Quick Announcement & Hymns of the Past – A Tower of Strength our God is Still: by Martin Luther

***Quick Announcement***

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As you’re all aware, dear friends, October is Reformation month! So, I thought I’d share a Luther hymn. In common slang, I believe we’d call Luther pretty salty. My own term for it is feisty. However you title it, it comes through beautifully in this hymn. I pray that it is a blessing to you, beloved, as it is to me. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

A tow’r of strength our God is still!
A mighty shield and weapon;
He is our help from all the ill
That hath us now o’ertaken.
The old bitter foe
Now means deadly woe:
Deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight,
On earth is not his equal.

With might of ours here naught is done,
Our loss were soon effected:
But for us fights the Valiant One,
Who God Himself elected.
Ask you: “Who is He?”
Christ Jesus: here see
Great Sabaoth’s Lord! 
There is no other God: 
His is the field forever.

Though devils all the world should fill,
All watching to devour us,
We tremble not, we fear no ill,
They cannot overpower us.
This world’s prince may still
Scowl fierce as he will,
He can harm us none,
For he is judged—undone;
One little Word o’erthrows him.

The Word of God they shall let stand
And not a thank have for it,
Here Christ Himself leads the command
With His great gifts and Spirit;
And take they our life,
Goods, fame, child and wife,
When their worst is done,
They yet have nothing won;
The kingdom ours remaineth.

Hymns from the Past – Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice!

This hymn, dear ones, is a beautiful, clear, Gospel presentation and testimony, all while praising the Lord! It doesn’t get much better than this.

Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,
With exultation springing,
And with united heart and voice
And holy rapture singing,
Proclaim the wonders God has done,
How his right arm the victory won.
What price our ransom cost him!

Fast bound in Satan’s chains I lay,
Death brooded darkly over me,
Sin was my torment night and day;
In sin my mother bore me.
But daily deeper still I fell;
My life became a living hell,
So firmly sin possessed me.

My own good works all came to naught,
No grace or merit gaining;
Free will against God’s judgment fought,
Dead to all good remaining.
My fears increased till sheer despair 
Left only death to my share;
The pangs of hell I suffered.

But God had seen my wretched state
Before the world’s foundation,
And mindful of his mercies great,
He planned for my salvation.
He turned to me a father’s heart;
He did not choose easy part
But gave his dearest treasure.

God said to his beloved Son:
“It’s time to have compassion.
Then go, bright jewel of my crown,
And bring to all salvation;
From sin and sorrow set them free;
Slay bitter death for them that they
May live with you forever.”

The Son obeyed his Father’s will,
Was born of virgin mother;
And God’s good pleasure to fulfill,
He came to be my brother.
His royal power disguised he bore,
A servant’s form, like mine, he wore
To lead the devil captive.

To me he said: “Stay close to me,
I am your rock and castle.
Your ransom I myself will be;
For you I strive and wrestle;
For I am yours, and you are mine,
And where I am you may remain;
The foe shall not divide us.

“Though he will shed my precious blood,
Of life me thus bereaving,
All this I suffer for your good;
Be steadfast and believing.
Life will from death the victory win;
My innocence shall bear your sin;
And you are blest forever.

“Now to my Father I depart,
From earth to heaven ascending,
And heavenly wisdom to impart,
The Holy spirit sending;
In trouble he will comfort your
And teach you always to be true
And into truth shall guide you.

What I on earth have done and taught
Guide all your life and teaching;
So shall the kingdom’s work be wrought
And honored in your preaching.
But watch lest foes with base alloy
The heavenly treasure should destroy;
This final word I leave you.

By Martin Luther

Sunday Hymn From the Past – Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

It’s Reformation month again, dear ones! Can you believe it’s been a year since the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation? Wow that year went by fast. This month, like last year, I’m going to be sharing hymns written by reformers. We’ll start this month out strong, with a Martin Luther hymn. I hope it blesses you, as much as it blessed me, as always beloved brethren be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands,
for our offenses given;
but now at God’s right hand He stands
and brings us light from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
and sing to God right thankfully
loud songs of hallelujah.
Hallelujah!
It was a strange and dreadful strife
when life and death contended;
the victory remained with life,
the reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly saith
that death is swallowed up by death;
his sting is lost forever.
Hallelujah!

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see, 
whom God so freely gave us; 
He died on the accursed tree – 
so strong His love to save us. 
See, His blood doth mark our door; 
faith points to it, death passes o’er, 
and Satan cannot harm us. 
Hallelujah!
So let us keep the festival
whereto the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the Joy of all,
the Sun that warms and lights us.
By His grace He doth impart
eternal sunshine to the heart;
the night of sin is ended.
Hallelujah!

Wednesday Testimony – Luther’s Own Words

I wrote back during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation about Martin Luther’s testimony. I found this video to be such a blessing, I felt the need to share it with you all! The man reading Martin Luther’s words is actually quite funny. I love how he keeps it in context, reading Luther’s testimony while pointing to the differences and similarities of today, with a sort of dry sense of humor. Luther’s testimony is such a wonderful story of conversion that I think perhaps I can’t hear it enough. When I found salvation I was also steeped in a false religion, and it was a daily washing of realization as I saw what the Bible said and how it differed from what I had been taught.

Anyhow, dear brethren, here is Martin Luther’s testimony read allowed, as always beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Sunday Hymns from the Past – Happy the Man Who Feareth God


Happy the man who feareth God,Whose feet His holy ways have trod;

Thine own good hand shall nourish thee,

And well and happy shalt thou be.

 Thy wife shall, like a fruitful vine,

Fill all thy house with clusters fine;

Thy children all be fresh and sound,

Like olive-plants thy table round.

 Lo! to the man these blessings cleave

Who in God’s holy fear doth live;

From him the ancient curse hath fled

By Adam’s race inherited.

Out of Mount Zion God shall send,

And crown with joy thy latter end;

That thou Jerusalem mayst see,

In favor and prosperity.

He shall be with thee in thy ways,

And give thee health and length of days;

Yea, thou shalt children’s children see,

And peace on Israel shall be.

Sunday Hymns from the Past – Come, Holy Ghost, Come, Lord our God

Reformation month isn’t long enough to exhaust all of Luther’s beautiful hymns. Good thing it comes back around next year. I feel like a D.J. rolling out the top 100 hits from last ye…no sorry…500 years ago. One of my favorite things about hymns from the past is that they usually contain some form of doctrinal truth. Today’s Christian music is even worse than the previous generation of 7/11 music, although neither have any doctrine. 

The Jewish culture has always known how music can teach, I can repeat a scripture to you a hundred times and you’ll eventually forget it. However, if I put that verse with a catchy tune you’ll have an easier time recalling it. These hymns from Luther are beautiful, elegant, well written, and full of Biblical truths. I hope you will be as blessed by this as I was. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Come, Holy Ghost, come, Lord our God,And shed Thy heavenly gifts abroad
On us, and unto every heart

True faith and fervent love impart;

O Lord, Who by Thy heavnely light,

Hast called Thy Church from sinful night

Out of all nations, tribes, and places;

To thee we render thanks and praises:

Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

Thou Light Divine, most gracious Lord.

Revive us by Thy holy word,

And teach Thy flock in truth to call

On God, the Father of us all:

From all strange doctrines us preserve,

No other masters may we serve,

But Christ, Who is our only Saviour;

In Him we will confide for ever:

Hallelujah. Hallelujah

O Holy Ghost, kind Comforter,

Help us, with watchfulness and prayer,

‘Midst various trials Thee to obey,

And never from the truth to stray:

O Lord, by Thy almighty grace,

Prepare us so to run our race,

That we by Thy illuminations,

May gain heaven’s glorious habitation:

Hallelujah. Hallelujah

Martin Luther

Hymns from the Past – A Mountain Fastness is our God


A Mountain Fastness is our God,

On which our souls are planted:

And though the fierce foe rage abroad,

Our hearts are nothing daunted.

What though he beset,

With weapon and net,

Array’d in death-strife?

In God are help and life:

He is our Sword and Armour.

2 By our own might we naught can do;

To trust it were sure losing;

For us must fight the right and True,

The Man of god’s own choosing.

Dost ask for His Name?

Christ Jesus we claim;

The Lord God of hosts;

The only God; vain boasts

Of others fall before Him.

3 What though the troops of Satan fill’d

The world with hostile forces?

E’en though our fears should all be still’d:

In God are our resources.

The world and its King

No terrors can bring;

Their threats are no worth:

Their doom is now gone forth:

A singe word can quell them.

4 God’s word through all shall have free sway,

And ask no man’s permission:

The Spirit and His gifts convey

Strength to defy perdition.

The body to kill,

Wife, children, at will,

The wicked have power:

Yet last it but an hour!

The kingdom’s ours for ever!

5 To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

For ever be outpouring

One chorus from the heavenly host

And saints on earth adoring!

That chorus resound

To earth’s utmost bound,

And spread from shore to shore,

Like stormy ocean’s roar,

Through endless ages rolling.

By Martin Luther

Sorry I couldn’t find anyone singing this hymn, beloved, if you have a link please feel free to share it. I hope you all have a wonderful day of fellowship, praise and worship, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Hymns From the Past – Flung to the Heedless Wind

From what I can tell, beloved, Luther wrote this Hymn after receiving the news that two brothers in Christ were burned at the stake. 

