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so often. Think of this as our spring fund drive combined with our best
sale ever.

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Throughout March, we are also going to give free CCEL CDs and audio
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Harry Plantinga

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What’s New

Tithing by A.W. Pink (1886-1952)

Tithing is even more obligatory on the saints of the New
Testament than it was upon God’s people in Old Testament days—not
equally binding, but more binding, and that for two reasons: first, on
the principle of "unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much
required" (Luke 12:48). The obligations of God’s saints today are much
greater than the obligations of the saints in Old Testament times,
because our privileges and our blessings are greater. As grace is more
potent than law, as love is more constraining than fear, as the Holy
Spirit is more powerful than the flesh, so our obligations to tithe are
greater, for we have a deeper incentive to do that which is pleasing to

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Usage Testimonial

Reading the CCEL in the country

Richard Trimble

Ben Wheeler, Texas

I am disabled and unable to leave home much. We have only one
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I am unable to contribute anything at this time, which I
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Product Testimonial

LOGOS: Keeping the Biblical Languages Alive For Preachers

By Jeff Vandermeer

In terms of the impact of Logos in my seminary
studies: Logos allows me to immerse myself in the original languages
every week when I prepare a sermon, whereas I am not sure that I would
consult the Greek or the Hebrew without this tool. … In years past,
most of us "average students" would have been forced to give up the
Hebrew and the Greek because we simply lacked the combination of mental
capacity and time that is needed to do the study of the original
languages. With Logos, I am now using the original text to do my slow
reading of the text. The translation from the Greek/Hebrew has now
become somewhat of a devotional exercise for me!

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Classic Reflections

Classic Reflections on Easter

He died, but he vanquished death; in himself, he put an
end to what we feared; he took it upon himself, and he vanquished it;
as a mighty hunter, he captured and slew the lion. Where is death? Seek
it in Christ, for it exists no longer; but it did exist, and now it is
dead. O life, O death of death! Be of good heart; it will die in us
also. What has taken place in our head will take place in his members;
death will die in us also. But when? At the end of the world, at the
resurrection of the dead in which we believe and concerning which we do
not doubt.

— Augustine of Hippo (354-430), from Sermon 233

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