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The Word of Jesus come alive, as no study or meditation could possibly make them, in the fulfillment in the most literal sense of Jesus' promise to see in the suffering face of humanity his suffering face, and in their broken bodies, his. The religion Jesus gave the world is an experience, not a body of ideas or principles. It is in being lived that it lives, as it is in loving that the love which it discloses at the heart of all creation becomes manifest. It is for fools like me, the poor of this world, rather than for the kings.

- Malcolm Muggeridge
from, Jesus


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Early Writings
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An Easter Message
by JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
The Lord gives rest to those who come at the eleventh hour, even as to those who toiled from the beginning. To one and all the Lord gives generously..

Overview of Early Texts
by LEE CANTELON
A chronological summary of early Christian texts from the Gospels to Origin..



Christian Classics
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Jesus
by MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE
Jesus did not come into the world to found a Church but to proclaim a Kingdom - the two being by no means the same thing..

God's Grandeur
by GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
The world is charged with the grandeur of God - the words and life of a geat poet who lived to glorify God..


Biblical Studies
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The Gospel of Luke
by WILLIAM BARCLAY
William Barclay's translation of Luke's gospel, clearly inspired...

The Gift of God
by WILLARD CANTELON
What is the Holy Spirit, other than the breath and energy, the life force of God? The combined witness of the Old and New Testament history confirms this reality. Be full now! This message resonates to us across time. Receive the energy of God..


The Dead Sea Scrolls
by JEREMY LOTT
The Dead Sea Scrolls show that much in the New Testament actually
was part of Judaism...


Current Issues
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Those Eyes by HERBERT ROS
Rembrandt must have researched the life and work and doctrine of Paul very thoroughly to produce such a unique character study of the Apostle..


The Silence that Slays
by STEPHEN BRANSFORD
We should not be surprised to learn that we too, are in a seemingly unending conversion process...

Where Our Little Passions Begin
by STEPHEN BRANSFORD
Mel Gibson’s Passion was good for me. It overwhelmed and quieted me. It was less and more than I expected. What I lost was not worth keeping. What I gained is precious...


A Passion for Missions
by D. W. COVER
The truth of the gospel had been liberally preached among them, and they had done nothing to take it to those who had never heard...


Contemporary Library
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Advocate of Radical Hope
by JACQUES ELLUL
"God's judgement exposes the world's bondage and illusion for what they are, even as God's mercy fashions that new creation which is the ground of radical human hope."

The Jesus Who Was and Is
by FREDERICK BUECHNER
Jesus is the one whom we search for, even when we do not know that we are searching, and hide from, even when we do not know that we are hiding..


The Call of the Heart
by ELIEZER SHORE
The sudden realization that God exists, that life has a purpose beyond the meager values of the self, that there is a Presence in Creation infinitely greater and more profound than anything one had previously imagined, breaks into the consciousness like the ocean. It is a mighty call...


Words Written to Friends
by FRANCIS SCHAEFFER
Francis Schaeffer was a dedicated writer of letters, corresponding with many of the thousands of individuals his life and teaching had impacted. Here are excerpts from a few of these letters, offering an intimate view of a passionate Christian communicator and mind...


"Ultimately, God's call is a personal call, addressing each one of us, who we are, where we are, calling upon our strengths and humanity." - Eliezer Shore

"There are particular moments in the lives of men and in the history of mankind when what is permanently true becomes manifestly, and effectively true. Such a moment in history is reflected in the words of Jesus. The presence of God with men, a truth for all times and places, becomes effective truth. It became such, we must conclude, because of the impact Jesus made; because in his words and actions it was presented with exceptional clarity and exceptional power. Jesus himself pointed to the effects of his work as signs of the coming of the kingdom: If by the finger of God I drive out devils, then be sure the kingdom of God has come upon you." - C. H. Dodd


"Victory is postponed in the Christian revision of the Jewish epic no less than in the Jewish original. Yet because victory is assured, even the poor, even the meek, even the grief-stricken and scorned who in this world must hunger and thirst for justice may count themselves blessed. Theirs, because he made himself one of them, is the kingdom of heaven." - Jack Miles


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