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    I'm 5'8", 200 lbs, pale, freckled and gray- eyed. My ancestry is largely English, partly Scottish and 1/8 Cajun. I'm about 1/16 German, too, according to the paper trail.
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  1. ConfessionalLutheran

    Prayer Request.. For me.

    Thank you, @Just Mike, I really appreciate that. We really are all part of one Body, with Jesus Christ as our Head. It might interest some people to know that denomination means nothing more or less than name. It is true that these " names" have specific theologies and histories attached to them ( for Confessional Lutherans, these are the 5 Solae, Monergism, the Real Bodily Presence in, with and under the Bread and Wine at the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, Baptismal Regeneration, the Book of Concord and the Bible as our theological standard: https://www.lcms.org/about/beliefs/doctrine), but these " names" are all subject to the Word of God, Who is Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ. I'm so glad to hear that you are equally devoted to your denomination, as @William is to his. The Lord puts us all where we are best able to serve Him and with today's " consumer culture," the temptation to serve ego rather than God and uproot one's spiritual roots whenever it suits him or her can be intense. That's what the ministry of Word and Sacrament is for. God bless you in your ministry, Reverend!
  2. ConfessionalLutheran

    Prayer Request.. For me.

    While I was in my process of discernment, part of my prayer to the Lord was to lead me to a place where I could do the most good and most thoroughly glorify His Name. That prayer was swiftly answered, by God leading me to the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. The Holy Spirit has worked wondrously in my life through the proclamation of the Word and the proper administration of the Sacraments in the context of that church. When I was received into that Church, I took vows to be loyal to the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and faithful to the teachings of Luther's Small Catechism, even in the face of death. God has dealt graciously with me throughout my life, and he has singularly blessed me by leading me to the LCMS. Part of the Christian life is submission to the proper authorities. I asked, they answered and God still reigns over His people. As has been pointed out elsewhere in this thread, there are other ways for me to serve that do not necessarily include my entering the Office of the Holy Ministry. I want God's Will to be done and in this case, I believe it has been. Here ( in the LCMS) is where the Lord wants me to be and here, by His grace, shall I remain. Thanks be to God.
  3. ConfessionalLutheran

    Prayer Request.. For me.

    Yeah, I guess that I can see that. They are careful and I guess they had to consider their own pastoral roles in regards to me as well as the college. I might not be ready for all that yet.
  4. ConfessionalLutheran

    Prayer Request.. For me.

    I'm loyal to the Lord and His Church. My Reaffirmation of Faith, first taken in February of 2013 and again when I moved back up to Virginia in 2014, ties me to the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. I'm sure that I can serve our heavenly Father in another capacity of service in the LCMS. I completely agree that I must pray and seek the will of the Father in this and every circumstance.
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    Prayer Request.. For me.

    They did, actually. They apparently didn't have all the details they wanted about an old bankruptcy and they thought I should take more time to process my four- year old divorce. Apparently, there's something about my lifestyle that they want to see changed as well ( that was one I did not understand at all). They said I could reapply around 2020 or 2021. Thanks be to God that there are indeed other ways that I can serve Him.
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    Prayer Request.. For me.

    I guess the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod will not be needing my services as a pastor after all.. the Admissions Board for Concordia- St. Louis declined my application.
  7. ConfessionalLutheran

    Was Judas saved?

    Only God can say, but the Biblical verses regarding Judas would imply that he's writhing in the flames of Hell at this moment https://www.openbible.info/topics/judas_iscariot. Biblical verses regarding St. Peter are right here: https://www.openbible.info/topics/simon_peter.
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    Was Judas saved?

    I certainly hope that our former president has found ( or will find) that repentance that leads to life.
  9. ConfessionalLutheran

    Was Judas saved?

