Montezuma II or Rev. Dr. Albert Mohler … Which One is Live, and Which One is Memorex?

One of these quotes is true and one of them is a made up quote which really wasn’t said. Can you guess which was really said and which is made up?

“The Aztec nation is on course to have no racial or ethnic majority group by 1610. That year, the country is expected to be 86% mestizo and 10% Hispanic, with Incas representing 3% of the population—surpassing Aztecs, who will account for 2%….And one of the things that we Aztecs must keep in mind is that this new data is indicating a massively transformed mission field right before our eyes, right here in our Aztec nation and we’re looking at the very good news that the world, in the person of Cortez and his men is coming to us. From Quetzalcoatl’s perspective, this is indeed very good news…Now make no mistake here, from Quetzalcoatl’s worldview perspective, this is undeniable good news. The mission field is quite actually coming right to us. That is good news”

 
Montezuma II
King of the Aztecs

“The U.S. is on course to have no racial or ethnic majority group by 2055. That year, the country is expected to be 46% white and 24% Hispanic, with Asians representing 14% of the population—surpassing blacks, who will account for 13%….And one of the things that Christians must keep in mind is that this new data is indicating a massively transformed mission field right before our eyes, right here in the United States of America and we’re looking at the very good news that the world is coming to us. From a great commission perspective, this is indeed very good news…Now make no mistake here, from a great commission worldview perspective, this is undeniable good news. The mission field is quite actually coming right to us. That is good news”

 
Rev. Dr. Albert Mohler
President Southern Baptist Seminary
 

Funeral Service Rev. Anthony Lombardi

Call To Attention  — John 11:25-26 — Rev. Bryan Church

Invocation 

* Scripture Reading

Psalm 39:4-8

 II Corinthians 1:3-7 
Psalm 46:1-3 
I Corinthians 15:12-20

Congregational Hymn — To God Be the Glory

Eulogy — Rev. Anthony Lombardi

In the Baptist tradition it is common to have a “time for testimonies.” In my 18 months in attending South Lewiston Baptist this was a characteristic part of the evening service. During Testimony time it was typical to hear from the voices of God’s people how God had shown himself faithful to them in the nitty gritty of their daily lives.

This is Dad’s testimony as to his conversion as he dictated it to Mom a few years ago.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I came to know Christ as my personal savior between 16 & 17 years of age. I was invited by a friend to Sunday School at 1stBaptist Church on Staten Island. As a result of attending thatSunday School my life was transformed. I had been afraid of death but as a result of John 3:16 being explained to us over four weeks gradually that Scripture found root in my heart in Sunday School and my fear of death went away.

Later I was invited by that same friend who invited me to Church to watch his water baptism by immersion.

During the service we sang the hymn “At the Cross.”

Alas and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Sovereign Die
Would he devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I

Well might the sun in darkness hide
and shut his glories in
When Christ the mighty maker died
For man the creature’s sin

At the cross
At the cross
When I first saw the light
And the burden of my heart fell away
It was there by faith
I received my sight
And now I am happy all the day”

That service impressed me so that I wanted to be baptized also.

I met with the Pastor expressing my desire for Baptism.

The Pastor asked me why I wanted to be baptized

I replied, “Because I have put my faith in Jesus Christ”

After this meeting, I then met with the Church deacons and again I was asked

“Why do you want to be baptized.”

And again I answered

“Because I have put my faith in Jesus Christ”

But actually I was hiding behind the fact that I saw my friend baptized and I wanted to follow his example.

They approved of me as a candidate for baptism.

Over a period of time, I found my life was transformed.

My language was cleaned up without awareness.
There was peace and joy in my heart that I never knew before
I found that I no longer feared death
They hymn “at the cross” became a reality, I found myself singing it constantly.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree
Amazing pity, Grace unknown
And love beyond degree

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe
Here Lord, I give myself away
Tis all that I can do

At the cross
At the cross
When I first saw the light
And the burden of my heart fell away
It was there by faith
I received my sight
And now I am happy all the day”

That was Dad’s testimony.

As a minister speaking at a minister’s funeral allow me to make a few observations.

