Today in World War II History – February 3, 1940 & 1945

70 Years Ago—February 3, 1940: New song enters Top Ten: “In the Mood,” made famous by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.

65 Years Ago—February 3, 1945: 1003 B-17s of the US Eighth Air Force bomb Berlin, destroying brutal Nazi “People’s Court” and evidence against remaining conspirators in July 20 Hitler assassination plot, sparing their lives. In the Philippines, US airborne troops liberate POWs at Santo Tomas.

Today in World War II History – February 1, 1940 & 1945

70 Years Ago—February 1, 1940: Soviets launch offensive on Mannerheim Line on Finland’s Karelian Isthmus.

65 Years Ago—February 1, 1945: Chance Vought Corsair fighters launch first operations from US Navy carriers.

Today in World War II History – January 31, 1945

65 Years Ago—January 31, 1945: The German Army in France and Belgium is pushed back to positions held before the Battle of the Bulge. Soviets cross German border into Brandenburg province, one hundred miles from Berlin.

Today in World War II History – January 30, 1940 & 1945

70 Years Ago—January 30, 1940: US sends out the first Social Security check, for $22.54 to a retired Vermont teacher.

65 Years Ago—January 30, 1945: Soviets sink German liner Wilhelm Gustloff, killing 7000 German refugees from East Prussia in the worst maritime disaster in history. US Rangers rescue 512 Allied POWs at Cabanatuan on Luzon in the Philippines.

Today in World War II History – January 29, 1945

65 Years Ago—January 29, 1945: Seaman Leon LeRoy, returning home to Antioch, California to comfort his recently widowed mother, is bumped off his flight by the dog of Col. Elliott Roosevelt, son of the president.


“What’s your word of the year?”

This challenge came from our Christian radio station – to find a personal theme word of the year. I already had it. While I cringe at the idea that the Lord is bound by our calendar or that He communicates with everyone the same way, the past few years He has given me words, concepts that He impresses on me. First it was “holy” as He taught me about His holiness, and then it was “grace,” both His for me and the grace I’m to show to others.

This year it’s “abide.” Everywhere I look, this word pops up, a good sign God is trying to get through to me. In John 15:5 (NASB), Jesus says, “‘I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.'”

I want to bear fruit. I want to write and speak powerful words that teach people about the Lord and help them grow. I want to have a deep and positive impact on the people in my life.

But sometimes I get too wrapped up in the fruit-bearing…and neglect the Vine. How stupid is that? How can I produce any good work for the Lord without Him?

I can’t. And I don’t want to.

This year – and for the rest of my life – I want to concentrate on abiding in Jesus, attaching myself to my only source of life, of power, and of creativity.

How about you? Do you have a “word of the year” or something God is trying to teach you?

Today in World War II History – January 27, 1945

65 Years Ago—January 27, 1945: Soviets liberate the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Allies reopen the Burma Road, a crucial connection between Burma and Allied China.

Today in World War II History – January 26, 1945

65 Years Ago—January 26, 1945: Lt. Audie Murphy single-handedly repels a German tank attack near Colmar in France, for which he later receives the Medal of Honor. Soviets reach the Prussian coast at Elbing, cutting East Prussia from Germany.