Church History, Lesson 3: The Normalization of Church Practices

Bringing Gentiles into the Church   Recap and Introduction Last week, we followed the Church as she spread to Samaria during Jewish persecution.  Christians fled proclaiming Jesus as the world’s Savior from sin and the Deliverer of eternal life.  The Church’s first pastors, the Apostles, however, did not flee with the others (Acts… [more]

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The Apocrypha, Lesson 11: 1-2 Maccabees

Introduction 1 Maccabees describes the attempts at Hellenization by the Seleucid ruler, Antiochus IV Epiphanes (1:1-2:70), moving on to cover the exploits of Judas Maccabeus (3:1-9:22) and his brothers Jonathan (9:23-12:53) and Simon (13:1-16:24).  Judas and his brothers battle to remove the Greek influence from Israel. The book was written after… [more]

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Church History, Lesson 2: The Holy Spirit Descends on All in the New Covenant

Faithful and Fervent   Pentecost Day: The Speaking in “Tongues” Old-Covenant Pentecost: In the Old Covenant, Pentecost was one of three feasts God required Israelite men to travel to the Temple and celebrate (Deuteronomy 16:16).  Pentecost was a harvest festival celebrated 50 days after Passover.  God’s people set apart the first… [more]

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The Apocrypha, Lesson 10: Tobit, Pt. 3

We finished with Tobias sending Azariah (the angel Raphael) to retrieve the 30 years’ worth of wages.  After the 14-day wedding celebration, Tobias and Azariah plan to head home.  We now get a snapshot of what is taking place Tobit and Anna.   Tobias and Azariah Return Home 10:1 Meanwhile, day by day, Tobit kept counting how many days… [more]

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1 Corinthians 1:18-25: The Foolishness of the Cross

In all your days, did someone come to you and make this case?  “Tell me, if God is almighty, can He create a stone too heavy for Him to carry?”  Hmm, such a smug, rebellious question!  At last, the creature gives the Creator His comeuppance, outwitting Him in our cleverness.  So we think.  No, this only shows our impudence, inventing a scenario… [more]

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