Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Barb the evil genius likes my Martin Luther quotes so this is for her.
Think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their nine hundred years. Eve would say, 'You ate the apple' and Adam would retort," You gave it to me.' "
(Martin Luther's Little Instruction Book)
Monday, June 26, 2006
Lito (lpcruz), this post is for you! I have been wanting to post something about the LCMS for you since you wrote a comment to me on May 12th of this year. The first two articles are just prime examples of the horrid decay going on in the LCMS. I don't know much about the other articles but left them in this news bulletin anyway. I hope you will check out Reclaim News! Blessings!
June 26, 2006
"Kieschnick, Ohio, California, BOD Election Fraud, Balfour for President"
LCMS President Kieschnick to Ohio District Convention:
In discussion in response to a query at the Ohio District Convention about
possibly revisiting the '04 Synod Convention (and CTCR) position on the role
of women in the church, President Kieschnick made this pronouncement:
"You are free to disagree, everyone is free to disagree, but let me say
this: You, pastors, are NOT free to publicly teach or preach that Synod is
wrong on ANY given issue. I'll say it again, you are NOT free to teach in a
bible class or preach from the pulpit that Synod is wrong on any issue."
It appears that the LCMS is now infallible, that is, if you want to collect
Pacific Southwest District:
This Baptist prayer was included in a proposed sermon sent to pastors in the
Pacific Southwest District for their laymen to read while the pastors were
at the PSWD Convention.
"Dear God, Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to earth. I believe
Jesus was who He said He was and proved it by rising from death. I want to
discover and begin following Your plan for my life. I want to get to know
You personally. Thank You, Jesus Christ, for dying and rising for me and
forgiving all my sins. I now ask You into my heart and accept You as my
Lord and Savior, and your free gift of eternal life. Amen"
We must assume that the lay people in these churches were asked to convert
Board of Directors May 2006 Election Rejects Its Own Vote for Postponement
Before the two new candidates were elected to the LCMS Board of Directors,
the Board had voted 7 to 6 on May 23, 2006 to postpone all elections to the
Board Directors and other boards.
How can there be a legal election after they had already voted to postpone
this election and others?
However, President Kieschnick announced that he would not sign the agreement
with the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit if the two vacant seats on
the Board of Directors were not filled by the Board of Directors on May
The fact is that Walther Brantz had already been elected to fill one of the
empty seats on the Board of Directors in April. How can the Board reverse
its own election? If the CCM reversed the election, they certainly were not
able to reverse the postponement.
Does Dr. Robert Kuhn know how to run a meeting?
Here's part of what the latest LCMS E-News says about the Board of
The Board of Directors filled vacancies on a number of Synod boards
(including two of its own seats), the Board for Pastoral Education, and the
Board of Directors for Concordia Plan Services/Board of Managers -- Worker
Benefit Plans. Also filled was a vacancy on the Concordia Publishing House
(CPH) Board of Directors.
Those elected to fill the vacancies are the following:
LCMS Board of Directors (two laymen) -- Roy Schmidt of Bay City, Mich., and
David Piehler, Wausau, Wis.;
Board for Pastoral Education (one clergyman) -- Rev. Kenton Wendorf,
Board of Directors -- Concordia Plan Services/Board of Managers -- Worker
Benefit Plans (one clergy and two lay) -- Rev. Ronald Carnicom, Hackensack,
Minn; Frederick Draegel, Richmond, Va.; and Mark E. Schmidtke, Valparaiso,
CPH Board of Directors (one clergy) -- Rev. Philip Esala, Centerville, Ohio.
Balfour For LCMS President
Reverend Edward Balfour, a member of the LCMS Board of Directors, has agreed
to allow his name to be placed in nomination for LCMS President and/or First
Vice President at the 2007 LCMS Convention.
Reclaim News has not endorsed any candidate for LCMS President since Daniel
Preus withdrew his name from consideration in 2001.
As a member of the Board of Directors, Balfour is fully aware of the Synod's
structure, challenges, and opportunities.
Balfour is qualified to carry out the duties of the LCMS Presidency with
honesty and integrity and to confront corruption and negligence. He fully
endorses the historic polity of Walther's "Church and Ministry."
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Sunday, June 25, 2006
Does anyone remember this great episode? It was aired after the Florida episodes in the 1956 season (December
17th to be exact). This is one big cigar! I think that might even be too big for RUSH!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first
ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early
October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church,
it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have
everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.
They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc.,
and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.
On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm hit the area
and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.
