Europe's Hapsburg rulers were convinced that the Anabaptist sect was dangerous to the peace of the Empire. And with good reason: a peasant revolt, led by extreme Anabaptists, destroyed the peace of central Europe. The Hapsburgs determined to eradicate the Anabaptists from their kingdom. They drew no distinction between peaceable Anabaptists and radicals.
This Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9th of 2012 commemorates a special time on the Jewish Calendar known as Purim. Jews around the world will begin on Wednesday evening to celebrate several days of joyful activities and reminders of God's faithfulness in preserving their people. For several reasons, all disciples would do well to recognize and celebrate this popular Jewish holiday.
What happened on this day 500 years ago? The first parallel translation of God's word was published! Back then, it was called a POLYGLOT - "MULTI-TONGUED" Bible.
Beginning next Tuesday evening December 20, 2011, at sundown Jewish families around the world began celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukah, also known as the “Festival of Lights”. For the following 8 days, Jewish families gather each evening around an eight branch candle holder called a “menorah” and light candles while reciting a prayer.
Nothing God has done was haphazard or unplanned. Here is a Bible Study written by a disciple in Jerusalem that brings our responsibility before God to "go an bear fruit" to light. Christianity itself is a festival before God as well!
We don't know what he looked like – yet we recognize his image in all who are born of God. He left us nothing in writing—and yet he is the Word of God, and through his Spirit, the New Testament was inspired and given to us as a precious gift. Here is a podcast lesson from Douglas Jacoby on the main character found in the scriptures - God in the flesh, Jesus the Christ.