Rev. Lombardi was given by God the talent of being a people person. Not all ministers have that talent. Dad had the ability to strike up a conversation with a wooden statue and in his conversations, he would soon be challenging his conversation partner about whether or not he or she had trusted Christ.

Dad’s way with people was convincing because it was genuine. He liked people. And people liked him. One time when taking him to some kind of appointment in Brunswick we were sitting at a light. Suddenly I noticed a driver in the car sitting on my side waving frantically. I rolled down the window only to find that the chap just wanted to say hello to Rev. Lombardi and have a bit of a chat there at the busy intersection.

Dad had a desire for missions that went at least as far back as his time at Houghton College. While going through his old yearbooks I find people mentioning his vision for missions in their written comments in the yearbooks.

Rev. Lombardi’s Gospel was simple but a simple Gospel should not be confused with a Gospel that is simplistic. The Gospel, it is said, should be shallow enough for a child to play in and yet deep enough that an elephant can swim in. Dad’s strength was setting forth the Gospel in a way that people could grasp.

And in that Dad was faithful to what God had called him. He was a faithful servant to God’s people in the various churches he served. He was a faithful servant to the residents at the Nursing home. And now, because of Christ’s faithfulness to His promises Dad has heard the “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter now into your Master’s rest.”

Much more might be said in the way of eulogy but my challenge would be for you to look around at the people seated next to you. You and His work here and this place at South Lewiston Baptist are and ever will be Rev. Lombardi’s eulogy.

St. Paul could write something similar to what I am trying to get at. St. Paul wrote to the small Corinthian Church,

2You yourselves are our letter,inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone.3It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.…

People of God you are Rev. Lombardi’s eulogy, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God.

I can think of no words that would surpass that eulogy.

Congregational Hymn — At The Cross

Homily — Rev. Anthony Lombardi

As many here are already familiar, Rev. Lombardi’s had a passion for making Jesus Christ known. This was seen not only in his personal evangelism habits but also in his leadership in the Church in terms of an unstinting support of Gospel Missions and Christian Missionaries.

And so it seems proper to round of this gathering to speak once more of the Gospel that so animated the life of Rev. Lombardi … of Dad. It is both proper and consistent with his wishes.

The Christian Gospel is a good news announcement of the tidings of salvation. In understanding that salvation announced is the understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So, as we consider salvation let us spend just a few minutes unpacking this idea of salvation.

When the Christian faith speaks of salvation it assumes that there is a peril from which man needs to be saved. So we ask,

What is that peril … that danger from which man needs to be saved?

A few answers might be offered but if we are going to speak of the primary danger from which man needs to be saved the Christian faith offers the answer … God.

We know this because it stands written,

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness.”

And

“God is angry with the wicked all the time”

And

“Fear only Him who can cast body and soul into Hell.”

And again,

Be wise O ye Kings, kiss the Son, lest he be angry and ye perish in the way

And again,

God will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.

So when Christians speak of the Gospel — this salvation — we are committed to the fact, because of God’s revelation, that what man needs to be primarily saved from is the fulsome and unrelenting opposition of God. This just opposition of God is explained by man’s sinful, errant and twisted nature and desire to de-god God and en-God Himself as God.  Man is a hopelessly self-centered and self-aggrandizing being who forever wants to center around which all others orbit.

This opposition of God is explained by God’s perfect moral perfection as that Holiness is opposed to man’s total imperfection which issues in this self-orientation.

It is true that we also have need to be saved from our sin, saved from ourselves, and saved from the devil, but the primary reality we need to be saved from is God Himself. When man is saved from God all his other needs of salvation are met at the same time.

So, we are saved from God but then the question arises….

Who is it that saves us from God’s determined opposition?

And the answer to that is it is God who saves us from God.

We know this because it stands written,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…”

And again,

“God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself”

And again,

“God sent His son … to be the reconciliation for our sins.”

Here we begin the wonder of the Christian message. A Holy and Righteous God having a just and legal case against self-centered and guilty man determines that as man can never save himself from God’s prescribed death penalty for sin God Himself will take upon Himself in the 2nd person of the Trinity the penalty for sin. Jesus Christ the eternal God-Man bears God’s wrath in His crucifixion so that those called by God are delivered from God’s studied and certain opposition.

