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Biblical Counsel

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The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, depends not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God. . . .
The Whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence, may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of Spirit, or traditions of men. . . . -- The Westminster Confession (1646), Chapter 1, Articles IV and VI

O ye saints, how you should love the Word, for by this you have been converted. . . . Tie it about your neck, write it upon your hand, lay it in your bosom. When you go let it lead you, when you sleep let it keep you, when you wake let it talk with you. (Proverbs 6:21-22) You that are unconverted, read the Word with diligence; flock to where it is powerfully preached. Pray for the coming of the Spirit in the Word. Come from your knees to the sermon, and come from the sermon to your knees. -- Joseph Alleine



Contents: Chapter 2, "Biblical Counsel" (parts 1, and 2), interactive

Part 1

Contents

READY REFERENCE: IMMEDIATE COUNSEL ON MANY SUBJECTS
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE MORAL LAW
Bible Promises
TOPICAL LISTINGS OF SCRIPTURE USEFUL IN COUNSELING
Proverbs, Topical Listings
Scripture Memory Systems
TRAINING IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING
Christ and Counseling
The Sermon on the Mount
The Parables of Christ
The Teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ
Evangelism
The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)
Repentance the Key to Salvation and Change
Adoption Into God's Family, God's Family
Recovery of the True, God-centered Gospel
Biblical Applications in Evangelism
Evangelistic Sermons
Gospel Tracts and Witnessing Tools
Testimony
Hard-case Witnessing
Follow-up of Inquirers
Assurance and Perseverance of the Saints
APOLOGETICS
CREEDS, CONFESSIONS and CATECHISMS
BIBLICAL COUNSELING
The Wisdom Books
  • Ecclesiastes
  • James General Works on Biblical Counseling
    Pastoral Counseling
    Preaching and Pastoral Counseling
    Medical Aspects of Pastoral Counseling
    Referral in Pastoral Counseling
    Chapter 2 (part 1) Related WebLinks

    Part 2

    For all Counselors
    Peer Counseling
    Questions and Answers
    Audio Cassette Tapes on Counseling Subjects
    Legal Aspects of Counseling
    BIBLICAL COUNSEL BY SUBJECT

    Homework for Counselees
    Biblical Counseling Tracts
    Case Studies
    Correspondence Containing Biblical Counsel
    Chapter 2 (part 2) Related WebLinks

    Combined Interactive Contents for The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://www.lettermen2.com/combtoc.html




    Chapter 2 (part 1)
    Biblical Counsel


    READY REFERENCE:
    IMMEDIATE COUNSEL ON MANY SUBJECTS

    To worship God, sing the Psalms. See The Scottish Prose Psalter.

    To pray to God, pray the Psalms.

    For wisdom in getting along with others, read Proverbs.

    Turn to the Gospel of John, chapters 14 through 16, for comfort in time of crisis or distress.

    If someone you are helping, or if you yourself are in a crisis situation, or have been through a traumatic experience, then, if you know Christ, immediately get alone with Him in prayer using Psalms as your guide, because ultimately Christ is our only source of help (Psalm 34:4, Psalm 56:9, Psalm 106:10, Romans 8:38,39, James 4:7, Hebrews 13:5). Pursue Him in prayer, call upon Him for help and deliverance, and seek Him "until there is a transaction." Then, trusting the Lord for deliverance, with your mind staid on Him, it may be helpful for the troubled person to be with others. If Christian fellowship is not available, then simply being in a public place may bring comfort.

    Open Directory Project, Christian Counseling (some offer phone counseling)
    http://dmoz.org/Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Christianity/Christian_Living/Christian_Counseling/

    Open Directory Project, Christian Counseling Online
    http://dmoz.org/Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Christianity/Christian_Living/Christian_Counseling/Online/

    In all times of danger from men our wisest course is to fly to the Lord our helper. He has ways and means for delivering us which we know not of. He can either turn our enemies into friends, or else so check all their efforts that they shall do us no real injury. Blessed are those men whose trust in the Lord never wavers. -- C.H. Spurgeon, commenting on Psalm 124 and Genesus 31:36-44 in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 45

    *Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, 202 pages, ISBN: 1889032468 9781889032467.
    "THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING is designed to afford Christian counselors quick reference as well as comprehensive access to the chief principles and practices of biblical counseling. It is called an 'encyclopedia' because a counselor interested in surveying the gamut of those principles and practices will find in this volume a wider variety of subjects than may be located in any other book of biblical counseling. The counseling described here is truly 'Christian' with method and content firmly rooted in careful biblical exegesis. At the same time it is 'practical' because articles consist not merely of definitions and descriptions, but also of application of the material useful to Christian counselors. Although not necessarily the only way these biblical principles can be applied, they are the fruit of years of study and experience in biblical counseling. In short, the book is designed as an aid to the working counselor who needs a quick reference guide. We trust that God will use it to His glory and to the blessing of His people." -- Preface

