How dare you

Dear friends in Fallbrook,

“How dare you!”

What would make you say that? A stinging insult from a colleague? A snide comment from your teenager? Rude comments from a stranger?

What about a word from God?

What if God dared to tell you who you are? What if God dared to define right and wrong? What if God dared to reveal the purpose and goal of human life? Would you listen? Or would you become indignant that anyone would dare impose a word of authority on you?

This past Sunday we kicked off our October series on the great truths of the Lutheran Reformation with a look at God’s authority. The truth is, every human being has a problem with authority—unless we’re the authority! We like to rule over our own little kingdoms from the throne of our own free will, our own reason, and our own wishes. We have no tolerance for someone else imposing their will on us, but we are more than happy to impose our will on others.

But we have it backwards—completely backwards. By setting ourselves up as gods of our own, we actually lead the world into darkness and destruction. If we only have ourselves as an authority, then might really does make right, and nothing is truly evil.

That kind of world is hell on earth. That kind of world is not what God intends. So he dares to speak with authority.

By the authority of his word, God defines the problem—sin. By the authority of his word, God identifies the source—human hearts. By the authority of his word, God silences the excuse—our own justifications. Yet he doesn’t stop there. God has declared that there is refuge from the penalty of sin and the fear of death—his name is Jesus Christ, and he is God in human flesh. His sinless life covers our life of sin. His perfect death pays the price of our guilt. His bodily resurrection is our look into the future.

God dares to speak, and by his speaking he dares to define us as sinners made saints by the blood of his son Jesus.

God dares to speak, and by his speaking he dares to define us as sinners made saints by the blood of his Son Jesus Christ.

I invite you to listen to last Sunday’s message from St. Stephen Lutheran, and to join us for a Sunday service in the near future. The rest of this month we’ll be exploring the great truths that made the Reformation powerful five centuries ago and relevant to this day.


Pastor Bassett


All people yearn for a foundation greater than even the bedrock of the earth. Many have found that foundation in the God who is our refuge and strength. In the face of political threats, natural disasters, and inner turmoil the Lord offers peace. “Be still,” he says. “Yes, still.” The message of Christianity is still needed, and still offered.

  1. Still Scripture
    October 1, 2017
  2. Still Grace
    October 8, 2017
  3. Stil Faith
    October 15, 2017
  4. Still Christ
    October 22, 2017
  5. Still Glory
    October 29, 2017

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Join us for family fun and good food at the annual Harvest Fest from St. Stephen Lutheran. We'll enjoy a variety of games and activities on our beautiful, five acre campus in Fallbrook. A picnic meal will be provided at no extra charge. The Harvest Fest is held from 5pm to 8pm at 1636 E Mission Rd in Fallbrook. Full details are on the Harvest Fest page of our website.

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If all you hear from the pulpit each week is politics, moralizing, and life-lessons then you’re probably starving for some good news. Don’t go hungry.

Lutherans believe that Jesus Christ sets the agenda for what the pastor should preach. Jesus himself said, “Feed my sheep.” He also said, “Preach the gospel.” The gospel is good news—not good advice, good morals, or good ideas. As a Lutheran church, we won’t starve you with more commands to do this or do that, we’ll feed you with the Savior who forgives the very people who don’t keep the commands of God. So feast your ears on some good news at St. Stephen Lutheran.