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Sermunition Sunday #67 – You Know Neither The Day Nor The Hour

Sermon Link:—You-Know-Neither-The-Day-Nor-The-Hour-e1r2d99

We act like we’re so much better than other people in other places, but
who told us that we’re so special? Who told us we’re so special that our facts can’t be facts without censoring us? Who said that we’re so special that we get to deny basic biology, expose our children to degenerates and perverts in their schools and call it progress? Who told us we’re so special that we get to call good evil, and evil good for the nation, and if anyone says otherwise we’ll accuse them of spreading misinformation?

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

0132: Midweek Debrief – Tolkien, Lewis & Technocratic Nihilism

Podcast Link:—Tolkien–Lewis–Technocratic-Nihilism-e1qs351

Which dystopian writer saw it all coming? Of all the famous authors of the 20th century who crafted worlds meant as warnings, who has proved most prophetic about the afflictions of the 21st? George Orwell? Aldous Huxley? Kurt Vonnegut? Ray Bradbury? Each of these, among others, have proved far too disturbingly prescient about many aspects of our present, as far as I’m concerned. But it could be that none of them were quite as far-sighted as the fairytale spinners. – N.S. Lyons

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Sermunition Sunday #66 – Because of Jesus?

Sermon Link:—Because-of-Jesus-e1qmvh6

Every bone broken, all the sticks, and stones that were thrown at you are because of Christ Jesus. All the moments when you feel so alone are because of Christ Jesus. That you only drink so you can try to cope is because of Christ Jesus. Every bloody nose and all the mud-caked clothes are because of Christ Jesus. When you feel like you’re down inside a hole that’s because of Christ Jesus.  Every single scuff and every single scab that makes you who you are are because of Christ Jesus.

But why? How? What does that mean, “because of Christ Jesus”?

Sermunition Sunday #65 – Do Not Put Your Trust in Princes…

Sermon Link:—Do-Not-Put-Your-Trust-in-Princes-e1qbjdo

Why? Because we can’t be allowed to live free. We can’t be allowed to live like sheep to trust in Jesus as the only shepherd we need. We must be glued to our screens. We must be part of the machine. We must believe in science that contradicts the words of Christ. We must trust what we see on the news. It’s not propaganda, it’s the truth, everything is exactly what it seems. So stay glued to your screens.

Or, you can listen to and take serious the words of our Lord and Master who says, “Do not put your trust in princes or in a son of man, in whom there is no hope.”

0130: Midweek Debrief – A Society of Dope Sick Slaves

Podcast Link:—A-Society-of-Dope-Sick-Slaves-e1q4pve

“In Brave New World the soma habit was not a private vice; it was a political institution…” writes Huxley. “The daily Soma ration was an insurance against personal maladjustment, social unrest and the spread of subversive ideas. Religion, Karl Marx declared, is the opium of the people. In the Brave New World this situation was reversed. Opium, or rather Soma, was the people’s religion.”(Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited)

“I have found that, to make a contented slave,” writes Douglass “it is necessary to make a thoughtless one…He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery; he must be made to feel that slavery is right; and he can be brought to that only when he ceases to be a man.” (Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass)

Sermunition Sunday #64 – To Love & Be Loved?

Sermon Link:—To-Love–Be-Loved-e1pvtr1

There’s no “musts” or “shoulds” with Jesus. There’s only his love that says: Come, and receive all you need for body and life from me. I will wash and feed you. I will bathe you in my blood that’s supreme red, creates a new life for you, and raises the dead. I will do all this for you because I love you. I created you to love and be loved. I redeemed you to love and be loved. I sustain you in my love so that you can love freely, selflessly, without worry because I will always give you more of love and every good thing than you can imagine or will ever need.

Sermunition Sunday #63 – We Don’t Need Hopium

Sermin Link:—We-Dont-Need-Hopium-e1po3jm

You can wish all you want. You can wish on shooting stars, or maybe they’re just satellites. You can blow apart a million dandelions until they don’t grow in your yard anymore. But your wishes will never come true. Instead, look to the Lord, and expect all you need from him. He gives you all you need in due season. He opens his hand and satisfies the desires of every living thing.

Sermunition Sunday #62 – He Is Your Health & Salvation

Sermon Link:—He-Is-Your-Health–Salvation-e1p0vd5

You need the strength to let go of your past and get back on your feet. You need the vision to see that the path that you walk is the one that you need. You need the courage to dream while you’re still broken in half and there’s nothing left deep inside. You need the patience to wait for the day that you pray for, and for God to give you a sign. You need help, so God comes to you to help in every need. How do you think you’ve made it this far? He is your health and salvation.

