Friday, December 31, 2021

Worship Stream-December 26, 2021


Rend the Heavens!

  Worship Stream December 26, 2021

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Christmas Decoration Take-Down-Come and help

Saturday, January 15th at noon - Christmas Decoration Take-Down

Sunday, January 16th - Christmas Decorations we are getting rid of will be available to take for one week in the Fellowship Hall through Sunday, January 23rd. After that, they will be boxed for CLM.

Obituary of Daniel (Dan) D. Fessenden


Obituary of Daniel D Fessenden

Daniel “Dan” D. Fessenden age 70 of Maplewood, MN went to heaven on December 18, 2021, with family by his side. Dan was born on April 15, 1951, in Janesville, Wisconsin.


Dan is survived by his loving wife Karen and his children from a previous marriage: Thomas Fessenden (fiancee Cami), Kimberly (Ace) Getahun, Tracy (Paul) Gullerud. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Brother: John (Coral) Fessenden, sisters: Clare (John) Brynildson, Christine (Rich) Glass, many nieces, nephews, other extended family, and friends. Dan was preceded in death by his parents Austin and Gertrude Fessenden, Sisters: Mary Fessenden, Virginia James, and Elizabeth Fessenden.


Dan attended Kindergarten at Wilson School, grades 1 – 8 at St Patrick’s Catholic School. Dan moved to Minneapolis at 14 years old where he attended 9th grade at Phillips Jr High School, 10th grade at Central High School 11-12 grade at Alexander Ramsey High School. Dan worked at Westinghouse during his Senior year of school and another 3 years. He went to Colorado with his brother-in-law for 1 month to work on Oil Wells but there were no jobs so they headed back to Minnesota. In 1972 he worked for Prospect Foundry for 6 months.  Then in the summer of 1972, Dan started work at Horner Waldorf (AKA: Waldorf, Champion, Rock Tenn now WestRock) 1 year in stripping, 8 days in Maintenance Service, 26 years as a Millwright (apprentice school 2 years) then 12 years as Preventive Maintenance Inspector. He retired after 39 years on December 1, 2011 from Rock Tenn.


Dan was a very strong man and he fought hard through the past 11 years. Dan was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in May of 2010. After being in remission he went through a Stem Cell Transplant (BMT) using his own stem cells at the U of M. After two years the cancer returned. In May of 2013 he went through another Stem Cell Transplant at the U of M getting his sister Chris’ stem cells. He had been cancer free. Through the years he did have other health issues that came up. On November 10th, 2021 he went in for back fusion surgery to help relieve the pain and be able to walk and stand better. Following his surgery many health issues continued to compile and ultimately lead to his passing.


Dan loved participating in any activity he could do outside. He enjoyed hunting or just being in the woods, golfing, fishing, horseshoes, and running. Dan completed 2 marathons, ½ marathons plus many other races. He was very athletic and competitive. Dan always made people laugh but also liked having fun by scaring people on occasion.


Dan had three great loves in his life. The love of the Lord, the love of his life, Karen, and the love for his children and grandchildren. Dan and Karen were married on June 26, 1993, at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN. Married for 28​ 1/2​ years, Dan and Karen were best friends with a very deep love for each other. Dan often told Karen that she was the lucky one to have found him and Karen couldn't agree more. 


Daniel D. Fessenden was a very strong, loving, caring, wonderful husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. Dan was the family rock. He was the guy everyone went to with problems; he either would fix the problem or make you feel better with his supportive nature and vast knowledge of scripture. Dan was a devoted Catholic until he joined St John Ev Lutheran Church (WELS) on February 11, 1996. Dan had a very strong faith which he shared with family, friends, and anyone he met. Dan had an amazing life and will be missed by all who knew him. 


The celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church. Visitation 10:00am – 11:00am prior to the service. The service will be at 11:00am.


