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Month: May 2015

President Kay and the Board For International Missions

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League exists to support Missions in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and to strengthen women in their faith and knowledge of Christ as Lord.  President Kay Kreklau take that mission very seriously.  The Board fro International Missions exists to do the same.  At the latest Board meeting in St. Louis President of Synod Matthew Harrison presented Kay with a large poster with a certificate of appreciation and messages from staff and Board members.  She seems to appreciate it. Her work has been appreciated and Kay finishes her term this summer at the LWML convention in Des Moines. Share this on:...

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Induction From Particulars

An inductive argument is one in which the premises are supposed to support the conclusion in such a way that if the premises are true, it is improbable that the conclusion would be false. So, the conclusion follows  from the premises and inferences. Here is an example – Mercy is charity. Charity causes dependence. Mercy makes people dependent. I have been listening to this kind of stuff for a long time.  There has always existed a fear of “mercenary conversions” meaning that folks would claim faith in Christ in order to get something like food or shelter. There is an example in the scriptures.  The end of the story of the feeding of the five thousand in John 6:14–15, says . “When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, ‘This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!’ Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.”  They wanted to make him a bread king.  These were mercenary conversions and a false trust in Christ.  When they hear about suffering and death on a cross most will leave. Jesus doesn’t stop doing mercy though.  Mercy is what he is and God is always true to Himself. I have said before that in mercy we work we...

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What Do You Say the Week After Pentecost?

“If Christ did not sit at the right hand of God, or daily pour out his Holy Spirit, the Christian faith would languish, for it is contrary to all human reasoning and opposed also by the devil. Therefore, if there were not this daily outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the devil would not allow a single person to cling in faith to Christ, proclaimed by the Pentecost message… But our dear God in heaven has erected an everlasting, divine bulwark to prevent this, namely, Jesus Christ, his Son, our exalted Lord at his right hand. By the Pentecost message he sustains and keeps us in the Christian faith, until such time as we become unthankful and God needs to punish us because of malice and unthankfulness, and inflicts a penalty by permitting the devil to tear away God’s Word, as happened in the case of the Anabaptists and the Sacramentarian enthusiasts. However, the Pentecost message and the Christian faith must endure until the end of the world. If by our unthankfulness we lose it, others will receive it while the world lasts.” Luther, Monday after Pentecost 1534 Share this on:...

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Peace Be With You.

I wrote this song after seeing a plague in a gift shop that talked about the peace of the rolling waters, the silver moon, the shining sun and the gentle wind being with you.  I started thinking about where true peace comes from and here is the song I wrote.  We all need a little peace these days. Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting. Share this on:...

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All Men Are Liars.

After listening to the political news and reading some very popular blogs over the weekend I have determined that I need to go back and look at the Biblical injunction against lying. The 8th commandment concept of “putting the best construction on everything”, or “explaining things in the kindest possible way could be construed as a way of lying without really denying the truth.  The 8th commandment is one of the real conversation starters in confirmation classes.  It seems that lying to or about one another is a popular past time among young persons.  It is a great generator of “drama”. There seem to be gradations of lying that are troubling.  Telling a part of a story can be a form of lying. I was surprised to see that in the King James version of the Bible, “lie” is only mentioned about 115 times and of course sometimes that means to “lie”, like when Jacob laid down with only a rock for a pillow, a condition brought about by lying by the way.  If you look at the word falsehood and permutations the numbers get crazy. We understand that lying is a part of original sin and David in the Psalm cries in despair that all men are liars which is the truth.  That statement causes some consternation. The paradox was once discussed by St. Jerome in a sermon: “I said...

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