December 15

And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;   Matthew 5:11-12

Mary praised God for his power, knowledge, and desire to perform many amazing and great works.  This song of praise strengthens our faith, comforts those who are humble, and terrifies all the powerful people on earth.  She didn’t sing it for herself alone.  She wanted all of us to sing this song with her.

The great works God has done won’t comfort you unless you believe that God is capable of doing them.  More important, you must believe that God is willing to do them.  However, believing that he is willing to do them for others but not for you is inadequate too.  If you only believe this much, you will put yourself beyond the reach of what God wants to do for you.  This is what people who don’t fear God so, as well as what people who have weak faith do.  Those with weak faith have lost hope in God and because of their hardships, have fallen into despair.

Believing that God is willing to help other people but unwilling to help you shows that your faith is dead.  It’s like believing in a fairy tale.  You shouldn’t waver or have doubts about God’s intentions toward you.  You must train yourself to firmly believe that he is able to o great things for you and that he is willing to do them.  This kind of faith is alive and real.  It will spread throughout every aspect of your life and transform you.  If you are powerful, it will make you afraid.  If you are humble, it will forgive you comfort.  The more powerful you are, the more afraid you will be.  The humbler you are, the more comfort you will receive.

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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