Saturday, October 31, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Gospel in a nutshell. Sweet, sweet words that bring us comfort, joy, and peace.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Luther loved music. This quote from Luther, the great theologian is certainly high praise. He really saw that music could be an instrument of the Holy Spirit. Luther of course made a lot of musical contributions in writing powerful hymns like "A Mighty Fortress."
--Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb
Lamb said this during his sermon in the opening worship of the 2009 Lutherans for Life Convention speaking of John 10:10 where Jesus says," I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Being a Christian doesn't guarantee a life of health, wealth, and prosperity as some of the theology of glory preachers out there will try to convince people of. But being a Christian does mean God has given us everything we need. He's given us salvation, forgiveness, and the promise to be with us always, straightening, refreshing, and upholding us. In Christ we have the abundant life.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.[a]'
22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
This is part of the parable of The Lost Son. The son has squandered his wealth, knows he's messed up and finally decides to come home. While he was still a long way off the father runs to him. The father is compassionate, loving and forgiving toward the son. As sinners we were a long way off. God had mercy on us and did all the work of restoring the broken relationship that came about because of sin by sending His Son to suffer and die for us. I love this parable because it presents such a wonderful picture of the loving, forgiving Father we have.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Picoult really paints how one family member's illness has affected everyone in the family. The book is so engrossing and really gets the reader thinking about these complex issues.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I just love the comfort this verse brings. So many things can make us afraid, but God lovingly reminds us He has given us everything, and we really have no reason to fear. I always hear the hymn "Have No Fear Little Flock" in my head when I read this verse.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Some interesting episodes include the one where a little boy terrifies people by his ability to make bad things happen to those he doesn't like, or the one where a couple steals a camera that takes pictures of things that occur five minutes in the future; or the one with the dying man who gives his annoying relatives masks to wear that show their true personalities. For me some episodes are definitely better than others, but there are plenty of great episodes. It seems the last several years the Sci-Fi channel has run Twilight Zone marathons on News Year's Eve/Day and Fourth of July Even/Day. Great for getting a nice big does of the supernatural.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
From the Introduction: "Treasury of Daily Prayer is designed to meet the needs of the Christian who wishes to follow a disciplined order of daily prayer centered in the Scriptures. It employs the rich resources of liturgy, hymnody, prayer, and writings from the Church Fathers and the Confessions. And it is designed so this period of devotion can be part of any schedule."
This has been a wonderful resource for me personally. It has helped me to take time to be in the Word and in prayer.
38Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." 39So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
This passage speaks of Jesus preaching the Good News, but it also speaks of something else significant--Jesus took time to be by Himself and pray. Jesus, true God and true man, made time to get away from it all and talk to His Father. We of course need to make sure we are doing this--getting away from the chaos and busyness of our lives to talk to God. We need to be intentional about carving out time to do this and finding a place that is conducive to being able to focus when we pray.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
--The motto Franklin Delano Roosevelt had posted in his office
I was recently reading an article that talked about how this was FDR's motto, and thought it was awesome. What a great thing to look at and remember. Obviously FDR had a hard job--tough decisions to make, criticisms and negativity he encountered. So I think it was pretty cool this was what he looked at as he led our nation.
For me as a Christian these words have deep meaning. Though Christians face great troubles and difficulties in this world, this is really our motto because of Christ. No matter what happens in life, because of the forgiveness and salvation Jesus won for us, we can say, "Let Unconquerable Gladness Dwell."
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Such comforting words from Jesus to us! We can rest easy in Him.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?"
3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4The angel said to those who were standing before him, "Take off his filthy clothes." Then he said to Joshua, "See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you."
5 Then I said, "Put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by.
I love reading this because it brings to mind how we were all in filthy rags, but God has been merciful to us, and we are clothed in Christ's righteousness.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
When I read this passage, I think about the distinction between happiness and joy. Happiness is a mere feeling and is a fleeting thing. One minute I can be happy, and then in the next minute something can happen to take that feeling away. As circumstances in our lives change or things become difficult, the feeling of happiness can leave us. But joy, the joy we have as Christians, is something much deeper. The joy in knowing what Christ has done for us, that we are saved by grace is something that remains even though everything else in our lives may change and we may be faced with some difficult trials. We can always rejoice in our Savior.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
This song, sometimes described as "a blues-influenced power ballad," was on Aerosmith's debut album, and has appeared on several of their greatest hits albums. I love this song, especially how the music builds and the song gets more intense as it goes on.