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 …Faith, Emotionalism, Anabaptists, Works Righteousness, Infant Baptism.

All this and more are touched upon in this audio selection delivered by Pastor Mark Anderson.


click here >  FAITH


There’s  plenty here to get your hackles up, or get your head nodding in approval…or both!

Let us know what made an impression on you, either good…or bad.





“I Believe that I Cannot Believe…”


Can one come to believe in God by his or her own strength, effort, will, or reason?

Can you size Him up and make a decision for Him? Can you choose to make Him your ‘personal Lord and Savior’?


Find out what Luther said about it, here: 

click here>  Strength-and-Effort-to-choose-Jesus


 ( it starts out a little fuzzy but clears up after 15 seconds – if you can give this one 10 minutes of your time, you will not regret it )  


More so worth seeing (hearing) again, and again





 Yeah…but… what about my good works!?”



Good post on true faith vs. false faith

From   September 19th 2008 - Cause It's Only Money by Stephen Poff


There is a good post on what is true faith vs. false faith on the blog, ‘Defending. Contending.’  blog.


There is a sermon (it’s really a Bible study, Evangelicals never seem to understand the difference) by Pastor Steven Cole of Flagstaff, AZ that goes through all of this with the goal of helping us to know true faith from false faith. I don’t really think he accomplished what he set out to do. In fact I think he may just have poured a little more gasoline on that fire.

At least they are asking the right questions.

They are coming up with the wrong conclusions…but at least they are asking the right questions.


What do you think?



TThanks to Stephen Poff and Flickr for the photo.



God given faith


Here’s a sermon that I have posted here before, but I believe it is worth posting again: Veni Sancte Spiritus by Lawrence OP


I hope the link works and I hope you can invest 20 minutes or so when you get the time.

I think it’s worth hearing again and sharing with friends, relatives, and an enemy here and there if you can get them to.





Luther on ‘faith’

Martin Luther by Teeces

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times.  This knowledge and confidence in God’s grace makes men glad and bold and happy in dealing with God and with all creatures. And this is the work which the Holy Spirit performs in faith” (LW 35:370-71).

“I believe that by my own reason or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth. . . . In this Christian church he daily and abundantly forgives all my sins, and the sins of all believers, and on the last day he will raise me and all the dead and will grant eternal life to me and to all who believe in Christ” (Small Catechism, BC, Tappert 345).

“The Holy Spirit is no skeptic, and it is not doubts and opinions that he has written on our hearts but assertions more sure and certain than life itself and all experience” (LW 33:24).

“In short, enthusiasm clings to Adam and his descendants from the beginning to the end of the world. It is a poison implanted and inoculated in man by the old dragon, and it is the source, strength, and power of all heresy, including that of the papacy and Mohammed.  Accordingly, we should and must maintain that God will not deal with us except through his external Word and sacrament. Whatever is attributed to the Spirit apart from such Word and sacrament is of the devil” (Smalcald Articles III/VIII/9-10; BC Tappert 313).