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Month: December 2012

A Good Preacher – check this out for a rating!

Luther said – A good preacher should have these qualities and virtues: first, to teach systematically; second, he should have a ready wit; third, he should be eloquent; fourth, he should have a good voice; fifth, a good memory; sixth, he should know when to make an end; seventh, he should be sure of his doctrine; eighth, he should venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honour, in the world; ninth, he should suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of everyone…. Martin Luther (1483-1546), Table-Talk I got two out of nine.  I wonder what the score means.  I leave it to you to figure which of the two I have. Continued Blessed Christmas to you all.  Here is my rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Liitle Christmas” from the movie “Meet Me in St. Louis”.  I remember Judy Garland singing this to her little sister while it snowed outside.  When I was in St. Louis it was a long time before we had any snow, but when we did it was a nightmare.  Everyone traveling be careful.  Those staying home, stay warm. Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting.   Share this on:...

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The King of Glory Comes

From Hebrews – 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. From Collossians – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. From Luther – Ah, we poor people, to be so cold and sluggish in the face of the great joy that has clearly been prepared for us! This great benefaction exceeds by far all the other works of creation; and yet our faith in it is found to be so weak, although it is preached and sung to us by angels, who are heavenly theologians and who were so glad for our sake! Their song is very, very beautiful and describes the entire Christian religion. For giving glory to God in the highest heaven is the supreme worship. This they wish and bring to us in the Christ .. Martin Luther quoted in E. M. Plass, WHAT LUTHER SAYS, p.154 And finally Luther – I have a better Caretaker than you and all the angels. He it is who lies in a manger … but at the same time sits at the right hand of God, the almighty Father. Therefore be at rest. — Martin Luther , letter...

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Deaconess Eunita’s Christmas Adventure

This is the announcement from Bob Wurl one of the original Project 24 guys about Deaconess Eunita. Please find enclosed a photo of Eunita Odongo – a deaconess from Kenya –  doing part of what these tireless workers do for the church.  Here she is speaking to a bunch of children at the Othoro Rescue Center which is home to some 40+ orphans.   Eunita spends time with this endeavor as well as working on congregational and community outreach to elderly, sick, orphan families that have  children being the head of the household, and other distressed people in the community or church members. Please come to listen to her testimony of Christian faith in action that is common place with the church in Kenya on Wednesday, December 26 at 7:00 p.m. – Hot Cakes Café, Hankinson.  Invite others that you think might have an interest as well, bring your whole family. Eunita is going to school in Boston at the present time and is coming to North Dakota to talk about  Mission opportunities and challenges that are going on in Kenya. She looks forward to meeting  You  and to meet fellow Christians from North Dakota and Minnesota. Eunita is going to be all over the place.  She goes to Willmar Minnesota and St. Cloud.  Here is her schedule as I have seen it.  If you get a chance she is...

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O Chrismon Tree part 6

The one who spoke from the burning bush to Moses was, we believe, the preincarnate Christ.  So when Moses asked who was speaking to him and the reply was “I Am That I Am” it means about the same as when Jesus calls himself the “Alpha and Omega”.  There is a Chrismon that depicts the burning bush. Rev. Mark Chepulis on Cavalier ND wrote a wonderful sermon for the 4th Sunday in Advent.  It is the visit of Mary to Elizabeth.  Here is a part of the sermon. For the Lord visits His people.  He visits His people to save them.  You it see throughout the Scriptures that man doesn’t go to God, but God visits them.  He visits Adam and Eve in the garden, He visits Moses in the burning bush and the Tent of Meeting, He visits Joshua as the Commander of the Lord’s Army.  Man doesn’t need to build a tower into the heavens because the Lord visits and comes down to His people. But in today’s text, it’s different.  Today, He doesn’t visit His people as a burning bush, a pillar of fire, as the Angel of the Lord, but He comes to us as one of us; the Lord comes wrapped in flesh.  Can you wrap your heads around this: that the God who created the heavens and the earth, the God who spoke...

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Obscured by Glitter

Luther on the Titus 2:11-14 says – The way of God does not require us to build churches and cathedrals, to make pilgrimages, to hear mass, and so on. God requires a heart moved by his grace, a life mistrustful of all ways not emanating from grace. Nothing more can one render God than such loyalty. All else is rather his gift to us. He says (Ps 50, 14-15), in effect: “Think not, 0 Israel, I inquire after thy gifts and offerings; for everything in heaven and earth is mine. This is the service I require of thee: to offer unto me thanksgiving and pay thy vows. Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” In other words: Thou hast vowed that I should be thy God. Then keep this vow. Let me work; perform not thine own works. Let me help thee in thy need. For everything, look to me. Let me alone direct thy life. Then wilt thou be able to know me and my grace; to love and praise me. This is the true road to salvation. If thou doest otherwise, performing thine own works, thou wilt give thyself praise, wilt disregard me and refuse to accept me as thy God. Thou wilt prove treacherous and break thy vow. Note, such obedience to God is real,...

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