    *Smith, Jerome H. (editor), The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, revised and expanded (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997, 1992, 1836), 1664 pages, ISBN: 0785212272.
    "For over 150 years, the TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE has given Bible students the most complete collection anywhere of cross references -- far more than any concordance or reference Bible. Now this updated classic is so much easier to use. The entries, arranged verse by verse, offer cross references to related verses, topics, themes, and important words, so you can discover just what the Bible says about itself. This new edition contains over 100,000 new references, hundreds of corrections, seven new indexes, a handy symbol system, and a helpful `how to use the book' section. And it's completely retypeset in modern type for readability! 1664 pages . . ." -- CBD
    "The one book, aside from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies. I am grateful to Thomas Nelson for publishing this expanded edition." -- John MacArthur
    Includes bibliography, subject index, topic number index, Proverbs index, name index, figure of speech index, and other indexes. See the index to Proverbs.
    Also available in digital format.
    Smith, Jerome H., New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Logos Bible Software (LLS)
    "Edited by Jerome H. Smith - An incredible 1-volume Bible reference library, this comprehensive update of the original TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE is a unique resource for Bible study, teaching, or preaching. This edition contains nearly 100,000 new cross-references, additional key words, a new system of symbols, and many other improvements. This is the most comprehensive collection of time-saving and insightful cross-references ever published! Dozens of special study aids help you develop powerful lessons or sermons -- straight from the Bible itself! Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. says: 'The one book, apart from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies'."

    *The Holy Bible, Authorized King James Version (various publishers and various editions). 20000 [10081, 10083, 10085, 10089, 10091, 10092]
    Turn to the book of Psalms for immediate guidance on worship and prayer. Turn to the book of Proverbs for immediate wisdom on how to get along with others. Turn to the THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, new and enlarged, to find verses on specific counseling subjects. Turn to THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE to learn how the Bible comments on those verses. Turn to the Gospel of John, chapters 14 through 16, for comfort in time of crisis or distress.
    Nave's Topical Bible
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/
    Crosswalk Bible Study Tools
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/

    *The Reformation Study Bible: The Word That Changes Lives -- the Faith That Changed The World, New King James Version (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, March 2001). Previous published under the title New Geneva Study Bible: Bringing the Light of the Reformation to Scripture (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995).
    "The NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE offers a restatement of Reformation truth for Christians today. The first Geneva Bible was a pivotal force in the Reformation. Using the everyday language of its time, it opened the pages of Scripture to readers and provided helpful notes to assist them in understanding its message. It became the family Bible of the English people, and was the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to the New World. Since that time a multitude of English translations and study Bibles have appeared, but none of these has incorporated a summary of Reformed theology." -- Thomas Nelson Publishers
    Also available in digital format from Logos Bible Software.
    A Review of The Reformation Study Bible
    http://www.lettermen2.com/geneva.html
    Readers of THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE should also be familiar with The Westminster Family of Documents, the doctrine of the Mediatorial Dominion of Jesus Christ, and the literature of the Covenanted Reformation.
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    The Covenanted Reformation of Scotland Short Title Listing
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.html#crsstl
    Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
    http://www.covenantedreformation.com/EssaysCR/RP%20Catechism/RP%20Index.html

    *Nave, Orville, and Edward Viening (revised and compiled) The New Nave's Topical Bible, new and enlarged (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), 1114 pages, ISBN: 0310337100 9780310337102.
    NAVE'S is a way of finding what the Bible teaches on any subject. Unlike a concordance it has the verses printed right within the book.
    Formerly THE ZONDERVAN TOPICAL BIBLE. Edward Viening was responsible for the compilation and revision of this 1969 work. This revised edition has 21,000 subject-heads rather than 20,000, but does not have the extensive Scripture references which still appear only in the Hendrickson edition. Nearly 6500 listings with more than 100,000 Scripture references and 1114 pages. Very useful in counseling also. A Christian classic.
    Dr. D. James Kennedy says he has used it for 30 years and considers it an indispensable aid. Billy Graham has said he uses it more than any other book except the Bible in the preparation of his sermons. A Christian classic.
    Nave's Topical Bible
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/

    *Spurgeon, C.H., The Treasury of David, 3 volumes (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers), ISBN: 0917006259. A Christian classic.
    "The most important and practical work of the ages on the Psalter." -- Dr. Philip Schaff
    "Spurgeon's own exposition appears under each verse; after that you'll find `explanatory notes and quaint sayings' (illuminating quotes from Spurgeon's contemporaries as well as from the great Puritan expositors of the 17th and 18th centuries). Each Psalm closes with a short section of `Hints to Preachers'." -- CBD
    The Treasury of David
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm

    *Thompson, Frank Charles (editor) and Kirkbride Bible and Technology (other contributor), Thompson Chain Reference Bible, KJV, 5th edition, improved, leather bound (Kirkbride Bible Company, December 2005), some editions include a CD-ROM, language: English, French, and Spanish. Many editions and bindings are available.
    "Dr. Frank C. Thompson, D.D., Ph.D., invested more than forty years in compiling and developing the remarkable Chain-Reference system that is the heart of the Bible that now bears his name." -- Publisher's Annotation
    This is a huge body of work: the fully cross-referenced Bible, 1619 pages, plus Bible helps, 788 pages, for a total of 2417 pages. It may be used profitably in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (1680 pages), THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE) (2220 pages), THE GENEVA BIBLE (648 pages), THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION (1631 pages), and THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE (1114 pages).
    "The topics from the TOPICAL BIBLE can easily be found in the General Index of the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. In the General Index are found the chain-reference numbers that will guide the user into the biblical context for many of the topics. The many additional resources in the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE . . . will greatly supplement any topical study." -- Introduction to the TOPICAL BIBLE
    We feel that both THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION, 5TH EDITION, and the THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION has a part in every reference library, particularly the libraries of Biblical Counselors.
    Remember the Thompson Chain-Reference System was developed for the Authorized King James Version. It is also available in New American Standard, New King James, and the New International versions.
    "A THOMPSON STUDY BIBLE will help you in ways other Bibles can't. It's the unique Chain-Reference System that allows you to follow any subject, person, place or idea, from the front of your Bible to the end. THOMPSON users say it's the best way to study your Bible. No other Bible has this superb, patented, Thompson Chain Reference System developed by Dr. Frank C. Thompson in 1890. Since that time, thousands of additional topics and links have been added. The AKJV 4th edition has been out-of-print since 1988. The 5th edition began printing in 1988. The only way to find a 4th edition would be in the secondary market. . . ' -- Publisher's Annotation
    "Some Thompson Bible Features [from among 75 additional study features]:

    "The text is set in two columns for ease of reading. Cross-references are to the left and right of the respective columns immediately adjacent to the related verse. TCR cross-references are by subject. Each cross-reference contains a TCR Index number, the TCR subject, and the next Bible verse in the 'chain' for that subject. For example, if you were studying the gospel of 'John' at John 1:9 the TCR cross-reference reads '2168 Christ the Light, 8:12.' Thus the TCR index number is '2168,' the subject is 'Christ the Light,' and the next verse in the 'chain' is John 8:12. Going to John 8:12 you would find '2168 Christ the Light, 12:35' and so on to the end of the 'chain'. What makes this different than most other study Bibles is the 'TCR Numeric Index.' Looking up TCR Index number 2168 we find ALL references to subject 'Christ the Light' in order from Genesis to Revelation. You can also do a lookup using the subject. For example, say you are asked a question by an un-believer, 'Why was Jesus Christ called 'the Light of the world' and what does it mean?' First you would look up the subject 'Christ' or 'Jesus' in the 'TCR Alphabetic Index.' For example, in section 'C,' we find 'Christ,' under the 'Christ' entry we find 'Light, the . . . 2168.' Now we can look in the 'TCR Numeric Index' for the '2168' entry. Here we find the 'chain' of all relevant verses for further study. Why is this better than a 'Strong's' search? Using the latest 'Strongest Strong's ...' under word 'light' we find 288 entries. The 'Strong's' search is less efficient because many of the 288 entries are not relevant to the subject in question. The full compliment of TCR Bible helps consists of the cross-references (100,000 entries), 'Alphabetic Index (8,000 entries)', 'Numerical Index (4,200 entries),' 'Outline Studies,' 'Bible Character Studies,' 'Bible Harmonies,' 'Archaeological Supplement,' 'Hebrew Calendar,' 'Concordance,' and 'Bible Maps.' At $36 you can not go wrong. If I could have only one study Bible, this would be it." -- Reader's Comment
    Warning: Many editions and bindings are available, including CD-ROM software Bible research packages, and Palm or PocketPC devices. The website for Thompson Bibles is the best source of complete descriptions of the various editions.
    "The 5th edition is the 4th edition expanded, and has everything the 4th had, plus more. While Kirkbride is always in production printing the Bibles with the current year's date, it is still the 1988 5th edition [this 5th edition was the last edition of THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE, anything published in 1988 or later is the 5th edition. -- sk]." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Both the buyer and the seller can become confused about various editions because Kirkbride Bible Company apparently has never printed the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) in the various editions and printings. Buyers will want to confirm the edition, version, and publisher with the seller.
    There are numerous reader's comments about poor quality of paper, binding, and typography of TCR Bibles not printed by Kirkbride, so be sure to carefully inspect any non-Kirkbride edition before purchasing it.
    Thompson apparently was a Methodist pastor. The first edition of 1908 was "published by Methodists Book Concern of Dobbs Ferry, New York." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Thompson, Frank Charles (author), Paul M. Hillman (editor), John Stephen Jauchen (editor) The Thompson Exhaustive Topical Bible: King James Version (Indianapolis, IN: Kirkbride Bible Company, Inc., 1997). Hardcover, 1631 pages.
    This is a topical Bible compiled from the Thompson Chain-Reference System.
    "NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE was edited into a Study Bible format shortly after the appearance of the original THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. It is fitting for Thompson's Study Bible to be reformatted into a reference book. And where there is room in the marketplace and on every serious student's bookshelf for more than one Bible translation, so there is room for more than one Topical Bible -- and great value in the use of both Nave's and Thompson's work. . . ." -- John R. Kohlenbertger III, from the Foreword
    "Now, the detailed and comprehensive topical and subject data that forms the heart of the unparalleled Thompson Chain-Reference system is offered in this -- the most exhaustive topical Bible currently available! Combining to make THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE unique are features which include:

    "No other topical Bible can offer you the comprehensive collection of features or the exhaustive topical thoroughness of this exceptional Bible reference tool -- because there can only be one . . .THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE." -- Publisher's Annotation
    It may be used profitably in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (1680 pages), THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE) (2220 pages), THE GENEVA BIBLE (648 pages), THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION (1631 pages), and THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE (1114 pages).
    "The topics from the TOPICAL BIBLE can easily be found in the General Index of the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. In the General Index are found the chain-reference numbers that will guide the user into the biblical context for many of the topics. The many additional resources in the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE . . . will greatly supplement any topical study." -- Introduction to the TOPICAL BIBLE

    *Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House, 1996, 1962). ISBN: 0310281318.
    "A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises - sk] that are found in Scripture." -- Synopsis
    "Lockyers in-depth look at the scope of Gods promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand Gods promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
    "Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorates in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Thomas Nelson Publishers, Precious Bible Promises (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983), 367 pages, ISBN: 0840753543 9780840753540.
    Some of the 37,000 promises from the Word of God arranged by theme. Convenient for use in counseling. Good when you need help fast. Text is the New King James Version, pocket size.

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
    " 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
    This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

    1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
    2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
    3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
    6. The National Covenant,
    7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
    8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678,
    9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
    10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
    11. The Directory for Family Worship.
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
    The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
    http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
    Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
    http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
    For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
    Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

    *Bordwine, James E., A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1991), ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    One way to be strengthened and encouraged in times of trouble, discouragement, and depressions is to read pure doctrine to remind oneself of what is in fact true.
    "In this volume are the complete texts of the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) (both the original and American versions) and the LARGER CATECHISM, together with Scripture proofs and a unique topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism. A GUIDE TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS will be a great help in understanding the Bible and its most complete summaries, the Westminster Standards." -- Publisher's Annotation.
    A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism, James Bordwine
    Includes a unique, 100 page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
    http://www.thornwellhall.org/GuideFrame1Source1.htm

    Pulaski, Adam, Biblical Counseling Manual: A Self Help Counseling Program Guide, ISBN: 1412038790 9781412038799
    http://www.ecoin.net/bcbook/
    Biblical Counseling On-line Workshop
    http://www.immanuels.org/bc/bc_home.htmy

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Devotional Bible (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1975, 1974, 1964) and Spurgeon's Devotional Bible: Selected Passages From the Word of God With Running Comments, ISBN: 0852343434 0852340583 9780852340585 (paperback), (Evangelical Press, February 1996). Other title: THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON'S MORNING AND EVENING DEVOTIONS FROM THE BIBLE.
    "For anyone who wants to restore daily devotions on an individual or family basis, SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is the perfect answer. One can read through this book in a year when morning and evening devotions are maintained. . . .
    "The gist of the entire Bible is found between the covers of this book. . . . some verses [and chapters] were omitted in whole or in part, but they are always summarized in such a way that the narrative or teaching remains clear. The emphasis is always on Scripture . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
    C.H. Spurgeon wrote, among other things:

    Commenting on typology is a way to convince piers of the reality and immediacy of the Gospel. The concise, succinct, erudite comments point again and again to parallels in Scripture to the life and work of Christ. For example, see the comments on the life of Joseph, on the first Passover, and on God's provision of manna for Israel in the wilderness.
    This work, by a modern Puritan, is preeminently practical. Spurgeon emphasizes application of Scripture to everyday life. Key verses appear at the top of each page.
    Spurgeon's discerning mind has captured essential and profound lessons. He brings together Old and New Testament passages with similar lessons. Here is little known insight that should not be ignored or overlooked.
    The Bible is full of wisdom on human behavior, real psychology, and Spurgeon points out these lessons everywhere.
    The text is the Authorized King James Version.
    A footnote at the bottom of page 643 (Baker Book House edition) states "In this reading the first five notes are from Lange's Commentary. All through the work we have gathered from every available source." Looking at other works by Spurgeon, for example, THE TREASURY OF DAVID, and knowing that he had a huge library, it could be expected he selected freely from the works of other authors. Poetry has been added after the Bible selection and notes. It would appear the notes and poetry have not been documented for practical purposes, to make the book seamless and uncluttered. It is a drawback, however, to not know which notes and poetry was from Spurgeon's pen and which he selected from other authors.
    Pilgrim Publications
    Sells new copies of SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE.
    http://www.pilgrimpublications.com/
    Power BibleCD
    Includes SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE. This is the only e-text of the work that we know of.
    http://www.powerbible.com/

    See also: The promises of Christ, Appendix a: the words of Christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Christ in you, Bible promises, Crisis counseling, The local church and counseling, Topical listings of scripture

    Related WebLinks

    The Gideons International, Bible Helps
    Includes: "Where to Find Help When," "Teachings About Some of Life's Problems," "Christian Virtues and Character," and so forth.
    http://www.gideons.org/

