The Power of an Endless Life

For the last few days it’s been raining like fury. Have you ever noticed how the world looks greener and more beautiful after an electrical storm? The electricity actually releases nitrogen into the atmosphere, and I like to think of it as God fertilizing and watering his garden, Earth.

I took advantage of the break in heat and mosquitoes to buy lots of clearance flowers and planted them—with the superb help of Joel and Stephen—along our fence line for hopefully years of future beauty. One of my goals in life is to create beauty from chaos and try to help restore my little corner of the world to its original garden state.

Of course, yielding to the Master Gardener so that my heart and the hearts of others will be restored to loving trust in our Heavenly Father is an even more noble task. Jon and Gerlinde have spent the summer planting the seeds of God’s Word in the fertile hearts of seminarians. Last week they traveled from Kenya to Tanzania, and I haven’t heard from them since. As an all-too-typical mother, one side of my stomach has been chomping on the other side while I await word of their continued safety. As I was meditating on the Bible this week, I was struck by Hebrews 7:16. The passage is speaking of Christ: “Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.” The words just sort of jumped at me off the page…”the power of an endless life.” Through faith in Christ we receive forgiveness for our sins and his eternal life. The power of the gospel is that we are set free from sin and will life forever. Even though our physical bodies will die, our spirits will not, and someday we will experience a physical resurrection like that of Christ. This takes the pain out of risking our lives to try to reach others with the love, peace, and joy that Christ made freely available to us. This is the power that is ours…the power of an endless life! That’s even more marvelous than the power of lightning streaking across the sky.

What is the Responsibility of the Peaceful Majority???

Someone forwarded the following essay to me on the internet. When I checked out, I found that the material could not be traced to Dr. Emanuel Tanay, although I like the final comment of the man used as an expert witness in this:

“Thanks, in any event, for showing me this essay. In its fundamental aspects it is devastatingly accurate. – Burton”

I also felt instructed by Burton H. Wolfe’s thoughts on misidentification and Wikipedia:

“Among those who have revealed the misidentification is a guy named John Houk, who runs a blog or online journal, using the web site

“You might want to do an article for the Tribune papers on the many misidentifications of articles and essays that are routinely found on the internet, which, along with valuable material not found in the mass media, has unfortunately also become a gigantic fount of misinformation – not the least of which is Wikipedia. That online encyclopedia is full of errors and in many instances the authors of its articles have done nothing less than rewrite history.”

After all is said and done, I think the heart of this essay is terrifying…and correct!

Holocaust Survivor’s View on Fanatic Islam

This is one of the best explanations of the Muslim terrorist situation I have read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well respected psychiatrist.

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to           care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march… It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.

Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts — the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide, read this and think about it, and send it on – before it’s too late.

Emanuel Tanay, M.D. 2980 Provincial St. Ann Arbor , MI 48104
*Dr. Emanuel Tanay MD<; is a well-known forensic psychiatrist who has been an expert witness in many famous cases. He has served as an officer or committee member on the Michigan Psychiatric Society, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and others. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and of the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry and a distinguished fellow of the APA and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFC).

A Holocaust survivor himself, Dr Tanay coauthored a book about the survivors of the Holocaust and was asked by the German governmen t to consult on just compensation for the Holocaust survivors. Dr. Tanay has served on several journal editorial boards, authored many publications, and presented countless times on forensic medicine. His efforts have also produced many awards and commendations from groups such as the Michigan State Medical Society, APA, the Detroit Institute of Technology, and AAFC, among others.

I hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the USA, Canada and the rest of the civilised world.

This is NOT from Dr. Tanay

Posted by johnhouk on Jan 13, 2009
Apparently has come up in a series of email exchanges between people. Burton H. Wolfe has been gracious enough to send me a copy of an answer to a query asked of him. Working backwards from the most recent exchange (i.e. mine) to the earliest emails (e.g. as Mr. Wolfe sent them to me) are the exchanges.

I have made an effort to keep everyone’s email address private.

JRH 1/13/09

Mr. Wolfe you are saying it an awesome essay but you are uncertain if a Dr. Tanay exists at all?

Please let me know if you come across any information to make the post more accurate.

Thanks for sending a copy of your email to me.

John Houk
Know Thyself
From: Burton H Wolfe [mailto:*****]
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 12:34 PM
To: Schmieman, Michael
Subject: This is NOT from Dr. Tanay

Mike –

Although this appears to have been something I might have written, and in many ways conveys my thoughts, it would have not come from me because I would not use terms such as “Communist Russia… Chinese Communists…Japan murdered…Palestinians…staggering 70 million people.” Those terms are all literal, grammatical, factual, unsupportable atrocities. More importantly, it appears that the author of this essay is not Emanuel Tanay, M.D., who is identified on the internet as a clinical professor of psychiatry at Wayne State University – though I cannot find a listing or address for him on the Wayne State University web site. (I have added the email address of the chairman of the Psychiatry Department there, Dr. Manuel Tancer, to this message, in the event he wants to pass it on to Dr. Tanay, if indeed there is a Dr. Tanay.)