0128: Midweek Debrief – Walking Away From Our Cages

Podcast Link:—Walking-Away-From-Our-Cages-e1orbok

“…a totalitarian society is one in which an ideology seeks to displace all prior traditions and institutions, with the goal of bringing all aspects of society under control of that ideology. A totalitarian state is one that aspires to nothing less than defining and controlling reality.”Rod Dreher, Live Not by Lies

Sermunition Sunday #61 – Jesus is Stronger Than Death

Sermon Link:—Jesus-is-Stronger-Than-Death-e1oms34

But, don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Our God is strong, and the Holy Spirit is a consuming fire that will burn away all our sicknesses, diseases, and even death. And yes, the days are hard and the nights are long. But our God is a fighter, so when it’s dire, the Holy Spirit burns brighter in the dark. Remember, you’re baptized into Jesus Christ, and he is the light of the world; so you’re more than just a survivor stumbling around in the dark. In Christ, you are a conqueror.

High Ground #6 – J.R.R. Tolkien – Sir Orfeo

Podcast Link:—J-R-R–Tolkien—Sir-Orfeo-e1oijn1

Sir Orfeo is a 1944 booklet which reproduces the text of the Middle English poem as edited and amended by J.R.R. Tolkien, together with an editorial note also by Tolkien. Tolkien’s translation of it was later published in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo.

Although the booklet does not identify Tolkien’s editorship, a copy held by the Bodleian Library in Oxford includes a note in Tolkien’s hand which states that it was prepared for a naval cadets’ course in English that ran from 1943-1944.

The number of copies printed is unknown, but was probably small. In his J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive BibliographyWayne G. Hammond reported that “Five copies have been located.” The lack of known copies of Sir Orfeo may be due in part to the fact that Tolkien is not recorded as editor, making it unlikely that many booksellers would identify the Tolkien connection.[1]

The poem is a Celtic retelling of the Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, King of Thrace, who went to the Underworld (here the Otherworld) to save his wife Eurydice (Heurodis) from Hades (Fairy King).

In 2004, the text of the 1944 Sir Orfeo was reprinted in Tolkien Studies: Volume 1, edited by Carl F. Hostetter.

0127: Midweek Debrief – Fortifying Mind & Body During Crises

Podcast Link:—Fortifying-Mind–Body-During-Crises-e1ogrh5

“No longer to accept anything at all, no longer to take anything, no longer to absorb anything—to cease reacting altogether. This fatalism…can preserve life under the most perilous conditions by reducing the metabolism, slowing it down, as a kind of will to hibernate.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

Sermunition Sunday #60 – God or Mammon?

Sermon Link:—God-or-Mammon-e1obmsr

We know mammon is lying to our faces, and we know it brings unnecessary drama into our lives, but we keep buying what it’s selling. No wonder we’re so confused. Fake smiles, fake friends, fake breasts, fake jewelry, fake health, fake wealth, and fake happiness. We’ve become fake people living fake lives because we don’t want to see the real truth.

And if we do want the truth for a change we’ve got to reject what’s fake and walk away from it, and go somewhere to hear and learn the brutal truth. We’ve got to listen to the God who punctures all our illusions. But, who wants that? Who wants to buy what God’s selling?

Sermunition Sunday #59 – Pay Attention, My Son…

Sermon Link:—Pay-Attention–My-Son-e1o1b1r

Regardless of what culture teaches us, the distinction between man and woman is very real, and it not washed away in baptism. It is clarified, deepened, and called very good by God. What baptism does wash away is the cultural brainwashing and juvenile thinking that has emasculated men for decades. It washes away “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” It washes away “Yes, Dear.” It washes away the cartoonish stereotype of the fat, buffoonish, man-child who needs a wife-mother to clean up his messes.

Baptism washes away our depression and aimlessness. It washes away our inability and impotence. Baptism washes away our ungodly dependency on pornography, drugs, video games, and junk food; the things the world pushes on us to keep us blinded to the fact that we are not misbehaving little boys, we are washed in the blood of the Lamb; washed to live as free, godly men who are identified by strength and grit, wisdom and self-sacrifice, charity and yes, even as dangerous to the wolves at our doors.

