What is the Olivet Discourse? Does this discourse of Jesus have meaning today? The Olivet Discourse The so-called Olivet Discourse is Jesus answer the disciple’s questions but they asked two separate questions. This same discourse is found in the gospels of Matthew (24), Mark (13), and Luke (21). The disciples had just telling Jesus just how magnificent the temple was (Matt 24:1) when suddenly Jesus turns to them and says, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say… Read more

Who was the Apostle John? What can we learn about this “apostle of love?” John John, who later came to be known as the Apostle John, was the last of the original apostles. John was the brother of James and they were known for their aggressive behavior in the beginning. John’s mother’s name was Salome who is believed to be a sister of Jesus’ mother Mary, so it’s interesting that John will be called by Jesus. James and John were… Read more

Who was the Apostle Paul? What was his background and end of his life like? Saul Before the Apostle Paul, it was Saul, a Pharisee of the Pharisees (Acts 23:6), a Hebrew of the Hebrews, and a Jew through and through, but somehow God would use this man who was a Jewish thoroughbred to reach the Gentiles. Saul lived from about 5 to 67 in the first century. This meant that Saul would certainly have known about Jesus and perhaps… Read more

Who was Oral Roberts? What was his ministry all about? Oral Roberts Granville Oral Roberts (January 1918-December 2009) was born in Pontotoc, Oklahoma, as the last of Elvin Melvin Roberts, a Pentecostal preacher, and Claudia Priscilla Roberts’ five children. Roberts claimed to be a descendent of the Cherokee Nation; however he was actually a legal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Oral Roberts grew up in grinding poverty and Roberts almost died when he was a teen (age 17),… Read more

Who was D.L. Moody and why is it important that we know this godly man? D.L. Moody Dwight Lyman “D.L.” Moody (February 1837-December 1899) was one of the greatest evangelists of all time and founder of Moody Church but to him, more importantly, he was also one of the greatest soulwinners for Christ. Early in his life, this would have been the last thing one would have expected. He never attended school beyond the fifth grade which meant his grammar… Read more

Who was Watchman Nee and why is it important that we know about him? Watchman Nee Watchman Need was a somewhat controversial author and Christian teacher who taught very questionable beliefs and has led many into error, yet his fame spread worldwide last century. Watchman Nee or Ni Tuosheng (November 1903-May 1972) was one of nine children born to Lin He-Ping and Ni Weng-hsiu, who the latter, happened to be a highly respected officer in China’s Imperial Customs Service. Both… Read more

Who was Jack Hyles? Why is it important that we should know about this man? Jack Hyles Dr. Jack Frasure Hyles (September 1926-February 2001) was the leading figure in the Independent Baptist movement. He was born and raised in a very small town in Italy, Texas, and lived close to the poverty level. By the time he reached age 18, he entered the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper in World War Two. He and his wife, Beverly, were… Read more

Who was John Wesley? What impact did he leave on the Christian world? John Wesley John Wesley (June 1703-Marcy 1791) was an Anglican minister and theologian who later, along with his brother Charles and Wesley’s fellow cleric, George Whitefield, formed a group called the Methodists or sometimes referred to as the Holy Club or Holiness movement. They were known for fasting twice a week and having diligent studies of the Bible. Wesley was born of Samuel and Susanna Wesley who… Read more

Who was Billy Sunday and why did he leave such a huge impact on Christianity? Billy Sunday Billy Sunday (1862-1935) was born on November 19, 1862, in Ames, Iowa, and in less than a month, his father died, leaving his mother with three small children to care for and no means to care for them. By the time he was age thirteen, all three children had to be sent to an orphanage as his mother couldn’t provide for the care… Read more

Have you ever heard of E.M. Bounds? There is good reason to know this man of God. E.M. Bounds Edward “E.M.” McKendree Bounds (August 15, 1835 – August 24, 1913) was an American attorney and a member of the Methodist Church. Even though he was educated to be an attorney, he found his true calling in the ministry of the Methodist Church, being ordained as a minister in 1859 in the Monticello Methodist Church in Missouri. He entered the ministry… Read more

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