Live as if Christ died yesterday,

rose this morning

and is coming back tomorrow. ~Martin Luther

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These stirring words were spoken by the famous Protestant reformer Martin Luther. This past weekend the Protestant church observed Reformation Sunday. I was privileged to hear a sermon from a Godly young chaplain that reminded us of the meaning of this important day. As a Protestant I am grateful for Martin Luther who on October 31, 1517 took a stand against things he saw in the Church that he could not reconcile with Scripture.  The Church has never been the same (PTL!) since he posted his famous 95 Thesis to the door of the Wittenburg Church not far from where I am writing these words today.

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Yesterday I stood on a piece of ground in Heidelberg that honored Martin Luther.  Heidelberg was one of the first trips (described as perilous) after Martin nailed his grievances to the church door. In April of 1518 Luther defended his statements at the Heidelberg Disputation declaring a new theology of man’s total dependence on grace alone.

Standing where Martin stood in Heidelberg

Here are just a few other profound words from Brother Martin Luther:

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace,

so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.

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Forgiveness is God’s command.

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Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth;

help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.

Martin Luther

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Thank you Martin Luther! People are still taking a stand for faith in God alone–may it ever be so!

©Brenda Pace, 2010

Silly Bandz
When Jolie comes for a visit she always brings several things with her to include books, a doll or stuffed animal and other little trinkets. Recently among her treasures was a key ring filled with a rainbow of what she described as silly bandz.™

A sample of Jolie's Silly Bandz™

The official count

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She was quick to educate me on this new fad, which includes both collecting and trading the colorful stretchy shapes.
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Fads intrigue me
A fad is something that catches on, then after a while interest fades and the novelty of whatever was ‘in’ is no more. Webster defines it as  a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal.

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What is it that makes something become a fad?  What makes something stop being a fad and become an ongoing part of life?
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This application may be a stretch (Ouch! Excuse the silly bandz pun!), but I was thinking about fads as it relates to my Christian walk. Referring to Webster’s description, there’s nothing wrong with zeal—in fact, I want my faith to be characterized by zeal. However, I certainly want my faith to be more than a fad.
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I think Ephesians 4:14-15 speaks to ‘fad’ faith vs. lasting faith: We are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming, but speaking the truth in love we are to grow up in all aspects unto Him, who is the head, even Christ.
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True biblical faith is to be collected and passed on, not as a trendy fad, but as a lifestyle!
©Brenda Pace, 2010
A great quote to ponder:
Christianity isn’t a faith that sits in tension with the realities of the world; it is the viewfinder through which our vision of reality finally becomes clear.
A Christianity Worth Believing by Doug Paggitt, (89).