Who is the one who makes repentance happen?John The Baptist And The Castle by Psycho Crow

Is it us?

Is it God?

Is is some sort of cooperative effort?

If faith in God depends on this phenomenon, then it would seem that we ought know a little bit about it.


What are your thoughts on the subject?




Downtown Hospital Radiology Waiting Room - it's all about the formalism. by p0ps Harlow

Marie sat down next to me in the waiting room of the radiology lab where I was waiting for my Mom to finish with one of her treatments for her lung cancer.

I asked Marie, “So what are you in for?”

She told me that she has a tumor on her pancreas. She she that the doctors told her that there’s not too much hope, but that maybe they could slow the growth with radiation. Tears started to come to her eyes….and mine.

I told Marie that she was God’s liitle girl ( nearing 80 years old). I told her that in her baptism, the Lord Jesus had adopted her and made her His very own little girl.

I told her that Jesus never forgets or goes back on His promises and that someday she will be with Him in a Paradise, and that it will be so unbelievable that she’ll wonder why it took God so long to bring her there.

There was no need to give Marie any law. She was already enveloped in the law.  Death is staring her in the face every moment of every day.

To ask her to make a decision for Jesus would just be throwing another demand, or law at her. She didn’t need that. She needed to hear the gospel.

I asked her if she went to church. She said she was Catholic and hadn’t been in church for about 40 years.

I told her that she might want to go back and receive Communion and hear the promises of God again.

She said that she thought it was too late and I assured her that it was not.

I didn’t try to sell Lutheranism to her. What would be the point in that at this stage of the game?

Please pray for Marie…and my Mom.


Thank you. 






Insufficient Evidence?

Edward Weaver by angus mcdiarmid


If you were accused of the crime of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?


‘If you are ashamed of me before men, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.’   (paraphrased  Mark 8:38)



A soft spot for those who would wreck the faith of others


Sorry, but I have just got to say something to my fellow “Christians” who have blogs wherein they seem to enjoy ripping the Christian faith.Capital: Second Temptation of Christ by Sacred Destinations


Why give atheists a forum to spew their evil slander against the faith of Christ and the Living God?

Is there not enough of this vitriol coming from the world?  Are you like some little kid that enjoys ripping the wings off of butterflies?

Do us all a big favor and leave. That’s right…get out of the church and go on your merry way. Try and do something constructive for a change.

You are of another spirit.




Do you look good on wood?

PIC00001.JPG by PeterVogelPhoto

Each and every person on this planet faces their own cross.

We will either go to it in this life, or the next.

When I see a cross, that is the first thing I am reminded of…that I will not escape it. The world will have it’s way with me unto the grave.

But that grave will not hold me. Death’s power, it’s sting, is no longer permanent thanks to that very same cross.

Romans 6:3 -11

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?   4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.   5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  6 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.   7 For he who has died is freed from sin.   8 But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.   9 For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.   10 The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.   11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

In my baptism, God has already put me to death…along with Christ Jesus.

But He has raised me from the dead, also…along with Christ Jesus.

This is His promise.

Maybe our promises aren’t always fulfilled, but God never breaks His promises.

That is something we can count on.

And if that is not enough for us, He reinforces that promise and works in us His good and gracious will, giving us the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation each time we ingest His body and blood, and each time we hear His Word preached or taught. And that is apart from anything that we do, say, feel, or think.

No, it’s not magic. 

It is the power of God through the gospel for all who have faith.  The very same faith that He gave us when we were dead in our sins and trespasses.



Does this post give you trouble?  Do you feel uneasy with it?

Or do you feel relief?  Freedom?  The joy of a new life…yet given to you once again?




“Jesus didn’t die for Muslims”

Or for Jews.   Or for Roman Catholics.   Or for Buddhists.   Or for many professed Christians.Jesus Saves Wept by Dubtastic

That’s what some folks on another blog are telling me.

One of the gents is a Lutheran, nonetheless.

‘He only died for the elect.’    ‘Period…end of  story.’

Does that sound like the Jesus who prayed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” ?

Does that sound like the Jesus who wept over Jerusalem?



OK…Calvinists…’splain yourselves.

All others…what say you?