Musings of a Recovering Lutheran: 2016
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)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Today's verse

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Psalm 45:6 (KJV)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Today's verse

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 8:12 (KJV)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Reading list

The People of the Crater, by Andre Norton.

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)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Christmas troll

Unfortunately this sort of rubbish is becoming an annual event.

Two important things Dowd seems to be unaware of:

  • Mary and Joseph were not refugees. They were required by the Roman government to travel to Bethlehem so they could participate in a census and be taxed.
  • There is nothing in the Bible that tells us whether Mary and Joseph were rich or poor. The fact that they stayed in a stable was because there was no room at the inn (Luke 2:7), and does not necessarily indicate they were poor.
  • Also, it is hard to know what Dowd meant when he made his wisecrack about "Jews, Arabs, Africans". Mary and Joseph were Jews, but the terms "Arabs" and "Africans" are more recent labels unknown in the time of Jesus. Dowd might have been referring to the wise men and/or the shepherds, but it is hard to be sure.

    After a number of people pointed out the errors in Dowd's ignorant Tweet he had this to say:

    Well, now. I know Christians make a easy target for secular media outfits like ABC, but this was pretty cowardly. One fellow Tweeter had a good response to Dowd's Christmas Eve blast:

    That's what I'd like to know.

    Reading list

    A Texas Ranger, by William Macleod Raine.

    Today's verse

    And when [wise men] were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

    Matthew 2:13-18 (KJV)

    Monday, December 26, 2016

    Update on Asia Bibi



    Asia Bibi has just completed her seventh Christmas in prison for her Christian faith.

    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

    And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

    Acts: 6:1-10 (KJV)

    When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Acts 7:54-60 (KJV)

    Today in the Catholic Church is the Feast of Saint Stephen, who is considered to be the first martyr.

    Sunday, December 25, 2016

    Today's verse

    Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

    Matthew 2:1-12 (KJV)

    Saturday, December 24, 2016

    Today's verse

    And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

    Luke 2:8-14 (KJV)

    Friday, December 23, 2016

    Today's verse

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

    Luke 2:1-7 (KJV)

    Thursday, December 22, 2016

    Today's verse

    And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

    Luke 1:39-45 (KJV)

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    Today's verse

    Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

    Matthew 1:18-21 (KJV)

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Today's verse

    And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

    Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    Reading list

    The Deluge Drivers, by Alan Dean Foster.

    Today's verse

    There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

    Luke 1:5-25 (KJV)

    Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Reading list

    War Room, by Chris Fabry.

    Today's verse

    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

    Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV)

    Saturday, December 10, 2016

    Today's verse

    Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

    Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Today's verse

    Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

    Psalm 40:4 (KJV)

    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Today's verse

    O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalm 136:3 (KJV)

    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    Today's verse

    And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

    Revelation 5:13 (KJV)

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    Today's verse

    When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

    Psalm 8:3-4 (KJV)

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Reading list

    Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.

    Today's verse

    Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.

    Psalm 119:12 (KJV)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    Today's verse

    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

    Matthew 11:29 (KJV)

    Saturday, November 05, 2016

    Today's verse

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    Matthew 5:11-12 (KJV)

    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    Today's verse

    It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

    Psalm 118:9 (KJV)

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    Today's verse

    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.

    Psalm 100:3 (KJV)

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Today's verse

    Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

    Matthew 22:36-40 (KJV)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Today's verse

    I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

    Psalm 69:30 (KJV)

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    Today's verse

    He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

    Psalm 101:7 (KJV)

    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    Reading list

    Twelve Ordinary Men, by John MacArthur.

    Today's verse

    Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (KJV)

    Lord, help me to see that my weakness is the chance to rely on Your strength!

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Update on Asia Bibi



    Asia Bibi's hearing has been delayed. The final appeal was scheduled for October 13.

    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

    There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

    1 John 4:18 (KJV)

    Sunday, October 09, 2016

    Today's verse

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

    Psalm 111:10 (KJV)

    Saturday, October 08, 2016

    Today's verse

    Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

    Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

    Friday, October 07, 2016

    Update on Asia Bibi



    Asia Bibi's final appeal to be held on October 13.

