December 10

 

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.  Psalm 111:2

 

The works of the Lord are great.  But in this passage, the psalmist points out that only a few devout people notice what God has done.  Most people don’t praise God or thank him.  They never say, “Great are the works of the Lord.”  Though they are completely surrounded by his gifts, they have gotten used to them.  They take advantage of what God has given them, rooting around in God’s gifts like a hog in a bag of feed.  They say, “What’s so special about the fact that the sun shines, fire gives warmth, the ocean provides fish, the earth yields grain, cows have calves, women give birth to children, and hens lay eggs?  These things happen every day.

Is something insignificant just because it happens every day?  If the sun wouldn’t shine for ten days, suddenly it would be a great thing when it began shinning again.  If fire existed only in one place on the earth, I think it would be more precious than gold or silver.  If there were only one well in the world, I would imagine that a drop of water would be worth more than a thousand dollars.

God showers people with rich and wonderful blessings. But how ungrateful and blind people are!  They don’t recognize these blessings as amazing miracles from God, so they don’t admire them, give thanks for them, or act happy about them.  However, if a clown can walk on a tightrope or train monkeys, people are ready to admire and praise him for it.  The psalmist points out that the Lord’s works are great, but these works are appreciated only in the eyes of God’s faithful followers.

 

 

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

 

95 Theses are reproduced in their entirety, with an introduction and explanatory notes to aid readers in discerning the significance of Luther’s call to reformation.

The Ninety-Five Theses is a text that everyone knows, most refer to, but few actually read, writes Stephen Nichols. Nevertheless, it is such a crucial text that it deserves to be read widely. Toward that end, Nichols has prepared this edition with an illuminating introduction, explanatory notes, and several illustrations. Martin Luther has left a legacy that continues to enrich the church through his writings. . ., writes Nichols. All of this may be traced back to the last day in October 1517 and the nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses to the church door.

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