California State University Fullerton

November 14, 2019

I am on the campus of CSUF to share the Gospel of Christ. Look for me there.

Remember the duck?

December 2, 2010

A story from the Internet…

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods.

He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck.

Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved.

In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, ” Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.” Then she whispered to him, “Remember the duck?” So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, ” I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally just smiled and said,” Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.” She whispered again, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, “Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”

Thought for the day and every day thereafter?

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done… And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) ….whatever it is….You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing….. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven.

He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but he forgets . It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved .

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9


Trust and Obey?

November 22, 2010

Am I out of line? Last week I attended a early morning Lutheran men’s Bible study for the first time. I felt like an alien. It was started by singing the old hymn out of a Methodist hymnal, Trust and Obey. I couldn’t sing it. All I could think of is how often I don’t trust and obey. This group men sang it militantly. I can’t sing these words because the way I see it, to be happy in Jesus is to see what He did for me on the cross.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

The verses are worse.  

I Really Need To Hear The Gospel

October 3, 2010

Life is worth living when God has poured out His Grace and you have a sense of that Grace no matter what you are going through. I felt a need to blog because during the last sermon series at my Lutheran church I did not hear enough Gospel. When you spend 6 days and 23 hours outside the place where the sacraments are administered you really need the strong work of the Gospel to take place during that one hour you are in the Divine Service. The last four weeks the series “Living In HD” sounded like Dr. Phil giving me a sales pitch at my local Best Buy store. Don’t get me wrong. I very much respect my pastor and he has preached some fantastic Law and Gospel messages. I just know who I am deep inside and how much I need God’s Grace every minute of every day. I can’t decide to go “High Definition” on my own. It does not get “clearer, bolder, and brighter” just because I make a bold declaration to make it so. At that point, for me, it becomes a total mess because I am looking inward at myself and not the the Cross of Christ. If I don’t focus my gaze on Christ I am going down. Lutheran pastors please preach a strong Law and Gospel message every Sunday. The Christian in the pew can get all the worldly advice he needs from almost anywhere but he can only receive Life at the feet of Jesus.

Long Time No Blog

January 15, 2010

Yes. It has been a while since I posted. My mother passed away last month. She is now completely healed and worshiping God before His throne in heaven. Communion the first Sunday after she died was very special to me. The words of the liturgy were very real. “with angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven”  Life is bigger that me, the church, or the world. God is our refuge and our solid rock. His mercy is so fantastic. We are all like the servant who owed more debt then he could ever pay. Christ has come to us and said that our debt was nailed to His cross and has been paid in full because of what He did. God takes the blindness from our spiritual eyes and now we can say what John the Baptist said. “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Our only response is to accept the free gift and be thankful. Eternally thankful!

That’s Human Nature

December 16, 2009

What I thought would be a touching father-daughter moment turned into a lesson on human nature. I gave my daughter, ten years old, a new Bible and we were reviewing a few verses.  After looking at John 3:16 I said, “Let me show you the John 3:16 of the Old Testament”. I turned to Exodus 34:5-8 and thought how wonderful it would be for her to read about God’s mercy, love, and faithfulness. As human nature goes she commented on God punishing not only the guilty people, but also their children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren, and their great-great-grandchildren. How many time does God speak mercy, love, and faithfulness to us and we hear punishment?

Exodus 34:5-8

5 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with Moses, and the Lord called out his name: the Lord. 6 The Lord passed in front of Moses and said, “I am the Lord. The Lord is a God who shows mercy, who is kind, who doesn’t become angry quickly, who has great love and faithfulness 7 and is kind to thousands of people. The Lord forgives people for evil, for sin, and for turning against him, but he does not forget to punish guilty people. He will punish not only the guilty people, but also their children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren, and their great-great-grandchildren.”

