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Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Spark


Romans :16-18


 


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


 


For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." 


 








On this Reformation Day, I want to remember a fire brand for God. On this day in history, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg. He started the fire that brought about our freedom from a corrupt church.


 


 


Martin Luther dealt the symbolic blow that began the Reformation when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. That document contained an attack on papal abuses and the sale of indulgences by church officials.


 


But Luther himself saw the Reformation as something far more important than a revolt against ecclesiastical abuses. He believed it was a fight for the gospel. Luther even stated that he would have happily yielded every point of dispute to the Pope, if only the Pope had affirmed the gospel.


 


And at the heart of the gospel, in Luther's estimation, was the doctrine of justification by faith--the teaching that Christ's own righteousness is imputed to those who believe, and on that ground alone, they are accepted by God. (Source.)



There is an amazing wealth of information out there for those of you interested in Martin Luther. Here is a site that has many of his selected works as well as many of his beautiful hymns.


 


I just finished watching the amazing Luther for the second time. There are men and women of history that move me in a way that is hard to describe. The courage and amazing faith God gave Luther - to stand up to the indescribable power of the church at that time. Well, there really are no adequate words for me. I am grateful that God chose him and used him in such a mighty way.


 








 


His hand was upon him so many different times. He even married a former nun, Katharina von Bora and they had a happy marriage and six children.



 


A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.


 


Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.


 


And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.


 


That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.


Martin Luther


 


God still uses Luther!

6 comments:

Harriette said...

...yes He does! Happy All Saints Day, tomorrow, too!


Thank you for stopping by ~ One-Eyed Huck has managed to survive his vanity enough to play in his baseball tournament over the weekend.......he's the one that keeps me hopping around here!

Blessings to you and your family!

Harriette Jacobs

Anonymous said...

That we me, Anne.

Judylynn said...

Luther is one of my favorite people and I believe one of the greatest people who ever lived. "A Mighty Fortress" is my favorite hymn, and the movie "Luther" is on my top ten list of favorite movies. (Can you tell I like Luther?)


Thanks for the post!

Judylynn said...

Sorry, I meant to add that I am a new reader to your blog and my blog is here:


http://coramdeo.reachcoop.org


underthesky said...

I also think he was one of the greatest men ever. I like Luther too. :+)

Kate

Moms4Psalms said...

Thank you for the reminder of Luther on Reformation Day. The movie is excellent and one I do not tire of watching again and again.