Welcome to the Czechoslovak Evangelical Mission!
Our main purpose is to share the Word of God throughout the world by means of the internet and printed page in several languages. Your prayers and financial support helps us to achieve this goal. We receive letters and emails from many parts of the world in which people tell us how they were helped and blessed by our ministry. Many request more tracts and English Bibles. Your gifts help make this distribution possible.
Currently over 3,800,000 of our tracts witness about our Saviour and Lord Jesus in 80 countries. Some are translated into 20 languages. Please click on the contact page for the appropriate distributor.
Christian tracts are very practical tools for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We may give them to others or take them door to door, or mail them to people in another city, province or country. Many individuals have been wonderfully saved, helped, strengthened and blessed because someone gave them a gospel tract. Another practical aspect of tract ministry is that you may use them many times over again.
Please continue to uphold us in your prayers and by finances. Thank you.
Rev. J. Novak
Founder and President of the Czechoslovak Evangelical Mission
1601 Bramsey Drive
Canada L5J 2H8
Tel. (905) 822-8808
- C.E.M. is a nondenominational organization whose primary aim is to reach Czech and Slovak people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through tracts and messages on tape.
- C.E.M. is a non-profit charitable organization. It is a faith mission supported by the voluntary gifts of people who want to share God's message of love and life in Jesus Christ.
- Each gift is received with gratefulness and receipts for Income Tax purposes are promptly sent.
- C.E.M. is reaching people in Canada, U.S.A., Europe, South America and Australia. Over 90,000 tracts are in circulation and more are being printed. We receive many letters expressing appreciation, and many request more tracts.
- Most of our tracts are written by Rev. J. Novak and deal with the Way of Salvation and with a Deeper Christian Life. These tracts and tapes are in the Czech language and contain the message of hope, help and encouragement. They point people to Jesus Christ WHO alone is our Saviour, Helper and Lord. They help people to solve many personal and family problems that people face each day.
- Tracts and tapes will be sent free of charge to anyone upon request. Write to the Czechoslovak Evangelical Mission, 1601 Bramsey Drive, Mississauga, Ontario Canada L5J 2H8, or place your order by telephone. Call (905) 822-8808.
CZECHOSLOVAK EVANGELICAL MISSION believes and teaches:
That there is One God in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The verbal plenary inspiration of the Bible, the infallible revelation of God.
The deity of Jesus Christ: His virgin birth, His sinless life, His substitutionary death on the Cross of Calvary, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to Heaven, and His personal return.
Salvation by faith in Christ alone, without works, and by God's grace. Eph. 2, 8-9.
The power of Christ's blood to cleanse from sin. I John 1, 7-9.
The need of works after salvation to express gratitude and to prove that we have a living faith. James 2, 20.
The one church, the Body of Christ, consisting of all believers, regardless of colour, race or language, and the need of attending and supporting a Bible-believing local church. Heb. 10,25.
The need of daily growth in grace through Bible study, prayer and witnessing.
Obedience to the solemn command of Christ to evangelize all nations. Matt. 28, 19-20 and Acts 1, 8.
The second coming of Jesus Christ to take His church unto Himself.
the resurrection of the body; the reward of the just in Heaven; the eternal punishment of Hell of all who reject Christ. Rev. 20, 15.
Our tracts should be obtained free of charge. However, you must cover the postal and packing expenses. Furthermore, be also advised that the C.E. Mission does not send out missionairies or financial assistance
Wishing God's rich blessings upon you and your ministry, I remain prayerfully yours in the Precious Name of Jesus - our soon Returning Redeemer.
Rev. J. Novak
For tracts in Czech, Slovak or English, or for general inquiries, please contact:
Rev. J. Novak
1601 Bramsey Drive
Canada L5J 2H8
Tel. (905) 822-8808
For tracts in Amharic:
P.O. Box 908
For tracts in Hehe:
P.O. Box 6827
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
For tracts in Kijaluo and Swahili:
David J. Wembe
Dar es Salaam University
P.O. Box 78925
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
For tracts in Swahili:
Paul S. Nyatundo
P.O. Box 2282
For tracts in Telegu and Hindi:
The Dawn Book Supply
Kadian 533 126
Joy at Easter
Easter is a meaningful and sacred holiday for all Christians because of Christ’s death on the Cross of Calvary and His glorious resurrection on the third day. Christian believers throughout the world rejoice at Easter time, not because of material things such as chocolate eggs or a few days off from work and school, but because of the spiritual significance.
