Luther Puts a Nail in the Heart of Bad Religion—And 3 Other Holidays
Why did Martin Luther nail his famous 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door on October 31, 1517?
He was confronting two religious observances that promoted false saintliness and exploited people’s fear of judgment and purgatory. There’s a curious connection between Halloween and Reformation Day, and it’s more than just proximity on the calendar.
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Michael Horton has a new book entitled The Gospel-Driven Life. Over the past couple of years Dr. Horton has really impacted my life through his writings and radio show- The White Horse Inn. I highly encourage you to listen or read anything by him…
Favorite quote (so far) from the book:
“The bible is not a collection of timeless principles offering a gentle thought for the day. It is not a resource for our self-improvement. Rather, it is a dramatic story that unfolds from promise to fulfillment, with Christ at the center. Its focus is God and his action. God is not a supporting actor in our drama; it is the other way around. God does not exist to make sure that we are happy and fulfilled. Rather, we exist to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. God is not a facilitator of our “life transformation” projects. He is not a life coach. Rather, he is our Creator, Lawgiver, Judge, and covenant Lord.”
Michael Horton- The Gospel Driven Life (pg 26)
Great answer to a common question. Thank God for the Gospel!
Found this on John Piper’s blog, really helpful.
October 27, 2009 | By: John Piper
Sometimes readers of the Bible see the conditions that God lays down for his blessing and they conclude from these conditions that our action is first and decisive, then God responds to bless us.
That is not right.
There are indeed real conditions that God often commands. We must meet them for the promised blessing to come. But that does not mean that we are left to ourselves to meet the conditions or that our action is first and decisive.
Here is one example to show what I mean.
In Jeremiah 29:13 God says to the exiles in Babylon, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” So there is a condition: When you seek me with all your heart, then you will find me. So we must seek the Lord. That is the condition of finding him.
But does that mean that we are left to ourselves to seek the Lord? Does it mean that our action of seeking him is first and decisive? Does it mean that God only acts after our seeking?
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“My orders are to fight;
Then if I bleed, or fail,
Or strongly win, what matters it?
God only doth prevail.
The servant craveth naught
Except to serve with might.
I was not told to win or lose—
My orders are to fight.”
I just spent the last hour-ish looking at some pretty amazing photos (I actually have one as my laptop background now). National Geographic is holding its annual photo contest and the photos that have been submitted are really cool. If you have some time, I would suggest you take a look at some of the amazing things in God’s creation.
International Photography Contest 2009 Photo Galleries
This is the one I have as my laptop background…