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Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
30Mar
2014
Sun
23:27
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Monoprice Logo

If you have need of some inexpensive cables—HDMI, VGA, USB, RCA...you name it—then Monoprice has what you're looking for. Their prices are exceptional, even with shipping costs, and their products are quality. We're currently using a few routers from them, plenty of USB cables, and phone cases, among some other things. I highly recommend checking them out (http://www.monoprice.com/).

29Mar
2014
Sat
23:33
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What I Did This Week, no. 13

new computer, platinum trophy

Ahhh, lucky 13. Yeah, there really isn’t anything that happened to call this week lucky. There wasn’t anything that happened to call this week unlucky. It’s another week that happened, another week in the life of Geoffrey, another week as pastor at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church.

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This Girl Has an Amazing Voice

Frozen

26Mar
2014
Wed
22:02
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Mid-week Lent III

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - The Palace of the High Priest

Mid-week Lent III 2014 Wordle
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Does it not look strange to you? Here is Jesus, the Son of God, the Great High Priest and Prophet of prophets, the King of kings and Lord of lords, standing bound and beaten before the Sanhedrin—put on trial. Is this any way for royalty to be treated? Is this any way for a priest to be treated? Is this any way for the Son of God, very God of very God to be treated?

22Mar
2014
Sat
23:45
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What I did This Week, no. 12

baptism, computers, and confessions

I love Holy Baptism. There was one on Sunday. There is no greater joy in my job than to be the instrument through whom this means of grace is administered—to usher into the Kingdom of God a new person.

I finally bit the bullet this week. I had been authorized by the church to purchase a new computer for the office. I was hoping to find one with Windows 7 on it, before all I could find was Windows 8. My thought was that it would be easier for people to use as well as have the greater chance of being compatible with the other equipment in the office. I found one just over a month ago that would have worked, but I couldn’t get to a point where I could order it fast enough; the discount was dropped to $70 from $100. Then, on woot.com was a deal I couldn’t pass up, even though it had Windows 8 on it.

19Mar
2014
Wed
23:16
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Mid-week Lent II

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Gethsemane

Mid-week Lent II 2014 Wordle
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Betrayal and denial...watchwords for Gethsemane. Jesus and His disciples had just finished what we call the Last Supper, and, “When they had sung a hymn, he went out, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.” From there, they retreat to Gethsemane, where Jesus will pray in anguish, while His disciples, out of exhaustion, sleep what would be a sleep of betrayal.

16Mar
2014
Sun
17:37
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Reminiscere

Matthew 15:21-28

Reminiscere 2014 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Near the end of St. Matthew’s 14th chapter, Jesus had just fed the 5000 men, besides women and children. (cf. Matthew 14:21) Miraculously, a mere five loaves of bread and two fish become a banquet for a great multitude. On top of that, when the crowd finished eating, there were leftovers; twelve baskets full of fragments.

After today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus does it again, feeding 4000 men, besides women and children. (cf. Matthew 15:38) This time, seven loaves and a few small fish were the meal. And the crowd had their fill. When they were done, once again there were leftovers; seven large baskets full of fragments.

Now, we can put all kinds of stock in the numbers used, and it is a salutary exercise to decipher the numbers. The Pentateuch, wholeness, the Trinity, the two testaments, the tribes, sun and moon, the fullness of time in a week—all of these things can be found in the numbers of loaves, fish, baskets, and men being fed.

15Mar
2014
Sat
23:57
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What I Did This Week, no. 11

with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings

There was Happy Birthday at the hospital. There was a day at the pool. There was Happy Birthday at church. Lent and Mid-week Lent are in full swing. And still, I’d say it was a pretty ordinary week. You may get tired of reading that, bored by it even, but I really like it.

12Mar
2014
Wed
23:33
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Mid-week Lent I

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Lord's Supper

Mid-week Lent I 2014 Wordle
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26)

Tonight we have begun to read through the Passion account of Jesus, a synopsis and harmonization of the events leading up to and including the death of the Son of God drawn from the four Gospels. We begin where the Passion begins, on the night in which He was betrayed.

9Mar
2014
Sun
19:21
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This is Too Good Not to Share

from a brother pastor

A question that I as a pastor hear many times is, “Why are all churches struggling right now?” or, “Why is my church dying out?”

Here is an answer. Not necessarily THE answer, but an answer.

As [Jesus] sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:3-14 ESV).
8Mar
2014
Sat
23:23
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What I Did This Week, no. 10

Lenten preparation

So, the busyness that is Lent has started. You can see the fruits of that work with the latest sermon posted to the site. All-in-all, I think it was a pretty normal week, normal for a week in Lent, that is.

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Woah...A Couple of Really Neat Mashups

it's amazing how these songs mash so well together


7Mar
2014
Fri
23:50
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What a Nice and Relaxing Mashup

relax, mon

5Mar
2014
Wed
22:22
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Ash Wednesday

Matthew 6:1-21

Ash Wednesday 2014 Wordle
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

The season of Lent is upon us. It is the time of sackcloth and ashes, as was donned by Job and his friends after he was struck by Satan with boils from head to foot. (cf. Job 2:8, 12) Mordecai and the Jews under king Xerxes put on sackcloth and ashes and mourned with fasting, weeping, and wailing when Haman issued the decree in the king’s name that all the Jews should be annihilated. (cf. Esther 4:1-3) And we heard earlier, the people of Nineveh fasted and put on sackcloth and ashes in a remarkable show of the efficacy of the Word of God when Jonah first set foot in the city and proclaimed, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” (cf. Jonah 3:4-5) It is Ash Wednesday, so named from the processional antiphon sung on this day in the 6th century: Immutemur habitu in cinere et cilicio—let us don sackcloth and ashes. It was sung metaphorically as a sign of mourning over sin; no one really put on sackcloth and ashes.

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Beautiful...Stunning

though the music is a bit annoying

2Mar
2014
Sun
16:10
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Quinquagesima

Luke 18:31-43

Quinquagesima 2014 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

These three Gesima Sundays have, as an underlying current, tenets of the faith to which the Lutheran Reformers clung with great zeal. There are five statements which they taught, believed, and confessed, three of which are at the heart of these three Gospel readings, which you may even have heard in the sermons and texts these last two weeks. The other two consequently flow out of the first three.

1Mar
2014
Sat
21:43
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What I Did This Week, no. 9

the turnaround

This was a good week, compared the last week. Things were slowly getting back to normal as half the family recovered from whatever ugly bug was caught last week. It was a pretty routine week at work, too, for the week before Lent, that is.

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It's Here!

version 4.0

So, as you can see, the site redesign is live! I've gone to using my favorite color as the main color in the new scheme. The layout is wider; in fact, it is designed with widescreen displays in mind (or at least a horizontal resolution 1200 pixels or greater). It's all HTML5 compliant, though some older entries will likely throw errors if being validated. Some things have been moved around a little. I'm making more use of jQuery, especially and including some customized scroll bars.

I've tested the site in several browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer. It works in all of them, though it works best in Chrome. It does not render properly in older versions of Internet Explorer.

I may make more style changes here and there as I encounter things that look a little...off.