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From the Director
Is your devotional life as regular as you would like it to be? Are you looking for a new approach to systematically read through and meditate on the whole Bible? We have a new Bible in a Year app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch that will help you do just that. It gives three readings each day–a selection each from the OT and NT and a psalm. The translation used is the NRSV. You also have access to commentaries and other resources at the CCEL if you want to study the passage in more depth. In three years you’ll have gone through the entire Bible. Get on track today! Find this and other CCEL iOS apps by searching the app store for “Bible in Three Years” or just “CCEL.”
Director of the CCEL
Guide for the Perplexed
by Moses Maimonides (1135-1204)
Reviewed by Emmalon Davis, CCEL Staff Writer
In one of the greatest works of Jewish thought, Rabbi Maimonides explores the relationship between philosophical knowledge and the teachings of the Torah. He discusses the concept of God and explains how God should be described according to the Torah. … Maimonides also considers several mystic passages in the Torah in an attempt to challenge traditional Jewish accounts of these passages. His teachings are relevant to both Jewish and Christian communities and have influenced many writers since his time. In addition, this translation offers helpful background information regarding the life of Maimonides and his original Arabic text.
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The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
translated by Francis Pott, 19th century
This Easter hymn pictures Christ’s death as the final battle with the powers of evil, but Christ is the victor; his resurrection marks the decisive outcome of that battle. Each stanza begins with some aspect of Christ’s resurrection and moves to our response of praise. A poetic commentary on and summary of Paul’s resurrection discourse in 1 Corinthians 15, the entire text is framed with “alleluias” (like some of the psalms).
Read more about this hymn at the Hymnary
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George Whitefield on Philippians 3:10:
The resurrection of Christ’s body would avail [the apostle] nothing, unless he experienced the power of it in raising his dead soul. … This then is what the apostle means by the “Power of Christ’s resurrection,” and this is what we are as much concerned experimentally to know, as that He rose at all. Without this, though we may be moralists, though we may be civilized, good-natured people, yet we are no Christians. … But he is a true Christian who is one inwardly; and then only can we be stiled true believers, when we not only profess to believe, but have felt the power of our blessed Lord’s rising from the dead, by being quickened and raised by his Spirit, when dead in trespasses and sins, to a thorough newness both of heart and life. —From “The Power of Christ’s Resurrection”
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