Pray, And Then Pray

December 9, 2009
Today I was looking at a devotional published in 1926 titled “FIVE MINUTES DAILY WITH LUTHER”. Reading the devotion for today it ended with this quote…

Those haughty spirits, Lord, restrain,
Who o’er Thy Church with might would reign,
And always set forth something new,
Devised to change Thy doctrine true. 

All we can do when the pure truth of the church is challenged is PRAY.  

My Two Year Old Lutheran Blog

December 8, 2009

I started my blog two years ago with Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation Thesis 26.

“The law says, “Do this,” and it is never done.
Grace says, “believe in this,” and everything is already done.”

I started this blog to track my Lutheran journey. I didn’t expect it to be read by anyone but me, to reflect on what I had written. The past two years I have thought often about Thesis 26 and have seen the effects of it in my life. I spent many years thinking that since God saved me, I then had to work as hard as I could to become worthy of God’s grace. While working with all of my might I knew deep inside that whatever I did I could never do enough, but I must work hard. My greatest seasons of peace came when I realized that I could not do it and I called out to God for help. Time after time I have seen that His grace is made perfect in my weakness. He is the supplier of everything I need. I now understand more that ever…

“The law says, “Do this,” and it is never done.
Grace says, “believe in this,” and everything is already done.”

The Gospel According to Bob Dylan

November 20, 2009

I owned this record album by Bob Dylan way back in the day. It’s stored in my garage with a lot of old vintage Christian rock. I always thought the words were profound. As I listen to this song and think upon the lyrics I see more depth in them than the first time I listened to them. Whatever is going on in Bob Dylan’s life you can see that someone shared the Gospel with him as he expressed through these lyrics. 

Precious Angel – by Bob Dylan

Precious angel, under the sun,
How was I to know you’d be the one
To show me I was blinded, to show me I was gone
How weak was the foundation I was standing upon.

Now there’s spiritual warfare and flesh and blood breaking down.
You either got faith or you got unbelief and there ain’t no neutral ground.
The enemy is subtle, how be it we are deceived
When the truth’s in our hearts and we still don’t believe.

Shine your light, shine your light on me
Shine your light, shine your light on me
Shine your light, shine your light on me
You know I just couldn’t make it by myself.
I’m a little too blind to see.

My so-called friends have fallen under a spell.
They look me squarely in the eye and they say, “All is well.”
Can they imagine the darkness that will fall from on high
When men will beg God to kill them and they won’t be able to die.

Sister, let me tell you about a vision I saw.
You were drawing water for your husband, you were sufferin’ under the law.
You were telling him about Buddha, you were telling him about Mohammed
in the same breath.
You never mentioned one time the Man who came and died a criminal’s death.

Shine your light, shine your light on me
Shine your light, shine your light on me
Shine your light, shine your light on me
Ya know I just couldn’t make it by myself.
I’m a little too blind to see.

Precious angel, you believe me when I say
What God has given to us no man can take away.
We are covered in blood, girl, you know our forefathers were slaves.
Let us hope they’ve found mercy in their bone-filled graves.

You’re the queen of my flesh, girl, you’re my woman, you’re my delight,
You’re the lamp of my soul, girl, and you torch up the night.
But there’s violence in the eyes, girl, so let us not be enticed
On the way out of Egypt, through Ethiopia, to the judgment hall of Christ.

Shine your light, shine your light on me
Shine your light, shine your light on me
Shine your light, shine your light on me
Ya know I just couldn’t make it by myself.
I’m a little too blind to see.

Jesus Paid It All, All To Him I Owe;

November 13, 2009


Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

From time to time the refrain of this hymn has played in my mind going on 35 years. I have sung it in many different denominational churches over the years. It is the theme music for Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s Thru The Bible radio broadcast. Yes. I have listened to Dr. McGee over the years. I have heard doctrine that I don’t agree with from time to time but Dr. McGee knew it is by grace only that we are saved and nothing we can do.

When I hear that hymn, I hear Jesus paid it ALL. I have nothing but sin. Jesus Christ gets all of the glory.