Concordia was the wife of the apostle Peter, and she accompanied him on his missionary travels. Her mother had been miraculously healed by Jesus: “He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.” (Matthew 8:15) Concordia was martyred before Peter […]
Speaking in tongues was obviously one of the concerns, or one of the major characteristics of the Corinthian church. The amount of space the apostle devotes to this issue indicates that it had become a problem which needed to be addressed. Again, therefore, Paul emphasizes that Christianity is not about ecstatic trances (as were some of the pagan cults):
Bible Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Theme Verse: Vs 17. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! Young Sam Jones ruined his life because of alcoholism. His father John Jones’ dying words were, ‘my poor, wicked, wayward, reckless boy.
Love is top priority, but the Christians should “be eager” for other gifts too. However, the overall aim and purpose is to build up the community. Spiritual gifts should not bring a sense of competition or pride: such gifts should be used for the good of all, and each person should praise God for the other person’s gifts. That is why prophecy is given more emphasis than speaking in tongues.
Alexander, bishop of Cappadocia (in modern-day Turkey), was imprisoned from 204 to 211 for his faith. Upon his release he went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where the aged bishop, Narcissus, pressured him to stay and become his assistant and designated successor. Alexander, who developed a famous theological library in […]
A grenade attack upon the Protestant International Church in Islamabad on 17 March 2002 killed four Christians. The church was mainly attended by foreign diplomats and their families, and most consider this to have been an anti-Western as well as anti-Christian attack. However, quite a number of Pakistani, Iranian and […]
Vines grow slowly and need much patient care and work, perhaps for several years, before they bear fruit. Very many of the people listening to Jesus would have grown vines, and so this naturally suggested itself as a picture of how God cares for his people. The solidarity of Jesus and his disciples was like that of the main stem and the branches.
Madobe, a Christian convert from Islam, was the leader of an underground church in the village of Mahaday, near Jowhar, in the strongly Islamic nation of Somalia. His name was on a list of people suspected of being Christians who were sought by Islamist militant group al-Shabaab. Madobe managed […]
“Do you want to be healed?” Unless a positive answer is given to that question, complete healing is impossible, Part of the deadly quality of sin is that it hinders us from seeking its cure. Sometimes we have lost our will to be healed. The sick man here gives a long-winded answer, which almost sounds like an excuse.
In 850 the North African Muslims who occupied Cordoba in Spain began to persecute Christians. Eulogius, a well-educated priest, was arrested, and from prison wrote a letter of encouragement to other Christians who were also behind bars. He was released and in the next seven years wrote a record of […]