September 19

 

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,  John 1:11-12

 

To everyone who believes in Christ, God offers the privilege of becoming his children.  Yet this greatest of all offers is despised, ridiculed, and laughed at by the blind and condemned people of this world.  In addition, God’s offer is abused and even regarded as blasphemy.  Although those who confess his name and trust his words are children of God, they’re executed as though they were children of the devil, blasphemers, and revolutionaries.  The religious leaders did the same to Christ, God’s only Son.  They accused him of stirring up trouble among the people, of keeping the people from paying taxes to the emperor (Luke 23:2), and of claiming to be the Son of God (John 19:7).

Sometimes the devil attacks devout Christians so fiercely with his flaming arrows (Ephesians6:16) that they forget about the endless glory they have as God’s children.  They begin thinking the opposite and wonder if God has forgotten about them, abandoned them, and thrown them so far away that he can’t see them anymore.

Our faith is still very weak and cold.  If our faith were as strong and steady as it should be, we would practically die from sheer joy.  But we praise God because we know that even those who have only a little faith are also children of God.  That’s why Christ said, “Do not be afraid, little flock” (Luke12:32). So we always need to pray with the apostles, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5), and pray with the man in the book of Mark who cried out, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark9:24).

 

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World

 

A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist!

 

Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.

 

Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.

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