How about some Christian Freedom?

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Now, if you happen to like the religious ladder-climbing project…you like lifting yourself up by your own bootstraps …then head over to another Christian site (there’s a plethora of them) where they will show you ‘how-to’ and give you a different list every day.

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Pastor Mark’s class meets almost every Sunday about 11:30 am  at 2900 Pacific View Dr., Corona del Mar, CA

The admission is free. But it could cost you everything. Hopefully.

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Thanks to flickr and joshtinpowers, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Martin Luther’s Treatise on Christian Liberty

    Luther's 95 theses by honecr5        

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 >  Martin Luther on Christian Liberty

This class is just 49 minutes long and packed with great, freedom giving gospel and awesome  “ALL or NOTHING” Lutheran theology.

If you re only going to listen to one great class on Christian freedom this weekend, make it this one.

 

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Thanks to flickr and honecr5 for the photo.

 

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Loosing the Shackles…

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 It was just made aware to me that some of you might want more audio that is complete in just one track. For uploading into ipods or what not. I’ll work on making that happen.

Shackles, Salem, Massachusetts by David A's Photos  Jump for joy! by susan.williams61

This one will really tick some off.  Some really like the way shackles feel. They are used to them.

Yet others will be thrilled to be rid of those chaffing, restricting, cutting pieces of metal, in favor of the true freedom that we were meant to have. 

Loosing the Shackles #2               Loosing the Shackles #5

Loosing the Shackles #3               Loosing the Shackles #6

Loosing the Shackles #4               Loosing the Shackles #7

 

Loosing the Shackles – Complete class

 

If you hated this…oh well.

If you enjoyed it, pass it along.

 

Thanks!

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 Thanks to flickr and  David A’s photos, and susan. williams 61 

Real Christian Freedom

“The law which came on tablets of stone is the dispensation of death.”

Why I love my job...

“Christ is the end of the law for all those who have faith”

 “The law was our custodian until Christ came.”

 ” We are not children of the slave (the Law), but of the free woman (Grace).”

  “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law…”

 “For freedom, Christ has set us free.”

 There are many verses in the Bible that constrict, and suffocate, and eventually kill (law verses). And there is a good purpose for those passages. For we need to die to ourselves.

And then there are verses in the Bible that bring life (gospel verses). Gospel verses destroy the condemnation and death that comes from law verses. Gospel verses give us the new life that we need. Gospel verses give us freedom. 

When I hear verses like the ones highlighted above, I feel the chains of the law falling from me, and I can breathe again, freely.

“Biblical principles”, or any “guides for living”, in the context of the Christian faith are formulas for death…for they are the law. There is no life in them.  It is dangerous to tell someone that there is nothing they can do to justify themselves and that they are free in Christ, and then slip the law in the backdoor by calling it a “guide”, or “principles for living”. 

There is nothing wrong with guides, and there is nothing wrong with principles, and there is nothing wrong with the law in the context of our creaturely existence. But mixed with our Christian faith they steal the freedom and spontaneity that the Spirit inspires by grace, and replace it with fear and bondage.

Thanks be to God for the freedom He has won for us on that bloody cross. May God bless and keep all those who proclaim and defend this unpopular, but gospel truth.

‘The Yoke of Religion’

Bearing the Yoke.

Bearing the Yoke.

 

 Listen in to Pastor Mark Anderson’s sermon  titled   ‘the Yoke of Religion‘.  (17 mins.)

 

What exactly did Jesus mean when He told us that He wanted to give us rest and that His yoke was easy?

Another great quote from Luther…

“There are some who have no understanding to hear the truth of freedom and insist upon their goodness as means for salvation. These people you must resist, do the very opposite, and offend them boldly lest by their impious views they drag many with them into error.

For the sake of liberty of the faith do other things which they regarded as the greatest of sins… use your freedom constantly and consistently in the sight of and despite the tyrants and stubborn so that they may learn that they are impious, that their law and works are of no avail for righteousness, and that they had no right to set them up.”

                                                                     – Martin Luther