Anabaptist Group Dynamics
Commands of Jesus
Difference between Anabaptists and Evangelicals
Hutterite Sermon Prefaces
Marriage (Ulrich Stadler)
Living Word (Ulrich Stadler)
Modern views of Anabaptists
Mysteries of the Kingdom of God
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Apr 14, 05
Dec 28, 05
Nov 08, 06
Jul 04, 07
Apr 16, 08
Apr 23, 08
Apr 30, 08
May 07, 08
May 14, 08
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June 25, 08
July 02, 08
July 16, 08
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Secret of the Strength
Sermons by Eli Hofer
The Writings of Ulrich Stadler
The Church and
the Narrow Path
To Vote or not to Vote
Way of the Lord
friends in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We
have been praying for you, and we know you have been praying for us. Thank you.
We are grateful for your prayers.
Don had another episode of
Atrial Fibrillation, but it was not too long.
Praise God. We know that your
prayers are strength for us. Larry
Barbier from the CDO church came to visit on Tuesday morning. Naomi was not feeling too good so Larry
prayed for her. It is so wonderful to
have fellow Christians together. We feel
it is our strength.
fourth set of cockatiel babies this year are growing, and their parent birds are
getting rowdy and rather nosy in their demands for food to feed their babies. When Michi and Naomi start to make meals,
they fly to the kitchen, expecting to be fed.
While we are sitting at the dining table, even if we are not eating,
they come to us and want to be fed. When
we are eating, they come and want to eat from our plates. They are a lot of trouble but a joy to
have. Here is a photo of Naomi with her
brother David and her parents Michi and Don.
This week, because the CDO church
had a visitor preaching on creation science again, we went to a different church
for the Sunday service, to the New Life Baptist Fellowship. We knew our dear friends Joe and Sharon
Shanton would be there, but we also found other friends there, such as Dawn
Rita who came and sat next to Naomi. We
also met Linda Dowdle and Karin Noah from the Monday morning ladies worship
meeting and Karin’s husband Dennis. It
is so wonderful to be together with friends in the body of Christ.
The sermon was about trusting the
Lord, having intimate fellowship and dwelling with Him. We are to trust the Lord God Almighty all the
time, especially when one is in trouble.
When I am afraid, I will put my
trust in You. In God, whose word I
praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. (Psalm 56)
Don attended the biweekly CDO men’s
6:30 am Monday prayer breakfast at the Coco’s Restaurant with five other men,
Nathan Moon gave the devotional. Michi
and Naomi attended the 9 am Monday morning worship meeting at Linda Dowdle’s
home. We all were blessed!
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
This week we have had a bit of
tribulation – Don has heart trouble (atrial fibrillation on Sunday evening),
Michi has back pain and Naomi has been dizzy with stomach pain. So we often need to say with the apostle
Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)
It is very true that living in the kingdom of God brings us
righteousness, peace and joy through the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 14:17)
Jesus told us that unless we become like a little child we will never enter
the kingdom of God. (Mt. 18:3, Mk.
10:15, Luke 18:17) When we are born
again and become a little child of God, we can and should rest in His fatherly
care in the midst of our tribulations and then we will have the peace of the
Lord in our souls.
Watch Out, Be Alert
Jesus said, "Watch
out that no one deceives you. Many will
come in My name, claiming, 'I am' and will deceive many.” (Matt. 24:5, Mark 13:6, Luke 21:8)
The Gospels record Jesus as
telling His disciples 20 times that they should watch out, be alert. The apostle Peter wrote, “Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a
roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
(1 Peter 5:8)
So even though we rest in the care
of our heavenly Father, we still must be careful of what we see and do. This is especially true of the church that a
Christian attends. Is it a church that
lives according to the teachings of Christ?
Check their statement of faith; does it say that they believe that a
Christian must obey all the commands of Christ?
If it does not, watch out, be alert!
John Wesley in his song “Happy
The Souls” addresses this issue in verse 8:
“Ye different sects, who all declare, ‘Lo, here is Christ!’ or ‘Christ
is there!’ Your stronger proofs divinely
give, And show me where the Christians live.”
Michael Sattler and the Evangelicals
Michael Sattler (1495-1527) was
one of the early leaders of the Anabaptists, and one of its first martyrs. He was educated at the University of Freiburg
and entered the Benedictine Monastery of St. Peter near Freiburg, Germany, as a
monk, advancing to the position of prior of that large monastery. Through his studies of the scriptures and, no
doubt, influenced by the new reformation theology in circulation, Sattler left
the monastery in 1523. He joined the
Anabaptist movement and in 1526 met with some evangelical leaders in the city
of Strasbourg, Martin Bucer and Wolfgang Capito. After a number of discussions with them, he
found that their beliefs did not include a need to live in obedience to all of
the commands of Christ. He listed for
them some of the results of living according to the teachings of Christ:
Christ is the head of His body, i.e., of the believers, the
As the head is minded, so must its members also be.
The foreknown and called believers shall be conformed to the image of
Christ is despised in the world, so are also those who are His; He has
no kingdom in the world, but that which is of this world is against His
Believers are chosen out of the world, therefore the world hates them.
The devil is prince over the whole world, in whom all the children of
Christ is Prince of the Spirit, in whom all who walk in the light live.
The devil seeks to destroy, Christ seeks to save.
The flesh is against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh.
Those who are spiritual are Christ's; those who are carnal belong to
death and to the wrath of God.
Christians are fully yielded (German gelassen)
to God and have placed their trust in their Father in heaven, shunning the use
of worldly weapons.
The citizenship of Christians is in heaven and not on earth.
Christians are the members of the household of God and fellow citizens
of the saints, and not of the world.
They are the true Christians who live according to the teachings of
Flesh and blood, pomp and temporal, earthly honor and the world cannot
comprehend the kingdom of Christ.
In sum: There is nothing in common between Christ and Belial.
Because of Sattler’s concern over
these differences between their evangelical beliefs and his Anabaptist beliefs,
he wrote to them that he could no longer remain there without doing a special
dishonor to God, therefore he left that area.
The next year Michael Sattler was
arrested in Germany on charges that he was a heretic, that he did not support
the beliefs of the state church. He was
convicted and sentenced to death, which occurred on May 21, 1527. His sentence read, “Judgment is passed, that Michael
Sattler be delivered to the executioner, who shall lead him to the place of
execution, and cut out his tongue; then throw him upon a wagon, and there tear
his body twice with red hot tongs; and after he has been brought out of the
gate, he shall be pinched five times in the same manner.”
Disobedience Means Unbelief
who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will
not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were
disobedient? So we see that they were
not able to enter because of unbelief.”
Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him… If anyone loves me, he will obey
my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and
make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” (John 14:21-15:10)
Now, dear ***, may the Lord God strengthen your heart so that you will be
blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus
comes with all his holy ones. (1 Thess
Your Anabaptist brother and sisters in Christ,
Don, Michi and Naomi Murphy
Jesus said, "Do not resist an evil man."
(Mt 5:39) He means do not resist evil with evil but respond with love,
the Calvary type of love that Jesus demonstrated with His death on the cross.