Thank you for giving us life. And thank you for leading us closer to you in this time of uncertainty.
Father, people are troubled everywhere. Stock markets are dropping in value. Houses are losing value. People are losing jobs. People are worried that the things that they have worked for are declining in value. They are uncertain about life in general.
Your apostle, Paul, wrote, â€œSet your affection on things above, not on things of the earth.â€ Lord, help us do that. Help us put aside our affection for things on earth and learn to love the eternal things more.
Thank you, Lord, for teaching us to learn to love and help one another. Thank for the gift of our families and loved ones. Thank you for reconciling broken hearts, and helping to restore families. Help us, O Lord, to get closer together. Help us get more of a sense of community, of sharing, of fellowshipping together. Thank you, Lord, for reminding us that we are in this together. For these are more important than things.
Father, you are the source of peace. That peace comes through the knowledge of your son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for sending your son to die for us that we can have eternal life. The affairs of this life are frequent reminders that peace comes from above, not from the world.
The Gospel of John says that Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Lead us, Father, and guide us to realize that more abundant life which we know is not centered on earthly things, but the things that are from you.
Father, you are the great provider, the creator of all that is.
Lord, we pray for confidence in your provision. Help us remain focused on you that we remain peaceful and confident, that no matter what you provide for our needs. Your Apostle, Paul, wrote, that you supply all our need according to your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Help us see that more and more each day!
Thank you for all of this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
This web is a look at primitive, original Christianity, how it developed over time and how it compares to current practices.
"Jesus Christ is Lord" is the common belief of billions of Christians. But there are tens of thousands of denominations. While ancient denominations like the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox claim to be the original and consequently "true" church, innumerable churches and denominations have started citing error in these ancient bastions and/or the leading of the spirit to reform the church and restore the church.
There are numerous disputed issues. Cessation doctrine (prophecy and the gifts of the spirit ended with the apostles), infant baptism, the inerrancy of Scripture, the form of Church government, the role of women in the church, and currently, the acceptance of homosexuality are just some of the many disputed doctrines that cause the Christian body to be so divided.
The Reformation movement performed an invaluable service. But instead of simply reforming the church or simply working to create one more correct alternative church the Reformation movement worked to increase the number of disputes over scripture and consequently the number of splits has increased exponentially.
The problem with looking at all the denominations is that it can become confusing to just compare this church or denomination to that one. The complexity of looking at all the theological implications can become overwhelming. For many busy people that means just making the best, less than fully educated decision they can, and staying with the church of their heritage or finding a church where they feel they can grow. Just finding the information can be an overwhelming task. Putting it into some understandable framework is an even more complicated task.
This web site, rather than trying to just compare all the current positions on the differences goes back to the beginning (primitive, original Christianity) and evaluates Christianity starting at that point. This includes looking at the gospel accounts, but also includes looking at early church documents as well as other ancient documents, both secular and religious. (There is also a section on Philosophy because its profound impact on Christian theological development.) The articles have numerous references to works both in print and online.
Next the web site looks at the developments in Christianity from original Christianity forward to see how the church developed over time comparing each development with what we know about original Christianity. The goals are:
- To trace the development of the church from start to now to see how the church at large wound up with all these competing churches/denominations today, and
- To equip people with the knowledge of original Christianity to enable people to make an informed decision on what is the true faith and practice of the church Jesus Christ started.
For an overview of the articles by category, go to the Table of Contents Page.
This is a work in progress. My prayer is that sharing my journey is helpful to you and that together we can grow in the faith that Jesus Christ made available some two thousand years ago.
- Global Warming
- Knowing As We Are Known – The Six People In Every Conversation
- Oral Transmissions of Religious Accounts Have Safeguards to Ensure Accuracy
- The Christian Creed – Now and Then
- Carbon Dating Accuracy
- Be Wary of TV Shows Promoting Rejoicing in Wrongdoing
- A Wicked and Adulterous Generation – Repent
- Religion vs. Science is an Ongoing Debate – Brain Scans Do Not Reliably Predict Violent Behavior
- The Genesis Code Gives an Explanation of How the Days in Genesis Correspond to The Big Bang Theory
- Science Now Saying Humans Are not Born as Blank Slates
- Fear Not, Be at Peace
- The Boston Marathon Response: “Fear Not”
- Basic Christianity (14)
- Biblical Translation And Interpretation (8)
- Division Intro (2)
- Divisions (22)
- Grammar and Logic (4)
- Heresies (2)
- Introduction (6)
- Jesus' Teaching and Miracles (13)
- Koine (Biblical) Greek (27)
- Miscellaneous (7)
- Modern Christianity (10)
- Movements (36)
- Objections to Restoring New Testament Christianity (2)
- Original Christianity (28)
- Outside Criticism of Christianity (1)
- Philosophy (16)
- Prayers (1)
- Preface (1)
- Research (1)
- Sermons (6)
- Theology (16)
- Uncategorized (1)
- Worship Experiences (2)