Growing Godly Men

As Christian men and fathers, we are called to lead by example and to be strong, loving, and compassionate leaders in our families, communities, and churches. This can be a challenging task, and it's important that we have support and guidance along the way.

One way to find this support and guidance is through fellowship with other Christian men. According to a study by the Barna Group, men who attend church regularly are more likely to report having close friends, a sense of purpose, and a positive impact on their communities. Fellowship provides us with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, to share our struggles and successes, and to grow and develop spiritually and emotionally.

One great way to experience fellowship is through a monthly men's breakfast group. Our church offers a monthly men's breakfast group that provides an opportunity for men to gather together, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and have meaningful discussions about our faith and our roles as men and fathers.

The group offers a safe and supportive environment where men can share their struggles and successes, receive guidance and support, and build strong relationships with other men in the community. It's a great opportunity to connect with other men who are going through or have had similar experiences and to learn from each other.

In addition to the monthly breakfast, the group also organizes, volunteer opportunities, and outdoor activities to encourage men to bond and grow spiritually.

The Bible also speaks to the importance of fellowship and community in the lives of Christian men.

  •  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,  "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." This verse emphasizes the importance of having someone to help us when we fall, and the value of working together with others.
  • Galatians 6:2,   "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ." This verse encourages us to support and help one another in our struggles and difficulties.
  • In Proverbs 27:17, "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." This verse highlights the importance of fellowship and community in our growth and development as men and fathers.

Barna Group found in their research that Christian men who report a positive relationship with their father growing up are considerably more likely to say they are very satisfied in their relationship to their own child (53%, compared to 42% of those whose relationship with their father was not positive).

Strong, supportive connections outside the home matter as well. Data show that friendships, especially intergenerational friendships, tend to correlate with greater overall relationship satisfaction. Practicing Christian men who report having intergenerational friendships with both older and younger men are nearly twice as likely to be very satisfied in their relationship with their child (54% vs. 30%) and in their marriage (63% vs. 54%).

If you're looking for friendship and support as a Christian man and father, consider joining our monthly men's breakfast group. You'll find a community of men who are committed to growing in their faith and supporting one another on the journey.

For more information about the men's breakfast group and other fellowship opportunities for men at our church, please visit our website or contact us directly. Let us help you to be the best father, husband, and man you can be.

Sources: Click here for our current event calendar.

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-Barna Group Study: "The State of Men's Discipleship in the Church" (

Divorce is tough. 

There's no getting around it. When a marriage falls apart, it can feel like your whole world is crumbling.  But here's the thing: you are not alone. Even though it may feel like it at times, God is with you every step of the way.

No one ever gets married hoping to one day divorce. While the Bible clearly states that God's intention for marriage is for two people to become one flesh, as seen in Genesis 2:24, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh," it also acknowledges that divorce is a reality, even among God's children. There are several biblical grounds for divorce, including adultery, abuse, and abandonment. If a spouse has been unfaithful, physically or emotionally abusive, or has abandoned the marriage, it may be grounds for divorce. In these cases, the Bible allows for divorce as a concession to hard hearts.

I've learned that there is hope for healing and restoration. And the key to finding that hope is forgiveness.

Forgiveness is hard, especially when you've been hurt deeply. But it's so important. Holding onto bitterness and resentment only causes more pain and suffering. Forgiveness allows us to move forward and start the healing process.

I know it's not easy, but try to remember that God's love and grace are boundless. He wants you to experience healing and restoration in your emotions. Lean on him and his Word for strength and guidance, and don't be afraid to reach out to trusted friends, family, and professionals for support. If you're going through a divorce, know that you are not alone. God is with you, and there is hope for healing. Lean on him and his love, and take it one day at a time. You've got this.