His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large
area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of
the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.
The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else
to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way
he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale
for charity so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,
handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work,
fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just
the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it
and headed back to the church.
By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the
opposite direction was trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The
pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45
minutes later. She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the
pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth
as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it
looked and it covered up the entire problem area.
Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was
like a sheet.. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that
tablecloth?" The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the
lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it
there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had
made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.
The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just
gotten the Tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and
her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came,
she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next
week. He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her
The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor
keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home, that
was the least he could do.. She lived on the other side of Staten
Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.
What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was
almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the
service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many
said that they would return. One older man, whom the pastor recognized
from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare,
and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving.
The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall
because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when
they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two
tablecloths so much alike. He told the pastor how the Nazis came,
how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to
follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison.. He never saw his wife
or his home again all the 35 years in between.
The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little
ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the
pastor had taken the woman three days earlier.
He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's
apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas
reunion he could ever imagine.
True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid
Thursday, June 22, 2006
"If I really recognize my blessings, my heart laughs; and if He sends me misfortune, trouble, and danger, I take to thanking Him and say: God be forever praised for chastising me in this way."
"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians 4:12 NIV
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Dachshunds: they are rare and an interesting breed! We know because we have had two of them in our married and family life! Our first one, Nicholas, was such a beautiful red miniature dachshund, but boy could he bite in a second. He could be Dr. Jekyl one minute, and Mr. Hyde the next! (Our dog trainer who really tried to help us train him when Nicholas was about a year old thought that because he had been a runt, he was more defensive towards everything and everyone.)
Mom and I bought Nick a few months after my father had passed away during my second year of college. Nick was so adorable at 6 weeks of age. Mom and I had NO CLUE how to train a dachshund though. We thought a little swat on the rear for "inappropriate" behavior would be good for him! Wouldn't you think? Nick didn't like it though and would turn his head around and snap when we did it! How is that for a loving pet/master relationship? He really respected us, didn't he? (We soon learned that that is NOT the right way to train a puppy and do things a lot differently now.) Shortly after getting Nick, Scottius Maximus and I started dating. It eventually dawned on us that we needed a LITTLE help with Nicholas so we started taking him to a dog training center. Oh boy, was that an experience to behold! Whenever we would walk the dogs in a circle, Nicholas would grab the fur of the dog in front of him! One time he got a big wad of some dog's hair. It was so embarrassing! Another time he got off his collar to chase a big doberman through the building and then outside! A few years later he got another dog at our apartment complex down by the throat! Ughh!
You must think we had lost control! Well essentially Nick did have the upper hand. We loved that little guy and really tried to make him mind, but ... He could be so much fun and had his good moments too. Nonetheless, we had to put him to sleep when our first son was born because Nick had bit too many people. We knew it was the right thing, but it was SO HARD to leave that little guy at the vet, knowing that we would never see him again.
The next wiener dog we got was much sweeter and a riot to have around. This time we took her to a professional dog trainer to try and start her off the right way. He was a big help. We had to put her to sleep too when she was 10 years old but not because of behavior. She had gotten very sick and was suffering with a lot of problems. This time I decided that I would not just drop her off but be with her when the vet put her to sleep. It was an instant thing. I was so glad I was there with her, but it was SO hard to do it. I think I cried for 2 - 3 days afterwards just as I had with Nick.
We now have a great dog, a Golden mix, and love him to pieces. He is the best dog we have EVER had. It was a little bit of an adjustment to have a much bigger dog than a little old wiener do; however, having a big dog is a lot of fun. Pets are such blessings. They are a lot of work, but they are worth it! Right TK? :)
Monday, June 19, 2006
Happy Father's Day to all fathers out there, including my husband, Scottius Maximus! May Christ be their guide in raising their children to have an unshakeable faith in Christ and be the salt and light of the earth.
"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
Yes, I am a week behind in posting this Collect of the Day for Holy Trinity Sunday; however, I wanted to post it just the same. We take the Holy Trinity for granted. Well, I should say that I have taken it for granted because I have always known about it since I was a little girl. However, there are some people who call themselves Christians who argue against the validity of the Trinity. They are starting off on the wrong foot and the wrong track to get to heaven.
Almighty and everlasting God, since you have given us, your servants, grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith, and to worship the true Unity in the power of your divine majesty, keep us also steadfast in this true faith and worship, and defend us ever from all our adversaries; for you, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Be sure to check out my husband's post, Scottius Maximus, on The Athanasian Creed from Holy Trinity Sunday as well.
