Posts from 2012

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Condensation

by mcurley

Condensation sounds as if I’m going to give a little science lecture.  I’m not.  All I remember anyway is to say when water vapor cools it condenses into liquid like when the clouds begin to rain or snow or when the steam in the shower begins to run as water down the outside of the […]

Summer Series: What makes life worth living?

by mcurley

Maybe you could even rephrase this question as “what is happiness” or even “what is the meaning of life”?  Heavy stuff but yet we all ask questions like these especially as we grow older.  As Christians, we want to live in Christ and not merely exist for we are more than just created by God; […]

Summer Series: What about lodge membership in the LCMS?

by mcurley

This question doesn’t come up a lot lately but still is a matter of proper faith and practice and so is a point worthy of review.  Our constitution lists lodges and other such fraternal orders that we can’t, in good conscience, have dual membership with as members of St. John or as Christians, really.  This […]

Summer Series: What happens to people who commit suicide?

by mcurley

If you follow the logic of “Beetlejuice”, those who commit suicide wind up being civil servants in the afterlife.  But that’s just a movie.  This topic is much more serious than Hollywood can deal with.  The common wisdom in the Church has often been that people who commit suicide are on a fast track straight […]

Summer Series: Does Everyone Have a Guardian Angel?

by mcurley

First, by “everyone” I’m going to say I mean for our discussion “Christians”.  It’s another Bible study to see what role angels play in the lives of all people.  That angels watch over and guard God’s people is clearly established in Scripture, though.  Let’s look at  Psalm 34:7, 91:11, 12, Hebrews 1:14 and 2 Kings […]

Summer Series: Do Lutherans Do Exorcisms?

by mcurley

Our study of ghosts last time raised the subject of demons.  They are clearly real as recorded numerous places in the Bible.  We were warned about engaging them intentionally or from dabbling in occult activities.  But what happens if some ignore this warning?  What do we do for those who are snared in the net […]

Summer Series: Do You Believe in Ghosts, part 3

by mcurley

As we learned last time, the Bible isn’t crystal clear with all the details of the timeline between physical death and the Judgment Day.  Several opinions are offered by Christians to account for where the spirit goes after someone dies and yet, in our time at least, the Judgment Day is still forthcoming; Lutherans generally […]

Summer Series: Do You Believe in Ghosts, part 2

by mcurley

So the Bible only has one recorded “ghost sighting” in Moses at the Mount of Transfiguration.  Jesus walking on water, after His resurrection and Peter when released from jail all were thought to be either a ghost, spirit or angel (immaterial presence of a person thought dead or not physically present) but each encounter came […]

Summer Series: Do You Believe in Ghosts

by mcurley

Through the years I’ve heard many “ghost stories” as a Pastor from members and not just at the church campout (we’ll leave time at the end to hear some).  Usually it involves a recently deceased family member or friend who visits or in some way makes their presence known.  Usually also they are positive encounters […]

50…Now What Do I Do?

by mcurley

Why do we do what we do anyway?  Choices.  Sure but then what really dictates our choices?  I’m not so positive that we are always in control of them and I’m not just saying that our options are limited.  I know I can’t “choose” to headline the band line-up for Coachella because I don’t play […]