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John Chrysostom AD 349-407

by Open Gate Ministries

One of the great preachers of his day John Chrysostom nicknamed “Golden Mouth” was a bright light in the darkness of cultural disgust for the message of the gospel. One such adversary to the gospel Libanius a learned and great philosopher of the day and an instructor of John was asked on his deathbed, which […]

Origen

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Origen was born in the year AD 185. He suffered great loss; his father, Leonides, was beheaded for believing in Christ. With great zeal, only a teenager, he attempted so to the prison to join his father in death. He mother unable to bear the loss of her son as well as her husband, hid […]

Athanasius: Early Church Father

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St. Athanasius, also called Saint Athanasius of Alexandria or Saint Athanasius the Apostolic, (born 293, died 373), theologian, ecclesiastical statesman, and Egyptian national leader. He was the chief defender of Christian orthodoxy in the 4th-century battle against Arianism, the heresy that the Son of God was a creature of like, but not of the same, […]

June Prayer Emphasis: Discernment/ Holiness

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Ephesians 4:24 “You were taught to start living a new life. It is created to be truly good and holy, just as God is.”    Paul’s love for the church, of which Jesus Christ is the head, is always his motivation in exhortation and rebuke to the body. The new life we have in Christ […]

Through Him

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1Peter 1:21 “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, so your faith and hope are in God.”    Holiness is the desire of every believer. We want to do right. We try to be like the Master Jesus in all that we do, but many times we […]

Holy Week 2019

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Isaiah 53    The theme for our Holy Week observation is “The Suffering Servant”.  The inspiration for this theme came out of verse 10 of Isaiah 53. “The Lord says, it was my plan to crush him and cause him to suffer. I made his life an offering to pay for sin. But he will […]

The Schematic of Prayer

by Open Gate Ministries

C.S. Lewis on prayer… “God is the thing to which to which he is praying, the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him which is pushing him on, the motive power. God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal… The man […]

Prayer is Surrender

by Open Gate Ministries

Jeremiah 10:23 “Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.”    Prayer is surrender to the will of God and ultimately our co-operation with that will. An illustration found in the book, “A Song of Ascents” by E. Stanley Jones’s might be helpful; if […]

Where is Your Head?

by Open Gate Ministries

John 15 / Where is your head? 7 If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.    Prayer is a gift […]

Be Joyful in Hope, Patient in Affliction, Faithful in Prayer

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Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.    I was recently a part of a conversation about death with a few of my friends. The question arose among us, “what would you want to be said about you at your funeral”? One said “he was a nice man”. Another chimed […]