Many people who have experienced divorce may feel like they have committed the unpardonable sin and that they are beyond redemption. However, this is not true. God's love and grace are boundless, and he desires for all of his children to experience healing and restoration in their relationships. As it says in Colossians 3:13, "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

One of the key themes in the Bible is forgiveness. When we hold onto resentment and bitterness towards others, it only causes us more pain and suffering. Forgiveness, on the other hand, allows us to move forward and heal from the hurt and pain of the past. This is especially important for those who have experienced divorce, as forgiveness can be a powerful tool in the journey towards healing and restoration. As Ephesians 4:32 states, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

It is important to remember that divorce is not a one-time event, but a process that involves many different emotions and challenges. It is natural to feel a wide range of emotions, including sadness, anger, and fear, and it is important to allow yourself the time and space to process these emotions. Psalm 34:18 says, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

It is also important to seek support from trusted friends, family, and professionals as you navigate this challenging season of life. Your church community can be a particularly valuable source of support and encouragement, as they can offer prayer, guidance, and a listening ear. As it says in James 5:16, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."

If you are a Christian who is struggling with the pain and hurt of divorce, know that you are not alone. God is with you and loves you, and there is hope and healing available through his love and grace. Lean on him and his Word for strength and guidance, and reach out to your church community for support. Together, we can find healing and hope in the midst of the difficult experience of divorce.

My heart goes out to you as you walk through this difficult time. If you would like prayer please let me know.- Pastor Ben

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Suffering For Good

From the beginning, followers of Jesus had to be tougher than nails. Jesus said that they, and by continuance “we”, would endure suffering. People are imprisoned, beaten, and even die for their faith in Jesus Christ every day. When we have the choice of suffering or facing pressure to conform our thoughts to the patterns of this world, what do we do? 

Richard Wurmbrand continued to make the decision to follow Jesus in suffering. He eventually was released and began the widely circulated “Voice of the Martyrs” which aids Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. According to Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List—an in-depth investigative report focusing on global Christian persecution— persecution is increasing at an alarming rate. Research for the List indicates that each day, a staggering 11 Christians are killed for their faith in the top 50 countries ranked on the World Watch List. 

We have so much to be thankful for in our nation. Let’s not allow the freedom we have make us overly sensitive or soft when it comes to sharing Jesus with those that need him! 

1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled

-Ben Poole

You Still Need the Gospel

Never forget that we need the Great news of Jesus Christ just as much today as we did when we first heard it.

God is in the process of creating us into His image.  It is a glorious thing to be loved, encouraged, and built up by our heavenly father.  Yet through all this, our need for God's grace never ends.  WE cannot earn our way into the love of God.  Our good deeds and growing love for others isn't what allows us to get a ticket into heaven.  Thank Jesus that we aren't who we used to be without Him.  But our good actions are not the entrance fee into God's presence.  It's the overwhelming love and forgiveness of God that allows our repentance and brings us back into relationship with our creator.  We can never forget that we need the good news that Jesus died and rose again so that we can be bought into his family.  We should never look down on those in need of God's grace because we are all still in need of it today!  The great news is that God is still calling out to those who will listen so that as many as receive, He will save!

1 John 1:12-14

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

LORD, I pray that you will give each of us an opportunity to share the amazing news of Jesus with someone this day.  In Jesus name, we pray amen!  encouragement

- Pastor Ben

Failure Is Not THe End

What happens when God asks you to do something you don't feel comfortable with?

Sometime in the early 1990's, someone had encouraged me to sing a solo at church during the offering.  I was a scrawny, terrified kid who was still finding my adolescent voice.  I squeaked and squawked and then gradually, I was able to sing in a way that almost sounded like music.  I finally agreed to sing and found a tape of the 4Him song "The Basics of Life".  I practiced and practiced and practiced.  My worst fear was that I would go up there and mess up.  Most songs that you buy to sing along to have intro music that gives you the key and tells you when to start.  Somehow, I had picked a song that had neither of those; you had to start singing after 5 seconds.  

After writing detailed instructions to the sound guy, I nervously stepped up on the platform and gave him the signal.  I waited 5 seconds and started singing well enough, but the button wasn't pushed at the right time and it became a train wreck.  I remember crying at home and vowing I would never sing in front of people again.  That perceived failure was the first of hundreds of times I sang publicly.  

What I had to learn is that failure isn't the end, and usually, it's the beginning to better things.  

God wants us all to step out of our comfort zones and try our best.  Sometimes, the tape will mess up.  

Sometimes you will mess up.


Failure is not the end.  

Every little stretch of obedience leads to something bigger.    

So when God asks you to do something risky... DO IT!             If you fail, it could lead to something better.  

Don't be afraid, for I am with you.  Don't be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

-Pastor Benjamin Poole  10/18/2018

Trusting God

Many of you have children, grandchildren, or even great grandchildren that have begun their 2018-2019 school year. This year, I have 3 children attending Hamilton Heights schools. They get on the bus at approximately 8:15 and arrive home after 4 PM. During that time, they are entrusted into the care of our school corporation. This year, my oldest has begun bringing a water bottle to class. In years previous, he would just ask to get a drink of water if he needed one. I appreciate and understand the reason for the rule change. The safety of the students takes priority. 

Last year at the Noblesville Middle School, a student asked to leave the classroom and came back with a gun.  Praise God that no one was killed as it could have been far worse. When I saw my son carrying his water bottle to school this morning, I thought of how the world has changed since I was in 4th grade.  They still have fire and tornado drills, but now, they also have A.L.I.C.E. drills. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The schools have begun to teach children how to hide, and, if need be, fight back by throwing books and chairs in cases of intruders in the building. I cannot be with my children every moment of the day to keep them safe. I must trust God to protect them. Every day, I entrust my children into God’s care and protection. We cannot know the future, but we do know a heavenly Father that loves our children even more than we do. 

Philippians 4:6   Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.

When you pray throughout your day, please join with me in prayer for our teachers, faculty, and students. 

In Christ’s Love, your brother,

Pastor Ben Poole          9/2/18

Are You Comfortable?

 If you ever go recliner shopping, you sit in the chair and try it out to see if it’s comfortable. Sometimes, comfort can be an enemy. That same chair that you brought home to relax in can be used a little too much.  If we constantly seek comfort and ease, then eventually our muscles can become weaker because they aren’t being properly used.  When we walk, move, and use our muscles, we maintain and can even develop into stronger people.  

God has often pushed me passed what I was comfortable with and into things that I was afraid of.  It’s God’s way of growing and pushing us out of the nest.

Here are two questions that I find slightly uncomfortable in a good way:

1.       Am I seeking my comfort over God’s will? 

2.       Am I seeking my comfort over God’s word and what He has already asked me to do?

If you are feeling overwhelmed and afraid of what God is asking you to do, remember these words found in Deuteronomy 31:6,8:

Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.


- Pastor Ben Poole           8/5/18


Waking up after barely sleeping with your fists clenched and your body sore and tired like it’s been in a fight. The mind can play a vicious game with our body and soul. The natural responses that God has given us to deal with the threat of danger can become a cycle of restless worry and endless waves of crippling stress. 

Anxiety Disorders effect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54). If you yourself have never had to deal with this issue, chances are, you know someone who has. Anxiety can affect every aspect of our lives. It can control our thoughts and relationships. It can push us into a corner and keep us away from helpful people. Anxiety can occur because of experience or future fears.  “Historians will probably call our era ‘the age of anxiety’.”- Billy Graham.  

While anxiety is at an all-time high, it’s nothing new. The Apostle Paul talked about it in 

Philippians 4:6-7:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

If you are suffering, seek help!  Talk with a counselor, pray with the deacons, give me a call. 

You may be thinking that you are all alone, but you aren’t! 

God doesn't want you to suffer. 

God has given you this faith community. 

He wants you to experience His peace. 

I’m praying for you!

