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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My Heart went Stone Cold

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My Heart went Stone Cold

“I will give you new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezek. 36:26)

In the midst of my passionate faith journey, everything went dark. My desire for living entirely for the Lord dwindled, fast. I was lost, and stuck in a rut, looking at my life in fear. However, there is a moment where this all began, or, rather, a series of moments where it all began, but the biggest one attributes to my instinct and new found knowledge of a significant change in my life; something I was hoping to hold off on until my plans were set in motion and my goals were met, but, God in all His great glory had something else up his sleeve, and now my path is headed in that direction, whether I planned it or not.

We are having our second child.

Right after I saw the positive sign on the pregnancy test, I was horrified, and yet grateful. Nonetheless, I was mad. It took me two days to tell my husband, and a little longer to tell my family, and into the second trimester, I have yet to post my adorable announcement photos for all of my friends and family to see.

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However, this is not because of anger anymore, but out of fear. Fear of not being accepted. Fear that I won’t be able to handle it. Fear of being looked down on for not yet having my bachelor’s degree or living out my dream as an accomplished children’s book  author (I published my first book last month, Childhood Memories,and my second on Monday, Monkey Games). The Devil has been attacking me in all sorts of ways to make me fearful. He has attacked my passions, my zeal for life, my family, my spirit, etc. Nevertheless, it was time to fight back. Whatever he was doing to me, he will do no more. God is in control!

No matter how good that sounds, if I am not proactive about “letting go and letting God,” then I will be “holding on and letting the Devil take control”, thus bringing me back to a stone cold heart and an angry, empty life.

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all of your blessing. Lord, I am going through a tough time again. There is a lack of trust arising again in my family. There are accusations being thrown against me and total disrespect aimed my way. I am feeling unloved, disrespected, misunderstood, and like there is a plot getting planned against me. Lord, again, I want to run from this marriage and take my babies with me, but Lord, you know that I want to trust you too much to actually go. Our two year anniversary is coming up in a few days, and I pray that you bless that day and allow us to forgive each other of our faults. Please, soften our hearts, rekindle our spirit, and be in the middle of it all. Please, help those who do not seek you, but have loved ones praying for them. Please, create in me a clean heart and and new spirit.

Dear Lord, thank you for your many wonderful blessings.

In Jesus and,

Amen.

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