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From the Director

You’re at your Bible study group discussing a passage when a
question arises that no one can answer. Where to turn? That’s right,
it’s a Bible study emergency! Never fear, the CCEL can come
to the rescue. Our new Bible Commentaries app for the iPhone and iPod
touch has three whole-Bible commentaries that you can keep with you at
all times. Two versions are available: one with the KJV and one with the NRSV. Search for "CCEL Commentaries" at the iTunes store.

Harry Plantinga

Director of the CCEL


Featured Hymn

"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"

by Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley composed this "Hymn for Easter Day" in eleven
stanzas. First sung at the famous Foundry Meeting House, the text was
published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739). The "alleluia" responses,
reflecting ancient Jewish and Christian practice, were added by later
editors to fit the tune. The text contains some of the most familiar
Easter themes: all creatures rejoice in Christ’s resurrection; the work
of redemption is complete; death is vanquished; we have new life in
Christ now; we praise the victorious Christ. The "alleluias," which
remind us of the ancient Easter greeting, do more than interrupt the
textual flow: they provide the framework for praising God with each
line of text.

Read more about this hymn at Hymnary.org

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Featured Study Group

The Minor Prophets

This will be a verse by verse study of the section of the Old
Testament called The Minor Prophets, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah,
Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. We
will be starting with Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther first. The aim and
goals of this group would be to help us understand the reasons for
G-d’s use of Old Testament Prophets, The Nation of people who are
called The Jews, who are the key players in G-d’s plan of Redemption
for The World, but most of all why they have so much bearing on our
lives today. The list of books which we will be reading: Hosea, Joel,
Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai,
Zechariah and Malachi. We will be starting with Ezra, Nehemiah and
Esther first, which covers the return from captivity of The Jews.

Join this Group

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Meet the CCEL Employees

Dianne Shapiro

Dianne Shapiro has been working for the CCEL on Hymnary.org
since January 2008. In addition to inputting hymnals, she has been
proofreading, editing, and organizing the hymnal information. She is
also coordinating the Hymnary.org volunteers and researching/responding
to questions from Hymnary.org users. Dianne graduated from Calvin
College and later earned a degree in Library and Information Science.
When she is not working on the Hymnary, Dianne enjoys cooking, knitting
and reading.

Learn more about the vision and people behind the CCEL.

Classic Sermons

Charles Spurgeon on Romans 6:4:

Our Lord’s resurrection was glorious as to its cause,
for it was a display of the glory of the Father. For "glory" you may
read "power", if you please; for it was a great work of power to raise
Jesus from the dead. But it was more than a miracle of power, for all
the attributes of God united their glory in the resurrection of Christ.
God’s love came there, and opened those closed eyes; his delight
bejewelled those deadly wounds; his wisdom set in motion that pierced
heart. … If you ask where God’s glory most is seen, I will not point
to creation, nor to providence, but to the raising of Jesus from the
dead. — from "Christ’s Resurrection and Our Newness of Life," delivered on March 29th, 1891, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington

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