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, July 05, 2015

Update on Asia Bibi



This 4th of July weekend, while you are celebrating your freedom, please remember those Christians who are not free and are being persecuted for their faith.

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

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Isaiah 6:8 (KJV)

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Reading list

Shiloh as Seen by a Private Soldier, by Warren Olney.

Today's verse

Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Ezekiel 2:3-7 (KJV)

Friday, July 03, 2015

Today's verse

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psalm 139:14 (KJV)

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Reading list

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, by Jennifer Teege.

Today's verse

The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

Psalm 147:6 (KJV)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Today's verse

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Luke 15:4-7 (KJV)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Update on Asia Bibi



Asia Bibi is the subject of a Fox News report.

Key quote:

Pope Francis has called for clemency for Bibi, and last year, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called for an end to U.S. aid to Pakistan, noting the persecution of young women and Christians in the nation, and citing Bibi in particular. Last month, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom pressed the Obama administration to designate Pakistan a “country of particular concern.”

Those who have spoken up for Bibi from within Pakistan have done so at their own peril. Two, Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, and Shahbaz Bhatti, the minister of minority affairs, were assassinated after defending Bibi and speaking out against the blasphemy laws.

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.

Reading list

Star Soldiers, by Andre Norton.

Today's verse

I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.

Psalm 3:4 (KJV)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Update on Asia Bibi



Ruth Kramer at Mission Network News has more on Asia Bibi.

Key quote from Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaries International:

Time is running out for Bibi, says [Bruce] Allen. “She’s suffering from internal bleeding. She requires urgent medical treatment. She vomits blood. She suffers terrible pain, and she can hardly eat.” In the meantime, “Here’s this woman, languishing in a prison under this death sentence for a crime that she vehemently denies.”

Multiple news sources indicate her lawyers have requested that officials move Asia to a prison in Lahore, which would make it easier for her to receive medical treatment, as well as see her family more often.

If nothing else, Bibi’s case serves as an international focal point for justice for minority Christians. Allen explains, “Under the current law, the abuses are enormous against religious minorities in Pakistan.” For example, they have been and can be used to settle personal scores between neighbors. The accused have little hope of defending themselves because the charge of blasphemy by a Muslim usually serves as sufficient evidence of the crime.

Here is more information about Forgotten Missionaries International.

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

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

1 Peter 2:17 (KJV)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Today's verse

Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (KJV)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Update on Asia Bibi



Asia Bibi is reported to be on the verge of death.

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

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

Isaiah 55:8 (KJV)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Today's verse

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (KJV)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Today's verse

As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

Proverbs 11:19 (KJV)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Today's verse

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:15-16 (KJV)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Today's verse

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

Exodus 14:14 (KJV)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Today's verse

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Isaiah 52:7-10 (KJV)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Today's verse

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36 (KJV)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Juneteenth!

Today - June 19, 2015 - is Juneteenth. It was 150 years today when the slaves were freed in the state of Texas.

Celebrate freedom!

Today's verse

Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

Psalm 89:14 (KJV)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today's verse

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

Hosea 8:7 (KJV)

Tuesday, June 16, 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)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Today's verse

Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: but when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

Mark 4:30-32 (KJV)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Today's verse

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Update on Asia Bibi



No new information about Asia Bibi's failing health. Some background information can be found at this link.

Key quote:

According to a report by The Global Dispatch, Bibi's family was permitted to visit with her in May, after not being allowed to see her for over a month. Following their visit, the faimly revealed that Bibi is "so weak that she can hardly walk."

Although Bibi is only 50, her health problems are only getting worse due to her abhorrent conditions, and she's in desperate need of medical attention, a family source said.

"When vomiting there is also shown traces of blood. Asia has difficulty feeding properly, while constant pain in the chest," The Global Dispatch quoted the unnamed family source as saying. "Therefore it is necessary that Asia Bibi be submitted as soon as possible [for] a full medical checkup, including blood work."

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

O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.

Psalm 79:8 (KJV)

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Today's verse

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

Matthew 14:28-19 (KJV)

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Today's verse

Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

Isaiah 48:17 (KJV)

Friday, June 05, 2015

Today's verse

He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Proverbs 22:8 (KJV)

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Today's verse

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Psalm 126:5 (KJV)

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Today's verse

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psalm 33:6 (KJV)

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Update on Asia Bibi



There are new reports that Asia Bibi is suffering from major health problems.

Key quote:

Asia is also on death row and awaiting the death sentence that she has been given. She has not only suffered emotionally, and had to deal with the unknown regarding her case, as she has gone before court proceedings and had court dates canceled numerous times, but she has also suffered physical beatings as well. The latest report concerning Asia’s health is that she is now suffering from intestinal bleeding and she requires medical treatment. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to receive proper medical treatment and her lawyers are working on getting her help.

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

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

John 15:1 (KJV)

Monday, June 01, 2015

Today's verse

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 21:2-4 (KJV)

Sunday, May 31, 2015