September 4

 

Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” John 6:37

 

If a servant was obedient and had earned the approval of his master, it would be normal for his master to want him to stay.  The master wouldn’t be showing any special virtue by doing this.  But if a master threw a good servant out of his house, that would be to the disgrace of the master, not the servant.  On the other hand, if the servant was disobedient and yet the master kept him in the house, then that would be to the master’s credit.  So even if you fall and sin, Christ won’t push you away.  A mother would never want to get rid of a child because the child was dirty, sick, or injured.  Although young children often misbehave, no father would disinherit them or throw them out of the house for their bad behavior.  The father would merely scold them, “If you want to be my child, then you’d better stop doing what’s wrong.  I will overlook it this time.”

The Lord takes the same approach.  He’s saying, “I see that you don’t believe. If you are to have faith, I know that my Father must give it to you.  If he gives you faith, then you will certainly be able to believe.  Yet you want to be my master.  You want me to be your student.  That’s not going to work.  This shows that the Father hasn’t called you.  But others will come who will accept my message.  These people may be weak and clumsy Christians.  But if they only believe, I will never drive them away.”

 

 

Life of Luther

 

Barnas Sears, D.D.

 

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

 

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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