Saturday, October 31, 2015

Reformation Day, October 31

John Calvin's best senior pic

"Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain."

 "Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.... Man's mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity; as it sluggishly plods, indeed is overwhelmed with the crassest ignorance, it conceives an unreality and an empty appearance as God.... To these evils a new wickedness joins itself, that man tries to express in his work the sort of God he has inwardly conceived. Therefore the mind begets an idol; the hand gives it birth.... Daily experience teaches that flesh is always uneasy until it has obtained some figment like itself in which it may fondly find solace as in an image of God."

- John Calvin

"Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end." - Hebrews 3:12-14

Large and small,
magnificent and humble -
places where Christians meet to worship God

This post is linked to
  Salisbury Cathedral
The Young Martin Luther
long before 1517

Have a blessed Reformation Sunday, friends!



MadSnapper said...

beautiful churches, all of them. for me i prefer the smaller ones to worship in.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful post and lovely collection of churches! Have a happy weekend!

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

Thank you for this beautiful post, Judy!
The young Luther looks very cute.
Wishing a blessed Reformation Day to you and your family as well,
Sara (Lutheran) :)

podso said...

I asked my neighbors what they were going to do tonight and they said turn out the lights and watch a movie about Luther. Great post and I enjoyed seeing all the churches, big and small.

Susie said...

Judy, I love your church pictures. Old churches are an awesome work of art to me. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Terri D said...

Lovely photos and a great reminder for us!

TexWisGirl said...

nice selection of spires!

genie said...

What a nice mosaic of churches. I saw one with red doors so am wondering if it is Episcopal.

Tom said...

Salisbury Cathedral us amazing.

Laura Lane said...

So few know what Reformation Day is. Thanks for sharing this.
Please drop by and say hello!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

NanaDiana said...

Gorgeous churches, Judy. Blessed Reformations Sunday to you, too. xo Diana

E. Beth. said...

i really enjoy your mosaic ( ;
happy weekend

sweetbriardreams said...

Beautiful places of worship. I work next door to a Cathedral and haven't taken photos for quite some time. I may just pop in this week to put that right! xx

Linda said...

Beautiful...thank you...have a lovely Sunday, friend. Blessings

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've worshipped in large city churches and small country ones which I prefer but know it is the warmth of the people attending that makes the best experience.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Love all your beautiful pics. The last one is my fave!!

Marcia said...

Such a very nice collection of churches on All Saints Day.

Anonymous said...

"Best senior pic!" LOL A lot of truth in his words.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

The nearest I have managed to get to that place was here The original cathedral You can even see the present one form the place. Good blog this week

Christine said...

Thank you SO much for posting about Reformation Sunday & including those words from Calvin! How right up to date they are for we are ever guilty of idolatry!
Hope young Martin Luther grows up nailing his calling to the door!
So thankful we have the freedom to worship God as a church not made with hands!
God bless & thanks again.

Small City Scenes said...

Nice collage of churches. For me October 31st is All Sould Day and November 1st All saints Day.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

A good alternative to the worst excesses of Halloween. I'm fascinated by the ancient origins, and enjoy some of the fun (great when the kids were younger), but the idea of 'Happy Halloween' strikes me as ridiculous. A tricky discussion topic: Despite the pain, was the Reformation a good thing or a bad thing? Personally, I don't know where we'd have been without it!

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