Sunday, October 28, 2012

History's 'Birthday Gift' to Me


My birthday is this Wednesday and, of course, I have endured all of the jokes that go along when you were born on Halloween. 

However, there are some other notable events that have happened on October 31. For instance, on October 31, 1517 (considerably longer ago than I was born!), Martin Luther, nailed his '95 Theses' on the church door at Wittenberg, essentially attacking Papal Sovereignty, the doctrine of indulgences (absolution from sins in exchange for monetary gifts to the church) and began a revolution that resulted in what we call the 'Protestant Church'. Martin Luther's revolutionary teaching that salvation was by 'grace through faith', is still wrestled with today, yet it is based on Ephesians 2:8 and it reminds us of a God is so Holy, that we can never do enough deeds to earn His Forgiveness, Love or Salvation. 

This is a dramatization of Luther's defense of his remarkable document. The passion and conviction in this portrayal of Luther is palpable. It is a reminder that those of us who purpose for living is based on God's Word, should be faithful to that purpose no matter what. 

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