Private interment at Elmhurst Cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials to:

St. John Ev. Lutheran Church

765 Margaret St.

St. Paul, MN 55106


U of M Foundation

200 Oak St. SE Suite 500

Mpls., MN 55455

Checks made to U of M Foundation, please note the following information in the memo of your check: "Nancy’s BMT Patient Support" or "Fund #11760 in memory of Daniel D. Fessenden."

Pastor's New Years Note

In January, we typically devote a couple Sundays to celebrating Epiphany. According to Merriam Webster, Epiphany means “a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way”. As believers, God has granted us such a moment and many subsequent moments where our insight on eternal things becomes all too real. We have sensed the insurmountable burden of our sins and yet know with confidence, the relief and freedom which Jesus brings. This is truly good news; and it needs to be shared. He redeemed us by his blood. We are now free for an eternity of celebrating God’s love and kindness to us and to the world.

But then there is the problem of HOW to share? Who really wants to hear this message? What is the baggage through which we must wade in order to share the good news of Jesus? SHaring our faith is meant to be a joy but Satan offers us many hurdles and obstacles for sharing. He wants the world to remain trapped in blindness and the darkness of sin.

One former atheist shared his feelings about the Christian faith in this way: he believed that if he became a believer, his life of fun would turn to a life of drudgery and boredom. He truly did not see [and could not see] that the gift of faith would turn his life upside down for the good. Yet he grudgingly told his non-believing friends that on this particular day he was going to be baptized into the Christian faith. When his body submitted to the waters of Baptism and his heart was touched by the Spirit of the Living God, he found an unbelievable newness and freshness and brilliant hope for his life. He could not believe the astounding difference. 

 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)

iNstead of drudgery he found amazing peace. Instead of burdensome laws and rules he found that God’s system of living gave him freedom from guilt and the ability to conquer the strange, drowning desires of his flesh. He even found himself willing to say “no” to a profoundly beautiful young woman whom he had adored for months and years. She found out that he was a Christian; she noticed that he was different and asked him why. He shared with her his newfound faith in Jesus CHrist. 

At that point she offered herself to him fully. He told her that he did not desire her in that way anymore because of his faith in Jesus. The Blood of Jesus not only forgave his sin but offered him a newfound way to live. “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). His desire was for the new life that Christ had won for him.

But the World does not yet know of God’s love and forgiveness in Christ Jesus. The world has been left without an epiphany - many do not yet know of this tremendous gift. That is why this series is placed here, just after our celebration of Jesus embarking on His earth-bound trek to save humanity. The manger helps us to see the Christ child, born for us. The shepherds relay the message from the angels - “A Savior has been born for you: He is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2).

Embark with me on a journey to share the faith that we have. You might be astounded at how you already do share your faith AND how you can grow in sharing your faith in Jesus. You have, you possess the most amazing, life-giving gift of all time: Jesus and faith in Jesus. Let us grow in that faith and share it with everyone we meet. 

Please pray for this series and for each member of our two churches so that, collectively, we all grow in sharing the faith that we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus!

Blessings to you all.

Pastor Al

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Rend the Heavens - Christmas Eve Worship Link

Christmas Eve Worship Link 

Bible Reading Challenge 27/27



Luke 2:28-32
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

Psalm 24

The earth is the LORD'S, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

5 They will receive blessing from the LORD
    and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
    The LORD strong and mighty,
    the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The LORD Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Bible Reading Challenge 26/27


Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.


Thursday, December 23, 2021

Worship is the Gift we Bring

Come Let us Adore Him!

 St. John Lutheran Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Friday, December 24th, 4:00 pm

Pastor Al will be sharing the Good News of our dear Savior's birth!

Please join us again on Sunday, December 26th, 8:30 am,

as we continue to celebrate our Savior's birth.

We will also welcome Pastor Joel Gawricsh and family

as guest pianist and musicians.


Mt. Olive Advent Song Service Link

Mt. Olive Song Service 

Bible Reading Challenge 25/27



Luke 1:39-56
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.


