Thursday, January 31, 2008

Czech President Again Speaks with Reason

The European Union once again seeks to bow to the god of global warming by seeking to pass new measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Czech President Vaclav Klaus continues to speak with reason and understanding and calls these new measures a "tragic mistake, a misunderstanding of nature and an unnecessary limitation of human activity." He is up soon for re-election, and will face opponent and Czech-American professor Jan Svejnar. I wish him great success in his re-election!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

This week's truth quote comes from the Scriptures:

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins. Hebrews 10:26

In other words, one who has received the knowledge of the truth and rejects it to live as one wants to is without hope. Nothing more can be given to a person than the truth so that he may be saved. Denial of truth is deadly.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Pics from Christmas Outreach

I know this is a little late, but I thought I would post a couple pics from the Christmas outreach that some of the seminary guys and there friends did. They played some Christmas songs on the town square, sang on the street, and then had a concert in a coffee shop in the evening. Several tracts were handed out in the process and there were positive responses from those at the concert.

We pray and look forward to more such opportunities to see the gospel go forth!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Our Trip to Wittenberg (Lutherstadt)

We were privileged to be able to visit Wittenberg, Germany over the holidays. During our visit we were able to see where Martin Luther lived and ministered. It was a great joy to be able to see the church where he preached, his grave in the church, visit his home, and all the other places where he lived, ministered, and taught.

Here you can see a couple of my prized pictures from our trip. The first picture is of me and my oldest son standing in front of the door where the 95 theses was nailed. The church was bombarded in the past, but has been rebuilt and the 95 these are written on the current door in bronze.

The next picture is of his tomb below the pulpit of the Lutheran church. I can't imagine preaching each week when Luther is buried below your feet. What a great inspiration it would be to keep on preaching the truth.

The third picture is of me next to Luther's actual pulpit. I actually didn't know when I took this picture that it was not advised to take pictures in some places. But it was really cool to see that it has been preserved. It is currently located in the museum that his home has been turned into.

The last picture is of his statue on the town square where Melanchthon's statue is about 50 yards away. It was a great joy to visit here and to teach our children about a man who sought to fearlessly preached the truth in an age when many people would have rather seen him dead. May the Lord raise up a new generation of such preachers in our day!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Why the Hus Pic and Luther's take on Hus

The pic on my user profile is of Hus about to be burned at the stake. I found the picture in an antique store in Prague for $10 a few years back. What a steal! Nevertheless, I am glad to have it. Many see Hus as a quasi-reformer, but he was very instrumental in calling people to stand for truth under great pressure from the Catholic Church of his day to recant of his teachings. So I gladly post this great picture of a man who unflinchingly stood for truth.

Below is an excerpt from a message I gave on Hus. In it are several quotes from Martin Luther showing his view of John Hus the Truth warrior:

When Luther studied at Erfurth he found in the library of the convent, a book entitled, The Sermons of Jan Hus. He said he was “anxious to know the doctrines the arch-heretic wrote.” After reading Hus’ sermons he was astonished by what Hus preached. He said, “What, that I, could move the council to burn so great a man, so able and judicious an expositor of Scripture!” But during this time in Luther’s day, Hus’s name was held as a great abomination, and Luther said, “if I mentioned him with honor, I imagined the sky would fall, and the sun be darkened; I therefore shut the book of his sermons with indignation. But I comforted myself with the though, that perhaps he had written this before he fell into heresy!”

The view of Hus in Germany was that he was worse than a Jew, Tartar, a Turk, and a Sodomite. But after Luther read Hus’s De Ecclesia he said that “without surmising it, I had been advocating all Hus’s teachings and I and my associates were all Hussites without knowing it.”

Luther thus called on the Roman Church to confess that it had done wrong in burning Hus. He said that Hus was “burned unjustly and in violation of God’s commandments and that that innocent man’s blood was still crying from the ground. A year later he revoked his statement in which he said that some of Hus’s articles condemned at Constance were true. He now affirmed that they were all true, and that the pope and papists, in condemning Hus at Constance, had also condemned the Gospel, and in its place put the doctrines of the dragon of hell. From that time on Luther was an uncompromising champion of Hus as a man of God and even had Hus works published. He said that Hus was a sheep among lions and wolves. And said that “if he did not show himself a brave and worthy martyr of Christ--then may scarcely anyone be saved.”

Monday, January 7, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

"Compare this week in your spiritual history with the same week last year and see how God has called you up higher. We have all been brought to see from a higher standpoint. Never let God give you one point of truth which you do not instantly live up to. Always work it out, keep in the light of it."

Chambers, Oswald: My Utmost for His Highest : Selections for the Year. Grand Rapids, MI : Discovery House Publishers, 1993, c1935, S. March 27