About Pastor Joseph Abrahamson

Pastor Joseph Abrahamson serves Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, Clara City, Minnesota (E.L.S.). He and his wife, Mary, have 10 children. Pastor Abrahamson is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, and of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies. He has served on the Faculty/Staff at Bethany Lutheran College teaching Religion, Linguistics, Archaeology, and Self-Defense; and was on Staff at the University of Wisconsin as an Information Processing Consultant (Computer Geek) while doing graduate work in Semitics. Pastor Abrahamson served Clearwater Lutheran Parish (ELS) from 2001 to April 2015.

O Emmanuel: December 23rd, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Hymn Verse: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. Latin Text: O Emmanuel, … Continue reading

O Rex Gentium: December 22nd, The “O Antiphons”

Come, Desire Of Nations Hymn Verse: O Come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of Peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O … Continue reading

O Oriens: December 21st, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Dayspring From On High Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Dayspring from on high, and cheer us by thy drawing nigh; disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadow put to flight. Latin Text: O Oriens, splendor … Continue reading

O Clavis David: December 20th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Key of David, Come Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heav’nly home, Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Latin Text: O Clavis David, et … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas and Sol Invictus

We are reposting this from Dec 4, 2012:   Did Christianity Steal the Date of Sol Invictus? The claim is that Sol Invictus “Invincible Sun” is a more ancient pagan holiday in Rome celebrated on December 25th. The claim assumes … Continue reading

O Radix Jesse: December 19th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s Stem Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s stem, From ev’ry foe deliver them That trust Thy mighty power to save, And give them vict’ry o’er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas

We are reposting this from Dec 3rd, 2012:   Of the major Christian Holy Days, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost are the high points in the Historic Church Year. On these Holy Days we celebrate God the Father’s gift of His … Continue reading

O Adonai: December 18th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, O Come, Thou Lord of Might The Hymn: O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height In ancient times didst give the law In cloud and majesty and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! … Continue reading

O Sapientia: December 17th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Wisdom From on High The Hymn: O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, Who orderest all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show, And teach us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall … Continue reading

The “O Antiphons”

The hymn “O, Come, O, Come, Emmanuel” (TLH 62; LW 31; CW 32; ; ELH 110; LSB 357) is a rendition of the medieval “O Antiphons” also called the “Greater Antiphons.” An Antiphon is a selection of Scripture and prayer … Continue reading

Guitar Setting: O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion

Here is a guitar transcription for O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion from Handel’s Messiah. Midi File Letter size PDF ThouThatTellestGoodTidings … Continue reading

Guitar setting for Handel’s Messiah: And the Glory of the Lord

I’m still transcribing a few more parts of the Messiah for use with guitar. Here is a version of And the Glory of the Lord. Letter Size PDF Midi File … Continue reading

Guitar setting for Handel’s Messiah Overture (the Grave)

Our Parish does a Christmas Catechization each year centered around different parts of the Small Catechism. This year the music surrounding the questioning consists of selections from Handel’s Messiah. I like to play for some of the hymns during the … Continue reading

Looking in all the wrong places: Why do Christians leave Church?

Blogger Shane Raynor at Ministry Matters™ recently posted an article titled Millennial Myths and the Real Reasons People Leave the Church. Raynor attempts to summarize the problem of overgeneralizing about the Millennial generation in an effort to reach out to … Continue reading

Redeeming Christian Holy Days: Halloween Resources pt. 1

Resources on the History of Halloween Part 1. Origins of All Saint’s Day and the Origins of Samhain This article is an effort to gather together resources on the origin and historical development of Halloween. The intent is to supplement … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Hallowe’en: A short history

Responding to some of the comments that came in when we last published this post in Oct of 2012, we are attempting to come up with an updated version of this post. We thought it important though to catch those … Continue reading

Reading the Bible: What Can Ancient Inscriptions Teach Us? part 2

In the first article we looked styles of writing from Akkadian cuneiform, Ugaritic cuneiform, through the development of Proto-Sinaitic and Paleo-Hebrew. As readers we grow up having been educated in the writing conventions of our language. For most of us … Continue reading

Thrivent Promoting Witchcraft and Idolatry

The Second Commandment. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain. What does this mean?–Answer. We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, … Continue reading

Reading the Bible: What Can Ancient Inscriptions Teach Us? part 1 of 3

Making your reading of God’s Word easier. Some people object to underlining, highlighting, or otherwise marking in the text of their Bibles. The purpose of this series of articles is to demonstrate some note taking methods and highlighting methods that … Continue reading

The NIV, A problem with adopting a temporary solution.

Should a congregation, synod, or denomination adopt a translation that is only intended to be in circulation for 10 to 15 years? The New International Version, a translation produced by Biblica is intended by its editors and translators to be … Continue reading

Redeeming Christian Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Nativity of St. John (Part 3)

This is the third article on the Nativity of St. John. This article will deal with the Neo-Pagan practice of claiming Celtic origins, “Blame it on the Celts,” or “Claim it’s from the Celts.” We’ll also look at documented German … Continue reading

Redeeming Christian Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Nativity of St. John (Part 2)

 The Claims about Pagan Origins for St. John’s Nativity This is the second of three articles on the Nativity of St. John and its relationship with the Pagan Midsummer. In the previous article we looked at the documentation about the … Continue reading

Redeeming Christian Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Nativity of St. John (Part 1)

This is the first part of three on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist/Midsummer Day June 24th is celebrated as St. John’s Day, also called the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. This festival is part of the cycle … Continue reading

Making Peace

Walther’s introduction to his 4th Evening Lecture  “When a theologian is asked to yield and make concessions in order that peace may at last be established in the Church, but refuses to do so even in a single point of … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Pentecost

So we can see there is an anti-God bias affected the way academics and popular writers from that time to today portray Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Ash Wednesday, and Hallow E’en (All Saint’s Eve) as having “evolved” somehow from pagan origins. … Continue reading