1 capitalized : January 6 observed as a church
festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first
manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles
Last evening, in celebration of Epiphany, our church had a showing of the movie Luther. I would give it a "B." Too many of us in the church know too little about our Christian history, especially of those years when men were killed for daring to translate the Bible into the language of the people. Of course, it was Martin Luther’s epiphany that was the spark that birthed protestantism. At times, this movie is a little confusing if you aren’t at least a little up on your history already. Still, I would recommend seeing it.
At intermission, the church took a collection for the tsunami victims. The money is going to Malaysia where six to eight students from our church’s School of Biblical Studies are serving now. They were there during the tsunami, but all, for one reason or another, were away from the village at the moment the wave hit, so none were lost. But the village was pretty much destroyed. Because Malaysia is primarily a Muslim nation and it is against the law to proselytize, interaction between Christians and Muslims can be rare. The goal of the small Malaysian Christian church (150 members approximately) who will receive this collection is to replace the fishing boats that were lost (fishing is the source of the villagers’ income) so that they can earn their living. The cost will be about $25,000. Well, the offering last night raised about $15,000. One hundred percent of the money given will be on its way to Malaysia today. May God multiply it many times over.