Included in this week’s issue:
How We Know God’s Love for Us
“The only hint you need that God loves you is your own existence today.”
Being Faithful to Christ and His Word
The great John Hus, was an early reformer and scholar, working as a professor of philosophy at the University of Prague. He was also a priest and very popular preacher in that role.
“You who are high in dignity, you who are rich, and you who are poor, you all who are the faithful and well-beloved disciples of the Lord, I conjure you all to obey God, to glorify his word, and to elevate yourselves by listening to his precepts. I conjure to cling to the divine word… I conjure you, if any among you, either in public meetings or in private conversations, have heard any words from me, or read any writings of mine contrary to God’s truth, not to attach yourself to such…”
Oh, See How They Love One Another
The great father of the Church, Tertullian, famously remarked how the world in those early decades of the church marveled at the love Christians had for one another, “See how they love one another.” This is what made the Christians so unique, curious and even desirable to their neighbors. More recently, the great Francis Schaeffer, in his The Mark of a Christian, observes how this is not so true anymore,
“The world looks, shrugs its shoulders and turns away. It has not seen even the beginning of a living church in the midst of a dying culture. It has not seen the beginning of what Jesus indicates is the final apologetic – observable oneness among true Christians who are truly brothers in Christ. How different this is from the straightforward and direct command of Jesus Christ – to show observable oneness which may be seen by a watching world!”
How can we return to the faith of our roots that turned the world upside down? It can really only start with us.