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November 6, 2017
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Martin Luther

Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief cornerstone; this came about from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?
Matthew 21:42 (NASB)

When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.   John 2:22 (NASB)

Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.  Luke 24:27 (NASB)

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.  
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 (NASB) 

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Martin Luther


Martin Luther was 42 years old when he married a former nun.  A year later a son, Hans, was born to them.  Luther was devoted to his son.  Five years later he wrote this Christmas carol for him.  Luther called it "A Christmas Child's Song Concerning the Christ Jesus."  It was sung each year during Christmas Eve festivities at the Luther home.


For over 500 years, this song has been one of Lutheranism's greatest carols, delighting children today just as it thrilled little Hans in the sixth century.  The story I've shared was paraphrased from the book Then Sings My Soul: Book 2 by Robert J. Morgan Luther's hymn follows.


From heav'n above to earth I come,

To bear good news to every home;

Glad tidings of great joy I bring,

Where of I now will say and sing.


To you, this night, is born a Child

Of Mary, chosen mother mild;

This tender Child of lowly birth,

Shall be the joy of all your earth.


'Tis Christ our God, who far on high

Had heard your sad and bitter cry'

Himself will your Salvation be,

Himself from sin will make you free.


These are the tokens ye shall mark,

The swaddling clothes and manager dark; 

There shall ye find the young Child laid,

By Whom the heav'ns and earth were made.


"From Heaven Above to Earth I Come"

by Martin Luther, translated by Catherine Windworth


The study of how the Luthers celebrated Christmas in the sixth century adds a sense of continuity, connection, and stability to our celebration in the twenty-first century.  The focus was, is, and always shall be on the birth of the Christ-child: God-man, deity, God in human flesh, God's most precious gift to man.


May we celebrate the legacy from past generations and likewise leave a memorable history that future generations will treasure and find a blessing.

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Partial Chronology of Martin Luther
1483 - Luther is born in Eisleben on November 10 
and baptized the following day.  He is the 
eldest of what history believes to be eight
children born to his parents, Johannes
"Hans" Ludher and Margarethe Ludher nee
1484 - Luther's parents move to Mansfeld when 
he is around six months old.  This is where they will raise all of their children and remain for the rest of their lives.
1490 - Martin is sent to school in Eisenach.
1496 - 97 Martin attends school in Magdeburg for one year.
1501 - Martin goes to the University of Erfurt.
1505 - Martin vows to become a monk on July 2 
while traveling through the village of Stotternheim.  He enters the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt and takes holy orders.
1506 - Martin meets Johannas von Staupitz.
1507 - Martin is ordained and performs his first                Mass with his parents and others in                        attendance.
1508 - In the fall, Staupitz sends Luther to                      Wittenberg for a year.
1509 - While at Wittenberg, Martin receives his
bachelor's degree in the Bible.
1510 - 11 Martin makes walking pilgrimage to 
1511 - Staupitz transfers him to Wittenberg 
monastery, where he will remain throughout his life.
1512 - Under a pear tree, Staupitz persuades 
Luther to study for his doctorate. Luther earns his doctorate.
1513 - 17 Luther lectures on Psalms, Romans, 
Galatians, and Hebrews, laying the exegetical foundation for all that lies ahead.
1517 - Luther posts his Ninety-five Theses 
(traditionally on October 31) and mails a letter and the theses to Archbishop Albrecht at Magdeburg.
In the end, what Luther did was not merely to open a door in which people were free to rebel against their leaders but to open a door in which people were obliged by God to take responsibility for themselves and free to help those around them who could not help themselves.  No longer could we complain that we were forced to accept the poor spiritual or governmental leadership of those in authority over us.  On the contrary, we now had not only the freedom but the responsibility to take these things into our own hands, trusting only in God.  So what Luther did was usher the West into its maturity.  What this further did - as Luther foresaw and passionately hoped - was encourage people to depend the more on God, to deepen their relationship with him personally, and to increase their knowledge of his Scriptures; else how could they justify their dissent?  This was how Luther had done it.  He knew there was no substitute for this and that it was far better that someone try to understand God and truth with the possibility of getting some things wrong than to depend on others to understand these things.  Freedom with God, with the possibility of growth and death, was better than the safe fetters of childhood.
Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
by Eric Metaxas
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1. Pray: Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 
Luke 24:45 (NASB)

2. Pray: "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'"  John 7:38 (NASB)
3. Pray:"Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning....Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.
Job 34:2, 4 (NIV)

4. Pray: Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.  I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
Proverbs 4:1,2 (NIV)

5. Praise: There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another - showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way.  Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.  2 Timothy 3:15 - 17 (The Message)

6. Pray: For God's direction for BTR.
7. Pray: The Preservation Project.
8. Pray: Philippines radio & broadcast.

Prayer: Lord, turn my eyes away from worthless things; renew my life according to Your Word.

...nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
2 Timothy 1:12

Sing with me this morning Blessed Assurance by Fannie J. Crosby.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!  Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood!

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song, 
Praising my Savior all the day long.
In my Savior's name,
Pearl Anderson

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)