Happy Reformation Day
Hopefully you are aware that this day, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the door at Wittenberg which ultimately led to the Reformation. Spend some time reflecting on the truths of the Reformation.
In case you were wondering, last week I had my most difficult midterm (Exegesis of Hebrews) and I spoke at the high school youth group. Consequently, I kept pretty busy. I'm hoping to return to the Eschatology series within a few days.
What about Halloween? A question pretty common in Christian circles.
I have heard and can think of so many different arguments For and Against Halloween that I'm going to conclude for the time being that it is a matter of conscience. If you cannot participate in clean conscience, then please don't. If you can, please use it for God.
Having said that, depending on who you are, have a happy Reformation Day, Halloween, or even All Saints Day (it pains me to say that)! In honor of Luther's work, here is A Mighty Fortress is Our God by Luther:
- 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.