Preaching is essential to the life of the congregation, yet it is always difficult. This article considers the value of a so-called preaching circle, where area pastors regularly meet for preaching sessions among themselves in order to grow in their preaching.
Through persecutions God builds his church. This was not different during the time of Guido de Brès, the author of the Belgic Confession. This article looks at the life of this man, and his work through the suffering he endured under the Roman Catholic Church. This article shows how God directs history in his providence to the upbuilding of his church.
This article looks at the consolation of the sick through the ages. The author also discusses a treatise, The Consolation of the Sick, that was written for the purpose of guiding people on their death bed. The article ends with important pastoral guidelines when counselling a dying person.
The Reformation in Spain is a very humbling account of how God works through persecutions to build his church. Think about Francisco San Roman, Johannes Froben, Julian Hernandez and other [[Reformers]. Do you know these names? Read how God in his providence directed history to the glory of his name.
Not so much is spoken about the link between the Reformation and France. In this article we learn how the Reformation spread from France to other countries, and how John Calvin was used by God for this. The flourishing of the faith and the persecution suffered by Christian are documented here.
Imagine someone telling you that a donkey is better than you. How would that feel? Well God did it. In this article one is brought to a sense of how rebellious we are in our nature, and yet how gracious God is, as he tells us in Jeremiah 8:7 and Isaiah 1:3.
It is a given that every Christian will face some form of affliction. How should we respond to afflictions when they come? This article will draw you to the way you should think about and respond to afflictions.
When one thinks about the Middle East, often Islam comes to mind as the dominant religion. Has it always been like that? In this article the author reveals how the mission work of the early church spread through the East and how Christianity was dominant there. Lessons are drawn on why Christianity declined. This is an article to read to learn the other side of church history.
There is no denying that we are facing moral bankruptcy in our culture. This has a great impact also on the church. How should we live as Christians in times like these? This article draws some lessons from the early church. How did they face this challenge? What difference did they make?