Speaking of fathers and such, how many of you watched these cartoons growing up and even watch it to this day? I used to watch them every day after school while eating my favorite snack of toast loaded with brown sugar! Herman was a hoot and my favorite.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Distractions and details of everyday life can pull us away from our time with God as well as with our spouses and families if we aren't careful and paying attention. It is SO EASY for couples and families to get so wrapped up in doing this and that and going here and there. It can even include being too busy at church . No one is excluded in this situation. Our pastor was just saying on Sunday how hard it is even for him and his family to keep "God time and devotional time" first in their lives and not get caught up in this hustle and bustle of everyday living.
I guess that it why I love The Andy Griffith Show. It is a "picture" of the more simple life. People aren't caught up in all the technology, etc. and have more time for God and each other. Don't get me wrong. There were problems in that era too; people have always been sinners since the fall of Adam and Eve. And the technology we have THESE days can be a blessing. However, the KEY to it is balance in everything and putting Christ first. As Christ says in Mark 8:36, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his own soul." Is the constant "running" here and there for us to gain the whole world?" Will it draw us closer to Christ and our spouses and families? These are questions we all need to ask ourselves daily. This includes the Scottius Maximus and Lutheran Lucy household too.
One thing to remember though is that we cannot change the past, but we can affect the present and future. May Christ be first in our lives so that we are affecting our marriages, families, and people around us in a Christian way and being examples of more focused and calmer Christian lives and witnesses to the TRUTH of Christ!! Also, may our calmness show our trust in Christ to meet ALL our needs and not to lean on ourselves as the sole provider of our needs. Blessings!!
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Call this Lucy scene a little deja vu for Lutheran Lucy! No, I have never hit a concrete statue. However, I have had a rather traumatic moment in my life such as Lucy did in this episode.
Let me give you a little background information, leading up to the scene of the crime. As a child, did you ever get in the driver's seat whenever your mom or dad wasn't in it and pretend to drive? A lot of times my parents and I would drive around looking at houses with acreage in hopes of being able to once again bring back those "farmboy" days to my father. It seems that many times Dad would look first, and then we would go in to look around if he was really interested in the place. While waiting in the car with Mom, I would get in the driver's seat and pretend to drive.
Well, I would then have nightmares that I would be driving our car and then not be able to stop, running into the house!! I guess that God was just preparing me for a traumatic car event in my future!! :)
What happened did you say? Well, a few years ago, I ran through the back of our garage!! My husband and family thought there had been a big explosion because it was so loud! How did it happen did you say? Well, they say the story changes from time to time, but I think what happened is that the brake cover came off of the brakes and my foot (with "Lucy" sandals that I was wearing - they actually said Lucy on them :)) couldn't find the brake. So ... I proceeded to hit the garage wall in front of me which just swung to the left, and then I dropped about two feet onto the ground! I didn't think I was going to be able to stop the car from running completely over the fence and then into the Catholic priest's parsonage behind the property!! Thank God I was able to just put it into park so my little adventure could end!! Now do you see why I have a little trouble with car washes? I really get a little "freaked" if something comes near my windshield! :)
Anyway, my dear and sweet husband and son were so calm and reassuring which was a big help. Our son even commented that he was happy about me running through the back of the garage because I took out his old electric lawn mower in the process.
Another funny thing is that when the driver of the tow truck came to get it out the next day, he took off his hat, scratched his head, and said,"[bleep], I haven't EVER seen anything like this before!!" And, the only way that we could get it out was for me to back it up over a pile of layered rocks onto the concrete slab of the house. I was praying the whole time because I was concerned about me hitting the gas tank on the concrete as I backed up. Thankfully, I didn't blow the car up, and he got it off to the junkyard.
Poor car, it would never be the same after this little adventure of mine!!
I am thankful to say that God has protected me (and our family) thus far from any more car adventures with Lucy!!
Though I hoped and prayed that the Federal Marriage Amendment would pass, deep within my heart I thought it would be rejected by the Senate. It has been a few days since the event; nonetheless, here are Gary Bauer's thoughts on the issue:
From: Gary L. Bauer, Chairman
Campaign for Working Families
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Senate Liberals Divorced From Reality
Members of the United States Senate, once again, demonstrated just how
divorced from reality they have become. Two weeks ago, it was illegal
immigration. Today, it was the definition of marriage. This morning, the
Senate failed to end a liberal filibuster of the proposed constitutional
amendment to preserve the definition of marriage in America as the union of
one man and one woman. Under Senate rules, 60 votes are required to shut
down filibusters, but the vote was 49-to-48, effectively killing the
amendment. (To see how your senators voted, go to http://www.cwfpac.com)
The respective positions of the political parties could not be more clear:
85% of Senate Republicans voted for the marriage protection amendment,
while 91% of Senate Democrats voted against the marriage protection
amendment – against defining marriage in America as the union of one man
and one woman.