- Pastor Ben Poole       7/8/18

I Have a Confession

It’s amazing how the brain works. Memories are created and stored while other times, we can forget where we just put our keys. I have a confession to make: I’m not the best at memorizing. When people talk about memorizing scriptures, I feel guilty. I read the Bible almost every day. 

In High School, I was briefly a part of a little-known competition called Bible Quizzing. We would hit the buzzer and answer questions found in one book of the Bible. But here is the catch, we would have to answer with the full verse and reference. That meant a word-for-word memorization of the book of James. I lasted one competition and graciously retired to give my teammates a chance to win. 

Thank God that there is more than one way to learn. When I’m in the Bible every day, the verses roll around in my mind. And at times, they pop out when situations arise. I enjoy seeing the Bible as a whole and having an idea of where things are. Often when thinking about a topic, a verse will pop into my head, but I’m off on the location. Google is amazing at finding it quickly for me. I also find that as the years go on and I read, listen, and sing scripture, it’s starting to become memorized. It’s not always perfectly memorized word for word, but it’s becoming easier to find than my keys. One of the easiest ways for me to memorize is through song. “This Little Light of Mine”, “The Wise Man Built His House”, and even adult songs like “Revelation Song”, or The Doxology contain scripture in bite-sized, easy-to-memorize portions.  I am envious of those who can easily memorize scripture, but I’m thankful for what I have.  It’s important to remember that it’s not about memorization but obedience.

So, to all of you who are great at memorizing scripture, awesome! To those of you that feel embarrassed... don’t let that make you feel down.  Perhaps the more you surround yourself with God’s Word, the more it will stick. 

Quick Tips: Check out these songs on YouTube that have scripture.  Romans 16:19 says, The fruit of the Spirit, Revelation Song, Psalm 23 Shane & Shane. You can also listen to scripture with the Bible App. 

-Pastor Ben Poole         6/4/18


What's your favorite dinner that your mom made for you? 

I can remember my mom telling the small army of her children that dinner tonight would be lasagna. YES! To me, hearing that great news was better than opening birthday presents. My mom never worked from a recipe for her lasagna, but it always had a bit of a kick to it and was loaded with spicy sausage and probably five pounds of various cheeses.


I believe that God made moms to be a comfort in this world. When I think of all the meals my family has been given in the last few months, I realize that it’s not just about food but about bringing a sense of comfort and peace. It’s not just through food that women share their unique gifting. Moms are also amazing listeners. Moms do an amazing job at allowing their love for their kids be a North Star in their lives.  


Proverbs 6:20-21 My son, keep your fathers command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them always on your heart; and fasten them around your neck.  


I owe my mother more than I could ever repay her. Not because of her lasagna, but because of the selfless way she lives her life and the lessons she has taught me about being a person of integrity and hospitality. 

God bless all of you women who are moms, and not only biologically, but those of you that care and carry the burdens of others. 

You show us what it means to be like Christ.  


A Son in Christ,

Pastor Ben Poole     5/2/18

Spring Means Resurrection

What was thought to be dead will come back to life.  I cannot wait for some real spring weather.  To see the flowers begin to bloom, and the trees push their leaves out of their barren branches.  Something about all the green growth does my soul good. 


You know, God has promised us re-birth and spiritual growth no matter what the physical season.  God's will for us is that everyone be born-again.  That we all would be brought out of the darkness of sin and into His Son's glorious light.  I'm grateful for spring, but I'm more excited about the spiritual growth He has for you!


Here is a prayer for you:  

"Lord, help me to grow everyday more like your son Jesus.  Wash away my sins and make me new in you.  Make my life a vibrant display of your power and life.  In Jesus name, amen!"


May God bless your spring!

Pastor Ben      4/5/18

Spreading Jesus' Grace

After Jesus came back from the dead, He appeared to many of His followers. He walked with them and talked with them, and He even did some interesting things like walking through walls. Jesus’ followers went from thinking they had wasted their time with a man who didn’t live up to His claims to dedicating their entire lives to preaching and teaching the resurrection. The day that Jesus floated up into the clouds to return to heaven, He told His followers, and you and I, what we were to do. 


