Monday, January 21, 2013

Living Words

Dear Christians,

The first Walk for Life San Diego was a very encouraging success, attended by nearly three thousand!  Thank you for your prayers, and thanks be to God!

As we mark the solemn 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, consider these three living words:

"Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, 'It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known My ways'" (Ps. 95:10).

"Then said Jesus, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do'" (Luke 23:34).

"Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17).

With love,
Pastor Matt

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Forty Years Long

"Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, 'It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known My ways'" (Ps. 95:10).

Tuesday, January 22, marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Let me put here two things.  First, a prayer request.  Please pray from your heart for the first Walk for Life San Diego (www.sandiegowalkforlife.com), to be held Saturday, January 19.  Pray for its organizers, speakers, and all who attend.  May God use it to help bring the soul of our nation to its senses!

Second, the text of a hymn.  To listen to it sung, or to see and print the music, go to www.oyeoflittlefaith.org.  Look under "Music" and then "New Hymns."

When Man and Wife in Love Conceive

When man and wife in love conceive,
They have, O Lord, from You received
A holy gift beyond compare:
A child placed within their care.

The mother's womb is safe and warm,
The father's love will shield from harm,
And You, O Lord, together knit
The human body intricate.

"In pain," You said, "you will give birth;"
The woman feels the sin-brought curse.
By labor's end, the lesson learned:
"Your sorrow into joy will turn."

Your infant son or daughter bring
To be reborn through baptizing.
There I, the Lord, will take and bless
And robe each one in righteousness.

Dear Christians, never cease to pray
For faith and love these latter days,
For marriage, life, and family,
That all be held in sanctity.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Year of the Trinity

"...how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God" (Heb. 9:14).

The above verse, like so many in Scripture, mentions all Three Persons of the Triune God.  "Christ" is of course the Son; "the eternal Spirit" is the Holy Spirit; and "God" here is a reference to the Father.  "The living God" (the last three words of the verse) can be taken as referring to the Trinity as a whole.  The very grammar of Scripture is Trinitarian!

We have begun a new year: 2013.  I would suggest thinking of this year as the Year of the Trinity.  Christians should think always of the Trinity and their Baptism.  But this year will bring extra opportunity to confess our faith in the Holy Trinity.  That is because this is 2013, and the numbers 1 and 3 are the two numbers of the Trinity.  We believe in 1 God in 3 Persons.

Funny how some say 13 is an unlucky number.  Seen in the light of the Trinity, it becomes the most blessed number!

Now think how many times you will hear, see, or write "2013" (for example, writing a check).  Many of these times could be a very small devotion in which you remember your Triune God, your Baptism, and your holy Christian faith.

Wishing you a blessed 2013, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen!