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Welcome to the Church of Christ in Chatham, New Jersey

Sunday Sermon Podcasts - Bob Weber, Preacher

3/19/2017- "See the Harvest" (John 4:5 - 42)
Jesus' discussion with the woman of Samaria provides us with a model for evangelism and it helps us see many more candidates for the Gospel.
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3/12/2017- "Faith Is First" (Romans 4:1-5, 13-17)
Paul opened the door to salvation for everyone, not just the Jews, by reflecting on the faith of Abraham and how his righteousness came from trust in God.
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3/5/2017- "Downstream from Hope" (Romans 5:12-19)
In this passage there are some implications for Christian living that derive from the notions of man's sin and Christ's salvation.
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2/26/2017- "Certainty in an Uncertain World" (2 Peter 1:16 - 21)
Peter exhorts his readers to maintain their faith, and he gives them two reasons for doing so: first, his eyewitness account of the Transfiguration, and second, prophecy.
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2/19/2017- "True Spirituality" (1 Corinthians 13)
Paul's discussion of the wisdom of the cross in chapter one culminates in his assertion that love is the more excellent way; true spiritual maturity practices love.
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2/12/2017- "Deceptions on Display" (1 Corinthians 3:1 - 9)
The problem of worldly wisdom show up among the Corinthians as a faulty spirituality as well as a faulty view of leadership.
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2/5/2017- "We Are Mind Readers" (1 Corinthians 2:1 - 16)
The wisdom of God has been revealed in the cross, and the more we understand the cross, the more we can read the mind of God.
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1/29/2017- "God's Stupidity" (1 Corinthians 1:18 - 23)
God's stupid stuff is the cross of Christ, but it is still smarter and wiser than the wisdom of men.
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1/22/2017- "Chloe's Gossip" (1 Corinthians 1:10 - 17)
When Paul receives a report (gossip?) about the church in Corinth, he is compelled to correct their partisanship and quarreling.
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1/15/2017- "What God Has Done" (1 Corinthians 1:1 - 9)
The introduction to this letter reminds the Corinthians what God has done for them, and it foreshadows the issues that the church must face in order to respond appropriately to God's actions.
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1/8/2017- "The Unifying Mystery" (Ephesians 3:1 - 13)
From Isaiah, to the Magi, to Paul the mystery that Christ will unify all things and all people in himself finally becomes a revealed mystery.
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1/1/2017- "The Incarnation as Healing" (Hebrews 2:10 - 18)
Jesus provides us with a unique healing by identifying with humanity and by overcoming sin and death.
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12/18/2016- "Before and Beyond the Birth" (Romans 1:1 - 7)
The preface to the Book of Romans reveals the background and foundations of the Gospel and the work to which Paul was called.
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12/11/2016- "Are You the One?" (Matthew 11:2 - 11)
The question posed by John the Baptist raises similar questions for us.
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12/4/2016- "The Vision and the Voice" (Matthew 3:1 - 12)
The ancient prophets developed a vision of the promised king, and John the Baptist voiced anticipation of his arrival.
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11/27/2016- "Tim to Wake Up" (Romans 13:11 - 14)
Though we still don't know the exact time and date of Christ's return, Paul suggests it is nearer with every passing moment and commands us to behave accordingly.
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11/20/2016- "Beyond Glamour" (Luke 23:33 - 43)
The kingship of Christ transcends the glamour normally associated with worldly powers, and it can only be seen when we see the cross.
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11/13/2016- "The God of the Living" (Luke 20:27 - 38)
In a dialogue with his contemporaries Jesus engages them with a theological lesson on the afterlife and the nature of God.
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11/06/2016- "A Brief Stop in Jericho" (Luke 19:1 - 10)