When I wrote in yesterday’s report that the Democrat Party was beholden to
the militant homosexual movement, that was not hyperbole on my part. Just
consider this fact: 12 Democrat senators who voted against the marriage
protection amendment “represent” states where the people have passed their
own marriage protection amendments. In my view, this “dirty dozen” grossly
failed their constituents and Campaign for Working Families will do
everything we can to hold them accountable!
Leading the pack was Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid, whose home state of
Nevada had to approve its marriage protection amendment in two consecutive
elections. So, the citizens of Nevada voted twice to define marriage as
the union of one man and one woman, yet Harry Reid is leading the charge
against traditional marriage in the United States Senate. Whom is Harry
Reid representing – the people of his state or the homosexual movement?
The answer is obvious.
While the partisan lines on marriage were hardening in the Senate, the
American people yesterday were moving in a completely different direction.
In Pennsylvania, 69% of the State House of Representatives approved a
marriage protection amendment to the Pennsylvania constitution. In Alabama
voters went to the polls to nominate candidates in several important
primary elections, but they were also asked whether or not they wanted to
amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of one and
The most high profile primary yesterday pitted incumbent Republican
Governor Bob Riley against former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. More
than 450,000 people voted in the Republican gubernatorial primary, which
Governor Riley won with just under 304,000 votes. The marriage amendment
was approved with more than 635,000 votes, making Alabama the 20th state in
the union to pass a marriage protection amendment.
But to be clear: More people voted for the marriage amendment than voted
in the Republican primary for governor. Assuming every single Republican
voted for the amendment, that still means a whole lot of Democrats also
voted to protect traditional marriage. This scenario has been repeated
over and over again, yet Washington still views this issue through myopic
partisan lenses. The only explanation for the stalemate in the Senate is
that one political party has been hijacked by cultural extremists.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
A grassroots effort is under way The Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) passed It's expected to be introduced by Senate Majority NOTE: The Senate is expected to vote on this important
A grassroots effort is under way
The Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) passed
It's expected to be introduced by Senate Majority
NOTE: The Senate is expected to vote on this important
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Lately we have stumbled on the America's Funniest Home Videos with Bob Saget. I had forgotten how hilarious this show is - only with Bob Saget though! Of course there is the occasional video that is a little offensive or suggestive ( how one is dressed,etc.) or weird, but overall it is a good choice for family entertainment. I tried to send in a video about our weiner dog several years ago, but it was never appreciated though! Oh well! They just didn't appreciate her funny antics like I did! :)
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Put a sealed envelope in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap.
> The envelope can then be resealed.
> Use empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can
> write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
> For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing
> liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.
> To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then
> take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.
> Crayon marks on walls? This works wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda.
> Comes off with little effort!
> Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol
> on paper towel.
> Whenever I purchase a box of SOS Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut
> each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly
> pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of SOS
> pads last me almost indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened too!
> Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and
> proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! =================================================
> Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows.
> This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows
> really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will
> probably streak.
> Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each
> room when the light is turned on.
> Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed
> for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
> Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
> To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake
> vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers
> looking like new!
> To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap
> and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.
> Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based
> sauces and there won't be any stains.
> Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
> When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural
> Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing
> will go away.
> Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and
> To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience
> instant relief.
> Ants, ants, ants everywhere. Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your
> chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
> Use air freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell
> to the shine.
> When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle.
> Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most
> splinters painlessly and easily.
> Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer.
> Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The
> citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
> Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and
> drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
> Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for
> two minutes.
> Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak
> for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
> Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain
> followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
> Do your friends a favor. Pass this timely (and some not-so-timely) information on to a friend!
> I just did. Makes you wonder about ingesting Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?
Thursday, June 01, 2006
"Come here. Are you tired of paying high prices? Are you interested in a little high class beef? Do you want a bargain? Tell you what I'm going to do. I've got sirloin, tenderloin, t-bones, rump roast..."
Lucy turns businesswoman in this episode. Does anyone know which episode it is and what year it is aired?