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The Secret Agent

“We were raised to resist tyrants and dictators–and against any and all that used brutality and force to gain their goals.” - Eric Erickson

412WMBNzyfL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-71,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Eric Erickson was America’s best weapon during World War II. Without him, the war might have dragged on longer, or as some say, we might have lost the war. Stephen Talty goes deeper into Erickson’s profile in his Amazon book, The Secret Agent.

Eric Erickson made lots of money on the oil fields. While making a living in Sweden, this American didn’t have any problem selling oil to Germany who was fast becoming a problem to the world. It wasn’t until his brother, a soldier in the U.S. military, wrote a convicting letter to Erickson that Erickson began to see himself as he truly was–a man without morals. To make things right, Erickson turned to the U.S. OSS and began act Nazi to infiltrate German leadership so he can let the Allied bombers know the locations of the German synthetic oil plants.

Germany was the leading developer of synthetic oil. Oil would determine the war’s end. Hitler’s planes and tanks used oil in the thousands of gallons. So Germany had to figure out a way to synthetically produce the oil or their pantzers could run out of oil during a crucial battle. Eric Erickson began a Nazi makeover that astonished his wife and friends. Because Erickson could not tell anyone of his plans to feed information to the bombers, Erickson lost friends and family as people he loved angrily distanced themselves from him. People believed he was a Nazi. His wife, Talty reports, even went insane from the sudden change in her husband. Erickson would later regret not telling his wife. Erickson’s Jewish friend was also outraged, but Erickson told him, “…please believe in me.”

Erickson dined with Nazi’s, made crude jokes as a Nazi would make, and even hung a portrait of Hitler in his livingroom, but still, he could not breach the inner circle. The people in Sweden weren’t aware of the locations of the synthetic oil plants. Erickson knew he’d need to go to Berlin to gain that information. He asked his friend, a prince, to join him. Berlin loved royalty. So the American OSS made the Prince a spy, and together, he and Erickson began to charm the Germans. Many harried moments put Erickson in danger of being sent to concentration camps designed especially for spys.

In fact, a spy who got caught would have a special execution–he would be led to the guillotine, and instead of lying face down, the spy would be turned to watch the blade come down on his neck. Erickson met a female spy in Berlin and fell in love.

Both agents had a secret affair in Berlin until his girlfriend made a fatal mistake–in her love letters to him, she revealed too much information and was sent to Dachau. Mysteriously, Erickson was forcibly brought to Dachau and watched as they hanged his girlfriend. Then, he was released. Erickson had no idea why they had him watch his girlfriend die.

Stephen Talty does a wonderful job detailing Eric Erickson’s life before, during, and after World War II. A few grammar mistakes peppered the book, like a word that didn’t belong in the sentence structure, extra spaces before a period, etc. At the end, when the book discussed the Hollywood movies about Erickson, the book moves from impassive historian to passionate conversationalist, slipping in a curse word. Because of these mistakes, I gave this book four stars.

Buy the book here:  The Secret Agent: In Search of America’s Greatest World War II Spy (Kindle Single)

Trusting The Source

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The news is necessary. I trust only certain news stations to bring me most of the truth, understanding that bias exists even with the best of intentions. A person can’t write something or talk about something objectively. If you examine what it is you are reading closely, you will find a bias. Bias is more rampant nowadays and less reporters are trying to hide that bias, opting instead to write convincingly to sway the readers mind towards a hidden agenda. Video is even more damaging.

A recent video of a supposed heckling of an anti-gun father from the Newtown shootings is a relevant example. See an edited version reported by the Huffington Post here (originally posted via MSNBC) and the unedited version played hereSee the difference?

MSNBC agreed to review their video after a tireless Twitchy chased the story one twitter account at a time to ask people to retract their knee-jerk reactions to the edited video and encouraged them to watch the unedited version. Video editing is why I trust little when it concerns the news. I have my favorite news source and my other lesser news sources where I gather information. In fact, it’s good to look a variety of news sources so the truth shines brighter. Like when someone on twitter tried to counter my argument, all I had to do was send him the Google search link where he could have a broader picture of the situation and see the untruth that was spread by liberal news sources. Trust is a thing earned.

