Richard Mansel 3:47 am on 2009-11-25 Permalink | Reply

      Evolutionists will fervently deny this just like Planned Parenthood supporters do when we point out Margaret Sangers’ fascination with eugenics.

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