The CCEL Times 2.4 (April 2, 2007)
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From the Director
Recently we analyzed old CCEL access logs. Some interesting statistics: since May 1994, when the CCEL became available on the web, we have had about 70 million visits, 271 million page views, and 1.3 billion hits. We have served about 5.1 million PDF files and 8.1 million mp3 files. We have transferred about 65,900 GB of data. (That is about 66 million books' worth of data.) These statistics give some evidence that by God's grace we are succeeding in pursing our mission, which is to make classic Christian books available and promote their use.
This newsletter is a part of our plan for promoting classic Christian books. Last month we highlighted The Practice of the Presence of God as a book that is very helpful in showing what it is like to live a life dedicated to Christ. Reading good books such as this one, along with prayer and actually "practicing the presence of God" can help to counteract the distractions of the world that divert us from the one thing needful. Thus, we worked out a special deal with Christianaudio.com to include an audio recording of The Practice of the Presence of God with every order at the CCEL store, while supplies last. For details, keep reading.
The Practice of the Presence of God
In response, we are offering a free audio book of The Practice of the Presence of God with the purchase of any CCEL product. See the CCEL store. This audio book is produced by Christianaudio.com and is of the highest professional audio quality. Listen to a sample.
This lovely audio CD is completely free with the purchase of any item from the CCEL store. This special offer is good only while the supply lasts, so place your order now.
Your purchase supports the CCEL mission. How? The usage (and the cost, accordingly) of our non-profit Web site has grown immensely over the last 13 years. With that growth, we have struggled with how to deal with the costs. Therefore, please know we sincerely appreciate your order.
Works by R. A. Torrey on Bible Study and Prayer
Associated with D. L. Moody in the early years of Moody Bible Institute, Reuben Archer Torrey, 1856-1928, was a beloved preacher and teacher of God's word. His passion for the word of God and for prayer is clearly conveyed in two outstanding works, Torrey's New Topical Textbook and How to Pray.
The introduction to Torrey's New Topical Textbook infuses readers with appreciation for the value of spending regular and consistent time studying the Bible.
In his book How to Pray, Torrey impresses upon readers the absolute necessity and the glorious benefits of persistent prayer, while offering valuable lessons about how to pray according to the will of God and thus enjoy the blessings of answered prayer. The book is simply written, and the author's characteristic fervor imparts faith in what God will do for those who ask Him.
Have you benefited from a book or author at the CCEL? Would you like to write a feature like this to encourage others to read it? Let us know!
Meet the CCEL EmployeesKen Verhulst
Digital Library Coordinator
The CCEL's digital library coordinator, Ken Verhulst, handles a variety of tasks. In addition to scanning, digitizing, and installing books onto the CCEL Web site, he responds to email inquiries, assists with the sale and shipping of CDs, and manages the CCEL volunteers and CCEL online book discussion groups. Ken graduated from Calvin College with an education degree has been teaching for the past 17 years. For the last ten years he has been a media specialist at Calvin Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. E-mail Ken.
Classic Reflections on Lent and Easter
Have no fears then. Now that the common Savior of all has died on our behalf, we who believe in Christ no longer die, as men died aforetime, in fulfillment of the threat of the law. That condemnation has come to an end; and now that, by the grace of the resurrection, corruption has been banished and done away, we are loosed from our mortal bodies in God's good time for each, so that we may obtain thereby a better resurrection. Like seeds cast into the earth, we do not perish in our dissolution, but like them shall rise again, death having been brought to nought by the grace of the Savior. That is why blessed Paul, through whom we all have surety of the resurrection, says: This corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality; but when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory?
- Athanasius, from The Death of Christ, from On the Incarnation
Read more classic reflections on Lent and Easter at the weblog of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
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