Two HUGE issues for a proper understanding of the Christian faith, and assurance, and freedom


If you get one, or both of these issues wrong…then you will be sent inward for your assurance.

If you have a proper understanding of both, then you can forget about looking inward and instead look outside of yourself…to God…and HAVE REAL ASSURANCE.

  Listen to this one:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

click Two HUGE ISSUES in a proper understanding of the Christian faith




 Too many in the church have never heard these things…and need to hear them.

 Too much is at stake.


Thanks, once again to Pastor Mark.

And thank you to flickr and  ~.Erica.C.~,  for the photo.





No Baptism cake for Jesus.

Instead of having a nice party, the Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the wilderness to meet…the devil.

Well, that’s a fine ‘how do ya do’ for the Son of God.

What then does this mean for you, and where you are being led by the Spirit? What does this mean for your Baptism?


 click here >No Baptism cake for Jesus




Thank you, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and, for the photo.




Differing views on what ‘faith’ is



Quite an interesting and informative class on how differing Christian traditions view ‘faith’.

In this class, Pastor Mark is focusing mostly on the differences between the Lutheran understanding, and the Roman Catholic understanding.


click here   The understanding of ‘faith’ differs for Lutherans and Catholics>>



Thanks to Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and Sobibor, and ff137, for the photos.




Welcome to Lent. Welcome to first things.

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, 2012:


 click here > Welcome to Lent. Welcome to first things.




Thank you, Pastor Mark.    Thank you, Lord, for your strong Word.

And thanks to flickr and Gerg1967, for the photo.

Part 2 of the class on reading Paul through ‘a grace scheme’, instead of a ‘legal scheme’.


If you haven’t listened to part 1 of this class (the previous post),  you probably should do that first, then this part will make more sense to you.


click THE question that precipitated the Reformation (part 2)





Once again, our thanks to Pastor Mark Anderson. Thanks also to the participants in the class. And thanks to flickr and francinelenet77, for the photo.



Here it is… THE question that precipitated the Reformation.

St. Paul.   Origen.   Augustine.   Luther.   How to find a God of grace and mercy?    Reading St. Paul through a legal scheme, and why most churches today still do that.

 This is one class that you should listen to, if at all possible.

 Whether you agree with everything in it is not the point. But that you’ll have a greater understanding of why we believe as we do and why we hold to the pure gospel as God’s will for sinners, apart from anything that we do.


click below

THE question that precipitated the Reformation  – part 1  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Thanks for the class, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and normafincher, for the photo.


Razzle-dazzle experiences of Jesus


They went up on top of the mountain to pray…and then suddenly all Heaven broke loose.

Listen in and have the Word of God actually done to you…in law…and gospel:


 click here > The Transfiguration of Jesus



Thanks to Pastor Mark Anderson of Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, CA.




If you would gain your life…

This may be hard for you to hear.  Many won’t like what they hear.  But what else are we to say? The hard truth about ourselves and the hard truth about what we will face. And then a word of hope:


 click here > If you would gain your life…


 An under 15 minute ‘quick hitter’.  If you like it…pass it around. If you don’t care for it…pass it around anyway…for it is the truth and it may be just what someone you know needs to hear.


 Thanks, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and crayolasue, for the photo.



“Putting on Christ”…and the importance of ‘distinguishing law from gospel’


I think I’ll call these short outtakes, ‘quick hitters’. Here’s a ‘quick hitter’ with a bit about “putting on Christ” (Baptism)…and then how important it is to distinguish the law from the gospel and the purpose of each.

This ‘quick hitter’ is under 8 minutes long. Perfect to send to someone who may just be learning about some of these important theological issues in our faith. Or…as a good refresher or reminder to someone like me, who constantly needs to hear it.

click here > Law and Gospel distinction 


Thanks, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and TrinityBayRidge, for the photo.




Adding just a wee little bit to Christ



This one is under 10 minutes.  It’s a portion of the class on Galatians, but can stand on it’s own, as you will hear:


click here > Adding just a little bit



Thanks, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and interchangeableparts, for the photo.