The Best April Fool’s Day Prank Was….

An elaborate April Fool's Day prank in Copenhagen
An elaborate April Fool’s Day prank in Copenhagen

I find April Fool’s Day to be fun even though I can never quite trust the news I receive.  I still do even though I tend to be a recipient of pranks rather than an initiator in the past few years.  When I was a kid I used to tell my mom I failed a test, that seemed to work without fail year after year.  My wife told me one year she was pregnant and she convinced me.

This day is special for me as well because I became a “fool for Christ” 23 years ago when I gave my life to Jesus in the middle of the night in my dorm room at Drake University.  I know there were a few people who thought I was kidding when I told them later that day.

So what is the best prank you have pulled on April Fools Day or what is the best one pulled on you?  Leave a comment.

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Take Care That The Gospel Is Not Brought Into Contempt

Martin Luther knew what was at stake if he did not have the boldness to confess his faith.  The gospel would be brought under contempt.  I wonder how much the gospel is brought under contempt in our workplaces, homes and schools?  And we’re not even facing persecution.

Read Luther’s words….

You ask me what I shall do if I am called by the emperor.  I will go even if I am too sick to stand on my feet.  If Caesar calls me, God calls me.  If violence is used, as well it may be, I commend my cause to God.  He lives and reigns who saved the three youths from the fiery furnace of the king of Babylon.  And if he will not save me, my head is worth nothing compared with Christ.  This is no time to think of safety.  I must take care that the gospel is not brought into contempt by our fear to confess and seal our teaching with our blood.

We can not forget we can be bold because of what we are proclaiming.  As the Apostle Paul wrote that the Gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,” (Romans 1:16).

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good,” (Psalm 14:1, ESV).

Our Assurance, Our Glory, and the Sole Anchor of Our Salvation

Ray Ortland had this passage from the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin.  I thought I’d share it with you.

“Our assurance, our glory, and the sole anchor of our salvation are that Christ the Son of God is ours, and we in turn are in him sons of God and heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven, called to the hope of eternal blessedness by God’s grace, not by our worth [Dei benignitate, non nostra dignitate].”

John Calvin, The Institutes, 3.17.1