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Preserve Your Word, O Savior
By: Andreas Gryphius

Preserve your Word, O Savior,
To us this latter day,
And let your kingdom flourish;
Enlarge your Church, we pray.
Oh, keep our faith from failing;
Keep hope’s bright star aglow.
Let nothing from truth turn us
While living here below.

Preserve, O Lord, your honor,
The bold blasphemer smite;
Convince, convert, enlighten
The souls in error’s night.
Reveal your will, dear Savior,
To all who dwell below,
Great light of all the living,
That all your name may know.

Preserve, O Lord, your Zion,
Bought dearly with your blood;
Protect what you have chosen
Against the hellish flood.
Be always our defender
When dangers gather round;
When all the earth is crumbling,
Safe may your Church be found.

Preserve your Word and preaching.
The truth that makes us whole,
The mirror of your glory,
The power that saves the soul.
Oh, may this living water,
This dew of heavenly grace,
Sustain us while here living
Until we see your face.

Preserve in wave and tempest
Your storm-tossed little flock;
Assailed by wind and weather,
May it endure each shock.
Stand at the helm, our pilot,
And set the course aright;
Then we will reach the harbor
In your eternal light.

Hymn # 337 from Lutheran Worship
Author: David Spaiser
Tune: Ist Gott Fur Mich
1st Published n: 1676 

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 St. Luke 4: 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.

What is a mob?  A mob is united by rage.  We live a time of rage.    As if the congregation in Nazareth was saying: “We’re Israelites after all!  Is the hometown boy saying, we need saving?.  You need to be saved, heal yourself, Jesus because just because what you said!” So, that congregation made Jesus a scapegoat. As many make a pastor a scapegoat because he preaches the truth of God’s Word: let’s get rid of this troublemaker. A congregation can become a mob. I think a mob is the collective of the self-righteous. A mob knows more than God.

All mobs need a scapegoat: the Jew, the black man, the Roman Catholic/the Christian…the unborn.  That somehow the unborn, the Jew, the Christian will diminish MY life, so get rid of them.  We now have the twitter mobs: a faceless collective of the self-righteous.  A smiling white teenager is the face of racism: throw him off the cliff.  The vice-president’s wife teaching at a Christian school with Christian morals:  throw her out and her school.  The baby in the womb is an inconvenience and the birth control failed or it wasn’t used:  suck the child out of the womb. And the New York State senate passed the most comprehensive abortion bill allowing murder till the birth date and making it a right.  When the Law was passed, the New York State senate gave a standing ovation for it’s passage.

 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.

It was not Jesus’ hour. I know I could become a part of the mob as well, till I look in the Law of the Lord and know my need of the Lord.

Psalm 19: Moreover, by them (commandments) is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

The Lord who would become the scapegoat, as all the sins of Jew and Gentile were placed upon Him, would be driven outside the walls of  Jerusalem. He is the goat slaughtered, His blood of the eternal atonement sprinkled over all cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

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In Lord of the Rings, when Frodo was in the depths of despair about the burden of the ring and the struggle they were engaged, wondering what are we doing here. His friend Sam-wise Gamgee said to his dear friend that there is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo and it’s worth fighting for. St. John Chrysostom thought so.

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Bio: Given the added name of Chrysostom, which means “golden-mouthed” in Greek, Saint John was a dominant force in the fourth-century Christian church. Born in Antioch around the year 347, John was instructed in the Christian faith by his pious mother, Anthusa. After serving in a number of Christian offices, including acolyte and lector, John was ordained a presbyter and given preaching responsibilities. His simple but direct messages found an audience well beyond his home town. In 398, John Chrysostom was made Patriarch of Constantinople. His determination to reform the church, court, and city there brought him into conflict with established authorities. Eventually, he was exiled from his adopted city. Although removed from his parishes and people, he continued writing and preaching until the time of his death in 407. It is reported that his final words were: “Glory be to God for all things. Amen.”



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Pray for your pastor as he teaches you God’s Word of No and Yes, Law and Promise for you to love and know Jesus Christ. He has been installed to guide his flock to goal of “eternal life” according to the compass of, “…the trustworthy word as taught”.

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Acts 20: 28-35

Psalm 71: 1-14

Titus 1: 1-9

St. Luke 10: 1-9

St. Titus, like Timothy with whom he is often  associated, was a friend and co-worker of St, Paul. Titus was a Gentile, perhaps a native of Antioch, who accompanied Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem when they brought assistance to the Christians in Judea during a famine (Acts 11:29-30; Galatians 2:1). It is not known if he accompanied Paul on his first or second missionary journeys, but Titus was with him on the third one, when he helped reconcile the Corinthians to Paul (2 Corinthians 7:6-7) and assisted with the collection for the Church in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8:3-6). It was probably on the return to Jerusalem that Paul left Titus in Crete (Titus 1:4-5). Afterward he is found working in Dalmatia (2 Timothy 4:10). According to tradition, Titus returned to Crete, where he served as bishop until…

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“Sin, disturb my soul no longer:/ I am baptized into Christ!/I have comfort even stronger: Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice./Should a guilty conscience seize me, since my baptism did release me/In a dear forgiving flood, sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood” (“God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It”)

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Acts 9:1-22  Galatians 1:11-24 Matthew 19:27-30

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, You turned the heart of him who persecuted the Church and by his preaching caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world. Grant us ever to rejoice in the saving light of Your Gospel and, following the example of the apostle Paul, to spread it to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

About the Day:  St. Paul’s life-changing experience on the road to Damascus is related three times in the Book of Acts (9:1-9; 22:6-11; 26:12-18). As an archenemy of Christians, Saul of Tarsus set out for Damascus to arrest and bring believers to Jerusalem for trial. While on the way, he saw a blinding light and heard the words: “Saul, Saul…

