Messiah Lutheran Church 6201 W Patterson Av
Chicago IL 60634

October 2012

The Original "Mr. October"

Hall of Fame Baseball player, Reggie Jackson, was nicknamed "Mr. October" for his uncanny ability to rise to the occasion in post-season play just when he was needed the most.

Jackson became the first player to win the World Series MVP award for two different teams. His most memorable feat came in 1977, when he belted three homers on three consecutive pitches from three different pitchers as the Yankees won the clinching game over the Dodgers.

Years before Reggie Jackson, there was another man who rose to the occasion in the month of October, named Martin Luther. On October 31st, 1517, Luther posted 95 points of debate on the Church doors of Wittenberg to address the unscriptural practices of the Roman church, sparking the flames of the Reformation.

Through the leadership of Luther, many people received the Gospel message that we are saved not by works, but by God's grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ. They grew to understand that the teachings of the Roman church were in direct conflict with God's grace and unconditional love for sinners.

God raised up Luther just when he was needed the most — a time of corruption, false teachings, and superstitions. The masses were not aware of the Gospel message and God's love for them in Christ. Many people were without the hope and comfort of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life.

Are we not living in a similar day today — a time of corruption, false teachers and superstition? The masses are not award of the Gospel message, and God's love for them in Christ. Many people are without the hope and comfort of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, now is the time for us, who have received the Gospel message, to "rise to the occasion" and join with Luther in boldly living and sharing our Christian faith, not just in October, but throughout the year! "I am not ashamed of the gospeL, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..." (Romans 1:16)

God bless Messiah as together we "rise to the occasion" in being bold witnesses to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Pastor Wendt

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