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October 2014 Pastor's letter
Dear Redeemed in Jesus Christ:

The Lutheran Study Bible states: “The Reformation started from a man studying the Bible: Martin Luther. It grew from an educational setting: Wittenberg University. As these facts show, biblical studies and Christian education had the greatest importance for early Lutherans. Everywhere the Reformation spread, Bible reading and Christian education followed. Lutheran congregations, schools, missions, colleges, and universities still place great importance on study of Holy Scripture.
“But there is another, perhaps even more important, factor binding the Lutheran Church to the careful study of Scripture, something that distinguished the Lutheran Reformation from other movements—its beliefs about God’s Word.
“In contrast with what Luther learned about the Word in his youth, he came to believe that the Word was not lifeless and passive but was truly lively and life-giving. He saw that, through His Word, God worked to bless and guide His Church. Therefore, Luther viewed the Gospel of God’s Word as a means of grace, as he described it in the Large Catechism:
‘You must always have God’s Word in your heart, upon your lips, and in your ears.
But where the heart is idle and the Word does not sound, the devil breaks in and has done the damage before we are aware [Matthew 13:24–30]. On the other hand, the Word is so effective that whenever it is seriously contemplated, heard, and used, it is bound never to be without fruit [Isaiah 55:11; Mark 4:20]. It always awakens new understanding, pleasure, and devoutness and produces a pure heart and pure thoughts [Philippians 4:8]. For these words are not lazy or dead, but are creative, living words [Hebrews 4:12]’” (Large Catechism 1:100–101) [The Lutheran Study Bible (p. xi).]
The Lutheran Reformation that began in the sixteenth century in Wittenberg, Germany, spread throughout Europe due to the writings of Martin Luther. Luther stressed the same thing Lutheran pastors today stress: We are saved by God’s grace (undeserved mercy) through the gift of saving faith in Jesus Christ. We still use the Bible today to remind us of our sins and to remind us of our Savior from our sins in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for us. October 31, 1517 is the day church historians point to as the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation when Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The Christian Church has never been the same since.

In Jesus Christ’s Service,
Pastor Richard Milbrandt

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