Saturday, August 15, 2009

8/16- Sunday worship

(St. Pierre of Geneva- inside the church where Calvin preached)
Devotional using scripture, quote from John Calvin and thoughts for the day each day- on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth.

Hebrews 10:24,25- And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Calvin: But we ought especially to hold to this general doctrine: that, in order to prevent religion from either perishing or declining among us, we should diligently frequent the sacred meetings, and make use of those external aids which can promote the worship of God.

Thought: When societies have tried to get rid of Christianity- they have burned Bibles, killed leaders, or tried to stop the worship on the Sabbath. The Bolsheviks tried to stop the Christian Sabbath- making people work seven days a week (since Marx emphasized work as the meaning of life), but that only lasted a few years (when the machines and animals broke down). After the French Revolution Voltaire suggested the Sabbath be eliminated, but the people rebelled against this idea of eliminating rest. Yet in America we have found a way to eliminate it, elevating the earning of money over time for a breath and focus on God, family and others.

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