During a stop in Jericho on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus heals a blind man, saves a tax collector, and teaches the disciples about the coming of the Kingdom of God.
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10/30/2016- "A Universal Sin" (Luke 18:9 - 14)
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican illustrates the sin of self-righteousness that is common to all of us, not just the Pharisees.
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10/16/2016- "Faith on Earth" (Luke 18:1 - 8)
Persistence in prayer is a behavior and necessary element of genuine faith.
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10/09/2016- "Ten Percent Grateful" (Luke 17:11 - 19)
Through the experience of ten lepers we learn that gratitude is one of the characteristics of true worship although it is in short supply.
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10/02/2016- "Forgiveness, Faith, Humility" (Luke 17:1 - 10)
Jesus' pastoral concerns in this passage begin with temptations and forgiveness and end with faith and humility.
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09/25/2016- "Money Matters and More" (Luke 16:19 - 31)
Although the story revisits money issues, it also teaches us that after death there will be no opportunity for repentance.
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09/18/2016- "The Dishonest Manager" (Luke 16:1 - 13)
This parable teaches us to use worldly resources to make ourselves rich toward God.
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09/11/2016- "The Lost and Found" (Luke 15:1 - 10)
Jesus tells these parables to define his work of seeking and saving the lost, but specific truths are fundamental to understanding them.
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09/04/2016- "Realities of Discipleship" (Luke 14:25 - 33)
The reality of discipleship is that something must be given up for something to be gained.
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08/28/2016- "Dinner Conversations" (Luke 14:7 - 24)
Jesus' dinner conversation exhorts us to make good choices, to be humble, to entertain the poor, and to make sure we accept God's invitation to the Kingdom banquet.
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08/21/2016- "The True Meaning of the Sabbath" (Luke 13:10 - 21)
Jesus challenged the synagogue ruler not only because he had made the Sabbath a burden but also because he failed to grasp its true meaning and practice.
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08/14/2016- "When Jesus Is Not Meek and Gentle" (Luke 12:49 - 53)
Jesus' statements about fire and division reflect the side of his character and message that doesn't fit with the image of "Jesus meek and gentle."
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08/07/2016- "On the Road to Glory" (Luke 12:22 - 40)
In furthering last week's discussion about the "good life," Jesus teaches appropriate ways of seeking the Kingdom.
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07/31/2016- "The Rich Fool" (Luke 12:13 - 21)
In the story of the Rich Fool Jesus demonstrates the power of covetousness to obscure and destroy a life worth anything to God.
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07/24/2016- "Teach Us to Pray" (Luke 11:1 - 13)
When the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray, he not only provides a prayer but also the attitude they must have in approaching the Father.
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07/17/2016- "Most Important Things" (Luke 10:38 - 42))
Jesus praises Mary for choosing the best thing by listening to him, but there are other "best things" associated with his teachings.
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07/10/2016- "A Disciple's Cautionary Tale" (Luke 10:25 - 37)
Jesus challenges the practice of faith that does not fulfill the second commandment to love our neighbor. The Good Samaritan story cautions the disciple not to forget that.
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07/03/2016- "Assumptions about Reality" (Luke 10:13 - 20)
Jesus takes for granted such things as Judgment Day, the presence of the Kingdom of God, and resistance by many rebellious humans.
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06/26/2016- "The Troubles We Know" (Luke 8:26 - 39)
The people who saw Jesus cast out the demon into a herd of swine were afraid and asked Jesus to leave because they preferred the troubles they knew over the change they didn't know.
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06/12/2016- "A Lesson over Dinner" (Luke 7:36 - 50)
Jesus takes the occasion of a dinner party to teach us about love, forgiveness, and self-righteousness.
