Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
Ezekiel 28-29 and 2 Timothy 1
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. 2 Timothy 1:12
Assurance grows by repeated conflict, by our repeated experimental proof of the Lord’s power and goodness to save; when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope, and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances: and this trust, when habitual and strong, bears the name of assurance; for even assurance has degrees. – John Newton
Today’s Song Story
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Martin Luther was familiar with conflict. An Augustinian monk, his understanding of the Christian faith was radically reshaped by his reading about faith and grace in the book of Romans — setting the stage for his opposition when the Pope authorized the sale of indulgences to fund the building of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. Luther’s ninety-five theses and his arrest and trial at Worms followed.
We think that this hymn was written at Coberg, Germany and was inspired by the Diet of Spires (1529), which sought to suppress the Lutheran movement. The Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, supported that effort, but was opposed by a number of German princes who supported Luther. This hymn became Luther’s battle-cry in that conflict. Its theme comes from Psalm 46, which says:
"God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult"
Luther wrote thirty-seven hymns altogether, and his followers wrote tens of thousands. This hymn is by far the most familiar. It is found in twelve of the thirteen hymnals that we include in the SermonWriter hymn listings, including two of the Catholic hymnals.
–– Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan
1. A mighty Fortress is our God,
A trusty Shield and Weapon;
He helps us free from every need
That hath us now o’ertaken.
The old evil Foe
Now means deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight;
On Earth is not his equal.
2. With might of ours can naught be done,
Soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the Valiant One,
Whom God Himself elected.
Ask ye, Who is this?
Jesus Christ it is.
Of Sabaoth Lord,
And there’s none other God;
He holds the field forever.
3. Though devils all the world should fill,
All eager to devour us.
We tremble not, we fear no ill,
They shall not overpower us.
This world’s prince may still
Scowl fierce as he will,
He can harm us none,
He’s judged; the deed is done;
One little word can fell him.
4. That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever.
Today’s Worship Songs
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Not Ashamed – Gateway Worship
Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing) – Brian Doerksen
Need You Now (How Many Times) – Plumb
God is Able – Hillsong Chapel
Love So High – Hillsong
The One You Want – Todd Agnew
You Are For Me – Kari Jobe
Depth of Mercy – Selah
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