Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Great Quote

Read this the other day. Think about it and you'll realize the profundity of it.
The Law always comes at the gift refusal point.
(Bill Cwirla, "In the Way of the Law and the Gospel" in Dona Gratis Donata, 5)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Mission?

There is a church near my house. It was called the "Family Worship Center." I say was, for a couple weeks ago they changed their name to "Summit Church." Along with that name change was a new banner which said: "New Name. New Mission. Same Church."


New mission? How does the mission of the church change? Are they no longer for families? No longer about worship? I do not understand . . .

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pastor Appreciation, Part 2

One of the best gifts I received on Sunday was not meant to be a "Pastor Appreciation" gift at all, but it was. One man, leaving the church after the service, told me something like this (I don't remember the actual words, but this was the gist):
"Pastor, 167 hours a week, it's chaos and trouble. One hour a week, it's right and peace."
How very, very cool is that?  :-)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Champlain Canal Lock 5

We got to see this working canal lock on the Hudson River - very cool. We watched a few boats go through as the water level rose and fell and the gates swung open and closed. There are a bunch of these still operational on the Hudson.

You can see from the sides how far the water level falls.

You can actually walk out on the gates and watch, and we did, though we didn't go for a ride when the opened and closed!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Rest in Peace, Dear Brother

Just learned that my brother in Christ, Rev. Allen Vomhof, was called home by our Lord last night. He had been suffering with cancer that had moved to his brain for quite some time, and was most recently on hospice. I was able to be with him and his family a couple of weeks ago and to give them the Lord's Supper. Now Al is enjoying his eternal rest in Jesus, triumphant over his cancer finally. Yes, triumphant! For his cancer did not win and it did not take his life. It couldn't! His life was safe in Jesus since the day of his baptism, and Jesus has now fulfilled the promise He made to Al in that wonderful, magnificent water. And this promise too: Today, Al, you will be with me in Paradise. Today forgiven. Today alive. Today at rest. Rest in peace, dear brother.