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Holocaust Special

Holocaust Special

May 2016 - June 2016

Upon completing an intensive eight-day seminar at Yad Vashem, Dr. Dean enlightend us as to what he learned about the Holocaust, its beginnings, and what it means for us.

Video DVDs of these lessons can be ordered here or here.

Tue, May 17, 2016
by Robert Dean
Passage: Jeremiah 29:11
Series: Holocaust Special
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 7 secs

One of the most inhumane events in human history is the Holocaust. Listen to this lesson for Dr. Dean’s explanation about why it is important for all to learn about this time of depravity. Hear him tell what he learned during the time he spent attending a seminar at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel. Find out what is found there and how their web site will be useful for children to learn about this tragic chapter in human history. He discusses definitions of the Holocaust and how it refers only to Jews and not others who were murdered by Hitler during World War II. Begin to ponder questions about how such evil can exist under the sovereign rule of God and about people who stepped in to rescue as many Jews as possible.

You can access the Yad Vashem website here.

Note that the video for this class is mislabeled as 1 Samuel Lesson #51.

Tue, May 24, 2016
by Robert Dean
Passage: Jeremiah 29:11
Series: Holocaust Special
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 28 secs

How can a good God allow bad things to happen to His chosen people is a question that is often asked about the Holocaust. Listen to this lesson to begin to learn about evil in the world. Hear about a Church Father called Augustine who said the Jews were descendants of Cain and how this false teaching led to Replacement theology, which elevates Christians at the expense of Jews. Find out why God’s promise to bless those who bless Israel and to curse those who curse Israel is still valid today. Hear about the “Righteous among the nations” which refer to Gentiles who helped rescue Jews from the Holocaust. When asked about evil in the world, never minimize it but understand it is a result of Satan’s fall and God uses Satan’s trickery and turns it to good.

Dr. Dean mentioned several additional resources during this Bible class:

Website for the Power of Good (about Nicholas Winton)

Videos about Nicholas Winton

Videos about Hannah Pick

Videos about Anne Frank

The Hiding Place movie (broken into 15 sections) about the ten Boom family (starring Houston's own Jeanette Clift George as Corrie ten Boom)

God on Trial movie by Masterpiece Theater

Tue, May 31, 2016
by Robert Dean
Passage: Jeremiah 29:11
Series: Holocaust Special
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 49 secs

How can we reconcile God’s many promises to the Jews with the scope of the tragedy of the Holocaust? Listen to this lesson to understand that the challenge of questioning the goodness of God is directly related to the character of God. Hear ten attributes of God and see that He is all good and what He does is always good, even when we cannot see it in the circumstances. Hear some basic questions that need to be explored including the existence of evil and how different worldviews explain it. Never try to put God on trial but by faith accept that He is always just and can be trusted.

The "God on Trial" movie Dr. Dean mentioned during this class is available for viewing at God on Trial (produced by Masterpiece Theater)

At the end of this lesson Dr. Dean recommended a publication to read for more information on the Holocaust. Click for the April/May 2016 issue of Israel My Glory.

Tue, Jun 07, 2016
by Robert Dean
Passage: Jeremiah 29:11
Series: Holocaust Special
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 25 secs

How can a good, all-powerful God allow suffering that comes from evil? Listen to this lesson to learn ways to engage people asking this question and help them understand the character of God. Find out three possible options for the existence of evil and how only the Bible has the answers. Hear how Job suffered at the hands of Satan and how God answered Job’s questions. See that only God can bring something good out of suffering and He will eventually destroy all evil.

At the beginning of this lesson Dr. Dean recommended a publication to read for more information on the Holocaust. Click for the April/May 2016 issue of Israel My Glory.