26 February 2024
14 February 2024
11 February 2024
A good thought for holy Lent, whose arrival is so soon:
“The one who knows that the enemy stands before the gates and straightway lets him enter the city; the one who has been warned of the descending steps of sin but does not heed the warning; the one who knows what is the armor of faith and has been clothed with it but does not use it to repel the evil spirits, mocks and despises the good gifts of the kingdom of God more than the heathen. The violent conflict with shame, dread, and hesitation that always rages in his heart before a Christian consents to sin, in contrast to the easy course of a ‘child of the world’ does not lessen the grievousness of that sin but makes it worse.”—Adolf Köberle, Quest for Holiness, p. 214, 215
I am thinking about rereading the entirety of the book again for Lent. His information on the spiritual battle is so sorely missing among us.
07 February 2024
03 February 2024
This week Cindi and I went back to OMAD (one meal a day). What a difference it makes in our schedule! I find myself so much more relaxed not having to think about the extra meals (no prep, no clean up!) at breakfast and lunch. And if I eat my 1.5 to 2 lbs of meat at dinner, I don’t even think about food till dinner time the following day! Today’s feast was awesome. Cindi did up half a tenderloin she had found on sale. I stirred up some alfredo while she was frying the meat. I have definitely decided that I prefer the alfredo on tenderloin to hollandaise. That was dinner: a plate of tenderloin and a bowl of alfredo to spread on top, and it was totally satisfying and majorly yummy. Then after dinner I grabbed myself a cup of decaf tea with a splash of raw milk as we engaged in that stupid game of Liverpool. You know who won. AGAIN. Lois and I wonder why we even play. But the tenderloin she made was so delicious that I almost didn’t mind her winning. Almost.
01 February 2024
Man cannot save himself, but he can destroy himself… The “I will” comes from God, the “I will not” from man’s own free choice. Acceptance is not earned through merit but is a gift; perdition is not the result of fate but of sin. In the final judgment, men are placed at the right hand of the Judge; they place themselves at His left.—Adolf Köberle, Quest for Holiness, p. 143, 144.
25 January 2024
What is this? ‘That God,’ he says, ‘gave His Only Begotten, His genuine, beloved Son, for us sinners, burdened with myriad sins and pressed down by so many offenses. He not only freed us from sins but also made us righteous, imposing nothing burdensome, toilsome, or painful, but seeking faith from us alone. He made us righteous, holy, declared us sons of God, showed us heirs of the kingdom, wrought us fellow heirs with the Only Begotten, promised resurrection, incorruption of bodies, companions with angels, surpassing all reason and understanding, a dwelling in heaven, and communion with Him and the Holy Spirit, pouring out grace on us here already. He freed us from the devil’s dominion, delivered us from demons, abolished sin, obliterated the curse, shattered the gates of Hades, and opened Paradise.—St. John Chrysostom, Homily on Glorying in Tribulations
24 January 2024
‘Not only these things do I say, which I mentioned, such as that we were sanctified, justified, through the Only Begotten, that we enjoyed grace, peace, gift of forgiveness of sins, communion of the Holy Spirit, with all ease, without toil, and without sweat, through faith alone, [but] that the Son, the Only Begotten, was sent, that He gave both present and promised glory, incorruption, resurrection of bodies, an angelic end, conduct with Christ, dwelling in heaven. For he presented all these in saying, ‘And we boast in hope of the glory of God.’—St. John Chrysostom, Homily on Glorying in Tribulation
23 January 2024
For we have eternal hopes, unshaken and certain, not dissolved by this temporary life, but leading to that incorruptible and blessed life, unaffected even by irregularities in the air and unforeseen circumstances, and not disintegrated even by death itself.—St. John Chrysostom, Homily on Glorying in Tribulations
07 January 2024
Winnie Mae is our thirteenth grandchild. We are so very blessed to have all our children and their spouses and all our grandchildren as members of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. “Lord, help us ever to retain / The Catechism’s doctrine plain / As Luther taught the Word of truth / In simple style to tender youth.”