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Martin Luther's "Table Talk"

Greetings once again!

     This is the last "thought" I'll be sending out for a few weeks.  Vacation for me begins Monday and I am looking forward to it!  Therefore, if you don't hear from me for a while, that's the reason (though if I do come across a good quote while doing some vacation reading I may not be able to fight the urge to share it)!

    Today's selections come from Martin Luther.  His book "Table Talk" is filled with nuggets of wisdom.  I have included six, so that in our age which appreciates choice, hopefully one or another of these thoughts will speak to your situation this very day (even though the book was first published in 1566). 

    They were taken from Luther's sermons, lectures, conversations and letters written to friends.  All are well worth your earnest contemplation, and for that reason I share them with you for your encouragement.  Enjoy!


   "The Bible is alive, it speaks to me, it has feet, it runs after me, it has hands, it lays hold of me."


   "I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all, but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."


   "What greater rebellion, impiety, or insult to God can there be, than not to believe His promises?"


   "I did not learn my divinity all at once, but was compelled by my temptations to search deeper and deeper.  For if one does not experience trials and temptations, he cannot really understand the Holy Scriptures.  Did the Pslamist not say, 'Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word... It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn Thy decrees.'"  (Ps. 119:67, 71)


   And below I offer you my two favorites  (which I've used on many occasions): 


   "God creates out of nothing.  Therefore until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him."


   "The best repentance is to do so no more."  


                         Have a great week.  In The Service of the Gospel,  Pastor Jeff


Dr. Jeffrey F. Evans


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