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Month: November 2013

On Serving Two Masters

“…every Christian, when he has the Word of God, honors and keeps it, regardless of whether this irritates the world or whether it costs him his success. This is his attitude: ‘There is my wallet and money bag, my house and home. But here is my Christ. Now, if I have to forsake and surrender one of them, I will let it all go in order to keep my Christ.’ That is what Christ means with the words: ‘No one can serve two masters.’ Eventually they will come into conflict and one will have to yield to the other.  Therefore it is vain for you to persuade yourself of the idea that you will keep them both as your masters…” Luther’s Works 21, 188-9 Share this on:...

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Martin Luther thoughts for the day after Thanksgiving.

Contrast this to the maulings that some are taking in the stores on Black Friday, “…my God has given me in Christ all the riches of righteousness and salvation without any merit on my part, out of pure, free mercy, so that from now on I need nothing except faith which believes that this is true.  Why should I not therefore freely, joyfully, with all my heart, and with an eager will do all things which I know are pleasing and acceptable to such a Father who has overwhelmed me with his inestimable riches?  I will therefore give myself as a Christ to my neighbor, just as Christ offered himself to me; I will do nothing in this life except what I see is necessary, profitable, and salutary to my neighbor, since through faith I have an abundance of all good things in Christ.” Share this on:...

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Martin Luther Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Thoughts from Martin Luther Excerpts from Luther’s Large Catechism (1529) The Explanation of the First Article of the Apostles Creed I hold and believe that I am God’s creature, that is, that he has given me and constantly sustains my body, soul, and life, my members great and small, all my senses, my reason and understanding, and the like; my food and drink, clothing, nourishment, spouse and children, servants, house and farm, etc. Besides, he makes all creation help provide the benefits and necessities of life—sun, moon, and stars in the heavens; day and night; air, fire, water, the earth and all that it yields and brings forth; birds, fish, animals, grain, and all sorts of produce. Moreover, he gives all physical and temporal blessings—good government, peace, security. Thus we learn from this article that none of us has life—or anything else that has been mentioned here or can be mentioned—from ourselves, nor can we by ourselves preserve any of them, however small and unimportant. All this is comprehended in the word ―Creator. Moreover, we also confess that God the Father has given us not only all that we have and what we see before our eyes, but also that he daily guards and defends us against every evil and misfortune, warding off all sorts of danger and disaster. All this he does out of pure love and...

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Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the world……..

  Last week when I was at a meeting I received word that the family of one of the members of the Board for International Mission had lost their home in the tornado that hit Washington, Illinois.  He said that they were thankful that all they lost was their house.  Today I heard on the news that Thanksgiving eve is notable for two reasons – travel, about 43 million of us will take off and travel at least 50 miles to be somewhere else, and partying. I remember reacting angrily a few years ago at the news reporting on Thanksgiving.  while I was busy stuffing my face and watching football there would be news reports about the hungry and homeless with the subtext that I shouldn’t be enjoying the day because it was my fault that they were hungry and homeless.  An interesting study would also be the frequency of the stories when different political parties are in charge, but I digress.  I don’t usually do this – I want everyone to be thankful and enjoy the day, but when I read this I had to share and I politely ask you to think about and pray about it too. In a deeply personal narrative, the Rev. Steve Schave, associate executive director, LCMS Office of International Mission, offers a powerful witness to the calling we have as children of...

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Was Jesus an Alpha Male?

There’s been off a lot of talk in my circles lately about “alpha males”. Richie Incognito of the Miami Dolphins was accused of being a bully but was also called by some a typical “alpha male”. Back in the olden days of the 60s rock ‘n roll the Alpha male was considered the “leader of the pack”.  In fact the term really comes from Wolf packs and studies as to which Wolf is the alpha male.  When the Missouri synod Council of Presidents met last week someone said that they couldn’t enter a room with that many “alpha males” inside.  I wonder if our District Presidents consider themselves to be alpha males? Pres. Obama is supposed to be an alpha male. Pres. Kennedy was supposedly an alpha male and I might have to do some digging but I think some people called Bill Clinton and George Bush 42 alpha males. Of course the first question I have to ask is were they or are they?  Then in my weird and some would say twisted brain I actually asked another question and that is “was Jesus an alpha male”? So I went to a social media site in which women answer the questions of what really is an alpha male. And according to a bunch of women that were surveyed the first criterion for being an alpha male is not to be...

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