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)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today's verse

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Psalm 18:32 (KJV)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Reading list

The Leader of the Lower School, by Angela Brazil.

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)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Update on Asia Bibi



Asia Bibi's father is granted the right to visit her.

Key quote:

A Pakistani court has directed the Punjab provincial government and police to give the father of death row convict Asia Bibi prison visitation rights, a family lawyer said.

The directive came today, two days after Soran Masih filed a petition in the Lahore High Court demanding access to his daughter, ucanews.com reports.

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

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22.1 (KJV)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Today's verse

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)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Today's verse

When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94:18-19 (KJV)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Reading list

Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov.

Today's verse

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

1 Corinthians 9:24 (KJV)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reading list

Let 'Em Breathe Space!, by Lester Del Rey.

Today's verse

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2 (KJV)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Today's verse

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 5:24 (KJV)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Today's verse

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Today's verse

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Psalm 11:3 (KJV)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Reading list

Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov.

Today's verse

The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Proverbs 18:15 (KJV)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Reading list

We Band of Angels, by Elizabeth Norman.

Today's verse

For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

Jeremiah 30:17 (KJV)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Reading list

Resistance in the Gulag Archipelago, by Dr. Donald G. Boudreau.

Today's verse

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Proverbs 25:25 (KJV)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Reading list

The Guns of Bull Run, by Joseph A. Altsheler.

Today's verse

The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Matthew 13:33 (KJV)

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Today's verse

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6 (KJV)

Friday, August 07, 2015

Reading list

Kolyma: The Arctic Death Camps, by Robert Conquest.

Today's verse

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Psalm 62:7 (KJV)

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Today's verse

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Proverbs 21:3 (KJV)

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Today's verse

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Psalm 82:3 (KJV)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Today's verse

The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

Psalm 119:64 (KJV)

Monday, August 03, 2015

Reading list

The Stars, Like Dust, by Isaac Asimov.

Today's verse

And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

Ezra 3:11 (KJV)

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Today's verse

Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.

Isaiah 44:23 (KJV)

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Reading list

Black Amazon of Mars, by Leigh Douglass Brackett.

Today's verse

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

Luke 6:22-23 (KJV)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Today's verse

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28 (KJV)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Today's verse

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Update on Asia Bibi



The Middle East Forum has an excellent summary of Asia Bibi's case.

Key quote:

Pakistan's authorities appear to have found a solution to at least one of their problems in the international arena: Aasiya Noreen, or "Asia Bibi," a 50-year-old Christian woman and mother of five who has been on death row for six years for allegedly insulting Muhammad.

Instead of executing Asia Bibi and further advertising to the international community that theirs is a savage and backwards nation -- and instead of releasing her and provoking millions of angry Muslims to turn on the government and accuse it of supporting "apostasy" -- Pakistan's authorities appear to be letting time, wretched conditions, severe maltreatment, and beatings slowly kill her

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

Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup.

Today's verse

And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Genesis 18:17-19 (KJV)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Today's verse

Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

Psalm 142:6 (KJV)