Charles Spurgeon: The Making of the Prince of Preachers
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
6d ago
Join us as we share part one of the remarkable life of Charles Spurgeon, from his humble beginnings in Essex, England, to becoming one of the most renowned preachers of his time. Born into a family of Puritan preachers, young Charles faced challenges and hardships, but his unwavering faith and determination propelled him forward. Spurgeon's story is one of faith, resilience, and perseverance, from his transformative encounter with God in a snowstorm to his unexpected invitation to preach at the New Park Street Chapel in London. Follow along as we uncover the pivotal moments that shaped the lif ..read more
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Samuel Schereschewsky: From Jewish Scholar to Missionary Translator
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
2w ago
In this episode of the Church History Podcast, host Lorelee Siemens delves into the remarkable life of Samuel Schereschewsky, a Jewish man whose journey traversed Russia, Germany, America, China, and Japan, leaving an indelible mark on Church history. Born in 1831 into a devout Jewish family in Russian Lithuania, Samuel's early life was marked by exceptional intelligence and a deep connection to his Jewish roots. Despite facing poverty and loss at a young age, Samuel's thirst for knowledge led him to pursue studies in rabbinical school. However, a chance encounter with the New Testament in Heb ..read more
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George Gawler, Moses Montefiore, and Charles Churchill
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
3w ago
In this episode, we are covering three more influential Christian Zionists to end our miniseries on the Christian Zionist movement of the late 1800s. George Gawler, Moses Montefiore, and Charles Churchill were three men born in different countries and different nationalities but used by God to Create the Jaffa settlement in what is today Israel. Episode Sponsor: • Alexander Henry Coffee https://alexanderhenrycoffee.ca Use CODE: churchhistory for 20% off • Etsy Mug Store https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ChurchHistory • My book “The church is born” is available! Order the book today! https://www.ama ..read more
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Lord Shaftesbury: The cornerstone of the Zionist Movement in England
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
1M ago
In the bustling days of Victorian England, one man stood out not for political power but for his profound influence on social legislation and a genuine commitment to Christian ideals. Anthony Ashley Cooper, later known as Lord Shaftesbury, earned a reputation as the "Evangelical of Evangelicals." His childhood shaped his life in parliament. We look at his social work in the asylums, mines, factories, and ragged schools that helped shape England. And his advocacy for the restoration of the Jews to the Holy Land. Episode Sponsor: • Alexander Henry Coffee https://alexanderhenrycoffee.ca Use CODE ..read more
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Unwrapping the Church's Influence on Christmas Traditions
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
2M ago
In this countdown to Christmas, delve into the captivating history of Christmas traditions and discover the profound influence of the church on these beloved customs. Unwrap the rich tapestry of Christmas history, where the church's role as a cultural influencer takes center stage in shaping the joyous traditions we celebrate today. Join us on a nostalgic journey through time, as we unwrap the religious roots that have made Christmas a cherished and spiritually significant season. Episode Sponsor: • Alexander Henry Coffee https://alexanderhenrycoffee.ca Use CODE: churchhistory for 20% off • Et ..read more
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Harmony in the Storm: The Story of 'Silent Night
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
2M ago
Dive into the enchanting tale behind the timeless Christmas carol, "Silent Night," as we unravel its roots amidst the post-Napoleonic turmoil of 19th-century Europe. In the aftermath of the conflict, Josef Mohr and organist Franz Xaver Gruber joined forces to create a hymn of peace that transcends time. Discover how, against the odds, this humble duo birthed a song that resonates through the ages. Join us on a musical journey through adversity, floods, and the magic of Christmas Eve, culminating in a heartwarming family rendition of "Silent Night" that captures the enduring spirit of the seaso ..read more
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O Holy Night: Unwrapping the Timeless Tale of a Christmas Anthem
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
2M ago
Immerse yourself in the enchanting history behind this cherished Christmas song, exploring its origins, its cultural backdrop, and its profound impact on generations. Join us as we uncover the rich tapestry of inspiration, faith, and musical genius that birthed "O Holy Night," making it a perennial favorite and a radiant beacon of joy during the holiday season. Don't miss this musical episode that resonates with the spirit of Christmas and the enduring power of worship through song. Music in this episode: Please check out the music used by permission in this podcast. https://youtu.be/wJgJVF7pS ..read more
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The Powerful Story Behind "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" | A Tale of Hope and Resilience
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
2M ago
Delve into the poignant narrative behind the beloved Christmas carol, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." In this captivating episode, discover the historical context and personal journey of the song's creator as it unfolds a timeless message of hope and resilience. If you're seeking reassurance in tumultuous times, this tale serves as a poignant reminder that even in the face of adversity, a deeper peace prevails. Join us for a heartwarming exploration of the enduring power of faith and the profound meaning woven into the fabric of this Christmas classic. Music in this episode: Music used b ..read more
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The Christmas Miracle of Romania
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
2M ago
Over the next week, I am playing my favorite Christmas church history stories as we prepare for Christmas. This is my favorite story. I hope you enjoy and are motivated by the story. Episode Sponsor: • Alexander Henry Coffee https://alexanderhenrycoffee.ca Use CODE: churchhistory for 20% off • Etsy Mug Store https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ChurchHistory • My book “The church is born” is available! Order the book today! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BGLZ7C1 Canadian Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09BGLZ7C1 Links: https://linktr.ee/loreleesiemens ..read more
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The Spafford Family Shares God's peace with the world
Church History
by Lorelee Siemens
2M ago
In our fourth episode of the Zionist study, we look at the Spafford family, who faced unimaginable pain but found peace in God’s grace. They shared that peace with the world through a song. They then traveled to Jerusalem to share God’s love. They had a front-row seat in the Zionist movement. * Edit for clarification. At the time of the Chicago fire, the Spafford's were working with Moody, but members of a church under Rev. Young. They left that church and were no longer members before leaving to work in Jerusalem. Music in this episode: It is well with my soul | Tenira Sturm & John Hoekma ..read more
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