As it stands written,

“He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

And again,

“For Christ also hath suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.”

And again,

“For Christ, when we were of no strength, died for the ungodly.”

You see those who are saved are saved from God by God.

In Christ God, Himself by Himself answers our greatest need of finding a way to relieve our guilt, forgive our sin, and extinguish our misery. God, out of great compassion and love has done all the saving and now He commands all men everywhere to repent. He speaks to men today, “Now is the appointed time of salvation.”

In being saved from God to God, God in Christ by paying the legal penalty against sin turns away the Father’s just wrath and God is satisfied so that men knowing the just anger of God against they and their sin can legally sue for peace.

Well, we have answered the questions of “Whom are we saved from,” and “Whom are we saved by.” Now we go on to answer who are we saved to and who are we saved for.

And the pattern continues. Just as we are saved from God and by God so we are saved to God.

It stands written,

“He hath delivered from the power of Darkness and hath translated us to the Kingdom of His dear Son.”

And again,

“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

And again it stands written,

“You were … without Christ … and were strangers from the covenants of promise, and had no hope and were without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, ye which were once far off, are made near by the blood of Christ.”

This salvation is to God. Because of Christ standing in our place to be the one who bears our penalty we are restored to God. God’s favor is upon us and His face is always turned towards us in acceptance. God who was only a judge to those who opposed Him is now a Father to those who sue for peace offering as their plea Christ’s finished work on the Cross in their place. We have been saved so that no one can bring a charge against God’s elect. We have been saved so that now nothing can separate us from the love of God. We have been saved so that we are more than conquerors. We who have been saved know both the smile and the applause of Heaven because we have, due to God as the sole cause, sheltered ourselves in the safety of Christ and His work in our stead.

Finally, in terms of this Gospel we note that as we are saved from God, by God, to God, we are also saved for God.

We know this because it stands written,

“You are not your own, you were bought with a price.”

And again,

“Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.”

The chief end of man is to glorify God and fully enjoy Him forever.

God saves us for His own glory and the passion of our lives is to live for Him as He instructs us in His Word. We have been saved for God and so it is to God’s speech that we turn to know answer the question, “How shall we then live.”

In God’s Law-Word we find a guide to life. God’s authoritative law-word teaches us how to live for Him…. indeed, living for Him is the very reason why we have been saved.

So, because we have been saved for Him, and because we know what it is that pleases Him because it is revealed in His word we are a people who champion His cause as consistent with the Scripture.

My earliest memory of Rev. Lombardi ties into this point. Jane received a newspaper clipping in the mail. There with it was a photo of Rev. Lombardi and a group of Christians picketing a movie theater which was featuring a film that was blasphemous of Christ. Because He was saved for God to champion his glory he knew he was duty bound to protest a piece of art that dishonored God.

Those who are saved for God are intent of championing His cause and His authoritative Law-Word in every avenue of life. God’s saved people understand that there is no area where Christ does not point to and say…. “MINE.” God’s saved people, being saved for God are intent on teaching the nations to observe all things that Christ has commanded with the purpose of seeing that the nations of this world become the nations of our God. Being saved for God then means that the Gospel is a conquering word that opposes the wickedness found in a fallen world while all the time inviting those who oppose Christ to come and taste and see that it is better to be a friend of Christ than His enemy.

There you have the Gospel of salvation. It is an announcement that we have been saved from God, by God, to God, for God. The Gospel centers on God providing a substitute in Jesus Christ who as the God-Man in His death on the Cross pays the legal penalty that we owe and so heals the wound that man inflicted on himself and on the Cosmos. The Gospel makes all things new so that its effect, where it blossoms, is to bring the recreation of God so that where there was once conflict of interests between men there now resides a harmony of interests. The Gospel ensures that this present wicked age is being and will be rolled back by the heavenly age to come, so that the Dominion of God rules over the affairs of men. The Gospel builds the Kingdom so that God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

It all sounds very strange to the ears of Modern man in a postmodern age.

The blood of God spilled to pay the legal penalty justly pronounced upon guilty and so condemned man and mankind?