Matthew 28:19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


The reason you are reading this right now is due to the obedience of those early disciples. I believe that our first responsibility is to teach our family to follow Jesus! Moms and Dads, you are disciplining or teaching your kids how they should live their lives by your daily actions and priorities. We are also called to show a better way to our neighbors. 


The greatest way to love your neighbor is to make sure that they know the amazing things that Jesus will do for them. Jesus promises that all who believe in Him shall be saved! Please consider all of your neighbors around you and invite them to investigate the claims of Jesus!  

You can also invite them to our Easter Services, 7:30 am and 10 am.

  Easter Breakfast will be at  8:30 am - 9: 30 am.

In Christ, 

Pastor Ben Poole     3/3/18

Merry Christmas!

This season, my prayer for you is that God would grant you His peace and joy! 


In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” 

Praise God for the abundant life He has given us! 

In reading the Christmas Story found in Luke Chapters 1-2, three words pop out at me: “Don’t be afraid.” Whenever the angels arrived with news, they said these words. In fact, in the Bible, this phrase is used repeatedly. I think it’s there because God knows His children. 


We are often fearful of change, growth, and what lies ahead. I often find myself calming my kids and telling them that it is all right. Don’t be afraid, it will be okay. That’s what God wants us to know. When the future is unclear, God’s Word tells us not to fear but instead, place our faith and hope in the one that has conquered all fear.


In this festive season, remember that Jesus is our reason for hope and courage! 


Accept others, Believe in Jesus, & Care for each other.


Merry Christmas, 

Pastor Ben Poole     12/11/17

When God Speaks

The other day, Emily was telling our boys to clear the table so that we could carve pumpkins. They were so wrapped up in their pumpkins that they didn’t listen… She asked again, no response. Then, she called them by name and asked, “Why aren’t you clearing the table?” Then they responded with a look of confusion. “Oh… I thought you were talking to someone else.” 


I know there have been times where people are speaking directly to me and I miss it. Perhaps I misunderstood or misapplied their directions, or maybe I simply misheard. God speaks into our lives through His Word. 

Are we opening the Bible to hear from God?  

Do we apply scripture to change our hearts? 


The prophet Isaiah said it this way: “And yet, O LORD, you are our Father.  We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.” Isaiah 64:8


God help us to listen and become what we want us to become!



Your Brother in Christ,

Pastor Ben Poole     11/1/17


When we ask people how they first came to Arcadia Brethren Church, do you know what they tell us? It’s usually not our sign on 19 or through Facebook. It’s not the Yellow Pages or our website. It’s not because of the pastor. The #1 way people end up a part of ABC is because someone invited them. 

Here are three reasons you should invite someone to ABC:


1. They might make a friend. Friendship is one of life’s great treasures, and church is a great place to make friends. How cool would it be if you invited someone to church and they made a lifelong friend? Do you know anyone that needs a friend? Invite them to church!


2. They might be encouraged. They say only 20% of an iceberg is visible above the water. The rest is below the surface. I think people’s struggles are like that, too. You never really know what they are going through. They might look happy on the outside, but they are really in need of hope or encouragement. A simple invitation to church might be a spark of hope for someone. 

Do you know anyone that needs encouragement? Invite them to church!


3. They might meet Jesus. In the book of Acts, you can read about a guy named Andrew who brought his brother to meet Jesus. Andrew’s brother was Peter, who turned out to be a great Apostle (he’s got massive churches named after Him!). 

By far, the best reason to invite someone to church is they might meet Jesus. 

Eternity can be altered because of a simple invitation.


So, what do you say? Who can you invite to Arcadia Brethren Church this week?


Grab a few invite cards and share away! 


- Pastor Ben Poole     10/5/17

3 Reasons to Read the Bible

(And Where to Start)

I want to talk you into doing something. I’m hoping to convince you to read the Bible every day this week. Seven days in a row. 

