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Please Pray for Aunt Joan

The hospital just called. Aunt Joan is in critical condition, with a bad infection, low blood pressure, and several other symptoms.

She is the last of my family in her generation. When she goes, I’ll be the oldest surviving member. I confess that I’m terribly afraid of being the last one left.

Please join me in prayer. O Lord our God, do unto my aunt according to your wisdom and your love, and give the rest of us the strength and the faith to trust you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Jax Just Keeps Growing


Remember that sickly little kitten my stepdaughter adopted, not yet a year ago, who needed a rare blood transfusion to stay alive? We all prayed for him, the rare blood was discovered to be readily available, and he was fine. She named him Jax.

Here he is with his big sister Boo, a pit bull who foster-mothered him; and if he keeps growing, he’ll be as big as she is! I mean, this cat is huge! And not done growing yet, he’s not yet a year old. Just eight months, in fact.

I wonder if he’s part liger.

Prayer Request: For Christmas 2017

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

Father in Heaven, this day we proclaim that Light has entered the world, Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Bless this Christmas Day of 2017 and give it extraordinary power, all throughout the coming year, to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ, our only Savior and our King, the Son of God. You see how we need Him! Bring forth that day, O Lord our God, when every knee shall bow to Jesus Christ, and every tongue confess Him lord: in Jesus’ name, amen.

(Hymn: Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band)

The Age of Misbelief

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I’m a storyteller. I collect stories by watching movies and TV. Sometimes this is hard on me.

I don’t know whether these TV shows reflect something in Western culture that has really happened, or are just being shaped by somebody’s agenda. But it really does seem, in this vast collection of fiction, that the default position of almost all the characters is ABC–Anything But Christianity. The few Christians who do appear in the screenplays are almost all portrayed as nuts, and the other characters respond to them as they would to a strange animal species inexplicably appearing in their midst.

It is not “unbelief,” because there’s nobody who is without some set of beliefs or other, but rather “misbelief.” They don’t believe in God, they don’t believe in Jesus Christ. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what they believe in. Other times it’s easy: their own smartness, the State, Science, evolution, the coerced perfectibility of  man, or some other inanity.

When I was growing up, virtually everyone I knew was a Christian of some kind. Some polls tell us that most people, at least in America, are still Christians. But the TV shows and movies tell us Christianity is over. Are the producers trying to make it be over by saying it’s over? Say it often enough, and people come to believe it, and it becomes true.

So I don’t know whether it’s true or not. But if it is, how did it happen? This has all been within my own lifetime. People are now proud of things they ought to be ashamed of, love things they should hate, and hate things they should love.

What can we do but proclaim Christ’s Kingdom, God’s sovereign grace and love, and truth as revealed in God’s Word? We can’t make them listen. No one can force anyone else to accept salvation.

O Lord our God, keep us from the evils of this age. We fear the institutional church has lost its power: but who knows if that was not your will, because you have something better in mind for us? Give us wisdom to understand these times, so that we might more wisely serve Our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Our King. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Leftids Slime Christmas

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You didn’t think I’d post a picture of this blasphemous nonsense, did you? Here, instead, is a little newt peacefully swimming toward the camera: God’s stuff, clean and good and sane.

Sometimes this job really sucks, having to report all this culture rot.

The latest abomination is something they’re calling a “Gaytivity scene,” blaspheming the birth of Jesus Christ by showing Him with a set of “gay” pseudo-parents, two men or two women (https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/11/28/be-warned-folks-the-gaytivity/).

They’re gonna need a bigger Hell.

That’s really all I want to say about it. Hymn requests, anyone? And a brief prayer:

O Lord our God, remember that although we, too, are sinners, these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Answered Prayer: Phoebe

We’ve been praying for our sister Phoebe’s cat to get well, after a serious medical problem with his mouth.

Today the biopsy came in, Phoebe reports, with good news–no cancer! Meanwhile, Iggy is pretty much back to his old self, and feeling fine.

We thank you, O God, for hearing our prayers, for having compassion on us and on our loved ones, even on our pets, and for granting this our prayer.

‘The Holly and the Ivy’ (another version)

I must be getting soppy in my old age. These Christmas hymns, and the whole idea of Christmas, stir me now as they haven’t since I was a very little boy.

This is The Holly and the Ivy with what I think is the more familiar melody, sung by the Mediaeval Baebes. The running of the deer…

The other night, just before bedtime, Robbie looked out the window and started growling, being the watchcat. I couldn’t see anything because of reflections, so I had to open the window. And there, standing just ten feet away, was a lovely big deer. I’ve been here 40 years, and that’s the first time that’s happened. I choose to think of it as a harbinger of Christmas.

Dear Father in Heaven, give this Christmas season of 2017 the power to draw people’s hearts to Jesus Christ, our natural and rightful Lord, as never before! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Answered Prayers: Jax the Kitten

jaxx and boo now

See that great big black cat sleeping with his best friend, the pit bull, on the sofa?

That big cat, some months ago, was Jax the little kitten, picked up by my stepdaughter Georgia in the middle of a storm, adopted, and found to be at death’s door, due to a serious blood condition requiring immediate treatment–including a transfusion of very rare donor blood, etc.

Many of us prayed for Jax, and now you can see the result.

It’s become fashionable these days, in a fallen world populated by sinners who have free will and atrociously abuse it, to say that prayer is futile, waste of breath, just won’t work–even some who call themselves Christians are saying that prayer is just a waste of time. And who has never had that thought cross his mind?

But this fine healthy cat is here because a woman had compassion on him, and acted on it, and because God heard our prayers and did the rest.

Rejoice, give thanks, and sing.

Prayer Request: Phoebe

Dear Lord, our sister Phoebe’s cat is ill again and we ask you, in Jesus’ name, to spare the little fellow. You know how we love our pets, Father: otherwise you wouldn’t have given them to us. Please, Lord, grant Phoebe’s friend Iggy a swift recovery: in Jesus’ name, amen.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’ (Plus Prayer Request)

Thank you, Phoebe, for being the first to request a Christmas song: Joy to the World. I don’t know who this is, performing it, but it’s beautiful, just beautiful.

Please, everybody, join in prayer for a moment.

O Lord Our God, please bless this year’s Christmas season with power to draw this troubled world to Jesus Christ her rightful king and only Savior. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Update: The hospital just called with news that Aunt Joan’s fever has gone away and her condition is now stable. Thank you all for your prayers on her behalf. She can’t talk anymore, but I’ll be sure to tell her that she’s got a lot of good people praying for her.

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