    Biblical Counseling On-line Workshop
    http://www.immanuels.org/bc/bc_home.htmy



    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE MORAL LAW

    GOD spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

    I. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
    II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
    III. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his Name in vain.
    IV. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in the six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
    V. Honor thy father and thy mother: that they days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
    VI. Thou shalt not kill.
    VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
    VIII. Thou shalt not steal.
    IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor.
    X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's. (Exodus 20:3-17) -- Lord God Almighty (Revelation 15:3), The Truth (John 14:6), The Word of Life (1 John 1:1), Governor (Matthew 2:6), The Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8)

    See the Theological Notes, "The Law of God," at Exodus 20:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Three Purposes of the Law" at Deuteronomy 13:10 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Wisdom and Will of God," at Daniel 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Antinomianism," at 1 John 3:7 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:38-40)

    Great and marvellous are thy works,
    Lord God Almighty;
    just and true are thy ways,
    thou King of saints.
    Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?
    for though only art holy:
    for all the nations shall come and worship before thee;
    for thy judgments are made manifest.
    (Revelation 15:3b,4)

    "At Sinai the Lord gave his people a religious and national constitution that would provide permanent guidelines for the moral, physical, and spiritual well-being of his people. The directives given pointed to the uniqueness and transparency of their divine Author." -- John Reid, commenting on Psalm 111

    Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
    But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
    Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
    For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
    Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
    Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
    To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
    Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
    Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
    (Romans 3:20-28)

    Jesus will describe these people as "you who practice lawlessness." . . . . He has already told us why. All of these extraordinary and wonderful works done in the name of Jesus are lawlessness, because they are done for the purpose of obtaining salvation. These works are lawlessness because they involve an illegal use of the law. The law, Paul tells us, is given for the knowledge of sin. It is not given that we sinners might use it to gain entrance into Heaven. Conviction of sin, not salvation, is the purpose of the law. Legalism, because it is an illegal use of the law, is lawlessness. "But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully," Paul told Timothy. But using the law in an effort to obtain Heaven is not lawful; it is an illegal use of the law; it is lawlessness. -- John W. Robbins in a sermon on Matthew 7:21-23, "Justification and Judgment"

    The Ten Commandments not only safeguard the right of private property, but are also additional evidence that the right is divenly ordained. -- C. Gregg Singer, "Calvinism and Economic Thought and Practice" in John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits, p. 46

    Modern civil law foresees only civil enforcement. Biblical law requires civil enforcement and declares the certainty of ultimate divine judgment in history for failure to enforce His Laws [Isaiah 17:14; Jeremiah 17:11]. Biblical criminal law is thus essentially religious law, and it has in mind two courts, the God-ordained courts of the social order, and the Supreme Court of Almighty God.
    Ehrlich's comment is to the point:

    It is difficult to compare Biblical sins with statutory crimes since in the former all are based on moral and spiritual values whereas in the latter only that is a crime which fits into the structure of the statute sought to be enforced. (J.W. Ehrlich, The Holy Bible and The Law, p. 92.)
    Precisely. Biblical law is the word of God; it therefore represents an ultimate order which is written into the texture of all creation and into the heart of man. Hence, a jury system is valid in terms of Biblical law, since the decision is in terms of a fundamental law which all men know, whether they acknowledge it or not. Civil statutes represent only the will of the state, not an objective and absolute moral order. Statutory law creates lawlessness, because society is then no longer governed by an absolute standard of justice but rather by the fiat will of the state. Like fiat money, fiat law lacks substance, and it quickly destroys itself, and all who rely on it. It is a form of fraud, and a major form. -- Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, pp. 498-499.

    But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. (1 Timothy 1:8-11)
    One of the besetting sins of mankind is to use the law to oppress and steal from his fellowman. Frederic Bastiat unfolds this sin in, The Law.

    Thus, what is clearly condemned by the Tenth Commandment is every attempt to gain by fraud, coercion, or deceit that which belongs to our neighbor. On this principle, alienation of affection suits [akin to marrying for money] were once a part of the law of the land. Their abuse by a lawless age led to their abolition, but the principle is sound. A person who works systematically to alienate the affections of a husband or wife in order to gain him or her for himself, sometimes together with his monetary assets, is guilty of violating this law.
    This law thus forbids the expropriation by fraud or deceit of that which belongs to our neighbor. The Tenth Commandment therefore does sum up commandments six through nine and gives them an additional perspective. [emphasis added. Notice that one through four prohibit taking from God the glory, honor, and praise that is his due, yet very few attain to this type of obedience.] The other commandments deal with obviously illegal acts, i.e., clear-cut violations of law. The Tenth Commandment can be broken within these laws. To cite a Biblical example. David committed adultery with Bathsheba, a clearly illegal act. His subsequent acts were technically within the law: Uriah was put in the forefront of the battle and orders were so issued as to insure Uriah's death in battle. It was not technically murder, but it was clearly a conspiracy to kill, with David and Joab both guilty of murder.
    Thus, a variety of laws in Western civilization are based on this principle of the fraudulent use of the law to defraud or to harm. Many of these laws legislate against the conspiracy aspect of fraud. They legislate against the covetous seizure of our neighbor's possessions by evil through sometimes legal means. The law against dishonest gain is thus a very important one, and the Tenth Commandment, instead of being a vague appendage to the law, is basic to it.
    This law against dishonest gain is directed by God, not merely to the individual, but to the state and all institutions [including corporations, foundations, organizations, secret societies, churches, para-church organizations, and etc.]. The state can be and often is as guilty as are any individuals, and the state is often used as the legal means whereby others are defrauded of their possessions. The law against evil covetousness is thus an especially needed one in the 20th century. -- Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, pp. 634-635

    You can not break the Law of God, you can only be broken by it. -- Anonymous

    The difference between God's law and man's laws? God enforces his law. Man is unable to enforce his laws.