Here are three reasons I think you should:


 1. There’s interesting stuff in the Bible. Don’t ever let someone tell you the Bible is boring. If someone says that, they aren’t reading it right. Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Samson and Delilah, wars and conquest, love and marriage, Peter cutting off a soldier’s ear, a dead man coming back to life…I could go on and on. There are some incredible stories in the Bible.

2. The Bible is unlike any other book. This might surprise you, but the Bible isn’t really a book at all. It’s a collection of 66 small books or letters. It was written by 40 different authors across a couple of continents and in three languages. It’s been collected, organized, and preserved for us.

3. The Bible has influenced the world like no other book. The Bible has shaped more than just pastors—it’s influenced Presidents and Kings. I know it’s overwhelming, but did you know if you read the Bible just 15 minutes a day, you can read the whole thing in about a year. If you read God’s Word for just 15 minutes a day, I think you will benefit. There’s even a YouVersion Bible app where you can start different reading plans and listen to the Bible being read to you.  I’m currently listening through the Bible in a year through that app. 



I know this sounds weird, but if you want to start reading the Bible, I don’t recommend starting from the beginning. (I told you the Bible wasn’t like other books…can you imagine starting a novel from the middle?) If I were you, I would start with the New Testament, specifically the Gospel of John. It’s all about the life of Jesus, and it was written by one of his best friends.


So, what do you say? Will you give it a try?


God will Bless You Through His Word!

Pastor Ben Poole      9/6/17

You Are the Body of Christ

Too often we think of church as a physical location. I’m grateful for our amazing building! It allows us to minister, fellowship, and worship. Jesus said the church would prevail. We are a part of that bigger church. Every believer in Jesus Christ is our brother or sister. We are a specific part of that body of Christ. The amazing thing is that Jesus designed the church to need each other to be successful.


The church doesn’t grow deep in obedience or wide in reaching others without each other. We each have gifts that help the whole. When we are doing what God wants us to do, the church reaches, heals, and loves each other in amazing ways. I see the love of Jesus every Sunday with our adult classes, kid’s classes, meet and greet time, nursery, greeters, media, worship team, leadership teams, and everyone who attends. 

You are here on purpose, for a purpose.


We love you! 

We need you! 

And when you’re not here, you are missed. 


-  Pastor Ben Poole     8/7/17

Life Lessons from the Garden

Sunlight and water are needed.

Having the correct amount of these makes the difference between a life that is vibrant or bone dry. God created us to need time to rejuvenate and refresh. If we plow through life ignoring the need to rest and refresh, we will burn out. If we don’t have time for the sun and water, then we need to prune back. 


If we want healthy fruit, we must be willing to prune. 

There are areas of our lives that sap time and energy that could be used in better ways. If we want to be fruitful, we must learn to say no to some good things to cultivate the best.


Tomatoes are fickle. 

Even in the correct circumstances with proper sunlight and water, we don’t always know our yield. We pray, plant, weed, and water, but God brings the harvest. It’s our job to cultivate and care, but God is responsible for the results. At times, life may not seem to be what we thought it would be, but that’s okay. In today’s instant gratification culture, it’s important to remember that God is in charge. 


He created the sun, rain, and soil of your life. 

Trust Jesus to be the master gardener.

Happy Gardening,

Pastor Ben      7/2/17

The 12 APostles Short Bio's

The 12 apostles were ordinary men chosen by Jesus to spread his teachings and perform miracles in his name. They were willing to live and die for their belief in Jesus, even when it came at a great cost. The apostles were called to be disciples of Jesus, learning from him and following his teachings, and were later sent out as apostles to spread the gospel to all nations. Despite their flaws and imperfections, these men remained faithful to Jesus and played a crucial role in the early spread of Christianity. Their stories serve as a reminder that anyone, no matter how ordinary, can be used by God in extraordinary ways. These short bios are based upon available sources. They use sources external to the Bible and could be incomplete or lack some accuracy. However they are generally accepted and give us the clearest identity of the disciples. 

