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Victor Frankl was a Viennese psychiatrist whose entire family was captured and kept in Concentration camps in Nazi Germany. While Frankl was being held prisoner his father, mother and wife all died in camps. Only Frankl’s sister and himself survived.

Dr. Frankl has written about his experiences in a Nazi prison camp and interestingly enough his conclusions remind us of Paul’s experiences in prison.

What’s funny is that the officials and guards who were oppressing Paul were upset and deeply bothered, while Paul, the one who should have been distraught by his imprisonment, is thankful and joyful and depending on God for his every need. Wow! What a contrast!!!

It doesn’t matter what prison cell you’re in, if the Son of God is in there with you, you’re going to be okay. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were thrown into the fiery furnace and saw a fourth person in there with them, God’s Son stays with us through the fiery trials of life.

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