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Month: July 2014

Rough Hands On Rougher Wood.

Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting. Some one told me that an experienced carpenter can feel a piece of wood and tell you what it should be used for, what piece would be a good table strut and which piece would make a carved chalice and which would be a good roof beam or whatever.  I thought about Jesus rough carpenter hands and rough wood and there is the song I wrote. Share this on:...

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He Promised

2 Corinthians 1:18But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. So I wrote this song……………. Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting. Share this on:...

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The New Sennacheribs’ and Mission

Lutherans rejoice in good government as a gracious First Article gift.  For those of you that don’t know what that means Government is included in the gifts that we receive from God “creating”. When we say that we believe in God the Father the creator of heaven and earth we also believe that earthly government as an “estate” in which God works.   In fact Luther actually talks about 3 ways that God “works” in the world.  They are the church, the government, and “the economy”, which includes family and marriage and work and all that stuff.  Needless to say we have pretty much destroyed all of them and yet according to Luther God still uses them. The good gift of government should have been capable of creating a world where it would be safe to “live and move and have our being” It was really an emergency institution created after the Fall to protect human beings but .. The good gift of government should make it a possibility for the church to be free and safe to do “mission, but…. The church should be missionary in out look and disposition in all things but…… The family should be the primary institution whereby we earn our daily bread etc and the government should really be viewed in terms of the family and economy but….. Human beings can mess up everything.  New Sennacheribs’...

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C.S. Lewis and Sennacherib –

We have talked about Nineveh and Mosul and Jonah and Sennacherib the King whose mighty army was strangely defeated.  The Bible says that Angels killed 185,000 of Sennacherib’s troops in one night. Herodutus a Greek historian believes that a mass of mice came into the camp and caused damage to the Assyrian archers bows and folks who don’t like miracles believe the mice carried bubonic plague and that is why the army died.  Whatever!  The Bible indicates the people and army of Jerusalem never engaged the Assyrians at all, they only saw the dead bodies. C.S. Lewis takes a different tack that is kind of cool. The Bible says Sennacherib’s campaign was foiled By an angel: in Herodotus it says, by mice- Innumerably nibbling all one night they toiled To eat away his bow-strings as warm wind eats ice. But muscular archangels, I suggest, employed Seven little jaws to labour at each slender string And by their aid, weak masters though they be, destroyed The smiling-lipped Assyrian, cruel bearded king. No stranger that Omnipotence should choose to need Small helps than great- no stranger if His action lingers Till men have prayed, and suffers our weak prayers indeed To move as very muscles in his delaying fingers, Who, in His longanimity and love for our Small dignities, enfeebles for a time, His power. –-C.S. Lewis, Sonnet, from Poems        ...

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Modern Day Sennacheribs’

Stolen Stones: The Modern Sack of Nineveh December 30, 1996 by John Malcolm Russell For information on the more recent looting in Iraq, see “Taking Stock in Baghdad,” April-July 2003. The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold. (Byron, “The Destruction of Sennacherib,” 1815) So wrote Byron of the siege of Jerusalem, undertaken by the Assyrian king Sennacherib in 701 B.C. from Nineveh [IMAGE, 37K], capital of the greatest empire the world had ever known. For two and one-half millennia, the only known account of this momentous event was in II Kings 18-19, which reports that Sennacherib’s invincible army was laid low by the angel of the Lord, after which Sennacherib returned to Nineveh where he was murdered by his sons. Nineveh itself fell to the Medes and Babylonians in 612 B.C., its splendor buried under the shifting dust of northern Mesopotamia. This was a part of an article that I found that speaks about Nineveh in the modern context of today (1996).  After the modern  War’s  the palace of Sennacherib was protected by our troops but after they left things got pretty iffy.  Parts if the palace walls are being sold in the open market.  Nineveh is across the river from Mosul where ISIS burned an 1800 year old Christian Church and basically forced all the Christians to leave. ...

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