Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Question 1. What is your only comfort in life and death?
Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.AMEN
Monday, December 22, 2008
What Child Is This, Johnson
I Wonder as I Wander, Barr
Call to Worship – “Let All Mortal Flesh”
Gathering Hymn – Once in Royal
Reading 1 – The First Promise, Genesis 3:1-15
Solo – For Behold (Recitative)
The People that Walked in Darkness (Air), from Handel’s Messiah
Reading 3 - Micah 5:2-5
Hymn #201, O Little Town of
Reading 4 – The Announcement to Mary, Luke 1:26-38
Anthem – He Is Born, The Divine Christ Child
Offertory, There’s A Song in the Air
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Reading 5 – Magnificat, Luke 1:46-56
Hymn #204, Away in a Manger
Hymn #213, What Child Is This?
Reading 7 – Luke 2:8-16
Anthem – Gloria in Excelsis
Hymn - #195 Joy to the World
Anthem – And the Word Became Flesh
Hymn – #200 Silent Night
Postlude Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Hobby
Friday, December 19, 2008
A Festival of
Nine Lessons and Carols
This service, in its present form of nine lessons from Scripture with carols and anthems interspersed, goes back in history to late 19th century England. Lessons and Carols had its origin at Truro Cathedral (
We have chosen to make some modifications to that format, while still following the basic progression. The heart of the service continues this day – that is, the retelling of the Christian’s story of faith from the fall of Adam to the coming of the Word Incarnate. This is a service of celebration and worship. The main theme is the development of God’s redemptive purpose through the words of the Bible. This is a corporate act of the Christian Community as we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Savior. We are summoned by the words of the carol:
“Come and worship, Come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King.”
We welcome you to this service as we celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior.
“Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”I'll post a modified order of service tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
You may wish to help the church rebuild, here is the address: Wasilla Bible Church 1651 W. Nicola Avenue Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"Evangelical Christians face another challenge with the election of Sen. Obama, and a failure to rise to this challenge will bring disrepute upon the Gospel, as well as upon ourselves. There must be absolutely no denial of the legitimacy of President-Elect Obama's election and no failure to accord this new President the respect and honor due to anyone elected to that high office. Failure in this responsibility is disobedience to a clear biblical command.
Beyond this, we must commit ourselves to pray for this new President, for his wife and family, for his administration, and for the nation. We are commanded to pray for rulers, and this new President faces challenges that are not only daunting but potentially disastrous. May God grant him wisdom. He and his family will face new challenges and the pressures of this office. May God protect them, give them joy in their family life, and hold them close together.
We must pray that God will protect this nation even as the new President settles into his role as Commander in Chief, and that God will grant peace as he leads the nation through times of trial and international conflict and tension.
We must pray that God would change President-Elect Obama's mind and heart on issues of our crucial concern. May God change his heart and open his eyes to see abortion as the murder of the innocent unborn, to see marriage as an institution to be defended, and to see a host of issues in a new light. We must pray this from this day until the day he leaves office. God is sovereign, after all.
Without doubt, we face hard days ahead. Realistically, we must expect to be frustrated and disappointed. We may find ourselves to be defeated and discouraged. We must keep ever in mind that it is God who raises up nations and pulls them down, and who judges both nations and rulers. We must not act or think as unbelievers, or as those who do not trust God.
America has chosen a President. President-Elect Barack Obama is that choice, and he faces a breathtaking array of challenges and choices in days ahead. This is the time for Christians to begin praying in earnest for our new President. There is no time to lose."
I've copied the salient points from today's blog post.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The woman, a British national, worked with handicapped Afghans and was killed in the western part of
The gunmen shot the victim in the body and leg with a pistol, said Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary. Officials did not release her name.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the slaying, saying the woman was killed because she was spreading Christianity.
"This woman came to
(From various sources in today's news)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
"So was I speaking and weeping in the most bitter contrition of my heart, when, lo! I heard from a neighbouring house a voice, as of boy or girl, I know not, chanting, and oft repeating. ‘Take up and read; Take up and read.’ ['Tolle, lege! Tolle, lege!'] Instantly, my countenance altered, I began to think most intently whether children were wont in any kind of play to sing such words: nor could I remember ever to have heard the like. So checking the torrent of my tears, I arose; interpreting it to be no other than a command from God to open the book, and read the first chapter I should find…Eagerly then I returned to the place where Alypius was sitting; for there had I laid the volume of the Apostle when I arose thence. I seized, opened, and in silence read that section on which my eyes first fell: ‘Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, in concupiscence.’ [Romans 13:14-15] No further would I read; nor needed I: for instantly at the end of this sentence, by a light as it were of serenity infused into my heart, all the darkness of doubt vanished away.” (p. 127 in Volume 1 of The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers published by Eerdmans) Enjoy this new web site!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Christians have always had their differences, but never in church history have there been so many statistics indicating that many Christians today are practicing what can only be described as "Christless Christianity."
