“Oy vey…”


 Thanks to The Sacred Sandwich for this one!  



“I Believe that I Cannot Believe…”


Can one come to believe in God by his or her own strength, effort, will, or reason?

Can you size Him up and make a decision for Him? Can you choose to make Him your ‘personal Lord and Savior’?


Find out what Luther said about it, here: 

click here>  Strength-and-Effort-to-choose-Jesus


 ( it starts out a little fuzzy but clears up after 15 seconds – if you can give this one 10 minutes of your time, you will not regret it )  


More Forde !

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Christianity is not the move from vice to virtue, but rather the move from virtue to grace.”

            – Gerhard Forde



“My thesis,” Forde wrote, “is that Lutherans to be true to their identity…should become even more radical proponents of the tradition that gave them birth and has brought them thus far…Let us be radicals…radical preachers and practitioners of the gospel by justification by faith without the deeds of the law.  We should pursue it to the radical depths already plumbed by St. Paul, especially in Romans and Galatians, when he saw that justification by faith without the deeds of the law really involves and announces the death of the old being and the calling forth of the new in hope.  We stand at a crossroads.  Either we must become more radical about the gospel, or we would be better off to forget it altogether.”



‘But I really enjoy my spiritual, ladder climbing, getting closer to God, becoming more like Jesus project.’


That’s too bad, because it’s not moving you closer to God…but further away! Much further away.



Class on Galatians and Christian Freedom

Lecture Hall by uniinnsbruck


We’ll learn in this class why Luther changed his

name… and other good stuff.


click here > Galatians Bible Study


There will be a pop-quiz (as soon as we can find Pop).




“Becoming More Spiritual”

A sermon by Pastor Mark on “becoming more spritual”  


click here > Becoming more Spiritual


I’m gonna get this right if it kills me.


Pastor’s class tidbits

Well, I thought I had it down (this audio thing)…but I don’t.

Click on these things and see what happens.

 I’m sure there is something here you can use. 

Track  8  is my favorite here.   How’s ’bout you?

Number 8 by Devon Henderson

  05 Track 5  

 06 Track 6

 07 Track 7 

 08 Track 8

10 Track 10



The Two Christian Paradigms

I’m still trying to get audio from my computer onto this blog.

Let’s see if this worked:


         click here  >  The Two Christian Paradigms    a sermon by         Pastor Mark    

 chocolate & vanilla vegan coconut cupcake by you can count on me

 Can you get it on your computer? All these different media players and audio uploading thingamabobs drive me nuts!

Let me know if it works (or not), please.  Thanks.



Calling all “free-will” Christians…

…this one’s for you! 


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When you get to the website, click on sermons, scroll to bottom of sermons and click on’ NOVEMBER 20′ (then click the play arrow)…I know, I know, the wrong date glitch hasn’t been fixed yet. The sermon was from this past Sunday.

I’m anxious to hear where you believe this sermon goes off the rails.



Last Sunday’s Hymn of the Day – Salvation Unto Us Has Come


By Paul Speratus, 1523


Salvation unto us has come By God’s free grace and favor;

Good works cannot avert our doom, They help and save us never.

Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone, Who did for all the world atone;

He is our one redeemer.


Theirs was a false, misleading dream Who thought God’s law was given

That sinners could themselves redeem And by their works gain heaven.

The Law is but a mirror bright To bring the inbred sin to light

That lurks within our nature.


Faith clings to Jesus’ cross alone And rests in him unceasing;

And by its fruits true faith is known, With love and hope increasing.

For faith alone can justify; Works serve our neighbor and supply

The proof that faith is living.


All blessing, honor, thanks and praise To Father, Son, and Spirit,

The God who saved us by his grace; All glory to his merit.

O triune God in heaven above, You have revealed your saving love;

Your blessed name we hallow.



Sermon on ‘The Sermon on the Mount’

Sermon-On-The-Mount-Carl-Heinrich-Bloch-19th_C by ideacreamanuelaPps


  Lutheran Church of the Master Corona del Mar, CA

Click on sermons. Scroll down to the botton of the list to November 13. It was mislabled. It was delivered yesterday, February 13.

 Don’t let that stop you from listening.