Catechism


Q. (2) Why is not the God of the Christians the God of them that are no Christians?
A. He is their maker and preserver; but they have not chosen him to be their God.

Acts 17:24

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,

Psalms 36:6

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.

Judges 10:14

Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.

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Earworm Wednesday: The Color Green ~Rich Mullins


So have you ever seen those videos of a color blind person getting those glasses that allows him to see color for the first time? Go here for a minute and see what I mean. Man receives glasses that lets him see color.

Did you see his reaction to seeing the beauty of creation? Have you ever thought about how wonderful it is to see the color green?

Be praised for all Your tenderness
By these works of Your hands
Suns that rise and rains that fall to bless
And bring to life Your land
Look down upon this winter wheat
And be glad that You have made
Blue for the sky and the color green
That fills these fields with praise

Catechism


What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

    It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.

    Revelation 21:1–4

    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

    Catechism


    Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?

      Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.

      Romans 8:34

      Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

      Six Part Harmony Christmas


      Frank Turk originally did this and it has been my go to for the Christmas story since.  
      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
      The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
      And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
      For to which of the angels did God ever say,

      “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?

      And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

      “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

      Of the angels he says,

      “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”

      But of the Son he says,

      “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

      Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
      In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to her. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But Mary was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 
      And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 
      And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God. … For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” 
      And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 

      “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

      When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son.
      A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (this fulfilled what the prophet Micah had said, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 
      And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

      “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

      When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 
      And at the end of eight days, when [the child] was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 
      Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 
      (they said this because the prophet Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, and he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him, and he took up his discourse and said,

      “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;”)

      After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

      Frenetic Friday


      Here it is again Friday are you feeling frenetic? I myself am feeling that way and so let’s get started.

      Well the Church of England is slowly but surely slipping loose from whatever moorings it had that attached it to scripture. The Church of England has announced that it will create special liturgical services for transgendered people. Now please let us take a moment and think what this means, they are creating a special worship service for people who think they are a different gender than what is their biological sex. A worship service. Let me say that again, a worship service. A worship service to welcome their transition. Now of course this wasn’t a unanimous vote there were those that opposed this but they were overwhelmed by those that have gone with the world. Read the full story here

      And sticking to this subject seems that according to Zinnia Jones a “trans activist” and a “transgendered woman” straight men need to start dating “trans women” and if they don’t want to date “trans women” they should “try to work through that”. But what if straight men have no desire whatever to date these “trans women” well that is “misplaced and inappropriate” See the tweets here.

      So it seems that Teen Vogue, remember this is a magazine targeted at teenagers, has written an article on how to do a specific sex act. Let me repeat what I wrote a few words ago, this is a magazine targeted at teenagers.

      In the article the magazine used the terms “prostrate owner” and “non prostrate owner”. Well when YouTuber Laci Green used the terms “male” and “female” the Social Justice Warriors went ballistic. Seems terms like male and female, basic biological terms, are hate speech to the “trans activists”.  Story here.

      By the way the Federalist has an excellent article entitled: Why you should intervene if your daughter reads raunchy teen magazines.  I suggest you read this if you have teenage girls.

       

      And that is it for this Friday night.  Have a good weekend, go to church.

       

      Still rolls the stone away 


      For some of you today will be another day of labor, some of you today will be a flurry of activity consisting of new clothes and going to church.  Some of you will be going over your notes making sure your sermon is ready.  Some of you will be meeting in secret in fear of your lives.  Some of you will still be in bed.

      But consider this, because of a Sunday over 1900 years ago something changed the world.  Because of this one event nothing is the same any more.  Calendars are no longer in reference to cities or other events  Anno Domini began.  Because the tomb was empty, because the stone was rolled away nothing is ever the same.  

      And that is the good news.  It is good news because Christ being raised was for our justification (Rom. 4:25).  Christ being raised has delivered us from God’s coming wrath. (1 Thess. 1:10)  Christ being raised from the dead he is now interceding for us. (Rom. 8:34)  Because Christ was raised we too will be raised from the dead. (1 Cor. 6:14)  Christ being raised we too will be in  the presence of God. (2 Cor. 4:14)  Because being raised he now rules being given authority over all things. (Eph. 1:20-22)

      So today let us echo the proclaimation:  Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Amen.

      Resurrection Sunday 2017

      Catechism


      How can we glorify God?

        We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commandsand law.

        Deuteronomy 11:1

        You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.