So many find this good news … this Gospel to be either too fanciful or to objectionable. Yet despite those objections, it is this Gospel of salvation which has built the greatest civilization which has ever existed. It is this Gospel which once knitted generations of beautiful Christian families together over the centuries so that they shared a common Christian faith and a common Christian ethic. It is this Gospel that built Churches that were as glorious as the Gospel it proclaimed so that God’s people could be an engine for God’s dominion.

And it is this Gospel that took an Italian immigrant’s son who like us all bore Adam’s blemishes and shaped him and crafted him to be God’s minister unto his family and God’s minister unto his people in Lewiston Maine.

To God be the Glory.

Congregational Hymn — At The Cross

Closing Prayer / Lord’s Prayer

Doxology — Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow 

Benediction / Dismissal – Jude 24-25  — Rev. Bryan Church

Independence Day — 2017

I.) Statism – Humanism Always Begins With The Rejection of God

I Samuel 8:7

a.) First note here that while it is true that the one true God is rejected the rejection comes with the same time an embrace of a false God.

God is an inescapable concept. You have never met anyone who does not have a God. Here the people reject the one true God and pivot and embrace a Human King … a Statist-Humanist God over the God who is.

In this passage we see Israel exchanging the truth about God for a lie, and by choosing a King we see them worshiping and serving the created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.

And God’s response to Samuel is that He will turn Israel over to their desires.

This is often the way of sin. We think that we are abandoning God when in point of fact He is the one who is turning us over to our lusts which can never satisfy.

In choosing this Humanist-Statist God as God Israel at the same time chose another law-order, as Samuel will explain. Whenever a God is changed out … exchanged… there you find a new law and law-order also being changed out.

In point of fact, one of the easiest ways in identifying that there is a new God in town is to keep your finger on the pulse of the public law order.

Illustration

Marriage, as by God’s law defined as one man and one woman covenanting with God and one another to be husband and wife. Marriage as by man’s law now defined as something other than one man and one woman covenanting with God and one another …

New law-order in the public square … new God in the public square.

And we should add here … as people conform to that new Law Order they are at one in the same time conforming to the new God in town.

b.) Second, note, that the sin in the request for a King was not in the idea of Kingship in itself. God had long spoke to Israel about having a King,

Gen. 49:10, Numbers 24:7, 17-19, Deut. 17:14-20

The sin here is not in the request for a King but their sin was in the desire to be like all the nations around them. It was not Kingship per se but their lack of contentment with God as King.

II.) The Problem With Statism-Humanism Is Not Chiefly With The State

I Sam. 8:11f

Here we see that the State will be onerous. We see that the State will be excessive in its demands. But the problem is not the State. The problem is with the people. The State is merely a reflection of a people who’s hearts have grown cold to God.

This is why change can never be had solely by a top-down revolution or rebellion.

As long as the grass roots remain unaffected
as long as Statism-humanism is the desire of the people
as long as there is larceny in the hearts of the people that desire to use the state to enrich themselves at the expense of their neighbor

Statism-Humanism will never end.

The problem in the growth of bureaucracy, in the growth of the mega-State is whether here or in any form of Government is that people have a lack of Christian character.

One simply cannot expect good governance, whether in State, Church, or family, if the populace is corrupt. Leadership is typcially the reflection of the people being led.

“You cannot make a good omelet with rotten eggs.” Bad eggs make bad omelets.

Here in I Samuel, the problem begins with a people who have rejected God. It is not amazing then that the State that they so earnestly desire will reject God as well.

In our own times the bad omelet surfaces in all our governances from the less important federal level to the more important local level. Whether in our Church or in our families,  our character is corrupt and so our governance is corrupt.

Exceptions exist …. and we praise God for those exceptions but I think we have to concede that our problem in the West today is a reflection of their problem long ago … they will not have God rule over them.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn worked this theme in his famous Templeton Address. Solzhenitsyn said then reminiscing on the failure of Russia governance,

“More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.

Whether men in Ancient Israel, Whether men in Soviet Russia, Whether men in America. We have forgotten God and the consequence is Statism-humanism.

