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Updated: 03/27/2014 08:00:07AM

When faith falters

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ROGER CAMPBELL

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S ix words changed Martin Luther’s life and gave him a distinguished place in history: “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). Biblical writers repeated those words in three other texts, underscoring their importance.

Luther learned that the life that counts not only begins but continues in faith. His discovery of this principle, appearing in his writings, later brought faith to John Wesley, who birthed the Methodist church and through him to millions of others. When Wesley heard a reading of Luther’s description of faith he had already studied for the ministry and had even traveled to America to do missionary work but kept failing in his efforts to serve God until faith became a vital personal experience to him.

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