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06/05/2016- "A Visit from God" (Luke 17:11 - 17)
Luke portrays Jesus as a direct link between him and the prophets, in particular he links Jesus with Elijah and his miracles experienced during the time with the widow of Zaraphath.
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05/29/2016- "The Man We Never See" (Luke 7:1 - 10)
The centurion who displayed great faith provides us with a model of faith and humility.
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05/15/2016- "Word Spreads" (Acts 17 - 18)
Timothy plays an important role as the Word of God spreads during the second journey.
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05/08/2016- "The Slave, the Jailer, the Magistrates" (Acts 16:16 - 40)
Paul encounters a slave girl, a jailer, and town magistrates in Philippi.
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05/01/2016- "The Dual Commission in Practice" (Acts 16:1 - 15)
Paul's second missionary journey illustrates the dual nature of the Great Commission: make disciples as well as teach them to obey.
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04/24/2016- "Peter Called to Account" (Acts 11:1 - 18)
Peter's experiences at the house of a Gentile became a flashpoint of controversy for him, but it also became a watershed event that changed society's thinking about truth, religion, and equality.
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04/17/2016- "We Can Still 'See the Light'" (Acts 9)
Though the Apostle Paul saw the light of Christ on the road to Damascus, we can still 'see' the light when we believe the Gospel.
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04/10/2016- "Now What?" (John 21)
With this third appearance of Christ after his resurrection, we see the apostles still struggling to know what to do with the changes brought about by their experience.
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04/03/2016- "I Am Sending You" (John 20:19 - 31)
Implied by Jesus' words are several groups of people who react to the message of the Gospel by intimidation, doubt, or faith.
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03/27/2016- "Wish Fulfillment or Witness" (John 20:1 - 18)
Three of the witnesses to the resurrection could not have merely been acting out of some wish fulfillment, as Freud supposed for religious experiences, since they never expected such a thing in the first place.
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03/20/2016- "Think Like This" (Philippians 1:1 - 11)
The effect of Christ's ministry of service and self-sacrifice is to make us live the same way.
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03/13/2016- "Words of Experience" (Philippians 3:3 - 16)
Paul's advice in Philippians is not only inspired by the Holy Spirit, but I believe it also comes from his life experiences as a dedicated servant of Christ.
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03/06/2016- "Father, Son, and Brother" (Luke 15:11 - 32)
The personalities and experiences of the father, son, and brother in this parable provide insights into the human reactions to repentance and reconciliation.
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02/28/2016- "Unless You Repent" (Luke 13:1 - 9)
Jesus teaches us that all people everywhere must repent of their sins, or they will face judgment even if we think some sinners are worse than others.
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02/21/2016- "Us Versus Them" (Philippians 3:17 - 4:1)
The Bible tells a narrative of human history as one that pits good versus evil; we must choose what is good and righteous as well as live to fight evil.
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02/14/2016- "The Story of Reconciliation" (Colossians 1:21 - 22)
The entire biblical narrative of creation, sin, and redemption tells the story of how we separated from God but were reconciled to Him by the death of Christ.
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02/07/2016- "Invoking the Best in Us" (1 Corinthians 13)
Love is not only the most excellent way, but it is also the way that exhibits the presence of God in the world.
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01/31/2016- "You Are the Body of Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:12 - 31)
Paul discusses the unity of the church along with the diversity of gifts, and he exhorts each member to have equal concern for one another.
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No Sunday service on 01/24/2016 due to weather cancellation.