Sermunition Sunday #58 – Man-made in Baptism

Sermon Link:—Man-made-in-Baptism-e1nte69

But, regardless of what culture teaches us, the distinction between man and woman is very real, and it not washed away in baptism. It is clarified, deepened, and called very good by God. What baptism does wash away is the cultural brainwashing that has emasculated men for decades. It washes away “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” It washes away “Yes, Dear.” It washes away our depression and aimlessness. It washes away our inability and impotence. Baptism washes away our ungodly dependency on pornography, drugs, video games, and junk food; the things the world pushes on us to keep us blinded to the fact that we are not misbehaving little boys, we are washed in the blood of the Lamb; washed to live as free, godly men who are identified by strength and grit, wisdom and self-sacrifice, charity and yes, even as dangerous to the wolves at our door.

Sermunition Sunday #57 – What to Expect in Jesus’ Church

Sermon Link:—What-to-Expect-in-Jesus-Church-e1ntbdf

But in the Church, Jesus reconstructs sinners from personal destruction. He remakes us, rebuilds us, and resurrects us so the demons that hide in the cracks can’t get ahold of us, the devil can’t break us, and hell will never know us. And we got all this from the blood that was spilled. We get all this from the blood poured down our throats at the Lord’s Supper. We get all this from Jesus in his Church.

Sermunition Sunday #56 – Lord, Come Quickly to Help Us

Sermon Link:—Lord–Come-Quickly-to-Help-Us-e1ncgd1

We hear people preaching that hatred’s the real problem with our society, but hating straight, white men and Christians is common. Coca-Cola is telling people they should be less white. The company’s advertisements preach tolerance but if you disagree with their message, they attack and demonize you. Soldiers died for this country and every one of us benefits from their sacrifice, but we repay their service by giving welfare to the bums and forgetting about the veterans. Black folks and white folks are being divided by the news, but no one is saying how we’re all made by the same Creator and loved the same by Jesus Christ.

0125: Midweek Debrief – Avoid Overtraining Like The Plague

Podcast Link:—Avoid-Overtraining-Like-The-Plague-e1n7aup

What do athletes and fitness fanatics share in common that can be their greatest asset but also their ultimate downfall? 

Perfectionism and obsession. When this leads to over-training. You want to be training more than everyone else. Working harder than everyone else. You put in the hours even when your body is crying out for you to stop. It’s a fine and difficult line. So how do you know when you’re overtraining? How do you know when you’re doing more harm than good? 

0124: Midweek Debrief – Quitting or Not Quitting?

Podcast Link:—Quitting-or-Not-Quitting-e1mtuak

No matter what goal or challenge we take on in life, there tends to be that moment that occurs along the journey where you make a decision because you are forced with a choice of quitting or not quitting. The goals, the timelines, the processes are different for each of us, but we typically have to rely on pure will, guts, determination, and remember “our why” in order to be successful with the personal or team mission you are trying to accomplish. The process that we have to consider is how do we best utilize our past, present, and even the future to help us get through what feels like sticking points in personal, professional, team, or military selection goals. – Stew Smith

Sermunition Sunday #55 – Triggered by God’s Word?

Sermon Link:—Triggered-by-Gods-Word-e1mpe20

This message, this confrontation between God and his people is why the prophets were executed by the people that they were sent to preach to. This message, which was born, lived, and ministered to his people, is why his people executed him on a cross. This message makes fake saints into haters and real sinners into saints. This message isn’t safe, but it’s good. It’s good because it points you to the God who loves you a d cares for you and not to the culture who could care less whether you live or die. It’s good because it points to the truth that is revealed to you by God’s Word; Savior Jesus. The Lion of Judah. The Protector and defender of your life and life everlasting.

0123: Midweek Debrief – What is The Warrior Ethos?

Podcast Link:—What-is-The-Warrior-Ethos-e1mkk2c

Ethos is a derivative of the same Greek word for ethics, and for the warrior comprises a code of conduct that guides his values and actions. It is often an oral code, passed down from one warrior to the next. Warrior ethos dictates not just how a warrior should behave towards his enemies, but also how he should relate to his people and overcome his own weaknesses. It is a philosophy that must balance the encouragement of active aggression with voluntary self-restraint. This tension lies at the core of warrior ethos.

Sermunition Sunday #54 – We Can’t Hack God’s Word

Sermon Link:—We-Cant-Hack-Gods-Word-e1mgm7g

God’s Word creates life, so we invent abortion, suicide, and euthanasia. God’s Word creates man and woman, so we invent over one hundred different genders.
God’s Word is the big T truth, so we invent our own truths.
God’s Word gives us leaders so we invent rebellion, banana republics, and civil war.
God’s Word gives us marriage and family, so we invent divorce, domestic violence, and child abuse.
God’s Word gives us everything we need to care for our body and life, so we invent pharmaceutical drugs, processed foods, slavery and war.
God’s Word gives us good weather and a world teeming with life, so we invent climate change, environmental movements, and doomsday cults.
God’s Word sends us his preachers, so we invent other gods and religions, praying to ourselves, preaching to ourselves, worshipping ourselves, inventing our own sacraments, trying to absolve ourselves, trying to save ourselves from God’s Word and his preachers.

