Posts Tagged ‘World War II’


QUOTE (Bernard L Montgomery)

November 17, 2015

bmontgomery“Every soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole.”

“Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear.”

~ Bernard L Montgomery


In honor of Bernard L Montgomery, World War II British Field Marshall, who was born on this day in 1887.

Famous Birthdays on This Day – Nov. 17th 
Top 19 Quotes by Bernard L Montgomery


QUOTE (Mitsuo Fuchida) – April 14

April 14, 2014

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“I would give anything to retract my actions at Pearl Harbor, but it is impossible. Instead, I now work at striking the death blow to the basic hatred which infests the human heart and causes such tragedies. And that hatred cannot be uprooted without Jesus Christ … he is the only answer.”
~ Mitsuo Fuchida

In honor of Mitsuo Fuchida, the lead pilot of the December 7, 1941, raid on Pearl Harbor who shouted the war cry, “Tora, Tora, Tora!”. He became a Christian on this day in 1950.

Today in Christian History – April 14, 2014
From Pearl Harbor to Calvary
Know Your Bible Recordings – Mitsuo Fuchida


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QUOTE (Eric Liddell) – Feb 21

February 21, 2014

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“I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Creator, infinitely holy and loving, who has a plan for the world, a plan for my life, and some daily work for me to do. I believe in Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, as Example, Lord, and Savior. I believe in the Holy Spirit who is able to guide my life so that I may know God’s will; and I am prepared to allow him to guide and control my life. I believe in God’s law that I should love the Lord my God with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and with all my strength; and my neighbor as myself. I believe it is God’s will that the whole world should be without any barriers of race, color, class, or anything else that breaks the spirit of fellowship. To believe means to believe with the mind and heart, to accept, and to act accordingly on that basis.”
Eric Liddell

In honor of Eric Liddell, Scottish Olympic champion runner portrayed in the film “Chariots of Fire” and missionary to China, who died of a brain tumor on this day in 1945 while imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII.

Today in Christian History – February 21
Eric Liddell > Quotes

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November 11, 2013

“He said, ‘Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end…And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.  His power shall be great – but not by his own power; and he shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and the people who are the saints.”  Daniel 8:19, 23-24

My kids helped serve the local veterans at the annual VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Veterans Day dinner.  They told me that the dinner was very well received and attended.  I am glad that those veterans felt honored.  I initially was happy that the hall had been packed.  However, I found that fact a little depressing upon retrospection.

Imagine a world without war veterans.

I have nothing against veterans.  I have deep respect and appreciation for the service that they have shown to my country.  I am grateful for their sacrifice.  However, veterans come from only one activity – war.  If there were no wars, then there would be no veterans.

A world without veterans would be a world without wars.


I remember the small town parades of my youth.  The local VFW veterans always marched in the parade.  They were an assortment of older men primarily from World War II and the Korean War.  At the time, I could envision a day when they were gone and war veterans scarce.  Unfortunately, the VFW halls are now filling with veterans from Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and an assortment of smaller foreign engagements.  These veterans are now much younger than I am.  The parades of the future have a supply of veterans that will last beyond my life time.

English: Drawed by unknown Austrian newspaper ...A world without war veterans raises only feelings of skepticism. 

I recently listened to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast titled, “Blueprint for Armageddon I”.  Dan did a wonderful job in presenting the failure in leadership that allowed the intricate web of diplomatic stability to collapse after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

Just as during World War I, the world still has an endless supply of leaders with depraved souls that fight to pull the levers of power.  I believe that it always will.  I have never known a period in my life when there was not a war or “police action” occurring somewhere in the world.  All I have ever known is a world of wars and rumors of wars.

I can only imagine this fallen world with war veterans.

VFW Parade

I am aware of the bleakness of my world view.  However, my world view is the consistent theme throughout the Bible.  The hope of world peace resides in the return of the King of kings, Jesus Christ.  Lasting peace comes only through the new heaven and new earth of the Kingdom of God.  Until that time, we live under the reality of a world with the same character as shown to Daniel.  The character of this world is disturbing.  Daniel was disturbed by what he was shown.

And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days.  Then I rose and went about the king’s business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it.  (Daniel 8:7)

I don’t understand all the prophecies of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelations.  I am uncertain of the exact meanings and timing of these visions of the future.    However, I am confident in the trustworthiness of Scripture and know where to put my hope.  I have no hope in the kingdoms of men.  My hope is in Christ alone and His return.

I am certain enough of the future to be as appalled by the evil of men as Daniel.

Daniel responded to the future that the Lord showed him by falling on his knees in prayer.

Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for you own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.  O God, incline your ear and hear, Open your eyes and see our desolation, and the city that is called by your name.  For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive.  O Lord, pay attention and act.  Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.  (Daniel 9:17-19)

I join my voice in appreciation of those who have served my country in the horrible duty of war on this Veterans Day.  I am sorry that my country needed to ask them to do what they  were willing to do.  I lament the necessity of their service.  I am appalled by the depravity revealed by war.  I am appalled by the fact that men continue to hurt and oppress other men.

Therefore, I follow Daniel’s example in prayer for this broken world.

PRAYER: O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for you own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your children in this desolate world.  To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our President, our legislators, our leaders in all forms, to our fathers, because we have sinned against you.  To the Lord our God belongs mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in His ways, which he set before us by His Son.  O God, incline your ear and hear, open your eyes and see the desperate condition of this world, my country, and those who are called by your name.  For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive.  O Lord, pay attention and act.  Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your Church and your people are called by your name.  Build your kingdom, O Lord.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son,  Jesus Christ.   Amen.

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