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Today in Church History – April 18, 1521

Martin Luther - Diet of Worms

It was on this day in 1521 that Martin Luther offered the following response to the Archbishop of Trier at the Diet of Worms:

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture or by clear reasoning that I am in error – for popes and councils have often erred and contradicted themselves – I cannot recant, for I am subject to the Scriptures I have quoted; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. It is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against ones conscience. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. So help me God. Amen.”

After the conclusion of the Diet, Luther was taken into hiding by Prince Frederick and spent an extended period of time at Wartburg Castle, where he began work on his German translation of the Bible.

Martin Luther Books Available From Christian Focus Publications:

Martin Luther: The Man who started the Reformation by Thomas Lindsay Martin Luther: What Should I Do? by Catherine Mackenzie Martin Luther's TabletalkLuther and His Katie

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Today in Church History – November 12, 1660

Ioannes Bunyanus On November 12, 1660 John Bunyan left home to conduct a worship service at the house of a friend. Earlier that year all non-Anglican houses of worship were closed, making Bunyan’s preaching of the gospel illegal. Even though Bunyan had been warned by friends that a warrant was out for his arrest, he went ahead with the service. The service was quickly interrupted by the local constable, who put Bunyan under arrest. John would remain in prison for twelve years. It is during those difficult years in prison that Bunyan discovered his gift of writing. Bunyan is best known for his book Pilgrim’s Progress, which was written during the final part of his incarceration.

If you’re interested in learning more about John Bunyan and his writings, you may want to consider one of the books below:

Grace Abounding: The Life, Books and Influence of John Bunyan by David CalhounJohn Bunyan: Journey of a Pilgrim by Brian CosbyThe Heavenly Footman: How to get to Heaven by John Bunyan

For a list of additional John Bunyan titles available from Christian Focus, visit our website:  LINK.

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Today in Church History – October 31, 1517

Martin Luther On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. While many of us are familiar with this story, I’m willing to bet most of us haven’t taken the time to read what concerns and objections Luther was raising. You can read Luther’s 95 theses here:  LINK. If you’d rather listen to Luther’s 95 theses, you can download a free copy of Martin Luther: In His Own Words from ChristianAudio.com.

If reading the 95 theses piques your interest in Martin Luther, you may want to dig deeper into his life with one of the books shown below:

Martin Luther: The Man who started the Reformation by Thomas Lindsay Martin Luther: What Should I Do? by Catherine MackenzieMartin Luther's Tabletalk

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Today in Church History – June 7, 1891

On June 7, 1891 Chalres Spurgeon preached his final sermon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. His sermon closed with the following words:

“These forty years and more have I served Him, blessed be His name! and I have had nothing but love from Him. I would be glad to continue yet another forty years in the same dear service here below, if so it pleased Him.

His service is life, peace, joy. Oh, that you would enter on it at once. God help you to enlist under the banner of Jesus even this day. Amen.”

Spurgeon fell ill later this same day, never to fully recover. Spurgeon would live on for nearly another 7 months. The Lord called him home around midnight, January 31, 1892.

A selection of our books by C. H. Spurgeon:

Lectures to My Students by C. H. SpurgeonAccording to Promise: God's Promises to Every Christian by C. H. Spurgeon Christ's Glorious Achievements: What Jesus has done for you by C. H. Spurgeon

A full list of our titles by C. H. Spurgeon can be found here: LINK.

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