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Status Report: November

Sitting…on the couch in the living room.

Drinking…an after supper cup of Lady Grey tea.

Watching…the Raptors game. When the game is over, I’ll switch over to American election results. You see my priorities.

Thanking…God that the gum surgery I had yesterday went well, that I have no pain or swelling. This was minor surgery to take away a bit of gum tissue so I can have a crown fitted on a tooth that broke off, but still, I expected to feel things more than I have. 

Feeling…pleased that acetaminophen works so well as a painkiller for me. I discovered recently that I’m allergic to ibuprofen, and it’s nice to know that there’s an adequate substitute for me. (My little grandson had a bad reaction to ibuprofen a few weeks ago, too. I just get rash, he got rash and a swollen lip, too. So the Advil allergy might be genetic.) 

Getting...used to snow on the ground. Yes, winter is here and won’t be leaving until April or May.

Sharing…my thanksgiving this month at Out of the Ordinary. Read the details here.

Reading…The Intolerance of Tolerance by D. A. Carson and Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis by John Piper. I’m reminded that these are both men that I enjoy more as speakers than writers. 

Anticipating…the birth of my fourth grandchild in one month. I’m thinking it’s time to start freezing dinners for the family to use during the early days with the new baby. But they have to be dairy-free, nut and peanut-free, with no onions, peppers or cooked veggies except spinach, carrots and tomatoes. These limitation make the task much more difficult. Any suggestions? 

Wishing…you a November filled with thanksgiving to our heavenly Father.


Heidleberg Catechism

Question 60. How are you righteous before God?

Answer: Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ. (a) Even though my conscience accuses me of having grieviously sinned against all God’s commandments, and of never having kept any of them, and even though I am still inclined to all evil, (b) nevertheless, without any merit of mine, (c) out of of mere grace, (d) God grants and imputes to me, (e) the perfect satisfaction, (f) righteousness, and holiness of Christ, (g) as if I had never sinned, nor been a sinner, and as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me. (h) All I need to do is accept this gift of God with a believing heart. (i) 

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Sunday's Hymn: Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight,
And all the twinkling, starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Saviour! Lord of the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
Now and for evermore be thine.


This performance of this beautiful hymn by the St. Olaf Choir is among my favorites. You’ll notice the translation they use and the translation I’ve posted are a little different. Theirs is the translation Lutherans usually use; the one I used came from the Trinity Hymnal.

Piano and Violin

Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.


For Reformation Day

I posted a biographical sketch of Jan Hus, one of the forerunners of the Reformation, at Out of the Ordinary this morning. Here are some of the things Hus taught: 

  • the Word of God is our highest authority. All of his preaching was based directly on scripture, and when he was accused of heresy, he asked to be shown from the scripture where he was wrong. 
  • Christ alone is the head of the Church. In Hus’s time, there were three men who claimed to be pope, and the Church was divided over which so-called pope was the true one. Hus said that it didn’t really matter because the church’s only pontiff was the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  • God alone can forgive sins through the merits of Christ. Hus said, Let the pope, or a bishop or a priest say, ‘I forgive thy sins; I absolve thee of thy penalty. I free thee from the pangs of hell.’ It is all vain. It helps thee nothing. … God alone can forgive sins through Christ.”

Hus was declared a heretic and executed when he refused to recant. You can read the whole story at Out of the Ordinary.


Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful 

  • for an upcoming month of thanksgiving at Out of the Ordinary.

  • for snow. There’s a point where all the color is gone and the sky is dark, and we need snow to brighten things up. So I’m thankful for whiteness outside.

  • for a fun day with the grandchildren, who are little blessings from God.

  • for busy days to work and not-so-busy days to rest. 

  • that an important document my sister mailed me finally came.  

  • for the Lord’s Supper. 

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.