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Martin Luther; (1483 to 1546), the hero of the Reformation, was born in the village of Eisleben November 10, 1483.  In 1512 he received the degree of Doctor of Theology.  
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Carolina (Lina) Vilhelmina Sandell; (October 3, 1832 to July 27, 1903), was a prolific was a poet, theologian, author and hymn writer.  
  
In the meantime he made a pilgrimage to Rome, where he saw much corruption among the clergy; but still his faith was strong in the Roman Church.  
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Like many Christians, she learned that when pain and tragedy strike, God may use that experience to deepen our faith. When she was 26, Carolina -- or Lina as she liked to be called -- experienced a tragedy which profoundly affected the course of her life. She was with her father, a Lutheran pastor, crossing a Swedish lake. Suddenly the ship lurched, and before her eyes, her father was thrown overboard and drowned.  
  
On October 31, 1517, at midday, Luther posted his ninety-five ''Theses against the Merits of Indulgences'' on the church door at Wittenberg. That day was the birthday of the Reformation.  
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Lina had written hymns before, but now she poured out her broken heart in an endless stream of beautiful songs, to the point she earned the title 'the [[Authors:Fanny Crosby]] of Sweden.
  
He himself translated psalms and wrote hymns, to some of which he adapted tunes. Luther wove the gospel into these hymns. They were gladly received and widely circulated. A Romanist of the time wrote: "The whole people is singing itself into this Lutheran doctrine." The first collection of Luther's hymns was published in 1524. He died February 18, 1546.
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Two of Lina Sandell's better known hymns include:  
 
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* [[Hymns:Children of the heavenly Father]]
Two of Luther's better known hymns include:  
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* [[Hymns:Day by day and with each passing moment]]
* [[Hymns:A mighty Fortress is our God | A mighty Fortress is our God]]
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* [[Hymns:Flung_to_the_heedless_winds | Flung to the heedless winds]]
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Read more or discuss this author/composer on the page [[Authors:Martin_Luther | Martin Luther]].
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Read more or discuss this author/composer on the page [[Authors:Caroline_Sandell-Berg | Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg]].
 
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Bio of the Week

Martin Luther

Carolina (Lina) Vilhelmina Sandell; (October 3, 1832 to July 27, 1903), was a prolific was a poet, theologian, author and hymn writer.

Like many Christians, she learned that when pain and tragedy strike, God may use that experience to deepen our faith. When she was 26, Carolina -- or Lina as she liked to be called -- experienced a tragedy which profoundly affected the course of her life. She was with her father, a Lutheran pastor, crossing a Swedish lake. Suddenly the ship lurched, and before her eyes, her father was thrown overboard and drowned.

Lina had written hymns before, but now she poured out her broken heart in an endless stream of beautiful songs, to the point she earned the title 'the Authors:Fanny Crosby of Sweden.

Two of Lina Sandell's better known hymns include:

Interested? Intrigued? Aggravated? Opinionated?

Read more or discuss this author/composer on the page Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg.

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