With the chaos in the world, the unrest, and watching as people try to bring down our country from the inside, I ask myself—whom do I trust?

I remember that God is in control. No matter how scary the future, God has the world’s past and future written in His book. His word never changes. He is constant, blunt, and I am reminded of the story of Esther that our pastor explained during prayer time.

In Esther 4:12-14, Mordecai said, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Mordecai’s statement about relief and deliverance is a statement of total trust and faith in the promises of God. As our pastor said, Haman couldn’t completely annihilate the Jews; neither could the Holocaust, Holodomor, etc. During Esther’s time, Jesus Christ was to come from a line of Jews sometime in the future and so while some would die in Haman’s annihilation, some would be saved. I thought this was relevant for today.

We watch the news, watch how some churches add to the Bible or take away from the Bible, and we wonder if there will be any believers left when Jesus returns? When our pastor explained this verse in Esther during staff prayer time, it reassured me. Somehow, whether America survives or not, there will be believers taken up on the last day at Jesus’ return. For now, we must fight using the truth, question everything, and join grass-roots movements, and not, as my favorite line in Independence Day says, go quietly into the night.

God is a source we can trust.

What Exactly is a Christians Role in Politics?

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By Elissa Hill (http://realityofchrist.me/author/realityofchrist/)

Unfortunately this question brings to mind a negative image of government and politics. If the question is, “Should Christians corrupt themselves with the seedy side of politics?” or “Should Christians revert to the unethical, unscriptural practices of modern-day ‘politicians’?” the answer is, of course, no. But if the question is about political involvement and participation in general, there is another answer.

ChristianAnswers.net puts it this way, “…Christians should seek political participation and representation as they go about their duties of evangelizing the world. Without this participation and representation, there is no assurance that the freedom to evangelize will remain secure. Can we maintain the fundamental freedoms and liberties we enjoy while standing apart from the political process? The political and social trends of the last generation should offer clear warnings that freedom and liberty require diligent care and attention—especially by the Christian community.”

Recently, I was talking to someone who stated that politics was corrupt and that Christians just needed to stay out of it all together. Pretty bold, but I thought about it for a moment. Yes, politics is corrupt, worldly, and wicked, but that doesn’t give us a reason to stay out of it all together. You see, when we choose to do such things, what we are doing is endorsing it with our silence. In other words we offer no opposition or resistance and agree with the majority, whatever it may be… good or bad. When good people are silent, sadly evil thrives. This is just not where we should be and I believe we should have a vote and a voice.

So what about Christians holding an office in government? Should we do such things? For our answer let’s look to the Scriptures. Proverbs 29:2 says, when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.” This verse seems to say that righteous people should be in office, and that when they are, it’s a good thing. So according to just this verse alone, God wants godly men in authority. Or how about Exodus 18:21, God tells Moses to…look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.…”, Basically, put these men in authority over others. I believe that’s what God wants us to do today in America. In the Bible, there were many godly people in government Joseph, Moses, Nehemiah, Daniel, Mordecai, Esther, and of course some godly leaders of Israel.

So my answer is this, if no Christians run for office, then who would be in office? And if Christians do not support them with their votes/voices, then who will be in office? If Christians are silent, then what kind of people will be leaders of this nation? If not the Christians, the only other group is those with whom can be influenced by the powers of this world. So my advice is this, Christians that want to run for office should and the rest of us need to use our voice, our votes, our prayers, and stand firm in the Word of God.

One last thing we need to remember is to be submissive to authority and respect the authority God has put in place. 1 Peter 2:13-14 says, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” In other words obey the laws and the only time we should not is when it goes against Gods Word. For example, Daniel did not stop praying even though the law forbid him to. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not bow before the idol even though it was the law. Now in the same aspect this doesn’t mean that we don’t have a voice. Think about this, for example, Esther petitioned the King to save her people the Jews, Moses petitioned the King to save his people the Israelites, they used their voice for good to save nations of people. They didn’t go against the government of the time, they stood for the rights of the people.

