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ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO TODAY:
June 28, 1914:
The Trigger Event that Ignited World War I
Bosnia Remembers . . .
Bosnia marks first shots of World War I
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Artists and diplomats declared a new century of peace and unity in Europe on Saturday in the city where the first two shots of World War I were fired exactly 100 years ago.
On June 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian crown prince Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, where he had come to inspect his occupying troops in the empire's eastern province.
The shots fired by Serb teenager Gavrilo Princip sparked the Great War, which was followed decades later by a second world conflict. Together the two wars cost some 80 million European their lives, ended four empires -- including the Austro-Hungarian -- and changed the world forever.
Visiting the assassination site Saturday, Sarajevan Davud Bajramovic, 67, said that in order to hold a second of silence for every person killed just during WWI in Europe, "we would have to stand silently for two years."
A century later, Sarajevans again crowded the same street along the river where Princip fired his shots. And the Austrians were also back, but this time with music instead of military: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was scheduled to perform works of European composers reflecting the century's catastrophic events and conclude with a symbol of unity in Europe -- the joint European hymn, Beethoven's "Ode of Joy."
The orchestra wanted to pay tribute to the history of Sarajevo, a place where religions meet, said the first violinist, Clemens Hellberg.
Austrian President Heinz Fischer said Europeans "have learnt that no problem can be solved by war." (Fox News) Read more here . .
An Overview of World War I
World War I centennial:
The Great War and its great and terrible consequences
On June 28, 1914, a Bosnian-Serb student named Gavrilo Princip killed Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the duchess. It was the shot-heard-round-the-world, unleashing a series of events that by August 1914 embroiled Europe in war. That deadly summer unfolded 100 years ago, and the world truly was never the same.
It was World War I, the "Great War."
. . . Here's what the modern world should know about World War I: This wretched war, whose reasons still baffle, enabled Hitler in Germany and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. It helped lead to World War II and the Cold War. The famous British historian A.J.P. Taylor put it plainly, "The first war explains the second and, in fact, caused it, in so far as one event causes another." (Fox News) Read more here.
Prince Philip Asks Forgiveness
Prince Philip Kiril of Prussia Asks Forgiveness:
A Descendant of Kaiser Wilhelm Asks the Nations to Forgive his Ancestor
Just last week, in a very moving testimony, a direct descendant of Kaiser Wilhelm in Germany -- the man who refused to act to stop his nation from going into war -- asked forgiveness for his ancestor's weakness.
At that time, the Kaiser's generals and Germany's politicians were pushing him to declare war but, even though he wanted to refuse them, in a moment of weakness, the Kaiser "gave in" and the war began.
In this powerful moment in Macedonia last week,Prince Phillip Kiril of Prussia struggled through his own tears, to ask the nations to forgive his great-great grandfather for this moment of weakness.
To view this amazing act of repentance, please go here.
Repentance: the Key to Peace
Repentance: the Key to Peace
" . . . This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength . . ." (Isaiah 30:15)
Tomorrow, during the Call2Fall, over 2 million believers in our nation will fall on their knees, and ask our Lord to forgive us for our sins as a nation. May we also confess that America, too, had a huge part to play in this very unecssary war?
Let us follow in the footsteps of Prince Philip, for we, too, have much to confess in order to receive healing, restoration, and renewed strength for the days ahead. Amen.
Please mark the Date
Please mark the Date:
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Date of the Official Outbreak of World War I,
and the date of a nationwide conference call to address the issues
involved in that war
Please note: Although today was the day that ignited World War I, the actual shooting did not begin until one month later, on July 28, 1914.
On that date this year, Capitol Hill Prayer Partners will join with a number of other ministries to host a nationwide conference call, focusing on those issues and asking repentance for the seeds of evil that were planted then, and that still must be "uprooted" today.
We will have more information for you about that call, as well as the conference line and access code to be used, later next month. For now, please SAVE THE DATE, and plan on joining us in coming before our Lord to ask for mercy for the part we played in this war.