“The word that best describes the Christian life is…?”

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Pastor Mark (on vacation) gave Brian Seaman a sermon outline and Brian (a layman in our congregation) gave it some personal touches in this sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Epiphany. A nice job by both men, being a bold underline of God’s Word. Thank you, gentlemen!

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  What is > The word that best describes the Christian life

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Thank you, Brian, and Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and ScottJon82, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

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What makes Christianity so “unappealing”?

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Epiphany. Just what does it mean?

And why does the world turn it’s nose up at Christianity?

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Listen to > What makes Christianity so unappealing?

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

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‘Accountability Partners’

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I recently read a post on another Christian blog site, about the benefits of good accountability partners in your Christian walk of faith.

I wrote what such a meeting of myself and an accountability partner from our congregation might sound like.

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Here it is:

 

“Hi Brian”
“Hi Steve”

“How’d you do this week, Brian, as far as committing sins?”

“Lousy. I did not love God with my whole heart, and I did not love my neighbors as myself. In fact, I got really angry with someone the other day (which Jesus said is akin to committing murder).”

“How about you, Steve?”

“Just as bad. Maybe worse.”

“I didn’t visit anyone in prison. I didn’t go to any nursing homes, or work at any homeless facilities. I just watched a lot of football on my days off.”

“Well…thanks be to God that we have a Savior, Brian.”

“Yeah, Steve, one who knows what we are really all about…but who loves and forgives us, anyway.”

“Amen, brother.”

“Wanna go a grab a beer and a burger, Steve?”

“No thanks, Brian…the Kings are playing the Blackhawks tonight and I wanna get home and watch it. Maybe next time, friend. Maybe after church this Sunday.”

” Sounds good, Steve, say hello to Patricia for me. Great meeting…see ya later!”

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Thanks to flicker and Earl – What I Saw 2.0, for the photo.
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The 3 Minute Sermon

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Children’s sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Epiphany:

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 Hear > The 3 minute sermon

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This Word will also work quite well on adults. Christianity 101, so to speak.

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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Thanks also to flickr and KiDs Beach Club, for the photo.

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14 misconceptions about the Christian life

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  • That the Christian life begins with a decision, or choice for Jesus. 
  • That the Christian life is one of progression…getting “better”.
  • That Baptism is merely a symbol of your commitment and seriousness about following Jesus. That God isn’t really doing anything in Baptism.
  • That our “free-will” is a solution to our problem of sin, death, and the devil.
  • That the Lord can, and does use earthen vessels to accomplish His will here on earth…EXCEPT for the Bible…which is totally perfect and without textual error…as the Muslims claim their book to be.
  • That the law can be used on Christians to keep them in line and right with God.
  • That our sin problem is something that we can work on to improve in the eyes of God.
  • That the Lord’s Supper is a mere remembering of what the Lord has done for us, and in no way carries the true body and blood of Christ.
  • That preachers and pastors and priests are somehow different, more holy, more sanctified, a bit more elevated than everyone else.
  • That our own version, or denomination of Christianity is the only one that knows the real Truth.
  • That God can only work in someone when they reach a certain age, or level of understanding.
  • That once we are saved, we are always saved…. it’s a completed contract.
  • That God in Christ Jesus does not love, and did not forgive the entire world.
  • That we cannot have real assurance of our salvation unless we look inside and examine ourselves to see if we really measure up, and if we really are serious enough about it all to know that we truly are His.

Why Luther’s friends lost their nerve

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There’s a good setup for this interesting class, and it deals with the Catholic Church and their affinity to Aristotelian thinking:

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Listen to > Why Luther’s friends lost their nerve

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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Thanks to flickr and Sobibor, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

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What Jesus’ Baptism has to do with your Baptism

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I don’t know about you, but I never tire hearing about what great things God did in Jesus’ Baptism…so that He could give us Himself in our Baptism:

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For you > Jesus’ Baptism and your Baptism

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and albutrosss, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

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