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The Christmas & Easter Stories
Christmas: Isaiah's Prophecies, The Word Became Flesh; The Birth of John the Baptist & Jesus; Mary, Elizabeth & Zechariah; The Shepherds and the Angels; Jesus Presented in the Temple; The Visit of the Magi; The Escape to Egypt and Return to Nazareth.
Easter: Isaiah's Prophecies, The Last Supper; The Garden of Gethsemane; Jesus Arrested; The High Priest Questions Jesus; The Denial of Peter; Jesus before King Herod and Pontius Pilate; Jesus Sentenced, The Crucifixion; The Death of Jesus & Burial; The Resurrection and The Empty Tomb; The Guard at the Tomb & The Guard's report; The Road to Emmaus; Jesus Appears to the Disciples; Doubting Thomas; Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish; Jesus Reinstates Peter; The Great Commission & The Ascension.
Questions about Christianity
What is the Bible? What is God like? What is the Trinity? What is Creation? What is Prayer? What are Angels? What is Man? What is Sin? Who is Christ? What is Atonement? What is the Resurrection? What does it mean to become a Christian? What is Death? What is the Church? What is Heaven?
Can you trust the Bible? Has Science disproven God? If there is a God, why does he allow Suffering? Wasn't Jesus just a great teacher? Why bother with Church? Isn't believing in the resurrection ridiculous? How can a loving God send anyone to Hell? Aren't all religions basically the same? Doesn't becoming a Christian mean becoming boring? Isn't Christianity just something people use to control others? Surely it's arrogant to say that your religion is the only right one? Doesn't Christianity just cause Conflict? I'm a decent person, surely I'll be fine? Does God even Exist? If God made everything, Who made God?
Old Testament: In the Beginning, Adam and Eve, The Fall of man, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark & The Great Flood, The Tower of Babel, Abraham and Sarah, Joseph and his Brothers, Pharaoh's Dreams, Joseph's Brothers go to Egypt, The Birth of Moses, The Burning Bush, The Ten Plagues, The Passover, Crossing the Red Sea, The Ten Commandments, Joshua and Caleb, The Fall of Jericho, Deborah, Gideon, Samson and Delilah, Naomi and Ruth, The Lord calls Samuel, Israel ask for a King, Samuel anoints Saul, Samuel anoints David, David in Saul's Service, David and Goliath, David and Saul, Saul and the Witch of Endor, David becomes King, David and Bathsheba, David makes Solomon King, Solomon's Wisdom, Solomon builds the Temple, The Queen of Sheba, The Split Kingdom, Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath, Elijah on Mount Carmel, Elijah and Ahab, Elijah taken up to Heaven, Elisha's Miracles, Naaman Healed of Leprosy, The Kings of Israel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah and the Great Fish, The Exile to Babylon, Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones, Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar, The Fiery Furnace, The Writing on the Wall, Daniel in the Lions Den, Ezra and Nehemiah, Queen Esther saves her People, The Suffering of Job.
New Testament: The Christmas Story (See Above), John the Baptist, Jesus' Baptism, The Temptation of Jesus, Jesus Changes Water into Wine, Jesus and Nicodemus, The Samaritan Woman at the Well, The Faith of the Centurion, Jesus Calms the Storm, Jesus feeds the 5000, Jesus Walks on the Water, Peter's Confession to Christ, The Transfiguaration, Jesus Heals the People, Who is the Greatest? The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Mary and Martha, Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead, The Rich Young Man, Zacchaeus the Tax Collector, Jesus Anointed at Bethany, The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Jesus at the Temple, The Widow's Offering, The Greatest Commandment, The Easter Story (See Above), The Early Church, Peter and the Beggar, The Apostles Persecuted, The Stoning of Stephen, Saul on the Damascus Road, Peter's Miraculous Escape from Prison, Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul and Silas in Prison, Paul in Athens, The Riot in Ephesus, The Riot in Jerusalem, The Shipwreck, Paul Preaches in Rome, The New Jerusalem.
Famous People From Church History
Early Church Fathers: Athanasius, Augustine, Polycarp, Ignatius, Clement, Justin Martyr, Origen
Reformers: William Tyndale, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Thomas Cranmer, John Knox
Puritans: John Bunyan (Pilgrim's Progress), John Owen, Richard Baxter, Oliver Cromwell, William Perkins
Missionaries: Hudson Taylor, John Paton, David Brainerd, Jim & Elisabeth Elliot, Eric Liddell
More Recently: George Whitefiled, Charles Spurgeon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, CS Lewis, William Cowper, Robert Murray McCheyne, William Wilberforce & John Newton.