  1. Simon Peter was a fisherman and one of Jesus' most prominent apostles. He was known for his impulsive nature and sometimes spoke before he thought. Peter was also the first apostle to confess Jesus as the Messiah. He was martyred in Rome during the reign of Nero, crucified upside down at his own request because he felt unworthy to die in the same way as Jesus.

  2. James the Great was one of the sons of Zebedee and the older brother of John. He was a fisherman before becoming an apostle. James was martyred by Herod Agrippa I, who had him beheaded.

  3. John was the younger brother of James and one of Jesus' closest apostles. He was known as the "beloved disciple" and was present at the Crucifixion. Later, he became a leader in the early Christian community and wrote the Gospel of John, the letters of 1, 2, and 3 John, and the book of Revelation. John is the only apostle who is believed to have died of old age, passing away in Ephesus in modern-day Turkey.

  4. Andrew was a fisherman and the brother of Peter. He is credited with bringing his brother to Jesus and is known as the "first-called" apostle. Andrew was martyred in modern-day Romania, crucified on an X-shaped cross, which is now known as the Saint Andrew's cross.

  5. Philip was from Bethsaida and was known for his practical nature. He was the apostle who introduced Nathanael to Jesus. Philip was martyred in modern-day Turkey, crucified upside down.

  6. Bartholomew was also known as Nathaniel and was likely a tax collector before becoming an apostle. Not much is known about Bartholomew's life, but he is believed to have preached in modern-day Turkey, India, and Armenia. He was martyred in Armenia, crucified upside down or beheaded.

  7.  Simon the Zealot was a member of a political group known as the Zealots, who were known for their hatred of Roman rule and their desire to overthrow it. Despite his background, Simon became a devoted follower of Jesus and spread his teachings throughout the region. Simon's death is not well-documented, but he is believed to have preached in modern-day Egypt and was martyred in either Persia or Armenia.

  8. James the Less, also known as James the son of Alphaeus, is mentioned in the Bible as one of Jesus' apostles, but little else is known about him. He is mentioned in the list of apostles in Mark, but not in Matthew or Luke, leading some to believe that he may be the same person as James the son of Mary, mentioned in Mark 15:40. James the Less is believed to have preached in modern-day Palestine and was martyred by being stoned to death.

  9. Thomas, also known as Didymus, was one of Jesus' closest apostles and was known for his skepticism. He is best known for doubting the resurrection of Jesus until he saw him with his own eyes. Thomas is believed to have preached in modern-day India and was martyred by being speared to death. Despite their deaths, the legacy of the 12 apostles lives on through their teachings and their impact on the early Christian church.

  10. Matthew, also known as Levi, was a tax collector before becoming an apostle. He is the author of the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew is believed to have preached in modern-day

    11. Judas Iscariot is perhaps the most well-known of the apostles due to his betrayal of Jesus. He was the one who handed Jesus over to the authorities for arrest and later committed suicide. He was also the one who served as treasurer for the disciples during the time of Jesus' ministry. 

    12. Thaddeus, also known as Judas, son of James, was a member of the inner circle of Jesus' disciples. He is mentioned in the Bible as being present at the resurrection of Jesus. Not much else is known about Thaddeus, but he is believed to have preached in modern-day Syria and was martyred by being shot with arrows.

    Despite their deaths, the legacy of the 11 faithful apostles lives on through their teachings and their impact on the early Christian church.

Historical Proof of The Life of Jesus

The Historical Proof of the Existence of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The existence of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, also known as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus, is a topic of much debate among historians, theologians, and scholars. While some argue that there is little to no historical evidence for the existence of Jesus, others argue that there is a substantial amount of evidence that supports his existence. Let's explore the various pieces of historical evidence that support the existence of Jesus and evaluate their validity.

