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The American Muhammad: Joseph Smith, Founder of Mormonism

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The Reformers now met, and took a survey of their position, in order to determine on the course to be adopted. Although one of the brightest moments in Bible history, this was a dark time of depression in Luther's life. Traveling preachers known as the Poor Men of Lyons emphasized the study and preaching of the Bible. It is common knowledge that only one word can change the meaning of an entire sentence. His influence was also felt throughout the Catholic Church, not least in his work on the New Testament, writing a critical exposition of the received text.
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Christ Alone: Meditations and Sermons

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The doctrines of the Reformation are their doctrines. People nowadays like to be “constructive”. Luther wrote to Amsdorf, Jan. 13, 1522, that he had undertaken a task beyond his power, that he now understood why no one had attempted it before in his own name, and that he would not venture on the Old Testament without the aid of his friends. (22) He felt especially how difficult it was to make Job and the Hebrew prophets speak in barbarous German. (23) He jocosely remarked that Job would have become more impatient at the blunders of his translators than at the long speeches of his "miserable comforters."
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Being Lutheran

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That so few pastors joined was another indication of the malaise in the churches. For neither is greater honor nor greater obedience to be given to kings and princes, than God has commanded to be given to father and mother. Los hijos de la Luz: Discurso, identidad y poder en la Luz de Mundo. Megachurches are usually influenced by interdenominational movements. The term can refer to the one Church founded by Jesus through the Apostle Peter, according to Matthew 16:18-19: "And I tell you, you are כיפא (Kepha) (Aramaic for "rock"), and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
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Moments with God: Refreshing Daily Meditations

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At the passing of the Apostolic era, the oral tradition had already become written tradition, and everything that they taught (they who had witnessed Christ) and that was taught to them by Christ was complete. Philanthropy was on both sides of a great divide—no mean harvest yielded by those whose new-found commitment resulted in lives of thank-offering after the assurance of salvation. If change there had been since the days of Luther on the question of consubstantiation, it was in the direction of still greater rigidity and tenacity, accompanied with a growing intolerance toward the other branches of the great Protestant family, of which some melancholy proofs have come before us.
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CHRISTIANS IN SOCIETY LUTHER, THE BIBLE, AND SOCIAL ETHICS

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If you have ever asked that question yourself then you will realize how vital the right answer is. These included the sale of indulgences and the doctrine underlying them, as well as the powers of the Pope. While other countries had established their Reformation Scotland lingered on the threshold, and now it found itself in danger of losing not only its Reformation, but its very nationality. Narrow individualism, especially the ingrained tradition of Pietism with its subjectivism; the belief that "politics do not concern the Church, and an almost Manichaean conviction that the affairs of political and social life are irredeemable."
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Lutheran Book of Worship: Pew Edition

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In his sermons and writings, Luther stressed the doctrine of justification by faith alone and the authority of scripture alone. This is a major point of difference between these two forms of Christianity, and it was part of the reason for their split with each other in 1052 CE. He amid in his letter a archetype of his "Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences," which came to be accustomed as The 95 Theses.
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Cherish the Word: Reflections on Luther's Spirituality

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The nation felt that the constitutional liberty for which it had contended on the battle-field had escaped it, and that it had again fallen under that arbitrary government which many hoped had received its mortal wound when the head of Charles rolled on the scaffold. What construction then could her subjects put upon this mass, but that it was the first step towards the overthrow of the Protestant Church, and the restoration of the Romish ritual and hierarchy?
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For Such a Time as This: Comfort from Meditations (NPH

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Guidelines: You share in the USA TODAY community, so please keep your comments smart and civil. O happy England! a new constellation of twins, Charles and James, is risen in thy horizon. Perhaps the oldest official united church is found in Germany, where the Evangelical Church in Germany is a federation of Lutheran, United ( Prussian Union ) and Reformed churches, a union dating back to 1817. A Consistory, or Table of Government, was constituted, consisting of twelve ministers chosen in the following manner: three were selected from the Calixtines, three from the United Brethren, and three from the Lutheran and Calvinistic communions, to whom were added three professors from the univensity.
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Preaching the Creative Gospel Creatively

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But before we come to a definite conclusion on the question whether Luther, in his own life and actions, could claim to be a Christian, let us end our investigation of Luther's character by trying to see which attitude the Reformer took towards one of the most fundamental commands of Christian ethics, that to be truthful and honest. These Christian denominations were introduced mostly by American missionaries at that time, although some were founded locally.
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Power Surge: Six Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church

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We can putter around with counterfactuals: What if the early disputations between Catholics and Protestants had been fruitful? Unlike the reformed Churches, Lutherans have retained much of the liturgical practices and sacramental teachings from the early Church. But it is to be noted that this establishment of Popery in the twelfth century is not the result of the conversion of the people, or of their native teachers: we see it brought in over the necks of both, simply at the will and by the decree of the monarch.