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Phil Robertson’s Bible Quotation Hits Everyone

From Jacob Ehrhard on Facebook:

Hey Jack, I think Phil was too easy (what do you expect, he’s not Lutheran). Not only will homosexuals not inherit the kingdom of God, but anyone who’s sexually immoral, adulterers, slanderers, greedy folks, drunks, and cheats. Let’s see, did we miss anyone? Oh yeah, thieves and revilers. What’s a reviler? Loidoria. Means someone who’s verbally abusive–know someone like that?

It’s almost as if St. Paul is trying to say that no one’s gonna inherit the kingdom of God by works of the flesh, because no matter how natural they feel, no matter how easily those works come, the flesh is corrupt as are its works.

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What “Little Word” Can Fell Him?

On Facebook, Lutheran Witness editor Adriane Dorr Heins asked:

In “A Mighty Fortress,” what is the “one little word” than can fell Satan?

Rev. Jon Vieker, Senior Assistant to the President of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and all-around awesome sacred music talent, answered:

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But, Church Was Fun

“How was church?” Twin #2 was asked Sunday.
“It was fun,” she said in her almost automatic way.
“Oh, but church isn’t fun,” came the lighthearted reply.

But, church was fun.

Someone didn’t feel good, our service was cancelled because the city marathon had blocked access to the church, and other reasons kept us away from church too long. Matins at the house can only do so much.

Despite the organ being a bit loud, Twin #2 enjoys church. Often she sings along, even wanting to sing during the organ prelude and postlude. She says the creed and the corporate collects. She squeezes Mom or Dad quite hard through much of it, which may be what she finds fun most of all.

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We Will Miss the Coach

Twin 1 lost her favorite softball coach in a motorcycle accident, and the 10-year-old chose to attend the visitation this evening. It was especially hard because we don’t expect people in their 30s to die. The injuries were just too great for this mother of two.

Many prayers were said on Coach’s behalf. They were heard, even if they were denied. Why is not within our wisdom or reason.

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She Found Out About the Easter Bunny

Twin 1 figured it out.

We’ve maintained the practice of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and even the Tooth Fairy, but today she asked us point blank if that were us, and we could not lie.

She was heartbroken for a bit there, but she is over it now, and happy that she got those extra gifts even if they did come from more related people than St. Nicholas.

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Blessed Christmas Eve!

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. — Galatians 4:4-5

Adoption. The church may be joined to Christ as his bride, but we are brought into the kingdom of God as sons and daughters, receiving an inheritance delivered by death and resurrection.

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. — vv. 6-7

The true Spirit of Christmas isn’t initially a mere feeling of joy, thankfulness, or even generosity. The Disney Channel, try as it might with all of its shows, can’t explain it other than simply stating, “It’s Christmas.” It is the cry of “Hosanna,” the “save us now,” coupled with the knowledge and belief that his work is accomplished.

You are no longer a slave, but a son (or daughter). An heir through God. If you don’t feel any love for Christmas, find your Christmas spirit in what Christ has done for you.

He came without ribbons. He came without tags. He came without packages, boxes, or bags.

He came to die. To atone. To save. To redeem. To redeem you.

Whether or not you can give, receive. Merry Christmas.

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