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Holocaust Memorial 1

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Yellow badge Star of David called "Judens...

Yellow badge Star of David called “Judenstern”. Part of the exhibition in the Jewish Museum Westphalia, Dorsten, Germany. The wording is the German word for Jew (Jude), written in mock-Hebrew script. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 137

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The Death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer 040913

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Psalm 53 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2053&version=MSG

Leviticus 25:1-19 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2025:1-19%20&version=MSG

Revelation 19:9-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2019:9-10&version=MSG

The Death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer 040913

Sixty-eight years ago today the German theologian, pastor, musician, writer, poet, spy and political prisoner Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by hanging in Flossenburg Prison, Germany by his Nazi captors.

It is no cause for celebration certainly, and as to remembrance, we should remember the millions of Jews, dissidents, Russian peasants, and millions of people worldwide who also died in shame, in pain, in a state of injustice like the Pastor Bonhoeffer.

Today I watched a video of the aftermath of a Syrian jet bombing a village of its own people. The video, produced by PBS‘ Turning Point held nothing back. It showed survivors of the jet’s bombs carrying dead or badly injured children away from piles of rubble that had been their homes. Fresh blood ran down their foreheads and cheeks; blood spurted from their mouths. One boy was hysterical about his uncle and grandparents who had just disappearance under tons of stones and bricks. “My uncle, my uncle! My grandparents are dead!” He was comforted by the men gathered around, who kissed him on the head, held him in affection, and began to cry with the boy who in a second had lost all his family.

While remembering Bonhoeffer and the senselessness of his execution by Nazis, we also should, in his honor, remember the helpless, the defenseless, the suffering, the poor and the hungry and the orphaned that are with us now. The senselessness of the helpless continues, and if we want to evangelize, it should be with the love and care that we expect Jesus to provide for us.

As Bonhoeffer may have thought, how can we prevent this HOLOCAUST?

Pray for peace, and prevent our modern holocausts.

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 53

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

53 1-2 Bilious and bloated, they gas,
“God is gone.”
It’s poison gas—
they foul themselves, they poison
Rivers and skies;
thistles are their cash crop.
God sticks his head out of heaven.
He looks around.
He’s looking for someone not stupid—
one man, even, God-expectant,
just one God-ready woman.

3 He comes up empty. A string
of zeros. Useless, unshepherded
Sheep, taking turns pretending
to be Shepherd.
The ninety and nine
follow the one.

4 Don’t they know anything,
all these impostors?
Don’t they know
they can’t get away with this,
Treating people like a fast-food meal
over which they’re too busy to pray?

5 Night is coming for them, and nightmare—
a nightmare they’ll never wake up from.
God will make hash of these squatters,
send them packing for good.

6 Is there anyone around to save Israel?
God turns life around.
Turned-around Jacob skips rope,
turned-around Israel sings laughter.

Leviticus 25:1-22

The Message (MSG)

“The Land Will Observe a Sabbath to God”

25 1-7 God spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai: “Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them, When you enter the land which I am going to give you, the land will observe a Sabbath to God. Sow your fields, prune your vineyards, and take in your harvests for six years. But the seventh year the land will take a Sabbath of complete and total rest, a Sabbath to God; you will not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Don’t reap what grows of itself; don’t harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land gets a year of complete and total rest. But you can eat from what the land volunteers during the Sabbath year—you and your men and women servants, your hired hands, and the foreigners who live in the country, and, of course, also your livestock and the wild animals in the land can eat from it. Whatever the land volunteers of itself can be eaten.

“The Fiftieth Year Shall Be a Jubilee for You”

8-12 “Count off seven Sabbaths of years—seven times seven years: Seven Sabbaths of years adds up to forty-nine years. Then sound loud blasts on the ram’s horn on the tenth day of the seventh month, the Day of Atonement. Sound the ram’s horn all over the land. Sanctify the fiftieth year; make it a holy year. Proclaim freedom all over the land to everyone who lives in it—a Jubilee for you: Each person will go back to his family’s property and reunite with his extended family. The fiftieth year is your Jubilee year: Don’t sow; don’t reap what volunteers itself in the fields; don’t harvest the untended vines because it’s the Jubilee and a holy year for you. You’re permitted to eat from whatever volunteers itself in the fields.

13 “In this year of Jubilee everyone returns home to his family property.

14-17 “If you sell or buy property from one of your countrymen, don’t cheat him. Calculate the purchase price on the basis of the number of years since the Jubilee. He is obliged to set the sale price on the basis of the number of harvests remaining until the next Jubilee. The more years left, the more money; you can raise the price. But the fewer years left, the less money; decrease the price. What you are buying and selling in fact is the number of crops you’re going to harvest. Don’t cheat each other. Fear your God. I am God, your God.

18-22 “Keep my decrees and observe my laws and you will live secure in the land. The land will yield its fruit; you will have all you can eat and will live safe and secure. Do I hear you ask, ‘What are we going to eat in the seventh year if we don’t plant or harvest?’ I assure you, I will send such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. While you plant in the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and continue until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.

Revelation 19:9-10

The Message (MSG)

9 The Angel said to me, “Write this: ‘Blessed are those invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.’” He added, “These are the true words of God!”

10 I fell at his feet to worship him, but he wouldn’t let me. “Don’t do that,” he said. “I’m a servant just like you, and like your brothers and sisters who hold to the witness of Jesus. The witness of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

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