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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the bedrock of Christian doctrine. Mentioned more than one hundred times throughout the New Testament, it was the most salient and fundamental point of the apostolic witness. Following the apostasy of Judas Iscariot, when the apostles determined it was necessary to replace him, the determining factor was one who was “a witness to his [Jesus’] resurrection” (Acts 1:22). This very same resurrection was also the primary point Peter emphasized at Pentecost in his sermon. Likewise, Paul’s delivery to the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers on Mars Hill rested on the fact...

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The Miraculous Birth of Jesus

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The doctrine of the Virgin birth is based on two explicit and harmonious accounts recorded in the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew 1:28–25 and Luke 1:26–38, each clearly independent of the other. Both narratives teach the birth of Jesus resulted from a miraculous conception by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary apart from any sexual relationship. This doctrine must be distinguished from latter doctrinal developments concerning Mary, such as her perpetual virginity, her immaculate conception (being free from the stains of original sin), and her assumption into heaven—all of which are without biblical warrant.Possibility and Probability...

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The Praise of the Pilgrims

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Three times they had set sail. First from Southampton, England on August 5, 1620, two ships set sail towards an uncertain destination in a far off place called America. One of the ships named Speedwell was leaking water and was forced to put into Dartmouth harbor. About August 23, the two ships set sail again but the Speedwell proved quite unseaworthy. The ships made port at Plymouth, England, and the Speedwell was abandoned. Here some passengers grew disheartened and gave up the venture.On a third attempt, the Mayflower alone sailed from Plymouth on September 6, 1620, with 102 passengers and...

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10 Reasons All Christians Should Study Church History

Church History

Church history is a vital area of study for any concerned Christian. Many positive elements will be demonstrated in time from such a study.First, it is important to study the history of the church in order to be faithful to Scripture. “Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?” (Job 8:8-10, NIV). Here we have a divine imperative that expresses our limitations,...

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A Very Brief Bio of St. Patrick

Church History

The only missionary to be honored with a world-wide holiday, Patrick, Ireland’s greatest missionary, is one of the most misrepresented figures in church history. For starters, he was neither Irish nor Roman Catholic, and his status of sainthood was not conferred until the Council of Whitby in the seventh century. Yet Patrick’s contributions to Christianity are remarkable, justifying his popularity and mystique.Patrick was born to Christian parents around the year 389 (although some scholars suggest a date as early as 373) in the Roman province of Britain. His father was a deacon, his grandfather a priest. When he was about...

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