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Prayer of the Day

Lord Jesus Christ, You have always given to Your Church on earth faithful shepherds such as Timothy to guide and feed Your flock. Make all pastors diligent to preach Your holy Word and administer Your means of grace, and grant Your people wisdom to follow in the way that leads to life eternal; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Psalm 71:15-24
Acts 16:1-5
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Matthew 24:42-47

Bio:  St. Timothy had Christian believers in his family. His mother, Eunice, was a Christian woman and was the daughter of a Christian woman named Lois (2 Timothy 1:5). Acts records that St. Paul met Timothy on his second missionary journey and wanted Timothy to continue on with him (16:1-3). Over time, Timothy became a dear friend and close associate of Paul to whom Paul entrusted mission work in Greece and Asia Minor. Timothy was also with Paul in Rome. According to tradition, after Paul’s death, Timothy went to Ephesus, where he served as bishop and was martyred around AD 97. Timothy is best remembered as a faithful companion of Paul, one who rendered great service among the Gentile churches.
Reflection by  Fr. Valerius Herberger (21 April 1562-18 May 1627, German Lutheran preacher and theologian):
“Dearly beloved, today we celebrate the commemoration of St. Timothy. He was born in Lystra (Acts 16:2); his father was a pagan, but his mother, Eunice, born an Israelite, had accepted the Christian faith and had committed her son, Timothy, to be raised by her mother, Lois, who was also a Christian. So Timothy learned the catechism from his grandmother. See, dear parents, what the diligent training of children can do! Now since he was a good, excellent thinker, St. Paul accepted him as his colleague or chaplain, and since he improved himself daily, Paul eventually ordained him as bishop of Ephesus, where he was also killed by the raging pagans. St. Paul loved him dearly, which we can see from both epistles that he wrote to him. In 1 Timothy 1:2, he calls him his true son in the faith. From these two epistles, many passages shine forth like the stars of heaven:
  • 1 Timothy 1:5: “The aim of the commandment is love from a pure heart and from a good conscience and from a faith unfeigned.”
  • 1 Timothy 1:15: “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:12: “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

Since St. Paul and St. Timothy were dear friends, they were put beside each other in the calendar, and also on the day of St. Timothy, the Gospel of John 15:9-16 is read, which speaks of pure love and friendship.”

(From The Treasury of Daily Prayer)

An important adjective in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus is “sound”, as in, sound teaching, sound words and sound words (see, 1 Timothy 1:10, 1 Timothy 6:3, 2 Timothy 1:13, 2 Timothy 4:3, Titus 1:9, Titus 1:13, Titus 2:1, Titus 2:2,Titus 2:8). 

The word, “sound” is translation of the Greek word from which we have our words hygiene/hygienic. If something is “hygienic”, it’s clean, wholesome, and sound. This Greek a describes true doctrine. God’s teaching makes us sound and well and wholesome. He shows us the ways we are wrong and by His Word, in the medicine of His blood transfusion, makes us well, sound. We can not heal ourselves. The Lord has, as he did Paul:

1 Timothy 1: 12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

 This is sound doctrine and sound doctrine, teaching ever leads us our Lord and Savior as did the star led the Magi.

AS there is sound, cleansing doctrine leading to life and eternal life in the Lord, there is unsound doctrine:

1 Timothy 6: 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

The following commentary is by Thomas C. Oden, Interpretation: First and Second Timothy and Titus on the verses just cited. It was published 1989 before the social networking era of Facebook and Twitter. This commentary on 1 Timothy 6 describes very well the orgy of breaking the 8th Commandment on Facebook and Twitter, and the internet in general:

Those who blatantly reject these sayings of Jesus are blinded by pride, puffed up with conceit (cf. 1 3:6; 2 3:4). They know nothing (v. 4), though they may pretend superior knowledge. Chrysostom relished the irony: “It is possible then to be knowing, and yet to know nothing. For he that knows not what he ought to know, knows nothing” . “Commonly those are most proud who know least; for with all their knowledge they do not know themselves” (Henry, p. 827). Having a morbid craving for controversy (cf. 2 2:14), they can hardly wait for the next word game. In this syndrome the driving force is ambition. It uses conceptual tools to gain upward mobility. The “knowledge elites” (attorneys, teachers like myself, bureaucratic manipulators, politicians) in our society have learned to use specialized forms of “knowing” to increase income. Some of those of this temperament delight in verbal conflict, “as infected sheep by contact communicate disease” (Chrysostom, p. 468). They are ready at any time to stir up argument. They “contend earnestly for singular phrases” (Wesley, p. 784), using solemn words to club each other into submission, to avoid responsibility, to manipulate, to pretend piety. In this way the legitimate process of questioning and knowing has become willfully corrupted.

This dangerous brew of acquisitiveness and verbal skill is especially heady for church leaders …Their paths are often strewn with personal hurts and needless conflicts “which produce envy,, dissension, slander, base suspicions, and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind” (vv. 4—5). Paul could see that the vitality of the worshiping community was being adversely affected by these perpetual quarrelers. Their innuendos, insults and abusive language were damaging to the family cohesion he sought to engender. The scene portrayed is one of ceaseless friction, incessant altercation, with people constantly rubbing each other the wrong way, “full of scurrilous abuse, stinging insult, and heated invective, or else of covert insinuation, malicious innuendo, and thinly veiled disdain”

What is the solution? It is always in our Savior and the evangelical exhortation that St. Paul gave his brother in the ministry:

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Flee the endless wrangling of the Twitter world, and pursue the Word to be formed in it for the fight, the GOOD fight of faith. Don’t always be thinking of how to one up someone in endless verbal skirmishes on Facebook, but the way the Lord has called you whom you confess, and live in Christ in your vocation not in cyber-time but real time.

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