“All you need is love”

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Pastor Mark’s sermon for the 5th Sunday in Easter, “Need Love” vs. “Gift Love” :

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and lentes bravo, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“And the Word became flesh…”

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John 1

“And the Word became flesh…”

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In the Old Testament God is the one who led His people out of Egypt. In the New Testament God is the one who raised Jesus from the dead. In both testaments God is revealed as the God who acts and is involved in what we call history, in temporal time and space.

The progress of the Gospel throughout human history has had real and demonstrable effect not only on individual human beings but also on the whole range of human reality. Institutions, cultures, ideas, etc. have been shaped by the Gospel and its implications. This has often been not because of the Church but in spite of it. For the perpetual temptation of the religious impulses that we naturally associate with Christianity (which is not a religion) always want to spiritualize, internalize or spatialize the Gospel. The Bible, on the other hand, reveals the God who is temporalized in the real world of people and events, including sacraments.

Non-sacramental Christianity which emphasizes reason and the internal character of faith, skates dangerously close to the brink of gnosticism which discounts the temporal for the sake of the spiritual. Martin Luther ran into this mentality among the ‘anabaptists’ of his day. The following is a quote from Luther on this score as it applies to infant baptism.

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The  anabaptists pretend that children, not as yet having reason, ought not to receive baptism. I answer: That reason in no way contributes to faith. Nay, in that children are destitute of reason, they are all the more fit and proper recipients of baptism. For reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but – more frequently than not – struggles against the Divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God. If God can communicate the Holy Spirit to grown persons, he can, a fortiori, communicate it to young children. Faith comes of the Word of God, when this is heard; little children hear that Word when they receive baptism, and therewith they receive also faith.”

                   – Martin Luther (1483-1546), Table Talk CCCLIII [1569] .

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

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From Pastor Mark Anderson’s daily devotional blog:

Pastor Mark Anderson’s Daily Devotional blog site

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Thanks to flickr and sj0m0 and Ted.Waters, for the photos.

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Pastor’s class – The Gospel of John (part 2)

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 Listen >The gospel of John (part 2)

 

 

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thank you to flickr and Lawrence OP, for the photo.

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The Book of Revelation – When will we be a family again?

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Pastor Mark’s sermon for the 4th Sunday in Easter:

 

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and Waiting For The Word, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus always gives us two things

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Sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Easter:

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Thank you, Brian Seaman, for delivering this sermon in the absence of Pastor Mark.

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Thanks to flickr and Waiting For The Word, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanctification Hounds

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“There’s more work to be done concerning your sanctification.”

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And more of the ones who aren’t doing it themselves are gonna tell you what you should be doing regarding your sanctification.

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Here’s my advice:  Forget trying to improve people (or yourselves) in God’s eyes.  Dump that “3rd use” baloney, and just preach the law and the gospel, to kill off and to make alive again.

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And BEFORE you write in with your 27 page tome with excerpts from the Lutheran Confessions and the Bible to buttress your little self-improvement/righteousness project…take a good long look in the mirror and honestly ask yourself what this project has done for you.

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1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

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Romans 10:4 ESV

” For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” 

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Thanks to flickr and Christian_Wall_Art, for the photo.

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Not a blow by blow account…but a particular perspective, presented for a specific purpose.

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You like Bible? OK…here’s a Bible study on the Gospel of John, given by Pastor Mark.

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Some of you may consider this quite a departure from the sort of Bible study that you are used to. That’s ok.  Another perspective can be a very enlightening thing. 

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 Listen to > Bible study – The Gospel of John

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and tomfinken, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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