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Month: January 2017

March for the Sanctity of Life

I am told that the lime green hats are the folks from North Dakota.  I don’t know what color was born by the folks from Minnesota North but many were there. The March for Life for us focuses on the Sanctity of Life.  We are endowed by the creator with certain inalienable rights – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Somewhere along the line we took the rights based philosophical concept of what “rights” are and made them the be all and end all.  Rights without responsibility is abhorrent and in the end reprehensible.  My right to do what I want is one thing, but when it eventually evolves as it always does, to a coercion that others must consent to what I do, and in fact pay for it, we have entered a strange world indeed.  We have taken the first enumerated right and placed it behind liberty and happiness.  That was done at the urging of the already born. The rise of the modern “nanny state” is based upon a strange oxymoron; if you can escape the murderous nanny and are fortunate enough to be born you will be cared for by that nanny from cradle to grave.  It may not be the best care.  We are treated daily to the fact that the nanny state does not feed all of her children all of the...

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March for Life 2017

It’s getting hard to keep track of all the marches that have been going on but the March for Life has taken place every year for 44 years and never been attended by a President or a vice President in all that time.  Vice President Pence was at this one and spoke to a crowd that no has even estimated yet but I am told it was huge.  I was amazed at the difference between this march and the one that took place last week; the Women’s March on Washington.  Women marching with their daughters and grand daughters in the midst of pornographic signs and filthy chants.  I wonder how those grand moms explained some of those signs to those daughters. I didn’t see any of that at this march.  I have been told that 6 Missouri Synod District Presidents were there.  Rev. Anderson from Rocky Mountain District, Rev. Fondow from Minnesota North, Rev, Wille from So Wisconsin, Rev. Lange from Kansas, and I will try and list the others later. Standing up for life at all stages from preborn to natural death used to be a “value” that all Christians shared.  Not so anymore.  Marches like this do several things. They remind us that there are folks out there who still have those values.  They serve as a shot in the arm and an encouragement to those who have...

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Refuge and Strength – Again.

There is a fascinating story going around after a terrible tornado ripped through Hattiesburg Mississippi.  There was major damage to the chapel at William Carey University which had all its buildings damaged.  While starting to clean up the wreckage, folks were stunned to discover an open Bible, sitting unharmed on the pulpit, surrounded by devastation from the storm.   It was opened to Psalm 46, Luther’s inspiration for “A Mighty Fortress”.  “God is our refuge and strength”. Like so many things in the Bible there is a lot there in that Psalm that we may never have thought about, but we should.  Here is the instruction given at the beginning of the Psalm, (remember they were always meant to be sung.) To the Chief Musician. For (or by) the Sons of Korah. Upon Alamoth. A song. This means that the chief musician will either have this song sung by the sons of Korah in soprano voices (alamoth), or that this song, written for the sons of Korah, will be sung in a high register. Who are the sons of Korah?  They were a group of excellent musicians whose job was to produce the music and the pageantry that would be a part of worship in the temple especially in times of great thanksgiving.  They led the praise of God with harp and psaltery and song. Who was Korah?  He was a wicked man who...

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The Boundary Lines of Body and Soul.

The church in its preaching, teaching, and action must never divide human beings into bodies and souls but recognize God’s concern for the whole person. James 2 is a terrible indictment. The apostle had warned against having respect to persons, chap. 2,9, since by doing so “you commit sin and are convicted by the Law as a lawbreaker” The word translated as lawbreaker is instructive and indicting. The word literally means one who “goes beyond the line”. Someone who sees a sign that says “don’t cross this line” and does so anyway is a trespasser. He passes by the line without coming into contact with the reason it was established. Here is a metaphor of one who passes by the Law without touching it; one whose life and conversation is not within the lines of the Law but outside the Law; therefore lawless. Think of the story of the good Samaritan and those who passed by the wounded man. They were on a path whose boundaries and lines led directly to the Law of Love and they passed by on the other side without touching the poor wretch. Think of the rich man in Luke 16:19-31. Lazarus is literally tossed on his doorstep every morning so that the boundaries of his life and business are channeling him into a path of mercy and he crosses the line into his...

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March for Life 2017

hanks I read the news media gave the recent women’s march on Washington 129 times the coverage that they have ever given the March for Life on Washington.  Many of our church officials will be there tomorrow as they have been for years.  Why the lack of coverage?  Someone on twitter said it better than I can – “The March for Life was likely well organized, the participants well-behaved. They likely cleaned up after themselves. So, nothing newsworthy compared to pu$$y hats, obscenity-laden speeches, given in strident shrieking voices, vandalism, and other newsworthy behavior.”  Thanks Friendly Grizzly.                         Share this on:...

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