It’s All About Grace

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October 29, 2017. This is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Martin Luther became disillusioned by some of the practices of the Catholic church of his day when he visited Rome, and came to understand that instead of needing to try to earn God’s favor, we have already received that gift and it’s by faith alone that we are saved. Pastor Keith talks about Luther’s revelation, and about the changes that he made in the church afterward that we still keep today.

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