    Key quote:

    A persecution watchdog group is organizing a 24-hour prayer rally for Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five who's facing the death penalty in Pakistan for blasphemy, and warns that hard-line Islamists could lash out violently against Christians after next week's hearing.

    The Pakistani Supreme court announced on Friday that Bibi's appeal will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 in Islamabad, which is expected to decide whether the Christian mother will escape the death penalty, or become the first woman in Pakistan to face such an extreme punishment for blasphemy.

    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

    Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

    Psalm 25:5 (KJV)

    Wednesday, October 05, 2016

    Reading list

    Helliconia Winter, by Brian W. Aldiss.

    Today's verse

    Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

    Isaiah 40:10 (KJV)

    Sunday, October 02, 2016

    Today's verse

    Start with Hello: Introducing Your Church to Special Needs Ministry, by Kate Brueck and Ali Howard.

    Today's verse

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    Proverbs 1:7 (KJV)

    Saturday, October 01, 2016

    Today's verse

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    Matthew 5:11-12 (KJV)

    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Call me: Your Supreme And Most Exalted Royal Highness Who Makes a Thousand Flowers Bloom While Curing All Disease And Making The Stars To Shine

    All hail His Majesty Grant Strobl! That is the title of an interesting post at Hotair about a student who is taking advantage of the University of Michigan's new policy regarding personal pronouns.

    Key quote:

    We’ve covered enough of these public school and college transgender pronoun stories for them to be fairly routine, but now there’s one with a twist which makes it noteworthy. When the University of Michigan not only told the students to choose their own pronoun of preference but threatened disciplinary action against professors and administrators who failed to comply, one young man saw an opportunity. Grant Strobl is apparently quite happy with the gender he was “assigned” at birth and didn’t care to be referred to as zie or hir, but he did opt for something a bit more royal sounding… His Majesty

    It's a terrific idea, but I hope His Majesty is ready for the inevitable backlash. More than a few college administrators are bullies and cowards (which is how this nonsensical policy concerning personal pronouns got enacted in the first place), and they hate anyone who calls attention to that fact.

    So I predict one of two things will happen:

    1. The school will ignore His Majesty's request. Contrary to the university's policy no action whatsoever will be takes against any professor or administrator who fails to call His Majesty His Masjesty. The policy was enacted to give favored groups and individuals power, and not to protect all students.

    2. The school will suddenly change the policy to prevent His Majesty from being called His Majesty. All that talk about students being able to identify as they want is just a hypocritical lie, but don't expect the media to stick up for His Majesty. In the totalitarian sewer that many colleges and universities are becoming one truth remains constant: all animals, er, students are equal but some are more equal than others.

    Still...bravo to you, His Majesty Grant Strobl! If my community college loses its collective mind and decides to enact a policy similar to the University of Michigan's I have already picked out my title. Feast you eyes on this magnificent meandering moniker:

    Your Supreme And Most Exalted Royal Highness Who Makes a Thousand Flowers Bloom While Curing All Disease And Making The Stars To Shine

    Fitting, yes?

    Today's verse

    Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

    Psalm 25:18 (KJV)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Reading list

    Deep Magic - June 2016.

    Today's verse

    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

    Galatians 5:1 (KJV)

    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Today's verse

    A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

    John 13:34-35 (KJV)

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    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)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Reading list

    The Man of the Forest, by Zane Grey.

    Today's verse

    Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

    James 1:12 (KJV)

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    Today's verse

    The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

    Isaiah 40:8 (KJV)

    Sunday, September 18, 2016

    Today's verse

    But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

    Isaiah 43:1-2 (KJV)

    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    Reading list

    The Third Class at Miss Kaye's, by Angela Brazil.

    Today's verse

    Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat? The Lord hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.

    Amos 8:4-7 (KJV)

    Monday, September 12, 2016

    Reading list

    The Fortunes of Philippa, by Angela Brazil.

    Today's verse

    The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

    Psalm 33:10 (KJV)

    Sunday, September 11, 2016

    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)

    Saturday, September 10, 2016

    Today's verse

    This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

    1 Timothy 1:15-16 (KJV)

    Friday, September 09, 2016

    Reading list

    The Void of Muirwood, by Jeff Wheeler.