In our American culture, we the people, are the ones who make decisions, so we, by law, have a right to use our voice. Think about this for a moment, in our American governing system, ‘submission’ demands our participation. Whether we like it or not, American citizens are participants in the American governing structure. No one is exempt from this participation. Citizens are assessed taxes; we are counted in the census; we are in government computer systems at all levels; we send our children to government-run schools; we are, in one way or another, participants in the government, so we need to keep that in perspective.

And I want to close with this, 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This verse applies to us. If we will… 1.) Humble ourselves, 2.) Pray, 3.) Seek Gods Face, 4.) Turn from our wicked ways (Yes this is talking about believers). THEN He will hear us from heaven and heal our land!

Lets always seek God in prayer and pray for our nation.

About Elissa Hill:

I am Christian and have been married since May 2002. My husband and I have four beautiful children. Two ‘homegrown’ (biological) and two adopted from the country of Bulgaria. I am a stay at home, homeschool parent, and am now entering into my sixth year of home schooling.

I have been a Christian since Aug. 2002 and attended Calvary Chapel a good part of my life. I was the Womens Bible Study director at CCSurprise and have written many Bible Studies for the women at the church. I have also served in various ways within the women’s ministry itself including writing, acting in skits, coordinating events, and more. I was the children’s worship coordinator for 5 years and served in many other ways.

Currently I am enrolled in the International School of Ministry,and plan on completing my degree this year. My passion is to serve God with all my heart, help those who need it and to spread the Gospel message to its full extent.

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Patriot Hope: Financial Heroes

Haym Solomon, financier of the American Revolution
Haym Solomon, financier of the American Revolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Non-profits depend upon money from tithing to keep ministries afloat, pay wages, and fund God’s purposes. Dollars are used to buy canned goods for food banks or a hot chocolate for someone who needs a little encouragement. The Founding Fathers gave all.

Haym Salomon, born to Jewish parents in Poland in 1740 fled religious persecution from the Russians in 1772. Pennsylvania “did not allow Jews or other non-Christians to hold public office.” He and others lobbied successfully for religious freedom. Haym bailed out the federal government time and time again until in 1785 he passed away owning $354,000 in Continental securities. Inflation had reduced their value to $44,732, but his estate owed $45,292. He died in bankruptcy. He financed the American Revolution.

Other stories exist, too, of patriots who gave all to fund or help defend their country. Charles Carroll had a value of two million dollars (today would be thirty million) and risked his fortune when he signed the Declaration of Independence. Carroll said, “God grant that this religious liberty may be preserved in these States, to the end of time, and that all believing in the religion of Christ may practice the leading principle of charity, the basis of every virtue.”

If you’ll recall in the Bible in Exodus and others, God provided the money needed to build His temple and to feed and care for His people. Financial heroes give because they realize God gave them what they earned and what they give back is God’s. In spite of the lack of money many suffered during and after the American Revolution, God provided. He will provide again.

They say, what comes out of our mouths reflects the trueness of the heart. I say, what comes out of our wallets reflects our real motivations. In our Bible study last week, we discussed hoarding and how we hoard our wealth and our things to our devastation. We need to pay our workers like it says in the Bible what we promised. Businesses hire illegals making Americans struggle financially as they seek jobs. Businesses pay one wage in the mid-west and east, but for the same job a much lower wage in the state of Arizona. Whatever we’re being paid, we should live sacrificially.

Living sacrificially means giving of our time and money. It means in our small way we can contribute to society whether it’s writing a check for a charity or donating a dollar through the check-out line. It’s amazing how much money still exists in our country that when a charity needs it, the money comes pouring in; from wealthy Americans to the layman working behind the register. The next time we demonize ALL wealthy Americans, remember the charities and businesses their wealth supports. A lot of good, wealthy men in the American Revolution sacrificed much and left much in their legacy.

Write a prayer for your favorite charity or a charity you wish you had the money to donate towards.

Book Review: Rebirth

Rebirth by Dave Longeuay is a fictional story set in 1948 when Israel was struggling to become their own country. Charles Devonshire, fugitive son of Nazi sympathizers, flees the United States and joins the tidal wave of Jewish immigrants returning to reclaim Palestine per Biblical prophecy.

