Our culture often looks at Christmas as a cute time for presents and greeting cards. This cultural distraction can lead us to downplay what a significant moment in history the birth of Jesus really was. This significance is highlighted by Luke as he begins his Gospel by building anticipation for this monumental event, emphasizing its great importance.
We are at the doorstep of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct 31, 1517) where a monk with a hammer changed the course of the church. Martin Luther posted 95 theses to the door at Wittenberg castle in the hope of bringing an end to the abuse of purchasing salvation through buying indulgences. The issues of the Reformation are still essential today. Unfortunately, five centuries can dull our appreciation and understanding of the enormous impact that a monk and a hammer had.
As Christians we all want to grow to be more Christ-like. The problem is that we are far from perfect. We all struggle with different sins: anger, lust, anxiety, doubt, jealousy, (the list goes on). The battle with these sins can often be increasingly discouraging. Often our hearts cry out for help, but we don’t know where to turn. We need encouragement.