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Commandments," "Morality," and so forth, and so on.

    Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Saint and the Law

    Dent, Harry and Betty Dent, Right vs. Wrong: Solutions to the American Nightmare, ISBN: 0840734387 9780840734389.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
    "Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
    "Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
    "The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
    Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
    Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
    Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
    "Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
    "The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
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    "The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
    It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Nelson's Ultimate Bible Reference Library, Logos Library System format (LLS) (CD-ROM)
    This library systems includes CALVIN'S INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, THE HOLY BIBLE KING JAMES VERSION, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS, WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM, WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY, NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and other classic Bible study aids. THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE (Other title: THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE,) in LLS format, may be added to this library. Therefore, all the above works may be used in combination with each other in Bible study.
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    Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
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    Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) (LLS)
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    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
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    Calvin's Commentaries (online)
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    One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
    From Ages Software. Includes both the Battles and the Beveridge translation of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, and other works by Calvin.
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    Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

    Davidman, Joy, Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1971), ISBN: 066424680X.
    "The wife of C.S. Lewis interprets the Ten Commandments and passes on observations she has made concerning those who have attempted to order their lives according to the Decalogue." -- Cyril J. Barber

    DOD, JOHN (1549-1645), and THOMAS CLEAVER (born 1562), Plaine and Familiar Exposition of the Ten Commandments, 1603. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #16. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #12.
    This work went through nineteen editions in thirty-two years.

    DURHAM, JAMES (1622-1658), Jenkyn, William (1613-1685), and John Owen (1616-1683), The Law Unsealed; or, a Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments. With a Resolution of Several Momentous Questions and Cases of Conscience, 422 pages. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #32. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Three, CD #13.
    (See p. 228, Scots Worthies for sermons.) "Durham, a Scottish Covenanter, was known as a 'very candid and searching preacher,' who in an instant was 'in the inmost corners of your bosom,' though with the utmost 'caution and meekness, without giving any of his hearers the smallest ground to fret and repine at his freedom in dealing with them'" (Carstairs cited in the Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 266). John Owen, in his letter introducing the reader to this volume, writes, 'In the whole a full testimony is given, not only against the profligate lives of many, called Christians, but that barren careless profession also, which too many satisfy themselves withal, who pretend more unto the truth and power of religion. And as those who are sincere in their obedience may, in the examination of themselves, by the rules here laid down, discern the decays which possibly they have fallen under in this hour of temptation, which is come on the face of the earth, to try them that dwell therein, so also may they be directed in their Christian course unto the glory of God, and the comfort of their own souls.' Durham's lectures deal with each commandment in order and the volume contains 'An Alphabetical Table of the Principal Matters Handled in the Whole Book;' making it eminently practical, and a very useful aid to the study of God's holy, just, good and spiritual law (Rom. 7:12)." -- SWRB

    FISHER, EDWARD, Marrow of Modern Divinity, a limited edition (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books), ISBN: 0585074550 9780585074559. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A controversial and detailed book on covenant theology. Distinguishes the Covenant of Works from the Covenant of Grace, and embraces ideas of theonomic thought, and expounds the Ten Commandments as well." -- GCB

    Harmar, John (1555?-1613), Sermons of M. Iohn Caluin, vpon the x. Commandements of the Lawe, giuen of God by Moses, otherwise called the Decalogue (Imprinted at London: By Thomas Dawson for Iohn Harison, 1581)

    *HOPKINS, EZEKIEL, An Exposition of the Ten Commandments, revised edition (New York, NY: American Tract Society). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #30.
    "A brilliantly written treatise by a leading Puritan writer. Long out of print, it should be purchased if found."

    Huffman, John A., Jr., Liberating Limits: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1980), ISBN: 0849928923 9780849928925.
    "Not since Joy Davidman's SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN has a work as interesting and relevant as this one been published. Huffman treats the Decalogue as the sage counsel of God the Father to His children to protect them from their own destructive tendencies." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Kevan, Ernest F., Moral Law (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875522998 9780875522999.

    Klaus, Sandra, Ten to Grow On: Teaching the Ten Commandments to Today's Children (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0310540615 9780310540618.
    "For ages 8-12. Introduction to each commandment, modern-day story which illustrates the commandment, discussion questions, memory verse activities, song suggestions, classroom activities, and reproducible puzzles." -- GCB

    McNair, Mac. and Amy McNair, Ten Principles for a Successful Marriage: Practical Lessons From the Ten Commandments, ISBN: 1581820224 9781581820225.