    Today's verse

    Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

    Colossians 3:2 (KJV)

    Thursday, September 08, 2016

    Update on Asia Bibi



    Another appeal for Asia Bibi to be released.

    Key quote:

    Prominent Christian lawyer and rights activist Advocate Sooba Bhatti invokes President of Pakistan to pardon Asia Bibi’s capital punishment. Asia Bibi a Pakistan Christian woman was awarded a death sentence after being convicted of blasphemy by a Pakistani court.

    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

    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, September 07, 2016

    Everything old is new again

    California State University Los Angeles announced that it will provide segregated housing for black students.

    Key quote:

    California State University Los Angeles recently rolled out segregated housing for black students.

    The arrangement comes roughly nine months after the university’s Black Student Union issued a set of demands in response to what its members contend are frequent “racist attacks” on campus, such as “racially insensitive remarks” and “microaggressions” by professors and students. One demand was for a “CSLA housing space delegated for Black students.”

    “[It] would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for Black students. This space would also serve as a safe space for Black CSLA students to congregate, connect, and learn from each other,” the demand letter stated.

    The newly debuted Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community “focuses on academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory,” Cal State LA spokesman Robert Lopez told The College Fix via email.

    Gee - I am old enough to remember when racial segregation was considered to be a bad thing!

    Today's verse

    Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 18:3 (KJV)

    Monday, September 05, 2016

    Reading list

    A Terrible Tomboy, by Angela Brazil.

    Today's verse

    Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    1 John 4:10 (KJV)

    Sunday, September 04, 2016

    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)

    We live in the Disinformation Age where slaughtering babies is "choice", racist terrorist groups that kill white police officers are "fighting for justice", and ignorant bigotry is "social justice". Stand firm, dear Christian, in the face of such evil. The devil was defeated by the Cross, and our job is to proclaim the coming of God's kingdom.

    Saturday, September 03, 2016

    Today's verse

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

    Exodus 14:14 (KJV)

    Let God fight for you! He loves you, and He is better at fighting than you could ever be.

    Friday, September 02, 2016

    Reading list

    The Ciphers of Muirwood, by Jeff Wheeler.

    Today's verse

    He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

    Psalm 147:4 (KJV)

    Thursday, September 01, 2016

    Today's verse

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    John 15:13 (KJV)

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    Reading list

    Mission to Moulokin, by Alan Dean Foster.

    Today's verse

    I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

    John 10:9 (KJV)

    Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Today's verse

    The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

    Psalm 1:6 (KJV)

    Saturday, August 27, 2016

    Reading list

    Up from Slavery: An Autobiography, by Booker T. Washington.

    Today's verse

    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    Matthew 6:24 (KJV)

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    Reading List

    The Swiss Family Robinson, by by Johann David Wyss.

    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)

    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Reading list

    The Far Tribes, by Richard Wheeler.

    Today's verse

    The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 (KJV)

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Reading List

    The Banished of Muirwood, by Jeff Wheeler.

    Today's verse

    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.

    Revelations 21:4 (KJV)

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    Reading list

    Trump the Press, by Don Surber.

    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)

    Saturday, August 20, 2016

    Today's verse

    Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Reading list

    Icerigger, by Alan Dean Foster.

    Return!

    Wr are back from visiting my wife's family is Tanzania. So good to be home!

    Today's verse

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

    Proverbs 25:25 (KJV)

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    Haika Ruwa!

    We are in Tanzania! While we are there this blog will not be updated regularly, but please ckeck out our other blog Haika Ruwa.

    Saturday, July 02, 2016

    Reading list

    Wolfbane, by C. M. Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl,

    Today's verse

    I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

    Jeremiah 17:10 (KJV)

    Friday, July 01, 2016

    Today's verse

    The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

    Psalm 11:5 (KJV)

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Today's verse

    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

    Galatians 5:1 (KJV)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    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)

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    Today's verse

    The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 (KJV)

    Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Today's verse

    And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

    Matthew 20:27-28 (KJV)

    Saturday, June 25, 2016

    The not-so-noble lie

    I recently came across this quote by Theodore Dalrymple:

    In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

    Watching the recent media coverage of the Orlando massacre I kept thinking about Dalrymple's observation. The killer, Omar Mateen, was a registered Democrat and also was a Muslim. In fact Mateen had pledged allegiance to ISIS before he was killed, yet the media has decided that Christians and the NRA were somehow the real culprits.

