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  1. Xenia says:

    This should make everyone smile:

    “Hospodi Pomilui” means “Lord, have mercy.”

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Xenia…even though I’ll be on Youtube now for the rest of the day… 🙂

  3. Em says:

    from time to time there is expressed concern here that we evangelicals think that we are the “authors and finishers” of our Faith… so an excerpt from today’s devotional from the late Bob Hoekstra’s devotional might give a bit of perspective? …
    maybe not … dunno

    “Faith is not something we can produce. It results from getting to know the Lord more and more. Paul spoke of this pattern in part of his testimony. “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him.” As the years passed, Paul was getting acquainted with the Lord in whom he had first believed. Then, as this relationship with Christ developed, Paul was increasingly convinced of his Master’s ability to handle any matter entrusted into His hands. All the while, Paul’s growing faith was drawing upon the resources of God’s grace.”

  4. Em says:

    “Hospodi Pomilui” thank God, He does grant great grace and mercy – morning by morning, eh?

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I don’t quote people often, and I usually do not quote NT Wright – but I thought this a good one;

    ““We haven’t lost all moral sense, as some would say. Ours is in fact a very moralistic age: consider the sheer moral fury of those who protest about (for instance) fox-hunting. It’s just that we’ve changed the moral targets. People who would be horrified to have an older sexual morality imposed on them ‘for their own good’ are eager to impose a new ecological morality on others ‘for their own good’. This is a recipe for moral confusion, and there’s plenty of that about right now.” Quotes from N.T. Wright in For All God’s Worth.”

  6. Em says:

    regarding the platitude, “everything happens for a reason,” i agree that is just fluff for the most part… on the other hand and worth considering is the fact that there is a reason things happen, i.e., going 50 on an icy road will probably not end well… 🙂

  7. Duane Arnold says:

    An extensive and well documented article on the abuse issues in the Southern Baptist Convention. Trigger warning, very disturbing…

  8. Em says:

    The proliferation of public acceptance of corrupted morals (has this been building for a century?) should scare anyone who knows history and more so if one knows what it means that there is a holy and omnipotent God
    I think the political scene just mirrors the scofflaw insanity of the world…
    Perhaps we should be looking up… unless God rewinds the clock again

  9. Jean says:

    Thinking about God’s Grace

    At my church this morning, the Gospel reading was the transfiguration of Jesus. Listening to the sermon got me thinking about the meaning of the word “grace.” Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14). The story of the transfiguration illustrates this grace: From heaven, the disciples heard God the Father say, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matt. 17:5). This grace that fills Jesus is given to us. “For from his fullness we all have received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16).

    Sometimes our view of grace can sound anemic. The forgiveness of sins wrought by Jesus’ atonement is no doubt central to God’s grace towards us, as many passages, such as John 3:16 and Romans 6:10 attest. However, there is also a joyous side to grace: In Christ, we also are His Father’s beloved sons and daughters, with whom He is well pleased. God does not just put up with us for the sake of Jesus’ atonement, but he is well pleased with us.

    The liturgy of Lutheran Divine Service has its roots in the morning and evening Divine Service given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai in Ex. 29 and inaugurated in Lev. 9. The Divine Service is where God sanctifies his people, so that He may dwell with them and bless them.

    In Num. 6:22-27, we learn the words of the blessing to be given in the name of the Lord to His people at the end of the Divine Service:

    “22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,

    24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
    25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
    26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

    27 So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.’ ”

    Notice the priest’s final activity in the Divine Service: To announce God’s blessing on the people.

    Our Father sends His children back into the world well pleased with us. He lifts up his face and takes notice of us in – a good way (Recall how Jesus noticed Zacchaeus in Luke 19, and how he received Jesus joyfully).

    By God’s grace in and through Jesus, our Father notices us and desires to share a meal with us! Finally, our Father gives His people peace. This not just reconciliation (though it certainly includes that), also but friendship, wholeness and contentment.

    Therefore, may we open the whole present of God’s grace. In Jesus, our Father in heaven is well pleased with us. Amen.

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