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by Jasmine Alnutt - about 17 days

The Era of Constantine: When Church Met State

For the first three hundred years of its existence, the Christian Church was generally viewed by the Roman Empire as either an enigma, a fringe group or as a legitimate threat. Therefore, Christians did not consistently enjoy the rights and privileges of other people in the Empire; in fact, on many occasions they were stripped of any rights at all! Never was the Church fully accepted or given complete freedom of w...

by Jasmine Alnutt - about 1 month

Now Let Me Burn Out For God: The Life of Henry Martyn

“Now let me burn out for God.” This was the impassioned prayer of a young Cornishman named Henry Martyn (1781-1812), missionary to India and Persia, a man who lived his short life with a sense of urgency that is rare in our generation.  Martyn was born in the town of Truro in the beautiful Cornwall region of southern England. Although he was a rather small and frail boy, he possessed a keen intellect, ...

by Jasmine Alnutt - about 1 month

The Early Church: The Danger Within

Christians often say that whenever a great work of God or a move of the Holy Spirit is taking place, there are sure to be rampant attacks from the devil. This was certainly the case with the Early Church! As we have seen, the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the Church led to an array of external attacks, most notably in the form of false doctrine and physical persecution. However, sometimes the most unexpec...

by Jasmine Alnutt - 3 months

How Firm a Foundation: The Life of Adoniram Judson

“God is to me the great Unknown. I believe in Him, but I find Him not.” This is not something you would expect a strong Christian to say, let alone someone serving in ministry! Yet what if I told you that not only was this written by a godly Christian, but by the man considered the “Father of American Missions”—and not in his early days, but after he had been serving on the mission field for about 15 years?  ...

by Jasmine Alnutt - 3 months

The Early Church: Trial by Fire

When Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection, He told His disciples, “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The Greek word He used for witnesses is martys, from which we get our English word martyr, a person killed for their beliefs. Indeed, a martyr is a profoundly powerful example of what it means to be a wit...

by Jasmine Alnutt - 4 months

The Early Church: Catering to the Culture?

“We need to adapt the Christian message to the way things are in society today!” How many of us have heard this statement? With issues like abortion, racism, the LGBTQ agenda, along with the sudden emergence of the trans and pangender movement, it is easy to feel that, as Christians, we need to change things up and adapt the Gospel message in order to relate to and identify with the culture. But can the Ch...

by Jasmine Alnutt - 6 months

The Early Church: How Christianity Revolutionized Work Ethic

One of the most powerful evidences of a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ is the fruit that is produced in our lives—the practical outworking of the inward reality of what God has done by His Spirit. James 2:18 challenges, “...Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works!” As we have seen, the Early Church took this exhortation seriously, as they showed their faith by their ...

by Jasmine Alnutt - 6 months

How William Carey Expected Great Things From God

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19 have been the call to missions throughout the history of the Church. It was this verse that captured the heart and mind of a humble English shoemaker named William Carey in 1786 when he first proposed the formation of a missionary society at a meeting of loc...