The Blessing of Each Other

The video version of Pastor Bramwell’s October letter to St. Mark. Following Christ comes with persecution, and clinging to the cross does mean letting go of relationships and possessions. But it is not merely loss. In fact, it is the beginning of GREAT gain! Jesus promises that we will receive a hundredfold what we lose in this life and that receiving it occurs already in this time. Each Christian is a part of the fulfillment of that blessing.

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The Christian’s Two-Party System and Guarding Against Insurrection – Cross Defense

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Politicians and reporters are talking about insurrection, political violence, and even civil war. Martin Luther admonished Christians to guard against insurrection in 1522. Are his words applicable 500 years later? We review the two opposing parties President Biden described in his recent speech and listen to what Luther teaches about party identities and insurrection.

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Mary Magdalene: A Reminder

Mary Magdalene is a phenomenal reminder of the historical verifiability of the New Testament documents. Eyewitnesses saw the events of Christ’s public life, death, and resurrection. Some of them were followers of Jesus. Some were adversaries. All of them were able to corroborate the claims made by the evangelists!

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:23-24) This video (with its cinematic feel) was created with the above instruction in mind. As we hold fast our confession of hope in the resurrection of Christ without wavering, we’re striving to stir up one another in love and good works.

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Bringing Your Kids to Church – Cross Defense

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The struggle is real, isn’t it? Our children don’t always want to go to church, especially during their teenage years. Pastor Bramwell confirms that you’re far from alone in your hardship, provides encouragement from church history, gives practical instruction from Scripture on how to ease the struggle, and finally offers an excellent resource to aid you in your parental vocation. Not a parent? Don’t think this episode is for you? Not true, friend. Pastor Bramwell’s biblical instruction will help you in your evangelistic witness, too! 

Not near St. Mark Lutheran, Ferndale CA? Find a church near you with this link: https//:locator.lcms.org/church

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Wokeness is the Antithesis of Christianity – Cross Defense

Did you know that in today’s woke culture Christians are the heretics? Listen to a voice message that says as much before Pastor Bramwell addresses nine wicked spiritual effects that wokeness has on Christianity. Francis Schaeffer once observed that the spiritual battle is bigger than Christians often realize. He was right!

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From Climate Crisis to Faith Crisis – Cross Defense

World leaders want us to take action in the face of a global climate crisis. Okay, so why aren’t self-professing Christians packing into pews to hear and receive God’s Word and Sacraments? Pastor Bramwell takes us on a tour of Scripture verses that should inform our behavior in the face of a worldwide climate emergency. If we’re facing a climate crisis, then a mass crisis of faith is even more disconcerting. 

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Vulnerable Evangelists – Cross Defense

I talk with the LCMS regional director of Africa, Rev. Shauen Trump, about what we can learn from missionaries. The result is a look at Acts 8:1-4 and every Christian’s call to be a vulnerable evangelist.

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Senseless Killings and Good Samaritans with Guns – Cross Defense

There have been a lot of senseless killings recently. Is the problem guns or godlessness? What does Scripture say about wicked men who ambush innocent people without reason? Join me as I explore reports of the Greenwood Park Mall shooting and the Good Samaritan who used his gun in service to his neighbors.  

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Who is the Antichrist? It’s Not a Mystery – Cross Defense

2 Thessalonians 2 describes the marks of the Antichrist. And guess what? The Church has long held that the pope is a perfect match. Pastor Bramwell walks through the Biblical description and the papistic fulfillment of this enemy of Christ.   

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