Bible Reading Challenge 24/27



Luke 1:26-38
 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Pastors Note

 Christmas invokes many thoughts and images; I find that my childhood memories of Christmas are quite powerful and generate much nostalgia. Christmas, for me, is about Christmas services filled with singing children grades K - 8, jam packed worship with extra chairs and the smell of Old Spice. Christmas sweaters adorn the faithful. The children squirm in anticipation of the gifts under the tree. The congregation erupts in the great Christmas hymn, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” The crisp December night brings darkness and lights together in celebration.

Christmas is such a “magical” time; it brings hope of the greatest joys which heaven brings. Heaven comes down and wraps God’s promises in the swaddling clothes around baby Jesus. We feast and open gifts. We embrace old friends and overlook past grievances because Peace has come down to earth and wrapped its arms around our hearts.

We have the gift giving as displayed by the Magi:

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

. . . When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. (Matthew 2:1-2, 10-12)

What gifts do we anticipate this Christmas? The wise men brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. Each had its place and its purpose. They had intelligent insight: the child that is born in Bethlehem - He’s the King (Matthew 2:2). Gold is for king’s coffers. Jesus is THE King. And gold gave Mary and Joseph the means to flee to Egypt and escape Herod’s bloody grip. 

The frankincense was the perfume of priests - Jesus is our High priest and He makes all our prayers acceptable and fragrant to God. The gift shows God’s concern for our words, our tears, our requests and guilty regrets laid up in confession. God loves to hear them all. 

Myrrh was used for burial. The Baby Jesus came to live and die, which means that whatever caused such a brutal death, was also buried with Him. Myrrh reminds us that the perfect Son of God had to die, wrapped in our sinful ways. The burden of our evil brought Him to the grave. 

Each of these gifts helps us understand our God’s providence and His perfect, unending love. All of time and eternity rests on Jesus’ coming to earth. He did! He made the journey. He lived well and lived obedient to all God’s law. 

May we enjoy each Christmas moment. Let us ring out a celebration filled with lights, and singing and children’s choirs, and evergreen trees that tower over the spirit of giving. God has given us the best of Himself in the baby Jesus - born for you and for me. Heaven’s gift has come down; Let us adore Heaven’s gift. May our hearts be filled to overflowing, knowing that Heaven still cares. 

The gift is now 200 decades old. But the gift does not diminish with time. It grows brighter as the world becomes dark. Jesus is the Light of the world; the Light no darkness can overcome!

Merry Christmas!

Bible Reading Challenge 23/27

Matthew 1:11-17
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[a] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Bible Reading Challenge 22/27



Isaiah 7:10-17
Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.”
13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel] 15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. 17 The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”

Bible Reading Challenge 21/27


Zephaniah 3:14-17

Sing, Daughter Zion;
    shout aloud, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
    Daughter Jerusalem!
15 The LORD has taken away your punishment,
    he has turned back your enemy.
The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you;
    never again will you fear any harm.
16 On that day
    they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
    do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The LORD your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in 
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Bible Reading Challenge 20/27

 Zechariah 8:1-8

The word of the LORD Almighty came to me.

2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

3 This is what the LORD says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”

4 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. 5 The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”

6 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the LORD Almighty.

7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. 8 I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”


Friday, December 17, 2021

Bible Reading Challenge 19/27



Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
“‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
20 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away, 22 I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another. 23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the LORD have spoken.

Matthew 25:31-46
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Light and Life to All He Brings-SCLA Christmas Concerts


Christmas Concerts

The SCLA high school choral and band students present their Christmas concert "Light and Life to All He Brings" on Friday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. View the live stream.

Watch the middle school's concert "Together at Christmas" from Dec. 9.

Pastors Note

 What is your earliest recollection of hearing? When did you, as a human being, first start hearing things?

What is hearing? According to an article in the National Institute of Health, (NIH. How do we hear) hearing is “a series of complex steps that change sound waves in the air into electrical signals.” Then this article went on to outline the six major steps for how this all happens; they even supplied a great video to help make sense of this complicated process. 