0121: Midweek Debrief – Do I Need to Freak Out?

Podcast Link:—Do-I-Need-to-Freak-Out-e1m260t

“There are a few things to keep in mind when faced with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. We must try: To be objective. To control emotions and keep an even keel. To choose to see the good in a situation. To steady our nerves. To ignore what disturbs or limits others. To place things in perspective. To revert to the present moment. To focus on what can be controlled”. – Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is The Way

Sermunition Sunday #52 – God’s Word Is A Passing Rain Shower

Sermon Link:—Gods-Word-Is-A-Passing-Rain-Shower-e1ltuk3

And you need not think that you will have God’s word and gifts forever because your ingratitude and contempt will not make them stay. So seize and hold fast, wherever you can, whenever you can, to God’s word and gifts because those who don’t will soon discover that God has taken away even the little that they have.

0120: Midweek Debrief – When Our Good Is Bad

Podcast Link:—When-Our-Good-Is-Bad-e1lp5hb

An old man was doing his daily walk along the beach one morning, when he spotted a young boy crouched by the water, scooping something up from the sand and throwing it into the sea.

The beach was normally empty at this time of day, and so the old man stopped to watch for a while.

He noticed that the boy kept on shuffling a little further down the beach, then repeating this same action again and again – stopping, scooping, throwing, moving.

“What are you doing there, boy?” the old man asked, walking closer.

“I’m saving these starfish that are stranded” replied the boy, “if they stay on the beach they will dry out and die, so I’m putting them back into the ocean so they can live.”

The old man was silent for a few seconds.

“Young man” he said, “on this stretch of beach alone, there must be more than one hundred stranded starfish. Around the next corner, there must be at least one thousand more. This goes on for miles and miles and miles – I’ve done this walk every day for 10 years, and it’s always the same. There must be millions of stranded starfish! I hate to say it, but you’ll never make a difference.”

The boy replied “well I just made a difference for that one”, and continued with his work.

Sermunition Sunday #49 – God Unfairly Forgives

Sermon Link:—God-Unfairly-Forgives-e1l28c1

When Christians confess together their belief in the forgiveness of sin, it’s like pinching themselves to make sure that what they heard isn’t a dream. Absolution seems somehow illicit, frightening, and joyful all at once. Can this be true? May God just forgive me? Can a word of promise accomplish what’s promised? Is it right? Is it binding? Will it last? Is it legal? Is it even possible for the God who knows all things and counts the hairs on our heads to forget something, especially something as obvious as our selfishness?

Sermunition Sunday 048 – Deliver Us From the Evil One

Sermon Link:—Deliver-Us-From-the-Evil-One-e1kp1nk

Deliver us from evil, we pray. That’s what Jesus taught us to pray. But, in Greek, the petition in the Lord’s Prayer is this: Deliver is from the evil one. Evil is not an abstract concept. It’s not an outdated, old-fashioned idea like swinging a dead cat over your head to ward off evil. Evil is personified and personalized as the work of the evil one. The devil, Satan, the father of lies, the Prince of Darkness masquerading as an angel of light.

0117: Midweek Debrief – Honor, Loyalty & Worth?

Podcast Link:—Honor–Loyalty–Worth-e1kjn39

For the Anglo-Saxons, a man’s value to society was dependent on his ability to take his place in the social order: to pledge unshakeable loyalty to his lord and in return for the lord to prove his value as a leader by rewarding loyal warriors with gifts and status. This transaction is what imbued a man with his “worth”, or weorð in Old English, and this was what constituted honor. The warrior class separated themselves from “ordinary” folk based on a sense of honor, defining themselves as the geweorðode or those “made worthy”.

Sermunition Sunday #46 – The Chasm Between Abraham & Moses

Sermon Link:—The-Chasm-Between-Abraham–Moses-e1k5jm8

You have to remember, that in Jesus’ day, there was a great fight going on. Who’s the hero of the Bible? Who’s the big kahuna in the Bible? Who’s number one in the Bible? The two front runners were Abraham or Moses.

The big fight is finally about whether the Bible, the Old Testament as we call it, was finally about Moses or finally about Abraham. But, there was even a fight about why Abraham was so great. What makes him the father of us all, which is what this parable is all about, so that it is into his bosom you will be taken in heaven? Not Moses’ bosom, but into Abraham’s bosom. And that’s where heaven actually is.

