November 21

 

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:56-57

 

This is a beautiful passage for Christians.  It shows us how, through Christ’s victory, we can get rid of death’s sting.  It shows us how we can get rid of the power of the law, which drives that sting into us and kills us.  Ultimately, the sting will be completely removed from us.  Paul closes with an appropriate song, which we also can sing:  “But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory.”  With this song, we can continually celebrate Easter, praising God for this victory.  We didn’t win this victory or achieve it in battle, for it’s too great and lofty.  But this victory was given to us out of God’s grace.  He defeated the enemies – sin, death, and hell.  He gave us this victory so that we can call it our own, just as if we had won it.

Now we must take it seriously and not live in contradiction to God, as do those who presume to conquer sin and death by themselves.  Also, we don’t want to be found ungrateful, as apathetic Christians often are; we should rather hold this victory in our hearts with firm faith and strengthen ourselves with it.  We should keep this message of Christ’s victory in mind and sing about it as we travel along joyfully until that day when we experience this victory in our own bodies.

 

 

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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