Ancient Texts

The Epistles of Cyprian I-LIV Epistle I

Caecilius Cyprianus, aka Thascius, was probably born around 200 AD.  He converted to Christianity around the age of 40.  He was the bishop of Carthage and notable early Christian writer.  During this time, Christian persecution was especially severe at Carthage. Many Christians fell away, and were thereafter referred to as…
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Ancient Texts

Tertullian – Appendix to Ad Martyras (Tertullian’s address to martyrs)

The following writing dates from around 203 AD. It so closely relates to Tertullian's Ad Martyras, it grew to be known as the "appendix" to Ad Martyras. THE MARTYRDOM OF PERPETUA AND FELICITAS. PREFACE. IF ancient illustrations of faith which both testify to God's grace and tend to man's edification…
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Ancient Texts

Tertullian – Ad Martyras (An address to the Martyrs)

Tertullian's Ad Martyras may be Tertullian's earliest work.  It was written around 197 AD.  The writing is addressed to imprisoned Christians awaiting their execution. CHAP. I. BLESSED Martyrs Designate, - Along with the provision which our lady mother the Church from her bountiful breasts, and each brother out of his…
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Historical Sermons

As An Eagle…the Lord Did Lead – G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945)

“As an eagle that stirreth up her nest, That fluttereth over her young, He spread abroad his wings, he took them, He bare them on his pinions: The Lord alone did lead him." -Deut. 32:11-12 These words are taken from the swan song of Moses. In that song there is…
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Ancient Texts

Tertullian – Against the Valentinians

Adversus Valentinianos or Against the Valentinians is a famous refutation of Valentinianism by Tertullian.  Valentinianism was a gnostic movement founded by Valentinus (an early Roman gnostic theologian) around 200 AD.  It began as a Christian movement, morphed into something else entirely (possibly out of frustration when Valentinus failed his bid…
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Historical Sermons

The Cure For a Troubled Heart – George W. Truett (1867-1944)

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”  -John 14:1 If you were asked this morning to name the most comforting passage in the Bible, what would you say? It would be interesting to know what your answer would be. Many in this presence,…
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