So, the order of fixing all this is Evangelism. Bureaucratic Statism-humanism will not go into eclipse until men are Redeemed. Men must be pointed to Christ as both their Savior Priest and their Savior King. They must be told of the God who reconciles alienated hearts, and who heals moral brokenness.  They must be told of the God who not only heals men but heals families, Churches, and Nations as well.

But the Evangelism we are talking about here is not the pietistic individual kind of Evangelism the West has been doing for a very long time now. No, the kind of Evangelism we need is an Evangelism which teaches right up front that if a “converted” man or woman is not interested in walking in terms of God’s law-word authority once converted they must be told, “Marvel not, when I say unto you, that you must be born again.” The West has had centuries now of antinomian Evangelism and the consequence is that we have from Statism-humanism to Statism-humanism with each generation more completely integrating into the void.

III.) Statism – Humanism is Driven by a Desire to find Identity in the Collective II Sam. 8:19-20

The demand was so that they might be like all the nations. They wanted a King like the pagan nations around them.

Keep in mind the staggering nature of this request. In the ancient world among the pagans, Kings were understood to have a Sacral / Sacred standing.  The King was seen as a conduit between the earthly realm and the heavenly realm. Often times the Kings among the pagans was seen as Himself an embodiment of God.

In this kind of Governance the King as God is a kind of projection of the people in their corporate expression. The King thus is the expression of the God of the nation said loudly.

The people desire a King because they want to locate their identity not in the God of the Bible but in the King who as an expression of the collective is the apex of themselves. They will be their own god and the King will be the apex of the expression of themselves.

God demands that we find our identity in Him and His Character and gracious His Law Word. Man chooses instead to find identity in himself. We see this in their belief that the King will better defend them than God’s providence. They are depending upon and so identifying with the King and not with God.

IV.) Statism-Humanism Brings With It The Growth of The State

In order to run any organization … even a family, one needs a certain amount of bureaucracy. However, with Statism-Humanism the state grows expotentially. The idea seems to be the greater or larger the State the greater its attempt to be God-like in its scope.

And what Samuel tells the people here is that the State will grow and by its growth they and their prosperity will diminish.

I will repeat that point again. Where the State has God-like aspirations the consequence will be the diminishing of the people so that what occurs is that the State which has as its purpose the serving of God through its service to the people ends up being a divine entity that exists so that the people can serve it with their wealth, and their children.

Like all Gods, the Humanist State begins to exist for itself. All that is done must be done for its glory. It legislates in protection of itself.  It begins to see the people as slaves for its purposes.  “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state,” or, if you prefer, “In the State we live and move and have our being.”

We see the growth of the State as promised here by Samuel as against the request of the people and we almost have to laugh because if we could actually have only that much demand from the State we would find it a relief.

What was promised as oppression here in II Samuel has grown and grown as Statism-Humanism has found more exhaustive ways to oppress.

The fact that Statism-Humanism has only increased over the centuries is seen by a quote from J. R. Lander in his book The Limitations of English Monarchy in the Later Middle Ages has written,

“The civil bureaucratic establishment of late medieval England was very small, indeed. At the most not more than one civil servant for ever 1050 of the population. Moreover, their functions were by no means exactly comparable as about two fifths of these were employed in the law courts so that we can plausibly say that it was one for every 2070 of the population. To investigate the actual distribution of these civil servants, their total number nominally at the direct command of the king can hardly have exceeded 1500 men, perhaps 250 to 300 knights, esquires, yeomen and pages in the politically significant section of the royal household, perhaps 100 in the exchequer, 150 in the chancery, about the same in the law courts and about 30 or 40 receivers and auditors staffing the New Yorkest system of estate management and financial control centered in the king’s chamber. Eighty or 90 customs officials and about 700 or 800 local keepers of royal parks, castles and forests and stewards of royal manors. Each county its sheriff’s office and its staff in a large county like Lincolnshire could number up to 100. These appointments, however, were in the control of the sheriff, not the king.”

Conclusion

On this coming Independence Day, we celebrate that we overthrew a Statist oppression that in 1775 found New Englanders paying between 1 and 2 percent of their income in taxes.

On this coming Independence day, we are celebrating throwing off a Tyranny which erected a multitude of new offices, and who sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

In the doing of this we were a more Biblical people seeking to return to a more Biblical social order.

