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No Suffering in Heaven (5 of 12)
Series: A Closer Look at Heaven
Revelation 7:15-17; 21:3-4
1. I suppose there is not a person in this room-young or old, who has not suffered in one way or the other. If you are young, most likely your suffering has been slight.
a. If you are older, then you know that suffering seems to increase with age-both physically and emotionally. As we understand more and more about the heartaches and disappointments of life, pain and suffering begin to take their toll.
ILLUS: On Thursday, Kitty and I sat with the Linder Family, while Marv was having his angioplasty procedure. Marv's older brother was there. Deana, Marv's daughter, shared with me that her uncle was a II World War Veteran. I begin to talk with her uncle about where he had fought. He told me that he had fought at Normandy and was in the Battle of the Bulge.
ILLUS: I went on the Web and found some information on the Battle of the Bulge. John Kline, who fought in this battle, gives us some statistics:
It was the coldest, snowiest weather ''in memory'' in the Ardennes Forest on the German/Belgium border.
There were over a million men, 500,000 Germans, -600,000 Americans (more than fought at Gettysburg) and 55,000 British who fought.
100,000 German casualties, killed, wounded or captured.
81,000 American casualties, including 23,554 captured and 19,000 killed.
1,400 British casualties 200 killed.
800 tanks lost on each side, 1,000 German aircraft.
The Malmedy Massacre, where 86 American soldiers were murdered, was the worst atrocity committed against American troops during the course of the war in Europe.
My division (John speaking), the 106th Infantry Division, average age of 22 years, suffered 564 killed in action, 1,246 wounded and 7,001 missing in action at the end of the offensive. Most of these casualties occurred within the first three days of battle, when two of the division's three regiments were fo ...
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