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Remembering the Apostle John

Apostles, Christian Living, December Articles

ListenThis post is part 13 of the series:The Apostles of Jesus ChristDecember 27 St. John Remembered The life and ministry of the Apostle John, son of Zebedee, is observed annually on December 27 by Christians in the West. St. John was distinguished as a prophet, an apostle, and an evangelist. He is known as the beloved disciple or "the disciple whom Jesus loved," and was the younger brother of James the Great. The two brothers, and sons of Zebedee, were known as the "sons of thunder." John was previously a disciple of John the Baptist, and after becoming a disciple of Jesus was not only one...Read more... Read more... -->

Making Room in the Inn

Christian Beliefs, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian Ethics, Christian Living, December, December Articles, Devotional Literature

ListenA number of years ago, Gap brand stores – Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic—decided not to advertise their end-of-year sales with the term “Christmas.” Instead they chose the more generic term “holiday” so as not to offend those of non-Christian faiths, or atheists in general. But Gap is not alone in this decision. Last Christmas other companies also took a similar course of action, dismissing “Christmas” in favor of an innocuous expression which would not offend non-Christians. To the great harm of our nation, many commercial interests continue to push the Christian faith to the...Read more... Read more... -->

God’s Plan of Salvation

Christian Beliefs, Christian Living, Experience, Practice & Life, Salvation & Grace

ListenIn a pluralistic American society, it has become politically incorrect to suggest that any one religion can make any claim to absolute truth. Historic Christianity has made such a claim to absolute truth. Just as a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill bears resemblance to the genuine twenty-dollar bill, so all other world religions and cults bear some resemblance to the genuine faith of the entire human race Christianity! Faithful Christians have not neglected to insist upon the absolute truth that Jesus Christ is the only means by which any individual may be brought into a favorable...Read more... Read more... -->

Our Newsletters

Christian Living, Newsletters

ListenOne need not scour Scripture too carefully to locate numerous divine responses to prayer. Abraham pled for divine mercy for the towns of Sodom and Gomora, and though the limits of justice were tested, God answered Abraham’s prayer for mercy. The lives of Moses, Hanna, Samuel, David, and many others—in both the Old and New Testaments—received divine responses to their earnest prayers. And, just as the pages of Scripture recount God’s answers to prayer, so Church history also records the outpouring of God’s Spirit in response to the pleas of His people. The great revivals of the Church...Read more... Read more... -->

December 11, 1776: Third Congressional Day of Fasting

Congressional Spiritual Proclamations, December Articles, Prayer

ListenThis post is part 4 of the series:When Congress Asked America to Fast, Pray, and Give Thanks to GodDecember 11, 1776 The Second Continental Congress issues the third of sixteen spiritual proclamations concerning prayer, fasting, humiliation, and thanksgiving By the time John Hancock presided over the third spiritual proclamation of Congress, he had signed the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), severing the political ties of the Thirteen American Colonies with Great Britain. Becoming engaged in the political life of Boston, Hancock came under the influence of Samuel Adams,...Read more... Read more... -->

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"Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of...It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor... "
– Congressional Prayer Proclamation
Journals of Congress, 9:854-855
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