25 January 2024

Patristic Quote of the Day

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

Patristic Quote of the Day

‘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

Patristic Quote of the Day

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

And today, the joy of Winnie Mae’s Baptism into Christ…

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.” 

06 January 2024

Blessed Epiphany!


Picture courtesy of Meaghan Weedon.

Remember: Divine Service for the Feast is tonight at 6 p.m.

04 January 2024

Patristic Quote of the Day

Only that Scripture is rightly called divine, which is inspired by the Spirit of God and administered by those who have spoken by the Spirit of God, making a person divine, reforming them in the likeness of God, instructing in knowledge, and exhorting to action.—Hugh of St. Victor, On Writings and the Sacred Scriptures

01 January 2024

Happy New Year, one and all!

We had a delightful evening with old friends and new yesterday. However, I’m sad to report, pinochle is an excessively stupid game. Just sayin’.

This morning we got up for our morning walk to see the sunrise (brr…), ate a bite of breakfast (duck eggs served over ground beef and bacon), and then off to the Divine Service. We had some 84 people show up to celebrate the Circumcision of Our Lord this morning. Amazing! And a whole pile of them were younger folk. 

Got in a nice and leisurely workout this morning, several walks, and then a brief nap before we had our midday meal. Our meal was a Christmas gift from the Herberts: 

Yes, that’s a tomahawk ribeye, cooked to perfection. It was major yumminess. For World Carnivore Month (January), we’re doing (mostly) BBBE. That is: Beef, Bacon, Butter, and Eggs. However, we are still consuming our raw milk and yoghurt from the farm. I don’t know about you, but I’m calling that beef since it comes from a cow.