From July 17 to July 21, The Family of Faith Lutheran Church sponsored a special Vacation Bible School. The VBS was called “A Mighty Fortress.” It was a special VBS because its theme served a double purpose. Primarily, the phrase “A Mighty Fortress,” educated the participants of God’s goodness and grace as found in the person of Jesus Christ. Pslam 46:1 reads, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” This same psalm was also used 500 years ago by Martin Luther in his hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” This year, on October 31, 2017, the church throughout the world will take time to remember how the Lord provided for his church through Martin Luther’s actions on October 31, 1517. More specifically, on that date Martin Luther posted 95 concerns (theses) that he had with the church of his day. What Luther intended to be an inner-office memo for the professors at the local university where he worked became instead a movement to reform the church – a movement that continues to this day in churches such as The Family of Faith Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas.
The VBS student in the picture very much enjoyed taking her place on the royal throne provided at VBS. The crown and sceptre reminded her of one of the biblical truths Luther celebrated, namely, that all the baptized believers are royal priests (see 1 Peter 2:5). We pray that all of you reading this blog will join this VBS student in celebrating your baptismal identify each day as you serve the greatest royal of all – King Jesus.