Excerpt from The Two Christmas Celebrations, A. D. I. And MDCCCLV: A Christmas Story for MDDCCLVIA great many years ago, Augustus Caesar, then Emperor of Rome, ordered his mighty realm to be taxed; and so, in Judea, it is said, men went to the towns where their families belonged, to be registered for assessment. From Nazareth, a little town in the north of Judea, to Bethlehem, another little but more famous town in the south, there went one Joseph, the carpenter, and his wife Mary, - obscure and poor people, both of them, as the story goes. At Bethlehem they lodged in a stable; for there were many persons in the town, and the tavern was full. Then and there a little boy was born, the son of this Joseph and Mary; they named him Jehoshua, a common Hebrew name, which we commonly call Joshua; but, in his case, we pronounce it Jesus."
This book is for the person who is a Christian and wonders, "Where do I go from here?" There is more, salvation is only the beginning of a wonderful relationship with our Lord. Or, you may have accepted Jesus as your Savior many years ago, but you have not made any progress or grown in your Christianity. This short 32 page book will give you steps to find the kind of Christian life that is available to all Christians. It is not an exclusive club possible only for pastors or certain favored Christians--it is available to all who have been "born-again." It is a victorious life and one that God desires for all Christians. None of the steps are hard and I have included the scripture that reinforces the reason for each step. If you do the simple things I have suggested, you will develop a relationship with our Lord that you never knew was possible and you will have an "Abundant Life."Show more Show less
We all yearn for something more. We want our lives to count, to have meaning and purpose; to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. So what's holding us back? We can fulfill what burns in our hearts. We can stop going through the motions and start living the radical, thriving life God has in mind for every man, woman, and child. The journey begins when we set our eyes on Jesus Christ--and study His life, His passion, His ministry. This life-changing devotional recreates the high drama of Jesus' world--from His humble birth to His ultimate sacrifice.
Emil Schurer's Geschichte des judischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, originally published in German between 1874 and 1909 and in English between 1885 and 1891, is a critical presentation of Jewish history, institutions, and literature from 175 B.C. to A.D. 135. It has rendered invaluable services to scholars for nearly a century. This work reminds students of the profound debt owed to nineteenth-century learning, setting it within a wider framework of contemporary knowledge, and provides a vital foundation on which future historians of Judaism in the age of Jesus may build. This classic reference work now features a new preface by Fergus Millar, which takes into account the huge impact the work has had since its original publication.
Discipline is one of the most confusing words in the English language because, while a very important word, it has two almost opposite, and therefore confusing, uses - punishment and training. But, in any case, the normal connotation is one of bad not good, dread not delight - even if the ultimate objective (to properly train) is good, the process of discipline, to get there, is considered agony. It is too often considered a 4-letter, dirty, word synonymous with pain (and certainly, most people feel, something to grow out of as we age). Properly and maturely view, however, discipline is not punishment - rather it is what keeps us from being punished! Discipline is the tool of self-control - without discipline we will not achieve the focus of effort necessary for any meaningful accomplishment.
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