Friday, May 29, 2009

What I've Been Listening To

This will show my true colors and my background. I must say at first, that I could do without some of the graphics that this video shows. However, the song has ministered to me.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

How Do Czechs Deal with Socialists?

Here is a video that gives instructions on how to deal with socialists. The Czech Republic and all of Europe is already socialist. But people are getting fed up. Here is a great example of what people think of the socialist party in the Czech Republic! Would people get arrested for this in America?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We Have No Clue

This past Sunday was our church's 80th anniversary. Some of the former pastors were here with us for the celebration. A couple of them shared what the church and its former pastors went through during the last 80 years. As I listened to what the church and its pastors experienced I quickly realized that we today have no clue what it means to suffer for Christ.

We big babies today cry when someone calls us a name, says something critical of us or our ministries, or challenges our authority as leaders in God's church. And these are all difficult things to deal with. But as I think about what the founding pastor of our church suffered I fight back the tears and say, "Oh, but for the grace of God I would be in His shoes today."

The founding pastor (Cyril Burget) of our church (The Baptist Church in Kromeriz, Czech Republic) served for around 15 years +/-. I can't remember the exact number of years, but around 15 . After leaving Kromeriz he went to Prague to pastor a church there. Shortly after serving there he was imprisoned. And that is all anyone knows about him.

He was imprisoned for a while and died in prison. No one knows how he died. Most think he was beaten or tortured to death; killed by the communists in prison. They held a funeral for him, but it was a closed casket and not one word was aloud to be spoken there by anyone. People could enter the room, but no one could speak. So his family came and looked at the casket not knowing if his body was actually inside. If it was, no one knew what it looked like. No one knows if he was beaten, mutilated, or what. But most believe he was at least beaten and killed. And no one knows what they did with his body, whether it was burned or buried.

He was a martyr for the truth. A true warrior. After his death the communists told the church to throw his family out of the church. So instead of enduring persecution and standing for the truth, they threw his wife and 6 kids out of the church. And it seems that his children or at least most of them never walked with Christ after all of this. This man lost his life, his church, and his family all for the cost of following Christ.

We today have no clue what it truly means to suffer and lose everything for Christ. However, it is what Jesus told us to expect. May we be as faithful as Pastor Burget to stand for Christ and never yield to the enemy.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Truth Quote of the Week

"In truth I cannot conceive how otherwise a man could be a master worthily than with the intention of obtaining a steadier opportunity for the teaching of God’s truth and this profess and defend that truth more zealously. But I have found ordinary poor priests and poor layman—even women—defend the truth more zealously than the doctors of the Holy Scriptures, who out of fear run away from the truth plainly and openly. And why are they like that? Solely because some of us are timid, fearing to lose worldly favor and praise, and others of us fear to lose benefices; for we fear to be held in contempt by the people for the truth’s sake, and to suffer bodily pain. We are like the Jewish rulers of whom Saint John says in his Gospel that “many rulers believed on him; but because of the lawyers did not confess it, lest they should be cast out of the congregation. For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” O how many there are—princes, masters, priests, and others—who, being afraid of excommunication, have no courage to confess the truth of Christ, and thus also Christ himself; and how many there are who fear to confess the truth lest they lose their miserable goods, or, above all, who, lacking the courage to risk their earthly life, abandon the truth!"

Jan Hus, Knizky o Svatokupectvi

Sunday, May 17, 2009

BIG Weekend

Yesterday was a great day as we celebrated our 11th anniversary. A big day and a blessed one!

Today was a huge day in the life of our church. After 2-3 years without biblical leadership and many problems our church moved to establish a biblical eldership. This is a huge praise and we pray for God's leading, wisdom, and blessing.

Now, off to work and off to study!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Busy Days

I'm gearing up for D.Min classes this summer and haven't had much time to think about the blog. In addition to that--this month our family celebrates our daughters birthdays, and tomorrow we celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. In our church we have three big weekends the next three weeks as we seek to establish an eldership, celebrate the 80th anniversary of the church, ordain our pastor, have a baptism, and have a parent/baby dedication.

So, praise the Lord!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Truth Quote of the Week

This week's quote comes from a Roman Catholic Bishop.

FoxNews posted an article today about "gay marriage" running into a roadblock in Rhode Island, because it is largely Roman Catholic. The rest of New England seems to accept it, but the Catholics in Rhode Island are holding it up. And here is the quote of the week by a Catholic Bishop in our country's smallest state.

"We don't see it (gay marriage) as a civil rights issue, because there's never a right to do something that's morally wrong."

- Bishop Thomas Tobin

Thursday, May 7, 2009

George Mason University Agrees

In yesterday's post I made a couple statements about the number of laws and lack of personal freedom under socialistic and communistic governments. Today I read that George Mason University did a study and they show that the more liberal states (i.e. New York, New Jersey, Maryland, California, and others) have more laws that restrict people's freedom.

Here in the Czech Republic you can't even have a yard sale. I know a missionary in Prague who tried to have one and the police showed up telling him he needs a business license. And the reason? I'm sure it is so they can collect their 19% tax on his junk.

Liberal ideology is arrogant and repressive. It calls good evil and evil good. Whether it is political or theological liberalism it always leads to destruction.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sad Week for the USA and Few People Get It

I look at the headlines today and it is sad. The President has no interest in the National Day of Prayer, Maine okays gay marriage, and socialistic/communistic ideology is on the move.

Yesterday we were standing out on the street (here in Czech Republic) advertising our summer English camp. I saw a guy reading our sign so I said with a smile, "Are you interested in going to the camp?" He looked scared and angry and started to walk away. I jokingly said, "Hey we can speak English." The guy I was with told me I was too happy. He said, "You can't be that happy when you talk to people."

Then last night in our English class I told everyone about it and they all agreed. They said it is a leftover from communism. The socialistic/communistic ideology suppressed people and left them with virtually no rights, and stripped away their joy. The students told me all kinds of stories about the days of communism and how horrible it was, and it is truly sad.

We agreed that there is a visible difference between how the young generation today and those who lived during communism communicate and express themselves. You can be happy when you talk to younger people, but old people look at you with suspicion and distrust.

America is blazing down the highway to hell and doesn't realize it. The President de-emphasizes prayer, States are falling like dominoes as more and more allow "gay marriage," and people are embracing socialism, which is just a step from communism. People really have no clue how the socialists and communists control your lives. Farmers here in the European Union (I call it the European Union of Socialist States) are told how much crop to produce and sell. It is absurd. There are laws for virtually everything. Thankfully the Czechs are holding out on the Lisbon Treaty that would strip away even more rights. Americans have no clue. For them Obama's new socialistic agenda is a new experiment, but it will not lead to more prosperity and more freedom.

Truly dark days are ahead if there is not a revival that will sweep the nation. There must be a return to the Truth if the light will ever come on for people to realize what is happening. Preachers will be imprisoned just as they were here in Czech 50 years ago if this socialistic ideology continues to spread. Now more than ever churches must preach the truth, proclaim the gospel, be living examples of Jesus Christ in their daily lives, and pray that God would be gracious and merciful and save many!

Friday, May 1, 2009

One Holy Lamb

I came across this song tonight and was greatly moved by it. What an amazing atonement it was that was made on our behalf! Praise God that the Holy Lamb made a once and for all sacrifice to wash our sin away. I am so unworthy, but exalt the Holy Lamb of God. The great and awesome God!

Daniel 9:4 And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, "Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments.