I love History – especially stories that lie at the root of liberty.
October 31st, 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
I recently read an article (quoted below) and watched a video (above) about the people of Magdeburg and how they stood up against a tyrant and preserved Christian Liberty by preserving the Reformation.
I hope you find the video and/or the article linked below to be an encouragement and a blessing and a stirrer of hope!
If you are not familiar with the concept described as “The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate” then perhaps this will serve as your introduction. 🙂
If not for the interposition of the magistrates of Magdeburg, the Reformation may well have been just a blip on the radar screen of human history.
The [Magdeburg] Confession impacted other of the Reformers, including John Knox, Theodore Beza, Philipp Mornay, and Christopher Goodman who all wrote further on the doctrine. The repercussions of the Magdeburg Confession were felt throughout Western Civilization all the way to the founding of America as a nation.
I have been all over the world, and I have often been the recipient of hospitality in my ministry travels. On more than one occasion I have been blown away by the generosity of others.
One of my passions is to spread the ideas of a Biblical Christian Worldview. As I have studied the Bible about this, I have been pleasantly surprised about how many real and practical things can be lived out in day to day life to see the Kingdom of God advanced in the earth!
One of those areas is hospitality!
You might not think you can do much to advance the gospel, but you never know how much is happening when you simply share your life, your home, and basic Christian hospitality with your neighbors.
You might desire to be a great evangelist. You want to see lives changed by the Love of God.
Start with a cup of cold water, a few minutes sitting in your living room over snacks with a neighbor, helping someone carry in their groceries.
A Christian Transformational Worldview starts with the little things!
My heart cry to God:
“Father, I need your heart for my neighbors! I need your heart to have a more open home and a more sharing heart!”
“What if I told you that Christian hospitality was a necessary key to reclaiming our culture for Christ? It may sound a bit extreme, but if you think about it for a minute it makes sense. Influence flows over time to those who serve. As Christians more effectively show hospitality by opening their lives to and serving others they will begin to affect their surrounding communities and culture at a very fundamental level.” [Read More]