“Putting Out the Fire (Ablaze) with the Cold Waters of Baptism”

That is the subtitle of satirical southerner Frank Gillespie’s blog – “Putting Out the Fire“. The reason I am highlighting it this morning is not only because of the clever name but more importantly because of two posts by Frank that you ought to read.

The first  post is Frank’s  testimony to the wonders of the new “Treasury of Daily Prayer” published by CPH. As with so much of the really great stuff coming out of CPH in the last few years, it was under the guidance of Rev. Paul McCain, the webmaster of our  favorite website and a must read for all Brothers of John the Steadfast – www.bookofconcord.com.

The second post you ought to read at Frank’s place is a scary one that features a liturgy for abortion. These are difficult days within the LCMS and of course outside of our denomination as well. You can read this one and weep but then gird your loins with the Word of God and stand steadfast against these Satanic forces, and maybe do so with a little daily help from the “Treasury of Daily Prayer.”

Pastor Rossow

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


“Putting Out the Fire (Ablaze) with the Cold Waters of Baptism” — 6 Comments

  1. Not about Treasury of Daily Prayer but it was a reminder to me.
    Can the ribbons be purchased separately?
    Are they more durable than the ones in LSB? For daily use, I hope so.
    I ask because the ribbons in our LSB’s are already frayed (and there weren’t enough of them in the first place.)

    This may be ‘too many’ … I hope the spine tab isn’t destructive of the book. (Yes, I do book repair.) 😉

  2. I doubt that they can be purchased separately, but it’s a common problem I’m sure. I note that CPH has ribbons available (available 12/16?), but they come in 4-colors rather than the two that come with LSB. At my church we have enough hymnals whose ribbons are damaged or frayed that I’m looking for a good solution myself. I’d estimate that we have 30-50 hymnals that need new ribbons already.

    We put glue on the ends of the ribbons shortly after we received them and noticed the fraying problem; it helps some, but over time the ribbons will clearly need replacing. It’s SO frustrating picking up a book and finding the ribbons aren’t available in your hymnal — either completely frayed, or twisted too tightly by the kids, or somehow cut off so that they don’t reach the bottom of the book anymore.

    Four-color ribbons don’t seem reasonable, as then they aren’t just like the other hymnals that we have. (though .. it MIGHT be nice to be able to mark more than one hymn at a time…)

    I’m going to stop by a fabric store and see if it’s possible to do a home-made solution of some kind.

    FYI: The Treasury ribbons appear to be lower quality than the ribbons in LSB, but they may last longer. It’s harder to get them to sit flat, though, as they are thinner.

  3. Burn (melt) the ends of the LSB ribbons, it’s worked for me so far.
    Cheers (Prost?),
    -Matt Mills

  4. Maybe replacement ribbons are what is going to make up the shortfall in revenue from the Ablather! program?

    If we order enough of these ribbons maybe they will reinstate Issues Etc. on KFUO?
    Just a thought,

  5. Yeah, at my church we dipped all the ribbon ends in a glue-mixture and that prevents fraying. It works really well.

  6. That “god” they pray to is definitely not our God, because:

    “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Matthew 22:32

    “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” Ezekiel 18:32

    I am always glad that I have Reformation Day to celebrate on October 31st instead of a pagan holiday on Halloween.
    I prefer to celebrate God’s gift of life.

    Not only is the abortion sad and upsetting—but these unrepentant women who demonstrate no saving faith in the True God and His Son Jesus as Savior are also walking zombies, having no life in them.

    The Synod should direct more missionary efforts towards our own U.S. We need education and catechesis right here at home.

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