Sunday, November 9, 2008

Reformation Day and Games

This year, on October 31, some friends invited us over for dinner, a bonfire, singing around the fire, and observing Reformation Day. Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. Six of us studied different heroes of the Reformation and gave short oral presentations on those people. We also spent time learning about the devilish origins of Halloween. Did you know that the term bonfire comes from the Druids making sacrificial fires on October 31 with lots of animals in them...hence the term bone-fire. We had such a nice evening with our friends-lots of good food, discussion about the Lord and our faith, and precious singing. Not until the wee hours of the morning did we actually get home. Here is a trivia question for you all. True or False--Martin Luther laid the foundations for the Holocaust 400 years prior and Hitler thought Martin Luther to be a great man. History is something so fascinatining to study and learn from. Sunshine did her presentation on a man named John Frith. He was born in 1503 in Westerham, England. He became so learned that people believed that no one existed who was smarter than he. Because he preached many of the Reformation beliefs with a passion, he went to jail for a time. After this, he left England because of the persecution. While away he helped William Tyndale translate the Old Testament. Tyndale loved John Frith so much that he said there was no one alive who gave Tyndale such hope and trust. In 1533 Frith was put on trial for heresy. He was chained up in prison in such a way that he could neither lay down or stand up. At the age of 30, on July 4, 1533, John Frith was burned at the stake for our Lord. He prayed that the king's eyes would be opened to the truth by his death. Vision did his presentation on Miles Coverdale. Miles was born in 1488 in Yorkshire, England. He translated and edited the first complete Bible to be printed in the English language. He was an Augustinian monk. In 1526 he left the monastery and began to preach the reformed doctrines. In 1540 he fled the country and remained in hiding for 8 years under the fake name of Michael Anglus. Miles married a godly woman. By doing this, he made it known that he was against the doctrine of priests remaining unmarried. He died on February 19, 1568. Between his different translations of the Bible and his many translations of spiritual writings he encouraged believers much through the power of his pen.
He is our adorable Beloved getting ready to go out to the fire. We LOVE his hat!!
How could we resist this smile??
This little one is busily watching his brother, sister, and some neigbors play an informal game of football.
Here they are in their big football game. It was fun to hear the squealing fun from the kitchen where I was busy working. I made sure there wasn't going to be any tackling. :-)

1 comment:

Holly said...

Hey! I know those "neighbors"! ♥