From the Word

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-26)

Notable Quotables

“Every week I preach justification by faith to my people, because every week they forget it.” (Martin Luther)

“God created the world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.” (Martin Luther)

“The whole being of any Christian is faith and love. Faith brings the person to God; love brings the person to people.” (Martin Luther)

“A simple layman armed with Scripture is greater than the mightiest pope without it.” (Martin Luther)

“We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.” (Martin Luther)

“Pray, and let God worry.” (Martin Luther)

Around the Net

On this day 500 years ago, the scholar, priest, and monk Martin Luther nailed his now famous 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, thus sparking the Protestant Reformation—a movement that recovered for the church the central teaching of the gospel:

Salvation is by grace alone though faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone as revealed in Scripture alone.

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500 Years Later, the Gospel Is Still Worth Fighting For (J. D. Greear)

“Most people dislike any kind of fighting or controversy in the church—including me. But in his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul says some things are worth fighting for because they are the difference between life and death. He uses the strongest language imaginable to say that preachers and teachers (and even angels!) who distort the gospel should be cursed. Martin Luther understood this. In fact, he was willing to risk the split of the church over it.”

Is the Reformation Over? (Chris Castaldo)

“Family spats are unpleasant, especially when they persist for five centuries. At some point, most families wonder if reconciliation is possible. Among Christians, now is such a moment. On this 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, Catholics and Protestants are pausing to consider the nature of their relationship. Thanks to the labors of ecumenicists, some now see the Reformation as completed.” I, for one, think we’re still a long way away.

Something to Ponder

Here I Stand

“Since you want a simple reply, I’ll give you one without ‘horns or teeth.’ Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason—for I do not accept the conclusions of councils of popes because they contradict each other—my conscience is held captive by the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”

The Gift of Music

“I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people joyful; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.”

Christ in Our Neighbor

“There are some of us who think to ourselves, ‘If I had only been there! How quick I would have been to help the baby. I would have washed his linen. How happy I would have been to go with the shepherds to see the Lord lying in the manger!’ Why don’t we do it now? We have Christ in our neighbor.”

When the Devil Condemns

“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is, there I shall be also!’”

Not My Name

“The first thing I ask is that people should not make use of my name, and should not call themselves Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone. . . . How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name?”

– Martin Luther

The Glory of Creation

Fall Harvest

fall-harvest-pumpkin-wagon-wheelImage Credit: dodskypict.com

Into All the World

“God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.” (Martin Luther)

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