The Miracle of Easter is the fact that Jesus Christ, who was miraculously born of the Virgin Mary, who performed many mighty miracles of mercy, who died on the Cross on Good Friday, arose from the dead so gloriously and victoriously on that first Easter Sunday.
Millions of people died before and after Christ, but only He conquered death and arose from the grave, even as Apostle Peter tells us in Acts 2, 24: “God raised Him (Jesus) from death, setting Him free from its power, because it was impossible that death should hold Him.”
The meaning of Easter is the fact that now we have a Living Saviour. We don’t have to be afraid of death any longer because in Christ death is defeated. Now we have that living hope of eternal life. This knowledge changes our sadness into gladness and our limping doubt into leaping faith. It fills us with peace and hope especially when we are saying farewell to those loved ones who are leaving this world.
Finally, we have the message of Easter. Jesus died so that we may live. He took our place on the Cross and He paid the penalty of sin by His death.
Now he offers forgiveness and life to all who receive Him as their Saviour. This message of God’s angel is as encouraging today as it was then. He says: “You must not be afraid, I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has been raised just as He said. Come here and see the place where He was lying.”
Today we rightly rejoice because as the old hymn says “We serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today; I know that He is living whatever men may say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, and just the time I need Him He’s always near… You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.”
Yes, my friend, He lives within my heart and He wants to live in yours. Just ask him to come in. That way you will have a happy and meaningful Easter.
Rev. Joe Novak
That Mysterious “Why”
“Though he slay me, yet I will trust in him.” Job 13, 15 a.
I don’t think people ask any other question as often as that mysterious question “Why?” Even little children ask “Why not,” “Why me?”
Probably Adam and Eve asked it when their son Abel was murdered by his brother Cain. Joseph most likely asked that same question when he was sold into slavery by his brothers, and later on falsely accused and imprisoned.
It is quite normal and legitimate when facing painful experiences and uncertainty to ask “Why?” Jesus in that dark hour before the cross also asked “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27, 46) The psalmist asked in Psalm 10, “Why are you so far away Lord? Why do you hide yourself when I am in trouble?” Again in Psalm 43 he asked “why must I go on suffering from my enemies?”
The prophet Jeremiah also asked, “Why are wicked men so prosperous, and dishonest men successful?” (Jer. 12,1)
We see suffering all around us and we ask “Why?” Why are there earthquakes, starvation, incurable diseases? Why are innocent people murdered? Why is there so much evil all around us? Why do we have kidnappings and bombings? Why are there tornadoes and cyclones?
Some of you, dear readers, might be asking that mysterious “why” because you are facing many heavy burdens. Some of you may be struggling with illness, unemployment, divorce and a host of other crushing trials.
I want to encourage and strengthen all of you who are downhearted. Wipe away those tears. Put away those fears and doubts. You may smile again, because God loves you. Remember our dear Lord also carried a heavy cross and He did it without complaint. Apostle Paul too triumphantly faced the suffering he met in his life and ministry.
Some people ask if God is so loving why does He allow suffering. If He is so powerful, why does He not stop it or prevent it? Some think that God is careless or powerless, or both.
But this is not true. God is loving and caring.
We know that certain sickness and deformities are caused by sinful practices of people which bring suffering upon themselves and others. In some cases suffering is allowed to display the glory of God. This was the case of the man born blind (John 9).
In the book of Job we see that sometimes Satan is behind suffering that occurs, and that suffering may even occur to those people who are righteous and innocent of wrong doing. Job was such a man. He was “faithful, good and careful not to do anything evil” (Job 1, 8).
