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)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Today's verse

To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

Isaiah 40:18 (KJV)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Today's verse

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Today's verse

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:1 (KJV)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Today's verse

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (KJV)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Today's verse

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 1:27 (KJV)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today's verse

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

James 2:14 (KJV)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Today's verse

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (KJV)

Monday, January 19, 2015

I have a dream

Today's verse

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

1 Corinthians 10:21 (KJV)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Today's verse

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 100 (KJV)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

What would you do?

Do you wait for someone to solve your problems for you - or do you try to to help yourself first?

It's your call.

Today's verse

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Philippians 2:14-16 (KJV)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Today's verse

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Isaiah 55:6-7 (KJV)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Today's verse

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7 (KJV)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Today's verse

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Today's verse

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:13 (KJV)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Today's verse

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Ephesians 4:4-6 (KJV)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Today's verse

There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

Proverbs 19:21 (KJV)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Today's verse

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Colossians 2:8 (KJV)

Friday, January 09, 2015

Today's verse

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

Psalm 53:1 (KJV)

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Reading list

Treason's Harbour, by Patrick O'Brian.

Today's verse

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Proverbs 16:25 (KJV)

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Today's verse

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Psalm 146:3 (KJV)

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Today's verse

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)

Monday, January 05, 2015

Today's verse

O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

Psalm 92:5 (KJV)

Sunday, January 04, 2015

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, January 03, 2015

Today's verse

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

Friday, January 02, 2015

2014 Liberty Bowl

Final score: Texas A&M 45, West Virginia 37.

Playoffs?!

It's time for the playoffs! And even though I am no longer a fan of the NFL, this is still a favorite clip:

Today's verse

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Reading list

One, Two, Three, by David Berlinski.

Today's verse

Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Psalm 149:1 (KJV)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Update on Asia Bibi



An article in the Pakistan Christian Post asks: Why is there so much reluctance to challenge Pakistan's blasphemy laws?

Key quote:

[President of Pakistan Christian Congress] Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that NGO and Churches only enjoy funding on blasphemy laws for vested interests but not sincere to safe Asia Bibi and other victims of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

“Common Pakistani Christian is suffering in Pakistan, dozens are booked under blasphemy laws and killed and more than 700 hundred Christian women are enforcedly converted to Islam and sold to Muslims for sex slaves but Churches and NGO like CLAAS, SLMP, OLA of ECLJ and others are receiving funding’s and enjoying” said Nazir Bhatti

If funding agencies around world think that they helping Asia Bibi or other blasphemy victims in Pakistan or sending funds for revival of basic democratic human rights of Pakistani Christians then question their organizations in Pakistan Why they fear to challenge Blasphemy laws in higher courts to end persecution of Christians?

‘We must adopt way to challenge blasphemy laws and other laws in Supreme Court of Pakistan and Federal Sharia Court for due rights as our representatives in parliament, clergy and NGO are fake and not trust worthy” said PCC Chief Nazir Bhatti

Read Asia Bibi's own words.

The online petition calling for mercy for Asia Bibi can still be found here.

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

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

1 John 4:1-6 (KJV)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Today's version

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 (KJV)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Reading list

From the Earth to the Moon, and Round the Moon, by Jules Verne.

Today's verse

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

Psalm 78:1 (KJV)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Update on Asia Bibi



A sad Christmas in Pakistan.

Read Asia Bibi's own words.

The online petition calling for mercy for Asia Bibi can still be found here.

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

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

Isaiah 60:1 (KJV)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Today's verse

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:3 (KJV)