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“Why would twenty-first century Christians—who can read the Bible for themselves and attend Bible-believing churches—need to study Church History?”
I’ve heard this kind of question phrased a number of ways over the years. Sometimes people ask it with a tone of sincere curiosity: Isn’t the Bible sufficient for all matters of faith and practice? Are those people from church history even relevant to our modern world? What can they tell us that isn’t already in the Bible for anybody with eyes to see and ears to hear?
Recent events like the Boston Marathon bombings and the explosion in West, Texas, make us question why these tragedies occur. How do we deal with the suffering? Here is a reminder from "Experiencing Prayer with Jesus" (co-authored by DBU professor Dr. Norman Blackaby and his father, Henry) on how to seek the Lord through prayer and embrace opportunities to learn.
"It’s often at the moment of suffering that people stop seeking after God through prayer. But in light of our Lord’s example, we should see suffering not as discouraging but as an opportunity to make further progress in obedience.
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