Charles intends to go to the local university and become an engineering student. His intentions are to discover his parent’s true roots. His parents abuse have left him scarred, filled with many questions. He loves the Jewish people and on his journey to Palestine a Jewish family takes him under their wing. One of the sons of this Jewish family, Samuel is with a sect of the Jewish underground that is violent. Charles is swept unwillingly into the clash; first, when his concern of Samuel causes him to follow him across shady areas of Palestine to a warehouse; then, when Charles falls in love with the sister of Dov, one of the leaders of the most violent undeground movement, the Irgun. The Jewish family that offered their home to Charles bans him from the house after one of their own becomes caught in the crossfire and they discover that Charles is also Irgun. Author, Dave Longeuay adeptly tells a complex war and love story that makes this novel a page-turner.

There are several plot points. Charles is in love with Gladia and at times it is what prompts him to work the intelligence aspect of the underground movement. Eventually, all the underground Jewish sects merge together to fight in unity. Charles is under age, and I love how Longeuay shows Charles’ growth both physically and mentally throughout the book. Gladia is a simple girl and at times her impulsiveness gets her in trouble. The on again, off again of their relationship makes this love story unusual. Another plot point is Charles’ father.

We discover that Charles stole some of his grandfather’s money and we know he is a fugitive in the United States. However, we don’t really take Charles’ fear of his father seriously until in one scene it is his father who comes to the other side of the world and brutally murders everyone in a synagogue. Layering the tension in the plots, is the backdrop of Israel struggling to claim its right to be a country.

I’m not a history scholar, but it surprised me that the British were featured in this novel as at times just as bad as the Nazi’s. As Jewish immigrants came over from the United States, they were treated as terrorists, and yet to be fair, the British didn’t know which Jew was peaceful or which would bomb them. Longeuay makes the struggles between the British, Jewish, and Arab races real as he shows what Palestine was like just before Israel became their own nation. I couldn’t remember when the League of Nations became the United Nations, but in this novel Longeuay calls them the United Nations who take the vote that made history.

Violence, love, friendship, and war describe this novel. While my copy showed a couple of grammar and/or spelling errors, Longeuay assures me the new copies are clean. Because of the story and character’s complexity, I give this novel five stars. The story kept me eagerly returning and unwilling to set it down until I had finished it. It is worthy of re-reading.

Novel given by author to review. You can visit the author’s web page for information about his passion for Israeli biblical history and prophecy at www.rebirthofisrael.com.

A Light For My Feet

Day 2: Beth Moore’s To Live is Christ Day by Day

Read Deuteronomy 6:8 and Psalm 119:105-106

Phylacteries: Two black leather cubes with long leather strips. Each cube held pieces of parchment with passages of the Torah written on them. Saul wore one cube on his left arm facing his heart; he wore the other one over the center of his forehead. The leather strip on his left arm was wound seven times. The left arm was considered weaker and the Jews believed in wearing God’s Word as a banner and shield over their weaknesses.

“A thirteen-year old Hebrew boy could not get out of bed in the morning without remembering to whom he belonged.” Beth Moore writes on this day.

In this post, I talked about growing in Christ, and today I am reminded again to keep His Word in my heart. I think there’s a lesson in the definition of Phylacteries for us to keep God’s Word as a shield and banner over our weaknesses.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27

The NIV Study Bible states, “As hope sustains the believer in suffering, so the Holy Spirit helps him in prayer. It is the believer who groans; here it is the Holy Spirit. Whether Paul means words that are unspoken or words that cannot be expressed in human language is not clear—probably the former, though v. 27 seems to suggest the latter. The relationship between the Holy Spirit and God the Father is so close that the Holy Spirit’s prayers need not be audible. God knows his every thought.”

“We don’t practice the outward expression of the Jew, but we are wise to share the inward principle. May we keep ourselves continually in God’s Word, and may He continually keep His Word in us.” Says Beth Moore in Day 2. Today is no different than on any other day and I embrace His Word as a light for my feet.