Posts Tagged ‘World War II’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

During World War II when Europe was infected with antisemitism, an 11-year old boy named Heinz learned about planting “seeds of peace.” Confronted by Hitler’s thugs who roamed the streets looking for trouble, Heinz didn’t fight back or walk away. Instead, he witnessed firsthand how the tongue can create peace. Whenever a beating seemed inevitable, he used words to convince his enemy that fighting wasn’t necessary. Years later, after his family escaped to America, Heinz’s name became synonymous with peace negotiations. In fact, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973! You know him better as former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. And even though he generally downplayed his earlier experiences, you have to wonder if his training started backs on the streets of Europe.

Perhaps God is preparing you today for what He wants to accomplish through you later. Hang in there; you can make it.

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The success of the Coca-Cola Corporation is due in large part to the vision of its leaders. Robert Woodruff, president of Coca-Cola from 1923 to 1955, boldly said during World War II: “We will see that every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca-Cola for five cents wherever he is and whatever it costs.”

After World War II ended, he said that in his lifetime he wanted everyone in the world to have tasted Coca-Cola. Quite a vision!

When Jesus challenged his disciples to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations”, He was setting and grand goal for the church. How’re we doing?

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My mother had a brother, Carl Cook, who was killed at Iwo Jima in 1945. I knew little about him or his war experiences except that Mom said he was shot by a sniper. So I set out to research his life and his wartime experiences with the goal in mind of writing a book of his experiences. In addition to purchasing several vintage books recounting the day by day description of his unit’s progress, I ordered his military records from NARA (National Archives and Records Administration).

Because the government is very picky about who it releases personal information to, I had to state that I was the next of kin and that my purpose was to write a family history. I sent in two requests on different application forms to different agencies to be sure my request got through. I received the copies of records I was hoping for, along with an awesome surprise: an original official military photograph of my uncle just before departure. No one in the family had ever seen it before. What a blessing from Uncle Sam.

A month later I received a letter from the government saying that they could not grant my request because I did not prove I was next of kin. Go figure! This is a great example of two standards: one agent was caring about the family and shared, the other agent was caring about the records only and withheld. This reminds me of the difference between law and grace. What do you care about most?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

There once was a boss who wrote this memo to his personnel director: “Search the company for an alert, talented young man who can step into my shoes. When you find him – fire him!” That boss was insecure and jealous, and the potential for growth in his business was stunted because of it.

When Adolf Hitler was looking for a chauffeur he selected the shortest man he could find and kept him as his driver for the rest of his life. This man was so short that he needed special blocks under the driver’s seat just to see over the steering wheel. Hitler used other people to make himself look bigger than he really was. Have you ever done that?

Paul told us, “Take delight in honoring each other” (Romans 12:10 TLB). Whose life are you making a difference in today?

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Once, in what my dad considered to be a highlight of his life during World War 2, while stationed in Attu , Alaska, he was assigned to a guard detail when Joe Louis came to visit. Joe Louis was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 until he retired in 1949. In 1946 Louis prepared to defend his title against a skilled fighter named Billy Conn. Louis was warned to watch out for Conn’s great speed and his tactic of darting in to attack and then moving quickly out of his opponent’s range. In a famous display of confidence, Louis replied, “He can run, but he can’t hide!”

How’s your confidence? Do you see yourself on a mission for God that cannot be stopped? If so, no amount of intimidation should be able to deter you from your mission. The devil can cause a ruckus in our lives, but we will not be sidelined. He can run, but he can’t hide. Be encouraged today!

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Over the Christmas season my brothers and sisters and their families got together. My brother brought over a box of memorabilia he had gathered from Mom & Dad’s old house. Included in the box was a stack of old letters my grandmother (who died in 1956) wrote to my Dad when he was away in the US Navy during World War 2. This stack of hand-written letters was a treasure-trove of family history information. She tried to keep him up to speed on everything back home from his “kittie”, to his cousin, Ralph Diehl, serving in India, to the 1944 death of her brother-in-law, Charley Aldrich.

Among her lamentations in those letters, written from 1943-1945, was her request to receive a letter from him. “Why don’t you write?” she asked often. In one 1944 letter, she noted that it had been three months since she had heard from her son, in spite of the fact that she sent a letter to him every Monday that he was gone.

Perhaps that question remains for us today. In spite of God’s efforts to reach out to you and I daily, how often do we respond to Him? Perhaps you, like my father, have gotten wrapped up in important business, and just forgot. But He sends us regular reminders. Maybe God is speaking to your heart right now: “Why don’t you…”.

Of Samuel’s parents, it is recorded, “And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah” (1 Samuel 1:19).

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Power of Forgiveness

Back during the days of the Cold War following World War II, victorious Russia, not trusting anybody, blockaded the capitol city of Berlin between West Berlin, under the control of the American Army, and East Berlin, under the control of the Russian Army. There was tense hostility between the two cities and the now-infamous Berlin Wall was soon to be constructed. To demonstrate their dislike of the free West, the communists in East Berlin one day took a truck load of garbage and dumped it across the line into West Berlin.

The people of the West could have retaliated, but instead dumped a truckload of valuable food supplies over onto the East Berlin side. Above it they placed a sign: ‘EACH GIVES WHAT HE HAS’.

What do you have to give your enemy? Bitterness and resentment, or grace and blessing. The choice will be determined by what’s really in our heart. Think about it.

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