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From the Director
Sixteen years ago, one of my motivations in starting the CCEL was to make classic Christian books freely available around the world. In many parts of the world theological libraries are virtually nonexistent, making the study of theology and the training of pastors difficult. We have produced several CDs of CCEL books and distributed some 7,000 copies freely or at low cost in developing countries. These CDs grant permission to make and distribute further copies, so there is no telling how far they have reached. The usage testimonial below shows one example of how they are used.
While CDs of books are becoming less popular here, with the proliferation of the Internet, they are still important in countries where Internet access is limited. They are still available for overseas distribution at low or no cost. If you are traveling to a country where they would be useful, why not bring a few? Contact us for more information.
Director of the CCEL
Reading the Classics in Papua New Guinea
by David Kerr
Melanesia Nazarene Bible College, Papua New Guinea
I just wanted to let you know how appreciative our students are for the ability they now have of accessing many documents that they have heard about but never had the chance to read because you allow us to use your disks on an internal network. In fact, the surrounding community tribes have heard of the great things happening at the Bible College and are very proud of their school. We have also implemented a new Master’s Degree program and the newly networked Computer Lab is an integral part of that. Here is a picture of the first class to use your materials (or any online resource I think!) here in Papua New Guinea.
May God bless you for your help in building His Kingdom in wired and wireless places around the world!
How have you used the CCEL to deepen your research, discover new voices, and enliven your faith? Submit a usage testimonial.
Guided Study of Augustine’s Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love Our guided study of Augustine’s Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love continues. Each week we send you a couple of short chapters to read and think about, and the next week we send questions for reflection. You can still sign up and follow along.
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On Loving God by Bernard, of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. When one asks, Why should I love God? he may mean, What is lovely in God? or What shall I gain by loving God? In either case, the same sufficient cause of love exists, namely, God Himself. And first, of His title to our love. Could any title be greater than this, that He gave Himself for us unworthy wretches? And being God, what better gift could He offer than Himself? Hence, if one seeks for God's claim upon our love here is the chiefest: Because He first loved us (I John 4.19).
Ought He not to be loved in return, when we think who loved, whom He loved, and how much He loved?
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Come, Thou Almighty King – Anonymous, c. 1757 The anonymous text dates from before 1757, when it was published in a leaflet and bound into the 1757 edition of George Whitefield’s Collection of Hymns for Social Worship. The text appears to be patterned after the British national anthem, "God Save the King." Filled with names for members of the Godhead, this song exhibits a common trinitarian structure, addressing God the Father (st. 1), God the Son (st. 2), and God the Holy Spirit (st. 3), concluding with a doxology to the Trinity (st. 4). The text has often been attributed to Charles Wesley, since the leaflet also included a hymn text from his pen ("Jesus, Let Thy Pitying Eye"); however, "Come, Thou Almighty King" was never printed in any of the Wesley hymnals, and no other Wesley text is written in such an unusual meter.
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George Whitefield on the Pharisee and the Tax Collector:
Was I to ask you, how you expect to be justified in the sight of an offended God? I suppose you would answer, only for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. But, was I to come more home to your consciences, I fear that most would make the Lord Jesus but in part their Savior, and go about, as it were, to establish a righteousness of their own. And this is not thinking contrary to the rules of Christian charity: for we are all self-righteous by nature; it is as natural for us to turn to a covenant of works, as for the sparks to fly upwards. We have had so many legal and so few free-grace preachers, for these many years, that most professors now seem to be settled upon their lees [residue, remains, grounds, settlings], and rather deserve the title of Pharisees than Christians. – George Whitefield (1714-1770), sermon on Luke 18:14
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