Musings of a Recovering Lutheran
O LORD, God of my salvation,
         I have cried out day and night before You.
Let my prayer come before You;
         Incline Your ear to my cry. 

Psalm 88:1-2 (NKJV)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Today's verse

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

Isaiah 40:28 (KJV)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reading list

Night Without End, by Alistair MacLean.

Today's verse

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psalm 91:2 (KJV)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Reading list

City of God: Transgression, by Randy Ingermanson.

Today's verse

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43:5 (KJV)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today's verse

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

Jeremiah 17:14 (KJV)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Reading list

The Gods Themselves, by Isaac Asimov.

Today's verse

Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

Psalm 17:1 (KJV)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Reading list

The Melted Sea, by Sara C. Roethle.

Today's verse

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Mark 2:1-12 (KJV)

My mother is suffering from dementia and can no longer pray for herself, so I pray for her. Pray for those who cannot pray for themselves like my mother. Pray for those who have left the faith. Pray for those who feel despair and separation from God and will not pray for themselves.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Reading list

The Weapon Makers, by A.E. van Vogt.

Today's verse

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:39 (KJV)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Today's verse

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

Psalm 22:14 (KJV)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

NASA Trip Part 5

The "Little Joe" rocket that was used to test Apollo's emergency escape system.

The Lunar Module.

The Orion capsule.

Inside the Orion capsule.

Reading list

Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke.

Today's verse

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

Monday, September 04, 2017

NASA Trip Part 4

An actual Saturn V rocket. This was supposed to be used for Apollo 19 or 20, but both missions (along with Apollo 18) were cancelled. The Saturn V rocket for Apollo 18 was used to launch Skylab instead.

Today's verse

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

Sunday, September 03, 2017

NASA Trip Part 3

The building where historic Mission Control is located.

In the lobby is a model of the Saturn V and the launch pad.

A model of the Gemini spacecraft.

Historic Mission Control.

Today's verse

I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

Joel 2:25-26 (KJV)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Update on Asia Bibi



Unfortunately there is no new news I can find about Asia Bibi. Yet even though the world may have forgotten her God never will.

Read Asia Bibi's own words.


For those who do not know who she is, here is the story about Asia Bibi's unjust imprisonment and death sentence for "blasphemy" against the Prophet Muhammad.

Please pray for Asia Bibi and her family. Also, please pray for those who are risking their lives to free her.

Today's verse

O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

Psalm 140:7 (KJV)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

NASA Trip Part 2

The shuttlecraft Galileo

Pete Conrad's Apollo XII moonsuit

Deke Slayton's spacesuit for Apollo

Today's verse

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Isaiah 40:1-5 (KJV)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

NASA Trip Part 1

This past week my family and I went to the Space Center in Houston.

A mockup of the Space Shuttle and its 747 carrier.

My wife and son standing in front of the 747.

The cockpit of the shuttle.

View of the shuttle cargo area.

The crew living area just below the cockpit.

The airlock to the shuttle cargo bay is to the left. To the right is tha hatch for entering/exiting the spacecraft before launch and after landing.

Reading list

Grace, Gold and Glory, by Gabrielle Douglass.

Today's verse

Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, as when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

Isaiah 64:1-2 (KJV)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Today's verse

He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

Proverbs 14:2 (KJV)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Today's verse

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13 (KJV)

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Today's verse

Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Psalm 27:11 (KJV)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Today's verse

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Today's verse

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today's verse

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 (KJV)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Today's verse

The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

2 Samuel 22:47 (KJV)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Today's verse

God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (KJV)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Today's verse

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Exodus 14:14 (KJV)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Today's verse

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Romans 7:14-15 (KJV)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Today's verse

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:4 (KJV)

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Today's verse

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

Amos 8:11-12 (KJV)

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Today's verse

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 (KJV)