    Frankly, he betrayed the Son of God for a bribe and later committed suicide, which violates the Greatest Commandments, which are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and body and to love your neighbor as yourself. Not believing in either soul sleep or annihilationism, I'm sure that Judas the Traitor is fully conscious of the choices he made and how he got to wherever it is he is. Judas' eternal destiny is entirely up to God, but his recorded choices would lead one to conclude that he rejected the Lord and may have most likely been rejected by God in his turn.
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    United States Leaves Iran Nuclear Deal

    May Our Lord grant repentance and life eternal to those who have lost their way, high or low, rich or poor and may the grace of Jesus Christ be upon all of our elected and appointed leaders in this fallen world. May the Holy Spirit grant the gift of the One True Faith to all that all might be saved by the power of God ( so that none may boast).
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  12. ConfessionalLutheran

    Where is the Liberal News Section

    I just wanted to add my support and wholehearted agreement with what @William wrote. He's absolutely right. Christianity is about life and self- control. Liberalism ( in any form) seems to be about the " right" to kill human beings other human beings regard as inconveniences. That's just the worst manifestation of liberal self- indulgence.
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    I think people who do not tell the truth

    That is very true, @Becky. The most ancient sources for traditional Christianity ( as opposed to the condemned Gnostic and Arian heresies), namely Scripture and the Three Ecumenical creeds ( Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian ) affirm the Deity as well as the humanity of Christ. Here are some good chapters and verses to back that statement up: Matthew 1: 18-25, Luke 1:26-38, John 1: 1-5, John 1: 9-18. Here's a good source for the creeds that I'd mentioned earlier: http://bookofconcord.org/creeds.php. Here's a link that catalogues the testimonies of the Early Church Fathers regarding the Person and role of Jesus Christ: http://bookofconcord.org/testimonies.php.
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    American History

    Oops.. Sorry, that's the term I see a lot in history books and online articles these days. I'm glad you enjoyed the post! History and genealogy have been passions of mine from an early age. I agree, though, Adam and Eve really are the indigenous ( one was made right out of the earth and the other was made out of him) pair this planet can boast of.
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    American History

    In 1607, the Virginia Company sent a ship to a New World. the settlers, by and large, were English ( with some German and Polish workers among them) would- be nobles who fancied finding gold and wealth the equal to what the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes found in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Searching for gold in the Chesapeake area would prove to be futile, but they would discover a new source of wealth: tobacco. There were also Indigenous peoples living in the area who would prove to be welcoming until the aggression of the settlers would finally alienate the Natives. These Anglicans would be followed a few years later by the Puritans we call " Pilgrims" of Mayflower fame. As the Anglicans of Virginia and Maryland were primarily interested in amassing land and wealth, their piety was not quite as notable as the Puritans were. This is interesting, because the Church of England remained the Commonwealth of Virginia's official " state church" to whom taxes would be paid by citizens, regardless of their faith, up to the time of the American Revolution. The piety, one might say, was understated but supported by the State. They made little effort to evangelize the indigenous peoples they settled among. The Puritans ( later called Congregationalists), made more headway among their Indigenous peoples, even to the point that Indian " praying towns" were established not too far away from the Puritan settlements. When the eighteenth century dawned, the English were joined by the Ulster Scots and Germans. Of devout Presbyterian faith, these Lowland and Borders Scots were given grants of land in Northern Ireland by King James I of England and later, because of religious sanctions imposed on them by the Anglican authorities, they would sell off any land that they might have ( or sell themselves into indenture if landless) and make the long voyage to the American Colonies, where they were encouraged to migrate to the western frontier that we know today as the Appalachian Mountains. In America, these hardy and adaptable people would be known as the Scotch- Irish and they would be known as courageous Patriots who would be among the first to agitate for independence at the outset of the American Revolution. The Germans would leave devastated areas of the southwestern corner of Germany and Switzerland in the wake of the Thirty Years War for the American Colonies in the eighteenth century. Many of them would also travel west, with ambitious English, Welsh and Scots- Irish settlers, while others would remain in areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, where they'd practice their own way of life ( generally Anabaptist, sometimes German Reformed and Lutheran). When the American Revolution dawned, some of them served in the Continental Army and others served as medics and still others would sell supplies and arms to the Army. I write this post to remember the Christian faith that these freshly transplanted Europeans brought with them to the New World, whether held with devotion or relative indifference. Facing a New World is always a difficult thing and these people did not have the amenities we enjoy today. They faced the largest imperial army the world had ever seen and the French help they managed to secure ( as well as European financing) was pivotal in helping them to reach an accord in the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
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