The 2 Most Dangerous Temptations

Pastor Mark preaches on the 6th and 7th petitions of The Lord’s prayer.

Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Midweek Lenten sermon for 3-28- ’12 :

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click here > The 2 most dangerous temptations

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hint – What’s pictured above is not one of the two most dangerous temptations. Although it may be a real temptation for many. Myself included.

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and zomgcandy, for the photo.

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“Jesus’ ministry as a teacher and as an example…was a failure.”

 

I told Pastor Mark that I thought this was a great sermon, and he said, “It was all Forde. It was all Gerhard Forde.”

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click > Jesus’ ministry as a teacher and example…was a failure.

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.
And thanks to flickr and Michelle.oliveira82, for the photo.
 
 
 
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‘Back to grace…again.’ – Another very Lutheran sermon.

I think you’ll like this one…up until the part about how God acts for us in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  ( I sincerely hope that I am wrong about that )

Then, hopefully, you will be steered back to “grace…again.” ( I hope I am right about that…for myself, as well)

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click > Getting back to grace…again.

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

And thank you to flickr and mymundo2011, for the photo.

 

 

 

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A couple of ‘new’ Christian blog sites

 

Our friend, David at Five Pint Lutheran   http://fivepintlutheran.blogspot.com/   

 has started a new blog, titled  

OFFENDED!!!!!!‘ 

Please don’t confuse our Lord with those who profess to follow Him.

 

Here’s his description of it: 

‘Offence will happen when sinners rub shoulders with other sinners. The theme to my new blog is an examining how that happens and good news for those who may offend other Christians. http://fivepintlutheran2.wordpress.com/ This is the address. I do not have 10 ways to overcome offenses but have spoke with many offended Christians. Some of these offended Christians will not attend worship or even fall into unbelief. Good news is that Jesus offended without sin and this is credited to us through faith. His holy life,his innocent suffering under the wrath of God and his glorious resurrection we have forgiveness. Let us trust this good news and strive to live in it. In the name of Jesus. Amen. †

 Thank you, St. David!  I enjoy your new site and know that many others will enjoy it and benefit from it , as well.

     – Steve (the Old Adam) Martin

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Secondly, here’s one that I started as an optional access to Pastor Mark’s daily devotions.

It’s  1minutedailyword.com  (I fixed the link)

 

If you could visit these sites and think about passing them along to friends, family, and the occassional enemy…we’d appreciate it.

 

 

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Thanks to flickr and Elena777, for the photo.

 

 

 

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“Give us this day our daily bread…” ‘What does this mean?’

 

The midweek Lenten sermon for 3-14-’12 :

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             click > Give us this day our daily bread

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and Polished Stone, for the photo.

 

 

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1 Timothy 1:15

From Pastor Mark’s blog http://www.lightofthemaster.com/apps/blog

 

“The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners.”

 

March 16, 2012

 

 

Who am I?  This most basic of questions demands a response and every human being makes one. Humans answer this question largely by determining their own identity: I am who I choose to be. Yet our insistence on taking life into our own hands is easily distorted and becomes defining of what the Scriptures call ‘sin’ – that willful insistence on resolving every issue down to what I want.

The culture says that we are bundles of largely unrealized wonderfulness only inhibited by the myriad injustices foisted on us by others (who are, apparently, not so wonderful).

The Bible reveals God’s assessment of the human to us. The defining word regarding what it means to be human does not rightly derive from us but the One who created us…from God. And God says we are willful sinners, deserving of His wrath, in need of repentance and forgiveness. Small wonder humans flee from this God of wrath for all they are worth, preferring to “re-imagine” God in kinder, gentler forms.

If, however, there is no need to talk about the wrath of God, then there is not much need to talk about the sin that incurs the wrath. But this avoidance is no answer to the real problem of sin and all it’s consequences.

Christianity is incoherent without the idea of sin. There can be no good news of the Gospel without first understanding the bad news of sin. The mission of Jesus makes no sense if we remove such concepts from our thinking.

Jesus made it clear that the reason he came to earth was to save sinners: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners”. Take away the doctrine of sin and we take away the doctrine of the Incarnation. Indeed, we take away the entire message of the New Testament.

Because we are born in the darkness of sin, we assume our blindness to be life in the light. But Christ has come to give us the new birth that we might walk in the “true light”, Christ Himself. When we persist in our self-defining intransigence, we remain in our sins. When Christ opens our eyes by His amazing grace, we see ourselves as God sees us…as sinners in need of His merciful love and forgiveness.

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Romans 1:16

 

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“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, it is the power of God unto salvation…”

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March 14, 2012    (from Pastor Mark’s blog http://www.lightofthemaster.com/apps/blog )

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 I don’t remember his first name anymore but his last name was Carlson or Larson or Hansen or Johnson or something like that.  OK, I don’t remember his last name either!  Anyway, this wiry old Norwegian came up to me after the Reformation Sunday service at First Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, October 1977.  During the offering the organist and I had performed a rousing rendition of ‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God’, she on the pipe organ (somewhat nervously as I recall) and yours truly adding a withering obligato on the electric guitar ( a bright red 1966 Gibson 335) complete with distortion pedal and major rock n’ roll attitude.  Mr. Han-Carl-John-Lars-son was neither inspired or edified.  “I want to congratulate you, Pastor Anderson, he said dryly.  “You have managed to overshadow the Word of God this morning and drag Luther’s hymn into the gutter at the same time.”  Ouch!  At the time of course, I dismissed him out of hand.  Now I can only marvel at the miles of passivity that old Scandinavian had to cross in order to confront one of his pastors.  I also wish I could sit down with him – which I should have done then – and listen to him.  He was onto me.  He came from a Lutheranism where laity understood they had a responsibility to the Word of God just as much as the pastor.  He was exercising his stewardship of that Word but I was too full of myself to hear him.  I was too busy being ‘relevant’ instead of being his pastor.

 

What I finally did hear while sipping coffee with those old Norwegians – and a few misplaced Swedes – was that faith in Jesus Christ and His promises was the marrow in their lives.  And they had not come to this faith because some clergy person stuck his\her finger in the wind and then blathered on from the pulpit about the indelible wonderfulness of now.  The message that gripped them was the Gospel; the old, old story of Jesus and His love often expressed in their favorite hymns; Beautiful Savior, The Old Rugged Cross, Abide with Me, and yes, In the Garden.  During the years I was their pastor I had to bury some of these folks.  Often, in those last days before the end sitting by their bedsides I would sing these old hymns accompanied by a guitar and read passages from the Bible.  And that is when I learned something that had taken me too long to learn; if you can’t sing it or say it at someone’s deathbed it probably isn’t worth singing or saying  at all.

 

 

“May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Photo from flickr and  côte d’ivoire
 
 
 
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