A Prayer for the Netherlands in the Midst of Their National Tragedy

Mourning in Netherlands“Our heavenly Father, whose voice causes the foundations of heaven to shake and sends forth the incensed smoke of imperceivable mystery to fill the sanctuary, we confess that our finite minds are unable to comprehend the breadth and depth of such tragedy that has touched our Dutch brothers and sisters at this time, and we can only weep with those who weep and pray for the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit, and for divine power to be given to those Gospel preachers who, now, are called to conduct services across that beautiful and storied land of the Netherlands, so important in the founding of our our own nation—and in their many contributions to the world—so that they, depending on the One who is sovereign, omniscient, and omnipresent, might equip them with power from on high, to declare the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ in the midst of their national tragedy—yea, this international tragedy—so that as poor broken-hearted mothers and fathers, grieving sons, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, grief-stricken-loved ones, and soul-shocked-fellow-countrymen look to these pastors they will, indeed, discover that Word from another World bringing hope of the resurrected Savior into their world; and so praying for the people of the Netherlands, with their goodly King, Willem-Alexander, and his wife, Queen Maxima, and his mother, the retiring Princess Beatrix who reigned so well and so long as their queen, and all of those who govern, we remember the other nations who, likewise, mourn for meaning as they mourn for their losses, as well, not counting one above the other, but moved by the utter magnitude of the Dutch national impact, and so, we cry to Thee on their behalf, and make our prayer through the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, the Alpha and the Omega, the Redeemer and the Lord, who ever lives to save, and who reigns with Thee, O Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forevermore. Amen.”

- M.A.M.

Saint John: The Evangelist of Christ’s Redeeming Love

Saint John the Evangelist (1604) by El Greco (1541-1614)

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ KJV) The more I read and pray through his testimony the more I appreciate Saint John the Evangelist. The “disciple whom Jesus loved” had “one sermon:” […]

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The Bethsaida Syndrome

Blind man healed

“To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face”  - J.R.R. Tolkien “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. ” – Søren Kierkegaard Darkness cannot reveal and ascent to the light. Rather the light illumines the darkness and […]

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Resting at the Foot of the Cross with Monod

Adolphe Monod (1802-1856) a pastor and professor in the French Reformed Church.

Evangelical Press of England will soon be publishing another installation of the sermons of the nineteenth century French Reformed pastor and professor, Adolphe Monod. Those who know Monod’s works will not be surprised that Constance K. Walker is, once again, the editor and translator. Dr. Constance Walker, a physicist from Duke University, has blessed and refreshed the Church […]

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Chart Your Course by Psalm 78:4


Set your bearings by God’s faithfulness in our Past. Chart your course by Christ’s promises for your Future. For Psalm 78:4 teaches: We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

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Project Josiah: Support a Ministry that Helps Those Who Have Fought to Keep our Independence

Project Josiah

I am proud to be associated with my friend, The Reverend Bobby Farmer, and the great ministry of Project Josiah Restoration Ministry: Combat Veterans Helping Combat Veterans. Learn more about it at their site: http://www.projectjosiah.org/. As you will read from their missions statement and their principles the ministry extends far beyond what government can do. While our […]

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An Independence Day Tribute: Samuel Adams and the ‘Divine Being’ Question


Sometimes I read or hear analysts pointing to the founding fathers’ use of phrases such as “Supreme Ruler” or the “Divine Being” as evidence that these men were speaking of a Deist conception of God. While that may have been so in some cases it was not so in all cases. Even a cursory reading […]

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What is Your One Sermon?

Dear Pastoral/Chaplain Students in the Gospel of Christ: I want to bring you a charge as we approach the conclusion of this season of study. My charge to you is to preach one sermon. This is what I mean. If we read Paul right, then this former blasphemer could never get over the grace of […]

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Introducing the Newly Revised Chaplain Corps Journal


I was honored when my friend and my supervisor in my Army chaplaincy, Chaplain (Colonel) Peter Sniffin, US Army, Deputy Commandant, US Army Chaplain Center and School, whom I have known for many years (we first met in Heidelberg, Germany when our paths crossed at the HQ of Seventh Army Europe), invited me to be […]

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Phlox in Early Summer


O the blessed joys of a winding walkway to a porch with summer phlox welcoming a guest or inviting this homeowner to linger a little longer. I noticed this as a cool Carolina breeze passed over our porch. So I snapped a photo of the Phlox and found a poetic companion from Sir Edmund Gosse, […]

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