Posts tagged ‘martin luther’

August 24, 2016

Good News

I wanted to encourage you in your walk today. Regardless if things are going great or you are struggling, know that God is there with you.  For me, I was totally encouraged by this paragraph below that I read from a devo today that just gave me such a smile and Joy in my spirit that I had to share it.

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What I want to do First is read this book A Cloud of Witnesses. Second thing I want to do is sing praises to God knowing that He is always right by my side in the good and the bad…ALL the time!

For us as Christians, I think it gets hard some times when you can’t see God physically or as the paragraph above notes “in life’s darkest hours” we don’t think he’s there.  But as scripture and our forefathers that have gone before us know, we need to trust on God’s promises for our lives and not solely on our experiences.

I won’t give pass to our experiences and how important those are in our daily walk with Christ. However, if you are relying solely on them or even feelings, well that’s a whole other problem that we must overcome as believers and furthermore trust God’s revealed Word in the Bible over them.

With that I want to encourage you to keep reading God’s word and what he says to us as believers. Know that we do have such a great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us that have paved the way for us to be here in such a time as this.

Glory be to God.

Amen.

April 24, 2008

95th Thesis

http://www.specialtyinterests.net/95thesis.html

I wanted to share with you all Martin Luther’s 95th Thesis and I would ask you all to read it in it’s entirety.  It’s a fabulous document that changed the Church Forever…and for the good and better of the Church I might add. 

I will continue to preach Unity in the Body of Christ on not division.  I believe Martin Luther saw a grievance in the Church and spoke out against it as we are called to do in the body of Christ.  As my brother from CARM(link to the right side) wrote in a response to a question about wether we can make judgements or not, he said, “Can we make judgments?  Yes we can.  I judge lying to be wrong.  I judge murder to be wrong along with stealing, adultery, and abortion.  It does not mean that we cannot make spiritual judgments.
1 Cor. 2:14-15 says, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man.”  The word “appraised” is anakrino.  It means to examine, judge, ask questions, search, and discern.  So, we are able to make spiritual judgments.

When you make yours, do so without hypocrisy and in a manner consistent with Scripture.

Indulgences were wrong in Martin Luther’s time and still are today.  The Cross and Jesus’ sacrifice tore the curtain down from top to bottom from the Holy of Holies.  This enabled us to come to Christ directly and ask for forgiveness for our sins.  For us to come to Christ with all of our problems and issues and not for some human being to say your forgiven, “For who is man that I should be mindful of Him declares the Lord?”

Be Blessed!

April 23, 2008

The Pope reconsiders Martin Luther

The Pope reconsiders Martin Luther « LiturgicalCredo.com’s Blog

Read the above article first before reading my comments below, PLEASE!

There was a the article above and then some comments below.  I had to reply with my thoughts and felt that this was the beginning of a good blog post.  🙂

My view is that even though I go to a Methodist Church, I am first a believer in Jesus Christ, God The Father and the Holy Spirit.  I just happen to go to a Methodist Church and in that, I go there because Jesus is alive and well there.  The Holy Spirit is very Active and moving and working.  I believe in the Bible and it’s infallibility, not any man, for we all fall short of the Glory of God and all have sinned, period.  The fact that my church has a Traditional service and a Contemporary service(which I go to :)) is evident that we have a good mix of people that worship differently and my church has recognized that and created the contemporary services.   Jesus never stated the need for a hundred different denominations, He just wanted people to have the faith of a mustard seed.  As Pastor Larry stated this past weekend in one of his talks on an Emmaus weekend, “the Devil just comes into the church and starts asking questions like, the bread really isn’t the REAL body of Christ is it?”  Thus begins the separation of believers into a sort of ‘faction’ group of people that allowed division to come in.  Anyway, my response below to the post and read the previous comments to mine as well if you can. 

The song we sang this past weekend that I’m sure is an old timey hymnal goes like this, “One Bread, One Body, One Lord of All, One cup of Blessing which we Bless, and we though many, throughout the earth, we are ONE body in this ONE LORD”

Luther was a Great man of God and saw the truth. Thank God for Luther and what he did. His 95th Thesis is spot on. Indulgences were heresy and so is the fact that the pope is ‘infallible’
Christ died for all and to all whom believe in Him are CHRISTians…period. There is no Catholic or Protestant Church…it’s One Church.
Read Ephesians 2:8, 9 & 4:4, 5
Where is the Church anyway? is it in the Vatican? Is is only your church with walls that you worship in on Sundays and maybe Wednesday’s? The Church, in my humble opinion, is the Body of Believers all over the world, not encompassed by walls, but by souls, anywhere and everywhere.
There is a need, I do believe, for different denominations across the world, that enable you to worship alike in a corporate environment, but to say that Catholics or Protestants is what Jesus intended…I’m not so sure. Man gets in the way, but God’s plans and will overcome ultimately.