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From Clement of Rome, we learned to promote church unity by honoring God-appointed officebearers. Ignatius and Polycarp were also prominent church leaders after the apostles died. Both were martyred, and through this they teach us to be ready to die for Christ’s sake.  The Men  Ignatius was born around the year 30 AD, and his […]

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Portraits of Heroes of Faith (2): Polycarp

Shortly before His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus had said: “In the world ye shall have tribulation; but fear not: I have overcome the world.” Not too many years later these words were fulfilled.  Shortly after Pentecost persecution broke out in Jerusalem with the martyrdom of Stephen and under the leadership of him […]

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The Apostolic Fathers (3)

There is one more thing in regard to the Apostolic Fathers that we would have you consider with us. It is the matter the persecution which the early church endured and which was therefore not at all strange to the Apostolic Fathers. For this purpose we have singled out the martyrdom of Polycarp for our […]

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