So far as I can determine, the author of this essay in its original form is a guy named Paul E. Marek. I cannot find any contact address for him, either; but since he posts articles on the Blogger News Network, I have included the given email address for the editor of that internet operation, “Simon,” to the recipients, so that if “Simon” cares to do so, he can relay this message to Marek.

The national Israeli news network Arutz Sheva published this essay by Marek almost two years ago, but whether or not its version was the original I do not know.

Among those who have revealed the misidentification is a guy named John Houk, who runs a blog or online journal, using the web site

You might want to do an article for the Tribune papers on the many misidentifications of articles and essays that are routinely found on the internet, which, along with valuable material not found in the mass media, has unfortunately also become a gigantic fount of misinformation – not the least of which is Wikipedia. That online encyclopedia is full of errors and in many instances the authors of its articles have done nothing less than rewrite history.

Thanks, in any event, for showing me this essay. In its fundamental aspects it is devastatingly accurate. – Burton

—– Original Message —–
From: Schmieman, Michael
To: **** Burton H. Wolfe
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 2:02 PM

Time to Say Goodbye

Well, it was a great three weeks, but we had to let Grace and the girls head off to see their Philly family.

But, not before a swim, a snack…

And a good night’s sleep!

Our airport graciously gave me a pass so I could help with the girls until the plane left. Just before boarding, Grace gave the girls a good snack…and then away they went!

Nana will sure miss her girls! I am so glad there will be no sad partings in heaven.

The John Ball Zoo

I’ve been having way too much fun with Grace and the girls to find time to blog, but they’re asleep right this minute, so I’ll try! This week we took a wonderful trip to our local zoo.

One of the great things about grand kids is that you finally get to do all the things you’ve wanted to do from childhood but never really got the chance to do until you were so old it seemed childish to want to do them!

For instance, neither Joel nor Stephen really think it would be super fun to take a paddle boat around a small pond…but Eowyn thinks it’s the greatest!

I am blessed with some of the world’s dearest and best in-laws too! Grace held Nycteris on rides where she was too small to go and let me take Eowyn. What an incredibly sweet daughter-in-law!

Speaking of which…I hear our little cherub Nycteris crying, so I’ll quit! I also have some of the world’s very finest kids. Joel is going to watch the kids so Grace and I can go shopping together this morning. What a son!

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”

Jon and Linda in Niarobi

Jon and Gerlinde are spending 5 weeks in Africa. They arrived in Niarobi at the beginning of July.

For Linda, it’s been a bit of a return to her “home” territory, where she spent her earliest years as a “missionary kid.” She still loves the African roasted corn!

Jon, on the other hand, isn’t always sure what to make of the new taste treats!

Jon has been (and will be) teaching at the two evangelical seminaries in Niarobi and loving every minute of it!

On the weekends, though, they have been doing a little sight seeing and exploration.

Including enjoying some of the local specialties. Luckily, Linda is fluent in Swahili and knows what’s yummy (and likely stay down).

They’ve also been exposed to the local needs. In Niarobi, there is a slum of over 1 million people.

Thankfully, there are faithful children of God bringing good news and physical aid to the people. Here is one of the local pastor/missionaries, who showed Jon and Linda around.

Jon and Linda visited a local zoo.

They were overjoyed with how friendly the giraffes were…

Oops! I guess there’s always a learning curve in knowing how to live in a foreign culture!

Please pray for them:  for wisdom, a fruitful ministry, and good health!

Family Reunion: Bedlam, Bath, and Beyond!

July 3-6 we had a glorious reunion with all our kids/grand kids except the three who are in Africa and Asia at the moment: two preaching the gospel and one preserving our freedoms.

It was busy, busy, busy!

In fact, I was so busy that I couldn’t even blog! However, you can see I was able to have lots of fun!

We had all five of our grand kids…16 of us altogether, plus Steve C (who seems like another son). Steve took this family photo for us.

The rest of my favorite pictures will appear on face book when I get a chance.

Jon reminds me that it’s not “all about family, it’s all about God.” He is absolutely right. In fact, without God, I don’t think I could love my family as dearly as I do.

I am also extremely grateful for the freedoms we enjoy in America and wish the whole world could live in peace.

Even so, come Lord Jesus, and bring true “peace on earth, good will to men.”


The greatest man in history, named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He has captured the hearts of more people than any other ruler the world has ever known. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today!