Posts from April 2014

Posts from April 2014

NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS!

Never Talk To Strangers!   By the 1980’s it increasingly became a refrain chanted into the ears of children.  Parents and teachers often read a book by that title to the younger kids. Nobody wants kids to grow up afraid of everyone around them, but they need to know that it’s not always easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys.  Even a bad guy can smile, speak kindly,…

“JUST AS HE SAID!”

In Matthew’s account of Easter morning, the angel says to the women:  “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” The angel knew why the women were there, what low expectations they brought with them, unmindful that Jesus would rise “as He said.” We are so used to promises that are not…

FORSAKEN?

“Has God forsaken me?” is the question which “cross-examines” your heart and mine on this Good Friday. Christ Himself asked the chilling question on Calvary:  “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” After hours of meditating on these words, Dr. Martin Luther threw down his pen and said:  “God forsaken by God!?  Who can understand that?!” Jesus borrowed these words…

SOMETHING SPECIAL

Today’s “cross-examination” takes us to the upper room where Christ institutes Holy Communion – the Lord’s Supper – as a “visible gospel.” We call these visible expressions of the gospel “sacraments.”   A sacrament  1)  is instituted by Christ,  2)  has an earthly visible element used with God’s Word, and 3) conveys in a special way the forgiveness of sins which Christ…

TREES, PLANTS, BRANCHES, ETC.

Back in our seminary days, we often stopped by the seminary book store after lunch.  My first year there, I noticed one of the hundreds of books for sale.  It was entitled:  All The Plants Of The Bible.  My second year it was still sitting there on the shelf. My third year I left to be a vicar. When I returned for my fourth and final year, there it was, gathering dust.…
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