The Ziklag Almost Daily 1.3.24
Beauty, Wisdom and Grace
Notes from the field:
"Jesus Christ is the personal Name of the Holy Triune God, who created the two realms of the heavens and the earth,” is not what Article 1 of the Augsburg Confession says. But that is what it means.
"Jesus Christ is the personal Name of the Holy Triune God, who created the two realms of the heavens and the earth.” This is the first thing about being Christianity, and therefore the most important take away from what has been released so far of our current draft “proposed” Constitution. (You can few the proposals as they are made at sp815.wikidot.com).
“All the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as contained in the Book of Concord of 1580” are to be maintained as “a pure and true exposition and presentation of the Divine Word.” This is important. But why? Because Jesus Christ is the personal Name of the Holy Triune God, who created the two realms of the heavens and the earth.
There is more. That’s just Article 1. The Book of Concord of 1580 is a pretty hefty resource. The Small Catechism, as you were taught it is, is buried in there. So are the three Ecumenical Creeds. But it is the Augsburg Confession that deserves our utmost attention as we make our constitutional stand as a congregation of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It is the old “UAC” that is our most ecumenical document.
Believing in the name of Jesus Christ is the first step in owning what it means to be people of his Kingdom. His gift is that we understand who we are, instituted by far Higher Words than our human constitutions. Thus, even at the start, “all things in the Christian congregation shall be done in good order, (1 Corinthians 14:40)”.
“The congregation, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, subscribes to this fundamental principle as our common guidance for congregational affairs.”
We are in no hurry, and it is no big deal. But you should read what is there. You can also pick up a copy of the Augsburg Confession in the Back Room.
The more we understand, the more natural this process will be. Share what you learn with the good people you love at St. Paul. Talk about what it means to you and your family.
Hear a need? Meet it. See a hurt? Heal it. Seek the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in every urgency and need. Jesus always has better plans than we expected.
PS You can read what UAC Article 1 authentically says here at: https://bookofconcord.org/augsburg-confession/of-god/
📐🦋Almost Daily Maxim
Pity the fool. But don’t stand too close to him. cf Pr 27:3
📐🦄Almost Daily Red Letters
Generosity is power. 5:41
📐📦 Almost Daily Talk Them Into It
Talking Them Into It doesn’t require an array of expertise, a degree in apologetics nor a boatload of programs and consultants. You just need a little beggar’s grit, some discipline to your tongue and some patience with those whose minds are hostile to God. But if you are planning to help those people whom you know and love, who also do not know or believe in Jesus Christ, then this is not too much to ask. After all, we are dealing with the ultimate issues of life and death. We are talking about eternal salvation or damnation. We are making the case for the hope that does not disappoint.
📐🦊Almost Daily Smarts
The Battlefield is one of several important concepts in the Deo Volente Smart Note operating system. In this case, I mean “operating system” in the way that one might refer to a base computer software package. If Deo Volente were a computer, the Battlefield is your desktop. In fact, both your cpu desktop and your actual desktop are refractive expressions of the Battlefield concept, whether or not you are Smart Noting. That is why a silly phrase like, “Beware the Fog of Pile!” can have great meaning as you look about your desktops right now, even without further explanation.
So, perhaps this is the most important take away: you are fighting a war on multiple fronts. If you want to get Smart, you must focus on the one that matters most, which you simply cannot do if you are unaware of all your many Battlefields.
📐From the Wyr Eld of Watergeist
“You were not supposed to die.”
Edgar waited. It seemed to make sense.
“You are chosen.”
That was a pleasant thought.
“You are not where you think that you are. It is not what it seems to be.”
At the question that rose to his mind, Edgar woke up.
It was a warm day on a grassy hill under a blue sky.
“Where in earth…?” he said out loud to himself…
📐🌊Almost Daily Sun Tzu
Time puts and end to all men.
Poor sleep hunts a chosen few. 1:25