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Good Morning August 13

Last evening I was reading in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. Yes, that’s the book most people avoid with its tedious recording of all the Jewish laws. And I admit it can be tedious reading. Even further we know that in Christ we are freed from the strict adherence to the Jewish legal system. Nonetheless the book is instructive. In the 8th chapter we read of Moses consecrating the priests for their service in the Tabernacle. The text speaks of each of the holy garments the priest wore, the white robe, the sacred breastpiece with the sacred stones called Urim and Thummim, the turban, and the anointing oil poured on their heads. So what has all this to do with us? It speaks to the sacredness of the office of priest or pastor. This is a holy calling to serve God’s people. There is a sacred consecration in Christ. Oh, we don’t follow all the Mosaic rituals, but that doesn’t change the sacredness of the task God has given our spiritual leaders. But even further, Scripture tells us that we all have a priestly calling through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Whether tradesman, or office worker, retired or homebound, we all have been given the same consecration through our baptism into Christ. We are all called to minister God’s grace in the place of our calling. We probably won’t have sacred oil poured on our heads, but the holiness of the Levitical calling is still upon us. We serve in the joy of our Lord.

Good Morning February 15

I agree with you.

On Feb 15, 2019 3:51 PM, "IRVIN STAPF" <istapf> wrote:

We sometimes hear the charge from those outside of the church that the church is full of hypocrites. That’s why they don’t want to be a part of it. Well, actually the charge is true. The church does have hypocrites in it, as well as all other kinds of sinners that one finds anywhere else in the world. The difference is that those in the church know where they can find forgiveness and new life. Jesus lived and taught among sinners in order to provide for them a better way of life. Do we in the church still sin? Of course we do. We are no better than anyone else, but we do know who is the source of all life, and we do desire to grow closer to Him. So we in the church are not telling outsiders that they are more evil than we are. We are inviting them to come share with us on a journey toward something far better than anything the world can offer.

Good Morning February 15

We sometimes hear the charge from those outside of the church that the church is full of hypocrites. That’s why they don’t want to be a part of it. Well, actually the charge is true. The church does have hypocrites in it, as well as all other kinds of sinners that one finds anywhere else in the world. The difference is that those in the church know where they can find forgiveness and new life. Jesus lived and taught among sinners in order to provide for them a better way of life. Do we in the church still sin? Of course we do. We are no better than anyone else, but we do know who is the source of all life, and we do desire to grow closer to Him. So we in the church are not telling outsiders that they are more evil than we are. We are inviting them to come share with us on a journey toward something far better than anything the world can offer.

A Blessed Christmas

May you all have a very blesses Christmas. It is a blessed celebration because we have been given the greatest gift possible. The gift of life in Jesus Christ. We will always face times of hurt, sadness, and heartache in a broken world, but the joy of this day is that our Lord has come into this world with us. He knows and shares all that we face. He has taken the penalty for all our sins into His own body, and allowed us to stand in righteousness before God. He has give us a new life of hope in the midst of this present world, and promised that the time will come when He will make all things new. This day has given us that gift above all gifts.   May you have a very blessed Christmas, and look to Jesus in hope all through the new year.

Good Morning August 31

“I am afraid that schools will prove to be wide gates to hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not constantly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.” I ran across this interesting quote that really reflects upon our modern times. Yet these words were written in the 16th century by Martin Luther. They echo much earlier word from Moses. “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) The simply truth is that when we relegate our Lord to a secondary place, or only one possible god among many, we find ourselves in deep trouble. The Psalmist has written, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”(119:11) It is high time we heard that admonition and obeyed.

Good Morning December 9

Advent is a season of preparation, both for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, and for His appearing again at His second coming. Christmas we can handle. We may get a bit frazzled by last minute details, but we will be ready. But what about Jesus’ coming again? How are we prepared for that? Was Matthew prepared, sitting at the tax collection booth, or James and John in the fishing boat mending their nets, when Jesus looked at them, and simply said, “follow me”? I don’t know if they were or not, but they were obedient and followed Him. Our preparation is not something that we do, but something that we are by God’s grace. It is He who places the desire in our hearts for the Risen Lord above all else. Do we truly hunger and thirst for Jesus, and for the fulfillment of His Kingdom? Is this desire greater than all of our hopes and plans for this life? If so, then we are prepared to greet Him at His appearing.

Good Morning August 10

The U.S. has just landed another vehicle on Mars to explore the red planet. Exploration is a part of man’s nature given to him by God. We want to know what is out there beyond where we are. Over many centuries we’ve expended untold amounts of money, and countless lives in the effort. Much has been gained, but a large portion of the effort has been used in the wrong direction. When the Apostle Paul went into Athens he explained to them that, “God (created mankind so) that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”(Acts 17:27) The major thrust of our desire to know was to be aimed at learning to know our Creator. We were made for a relationship with our God. It is only in that relationship that our true life is to be found. Yet, we continue to search for evidence of life in every planet of the universe. We may find some forms of life on other planets, but it will not be the one Life that means the most to mankind.

Good Morning August 9

When Christians take a stand against certain behaviors or actions common in today’s world, others will quote Jesus’ words, “Judge not, and you will not be judge.”(Matthew 7:1) Jesus then gave the illustration of looking at the speck in a brother’s eye and ignoring the log in one’s own eye. Just to take this as a blanket statement that we are never to judge others, is to miss its point. We are not to condemn, that is, to declare another worthy of damnation. That judgment is God’s prerogative alone. But, beginning with ourselves in humility before God, we must judge the thing in life that honor God, that conform to His will, and those that do not. God’s values are given for our best good. Our desire is to share in that best, and to have all others share in it as well. Ah! But then we’ve opened the whole argument of who is to say what those values are? We believe that the Bible is God’s revealed truth, and gives us the way of life He desires. That, too, will open many discussions. We can only stand firmly upon what we believe, and in humility seek to share that belief. That does take judgment on our part.

Good Morning August 6

Years ago, when our kids were little, we lived on a busy street. Our four would ride their tricycles in our driveway. We made an absolute rule for them not to go past the end of the porch. We made this rule, not to restrict their freedom, or deny them pleasure, but to keep them safe, and for them to have the most fun. Why is it so difficult for us to understand that God does the same with us, His children, when He tells us in His Word the best pattern for our lives? He tells us about forgiving, loving an enemy, not being filled with pride, of not coveting and building life around material things. He tells us what a man is, and what a woman is, and how they are to relate to each other. He tells us that human life is sacred and held in His hands. But, no, we feel these are restriction to our freedom. We should be able to do what we want, when we want, with the life we arrogantly call our own. And like little kids on tricycles we go merrily riding into the middle of the street. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. “(I Corinthians 6:19-20)

Good Morning August 3

The Olympics are in full swing in London. The news broadcasts who won the gold, and which countries has the most medals. I don’t really follow any of the events, but I was thinking about the training an athlete endures to reach their goal. They work many hours a day for years perfecting their skill. They endure physical pain, and sacrifice certain pleasures to keep their bodies in top condition. They focus all their attention on the victory they desire to attain. There are lessons here for us. Our Lord works in just the opposite fashion from the International Olympic Committee. God has already given us the prize, our slavation, as a free gift through faith in Jesus Christ. But now that we have it, our desire is to draw ever closer to the One who has shown us such great love. It is this desire that should drive us on in our faith. Should our devotion to Jesus be any less than that of an olympian? Paul uses this illustration whan he writes, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”(I Corinthians 9:25) We have the gold. Now let us press on “to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of (us).”(Philippians 3:12)