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Martin Luther died 2/18/1546.  The great Reformer was born 11/10/1483.  Once a devout (more devout than some of them saw necessary) Romanist he eventually left the system. His list of accomplishments is too long for a post but includes giving the Germans the Bible in the vernacular (based on Erasmus’ Textus Receptus like the beautiful AV a.k.a. KJV), books On the Bondage of the Will 1525, On the Papacy at Rome, Founded by the Devil 1545, & 30+ hymns including the brilliant, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is historically connected to a re­viv­al in Mo­rav­ia. Jes­u­its op­posed the awakening, meet­ings were pro­hib­it­ed. Some came anyway, were seized and im­pris­oned in sta­bles and cel­lars by the catholics.  About 150 souls were in Da­vid Nitsch­mann’s home when po­lice broke in & stole songbooks.  The brave con­gre­ga­tion struck up stan­zas of Lu­ther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  Nitsch­mann was imprisoned, es­caped, & eventually joined the Wes­ley.

“And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:

The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him.”

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