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Happy Reformation Day!

For some in our world, today, October 31st, will be a day for collecting candy from friends and neighbors.  For others, it will be a day of preparation for All Saints Day (Nov 1st) where families will spend time visiting the grave sites of family members.  martin-lutherHowever, many others will celebrate today the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, launched by Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg church in Germany.

We are the ‘offspring’ of Luther’s call to return to the Living Word as our only source of forgiveness, justification and freedom.

The first of the 95 theses reads this way: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”   Repentance is the turning away from our sin and turning back to God to receive His forgiveness and grace.  Our ‘entire life’ is to be characterized by this constant act of repentance and faith, repentance and faith, repentance and faith.

It’s easy for us to tell others of their need for repentance.  It is much harder to accept our need for daily repentance.  However, if the Gospel is not ‘good news’ for us, how can it be ‘good news’ for others?

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”  (1 John 3:1)

Happy Reformation Day!

4 Responses

  1. Thanks David

    Great reminder!
    Jacob

    Jacob Ginter Mobilization Manager

    World Team Canada I http://www.ca.worldteam.org

    905.821.6300 I 800.610.9788

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  2. And likewise to yourself

  3. A little late to the table; but as a mom of 3 kids under 15 I was busy doing the candy door to door thing! Thanks David for this reminder of what happened on this day- next year – pray we are there IN Germany to serve Him on this historic day.

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