Reformation 500: A Short Tidbit

Reformation 500:

A Short Tidbit

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Today is the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, or the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Catholic Church. It was a time of great change. Many were beginning to come out of the dark and middle ages, as books became more readily available, to the higher classes, as the printing press had been invented by Johann Gutenberg sometime before 1450, and it was improved over the years, so the copies could more readily come out. Martin Luther was one man who took advantage of the idea of books getting printed for the masses. He pianistically translated the Holy Bible from Hebrew / Latin to German, so that those in Europe could finally read it for themselves, instead of relying on Catholic priest, dictated by the pope, for what the Holy Bible said and how it should be interpreted. He used all the ways in which people could understand the Holy Bible, such as simple illustrations (like movie posters today) for the masses that were illiterate, small pamphlets, which were so popular, that they made for easy transferal of new thoughts and ideas, just printing off The New Testament, that could be bought with one week’s pay, and the whole Holy Bible, that would take an entire month’s earnings to purchase. Luther wanted to get out the good news, but why?

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In a time of poverty, death, exploration, enslavement, manipulation, and revolt, the Popes of the time wanted to control the people, even to the point to them believing where they would go after death, so that a new church could be funded and built for them. “In 1517, Pope Leo X declares indulgence for rebuilding St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, a rebuilding that began in 1506 under Pope Julius II. John Tetzel raises much money for the new basilica by telling people they must buy indulgences, or they and their loved ones will suffer in purgatory,” (LutheranReformation.org). Luther, a Catholic Priest, had been influenced by the Bible and the writings of the early church philosopher Augustine, and retained the simple and true belief that one cannot get to heaven on good works alone, but on the blood and salvation of Jesus Christ. Jesus in the only way into heaven because he is, “the way, the truth, and the life,” ( ). Therefore, because of all the abuse the Popes of the days were exploiting on the masses, for newly remodeled church, Martin Luther decided to end it and he nailed his 95 Theses or, “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg 500 years ago today, October 31, 1517.

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Bibliography

Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, The. “Reformation.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 15 Feb. 2017, www.britannica.com/event/Reformation.

History.com Staff. “Martin Luther and the 95 Theses.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/topics/martin-luther-and-the-95-theses.

Missouri Synod, The Lutheran Church -. “Reformation 500th Anniversary | News, Resources, History.” Lutheran Reformation, Lutheran Church Extension Fund, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Thrivent Financial Foundation, 31 Oct. 2017, lutheranreformation.org/.

Waugh, Barry. “The Importance of the Printing Press for the Protestant Reformation, Part One.” reformation21.Org, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Oct. 2013, reformation21.org/articles/the-importance-of-the-printing.php.

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God Changed my Mood, And it was Simple

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Over the past week, I have been trying to concentrate on my blog and getting about a thousand-other thing ready for Halloween and other Fall festivities, with normal things thrown on top of that. I was concentrating so much on other people, all things I had to do, and my blog, Romantic Remedies and Fairy Tale Treasures (yes, I have two), that I just had not spent the time with God that I needed. I did pray consistently, but there was something in his word that I was missing, and I did not figure it out until I did my Bible study this morning. I was talking to God, telling him all my woes and my reasons for doing what I want to do, blah, blah, blah, but I didnot take the hint and look inside my Bible. Well, after going through the Bible study today, I felt a surge of energy, inspiration, and the will to do the things I have been telling myself to do for the past few weeks. God changed my mood from blah, to “Let’s go!”, and He can change yours too.

All it took was listening to him, and aligning myself with hisword, so naturally I wanted to obey. Naturally, I wanted to seek His face, and not my own desires. Do not get me wrong. God still cares about my desires and my little woes, but without trusting our Saviour, I was falling short on the whole inspiration thing. Any blogger knows how much time it takes to build a blog, acquire a following, post all sorts of things to social media (and if you are not consistent, people get mad and quit following you, even if you just miss a single day), there is all sorts of pressure, however, the silver lining in all of that is when you follow more experienced bloggers’ advice and learn to schedule your stuff, but it still takes long hours of hard work and meticulous planning, every month or whenever. I feel like the only way I am going to get-it-together is if God is involved in every step of it. When I wake up, I do so with Him. When I start a new blog post or photoshoot, I need to do so with Him. We are told to, “. . . pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people,” Ephesians 6:18.

We are told to pray on ALL occasions, this means that we can pray as we work. Should we pray for our work, YES! God wants us to bring everything to him, because he knows what we are struggling with, and he will realign us with His word every time we need realignment. He tells us, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you,” Psalm 32.8. Guys, God has given us a destiny! How awesome is that? We have choice though, we get to choose our careers and what we do with our lives, God will shape us from the inside out, so that we choose His desires for us, because He loves us. We must let him, and it is easier if we love him back, so that he is able to shape us, and we choose what aligns with his desires for our lives. We will be reshaped by the renewing of our minds. How do we renew our minds? We do that by reading and studying His word. The word of truth.

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Dear Lord,

 

I thank you for realigning me with your Holy Spirit. You have given me such wonderful talents, and I am so grateful for them. We ask you today to realign our hearts, our mind, and our souls with you and your will for our live. Please protect our loved ones, and guide us through any tragedy, big or small. Help us to live day-to-day in your presence.

 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

 

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