Often when these matters are laid out people will say … give us solutions. But there are times when solutions are not readily at hand. For example … when a Cancer patient shows up with stage 4 lung cancer one can understand his desire for solutions but his smoking for 35 years does not allow for one.

The only solution I know of … the only cure is non-antinomian Repentance.

 

 

 

College Course on WW II

Main Texts

1.) Antony Sutton

https://www.amazon.com/Wall-Street-Bolshevik-Revolution-Capitalists/dp/190557035X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498050275&sr=1-1&keywords=Antony+sutton

https://www.amazon.com/Wall-Street-Hitler-Antony-Sutton/dp/0945001533/ref=pd_bxgy_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0945001533&pd_rd_r=QYX4FMFM9QTKSHX9CTDB&pd_rd_w=1Gquj&pd_rd_wg=UpANU&psc=1&refRID=QYX4FMFM9QTKSHX9CTDB

Read these two texts. Why do you think I would make these required reading on this subject. Who do you think this points towards in terms of having a financial interest in the War. What does it suggest that the same entities funded both sides of the war? Write a paper detailing the financial origins and funding of WW II and the players behind the funding.

2.) Hebert Hoover

https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Betrayed-Herbert-Hoovers-Aftermath/dp/0817912347/ref=pd_sim_14_29?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0817912347&pd_rd_r=M57ZY8KDWYA3BFEPJ0XX&pd_rd_w=wDuQF&pd_rd_wg=Z68XE&psc=1&refRID=M57ZY8KDWYA3BFEPJ0XX

Read this text. How responsible does Hoover believe FDR was for WW II? Write a paper exhausting the failures of FDR in keeping the USA out of war. Include in your paper the policies FDR pursued the inevitable inspired war. Answer the questions … “Did FDR know the Japs were coming to Pearl Harbor?” Did FDR want the Japs to bomb Pearl Harbor?” “What convinced the Japs to go after Pearl Harbor as opposed to Russia?”

3.) Thomas Mahl

https://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Deception-Operations-Brasseys-Intelligence/dp/1574880802/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498049961&sr=1-1&keywords=Desperate+deception

Propaganda is always the first battlefield in war and Truth is always the first casualty of war. Summarize Mahl’s arguments on how the Brits, in conjunction with the White House, lied us into WW II.

II.) Supplementary Texts

1.) Vikto Suvorov

https://www.amazon.com/Chief-Culprit-Stalins-Grand-Design/dp/1591148065/ref=pd_sim_14_50?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1591148065&pd_rd_r=W9Z3DYK70YB4VM9G30ND&pd_rd_w=dqjHh&pd_rd_wg=2GBOu&psc=1&refRID=W9Z3DYK70YB4VM9G30ND

On the Easter Front Suvorov argues that Hitler struck Stalin because he knew that Stalin was going to strike him.

Give a chapter by chapter summary of Suvorov’s arguments.

2.) Pat Buchanan

https://www.amazon.com/Churchill-Hitler-Unnecessary-War-Britain/dp/030740515X/ref=pd_sim_14_17?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=030740515X&pd_rd_r=XAH1X54H5K70JPX4H95X&pd_rd_w=v19Fl&pd_rd_wg=KOKvV&psc=1&refRID=XAH1X54H5K70JPX4H95X

Covers some of the same ground as Hoover’s book. Repetition bears memory. Give a chapter by chapter summary of the book. One paper for each chapter.

3.) M. Stanton Evans

https://www.amazon.com/Stalins-Secret-Agents-Subversion-Roosevelts/dp/1439147701/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498050012&sr=1-4&keywords=M.+Stanton+evans

Evans chronicles that the Communists were running not only the Soviet Russian end of the war but were also severely manipulating our end of the war as well.

Be prepared for an oral exam on this book.

4,) Burton Folsom

https://www.amazon.com/FDR-Goes-War-Executive-Restricted/dp/1439183201/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498053173&sr=8-1&keywords=Burton+folsom

How did these united States change because of WW II? Folsom examines the myth behind WW II getting us out of the Depression. Write a 3 page summary on each chapter.

