October 17

 

 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.  Ecclesiastes 7:14

 

When you are given a good day, here’s what you should do: be happy.  In other words, enjoy the present.  Forget your troubles.  Lay your plans aside.  But keep your emotions in check.  Let your wisdom come form God.  Commit to him both your past and your future.

So be happy in the present, but do so in a way that you don’t forget about the bad times.  In other words, you should be ready for times of sorrow.  Enjoy the present, but don’t start thinking that life will always stay that way.  Beware of becoming overconfident.  Don’t look forward exclusively to good things.  You also need to be prepared for bad times.  Always try to remain even-tempered and open to whatever happens.  In contrast, foolish people cling to the joys of the moment.  They become completely absorbed in them as if these good times were going to last forever.  Then God uses bad times to remove their improper attitudes and arrogance.

So you should be happy in such a way that you don’t immerse yourself in the present.  You should always keep a part of your heart reserved for God, for he is the one who will help you get through the bad times.  Then, when trouble comes, you will be less bothered, because you will have anticipated it.

 

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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