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For Whom The World Was Not Worthy: A List Of Martyrs In The Bible

Posted by Job on September 8, 2010

Courtesy of The Seekers Of Unlimited Life Ministry.

Abel – Slain by his older brother Cain (Gen. 4:8).

Andrew (Peter’s brother) – was crucified, suspended on an olive tree, at Patrae, a town of Achaia [Greece];

Bartholomew (aka Nathanael) – was beaten then crucified with his head downward, and was buried in Allanum, a town of the great Armenia (modern day southern Georgia).

Isaiah – tradition says he was encased in a tree and ‘sawed asunder’.

James (The Lesser), Son of Alphaeus – stoned to death in Jerusalem.

James (The Greater), Son of Zebedee – when preaching in Judea, was beheaded with the sword by Herod the tetrarch, and was buried there.

John (the disciple “that Jesus loved) brother of James and son of Zebedee – was banished by Domitian to the Isle of Patmos, and later died of “old age” in Ephesus.

Matthew/Levi – Matthew wrote the Gospel in the Hebrew tongue, and published it at Jerusalem, and fell asleep at Hierees, a town of Parthia, near modern day Tehran. OR speared to death!

Matthias replaced Judas (Acts 1:26).

Paul – was beheaded in Rome by Nero (Paul as a Roman citizen could not be crucified but got an “easier” death sentence).

Philip – preached in Phrygia, and was crucified in Hierapolis with his head downward in the time of Domitian, and was buried there.

Simon Peter – crucified upside down under Nero in Rome, and was buried there.

Simon the Zealot – the son of Clopas, who is also called Jude, became bishop (or2nd Patriarch) of Jerusalem after James the Just, and fell asleep and was buried there at the age of 120 years OR crucified.

Thaddaeus/Judas son of James, Jude, who is also called Lebbaeus – preached to the people of Edessa, and to all Mesopotamia, and fell asleep at Berytus; was stoned to death and buried there. He is somtimes identified as Thomas in eastern Syrian tradition.

Thomas – preached to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and Margians, and was thrust through in the four members of his body with a pine spear at Calamene, the city of India, and was buried there.

Zechariah – Mat. 23:35.

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Immanuel: Jesus Christ Is Here!

Posted by Job on September 25, 2009

I was having something of a difficult time this morning. Fatigue, stress, uncertainty, fear, finances and so forth. Plus the world that we live in is in such turmoil. Right now, my hometown is experiencing flooding that has killed several people and left many more without homes, and still more rainfall is on the way. (Ironically, this region recently emerged from a historic drought.) There is also a massive violent crime wave in this city and nation that not only refuses to spare children – even babies – but actually seems to be targeting them. Also, the evil one and his agents keep attempting to buffet my mind to provoke irrational feelings of hate, anger, and resentment against people, feelings that had no cause, justification or basis whatsoever and were thoroughly sinful. Keeping my mind holy and pure this morning, even simple choices such as resisting the fast food breakfast despite knowing that I am A) on a budget, B) on a diet and C) fast food frequently makes me physically ill, was a battle.

And then I began thinking of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior of all who believe in Him and abide in Him by keeping His commandments! I remembered that I am part of the church, which is the Body of Jesus Christ. The Bible declares the church as the Body of Christ to be a fact (1 Corinthians 12:27Ephesians 3:6, Ephesians 5:23, Romans 12:5). This is not something that the Bible only declares to be true in a mystical, magical, typological or a metaphorical/ allegorical manner, but declares it to be true in the same way that creation, the flood, the exodus, the exile, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, ascension, and the second coming are declared to be true.

Then my thoughts switched to anthropology: what is a person? According to the Bible, a living person is considered to be the union of  a body and a spirit (Genesis 2:7, Ecclesiastes 3:19-21). Again, the church is the Body of Christ, and is unquestionably alive now and forevermore just as Jesus Christ is the same. And the Body of Christ is united with the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of this same Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Peter 2:5, John 14:16-17, 1 Corinthians 3:16). So if the church is the Body of Christ and it is indwelt by the Spirit of Christ and has as its head Jesus Christ (this same Head which will literally physically bodily return one day and judge the quick and the dead Acts 1:11, Revelation 19-20) then most surely and truly God is with the church while we yet remain on the earth! Emmanuel: God with us (Matthew 1:23)!

God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), He will never leave lacking strength or reassurance (John 14:17-19) and in our times of sorrow, trial and tribulation He will never give us more than what we can bear, but will instead give us a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Even when we sin, our Lord Jesus Christ does not abandon us, but forgives us if we confess our sins and turn away from them (1 John 1:9), and He does not do this haphazardly, arbitrarily or capriciously but justly and faithfully.

What a mighty God we serve. What a mighty God we love. What a mighty God we know. And what a mighty God is with us. Praise be to God! Glory be to God! And thanks be to God!

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Nice Reformed Reading List

Posted by Job on September 21, 2009

Original link here.

Acceptable Sacrifice, by John Bunyan
All Loves Excelling, by John Bunyan
All Things for Good, by Thomas Watson
Apostasy from the Gospel, by John Owen
Art of Prophesying, by William Perkins
Bruised Reed, by Richard Sibbes
Christian Love, by Hugh Binning
Christian’s Great Interest, by William Guthrie
Come & Welcome to Jesus Christ, by John Bunyan
Communion With God, by John Owen
Doctrine of Repentance, by Thomas Watson
Dying Thoughts, by Richard Baxter
Glorious Freedom, by Richard Sibbes
Glory of Christ, by John Owen
Godly Man’s Picture, by Thomas Watson
Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations, by I.D.E. Thomas
Great Gain of Godliness, by Thomas Watson
Heaven on Earth, by Thomas Brooks
Holy Spirit, by John Owen
Jerusalem Sinner Saved, by John Bunyan
Justification Vindicated, by Robert Traill
Learning in Christ’s School, by Ralph Benning
Letters of Samuel Rutherford, by Samuel Rutherford
Lifting Up For The Downcast, by William Bridge
Lord’s Supper, by Thomas Watson
Mortification of Sin, by John Owen
Mystery of Providence, by John Flavel
Prayer, by John Bunyan
Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, by Thomas Brooks
Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, by Jeremiah Burroughs
Reformed Pastor, by Richard Baxter
Secret Key to Heaven: The Vital Importance of Private Prayer, by Thomas Brooks
Shorter Catechism Explained, by Thomas Vincent
Sinfulness of Sin, by Ralph Venning
Spirit (The) and the Church, by John Owen
Spiritual-Mindedness, by John Owen
Sure Guide to Heaven, by Joseph Alleine
Temptation: Resisted & Repulsed, by John Owen
True Bounds of Christian Freedom, by Samuel Bolton

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Oxygenating Your Spiritual Life

Posted by Job on January 15, 2008

Oxygenating Your Spiritual Life

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