The CCEL Times 4.11 (November 2, 2009)
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From the Director
What helps you grow in love? Prayerfully reading the Bible or a good book from the CCEL can be very helpful—but steel sharpens steel; reading a good book prayerfully with other people provides motivation, accountability, fellowship, and fresh insights.
The CCEL on-line book study and prayer groups have been a valuable source of motivation and fellowship for thousands of users for a couple of years now, but we would like to start a new series of studies that are of limited duration, e.g. 6-8 weeks, to minimize commitment. First, we need leaders. Would you be willing to lead such a group? Leading involves assigning readings and spurring and moderating the on-line discussion. Book suggestions and training are available. If interested please contact us.
Featured ClassicLife of Antony by Athanasius (c. 297-373)
The desert was unknown to μοναχοί (solitary ascetics) at the time (about 275?) when Antony first adopted the ascetic life. About the year 285 he began his twenty years' sojourn in the ruined fort. To the end of this sojourn belongs the first great wave of Monastic settlement in the desert. During the later part of the great persecution 'monasteries' and monks begin to abound. The remainder of his long life (311–356) is passed mainly in his 'inner mountain,' where he forms the head and centre of Egyptian monasticism.
Featured HymnNow Thank We All Our God - Martin Rinckart (1636)
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
Augustine on Psalm 100:
One who rejoices, utters not words, but it is a certain sound of joy without words: for it is the expression of a mind poured forth in joy, expressing, as far as it is able, the affection, but not compassing the feeling. ... Those who are engaged at work in the fields are most given to rejoice; reapers, or vintagers, or those who gather any of the fruits of the earth, delighted with the abundant produce, and rejoicing in the very richness and exuberance of the soil, sing in exultation; and among the songs which they utter in words, they put in certain cries without words in the exultation of a rejoicing mind; and this is what is meant by rejoicing.
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