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Hidden Beginnings

…among you stands one you do not know. – John 1:26 (ESV) Before His ministry years, before His baptism and temptation, Jesus was virtually unknown. It had been some time since the strange rumors of the birth of the long-hoped-for Messiah had made the rounds. Supposedly some herdsmen had seen Him lying in a cattle trough. And later, strangely dressed foreigners had come to pay their respects. But that was a long time ago. The excitement had since faded to a memory, and life under gentile subjection went on as usual. To those of Nazareth and the neighboring towns, Jesus … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Discipleship – Then and Now – part 2

Teaching Setting When you look at how disciples were trained in the New Testament versus how they are trained today, you’ll see we’ve come a long way. There’s an abundance of Christian educational opportunities available to us, at least for those of us blessed to live in countries where we can worship freely. Depending on your denomination, you can choose from (take a deep breath) Sunday School, classes for teenagers, young adults, older adults, married couples, and new believers, catechism classes, beginner and advanced discipleship classes, Bible studies, Vacation Bible School, Christian camps, retreats and conferences, seminaries, correspondence courses, and … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Discipleship – Then and Now – part 1

Introduction And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples… not mere believers. of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) When I read these verses, I picture someone who has just been given long-awaited rulership over a kingdom. Now, as king, he gives his first … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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