“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world,” wrote Martin Luther in the forward of a 1538 symphony by George Rhau.
“Music controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits,” Luther further observed. “The precious gift of music has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.” Continue reading
One night a family’s house caught fire and they were forced to run outside. However, the fire blocked their path to the upstairs bedroom where their son was sleeping. The father yelled for the son to open his bedroom window.
On the ground below the boy’s father knew his son had to jump to save his life. “Jump!” hollered the frantic father, “Jump, I’ll catch you!”
All the frightened little fellow could see, however, was smoke, flames, and the darkness of the night. He was scared to jump.
His father kept pleading, “Jump! I’ll catch you.” Continue reading
The 16th century German theologian, Martin Luther is credited with saying “A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.”
We understand the value of anything is determined by its investment, either in time, money, or personal sacrifice. When Jesus says, “follow me,” he is calling us, not just to hang out with him, or tag along, but to a devout, different, and dedicated, life. Continue reading
C. S. Lewis once explained his faith by writing, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
What a simple, yet profound explanation of the purpose, potential, and power of faith. Continue reading
“A Georgia teenager wrote a letter to God and then sent it to the clouds attached to helium balloons – and was shocked this week when she received a response,” reported Michael Foust in ChristianHeadlines.com
“The 18-year-old teen girl, Mykehia Curry,” Foust wrote, “was inspired to write a letter to God about her financial situation. She is planning to attend college.”
“God help me go to college. God this is me again, please help me get everything I need to leave Wednesday. I love you, Amen,” the letter read, according to WMAZ-TV. Continue reading
This past Tuesday was the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous 95 Theses.
According to tradition the German Monk and Bible Professor challenged the Pope to a debate on 95 issues by nailing them to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. His revolutionary opinions would spark the Protestant Reformation and alter the course of history. Continue reading
In 1517 Martin Luther was just an obscure, unknown Catholic priest. Until.
Until he decided to challenge the teachings of the Catholic church when he nailed his 95 theses on the church house door in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther challenged the church on 95 points where he felt they were scripturally wrong. This opposition meant a charge of heresy and certain excommunication. It could have resulted in torture and death. Continue reading