    "Nearly everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments, and most people can even name a few of them. Through fifty-five years of marriage Mac and Amy McNair have drawn from them the following guidelines for living together:

    "A simply written, deeply personal look at marriage, TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE is a recounting of the principles that have guided the authors in their own marriage. While at first these insights may seem like simple common courtesy and common sense, the McNairs have found a great deal of profundity in this very simplicity. Inspired by the Ten Commandments, TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE is an intensely practical, time-tested guide to happy, successful living that could be applied to other areas of life as well.
    "Mac McNair is a former career Air Force officer, professor at North Carolina State University, and director of aerospace programs at the Pentagon. Currently president of McNair Associates, a management consulting firm, he also is chairman of the Executive Leadership Foundation, which seeks to apply Judeo-Christian ethics in business and society. He also is co-author of the leadership development program for the U.S. Attorney General's office. Amy McNair, a homemaker, teaches classes with Mac on the principles of successful marriage. They live near Atlanta, Georgia." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Executive Leadership Foundation
    http://www.commandmentsonline.com/

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Christ and the 10 Commandments; Harmony in Home Through the 5th Commandment (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    Audio cassette CM106.

    Packer, J.I., The Ten Commandments, ISBN: 0842370048 9780842370042.

    Perkins, William (1558-1602), The whole duty of man, containing a practical table of the Ten commandments wherein the sins forbidden, and the duties commanded, or implied are clearly discovered / by famous Mr. Will. Perkins, 1674

    *Pink, Arthur W., The Law and the Saint (Swengel, PA: Reiner Publications), ISBN: 058503513X 9780585035130.
    "This 37-page booklet takes the position that the Ten Commandments are an expression of the unchanging character and will of God and are binding upon every Christian." -- CBD
    The Law and the Saint by Arthur Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/law/law.htm

    Plumer, William S. (1802-1880), The Law of God as Contained in the Ten Commandments, Explained and Enforced (Grace Abounding Ministries). ISBN: 0873771877.

    Preston, John (1587-1628), Foure godly and learned treatises. Intituled, I. A remedy against covetousnesse. II. An elegant and lively description of spirituall death and life. III. The doctrine of selfe-deniall. IV. Vpon the sacrament of the Lords Supper. Delivered in sundry sermons, by that late famous preacher, and worthy instrument of Gods glory, Iohn Preston, Doctor of Divinitie, chaplaine in ordinarie to his Majestie; master of Emanuel Colledge, and sometime preacher of Lincolnes Inne, 1633. EEBO.

    Preston, John, Hovv to mortifie covetousnesse (London: I. Beale, for Andrew Crooke ..., 1633).

    Price, Greg, The Extent of God's Law, Antichrist, Beastly Civil Governments, the Family, Christian Education, Contentment and the Eight Commandment (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books), 1 audio cassette.
    "An amazing unfolding of the eighth commandment, as well as the rest of the decalogue, which includes numerous specific applications to various areas of thought and life (most relevant to the contemporary Christian). Price explains how to avoid the extremes of legalism and antinomianism, while expounding the classic Reformed view of the law as it applies to the individual, family, church and state." -- SWRB

    *Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), Institutes of Biblical Law, 3 volumes (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books), ISBN: 1879998130.
    Volume 1, INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW, 890 pages, ISBN-10: 0875524109.
    "A monumental volume . . . Deeply explores the meaning and application of the Ten Commandments for today in civil government, social ethics, and personal conduct." -- GCB
    "Many consider this to be the author's most important work. With indices. -- Publisher's Annotation
    Volume 2, LAW AND SOCIETY, 752 pages, ISBN-10: 1879998238.
    "The relationship of Biblical Law to communion and community, the sociology of the Sabbath, the family and inheritance, and much more are covered in the second volume. Contains an appendix by Herbert Titus. With indices." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Volume 3, THE INTENT OF THE LAW, 252 pages, ISBN-10: 1879998130.
    " 'God's law is much more than a legal code; it is a covenantal law. It establishes a personal relationship between God and man.' The first section summarizes the case laws. The author tenderly illustrates how the law is for our good, and makes clear the difference between the sacrificial laws and those that apply today. The second section vividly shows the practical implications of the law. The examples catch the reader's attention; the author clearly has had much experience discussing God's law. The third section shows that would-be challengers to God's law produce only poison and death. Only God's law can claim to express God's 'covenant grace in helping us'. With indices." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Theft: Commentary and Cases of Conscience. A Listing Excerpted From THE INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW by Rousas John Rushdoony, 1973 edition
    http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html

