The Time In Between – A Time for Steadfast Faith

The Time In Between – A Time for Steadfast Faith is the second sermon in our End Times sermon series.  It’s the Festival of the Reformation!  What does that have to do with the prophet Daniel?  Let’s take a stroll over to a Diet and a den.

The Diet of Worms

They told him to take everything back.  He refused.  Luther stood before the Diet of Worms (a meeting in the town of Worms, Germany) On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.  Luther had hoped to be able to defend his work, to talk about sin and grace!  It never happened.  He lived out his days as an outlaw, anyone could’ve killed him in the street without consequence, no one ever did.

Both Daniel and Martin Luther took a stand for their faith, but the difference is that Daniel’s defiance was private, Luther caused all kinds of trouble in public.  In my life and yours we are so blessed to have public freedoms to speak and worship publicly.  On paper those public freedoms may make it seem as though we would also have private freedoms, but life isn’t so simple, is it?

When to Speak

Have you lost a friend because you called them on the carpet for a sin?  Have you not lost a friend because you’re afraid to speak to them?  What will people think about you in school or on the job when you won’t cheat or when you won’t steal?

When you go out today after church if you eat out, do you bow your heads and thank God for the food before you?  Do you pray in your homes?

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 

Want to hear more?  Check out this week’s message taken from Daniel 6, The Time In Between – A Time for Steadfast Faith.