The Seven Deacons: Timon

The name Timon is Greek and means to honour or to esteem. Timon is listed in Act 6:1-7 as one of the seven deacons. Timon was said to have been a Hellenized Jew who became a bishop in Greece or in Bosra, Syria. His preaching brought the ire of the local governor, who martyred him with fire. He is counted […]

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Behind the Song: Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is a popular song, made popular by Sandi Patty. The song tells the story of Jesus journey carrying his cross down the Via Dolorosa to the hill of Golgotha, where he would hang on the cross and die.The song was written by Billy Sprague and Niles Borop. The song was first published in 1983 by Capitol CMG. […]

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Behind the Song: Ten Thousand Angels Cried

Ten Thousand Angels Cried is a popular song we hear around Easter. LeAnn Rimes released the song on her You Light Up My Life album. The inspirational album was released by Curb Records when Rimes was fifteen years old and her second album. Dave Patillo is accredited as the writer on her album.  Patillo’s website states “The David Patillo song […]

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Names of God: El Chuwl

El Chuwl means The God who gave you birth You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;     you forgot the God who gave you birth.   {Deuteronomy 32:18 NIV} Psalm 139:13-18 New International Version (NIV) 13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully […]

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The Seven Deacons: Prochorus

Prochorus is one of the Seven Deacons.   His name is Greek meaning leader of the dance. He was chosen to care for the poor of the Christian community in Jerusalem. {Acts 6:5} Tradition states he was the nephew of Stephen. He accompanied the Apostle Peter, who ordained him as the bishop to the cit of Nicomedia, which is an ancient […]

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Behind the Song: Worthy is the Lamb

From a young age Don Wyrtzen loved music, under the tutledge of his father, Dr. Jack Wyrtzen, who was the founder of Word of Life International. Don Wyrtzen wrote the praise chorus, Worthy is the Lamb. He recalled:“In 1970, I was in Mexico City assisting evangelist Luis Palau conduct a series of crusades. Because the messages were in Spanish, I […]

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The Seven Deacons: Philip

Philip was the second mentioned of the seven deacons. After Stephen, he is the best known. The name Philip is Greek and means friend of horses. Philip is listed several times in the book of Acts.  He is first mentioned as being chosen as one of the seven deacons.   The deacons were chosen to attend to the poor of the […]

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Behind the Song: My Savior’s Love

Jesus death on the cross represents the highest form of love, called agape or “unconditional” love. Jesus died for you and for me on the cross, unconditional. He allowed himself to be offered up as a sacrifice for us, but it is up to us if we are willing to accept his gift.My Savior’s Love was written by Charles Gabriel, […]

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Names of God: El Berith

This year we will take a look at names of God beginning with El. So, before we begin let’s take a look at the meaning of El. Many of the names of God begin with the suffix El. El originates from the Canaanite language.The word Ēl means God.So, let’s explore some of the names of God beginning with Ēl. Now, to […]

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The Seven Deacons: Stephen, the Martyr

In Acts 6:1-6 we find mention of seven deacons. However, only two are well know. These two are Stephen and Philip. Acts tells us these seven men were selected as men of good standing and full of the Spriit and wisdom. They were appointed to care for the community, particuarly the widows and hungry. Tradition states these seven men are […]

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Behind the Song: Why Me Lord?

When trials come into our lives it is easy to question the circumstances and ask Why Me, Lord? The classic country gospel song, Why Me, Lord? was written by Kris Krisofferson. The song was inspired by Larry Gatlin’s song Help Me Lord. Kristofferson attended a church service where Gatlin’s song was sung. “As Kristofferson explained that the pastor asked, “Is […]

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Behind the Song: O Happy Day

Anyone who has seen Sister Act 2 remembers the transformation made during the hand clapping rendition of O Happy Day. Philip Doddridge was an 18th Century English Clergyman.  He wrote the hymn O Happy Day, that fixed my choice and set it to a melody made by J.A. Freylinghausen in 1704. In the mid-19th Century, Edward F. Rimbault wrote a […]

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Behind the Song: There is a Balm in Gilead

Jeremiah 8:22 says  “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my [God’s] people?” {Gilead also mentioned in Jeremiah 46:2,11 and Jeremiah 22:6} It is believed this passage inspired the spiritual There Is a Balm in Gilead.  The song emphasizes the comfort found in the Lord God, […]

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