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EDUCATION - Martin Luther did have a few thoughts regarding education. He urged parents to prepare their children for a useful life in this world by giving them a broad education. Here is a portion of what he wrote to a town council in 1524 Germany. I do beseech all of you, my dear friends, for the sake of God and poor youth, not to treat this matter lightly. It is a serious and important matter in which Christ and all the world are mightily concerned, that we help and assist our youth. By helping the youth by educating them we shall be helping ourselves and all. Here are a few comments Luther made direct!y to parents. You parents cannot prepare a more dependable treasure for your children than an education in the liberal arts. House and home burn down and disappear, but an education goes wherever the one educated goes. Was Benjamin Franklin familiar with the writings of Martin Luther? Notice how he echoed the comments of Luther above when Franklin stated, "If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." Remembering that Luther lived in a different place and time — not America of the 21 st century — helps us to consider Luther's following remarks. Above all things, the principal and most general subject of study, both in the higher and the lower schools, should be the Holy Scriptures!" Hence, because we do live in America of the 21st century, such study of the Holy Scriptures occurs in the Church, every congregation of the Church and every Christian home!!

Let's keep in prayer everyone involved in the Church's and Community's education enterprise