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Want To Be Challenged By The Early Church? Read This…

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Do you ever  grow weary of all the new fads and techniques the modern church creates?  I  do!  What is important to us, may not have been important to those who were personally discipled by Jesus Christ and those whom they disicpled.  

I am continually challenged when I read the history and the writings of the early church.   I am drawn to them over and over again because of how close they were in time to the Apostles.  There writings are not scripture, but neither are the writings of Luther, Calvin or John Stott.  These writings shed tremendous light on how the Apostles and the early church viewed the Christ event and the implications of it.   Anyone who wants to follow Jesus Christ faithfully owes it to themselves to read the writings of these Godly men.

Today, I have included the entire “Didache”, also known as  “The Teaching of The Twelve Apostles.”  It is one of the most fascinating documents to emerge from the early church.  It was probably in circulation somewhere close to the end of the first century…  Read the rest of this entry

What is Your Life Centered On?

C.J. Mahaney writes in his bookLiving The Cross-Centered Life:  Keeping the Gospel THE Main Thing”

“Each of our lives is centered on something. What’s at the center of yours?  Think about it for a moment.  What’s really the main thing in your life? Only one thing can truly be first in priority; so what’s at the top of your list, second to none? What are you most passionate about? What do you love to talk about? What do you think about most when your mind is free? 

 Or try this, what is it that defines you?  Is it your career?  A relationship?  Maybe it’s your family or your ministry?  It could be some cause or movement or some political affiliation.  Or perhaps your main thing is a hobby or talent you have or even your house and possessions… Read the rest of this entry