4.) David Irving — Volumes 1 & 2

https://www.amazon.com/Churchills-War-David-Irving/dp/0380763141/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498050062&sr=1-2&keywords=churchill%27s+war+david+irving

Give a 45 minute presentation to the class on what you learned about Churchill and WW II because of this read.

5.) James Bacque

https://www.amazon.com/Other-Losses-Investigation-Prisoners-Americans/dp/0889226652/ref=pd_sim_14_10?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0889226652&pd_rd_r=4D46S2TR5S4FPWB88PQS&pd_rd_w=Lrq0w&pd_rd_wg=n0wbh&psc=1&refRID=4D46S2TR5S4FPWB88PQS

6.) Julius Epstein

https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Keelhaul-Forced-Repatriation-Present/dp/0815964072/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498050379&sr=1-1&keywords=operation+keelhaul

7.) Nikolai Tolstoy

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Betrayal-Nikolai-Tolstoy/dp/0684156350/ref=pd_sim_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0684156350&pd_rd_r=45GDAM95X529MJ27AVWX&pd_rd_w=PL10s&pd_rd_wg=lmPPA&psc=1&refRID=45GDAM95X529MJ27AVWX

These three books tell of the brutality of the Allies during WW II and go a long way towards addressing the question, of whether or not in WW II, it was possible to be on the side of the angels. 3-5 page summaries of each chapter of each book.

8.)  Cornelius Ryan

https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Too-Far-Classic-Greatest/dp/0684803305/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498050657&sr=1-8&keywords=Operation+Market+garden

No report required. Assigned to give you a feel for the combat.

9.) A Third of the Holocaust

The longest lasting effect of WW II was the impact of the “Holocaust” on the West.  Is it possible to answer the questions raised by this documentary?

10.) Operation Hell Storm

Watch

Class discussions on the last two videos.

Hollywood

Why the name “Hollywood?”

In ancient England, the Druids valued a variant of the Holly tree above all trees since that tree retained life throughout the year. They marked that value by crafting their wands made out of the Holly tree.

Keep in mind that the wand has been used since antiquity as a tool to direct the will of the user. Whether in the form of the wand or in other forms such as the staff or scepter of state.

You can see this symbology readily if you only look for it. Whether the fairy godmother in Disney with her magic wand or whether Gandalf the Grey with his staff or the whole Harry Potter world. In many University graduations the wand, it present by way of the Academic Mace carried at the front of the procession during graduation ceremonies.  Some hold that the ancient medical caduceus with two serpents on a staff is playing with the theme of the wand of power and authority. When the next Royal is installed in England you will see that at some point during the ceremony they will be entrusted with a royal scepter. This is another spin-off of the wand motif. Even the Crozier as wielded by a Roman Catholic Bishop may have come into the Church via a syncretism with wand history.

So, the wand motif plays heavily in the naming of the film industry with the name “Hollywood.” Historically speaking many of those who began the nascent film industry were already familiar with the Jewish Kabbalah and they then took the name of the tree known for its talismanic qualities combined it with what the wand is made of and used it as the name of the industry that would bewitch the West.

Keep in mind the next time you watch a Hollywood film that the wand for which it was named has been used as a metaphysical meditation tool to represent the extension and direction of the user’s will (to channel energy) toward the desired result of the outcome of a situation.

Hollywood via the film is practicing magic and you are the one upon whom the magic is being practiced. The magic is ubiquitous but because it is the water we swim in we don’t see it. Think about it though. Hollywood has used its magic to teach us how to think, how to respond, how to emote and how to dress. Hollywood has used its magic to teach us what is beautiful, what is successful, and what is desirable.

As a passive viewer being bewitched by the magic, you are watching the story unfold on the silver screen. You become convinced that the actions, emotions, language, decisions, and fashion of the actors and actresses are reflections of your actions when in point of fact these actions, emotions, language usage, and fashion now owned by the viewer are part of the working of the magic upon the viewer. The film, by way of magic, causes you to act, think, emote, speak, and dress just as you viewed on the screen.

This is not to say that all films are evil. It is to say that if one is epistemologically self-conscious one will be aware that there is the intent of magic connected with what is produced in Hollywood.