In May of 1953 the world was electrified
with the news that Mt. Everest in Nepal, the world’s highest mountain, had been
successfully climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary, an English-man, and Tensing Norgay,
a Nepalese Sherpa.
That was an achievement over which the
Today climbing Mt. Everest is quite
common. One day over 200 people made the ascent with a guide tour.
The climb is so common that the mountain
is become littered with torn tents, empty canisters, other discarded equipment,
It has become so bad that they had begun regular clean-up attempts.
But the news today is an earthquake in
the area. The body count now is over 4000 and the country is begging the world
for help. Help is being sent, but reaching the villages in the mountains is difficult.
So I plead, and every Christian does,
for prayer. For the ancient king is right, “More things are wrought by prayer
than this world dreams of.”
So let us be sure to include the people of
the region, unknown to us, but known to
our gracious God
As we near the end of some say the
wettest April on record for this area, we are grateful, Almighty God, for the
bountiful rains. Rivers are running bank-full, lakes are filled, bayous and wetlands are filled,
and there is some flooding in low areas of
But all this moisture replenishes the
soil and growth of plants is engendered, growth to provide food and beauty for
For this we are grateful, O Lord.
So, as we enjoy the day that lies before
us, let us so live as to glorify Thy Holy Name, and be ready to speak of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom many do not yet know as the Lord who died to
pay for their sin.
Grant, O Lord, success, that Thy Word,
thy saving word, May be spoken daily.
We generally would assume that the early
church was always of one mind, all believing in the Risen Lord and depending on that fact that
their sins had been paid for, and their salvation was a gift from a gracious
and a loving God.
But a closer reading shows the opposite,
there were already people who said they were Christian yet depended on their
own life to buy their salvation.
John was a Pastor to one of these. So in
his first letter. Look at how bluntly he speaks:
“If we walk in the light, say we have no sin,
As He I in the light, we have fellowship
With one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
cleanses us from all sin.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive
Ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sin, He is
Faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
1 John l, 7-9
So Pastor John sternly reminds them of the
truth and urges them to remain faithful to their God. A word that is also meant
for us and we do well to heed it. May God bless us so to do.
The Holy Bible, speaking about the
“And God saw everything that He
Had made, and behold, it was very good.
And there was evening, and there
Was morning, the sixth day.”
That explain some of the mysteries of
One I recently
read about is the Blackpoll warbler, whose normal boy weight is 11 grams. (For comparison, a half dollar weighs
ll.3 grams.) For their fight they fatten up to 20 grams, and then fly non
stop over the Gulf of Mexico to their
winter grounds in South America. In Spring they return to the same nesting
place as far north as Alaska.
Or take bats. In Africa, for example, thousands
of straw colored fruit bats come to certain sites exactly when their fruit is
What is the
There are so many mysteries that
scientist are just beginning to
it leads me to believe the Scripture is right when it says,
The Christian’s walk is fraught with danger.
The darkness of sin is always around us. St. Peter says the evil one is ever
prowling, “seeking whom he may devour”. (1 Peter 5,8). The Psalmist declares, off
the path “on every side the wicked prowl as vileness is exalted among the
children of men.” Psalm 12.8
Our problem I sin, deeply entrenched
inherited. Isaiah describes it :
There is a truth we learned as children.
“Don’t worry”, we were told, “because everything will come out all right.”
And quite often it happened just that way.
But studies have shown that if one does
care about what we are doing, we would take more care in the workplace.
“How essential are people in any
workplace who are accountable?” Is the question. By accountable is meant people
who care, work hard to get the job done, and want it to be their best effort.
So, when all is said and done, it really
come back to the advice St. Peter gives every Christian. And that is, in sum,
that we also do our very best and leave the rest in God’s hands for “He really
cares for us”.
rafalgar Square in London, San Marcos square in Venice and the steps of Milan's
Cathedral are all swarming with pigeons. But would would not expect them three stories
underground. But in Frankfort here they are, pecking away at seeds fallen from trash barrels or found along the ground. And nobody can really explain their presence there. Other stations underground in other cities do not have them. Or if they do, not very many.
It's one of those mysteries. We can either give it some thought, or just live with it, know that the situation exists, and forget about it.
The management has erected roosting places, so thy will not nest on nearby buildings. and they remove eggs from the nests to keep them from hatching. They collect about 180 egg a month,
A person who works in a juice bar likes them, "They are symbols of peace", she remarked.
Let's leave it at that, a symbol of peace
As the hymn says it:
"Because He lives,
Al fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.
God bless you in such living in Him, the Loving Lord.
Moses’ father-in-law came to visit,
bringing his wife and their two sons along, and he was watching Moses as he spent
the day advising people and settling their problems, and his advice:
“What you are doing is not good,
You and the people with you will
Certainly wear yourself out, for the
thing is too heavy for
So Jethro’s advice was for Moses to
get more leaders, teach them the laws, and let them settle minor disputes. Only
bring the harder cases to Moses. That
sounded good to Moses, and he spread the leadership load. It was the right
thing to do.
Now here comes a study about church
attendance that says the average attendance does not rise above 350, and the main
reason for this is lack of needed,
well trained and competent,
that strike a spark? Maybe we often get too remiss in offering our own selves
to the work that lies before us all. The work that every Christian surely
enjoys so,, “Go and Tell, He is Risen indeed.”
Festivals such as Easter for many families
is a chance to get together, catch up on events, and just enjoy fellowship.
So here comes an article from the WSJ
talking about regular family game nights which can, among other things, teach
this lesson: “to be happy but not gloat, and to lose and not pout.”
Playing card games teaches math
skills, and also can strengthen social skills, such as bluffing a player to make a wrong
move. Children will be interested if they
see parents enjoying the games. And playing games, having a family game night, builds memories that brighten their
lives together. Card games teach about following rules, create chances for face
to face play, conversation, taking turns, and fair play.
of Games, such Monopoly, have been on the increase since 1902.
So the next time a family affair is
planned, play something together and make the time more memorable.
"My Shepherd now receive me,
My Guardian own me Thine.
Great blessing Thou didst give me,
O Source of gifts divine.
Thy lips have often fed me
With Words of truth and love.
Thy Spirit oft hath led me,
To heavenly joys above. LSB 450,4