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Month: December 2013

The Light and lights……..

I was experimenting one day with my iPad and took this picture.  It is kind of fascinating to me.  Of course the old joke is that some of us, (most of us) can be distracted by shiny objects and light.  I spent a lot of time in this restaurant just staring at these Christmas lights below and this was a week before Thanksgiving.  We don’t seem to get tired of lights either.  Some of my neighbors will have their Christmas lights up until February.  It’s expensive but they enjoy it and so do I.  Anyway look at the number and the way the word “light” is used in Johns first three chapters. John 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. John 1:8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. John 1:9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. John 3:19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. John 3:20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light...

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The Light and Light….

So Trinity Lutheran Church in Drayton has a Chrismon Tree.  It is a big one.  In the picture the lights are unplugged and the only light on the tree is coming from the windows.  This one Chrismon shines with a very interesting light.  I am sure that there is a scientific reason for it.  Somehow the light coming through is refracted in our through this one Chrismon.  It stays like that for a long time too.  I would think that after an hour the light would dim but this one keeps going. Anyway it is supposedly the Chrismon that symbolizes the star that led the Wise men to the Messiah.  We stood around and took pictures of it Sunday after the lesson about the murder of the innocents and the Holy families trip to Egypt. “How vain the cruel Herod’s fear, When told that Christ the King is near! He takes not earthly realms away, Who gives the realms that ne’er decay. The Eastern sages saw from far And followed on His guiding star; By light their way to Light they trod, And by their gifts confessed their God.” Share this on:...

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Unto Us a Son is Given – Luther on Isaiah 9 – the 5th day of Christmas

Unto Us a child is Born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders.  Luther takes off on this in one of his sermons.  Note how he ends it – “when I have time and am healthy I will preach more about this.”  I can’t find the rest of the sermons that I hope he preached. Isaiah, however, stays down here [on earth, saying], “He is the kind of lord who takes the government on his shoulder—and thus a genuine lord.” Let whoever can figure out what that means! A unique and wonderful lord, who wears his authority around his neck! This shows how the rule of Christ differs from the kingdoms of the world. For Christ says, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them.”  They have to exercise power, to rule strictly, and make use of the law; but they do not need to fleece and flail [people]. [All] secular governments have to rule and punish with severity; but it is [only] the villains and tyrants who fleece and flail [their people]. In the latter case, the subjects have to carry these lords, magistrates, heads of families, etc., on their shoulders. And they do have to carry them, or the tyrants will be on them with blows and executioners. But we are speaking here of good rulers, not of tyrants. Yet...

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Unto Us a Child is Born….Christmas day 4.

The fact that the child in manger was born for me changes everything and that is why I wrote this song – “As near as my heart beat.” Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting. Luther preached three Sermons on Christmas Day – this is a part of one “Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary”.  For whom was he conceived and born? For whom did he suffer and die? For us, for us, for us! Always add us! That is why the fathers rightly put the word [in the creed]: And in Jesus Christ, our Lord.” We should relate this word to every sentence: conceived for us and born for us, suffered for us and raised for us, ascended for us and sitting at the right [hand of God] for us. For [it is no accident that] the words, are followed And in Jesus [Christ his only Son] our Lord.”   With these words, we seek to take him unto ourselves, to make him our Lord, the head of our family, our  Father. In the same way, this word “ our Lord” must be included with all [the following] sentences so they don’t just stand there naked. They are all about us. Christ didn’t need these works.  He would have remained a lord quite well without them. Rather, his conception and birth, his suffering and death, his ascension...

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Luther on the question – Are you a Christian?

Take yourself in hand, examine yourself and see whether you are a Christian!  If you can sing:  The Son, who is proclaimed to be a Lord and Savior, is my Savior; and if you can confirm the message of the angel and say yes to it and believe it in your heart, then your heart will be filled with such assurance and joy and confidence, and you will not worry much about even the costliest and best that this world has to offer.  For when I can speak to the virgin from the bottom of my heart and say: O Mary, noble, tender virgin, you have borne a child; this I want more than robes and guldens, yea, more than my body and life; then you are closer to the treasure than everything else in heaven and earth, as Ps. 73 [:25] says, “There is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee.”  You see how a person rejoices when he receives a robe or ten guldens.  But how many are there who shout and jump for joy when they hear the message of the angel:  “To you is born this day the Savior?”  Indeed, the majority look upon it as a sermon that must be preached, and when they have heard it, consider it a trifling thing, and go away just as they were before.  This shows that...

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