EChurch@Wartburg – 11.17.13

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Taken by DebMarine Corps War Memorial (Taken by Deb)

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A Prayer Attributed to Sir Francis Drake link
Disturb Us Lord

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, 
When our dreams have come true 
Because we have dreamed too little, 
When we arrived safely 
Because we sailed too close to the shore. 

Disturb us, Lord, when 
With the abundance of things we possess 
We have lost our thirst 
For the waters of life; 
Having fallen in love with life, 
We have ceased to dream of eternity 
And in our efforts to build a new earth, 
We have allowed our vision 
Of the new Heaven to dim. 

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, 
To venture on wider seas 
Where storms will show Your mastery; 
Where losing sight of land, 
We shall find the stars. 
We ask You to push back 
The horizons of our hopes; 
And to push into the future 
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Prayer of St Richard link

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 13:23-24 (NASB Bible Gateway)

Take notice that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he comes soon, I will see you. Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.

A Prayer of Brigid of Gael  c.451-523 link

I arise today
Through a mighty strength:
God's power to guide me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's eyes to watch over me;
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to give me speech,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to shelter me,
God's host to secure me.

Glory Be link
(Please feel free to sing :))

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now,
and ever shall be,
world without end.


EChurch@Wartburg – 11.17.13 — 5 Comments

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    “We Are Never Beyond Hope!”

    There are those who come to Wartburg Watch with their tanks empty.  


    But be of good cheer! There is absolutely no reason to remain, or leave that way…


    Jesus’ name in Hebrew means: “God saves.” 


        At the annunciation, the angel Gabriel, the Harold of God, announced at the advent of coming of the Son Of God, – that the name Jesus, would be His proper name, -a name which expresses both His identity and what His mission would consist of. And since it is God alone who can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus, His only Son made man, who “will save his people from their sins”. In Jesus, God brings the glad tidings (a new hope!) of salvation on our behalf.


        God showed us what He is like when He took on human form in His Son, Jesus. For some thirty-three years, God dwelt in a Hunan tabernacle. Bruised and rejected, yet He vanquished evil, paying the price for our transgressions, taking the keys of both death and Hell from the Serpent – thus making a way for us to walk & dwell with Him, God Almighty, without fear. He intends to return by Christ Jesus, and thereby remove the curses He placed upon Man and the Earth in the Garden. Yes, this will happen in the days to come. He has also promised a new Heavens, and a new Earth. 

    Hath God said? Yea!

    (smiley face goes here)

    Let these words bring hope to all who will listen.

    “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is by interpretation, God with us.” The New Testament; Matthew 1:23.

    Emmanuel means “God with us”…

    Let us ‘rest’ in this hope, for the ‘One’ who has called us is indeed faithful.

    Bountiful bless’ins!


    Some possibly helpful links:
    Video: In Christ Alone (My hope is found)
    Video: Our Hope is Christ Alone.
    Video: Our Hope in Christ Jesus

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    Wade, your sermons always cause me to do some serious thinking. šŸ™‚

    At the beginning you mentioned a scenario of a man who leaves his wife. You asked, “what does Jesus say” (about that)? You said he would have a decision to make…should he confess to his sin and try to reconcile with her?

    I know that scenario wasn’t the focus of your sermon, but I couldn’t help thinking that the decision in that situation wouldn’t be his alone to make. I, for one, wouldn’t reconcile the marriage. Forgive; yes…reconcile; no. Adultery would be a definite deal-breaker for me. So I’m wondering what recourse the man would have following a refusal on the part of his wife as the result of broken trust.

    I was a bit confused by a statement you’ve made several times and I thought I had grasped it finally but today I’m pondering it again. You said that when we try to control how others perceive us, and we look to how Jesus does, then whatever people say to/about you is peripheral. My question is; how does that mesh with your sermon last week about accepting a word of exhortation from another?

    I know your time is limited so I’ll understand if you can’t answer. Personally, I can’t imagine how pastors don’t get overwhelmed with all they have to do.

    Thanks to Deb and you for e-church! As always, it’s much appreciated!

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    Great question. You ask, “Adultery would be a definite deal-breaker for me. So Iā€™m wondering what recourse the man would have following a refusal on the part of his wife as the result of broken trust?”

    You are correct in that the anecdote was peripheral to the message, but your question is a good one. First, I wholeheartedly agree that infidelity breaks the bonds of marriage, and no Christian spouse is OBLIGATED to reconcile with a spouse after a confession of adultery by the one who pledged fidelity. However, Hosea is an example of a spouse who forgives AND reconciles with an unfaithful spouse. In addition, I know many Christians who choose to reconcile with a spouse who confesses to immorality and is broken over their sin. I think that maybe I was speaking from experience, though I would encourage any believer who makes the decision to forgive and NOT reconcile. That decision is between the individual and the Spirit, not the church and the couple.

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    Thanks, Wade. I appreciate your response.