One of the primary pieces of evidence for the existence of Jesus is the New Testament, which consists of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as well as the Acts of the Apostles and various letters written by early Christian leaders. These texts provide a detailed account of Jesus' life, teachings, and deeds, as well as the events surrounding his death and resurrection. While some argue that the New Testament is unreliable because it was written by followers of Jesus who may have had an interest in portraying him in a certain way, the vast majority of scholars agree that the New Testament is a reliable source of historical information about Jesus.

Another piece of evidence for the existence of Jesus is the writings of non-Christian authors from the time period in which Jesus is believed to have lived. For example, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus wrote about Jesus in his "Antiquities of the Jews," stating that Jesus was a wise man who performed miracles and was crucified by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Similarly, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote about Jesus in his "Annals," stating that Jesus was put to death by Pilate during the reign of Tiberius. While some have questioned the reliability of these sources, the majority of scholars consider them to be reliable.

In addition to written sources, there is also archaeological evidence for the existence of Jesus. For example, the Pilate Stone, a limestone block discovered in 1961, bears an inscription that refers to "Pontius Pilate, the Prefect of Judea." This is significant because it provides independent confirmation of the existence of Pilate, who is mentioned in the New Testament as being responsible for the execution of Jesus.

Overall, the historical evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is strong. The combination of written and archaeological sources, as well as the widespread belief in Jesus throughout the world, supports the conclusion that Jesus was a real historical figure.

Works Cited:

  • Flavius Josephus. "Antiquities of the Jews."
  • Tacitus. "Annals."
  • "Pilate Stone." Encyclopedia Britannica.

Where's Your Halo?

Have you ever looked at paintings with Jesus, Mary, or the saints and seen their halos? When did they get their halos? Was Jesus born with his? I finally have an answer from the World Wide Web.

A halo is also called a nimbus. In Hellenistic and Roman art, the sun-god and Roman emperors had a crown of rays. So it was a way of saying that they were gods or someone special (source: Britannica). It became associated with a symbol of holiness, so a saint or holy person was depicted in art with a halo.

I have never seen a person walking around with a halo, except a few during Christmas plays. And I know those kids; I'm about 80% sure it was just a costume. The halo is supposed to speak of holiness, but I sometimes forget the meaning of "holy." It's something that seems unattainable for me. I could never get a halo. I would probably lose it really quickly. I know myself and my shortcomings. I know that I mess up pretty often. But this is the wrong definition of holy.

"Holy" means set apart for the purpose of God. Holiness comes down to purpose. I have this magical cup that keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. Mostly, it holds my coffee. My toddler son, Levi, picked it up earlier this week and handed it to me. My name is nowhere on it, but it's around me so often, and I use it most mornings. So much so that he knows it's mine. I have had the folks in my church search for this silver mug because it serves a purpose for me. It's not pretty; it's kind of dinged up. But it's great! This Yeti mug holds my 16 oz of wake-up java. And my toddler knows it's his dad's, and "it howt" (he purses his lips and pretends to blow away the heat).


Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

I have to wash the Yeti cup to keep it clean so I can use it again. We aren't that different.

2 Timothy 2:21 says, "If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work."

So I don't look for halos in the mirror. More often than not, the only circles I see are under my eyes. Instead, I pay attention to when my heart was last cleansed. Am I seeking forgiveness that washes me? Then the second question is, what am I being filled with? Is it my own thoughts and desires, or is it the power of God through the Holy Spirit? Am I trying really hard to be better, or am I allowing God to occupy my heart and mind? Am I allowing God to fill my cup to overflowing so that I'm working out of the overflow instead of trying to scrape some goodness out of my brokenness?

I want to be God's cup. Not his fancy china, but his beat-up aluminum Yeti. I want you to be useful for the King. Be holy, set apart for the work of God.

Cor. 4:5-7 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining In our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

You don’t have a halo but you do have a heart and what you allow into it can wake-up the world!