Christless Christianity guides the reader to a greater understanding of a big problem within the American religious setting, namely the creeping fog of countless sermons in churches across the country that focus on moralistic concerns and personal transformation rather than the theology of the cross.
Michael Horton's analysis of the contemporary church points believers back to the power of a gospel that should never be assumed.
Here is an excerpt from the DVD:
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Orissa: six more churches set on fire, hundreds of homes destroyed
More and more Christian villages are being plundered and set on fire as police remains idle. Death threats are made against Christians if they practice their faith. but according to the government of Orissa the situation is “under control”.
Bhubaneshwar (AsiaNews) – The anti-Christian pogrom in the state of Orissa shows no signs of a let-up. In the past three days six churches have been attacked, set on fire and destroyed; hundreds of Christian-owned houses have been devastated and then torched. The number of refugees and missing people is rising.
According to reports that have reached AsiaNews from the diocese of Bhubaneshwar, the Catholic church in Padunbadi was attacked last night, plundered and torn down. Even the church wall was razed to the ground. The Catholic church in the village of Kakadabadi was also attacked yesterday and torched.On Monday the Baptist church in Durgaprasad, the Catholic church in Chadiapally, and both the Catholic and Baptist churches in Balligada were set on fire and destroyed. Thanks to FreeRepublic & AsiaNews
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
"Our website persecution.com has been attacked and overwhelmed by a concentrated effort from a source that our network engineers tell us originated from outside the USA. The intent has been to silence our voice in defense of the persecuted church through online means. The attack has caused irreversible damage to the site and it had to be taken offline. A new site is up now. When you type www.persecution.com it will take you to the new site. More will be added to this as we go on rebuilding the site."
I know from my own experience that China is full of cyber hackers and sophisticated cyber attacks. It is not rocket science to figure out where these attacks came from. Continue to pray for China.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
"Some well meaning Christian leaders would like you to believe that Christians are no longer persecuted in China," the promotion says. "Chinese Christians like Anna would disagree. At the young age of 11, Anna has been persecuted for her faith. She has been run out of a Christian orphanage by the Communist authorities and refused admission to public school. She currently lives in hiding and attends an illegal underground Christian school. Anna, like many persecuted Christians in China, remains strong in her faith. She recently told The Voice of the Martyrs, 'I think God must really love me. He has taken such good care of me.'"(A tip of the hat to Michele McGinty @ Reformed Chicks Blabbing and Voice of the Martyrs)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Memorial Day began after the Civil War to honor Union dead and after World War I it was expanded to honor all those who died in war or other military actions. Growing up, my mother referred to it as “Decoration Day,” reflecting the tradition of decorating the graves of our military dead. It was a time for speeches, parades and personal reflection. For many the day marks the end of the school year, the unofficial start of summer or the start of the business and tourist season that ends on Labor Day. In the midst of a very contentious and perhaps momentous election, persons of faith need not despair. No, I’m not pulling out the “Christian America” theme. What I am pulling out is the belief that God will still be God on Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Christians need to trust God, not the government. Read Psalm 46, pray for men and women of righteousness to be elected to office and then vote for such people.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Let me cut to the bottom line – if McCain is the Republican nominee I will not vote for him for the following reasons:
He is not a true conservative and no longer supports traditional Republican (Reagan) principles – he has become a lefty-lite.
He does not support making the Bush tax cuts permanent
McCain-Lieberman on the environment
McCain-Feingold on free speech
McCain-Kennedy on amnesty
McCain-Kennedy-Edwards on patient ‘rights’
His hatred of evangelical Christians
His temper and his ego
His unwillingness to appoint strict constructionists to the Supreme Court
His endorsement by the New York Times – he works well with liberals because he is one.
His position on Gitmo detainees
His standing with Kerry against the Swift Boat truth
Let me be even more clear. If McCain is the nominee I will contribute no money to any GOP candidates at any level. I am a life long Republican and a card carrying Reagan conservative. My party has left its base and deserves to lose and lose big time if its leftward drift continues.
I will either vote for Hillary and see the blame for our country’s demise fall entirely on the Democrats, or I will sit out the election. But I will never vote for McCain, electability be is not the issue, conservative principles must hold sway.