The CCEL Times 6.9 (September 1, 2011)
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In This Issue:
From the Director
We introduced a new look at CCEL.org a couple of weeks ago. The goals were to make the site more attractive and functional and to highlight common tasks our users do at CCEL. We've created landing pages for the top five. We think the site is more usable and attractive, but any change brings pros and cons. Give it a look, kick the tires, and send us your suggestions for further improvement. Student programmer Nathan Brink has been hard at work on this new theme for two summers now, so send him your feedback.
What We're ReadingCommentary on the Whole Bible
by Matthew Henry (1662-1714)
CCEL’s user statistics indicate that Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible is the most popular commentary on our Web site. This commentary focuses on explanation and devotional thoughts, and each volume of the commentary comes with its own introduction which readers might find helpful. Although the commentary is written in an older style, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible is worth studying and is useful for pastors, theologians, and students of the Bible.
CCEL also sells a Commentaries CD that includes Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible as well as Calvin's Commentaries and several other reference books. Visit our store page for additional information about this product which is on sale for almost 20% off this month.
Featured ArticleCome, Follow Me
Obedience to Christ requires that we follow him and be ready to give an answer for our hope. But how is that best done? By sharing scripture passages? Following the "Romans Road"? Telling stories? Talking about creation and environmental issues? In "Come, Follow Me: Using the Bible in Personal Evangelism," Ruth Tucker reflects on approaches to evangelism.
Read this article at CCEL
Featured HymnIf Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee
"If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee" is a traditional German chorale. The text and tune were both penned by Georg Neumark, who experienced many personal and economic struggles in his lifetime, losing all of his possessions once to robbers and a second time to a fire. Despite all this, he eventually secured a tutoring position, and wrote this hymn to express his gratefulness to God. The hymn expresses profound trust in God's faithfulness even in the face of difficult times.
The text of this awe-inspiring hymn alludes to Psalm 56:11, "In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?" as well as Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart…and he will make your paths straight." We can receive encouragement from this, knowing that God will lead us and always be with us in the midst of whatever circumstances come our way.
Abandonment to Divine Providence
Abandonment to Divine Providence is divided into two parts. The first contains a treatise on total abandonment to Divine Providence. The "Abandonment" section discusses a trusting, childlike, peaceful abandonment to the guidance of grace, and of the Holy Spirit: an unquestioning and undoubting submission to the holy will of God in all that may befall us.
While the second section consists of letters intended for the direction of Nuns, all people can appreciate de Caussade’s message of finding peace in the midst of the worries and anxieties of life. Readers will find answers to the daily and constantly recurring difficulties and trials in life – especially trials resulting from religious beliefs.
Read this classic at CCEL
Did You Know?
CCEL and Facebook
CCEL has a Facebook page that announces such things as new additions to our library and new features and enhancements to our Web site. If you would like to stay connected through Facebook, locate the CCEL Facebook page by searching Facebook for 'Christian Classics Ethereal Library' (searching for 'CCEL' will not work). After locating our page, click the 'Like' link to see CCEL news and happenings in your news feed.
In October, CCEL plans to incorporate Facebook into a new, online group that will be discussing Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God. Anyone interested in leading (or helping to lead) this group should contact Ken Verhulst. Those interested in participating in the group should look for additional details in the October newsletter or check the CCEL home page next month for additional information.
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