0115: Midweek Debrief – Nietzsche, Nihilism, and Mass Shootings

Podcast Link:—Nietzsche–Nihilism–and-Mass-Shootings-e1k0c52

Nihilism consists in an inability to find value and meaning in the higher aspects of this life and world. It empties the world and purpose of human existence. Nietzsche defines nihilism as: “the radical repudiation of value, meaning, and desirability” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Will to Power, Book I: European Nihilism

0114: Midweek Debrief – The Body As a Temple, part 2

Podcast Link:—The-Body-As-a-Temple–part-2-e1jmj6g

Many techniques of meditation try to achieve the same results, but often they rely on a relatively passive way, involving the body only marginally. In this way, since relaxing becomes more mental effort (“Now I must relax”) rather than a natural, physical process, they end up producing more paranoia than harmony. On the contrary, what martial arts point out is that individual harmony can only begin with one’s body. – Daniele Bolelli, On The Warrior’s Path

0112: Midweek Debrief – The Body As a Temple:—The-Body-As-a-Temple-e1j2f6v

Sermunition Sunday #45 – The Holy Spirit Is A Who, Not A What

Sermon Link:—The-Holy-Spirit-Is-A-Who–Not-A-What-e1jhjha

Is the Holy Spirit a what or who? Well, we have good news, he’s a who. Usually, it’s kind of hard to keep this straight because whenever we use the word spirit, we think of a what, a thing. So we say: I’ve got school spirit or something like that. Well, that’s a thing. It’s not necessarily an object. But, it’s still a thing, and usually when you say you’ve got spirit or you’re spiritual, it means something you can feel like an emotion. But, here, at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit really is a person and we know that because of the way that the Holy Spirit has been given to us, which happens first in baptism: I baptize you in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

0113: Midweek Debrief – Wild & Untamed, But Meek

Podcast Link:—Wild–Untamed–But-Meek-e1jcdp5

Rather than being confined to a separate dimension, martial arts should be an extension of our way of living, of our philosophies, of the way we educate our children, of the job we devote so much of our time to, of the relationships we cultivate, and of the choices we make every day. – Daniele Bolelli, On the Warrior’s Path

Sermunition Sunday #44 – Get Over Your Hate for Jesus

Sermon Link:—Get-Over-Your-Hate-for-Jesus-e1j7ntm

The real problem is that the Holy Spirit knows you have to get over your hate for Jesus. This is what actually has to happen to you. This is the comfort the Holy Spirit has to provide. And you will not have the comfort of a true and certain conscience until you know truly and certainly what Jesus Christ is actually saying to you…

0112: Midweek Debrief – The Body As a Temple

Podcast Link:—The-Body-As-a-Temple-e1j2f6v

Rather than being confined to a separate dimension, martial arts should be an extension of our way of living, of our philosophies, of the way we educate our children, of the job we devote so much of our time to, of the relationships we cultivate, and of the choices we make every day. – Daniele Bolelli, On the Warrior’s Path

Sermunition Sunday #43 – You Don’t Know How to Pray

Sermon Link:—You-Dont-Know-How-to-Pray-e1it1bh

What is that Name? The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And where did you first receive this Name? In baptism when you were baptized into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. That means you take this Name and use it. In the midst of tribulation you call upon the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are not righteous by the law and award, but are righteous according to mercy, which pours out of them in love and gives you the Name.

0111: Midweek Debrief – Martial Art or Martial Game?

Podcast Link:—Martial-Art-or-Martial-Game-e1ingnk

…when any martial art shifts its intent and focus from the reality of combat to the requirements of success in a game, it becomes watered down to become only a shadow of its former self; indeed, the notion that success in competition can be equated to success in an actual armed encounter, is, at best, delusional. – Ben Miller, The Best Defense is a Good Offense… Really?

Sermunition Sunday #41 – Baptism Is All The Confirmation You Need

Sermon Link:—Baptism-Is-All-The-Confirmation-You-Need-e1iig66

That’s why God never asked if you wanted to be confirmed. Such a question would be inappropriate. This is not for you to decide. You’re a sinner after all. You can no more make a lifelong commitment to God than you can make a commitment today to your future wedding plans, what kind of a career you will choose, or what kind of a grandparent you will be. It’s all by God’s grace and mercy that you are confirmed in baptism and brought here today to confess before witnesses that, yes, for Christ’s sake, God is good to you, keeps his promise to be your God, and holds you in his grace and mercy all the days of your life.