From the Pastor's Desk
November 7, 2017
This past Sunday many, ourselves included, recognized the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, at least Luther’s contribution in the nailing of his 95 thesis to the Wittenberg Church door. The reformation as a movement is much larger than this and not easily nor simply explained. But one of the clear elements that came out of this event was a determined effort for the scriptures to be put into the language of the people. For too long, being written in ancient languages no one but the clergy and a few others could read, people had been chained to whatever the leaders told them the scriptures said regardless of whether they were correct or not. With this desire by the reformers to correct this and coupled with the advancement of the printing press, God’s word was gradually being put into the common language. This was used by the Lord to cause a great advancement of the gospel.
Today we don’t seem to think that this is all really a big deal. After all we have access to the Bible in multiple languages and formats. This ready access has also caused a great many to take the Bible for granted, perhaps forgetting that it is not merely a book but the very word of God. This word is truth and it brings life. This word must not be taken for granted but seen as the means to change lives for the glory of the Lord.
As we are reminded of in Isaiah 55:10-11,
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
May God give us a hunger for his word so that we might grow in our knowledge of him.