The CCEL Times 6.11 (November 1, 2011)
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From the Director
Forgiven and Forgiving
If you had lived through the horror of a Nazi concentration camp, would you be able to forgive a murderous prison guard? While few of us struggle situations as difficult as that one, most of us are wronged and have to deal with forgiving others. In fact, Jesus' statements about forgiveness are among the most challenging in the Bible. In an article entitled Forgiven--and Forgiving, Ronald Feenstra examines two questions: 'what moves us to forgive others?' and 'what is the goal of forgiveness?'
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We’ve redesigned the PDF files of books to improve readability—and made them free! Well, they’ve always been free, but we previously asked for a donation before the download--a request that led to reduced usage. Now there is no request.
We’re hoping that these PDF files will be widely disseminated and used, so please download PDFs, give them to others, even put them on your non-commercial website!
What We're ReadingExpositions of Holy Scripture: Ezekiel, Daniel and the Minor Prophets; and Matthew Chapters I to VIII
by Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910)Called the "prince of expositors," Alexander MacLaren was a renowned preacher of the 19th and 20th century. Expositions of Holy Scripture brings together many of the sermons from his fifty years in ministry. Although it discusses many different books and passages of the Bible, Expositions of Holy Scripture isn't a commentary in the fullest sense--for example, MacLaren doesn't comment on every verse. Rather, these volumes are MacLaren's powerful sermons, arranged by the Biblical texts of the sermons. Broadly evangelical in nature, MacLaren's sermons are not historical. They rarely refer to the current events of the time, and because of this, contemporary readers fully appreciate the timeless power of MacLaren’s words. Expositions of Holy Scriptures is highly practical and lively. It makes a wonderful companion to more textually oriented commentaries. To read Expositions of Holy Scripture is to be in the presence of one of the greatest preachers of the last few centuries. This book contains a sermon entitled, ‘Forgive Us Our Debts.’
-The Christian Classics Ethereal Library
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Featured HymnAmazing Grace! (How Sweet the Sound) by John Newton (1725-1807)
One of the best loved and most often sung hymns in North America, this hymn expresses John Newton's personal experience of conversion from sin as an act of God's grace. At the end of his life, Newton said, “There are two things I'll never forget: that I was a great sinner, and that Jesus Christ is a greater Savior!” This hymn is Newton's spiritual autobiography, but the truth it affirms–that we are saved by grace alone–is one that all Christians may confess with joy and gratitude.
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Bushnell preaches on the topic of forgiveness using the text from Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Bushnell introduces the sermon with a quote that addresses a central problem with forgiving others: " 'O, yes,' says the brother, finally worn out by much expostulation, on account of the grudge he is holding against another who has greatly injured him, 'I will forgive him, but I hope never to see him again.' " Bushnell examines this issue in terms of Christ's teachings.
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Did You Know?
New Book Discussion Group on Genesis
A new online discussion group on the Book of Genesis has been started. Thomas Groeneman will be leading the group which will discuss questions related to our Creator, the Creation, and our place in the Creation.
It is also not too late to join Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God study group.
Find out about these and other CCEL discussion groups.
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