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October 31: An Important Day in Christian History

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On October 31, 1517,  498 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the doors of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. 


The sale of indulgences infuriated Martin Luther. Luther knew that paying indulgences could not achieve forgiveness. After studying the Greek New Testament, he realized that the Greek word "metanoia, repentance, meant a change in heart, not mere performance of outward works, as theologians of his day defined it." Paying, whether by works or money, could not achieve forgiveness of sins.

The Ninety-five Theses were meant to be discussion points between scholars but, "In a fortnight they flew all over Germany" as Luther, himself stated. "Throughout his life, Luther preached and taught God's promise of redemption to the repentant sinner." He died on February 18, 1546, in Eisleben at the age of 62.

"Little did Martin Luther realized the forces that would be set in motion by the posting of his Ninety-five Theses. He merely felt it necessary to speak out against the error of his day. He was willing to stand up and be counted for truth, and God used him to change the world."

Celebrating 499 Years (Free)- from Knowledge Quest

The Complete Works of Martin Luther on Kindle (Free)

Reformation Day Activities: ($2.42) 24 pages to help you celebrate the great works and people of the Reformation.  In these pages you will find Martin Luther, the Covenanters, Lady Jane Grey, John Calvin, John Wycliff and many others.

Martin Luther Lapbook ($0.63) -The lapbook includes picture cards of many of the important people in his life, a map of the places he lived and visited, a timeline of his life, a picture of his 95 Theses, and much more.

A Might Fortress is Our God- ($1.00)  Learn about Martin Luther and his famous hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God". This 38 page copywork book has a "fortress" theme using castles along with all four verses of Martin Luther's famous hymn. Also in between hymn verses are well-known or not so well-known interesting facts about Martin Luther as additional copywork. 

One Year Book of Christian History, A daily Glimpse into God's powerful work. This is a great resources for Christian history. Small one-page devotionals full of history and God's word combined. Isn't history HIS-story?

Quoted passages taken from The One Year Book of Christain History" by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten

Have fun learning about our Christian History and Martin Luther!


Enjoying the journey,


Michelle Osborn the founder and owner of 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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