From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles
When indulgences began to rake in the money, and trade in these edicts became profitable, the pope devised the golden jubilee year, offering remission of all punishment and guilt, and assigned it to Rome. The people came running, because everyone was eager to be freed from this terrible, unbearable burden. In this, they meant to find and raise the treasures of the earth (Dan 11:43). Without delay, the pope went even further by multiplying the golden years one upon another. The more money he devoured, the wider grew his jaws.
Pulling It Together: Oh, that people would come running to Christ, who freely offers sublime peace through the full remission of sin and any penalty otherwise attached. Death is vanquished (1 Cor 15:54–55). The torment and deceit of the devil is discarded (Rev 20:10). These great gifts cost us nothing because they cost Christ everything.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for your incomparable peace, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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C Is for Christmas — A group of children get together to put on a Christmas program for their church and can’t decide whether to present a program about Christmas hymns, symbolic ornaments for the Church’s Christmas tree, or the meaning of Christmas. Rather than argue about it, they decide to do all three. This delightful Christmas program is written to include all ages in Sunday School and is a downloadable PDF.