Monday, July 13, 2009

Happy 500th!!!

Now let us fall down before the majesty of our great God, acknowledging our faults, and praying that he would make us more conscious of them, so that we are led to true repentance. May we continue to tremble before his throne, and be confounded within ourselves; yet still assured that he accepts us in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The remission of our sins is guaranteed if we seek it in true faith, without stepping aside to the right hand or to the left. We must follow the way that he has shown us, and we cannot go astray if the Sun of Righteousness lights our path. May he show this grace, not only to us, but to all peoples and nations on earth. - John Calvin



In my absence a most profound anniversary took place- the 500th year since John Calvin's birth.

Calvin was born on July 10, 1509. He was French by birth but carried out the bulk of his ministry in Geneva, Switzerland. In my opinion John Calvin was the greatest of the 16th Century Reformers and one of the greatest minds God ever placed in His Church. I never go one week without reading something from Calvin...no one should.

3 comments:

Rick Calohan said...

How has John Calvin influenced me, tremendously but even John Calvin would say it was not him but the Holy Spirit. That said the following links are highly recommended by I a Christian, a Calvinist, and a Presbyterian by the Grace of God.

The July issue of Tabletalk can be located here:

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/2009/07/columns-from-tabletalk-magazine-july-2009.html

A wonderful article
Calvin: Why He Still Matters
by W. Robert Godfrey, Ph.D.


Can be locate here:

http://www.wscal.edu/resources/WRobertGodfrey_Calvin.php

And of course the Calvin Quincentenary at

http://www.calvin500.org/

My favorite quote from John Calvin in reference to: -- 1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20

“You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

“We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us, therefore, not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us, therefore, forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God’s: let us, therefore, live for Him and die for Him. We are God’s: let His wisdom and will, therefore, rule all our actions. We are God’s: let all the parts of our life, accordingly, strive toward Him as our only lawful goal.”
-John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1539)

Calvin's motto of course: "My heart I give you, Lord, eagerly and sincerely.”

Frontier Forest said...

Amazingly disturbing, for my first 33 years of my walk with the Lord, I only knew John Calvin by name. I read plenty of challenging works bout religiously hungry yet spiritually frustrated Wesley yet knew nothing of the rewarding Reformed works of Calvin and Luther. In January of 2005, thanks be unto Jesus for leading me and Cheri to Redeemer and showing us such transforming, spiritually refreshing awakenings to the truth! Happy 500th Birthday JC! He does indeed have a fine chin beard.
Here’s an idea? I loved Pastor Brian’s humorous, religious thoughts summed up in I John 4, “You shall know we are Christians by our tee-shirts!” How about doing a blog on the most bold “in-your-face” Christian Tee’s?

Ladee Bugg said...

Not so long ago, I bought a book:Calvin and the Biblical Languages--by John D. Currid--the appendix has a sermon that Calvin preached on Tuesday the fifth of November 1555. the XCvii.Sermon which is the first upon the sixteenth chapter.Deuteronomy16:1-4 in which he is explaining that God never gave ceremonies without instruction.
I am grateful that it has been translated into English so that I can read it!!!