Sunday, March 25, 2018

Purify Me, O God

Palm Sunday.  Scripture lesson Mark 11:1-11 in which Jesus is lauded by the people as he rides into Jerusalem on a colt.

The Jewish people anticipated that Jesus would save them from the Roman oppressor and reestablish David's kingdom.

Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: . . . 
 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee?. . .
I count them mine enemies. --Psalm 139:19-22

But He did not come to punish Rome, he came to purify the people.

Recall the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree.  Why?  He cursed the tree because it was not producing fruit.  Jesus cursed the Temple for the same reason.  The religious leaders were taking their cues from Roman culture rather than from Scripture.

Christ came not to save the people from something, but to do something to them.

Just so, God is more concerned with purging the sins of the Church than He is with punishing the sins of the world.

We are to take our cues from Jesus, not from the culture.

 Too often we go to our cultural war chest-- fighting Rome with Roman ways.  We are to follow Christ (see the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7) not the culture.
Then David concluded his prayer:
Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
and see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. --Psalm 139:23-24

Pray not that God will destroy others but that he will do something to us:  Sanctify us, O God.

Lent is God's time for deep Spring cleaning of the Church.

Do something to us, Lord, so You can do something great through us!

 Lenny Luchetti, guest speaker
Sunday morning

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Country Jazz Singer

Quiet evening, the Missus and I are sitting in our recliners.  For no particular reason, I start singing to her.
 Take the ribbon from your hair,
Shake it loose and let it fall. 
 and so on until I finally sing the tag lines,
I don't want to be alone
Help me make it through the night.
 Then she looks at me and says, "You have such a beautiful tonal quality to your voice.  But you can't carry a tune."
(Follows then the jazz-improv rationalization.  Which she has heard before.)


Thursday, March 8, 2018

When you take your news from fb feed

"This happened in Australia Hailstones the size of tennis balls fell from the sky.. Many cars and animals killed..."

That's it.  No further information, as for example, how many and what kind of cars were killed, and so forth.

(I don't know about Australia, but around here all hailstones fall from the sky.)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Why, then, is the old man sitting up writing at 1:34 in the morning?

Logical explanations for happenings in this household often not required, and a good thing it is, too, because often there is no logical explanation for whatever is going on.

At any rate, following surgery in the afternoon I went to bed early, ten p.m.  Slept, too.  For a bit.  Then I didn't so much.  Thus I got up, the Mrs. made me a cup of tea, and here i sit.  Feel better now, too, and I think I'll drag myself to the bed.

Good morning!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Quote, End Quote

This statement is not original with me, but it so characterizes my place in the scheme of things that I wish I had thought of it first-- but I'm an idiot.

I've met enough people to know I'm a decent bit smarter than average, and enough really smart people to know that I'm still a total idiot."