Yet Job suffered enormously. He lost his possessions, his children, his health and even the help and trust of his friends. Job lost everything but his faith in God. In the depth of his suffering he declared: “I know that my redeemer lives and he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Though God slay me, yet I will trust Him!” (Job 19, 25 and 13, 15)
If you suffer in some way, don’t just sit there feeling sorry for yourself, blaming everybody (including God) for your misery. Learn from other people who have conquered their suffering through faith and obedience to God. Many are handicapped and yet are happy because they are serving God and humanity.
We need to learn from people like Fanny Crosby who was blinded as a child and yet greatly used of God to bless others in the hymns she wrote. We can learn from Joni Erikson, a quadriplegic who has encouraged and enriched others in similar situations, because of her surrender and commitment to God.
Some situations become complex and complicated. Those in such situations need to learn the lesson of a young woman in a textile factory. She was told to call her foreman if the threads on her machine became entangled. When this occurred, the solution looked so simple she decided to untangle the threads herself. To her horror and surprise, she found that the more she tried to untangle the threads, the worse the situation became. Finally in desperation, she did what she had been told to do in the first place. She called the foreman.
In response to his rebuke she said: “It looked so simple, I thought I could disentangle it myself. I was sincerely trying to do my best.” The foreman’s reply was simply that sincerity in this situation was not enough.
We trust too often our sincerity to untangle the problems of our lives. Often the mess becomes worse and more complex. We too need to call our foreman, the Lord Jesus, and allow Him to untangle our situations and problems. In doing this we might save ourselves many tears and much time.
Jesus invites us to come unto Him. He invites especially those who have heavy burdens and problems, when He says: “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11, 18)
Wonderful things can occur in our lives when we do this. A violent storm once shattered a stained glass window in a church. The custodian gathered together the pieces of broken glass and stored them in the church basement. One day someone came, asked for the fragments of glass and took them away. Two years later he returned and invited the custodian to come and see his work. The custodian was amazed to see the window restored in an even more beautiful pattern than before.
God pleads with all whose lives are shattered or dreams are broken. He invites you to turn these pieces to Jesus, our Maker and Lord. With the help of his Holy Spirit He will remake you, He will give you new opportunities for growth and service. I plead with you to accept God’s offer. With our Lord’s help, your life could be more beautiful, meaningful and fulfilling than before.
Rev. J. Novak
Rest – the best recipe for a lasting rest
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11, 28, the Good News Bible).
We call our age, with certain pride, the age of computers, the atomic age, or the space age. We have things that our grandfathers never dreamed of: colour T.V., jet planes, fast cars and unbelievable wonder-working medicines. We see complicated surgeries performed when hearts, kidneys, lungs and other organs are transplanted. We may buy almost anything we want and travel anywhere we want to go, and yet our generation suffers from unbelievable pain; from discouragement, distress, despondency, tiredness and boredom. So many people are on sedatives and tranquilizers because they are under tremendous stress. Many are overworked. Because of complex pressures and problems, fear and worries of uncertainty, people lose patience, peace and hope. Some take their own lives.
Yet we have the best recipe for a lasting rest, because we have the best physician, who wants all of us – not only a favourite few – to have a life that is abundant, fulfilling and meaningful. (John 10, 10) God does not want us to be defeated by our sorrow, sadness and suffering. He offers us victory. (Romans 8, 37) He wants to lift us up from our dark depression into the sunshine of His joy. Our God does not want us to sink underneath our burdens and be crushed by them. He wants to lift our burdens from us and set us free.
In Matthew 11, 18 we have seventeen short words which guarantee lasting rest in our soul, heart and mind. This prescription is less expensive and works much faster than even the newest medication. Now please, don’t misunderstand me, I am not anti-medicine or against doctors. I am saying that when we accept these words of Jesus at their face value, we will experience a tremendous transformation in our thinking, planning and acting. But we must believe Jesus and receive His advice.
I want you to notice the inexhaustible well of salvation, peace, joy and other blessings we have in this text. This promise is for everybody. To Christians who are tired and disappointed, Jesus offers relief from heavy burdens. To unbelievers He offers forgiveness of sins, salvation, peace and tranquility in their hearts.
As I have said before, because of family problems or business pressures, many people are filled with fear, doubt and worry. Some, because of guilt, are perplexed and confused. Mandy times trips “down south” don’t help and the best tranquilizers do not bring any relief. Yet, “Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Jesus is very near,” as John M.Moore says in his encouraging hymn. Jesus is not only near; He is also very real to all who take their burdens to Him in repentive prayer and trust.
