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Posts Tagged ‘WWII’

Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on August 11, 2008

Here are some “sound bites” from yesterday morning’s sermon, “Set Free!” based on Romans 8:1-8:

  • Before we accept Christ, we are “condemned captives”.
  • Our condemnation is eternal separation from God in Hell.
  • We are condemned because we have sinned.
  • However, Jesus became in on our behalf that we might be righteous to God.
  • Jesus took the full brunt of the wrath of God.
  • We then are preserved for eternity with God in Heaven.
  • We are rescued & redeemed.
  • There are those who do not know this good news and are going to face the full wrath of God.
  • We must make every effort to share Jesus with them.

You can listen to the morning sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below:

You can also listen the evening sermon, “A G-Rated Life in an R-Rated World” based on Ephesians 5:1-14 here or by clicking on the audio player below:

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Notes about Eric Liddell

Posted by Rick on March 14, 2008

Most of us only think about Eric Liddell as ‘the man who wouldn’t run on Sunday’, for whom about the movie “Chariots of Fire” was made.  After his running career, he served as a missionary to Shandong Province, China.  He was captured during WWII by the Japanese and died in a prison camp in Weifeng, China, in 1945, just five months before the camp’s liberation.  In a prisoner exchange bargain, his freedom was arranged by Winston Churchill, but he gave it up and let a pregnant woman leave instead.  He was known as the “Flying Scotsman” and by his Chinese name,  Li Airui, 李愛銳.

I had the opportunity to visit Weifeng in 2004.  I saw the camp and hospital where he died.  There is a wonderful monument erected in his memory, but someone has defaced it by scratching out the cross at the top and the Bible emblem at the bottom.  During the Cultural Revolution, the cornerstone of the hospital was defaced by the Red Guard.  They committed a similar act on the monument to Lottie Moon in Penglai.

One of the most moving monuments was the wall of names.  It listed everyone interred by the Japanese.  Liddell’s name is, of course, listed as well.

Monument to Eric Liddell in Weifeng, China Monument to Eric Liddel in Weifeng Prison Camp

Wall of Names at Weifeng Prisoner’s Monument, Weifeng, China Wall of Names at Weifeng Prison Camp Memorial (I circled Liddell’s name in red)

Hospital in Weifeng Prison Camp where Eric Liddell died Hospital where Eric Liddell died in Weifeng Prison Camp in 1945.

Click on a picture to enlarge.

Bro Rick

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