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Paraguay My wife, Rita, loves to watch documentaries. Then she will tell me something about them. I use some of those stories as illustrations in my messages. One could say she is my chief assistant researcher for biblical teaching. My kids are also research assistants as they can sometimes be used as illustrations! I have found out over the years that a “heads up” and permission are really important to them. I say all of that to come to the topic of my story. Jesus Christ can change enemies into brothers and sisters in Him. This world is full of hate and vengeance. Tragedies are documented every day on the news. Families torn apart by natural disaster or war will struggle for years with forgiveness and moving on. Recently, Rita has been watching real life stories of soldiers during World War II. Millions died—killed in battle, in prisoner of war camps, or in concentration camps. Civilians in the wrong place at the wrong time also died. There is no rhyme or reason, it just is. Vengeance and hate destroyed many lives. Kingdoms and rulers rose up and conquered others for power, wealth, or just plain hatred with no regard for the people destroyed. The end of the war did not stop the struggle for supremacy. It continues today. This was true in Jesus’ day as well. Jesus was accused of plotting against Caesar. He said He was the Messiah, the King that was foretold. I love to read Christ’s answer to Pilate when asked if He were a king. Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence (John 18:36). In our church in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, God is blessing in a wonderful way. He is building a church like that great assembly in the fifth chapter of the book of Revelation. Each Sunday I listen to the congregation sing during our time for praise and worship, and I feel we have a small taste of that coming day. The Apostle John is in tears because there is no one worthy to open the scrolls, but then the angel tells him the Lion of the tribe of Judah is worthy, and he sees a Lamb as though it had been slain come forward and take the scroll. Then all heaven is filled with praises to Him! And they sung a new song, saying, Different languages German descendant