The Personality of this Invitation.
This invitation comes personally from Jesus Christ. It does not come from a preacher, an angel or any other being. It comes directly from God. Jesus personally calls all needy and oppressed people when He says: “Come unto me..” (Matt. 11, 28) He does not say: “Send your wife to talk with your pastor or your friend to see your doctor or counselor.” He says: You, you and you, all of you needy people, come to me.”
Remember therefore that this Jesus, Who was born of the Virgin Mary, Who performed many miracles in Palestine, Who died on the cross of Calvary, arose on the third day, this Jesus Who will come one day for His church, today is calling people with heavy burdens and problems, so that He can help them.
But you say, “Is it possible to send out so many personal invitations?” Why not? When two people decide to get married, they set a day and send out their wedding invitations. They might send out several hundred of them, yet everyone invited accepts it as their personal invitation. They believe it and on a set day come to the wedding and enjoy it.
Salvation and victory over sin and freedom from burdens, like all other blessings, are personal matters. Our parents or friends cannot receive it for us. It is like a final exam at school. Mandy people write the test, and it looks so general and so impersonal, because all have these same questions. Yet when the teach returns these papers, they are judged on the personal achievement of each individual person.
We are born into this world by ourselves and we leave this world that way, ourselves. We must also make our decision for God. It is in our power to receive Him or to reject Him. John 1, 12 says: that “as many as received him, to them gave he (God) power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” yes, God gives this power to all who receive Jesus, but only to those who receive Him.
Please notice further that we are invited by Jesus to come and receive from Him help, hope and healing, and not to stand far off admiring or criticizing Him.
When Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a stick when the people of Israel were attacked by poisonous snakes in the wilderness, (Numbers 21) some people doubted Moses, some laughed, others criticized him, but all these died. Only those, who believed and looked upon the bronze snake, lived. This fact is confirmed by Jesus in John 3, 14.
We might know everything about the couple who is getting married and we might be even looking at their invitation, but unless we go to their wedding reception, we will not taste anything that was prepared. Likewise we must come to Jesus in trust for rest, peace and victory. If we don’t believe, come and receive, we will not have it.
The Largeness of this Invitation.
Jesus invites all people to come to Him. He invites especially those people who have problems and are seeking rest. If you don’t have any burdens and problems, you don’t need any help. Congratulations! But you are an unusual minority. Those of you who have problems and burdens, you are invited to come.
This word “labour” or “tired” in Matthew 11, 28, means overworked. It talks about those people who are falling down under heavy loads. Some might be exhausted from long hours of physical work or from emotionally demanding responsibilities at home or at work. Others suffer from uncontrolled and destructive desires for worldly pleasures. Still others, like that Samaritan woman (John 4) are thirsty for the water of God’s cleansing and blessing. But many are in a much worse situation. They are overworked like a small automobile, built only for 4 people, but with six persons inside. Also on top of that small car is a large boat, and behind it is a large trailer. That automobile is overworked! Some people, like that car, carry heavy burdens of fear, doubt, guilt, worry, anxiety and anger. Some are so confused and overworked that they contemplate suicide because they cannot stand the weight of their burdens. But suicide is not the answer. Jesus is! To these people He says: “Come unto me and I will give you rest.”
It is true that He rightly could have said to them: “Depart from me, you wicked people!! I don’t know you and I don’t want you.” Yet in kindness and with great sympathy Jesus stretches His loving arms as He calls: “Come..” He does not want anyone to be crushed by his (her) burdens. He wants to lift them up and set them free.
Please notice this little word “all” in Matthew 11, 18. People quite often use big words to say nothing. I wonder sometimes about the meaning behind legal documents, because they use such big words. Out Saviour, in order to say so much, uses simple words, like: “Come,” “all,” “now,” “love” and “receive rest.”
“All” includes men, women, young, old, rich, poor, white, black, educated and uneducated. All are assured by the Lord that they will be received, because to God everyone is important. Jesus has enough room for everybody, and He will not turn away anyone. (John 14, 4 and John 6, 37).
