The CCEL Times 4.4 (April 1, 2009)
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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.
"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"
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.
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.
Meet the CCEL Employees
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.
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.
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