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‘Deception and Discernment’ at Sondheim Monday

By Gloria Villanueva | Jan 16, 2014

To the editor:

Mark Twain once stated: “A favorite theory of mine—to wit, that no occurrence is sole and solitary, but is merely a repetition of a thing which has happened before, and perhaps often.”

Does history repeat itself? It often seems so. And many feel that history is indeed repeating itself for our wonderful nation.

America was founded on Biblical principles by men and women who held themselves accountable to the Creator. Straying so far from these principles, it seems at times that our nation’s political system is on a slippery slope and may be too far gone. But there is hope – it is time for Americans to take a stand!

Founded in Van Buren County, the small grass-roots organization, “Take A Stand,” will present “Deception and Discernment” at the Sondheim Center at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20.

Speaker Michael Furchert lived half his life under a dictatorship in Germany and half in freedom. He has seen and experienced faith put to the test. His father and grandfather had been preachers in Nazi Germany and later under Communist regimes, yet they would not let life’s circumstances keep them down.

On Nov. 9, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall came down, he was 17 years old and in the midst of the celebrating crowd. That was a day that changed world history and his life forever. That day meant the end of dictatorship and the beginning of a new life in freedom.

Michael’s story is an inspiring account of overcoming hardships, believing in the impossible, rising from trial to triumph. But it is also a challenge to many in our western culture not to take our freedom for granted, not to let our faith grow superficial and light, not to give in to indifference and complacency.

As America faces times of uncertainty today, he will challenge us to build our lives on a foundation that will last.

This event is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted.


– Gloria Villanueva, Bonaparte

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