    The princes of this world are consistent: they will tell any lie so they can stay in power. Will you play along and pretend the evil of the media does not concern you?

    Today's verse

    Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

    Jeremiah 23:24 (KJV)

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    Today's verse

    But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

    Psalm 4:3 (KJV)

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Today's verse

    Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

    Psalm 41:1 (KJV)

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Today's verse

    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    Matthew 6:24 (KJV)

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Reading list

    The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On, by Julian Havil.

    Today's verse

    Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.

    Psalm 119:108 (KJV)

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    Today's verse

    When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

    1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Gettin' us a ejumakashen

    Wayne State wants to drop its mathematics requirement. In its place will be a course on "diversity".

    Key quote:

    “We are proposing the creation of specific ‘Diversity’ courses, with students required to take one course in this designation,” said a document from the General Education Reform Committee, which is recalibrating what the university will expect from all students who earn a degree from the state university. It released the proposal in May.

    The committee report said, “These courses will provide opportunities for students to explore diversity at the domestic level and consider the ways in which it intersects with real world challenges at the local, national and/or global level.”

    We live in an era when Jim Crow has made an ugly comeback in the form of campus "safe spaces", so it is not surprising that mathematics is now on the chopping block. Math is hard - especially since it does not bend to the left-wing ideology that now controls many colleges and universities.

    One wonders how much longer parents and taxpayers will put up with this educational malpractice.

    Reading list

    Search the Sky, by C. M. Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl.

    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)

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Today's verse

    Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

    Proverbs 14:34 (KJV)

    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Today's verse

    And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

    Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (KJV)

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Today's verse

    But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

    2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Reading list

    The Sword of Antietam, by Joseph A. Altsheler

    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)

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Today's verse

    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

    Matthew 26:41 (KJV)

    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    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? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

    Matthew 7:15-17 (KJV)

    Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Reading list

    The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Today's verse

    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

    Psalm 51:17 (KJV)

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    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)

    Thursday, June 09, 2016

    Today's verse

    I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

    John 15:1-2 (KJV)

    Wednesday, June 08, 2016

    Reading list

    Valley of Wild Horses, by Zane Grey.

    Today's verse

    Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    Hebrews 13:20-21 (KJV)

    Tuesday, June 07, 2016

    Reading list

    The Colony, by John Davis.

    Today's verse

    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    Psalm 46:1 (KJV)

    Monday, June 06, 2016

    Today's verse

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

    Proverbs 25:25 (KJV)

    Sunday, June 05, 2016

    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)

    Saturday, June 04, 2016

    Update on Asia Bibi



    600,000 sign a petition calling for the release of Asia Bibi.

    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.

    Reading list

    Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne.

    Today's verse

    A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

    Proverbs 15:1 (KJV)

    Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    When experts fail

    Arnold Kling has a good essay on the failure of expert opinion in the realm of public policy.

    Key quote:

    Expertise becomes problematic when it is linked to power. First, it creates a problem for democratic governance. The elected officials who are accountable to voters lack the competence to make well-informed decisions. And, the experts to whom legislators cede authority are unelected. The citizens who are affected by the decisions of these experts have no input into their selection, evaluation, or removal.

    A second problem with linking expertise to power is that it diminishes the diversity and competitive pressure faced by the experts.

    I would add another problem to the list: experts often disagree among themselves about the basic nature of a problem, the facts about the problem, and the possible solutions. The notion there is one single "expert" opinion about any given issue is usually false. This problem becomes especially acute when the issue is scientific in nature.

    Disagreement among scientific experts is not the problem. The problem is when a biased, scientifically illiterate media picks one side as the One Sacred Truth and ignores (or even demonizes) all other competing opinions.

    If you ever read a newspaper story or watch a news report that uses phrases like "scientific consensus" or "a majority of scientists believe ..." it is safe to assume the reporter is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Consensus is not science. Scientific theories are not voted on, they gain or lose credibility by the weight of evidence - something many journalists do not seem to understand or prefer to ignore.

    Reading list

    Titans, by Edward W. Robertson.

