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Martin Luther Reformation: Celebrating 500 years

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October 31st, best know as Halloween is also  Reformation Day, the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church—an event that eventually sparked the Reformation. This is an excellent opportunity for Protestants to celebrate how the gospel of salvation has been accurately taught since the days of the Reformation.

Reformation Day Videos

Charlie Brown

Luther and the Protestant Reformation: Crash Course World History #218

A Four Year Old Explains Reformation Day


Posts about the Reformation

October 31: An Important Day in Christian History

Reformation 500: 50 Things You May Not Know About Luther

Teaching Toddlers about the Reformation

Reformation Day Party Ideas- Alternative to Halloween

Martin Luther, Racism, and the Church


Books about Martin Luther

The Complete Works of Martin Luther on Kindle (Free)

Did Martin Luther Go On A Diet of Worms? (Church History for Kids Book 2) -Children

Martin Luther: What should I do? -Children

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World- Children

The Life of Martin Luther: A Pop-Up Book-Children

Martin Luther (Social Studies Readers) - Children

Reformation ABCs: The People, Places, and Things of the Reformation―from A to Z- Kids

Martin Luther - Christian Biographies for Young Readers-Children

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World- Teens 

When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther -Teens

What Really Happened in Medieval Times. Use Coupon Code - WRH40 - for 40% off the ebook (through Oct 31st)


Coloring Pages and Printables

Martin Luther- timelines figures and coloring pages, great resource!

Reformation Day Notebooking Pages

Free Unit Studies


The following is written by Carmen Davis, president of Apologia Educational Ministries.

There are really five major pillars, all closely related, that came out of the Reformation and have stood the test of time:


Sola Scriptura. Sola scriptura is Latin for “by Scripture alone,” meaning that the Word of God is the sole infallible authority over Christian faith and practice. “All scripture is breathed out by God . . . that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).


Sola Gratia. Sola gratia means “by grace alone.” This means that the totality of our salvation is a gift of grace from God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).


Sola Fide. Sola fide is Latin for “by faith alone.” In other words, salvation comes by way of faith, not by works. We can do nothing to earn or buy our way into heaven. When the jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Paul also wrote, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. . . . For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith” (Romans 1:16-17).


Sola Christus. Sola Christus means “in Christ alone.” This is the belief that Christ is the one and only mediator between God and man, and He is the only way to salvation. “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).


Soli Deo Gloria. Soli Deo gloria is Latin for “glory to God alone.” In other words, we must give every part of our lives to God and do all for His glory alone. Johann Sebastian Bach signed each of his compositions with the initials SDG to declare that God alone was to receive the glory for the wonders of His creation and redemption. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).


In 1521, a few years after the incident at Wittenburg, Martin Luther stood trial before an assembly of the Holy Roman Empire and was ordered to recant his teachings. Although the words were not recorded in the trial transcript, tradition holds that Luther concluded his defense by saying, “Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”



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Enjoying the journey,


Michelle Osborn the founder and owner Yellow House Book Rental, a service to homeschool families. She is a 20-year homeschool veteran of four, two married, one in college, and one teenager at home. 


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