EChurch@Wartburg – 10.8.17

Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg

The TWW community would love to pray for you!

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Please keep those impacted by the tragedy in Las Vegas as well as hurricane victims in your prayers.

Here is our Order of Worship

A Prayer of Relinquishment by Richard Foster link

Today, O Lord, I yield myself to You.
May Your will be my delight today.
May You have perfect sway in me.
May your love be the pattern of my living.
I surrender to You my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions.
Do with them what You will, when You will, as You will.
I place into Your loving care my family, my friends, my future.
Care for them with a care that I can never give.
I release into Your hands my need to control, my craving for status, my fear of obscurity.
Eradicate the evil, purify the good, and establish Your Kingdom on earth.
For Jesus’ sake,

Prayer in Time of Need link

Almighty God, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
come to my help and deliver me from this difficulty that besets me
I believe Lord, that all trials of life are under Your care
and that all things work for the good of those who love You.
Take away from me fear, anxiety and distress.
Help me to face and endure my difficulty with faith, courage and wisdom.
Grant that this trial may bring me closer to You for You are my rock and refuge,
my comfort and hope, my delight and joy. I trust in Your love and compassion.
Blessed is Your name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Scripture Reading:  Luke 19:28-40 (NASB Bible Gateway)

Triumphal Entry

After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’” So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord has need of it.” They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting:

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

"Dear Lord,
I give you my hands to do Your work;
I give You my feet to go Your way;
I give You my eyes to see as You see;
I give You my tongue to speak Your words;
I give You my mind that You may think in me;
I give You my spirit that You may pray in me.
Above all, I give You my heart that You may love in me – love the Father and love all humankind.
I give You my whole self, Lord, that You may grow in me, so that it is You who lives, works and prays in me.
(From Helpful Prayers link)

Jude 24-25 (link)

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.


EChurch@Wartburg – 10.8.17 — 17 Comments

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    What The Hay: “The Characteristics Of A False Pastoral Categorization Event, Perhaps”



    Respectfully, Wade Burlison implies in his sermon that Christians are donkeys for which Jesus rides upon.

    We’re all divinely ridden donkeys?


    Whew! (who knew?)

    Sermon Watch: When a pastor starts telling churchgoers that Christians are all divinely ridden donkeys, it is time to change the proverbial channel?


    ♪♩♪♩ hum, hum, hum …Ooh, a pastoral storm is threatening
    Another preacher has lost his way?
    If I don’t get some religious shelter
    Ooh yeah I’m gonna fade away
    Satisfaction, churchgoers
    It’s just a another sermon away?


    You gotz ta be kidding, right?

    It is times like this I’m soooo glad the “Nones” made it…




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  2. Sopy,

    You may be offended with the analogy drawn in Luke 19 comparing sinners to a wild donkey “tied up, sniffing the wind at his pleasure,” but it is the Lord who says this about the people of Israel who were in rebellion against Him (see Jeremiah 2:24). In other words, the comparison comes from Scripture, not me.

    And, to be even more specific, the donkey mentioned in Luke 19, the one Jesus took for Himself to ride into Jerusalem, was a young male donkey, one year of age, who’d never been ridden. Farmer friends of mine tell me that the appropriate name for such an animal is “jack ass.” 🙂 Jesus is still in the business of saving jack asses like you and me.

    On a more serious note: After the message during our third Sunday morning service, a woman came to me with tears in her eyes. I quote: “Pastor Wade, I am that donkey. I’ve been in bondage, doing whatever I pleased. For years I’ve been a prostitute, selling myself for drugs (just like the lady you mentioned in your message). I’ve done so many horrible things in my life. Do you think Jesus would have me?”

    It was thrilling to see this woman accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior last Sunday.

    If God can speak through Balaam’s ass, he can speak through this ass as well.

  3. Wade Burleson wrote:

    On a more serious note: After the message during our third Sunday morning service, a woman came to me with tears in her eyes. I quote: “Pastor Wade, I am that donkey. I’ve been in bondage, doing whatever I pleased. For years I’ve been a prostitute, selling myself for drugs (just like the lady you mentioned in your message). I’ve done so many horrible things in my life. Do you think Jesus would have me?”


    Thanks for your reply to Sopy. I’m at a loss to know what he expects of EChurch. It’s a resource for anyone who cares to use it. Hopefully, they will be encouraged in their walk with Christ.

    As I have said before, I so appreciate that you and your church allow us to share your messages each week. They are always a blessing to me!

  4. Deb.

    Thanks for your work, Deb. I know it’s not easy to put together E-Church. The great thing about E-Church is – at least last time I checked – nobody’s funding your work, nor are you asking for funding. So, bottom line, people who don’t like it, don’t have to watch it.

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    “There Is A Jesus Who Calls Us Friend…”




    We, who are washed in the blood of Jesus, who are sanctified, who are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit of Our God —are called children of God and the friends of Jesus.


    Jesus loves those who believe in Him more than they will ever know. The Bible calls Jesus Our Advocate, Our Intercessor and Our Mediator.


    His loving arms are open to all who come to Him.


    He does not refer to them with any derogatory language as they put their trust in Him.

    In fact He calls them friends, given them His Holy Spirit and has reserved a place in His house in heaven for them for all eternity.

    Do you think of Christ as your friend?

    He wants to be.

    (Please see the Bible for details)

    You’ll be glad you did!

    ♪♩♪♩ hum, hum, hum …Ooh, can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness…

    So take it to the Lord in prayer today!

    He’s listening… 🙂




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  6. For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,…

    Sopy, we were all donkeys, according to Scripture, who “sniffed the wind… at our pleasure” (that’s the Lord saying that, not me), but He has set free by His kindness. So, yes, Jesus is a friend to donkeys, and by His grace, He takes jack asses that are in bondage, liberates them, and uses them for the Kingdom. Not sure why you are offended. I’m pointing out what we ONCE were, and hopefully, no longer are. 🙂 Hopefully.

  7. Not to get into politics but with changes in ACA people I personally know with minimal insurance are being put at real risk. I have contacted several supporters who hate ACA and tried finding out what they think will happen if ACA markets are disrupted. They are committed to their position but did not have any real answers. I have to admit I am so tired of fighting this battle over every time someone needs wound care, an x-ray, in-home health care etc. I will be spending many hours giving public comment on the policy changes at the nitty-gritty level. I just get so tired with all this its like nailing jello to the wall. Please pray for me as I would like to just change careers sometimes.

  8. One of the things I have found most appealing about my local church pastor is that he does not want the church he pastors to be full of proverbial parrots or blind followers; but rather, un-threatened by challenge, his desire is that each and every individual would question things and to do their own personal biblical research. He believes they are stronger, eminently productive, and far more successful Christians that way. I wholeheartedly agree. 😉