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Month: August 2016

According to Your Conscience……

This is an info graph that can be found at the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Website.  LIRS has been working valiantly to get refuges out of Syria.  With all that hard work 10000 have been brought out and 50 of them were Christians. I served on floor committee 3 for the Synod’s Convention held this summer in Milwaukee.  The Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan, president of the LCMS Missouri District was the chairman of Floor Committee 3 on Mercy.  He did a great job and I enjoyed all the other members and their contributions.  I was not able to be on the dais on the last day because of travel arrangements but on the last day of the convention our last resolutions were passed. This from the reporter. (Thursday, July 14), Floor Committee 3 returned before the close of the convention to present its final two resolutions. Resolution 3-03, which was adopted by a 782-1 vote, encourages the Synod to become better informed about the worldwide persecution of Christians. Individual Lutherans are encouraged to contact their respective elected officials on behalf of these persecuted Christians, “according to their conscience.” Finally, delegates adopted Resolution 3-06, which calls for the Synod to support and expand the work of LCMS World Relief and Human Care in the Offices of National and International Mission and to “strengthen collaboration with the Synod’s districts, congregations,...

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A True Scandal

This is a banner picture from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.  They have been desperately trying to get 10000 refugees out of Syria.  It has finally happened.  I am surprised and shocked at the details.  I wrote this yesterday and didn’t publish because I was not sure that I had heard or read it right. Just when you think that there can’t be anymore scandals, 10000 refugees have entered the United States.  They are Syrian refugees and 45 of them are Christians.  You can be as uninformed as you want to be about the immigration and refugee issues that are going on today but don’t be uninformed about the religious structure of this current batch of refugees who are allowed to come here because of persecution.  Anyone who does not know what is happening to Christians in North Africa and Syria are either truly stupid or deliberately ignorant.  How is it possible that out of thousands of refugees who are Christian in camps, segregated camps, because the Muslims force them to leave and form their own camps, our State Department immigration folks can only find 50 to rescue? The horror of Syria is that Muslims are being terrorized and killed as well, but the plight of Christians is absolutely appalling and must be addressed. At our last convention  we passed a resolution that we encourage folks to educate themselves on...

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Survey Says –

Pew Research says that many people don’t go to church because they don’t have time. Don’t go to church because Christians do un Christian things. Don’t go to church because rational thought makes religion disappear. Believe in God in their own way. Pretty interesting stuff.  Moralism is a danger to a church that teaches we need a Savior.  There is nothing rational about human behavior or God’s reaction to it.  The first commandment is all about believing God in your own way. And that time issue.  We will all have time to die.   Share this on:...

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Watch Closely.

One if the great comedic inventions of the 60’s was Gladys Kravitz and her long suffering husband Abner.  Gladys lived across the street or sometimes next door from Darin and Samantha Stevens.  Samantha of course is the witch in the TV program “Bewitched, who did her witchery by twitching her nose. Gladys had a nose of her own and it was always stuck in the neighbors business.  She would stare intently at the neighbors house and the comedy ensued when she would witness some magical hocus pocus and try to tell her husband what she had seen. This closely watching became an obsession with her and she even took to using binoculars.  She watched intently to find some weirdness and she was usually rewarded.  She could not get anyone to believe her but she saw some strange things. In Luke 14 the Pharisees are “doing a Kravitz”.  They are watching Jesus intently trying to get something on him. The writer to the Hebrews says that we need to keep our eyes on Jesus because He is the author and perfecter of our faith. The Pharisees kept their eyes on Jesus and “watched Him from the side scrupulously and constantly” in order to catch Him up and accuse Him of being a Law breaker. Luke has an interesting use of one word that all of us have either undertaken, or have...

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Consciousness of Transcendant Worth.

  Looking at the Letter to the Hebrews again. The writer is apprehensive that some of his readers may have become indifferent to their Christian faith. This peril of indifference would grow more and more serious as time went on and Jesus delayed His return in glory to save those who were eagerly expecting Him. Therefore the author was moved to write these Christians this stirring epistle. The cold and indifferent among them must be startled our of their torpor and neglect and be roused to a new consciousness of the transcendent worth of that which they possessed. The epistle is, in the truest sense, an impassioned oration centered in recalling to unshakable devotion to Christ weary and wavering disciples, to a steadfast faith which would triumph over all trials, temptations, impending persecution and death. Some of these readers had become dull of hearing the Word, they had ears to hear but did not hear (5: 11) ; they were neglecting corporate worship (10: 25); and they were in great danger of apostasy. “Take care, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day as long as it is called today” (3: 12,13). Paul Bretscher “Faith Triumphant”. Share this on:...

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