To The Work!

Posted by Michael La Framboise on Monday, October 25, 2021 In : Meditations 

An old hymn came to mind the other day, and as I listened to the words, I couldn’t help but be transported back in time. There I was in my grandpa’s church; everyone was there. Grandma was at the piano playing the song as only she could; Grandpa was standing on the platform singing away as the song leader waved his hand with the tempo of Fanny Crosby’s “To the Work.” My aunts and uncles and cousins were there, along with my own family. During the chorus I can hear the echo of grandp...


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A Christian's Guide To Political Disappointment

Posted by Michael La Framboise on Sunday, November 8, 2020 In : Politics 

An overwhelming 75% majority of Evangelical Christians supported Donald Trump’s 2020 bid for reelection. As high as that number is, it is actually down from 81% in 2016. That 6% decline may have been the difference in his loss to Joe Biden for the presidency. Be that as it may, the point is that many Christians are disappointed with the results of this year’s historic election. Combine this with the rampant misinformation on social media regarding alleged fraud and one is left with a powd...


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What Jerry Osborne’s Life Can Teach Us

Posted by Michael La Framboise on Sunday, October 25, 2020 In : Meditations 

My Grandpa, Jerry Osborne, faithfully served the Lord for 46 years as a pastor committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After he passed away, his sermon notes and preaching Bible were stored away in a large old-fashioned trunk in the garage where they remained undisturbed and quiet for nearly 20 years. Then, as providence would have it, on the night of July 4th (one of Jerry’s favorite holidays), 2015, that garage was set ablaze by the embers of illegal fireworks. I had always intended to s...


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The Importance of Theological Training

Posted by Michael La Framboise on Saturday, October 24, 2020 In : Meditations 

My dear grandfather, Pastor Jerry Osborne, hated Greek class and failed to receive his seminary degree because he just could not make the grade. What a difference 70 years or so makes. I am currently taking second-year Greek and I just can’t get enough of it! One might say that I am simply more inclined to languages than he was, but I am not so convinced. While natural ability is certainly helpful, the modern learning strategies for learning Greek are so completely different than they were ...


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Back When Pastor Jerry Osborne was 40

Posted by Michael La Framboise on Friday, October 25, 2019 In : Meditations 
I turned 40 this year, and I can’t help but think of what my grandfather, Pastor Jerry Osborne, was up to when he was 40 back in 1968. He and my grandmother celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary, and they had four children living at home ages 16, 15, 12, and 10. His ministry at the corner of Norwalk & Alondra was doing well after 16 years, although Jerry was still driving a bus for the school district to make ends meet. His ministry was truly a family affair and I believe his surviving...

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