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On this day, October 31st, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed a document he had written to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Within two weeks, that document–95 items for discussion in the Roman Catholic Church–had been copied and had spread all over Europe. The Reformation had begun!

The message of the Reformers can be summed up in one packed sentence: Scripture alone reveals that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. Those biblical truths, which had been lost, obscured, or hidden, were rediscovered.

The Reformation has taken place, and we praise God for it, but the church must always be reforming. We celebrate what God did through faithful men and women in the 16th and 17th centuries, but we also look forward to what He will do in continuing His work of reformation.

Happy Reformation Day!

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I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 1:14-16 this morning. Here is a summary of my sermon in the space of one sentence: God commands us to be holy in every area of our lives, which we do by not living the way we did before He saved us and by imitating Him – the One is holy.

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Here is the inimitable Greg Koukl providing a strategy of dealing with people who say things like “Christians are stupid,” or “Christians are hypocrites.” He gives a two letter response. You can read it here.

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“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom. 8:18).

Our problem isn’t that we don’t understand suffering, it’s that we don’t understand the greatness of the glory which is to be revealed. If we did, our present trials, sufferings, and even persecutions would be welcomed as friends and not dreaded as enemies. May it be so!

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on 1 Peter 1:13. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Focusing on God’s future grace requires preparing our minds for action and being sober-minded.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 1:10-12. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Our salvation is great because it is by grace; was predicted by the prophets; involves both the sufferings and glories of Christ; was preached by the apostles; and is a mystery to angels.

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When we ask the Lord for something in prayer, should we add the phrase “If it be Your will, Lord”?

Some say we shouldn’t because they think it’s a statement of our unbelief. Some say we should because it indicates we’re expressing our submission to God.

R.C. Sproul has a few things to say on the subject here. It’s worth a read.

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