In This Issue:
From the Director
We all struggle with the big questions at some point in our lives. Sometimes, a horrible circumstance, such as the suffering or death of a loved one, precipitates a crisis. At other times, knowledge of God may seem like a distant, hazy memory and we may wonder about the nature of God’s activity in the world and in our lives.
In the next few From the Director articles I hope to bring up some of these questions and identify answers from the classic Christian literature. I’ll point out passages that I’m aware of or seek the advice of relevant experts. This could be the start of an index to guide CCEL users to classic answers to the big questions. I believe this could be a valuable resource and a great addition to the CCEL.
I’d love to have your help with this project. Are there big questions you’ve been struggling with? Do you know of classic responses to some of these questions from the literature at the CCEL? Would you be willing to help in other ways? Please pass along your questions, answers, comments, and suggestions though this form.
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This CD-ROM contains a selection of the best spiritual writings of Church history in a versatile easy-to-use format. The books are from a variety of theological eras and perspectives, but they all have a history of changing lives and the ability to bring the willing reader into God's presence.
Guided StudyGuided Study of Augustine's Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love
Featured GroupPreparing for Lent
hosted by Tony Germain
I ventured on this study with a open spirit and hopefully made an even presentation of the topic of Lent. I wanted to present it as a devotional exercise as I believe it has been to so many sincere believers from Acts One to today. You will see right away there is no pretense, not even much for notes written by me. It is for the most part the simple observation of scripture. I hope you enjoy the intent of this group as we honor Jesus in rememberance of His last week on earth and hope for His second advent, yet to come, soon maybe!
Featured HymnMan of Sorrows: What a Name by Philip Bliss (1838-1876)
Philip P. Bliss wrote both text and tune of this hymn that was published in The International Lessons Monthly of 1875 with the title "Redemption." "Man of Sorrows" is a reference to the prophet Isaiah's depiction of the "suffering servant" (Isa. 52: 13-53: 12). The full text draws on that prophetic vision and on the gospel narratives of Christ's crucifixion and atoning death. While much of the text affirms objectively the redemptive work of Christ, stanza 2 makes a very personal confession: "in my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood." Stanzas 4 and 5 move from Christ's death to his exaltation at the right hand of God and to his return as "glorious King." Each stanza concludes with an "alleluia" to so great a Savior.
Charles Spurgeon on Christ's Redeeming Work:
In this verse the human race is described as a sick man, whose disease is so far advanced that he is altogether without strength: no power remains in his system to throw off his mortal malady, nor does he desire to do so; he could not save himself from his disease if he would, and would not if he could. ... While man is in this condition Jesus interposes for his salvation. 'When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly'; 'while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,' according to 'his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses and sins.' The pith of my sermon will be an endeavour to declare that the reason of Christ's dying for us did not lie in our excellence; but where sin abounded grace did much more abound, for the persons for whom Jesus died were viewed by him as the reverse of good, and he came into the world to save those who are guilty before God, or, in the words of our text, 'Christ died for the ungodly.'
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