Here is where my brain chimes in, “I thought hearing was a rather mundane function; hmm, guess not. It’s pretty amazing - rather complicated!” This brings us back to that great passage on the human frame that says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and “knit together” (Psalm 139:13-16) by God Himself. 

Psalm 139:13-16

New International Version

13 For you [God] created my inmost being;

    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

    your works are wonderful,

    I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

    when I was made in the secret place,

    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

    all the days ordained for me were written in your book

    before one of them came to be.

When did you first begin to hear? Once your mother and father conceived you, somewhere around the six week marker, your body’s cells, in the area dedicated to your head,  begin to arrange themselves in a pattern that will eventually be the brain, face, ears and eyes. At nine weeks small indentations are made by God on your neck. They will eventually migrate up to the side of your head but right now these “dents” are on your neck and will eventually form into your ears. God is incredibly creative in how He does all of this. 

At that six week marker, there is development of the intricate arrangement of tubes that make up the inner ear.

When a baby is 16 weeks old in the womb, the ears are at a point where the baby can start detecting a few sounds such as the beating of the mother’s heart, her breathing and even her intestinal gurgles. At 24 weeks, the child’s ears are fully developed. Research has made us aware that babies will turn their heads because of certain voices and sounds.

Why does this all matter? Two reasons: one, God is amazing and He displays His wisdom and engineering of the human body: what we know as biology. The second reason is personal to the Christmas story. Mary, the virgin pledged to be married to Joseph, is now pregnant with Jesus in her womb. She visits her cousin Elizabeth after travelling from Nazareth. When Mary sounds her arrival at Elizabeth’s abode, the baby (John the Baptist) in Elizabeth’s womb hears and leaps for joy.

 In those days [when Elizabeth was six months pregnant or 26 weeks along] Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:39-44)

This is one of those instances where God clearly relates to us what we humans have discovered through science in the last 100 years or so - the intricate nature of hearing and the age at which hearing forms. God wrote science into this chapter of His Book, the Bible. Luke records these facts which are scientifically verified. God and science are in agreement but our world likes to think that belief in God negates a belief in science. Nothing could be further from the truth! Luke’s account in Luke one matches the science of hearing.

What did Elizabeth hear and what did the baby John acknowledge? What they reveal is astounding: the Savior Jesus is inches away. Jesus is very near. 

THis does several things for us as modern Americans. It validates the concept and truth of life in vitro. Both babies would be called “fetuses” in our culture. OK. But they are viable lives that God clearly has brought into existence. Life is God’s to give and life must not be taken lightly or destroyed if the shelf life doesn’t match our views, our compliance standards or our comfort level. Life begins at conception and God’s people MUST NOT grow shy of proclaiming this truth. Jesus did not become viable as the Savior once He was born. He did not become the Savior once He crossed the 21 week mark. Baby Jesus was just days or weeks old yet Elizabeth says these words about the baby: 

she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:42-44)

The fruit of Mary’s womb is the Savior of the world despite His youthfulness. The baby in Elizabeth’s womb could acknowledge the presence of Jesus his Savior. Such is the wisdom of God. May we also acknowledge the Savior in Mary’s womb who grew to be birthed for us, to be cradled on straw, to be sentenced under the weight of humanity’s sin so that we could all go free. One day old or 33 years old, this child IS the Savior of the World. He is my Savior and will always be. Praise the Lord.

Bible Reading Challenge 18/27



Micah 5:2-5
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
    to join the Israelites.

4 He will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of the LORD,
    in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
    will reach to the ends of the earth.

5 And he will be our peace
    when the Assyrians invade our land
    and march through our fortresses.
We will raise against them seven shepherds,
    even eight commanders,

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Bible Reading Challenge 17/27


Jeremiah 33:14-16
14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD , ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
15 “‘In those days and at that time
    I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
    he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
    The LORD Our Righteous Savior.’


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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Bible Reading Challenge 15/27



Mark 14:60-65
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.