UPDATE: There is an extension of this discussion going on over at Doorman-Priest’s blog http://theworldofdoormanpriest.blogspot.com/
Here is a story from the Kuwait Times.
I’d like to get your reaction.
I’d like to get your reaction.
Forgive me when that has happened. You can take it as a victory if we were debating, but please don’t take it as a slight, for my sometimes lack of focus is in no way intentional.
If you you ever want to make sure I get to something, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com . (The computer geek kid that came to fix my machine years ago stuck me with that one)
Pastor Bror Erickson is reading the Book of Mormon during Lent and makes some good observations on it in his daily posts on his blog over at Utah Lutheran.
WayneDawg has a good video clip up on Dawg on the Lawn, from Voice of the Martyrs http://dawgonthelawn.blogspot.com/
There is a terrific sermon on Luther’s explanation of The Third Article of the Apsotle’s Creed up here http://lightofthemaster.com/Sermons/Entries/2008/3/4__The_Holy_Spirit.html …that one is by Pastor Mark Anderson.
There are so many good things posted by you good folks here, that I don’t have time to highlight them all this morning. But don’t forget to check out the blogs in the blogroll and also click on the names in the comments of each post to take you to many other terrific sites.
Have a great day, and try and get a good word or two in for Christ Jesus somewhere along the way if you can!
I was (am) involved in a discussion over at ‘The Prodigal’s Knot…Untied’ http://prodigalsknots.wordpress.com/ on wether baptism has to be full immersion in water, or if sprinlkling or pouring of water is also effective, and constitutes a proper baptism.
The discussion at one point turned to inmates in prison, who coud not be baptised because there was “no water available”.
I said, “use some saliva if necessary”,… and then we went on from there.
Is full immersion the only biblical definition of baptism and is that the only way a baptism can be a real baptism?
In my travels in the Christian blogesphere, I have noticed two distinct spheres of thought.
A person on one blog was railing about how wine was from the devil and how we not drink anything fermented. Anything fermented was evil. I asked her about penicillin. If that was evil too?
People going back and forth worrying about what ‘we do’. What about this sin or that, what about saying this, or feeling that? All the focus on ‘the self’.
The other sphere was mainly focuse on God and what He has done, is doing, and will yet do… in answer to ‘what we have done’.
This sphere is quite a bit smaller than the other sphere.
People in this sphere seem to be a bit more at ease with themselves and the world around them. They seem to realize that so much of our doing is the problem and that the only real solution was the death on the cross of Christ Jesus and His forgiveness to us.
It was our ‘doing’ that got us into this messy situation that we now find ourselves…bound to sin.
It was ‘His doing’, and is ‘His doing’ that has, and will save us from ourselves, the world and the devil.
In it all, I find precious little grace and mercy given to sinners…real sinners, other than the grace and mercy given out by our Lord.
Can we not show some compassion here? Can we not give out a little bit of what we have received towards those who may not be doing it exactly how we think it ought be done? Would not our Lord want us to also be merciful, and compassionate?
“May God grant us the wisdom to know ourselves; the courage to admit our sins; and the grace to receive God’s never failing mercy and forgiveness.”
2) WORRY – there are things to be concerned about, but nothing to worry about.
3) DISCOURAGEMENT – God is for you, not against you.
4) BITTERNESS – it’s like poisoning yourself. How smart is that?
5) HATRED – forgive and watch your future come alive!
6) GOSSIPING – speak well of your neighbor, you might just see him/her return the favor.
7) BLAMING – be part of the solution, not the problem.
8) STAYING AWAY FROM CHURCH – provide your family with a firm foundation of faith, learn about the message of God’s love from the Bible and share problems, make friends, and be renewed in hope and thank God for another week of life. And it’s free!
…and the final thing to ‘Give Up’ during Lent?
9) GIVING UP – hang in there!! Even with all it’s problems, life is a good and gracious gift!
…but then live!
We will have a large wooden cross right behind the altar. We will have dead, dried up branches all around the baptismal font. We will focus on the death of Christ and the reason that there was to be no other outcome for Him. You and me. We are the reason for that death. We had a hand in it. We still have a hand in it.
God’s Law will be there in full force. It will be unforgiving and ruthless and relentless.
It will put us to death, yet once more.
But the gospel will be there, also. Come and die…but then live!
We know that the self actualized, up and coming, independent, success oriented types in the Corona del Mar, Newport Beach area of Southern California are not used to this type of a message from many of their churches.
But we don’t know of any other message that they need to hear more than this one.
We may not pack ’em in…but the ones that do show up during Lent will not be mollycoddled. Their comfort level will not be catered to. Their old sinner will not be given any wiggle room whatsoever. And when they die, the living Christ will once again give them Himself, that they might yet live again…in Him… and Him alone.
Is focusing on death a bit too harsh, or do you agree with us that this is the only way to go?