For many modern protestants, church history (if they think about it at all) begins with those famous theses being nailed to a door, as if the 1500 previous years of Christianity don’t really count. If you have desired to learn more about church history or if you have longed to feel connected to the church throughout the ages, this post is for you! If you have felt overwhelmed at the thought of where to start your own studies, let alone how to pass on a delight-filled understanding of their place in church history to your children, I hope this post provides a helpful place to start.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Family devotions or family worship is something that many Christian families desire to incorporate in their daily life. This desire can often be hindered by confusion over what family devotions are, fear or feelings of inadequacy in conducting them, and the difficulties of consistency. Even consistent family devotions can be hindered by our own pride, as if somehow going through religious motions makes us more acceptable to God.