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Month: September 2017

The Politicization of Everything – Dr. Seuss

I grew up on Dr. Seuss.  I never knew he was a racist.  I guess First Ladies Clinton, Bush and Obama never knew it either because they often read to students from Dr. Suess.  Once the current First Lady offered a gift to some schools of Suess books he suddenly has become racist.  Go figure. Suess once commented that fantasy is a necessary part of living.  “It is a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope”.  If that is the case we have a lot of folks living in a fantasy world.  It may be a necessary part of life but once and a while you have to look at reality as well             Share this on:...

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The Politicization of Everything – Missions

President Trump spoke to the UN this week and he took on the North Koreans, the Iranians and the Venezuelans.  So the Iranian guy who heard Trumps speech said it belonged in medieval times.  Venezuelan guy says it was racist and probably sexist too.  Hillary said it was “dark and dangerous”.  Criticism from a theocrat who foments a religion that forces everyone that believes it to go back to the 4th century and from a worn out Marxist regime that cannot handle billions of dollars in oil wealth but goes bankrupt instead, and a worn out politician whose husband gave the North Koreans billions to start the nuclear race to begin with, tells us what a world we live in.   That criticism tells me the speech was about right.  The topper might have been the North Koreans who called the President a “dotard”.  This is quite hilarious in so many ways.  To think that the strange little man with the bad haircut views the President as a dotard, tottering around in his dotage is rich.  Even funnier was the fact that the press, who I believe are mostly ignorant, (the idea that they are deliberately obtuse has crossed my mind as well), had to scramble on google and actually read a dictionary to find out what he meant. The humor in so much of this has to be sought or one...

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LWML Sunday.

2017 marks two significant anniversaries: the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses and the 75th anniversary of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Confessing the faith has not gotten any easier since these two events occurred. In fact, it may be more difficult to speak and to live as Christians now – and the future may even more challenging. Yet God is faithful and has promised that His church will survive all the trials that the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh can throw at us. Building on God’s promises, we know that this is our time to be distinctly Lutheran. Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman’s identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraged and equipped Christian women to live out their lives in active mission ministries, and supported missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts of mites, tithes, offerings, and tireless service. Now is our time to “Be Ready to Confess!” faithfully and boldly of Christ’s redemptive work for us and for all the world. LWML Sunday – October 1 Share this on:...

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Confessing or Analysis?

The most experienced psychologist or observer of human nature knows infinitely less of the human heart than the simplest Christian who lives beneath the Cross of Jesus. The greatest psychological insight, ability, and experience cannot grasp this one thing: what sin is. Worldly wisdom knows what distress and weakness and failure are, but it does not know the godlessness of man. And so it also does not know that man is destroyed only by his sin and can be healed only by forgiveness. Only the Christian knows this. In the presence of a psychiatrist I can only be a sick man; in the presence of a Christian brother I can dare to be a sinner. The psychiatrist must first search my heart and yet he never plumbs its ultimate depth. The Christian brother knows when I come to him: here is a sinner like myself, a godless man who wants to confess and yearns for God’s forgiveness. The psychiatrist views me as if there were no God. The brother views me as I am before the judging and merciful God in the Cross of Jesus Christ. Life Together (published in German in 1939; English edition: Harper and Row, 1954), p. 118-119. Share this on:...

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Christ Freely Came to Our Aid.

94 percent of every donation to LCMS Disaster Response must be made available to carry out disaster relief, recovery and restoration work, and no more than 6 percent may be spent on engaging donors and fulfilling obligations to donors. Donations to Disaster Relief by members of our church are very efficient and the protocols we use in disasters have  been listed by other agencies as some of the best in the world. Our churches Board of Directors recently met and revisited the work that we do in emergencies and natural disasters.“We pray for the victims of these catastrophes and all the disaster responders, and we give thanks for the generosity being shown across the Synod in the wake of these devastating storms,” said BOD Chairman Rev. Dr. Michael L. Kumm. The news in Puerto Rico is bad and disaster relief is very hard  there because of the location and transportation problems.  LCMS disaster response is in for the long hall. Our mercy work is in our Lutheran DNA.  Luther said. “Although the Christian is free from all works, he ought in this liberty to empty himself, take upon himself the form of a servant, be made in the likeness of men, be found in human form, and to serve, help, and in every way deal with his neighbor as he sees that God through Christ has dealt and still deals with him...

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