With planning a wedding, most people encounter problems. Either they don’t have enough room or money (or both) in order to invite all of their friends. But there is enough room at the throne of God all who will come.
I am also very happy to tell you that Jesus is not only willing to help all of us, but He is also able to help all of us, all the time and with all our troubles. Friends can sometimes help us with our problems. Doctors can cure some patients from some diseases. I know a doctor who is very upset because he cannot help his close friend who is dying from leukemia. Our hearts are filled with joy and praise because Jesus is able and willing to help all of us all the time! Yes, I can hear some of you saying: “Brother Joe, how do you know that?” I know it because I have personally experienced the help of Jesus. I was helped and healed. My burdens of fear and anxiety did roll away when I surrendered myself to Jesus in a child-like trust. Today, like that blind man in john 9, 25 I can declare: “I know who Jesus is because of his miracle of love.” Also I know other people who were touched and helped by Jesus. One lady, who was filled with anger, hurt and rebellion was driven into all sorts of wild acts. One day out of great desperation she turned to Jesus and He gave her inner rest and tranquility. Her experience confirms that “To experience the love of God is to experience the peace of God.”
The Simplicity of this Invitation.
It is very easy to come to Jesus. He says: “Come to me. Leave your worry, leave your old way of life, forget your yesterday, and come. I will give you rest and a new start.” We don’t have to kneel or fold our hands a certain way when we come to Jesus. We simply trust Him, as Paul says in Act 16, 31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your family.” (The Good News Bible) God’s Holy Word encourages us to believe and receive. That is all.
Secondly, this invitation is simple, because we are to come now. Many people say: “Yes, I will come one day,” but they never do. I believe that not everyone laughed at Noah when he was calling people into the Ark (Genesis 7). Perhaps some people said: “Noah, you are right. The flood will come, and we will come into your Ark. We will do it tomorrow, or maybe next week.” But they all “missed the boat,” didn’t they. The missed their chance and all were lost in that great deluge. Don’t wait! Come to Jesus now.
Another simple fact is that we may come to our Jesus just as we are, with all our fears, doubts, anxiety, anger, excuses, guilt, worries and weaknesses. Don’t wait until you are cleaner or better. When going to certain places we must wear our Sunday best and behave accordingly. But to Jesus we may come just as we are. He knows all about us anyway. Why try to hide anything from Him or try to impress Him. Come as you are and let Him do the cleaning, healing, changing, restoring, renewing and rebuilding.
I heard of one young boy who arrived at an orphanage. When the superintendent saw him in dirty and torn clothes, he asked the boy what he wanted. “Sir,” replied the cold and hungry boy, “I would like to live here.” “Do you have a recommendation?” asked the superintendent. “Sir, I have nobody and nothing else, except these ragged clothes.” That was good enough for that kind man, who embraced him and took him in. Soon he was clean, warm and cared for. Oh, do recognize your need and in repentance and trust come to Jesus. He will receive you and help you.
Finally, The Unselfishness of this Invitation.
Jesus says: “Come to me, all of you who are tired…, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11, 28) When we go to a wedding or a party we are expected to bring a present. Not here. Jesus does not want us to bring Him anything else but our burdens and problems. He wants us to receive from Him life, joy, peace, forgiveness, healing, rest and victory. Therefore to all overworked Christians He says: “Don’t be discouraged, and don’t give up that Sunday School class, or that other work, whatever you are doing. Come to me daily in sincere prayer and I will give you new strength, desire and vision to carry on your responsibility with joy. We are reminded by Isaiah 40, 31, that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” All these people will be spiritually refueled with new energy and love.
But to all who have not accepted Jesus as Saviour and Lord, He says: “Come to me…and I will give you new life, rest and everything else you need.” Yes it is not too late to receive Jesus as Redeemer and Helper and to start all over again.
Indeed we have the best recipe for a lasting rest. It is in Jesus Christ our Heavenly Physician Who is calling all of us to Himself, because He is willing and able to help us with all our burdens and problems. But He can only help those people who will believe His invitation and who will receive His offer, those who will come.
Rev. J. Novak
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