Sunday, March 28, 2010

His Blood Be on Us

Dear blood bought children of God,

If you would like to hear what we have in common with the palm waving citizens of Jerusalem as well as their politically appointed leader, Governer Pontius Pilate, please click on this MP3 link. His Blood Be on Us

The audio file includes the singing of the Hymn of the Day, "A Lamb Goes Uncomplaing Forth" LS #438, prior to the sermon. It concludes with the Offertory and Prayer of the Church following the sermon, which begins at the 455 mark.

God our Father grant by the power of the Holy Spirit working in the Word and Sacrament of Christ's holy Christian Church that His blood always be on you.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

He Who Controls the Pres, er, the Press . . .

I wonder if smokers will get second-hand treatment under national health care because of their unhealthy habit.

And isn't it considerably curious that our nations top notch journalists, crack investigators, and world class publications that publicized, analyzed, and castigated every peccadillo of Presdient George W. Bush, has not seen fit to publish a single photo of President Barack Hussein Obama, the health care champion, smoking a cigarette?

Of the handful I have been able to find on the web, as evidenced by the two I have posted here, they are all rather obviously photoshopped.

Journalists are sometimes referred to as the Fourth Estate because they are supposedly the guardians of the truth on behalf of the estate of the Citizenry. The idea is that they protect the Citizenry by keeping the estates of Church and Government honest as they report and expose abuses of power, instances of hypocricy, public lies and miscellaneous chicanery in their dealings with the common folk.

Author Oscar Wilde wrote:
"In old days men had the rack. Now they have the press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism."

Caveat emptor.

Be very, very vigilant in what you buy from the media, folks.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Hidden Glory of Christ

Dearly beloved of God,

Behold the glory of God hidden in His Word among you today.

To hear today's sermon preached at Trinity, Layton for Judica Sunday, and how the glory of God is hidden and revealed in His Word, click on this MP3 link. The Hidden Glory of Christ

The audio includes the Hymn of the Day, "My Song Is Love Unknown," LSB #430. If you would like to go directly to the sermon, advance to the 4:30 mark.

Have a blessed week as God keeps you hidden with Christ in His glory by the power His Holy Spirit.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Miraculous Feeding

Dearly Beloved Baptized of God,

Welcome back to the miraculous meal our Lord provides us in His holy Christian Church.

To hear today's sermon preaced at Trinity, Layton for Laetare Sunday, and more about this miraculous feeding, click on this MP3 link. Miraculous Feeding

If you would like to skip past Pastor's hacking furing the Hymn of the Day, "You Satisfy the Hungry Heart" LSB #641, advance to the 4:27 mark of the audio.

And have a great week rejoicing in this miraculous life we share.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Water-Full Place

Dearly Beloved Baptized of God,

Geetings to all of you Water-Full people of God and residents of The Water-Full Place that is His kingdom of heaven come to earth--the Holy Christian Church.

To hear today's sermon preaced at Trinity, Layton for Oculi Sunday, and more about being Water-Full in God's Water-Full Place, click on this MP3 link. The Water-Full Place

If you would like to be spared the pain of hearing Pastor's off key singing of the Hymn of the Day, "'Away from Us!' the Demon cried," LSB #541, advance to the 2:15 mark of the audio.

And have a great week splashing about in the pool of Living Water into which you have been Baptized.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Missouri Synod CEO on Haiti Disaster Relief

I would really appreciate your reactions and impressions of this video message from the president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod [LC-MS] regarding the earthquake in Haiti, and our synod's relief efforts.

What is the overall message you get from President Kieschnick?

What impression do you get from President Kieschnick's message about God, church, ministers, the LCMS, or Pres. Kieschnick himself?

What questions would you ask him about God, church, ministers, or the LCMS?

How does Psalm 46, as you hear it read in the video, relate to the whole situation in Haiti and to whom is it addressed?

How has your thinking or belief about God, church, or ministers been changed or reinforced by this message?

I am particularly interested in how non-Lutherans, and especialy non-Christians perceive President Kieschnick and his message.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Feasting on Crumbs

Dear fellow beggars,

Yes, like the Canaanite woman of Matthew, we are all beggars before the Lord our God who welcomes our begging and answers with amost blessed feast of crumbs.

To hear more about our Feasting on Crumbs, listen to the sermon preached for Reminiscere, the Second Sunday in Lent at Trinity Lutheran Church of Layton, Utah, click on this MP3 link. Feasting on Crumbs

The audio includes the Sermon Hymn, "When in the Hour of Deepest Need," LSB #615. The sermon begins at the 3:14 mark.

Have a blessed week feasting on the blessed crumbs of our Lord that give you eternal life.