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So Great a Cloud of Witnesses

So Great a Cloud of Witnesses

By Lee Smith
Remembering those champions of faith and their contributions to the formation of our Christian faith.
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Passion Week Devotionals: Saturday - Why Did Jesus Rise on the Third Day
Was the three day resurrection merely an inconsequential detail or does it have theological significance all the way back to Genesis 1? We are going to consider why three days matter.  
April 16, 2022
Passion Week Devotionals: Good Friday - Mock Trial and Crucifixion
Jesus predicted his death and resurrection but the disciples were unable to recognize the fulfillment occurring in real time. 
April 15, 2022
Passion Week Devotionals: Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday is a commemoration of Jesus washing the disciples feet. Much is happening for Jesus this day. It concludes with Jesus being taken to the house of the Chief Priest. This is the last mile of the journey before the cross. 
April 13, 2022
Passion Week Devotional: Wednesday - Jesus Resting and Judas Betraying
While Jesus and his disciples were resting after the busy days of teaching and the confrontation with the religious leaders, Judas conspires with the enemy to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. 
April 12, 2022
Passion Week Devotionals: Tuesday - Jesus Teaching in the Temple
If Monday's arrival in the Temple was marked by Jesus' all-inclusive, living parable of cleansing God's house, Tuesday's entrance is marked by a direct, verbal confrontation with the appointed leadership. 
April 12, 2022
Passion Week Devotionals: Monday the Cleansing of the Temple
Tensions increase on Monday. The religious leaders want to destroy Jesus but he has the support of the people. 
April 11, 2022
Passion Week Devotionals: Palm Sunday
The events of Palm Sunday actually began on Saturday evening (Jews began a new day at Sundown) with a celebration dinner for Jesus and Lazarus. 
April 11, 2022
Augustine: From the Son of Tears to the Theologian who Changed the World
We value much a self-made man, but when it comes to true disciples of Christ, we are all God made. God used the circumstances of Augustine’s life to prepare him to become the great theologian of Grace.
February 24, 2022
Johannes Gutenberg: The Man Whose Machine Spread the Reformation
I think it is fair to say, that Luther was the match that lit the Reformation, Wycliff added the fuel, and Gutenberg was the carrier of the message to the whole world.
February 16, 2022
John Wycliffe -- English Bible Translator
I think it is fair to say that Luther was the match that lit the Reformation but John Wycliffe gathered the fuel. Make no mistake, without the WORD in common English the Reformation would have found no footing.
February 01, 2022
Martin Luther's Tower Experience
Martin Luther was a key figure in the reformation of the church. He attributes his contribution to his coming to understand both justice and mercy while teaching his students the book of Romans. He is famous for nailing the 95 Theses (complaints) to the Castle Church door of Wittenberg, Luther said he only started to have impact for change when he had his "Tower Experience."   
January 27, 2022
Missionaries Jim and Elisabeth Elliot
Jim and Elisabeth Elliot are two of the most influential people in the history of missions. Their lives reflect total devotion to Christ and to the message of the gospel. Their stories of perseverance, suffering, and even death have inspired many to go reach unreached peoples.
January 20, 2022
C.S. Lewis
Today’s subject is C.S. Lewis, a very well-known Christian apologist and author. He lived between 1898 and 1963. Clive Staples Lewis was a popular British writer who authored over 40 books. A former atheist, C.S. Lewis became a Christian after many debates and conversations with his Oxford colleague and friend, J.R.R. Tokien (author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy). C.S. Lewis’ religious conversion greatly influenced his writing, as one can see in some of his best-known works like The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, and more.
January 13, 2022
He is Altogether Lovely -- by Samuel Rutherford
Rutherford's letter written to a friend on August 8, 1637 will inspire your love for Christ--and perhaps encourage more creative English usage and a deeper vocabulary. 
January 05, 2022