Flung to the heedless winds

Or on the waters cast,

The martyrs’ ashes, watched,

Shall gathered be at last.

And from that scattered dust,

Around us and abroad,

Shall spring a plenteous seed

Of witnesses for God.

The Father hath received

Their latest living breath,

And vain is Satan’s boast

Of vict’ry in their death.

Still, still, though dead, they speak,

And, trumpet-tongued, proclaim

To many a wak’ning land

The one availing name.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Reformation month, beloved brothers and sisters. I’m so excited to see church history revisited by so many, and the names of those who gave their lives to put Gods Word in every mans hands are being remembered. Be blessed, dear ones, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved! 

Wednesday Testimony – Martin Luther

Brethren, it’s Reformation Anniversary Fever! You’re probably going to hear this testimony a million times this month. It’s worth it, read it a million times beloved friends! There is only one other person in my studies of church history that I can see come remotely close to the awareness of his own sin as Luther, and that’s Bunyan. The deep understanding Luther had of his own sin led to the deep love he had towards the God that forgave him that sin.


My favorite anecdote of Luther is when Rome sent him a letter telling him to knock it off. Luther and all his students go out to the middle of the street and burn that letter at the stake! Why? Because essentially the letter was a threat, recant or you will be called a heretic and burned at the stake. I think Rome got the message, and he probably would have been martyred if not for some friends in high places. Ever hear of Junker Jorg? Trust me, brethren, you want to hear that story! 


One more anecdote and I’m done, I promise. Luther once said that he would never marry because his life was in constant danger. A year later he married a nun he helped smuggle out in fish barrels with some of her friends! You really need to be careful what you tell God your not willing to do. Ok now on to the testimony!


 

“But up till then it was not the cold blood ab out the heart, but a single word in Chapter 1, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed,” that had stood in my way. For I hated that word “righteousness of God,” which, according to the use and custom of all the teachers, I had been taught to understand philosophically regarding the formal or active righteousness, as they call it, with which God is righteous and punishes the unrighteous sinner.
Though I lived as a monk without reproach, I felt that I was a sinner before God with an extremely disturbed conscience. I could not believe that he was placated by my satisfaction. I did not love, yes, I hated the righteous God who punishes sinners, and secretly, if not blasphemously, certainly murmuring greatly, I was angry with God, and said, “As if, indeed, it is not enough, that miserable sinners, eternally lost through original sin, are crushed by every kind of calamity by the law of the decalogue, without having God add pain to pain by the gospel and also by the gospel threatening us with his righteousness and wrath!” Thus I raged with a fierce and troubled conscience. Nevertheless, I beat importunately upon Paul at that place, most ardently desiring to know what St. Paul wanted.
At last, by the mercy of God, meditating day and night, I gave heed to the context of the words, namely, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.'” There I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous lives by a gift of God, namely by faith. And this is the meaning: the righteousness of God is revealed by the gospel, namely, the passive righteousness with which merciful God justifies us by faith, as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.” Here I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates. There a totally other face of the entire Scripture showed itself to me. Thereupon I ran through the Scripture from memory. I also fount in other terms an analogy, as, the work of God, that is what God does in us, the power of God, with which he makes us wise, the strenght of God, the salvation of God, the glory of God.

And I extolled my sweetest word with a love as great as the hatred with which I had before hated the word “righteousness of God.” Thus that place in Paul was for me truly the gate to paradise.”

I hope you were blessed by this testimony, beloved brethren, as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!

Hymns from the Past – All Praise Thee, Eternal Lord

As I’m sure everyone has heard, October is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! In honor of this Sunday’s Hymns from the Past will all be from Martin Luther this month. Of course, Luther was not the only Reformation voice, but he wrote a tremendous amount of hyms. Like this beautiful one…

All praise to Thee, Eternal Lord,

Who wore the garb of flesh and blood;

And chose a manger for Thy throne,

While worlds on worlds were Thine alone.

Once did the skies before Thee bow;

A virgin’s arms contain Thee now;

While angels who in Thee rejoice

Now listen for Thine infant voice.

A little Child, Thou art our Guest,

That weary ones in Thee may rest:

Forlorn and lonely is Thy birth,

That we may rise to heaven from earth.

Thou comest in the darksome night

To make us children of the light,

To make us, in the realms divine,

Like Thine own angels, round Thee shine.

All this for us Thy love hath done;

By this to Thee our love is won;

For this our joyful songs we raise,

For this we sing Thee ceaseless praise.

Amen.