    Today's verse

    O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

    Psalm 30:2 (KJV)

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Today's verse

    The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

    Psalm 29:11 (KJV)

    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Today's verse

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    John 15:13 (KJV)

    May you have a blessed Memorial Day!

    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    Reading list

    The Scourge of Muirwood, by Jeff Wheeler.

    Today's verse

    The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

    Psalm 14:1 (KJV)

    Saturday, May 28, 2016

    Today's verse

    I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

    John 12:46 (KJV)

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Today's verse

    Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

    Exodus 20:12 (KJV)

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Today's verse

    Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

    Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Reading list

    The Blight of Muirwood, by Jeff Wheeler.

    Today's verse

    Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

    James 3:5 (KJV)

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Reading list

    Helliconia Summer, by Brian W. Aldiss.

    Today's verse

    A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

    John 13:34-35 (KJV)

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Today's verse

    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

    Galatians 5:1 (KJV)

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Today's verse

    Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

    Deuteronomy 5:33 (KJV)

    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    Reading list

    The Campfire Girls of Roselawn; Or, a Strange Message from the Air, by Margaret Penrose.

    Today's verse

    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    Genesis 1:27 (KJV)

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Today's verse

    If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

    John 8:36 (KJV)

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Reading list

    The Scouts of Stonewall, by Joseph Altsheler.

    Today's verse

    Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy: that they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it.

    Psalm 109:26-27 (KJV)

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Reading list

    The Wretched of Muirwood, by Jeff Wheeler.

    Today's verse

    Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

    Psalm 22:11 (KJV)

    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Reading list

    The Princess of the School, by Angela Brazil.

    Today's verse

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

    Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Reading list

    The Colors of Space, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

    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)

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Reading list

    Valor's Measure, by Thomas Wade Oliver.

    Today's verse

    Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

    Psalm 148:13 (KJV)

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    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)

    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Today's verse

    For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

    Hebrews 5:12-14 (KJV)

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    Today's verse

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

    John 10:1-5 (KJV)

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Today's verse

    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    1 John 1:8-9 (KJV)

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

    Reading list

    Helliconia Spring, by Brian W. Aldiss.

    Today's verse

    The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

    Psalm 12:6 (KJV)

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    Reading list

    A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers, by Alyssa Wong.

    Today's verse

    O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

    1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV)

    Sunday, April 10, 2016

    Reading list

    The Cosmic Computer, by H. Beam Piper

    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)

    Saturday, April 09, 2016

    Today's verse

    In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.

    Psalm 44:8 (KJV)

    Friday, April 08, 2016

    Today's verse

    He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

    John 12:48 (KJV)

    Thursday, April 07, 2016

    Today's verse

    But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

    Psalm 22:19 (KJV)

    Monday, April 04, 2016

    Today's verse

    Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

    Psalm 35:1 (KJV)

    Sunday, April 03, 2016

    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, April 01, 2016

    Today's verse

    The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9-10(KJV)

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    Today's verse

    The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

    Isaiah 40:8 (KJV)

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Today's verse

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

    Matthew 11:28 (KJV)

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    Reading list

    Foundation and Earth, by Isaac Asimov.

    Today's verse

    Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

    Mark 16:9-14 (KJV)

    Sunday, March 27, 2016

    The promise fulfilled

    The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

    John 20:1-17 (KJV)

    Saturday, March 26, 2016

    Reading list

    Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot, by Starr Smith.

    Waiting...

    And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.

    Luke 23:50-53 (KJV)

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    The debt is paid

    And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, and began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews. And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

    Mark 15:15-39 (KJV)

    The interrogation and the rejection

    Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews? Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

    John 18:28-40 (KJV)

    The denial

    Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

    Luke 22:54-62 (KJV)

    The betrayal

    And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him. And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

    Matthew 26:47-56 (KJV)

    Reading list

    Hell On Earth: Brutality And Violence Under The Stalinist Regime, by Ludwik Kowalski.

    The prayer

    And [Jesus] came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

    Luke 22:39-46 (LKV)

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Reading list

    A Pair of Schoolgirls: A Story of School Days, by Angela Brazil.

