Tuesday, September 29, 2009

a newer version of micheal

Michael is mentioned in the book of Daniel, in Jude, and in Revelation. In Daniel, Michael is the angelic helper of Israel who leads the battle against the forces of evil. In Revelation, Michael and his angels fight against Satan and defeat him and his evil angels, driving them out of heaven. Their victory is made possible by Christ's own victory over Satan through His death on the cross and resurrection. This victory over sin, death, and the devil is now ours by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

st. michael and all angels

The Archangel Michael, leader of the heavenly host (angelic warriors), and protector of God's people against the powers of darkness.

happy birthday to my bride

today is my beautiful bride's birthday. this is what i would get her if i could afford it...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

two things i know for sure...

Jesus is still on His throne, and God still keeps His promises.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Do you sometime feel like the road is being pulled out from underneath you? Things are changing so quickly around us today in our culture and in our world that it can sometimes cause us to feel like we don't know where we're at or where we're going.

At times like these, we need to stay on the path that God has provided for us in His Word. Jesus said in the Gospel of John, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." He is the One we need to follow if we are going to make it through this life and find our way home.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

lutheran library

Get the whole set - The Lutheran Confessions, Lutheran Service Book, Lutheran Study Bible, and Treasury of Daily Prayer. Way to go CPH - Keep it up!
(photos from cyberbrethren)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

lutheran study bible

Its all finished and ready to be ordered -
Sign up for yours today!
(btw -rave reviews so far, can't wait to get mine!)

Monday, September 14, 2009


The remains of a 2,000-year-old synagogue where Jesus may have preached were found on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The synagogue, one of the oldest ever found, was unearthed at Migdal, which is believed to be the birthplace of Mary Magdalene.

Archaeologists were particularly excited by the discovery of an imprint depicting the menorah, a seven-branched candelabra, from the Jewish Temple destroyed in 70 AD during the Roman siege of Jerusalem. The imprint was one of only four such reproductions known to exist.

The synagogue was built sometime between 50 BC and 100 AD is one of only seven known to date back to the Second Temple period.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

school speech reaction

not quite the enthusiastic response the administration was hoping for...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

4 questions

Here are 4 questions every member of Congress needs to ask before voting on a bill ...

1. Is it morally right?
2. Is it constitutional?
3. Do we need it?
4. Can we afford it?
Just read the bills and ask these 4 simple questions before voting. Is that too much to ask?
(from Rep. Paul Broun)

Friday, September 4, 2009

jerusalem wall

Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wall that is the oldest example of massive fortifications ever found in the city, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.

The discovery marks the first time archaeologists have found such massive construction from before the time of Herod, the ruler behind numerous monumental projects in the city 2,000 years ago, and shows that Jerusalem of the Middle Bronze Age had a powerful population capable of complex building projects, said Ronny Reich, director of the excavation and an archaeology professor at the University of Haifa.

tour de missouri

The Tour of Missouri will take place Sept. 7-13th, and will be in Jeff City on Sept. 10th.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

from the inside out

There are lots of diets out there in our world today. Atkins Diet, Grapefruit Diet, South Beach...Most of them telling you what you should and shouldn't eat. My favorite diet is the Seafood Diet - if you see food you eat it!

In the OT God put His people Israel on a diet. He actually had a pretty extensive list of dietary restrictions for them. They included - only animals that chew the cud and have cloven hoofs; only non-scavenger birds; only fish with fins and scales; no insects except locusts; milk and meat could not be mixed; all blood must be removed; and the animal must be butchered in a humane manner. Eating things like pork and shellfish and certain other foods weren't permitted.

Some believe God’s list of approved and forbidden foods were about health considerations.
While that may be part of it, more importantly, this was one of the ways God used to mark or set apart those whom He had chosen. God didn't pick Israel because they were better people, smarter, more powerful, or more promising. They were nobodies, and yet God chose them anyway. Observance of food laws became one of the outward signs of being an Israelite, and served as a reminder of their status as people who were set-apart for God's purpose.

While this was a good thing, problems began to arise when the people started thinking they could be clean before God simply by what they did or what they didn't do - by washing their hands, or by eating or not not eating certain things. But that wasn't the point - they were missing the heart of the matter.

"Jesus called the people to him and said, "Nothing outside of you can defile you by going into you. Rather, it is what comes out of you that defiles you." Jesus is telling us that the kind of food you eat doesn’t matter nearly as much as the kind of person you are. And it’s not what you come in contact with from the outside that makes you unclean, but what comes out of you. It comes from the inside out. What Jesus is saying is that our root problem of sin isn't caused by our environment, by the way we were raised, the culture we’re in, or anything else outside of us. He is saying that its caused by what’s inside of us - our sinful human nature, inherited from Adam, which resides within the heart of each and every human being.

The problem with the Pharisees is that they were trying their own outside-in approach to solve the sin problem. They thought that sin could be rooted out by doing outward actions, religious rituals, washing your hands, watching what you eat, etc.

And while its true that we need an outside-in approach to solve our sin problem, its not the kind the Pharisees were focusing on, and its certainly not the kind the religions of the world offer us today. The kind we need, the only one that works, is the approach that God offers us in His Word. And that is for God to come from the outside in, in order to change us from the inside out.

So God sent His one and only Son, Jesus down from heaven to earth to fulfill the law through His perfect life and by His sacrificial death. He came to set us free from the demands of the law, in order to make us clean in the eyes of God through His blood shed for us on the cross.
The substance behind the shadow of the law has now been revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything the OT pointed forward to has now been fulfilled in Him. No longer can a dead body, an animal carcass, or a pulled pork sandwich make a person unclean anymore.
Praise be to God for that!

Because Christ has come, because Messiah is here, the purity laws associated with the OT law are no longer binding on God’s people. Its not that they were wrong - they played an important role among God’s people for a set period of time. But now that Messiah has come, now that the Kingdom of God is here and has been opened for all people, those purity laws are now obsolete.

You see, Jesus didn't come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. Though God's moral laws do not change, the dietary codes are not binding on us. We are no longer bound by the Old Testament civil and ceremonial laws. We’re free to eat or not eat certain foods, to observe or not observe certain customs - That's the freedom we now have in the Gospel. Thanks be to God that in Christ we are free to live under His grace, since He has come to change us from the inside out.