Monday, October 30, 2006

October 31 is for Christians

Do you know what tomorrow is? Tomorrow is a day that all Christians can celebrate and feel good about. This is not a slam on Halloween. I know a number of Christians will write on this, and some preachers will preach their most memorable sermons, sad to say, against halloween this week. But what I mean in saing that October 31 is for Christians, has nothing to do with halloween.

Tomorrow is Reformation Day for all Protestant Christians. Oct. 31, 1517 was the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses for discussion to the church door at Wittenberg, and sparked the Protestant Reformation. How can you celebrate this great day? Here's some suggestions:

1) Read a short biographical sketch of Martin Luther (you can find these online easily)

2) Sing some Reformation hymns with your family (like Martin Luther's "A Mighty Fortress is Our God")

3) Have a dinner table discussion about the significance of the Reformation

4) Read a Calvin or Luther sermon

5) Spend time praying and thanking God for the labor, sacrifice, and faithfulness of those who have gone before you.

Remember that 2006 was not an act of creation ex nihilo. God brought us to this point in History by the actions and efforts of Christians who have gone before us. October 31 is for Christians, so celebrate without guilt!


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