    Today's verse

    Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

    Mark 14:22-24 (KJV)

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    Today's verse

    A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

    John 13:34-35 (KJV)

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    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)

    Sunday, March 20, 2016

    Today's verse

    Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

    Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    Today's verse

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    John 3:16 (KJV)

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    Reading list

    Dark Space: Origin, by Jasper T. Scott.

    Today's verse

    For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

    Hebrews 3:4 (KJV)

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Stumbling through mathematics: the Chaos Game revisted

    Some time ago I wrote a few Matlab programs to investigate the Chaos Game.

    For this set of plots I used Scilab, a free math program that immitates Matlab. Below is a plot of the SierpiƄski Sieve with verices (0,0), (1,0), and (0.5, sqrt(3)/2), and r = 1/2 (2500 points):

    The following is a plot of a square with vertices (1,0), (0,1), (-1,0), and (0,-1), and r = 2/5 (2500 points):

    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 122:1-2 (KJV)

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Today's verse

    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    Matthew 7:15 (KJV)

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    Today's verse

    Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

    Monday, March 14, 2016

    The ULTIMATE Pi Day!


    Today is 3/14/16 - the ultimate Pi Day. And since no one can get enough pi, here is pi to one thousand digits:

    3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091456485669234603486104543266482133936072602491412737245870066063155881748815209209628292540917153643678925903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094330572703657595919530921861173819326117931051185480744623799627495673518857527248912279381830119491298336733624406566430860213949463952247371907021798609437027705392171762931767523846748184676694051320005681271452635608277857713427577896091736371787214684409012249534301465495853710507922796892589235420199561121290219608640344181598136297747713099605187072113499999983729780499510597317328160963185950244594553469083026425223082533446850352619311881710100031378387528865875332083814206171776691473035982534904287554687311595628638823537875937519577818577805321712268066130019278766111959092164201989

    Here is a video about pi:

    Today's verse

    How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

    Matthew 18:12 (KJV)

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

    Today's verse

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)

    Why worry? God is in control!

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    Update on Asia Bibi



    New threats against the life of Asia Bibi.

    Key quote:

    The fear spread among Christians in Pakistan when news appeared in section of press to hang Asia Bibi by group of Muslim followers of Mumtaz Qadri who was hanged in Rawalpindi Jail on February 20, 2016, on murdering Punjab Governor Salman Taseer on seeking clemency for Christian mother Asia Bibi sentenced to death on accusations of blasphemy.

    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

    And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

    Mark 12:28-31 (KJV)

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    Today's verse

    Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

    Matthew 17:20 (KJV)

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Today's verse

    A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

    Proverbs 17:17 (KJV)

    Wednesday, March 09, 2016

    Today's verse

    Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

    Psalm 5:2 (KJV)

    Saturday, March 05, 2016

    Reading list

    The Ship Who Sang, by Anne McCaffrey.

    Today's verse

    Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 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. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

    Luke 15:1-10 (KJV)

    Monday, February 29, 2016

    Today's verse

    For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.

    Jeremiah 16:17 (KJV)

    Sunday, February 28, 2016

    Today's verse

    And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

    Luke 6:31 (KJV)

    Friday, February 26, 2016

    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)

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    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)

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Today's verse

    He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

    Psalm 147:4 (KJV)

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Today's verse

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

    1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV)

    The devil doesn't take vacations, so always be on guard. Call upon the Lord, and He will defend you!

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

    Today's verse

    Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

    Philippians 4:4 (KJV)

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

    Today's verse

    Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

    Psalm 43:1 (KJV)

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    Today's verse

    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.

    Revelations 21:4 (KJV)

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Today's verse

    Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

    Psalm 91:5-7 (KJV)

    Nothing can separate us from the love of God!

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    Today's verse

    [W]hatsoever 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)

    Monday, February 15, 2016

    Today's verse

    O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

    Psalm 95:1-5 (KJV)

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

    Today's verse

    And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

    1 Peter 4:8 (KJV)

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    Today's verse

    But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    Romans 10:8-10 (KJV)

    We cannot earn salvation. It is a gift freely given to us by a loving God. Call out to God and He will hear you!

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Today's verse

    I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.

    Psalm 108:3 (KJV)

    Monday, February 08, 2016

    Today's verse

    O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

    Psalm 38:1 (KJV)