The potential for a happy abundant Christian life is available to all who would make Jesus the Lord of their lives, yet there are many Christians whose lives lack the joy and fullness of a truly happy life. A keen observer once said to me, "You Christians seem to have a religion that makes you miserable. You are like a man with a headache. He does not want to get rid of his head, but it hurts him to keep it. You cannot expect outsiders to seek earnestly for anything so uncomfortable." Then, for the first time I saw that the religion of Christ ought to be, and was meant to be, something that would make its possessors happy, not miserable. I began then and there to ask the Lord to show me the secret of a happy Christian life.
The subject of which day Christ died began to be hotly debated a few hundred years after His death. In the council of AD 325, the leaders of the Roman "Imperial Church" thought it to be in the best interest of the Church to disassociate their ritual celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, which they now called "Easter," away from the annual Jewish Passover event. They actually wanted to divert attention from the Jewishness of Jesus. In doing so, these "fathers" guided Christendom away from the biblical reality as expressed by Paul-"Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us" (1 Corinthians 5:7). This error has been locked into the celebration for over 1,600 years, not only by the Roman Catholics, but also by most of Protestantism.
This is a fresh study which will have some surprises for most students of the subject, due to the controversy surrounding the chronology. It will re-align the death of Jesus Christ squarely upon the biblical setting of the Passover theme as presented in the gospels. Above all, it will demonstrate beyond any shadow of a doubt that the four gospels harmonize perfectly on the subject. It also establishes that Christ died precisely on the eve of Passover, when the lambs were being sacrificed in the Temple services.
This Bible study will - Enrich our appreciation of the Divine arrangement in redemption. Demonstrate the flawless consistency of the biblical record. Correct Christendom's traditional day celebrating Christ's death. Strengthen the Christian's new freedom in Christ.
Throughout the past century or so, I have seen a decline in the true worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Say what you want, but if Christianity had been done the way Paul and the other apostles did, things might be different in the world today. This book takes a critical, yet constructive look at the church and Christianity as a whole.
25 Days with Jesus is a Christmas Devotional which takes you on a journey into the birth of Jesus. With all of the pressures, distractions and expectations around this time of year, this book will encourage you through a daily reading of the the reason we celebrate Christmas. It will also help you separate truth from fiction, while it helps you gain a deeper understanding through the practical applications at the end of each devotion. It can be read as an individual, a family, or a group of friends.
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