01/17/2016- "Concerning Spiritual Matters" (1 Corinthians 12:1 - 11)
In speaking about spiritual gifts Paul also implies some important principles about spirituality in general.
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01/10/2016- "Wise Men Challenge the World" (Matthew 1:1 - 12)
Wise men seek the new king, and their presence stirs up anxiety among the political and religious leaders..
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01/03/2016- "Logos: Doctrine and Good News" (John 1:1 - 18)
John the Apostle substantiates the Christian faith in the doctrine of the "logos," but he also derives several pieces of good news from it.
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Bob Weber was away for 12/20/15 and 12/27/15. No sermons are available for those dates.

12/13/2015 - "Renewing Our Faith" (Luke 3:7 - 18)
John the Baptist's message provides some central ideas to renew our commitment.
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12/06/2015 - "The Metaphors and Message of John the Baptist" (Luke 3:1 - 6)
God's Word through John the Baptist is communicated through several metaphors and images that describe both his role and his message.
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11/29/2015 - "The Ethics of the Second Coming" (Luke 21:25 - 36)
The passge implies several ethical dimensions of the second coming: seeing the world differently, preparation for the second coming, and self-discipline.
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11/22/2015 - "The Triumph of the Gospel" (Revelation 1:4 - 8)
John's greeting in Revelation focuses the audience on the triumph of the Christ that he will describe in the rest of the book.
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11/15/2015 - "The God Side of History" (Mark 13:1 - 8)
Being on the right side of history can only happen when we are on God's side of history.
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11/08/2015 - "The Bad, the Not So Bad, and the Good" (Mark 12:38 - 44)
Jesus describes three classes of people that can best be described as the bad, the not so bad, and the good.
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11/01/2015 - "Jesus Answers Our Questions" (Mark 12:28 - 34)
In his discussion about the greatest commandments Jesus implies answers to many questions we might have today.
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10/25/2015 - "Healing Our Spiritual Blindness" (Mark 10:46 - 52)
Healing the blind was a theme adopted by the prophets to describe God's activity, and in the ministry of Christ it was fulfilled literally for physical blindness and metaphorically for spiritual blindness.
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10/18/2015 - "God's Will/Our Delight" (Mark 13:46)
When we accept the sovereignty of God over the sovereignty of ourselves, we find great delight in surrendering to it.
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10/11/2015 - "Ageless Principles" (Psalm 90)
Seeking wisdom, doing good, and walking humbly are ageless principles that lead people in a life of godliness in any age.
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10/04/2015 - "Jesus Who?" (Hebrews 1:1 - 4)
God's word, his authority, and his love are all revealed in Jesus Christ.
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09/27/2015 - "An Overflow of Speaking" (James 5:7 - 20)
James not only gives a final exhortation, much of which is on the use of the tongue, but he also implies that the overflow of the heart produces what he exhorts.
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09/20/2015 - "The Wisdom Solution" (James 3:13 - 4:3)
James addresses the problems of jealousy and selfish ambition by explaining what godly wisdom looks like.
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09/13/2015 - "Redeeming the Tongue" (James 3:1 - 12)
James' negative assessment of human speech must be tied to an even larger goal of learning how to use our tongue efffectively and profitably.
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09/06/2015 - "Demonstrative Faith" (James 2)
James defines true religion by reminding his audience that God demands just treatment of everyone and that obedient faith is the only true faith.
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08/30/2015 - "Do This, Not That" (James 1:19 - 27)
James presents what we should and should not do in order to live the faith we profess.
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08/16/2015 - "Look Carefully How You Walk" (Ephesians 5:15 - 21)
Numerous exhortations in Ephesians help us make the best use of our limited time on earth.
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08/09/2015 - "To Walk in Love" (Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2)
Paul exhorts the Ephesians to conform to certain behaviors, and he acknowledges that God provides the foundation for them.
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08/02/2015 - "Just Trying to Get By" (John 6:22 - 35)
As Jesus traveled around Israel, he challenged people to look beyond their daily necessities to see deeper reasons for fulfillment.
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07/26/2015 - "Paul's Prayer/Our Prayer" (Ephesians 3:14 - 21)
Paul prays for the Ephesians that they might have inner power to serve God and a more intimate relatiohship with him.
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07/19/2015 - "No Hope and Without God" (Ephesians 2:11 - 20)
Paul's theology about the unity of Jew and Gentile makes the most sense for today's audience when we consider the effects of that doctrine many years following it.
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07/12/2015 - "God's Plan and Purpose" (Ephesians 1:3 - 14)
The essence of God's plan is Jesus Christ, and the plan can be seen in redemption through his blood.
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07/05/2015 - "Prophets without Honor" (Mark 6:1 - 13)
Though his hometown gives Jesus no honor, prophets generally don't receive honor in any place they preach what is contrary to the ways of sinful society.
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06/28/2015 - "Help for the Helpless" (Mark 5)
The miracles that Jesus performed in Mark 5 demonstrate that he gives hope for those who feel helpless in the face of evil, anxiety, and distress.
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06/21/2015 - "Authentic Ministry" (2 Corinthians 6:1 - 13)
Paul lists several characteristics of what authentic ministry should be.
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06/14/2015 - "Be Courageous" (2 Corinthians 5:6 - 21)
Numerous truths of our faith enable courage.
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06/07/2015 - "A Study in Contrasts" (2 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:5)
As Christians we live by a number of contrasts between the physical and the spiritual, but Paul encourages us by a vision of what is to come.
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Articles

January 2008 - "Money Matters"
While we can't escape the need for money, we can develop a healthy philosophy towards it .
Part 1 - "Same Old Foolishness"
Part 2 - "The World Gets in the Way"
Part 3 - "Economics According to the 10th Commandment"

October 2007 - "And the Two Shall Be One"
The Bible affirms that marriage is an essential part of the created order, that it cannot be passed over as something humanly created or understood as merely part of one's value system.
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July 2007 - "Diffferent Callings, Same Purpose"
God calls everyone to be a part of the church, but to implement His plan he sometimes calls people to perform very specific tasks.
Read the article

April 2007 - "The Devotions of the Early Church" (Acts 2:42)
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Apostles of the early Christian church identified four pillars of devotion to which they would be dedicated.
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Accessed other material from Chatham's Archive 2006 / 2007