    *RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL (1600?-1661), A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience, 1649 edition (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1997). Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9, #25, and #26, ISBN: 0921148836 9780921148838. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #21.
    "Rutherford's FREE DISPUTATION, though scarce, is still one of his most important works with maybe only a few copies of the actual book left in existence. Though Rutherford is affectionately remembered in our day for his LETTERS, or for laying the foundations of constitutional government (against the divine right of kings) in his unsurpassed LEX, REX his FREE DISPUTATION should not be overlooked for it contains the same searing insights as LEX, REX. In fact, this book should probably be known as Rutherford's 'politically incorrect' companion volume to LEX, REX. A sort of sequel aimed at driving pluralists and antinomians insane. Written against 'the Belgick Arminians, Socinians, and other Authors contending for lawlesse liberty, or licentious Tolerations of Sects and Heresies,' Rutherford explains the undiluted Biblical solution to moral relativism, especially as it is expressed in ecclesiastical and civil pluralism! (Corporate pluralism being a violation of the first commandment and an affront to the holy God of Scripture). He also deals with conscience, toleration, penology (punishment), and the judicial laws, as related to both the civil and ecclesiastical realms. Excellent sections are also included which address questions related to determining the fundamentals of religion, how covenants bind us, the perpetual obligation of social covenants (with direct application to the Solemn League and Covenant and the covenant-breaking of Cromwell and his sectarian supporters), whether the punishing of seducing teachers be persecution of conscience, and much more. Walker adds these comments and context regarding Rutherford's FREE DISPUTATION, 'The principle of toleration was beginning to be broached in England, and in a modified shape to find acceptance there. Samuel Rutherford was alarmed, or rather, I should say, he was horrified, for he neither feared the face of man or argument. He rushed to the rescue of the good old view . . . It is not so easy to find a theoretical ground for toleration; and Rutherford has many plausible things to say against it. With the most perfect confidence, he argues that it is alike against Scripture and common sense that you should have two religions side by side. It is outrageous ecclesiastically, it is sinful civilly. He does not, however, take what I call the essentially persecuting ground. He does not hold that the magistrate is to punish religion as religion. Nay, he strongly maintains that the civil magistrate never aims at the conscience. The magistrate, he urges, does not send anyone, whether a heretic (who is a soul murderer -- RB) or a murderer, to the scaffold with the idea of producing conversion or other spiritual result, but to strengthen the foundations of civil order. But if he gives so much power to the king, he is no lover of despotism withal: the king himself must be under law. To vindicate this great doctrine is the object of another book, the celebrated LEX, REX; of which it has been said by one competent to judge, that it first clearly developed the constitutionalism which all men now accept' (Theology and Theologians . . ., pp. 11-12). In our day Francis Schaeffer, and numerous others, have critiqued many of the problems found in modern society, but most have spent little time developing explicitly Biblical solutions especially regarding the theoretical foundations that Rutherford addresses here. Rutherford's FREE DISPUTATION provides a detailed blueprint for laying the foundations that must be laid before any lasting, God-honoring solutions will be found. Furthermore, Rutherford and his writings were the enemies of all governments not covenanted with Christ. This book will give you a very clear picture as to why 'the beast' (civil and ecclesiastical) has reserved his special hatred for such teaching. As Samuel Wylie noted '[t]he dispute, then, will not turn upon the point whether religion should be civilly established . . . but it is concerning what religion ought to be civilly established and protected, -- whether the religion of Jesus alone should be countenanced by civil authority, or every blasphemous, heretical, and idolatrous abomination which the subtle malignity of the old serpent and a heart deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, can frame and devise, should be put on an equal footing therewith" (The Two Sons of Oil; or, the Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis, softcover). Can our generation swallow Rutherford's hard, anti-pluralistic, Covenanter medicine, poured forth from the bottle of the first commandment, without choking on their carnal dreams of a free and righteous society divorced from God (and His absolute claims upon everyone and everything)? Not without the enabling power of the Holy Spirit -- that is for sure! In summary, this book answers all the hardest questions theonomists (and their wisest and best opponents) have been asking for the last 20-30 years (and these answers are much more in depth than any we have seen in the last couple of millennia [less about a century to account for the apostles]). As the reader will discover, Rutherford was a wealthy man when it came to wisdom (and much advanced theologically), and those who take the time to gaze into the King's treasure house, as exhibited in this book, will find that they are greatly rewarded. Furthermore, because of its uncompromising stand upon the Word of God, this book is sure to be unpopular among a wicked and adulterous generation. However, on the other hand, it is sure to be popular among the covenanted servants of King Jesus! This is one of the best books (in the top five anyway) for advanced study of the Christian faith. We have now obtained an easy-to-read, amazingly clear copy of this very rare, old treasure. Great price too, considering that a copy of the 1649 edition, containing this quality of print, would likely cost upwards of $1000 on the rare book market -- though it is unlikely you would ever see a copy for sale!" -- SWRB
    The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
    http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

    Tod, Walter, The Obligation of Civil Rulers to Establish the Means of Religious Knowledge and Instruction; Deduced From the Universal Moral Government of God (Edinburgh: John Anderson, 1836), 120 pages.
    "Tod preaches on Romans 13:1, 'The powers that be are ordained of God.' He argues that the Church and the State are not independent societies and that Jesus Christ Governor and Ruler of both. Tod examines many common arguments proffered against his proposition. He calls puritan John Owen to his side with this quote,

    If it comes to this, that you shall say you have nothing to do with religion, as rulers of the nation, God will quickly manifest that he has nothing to do with you as rulers of the nation. Certainly it is incumbent upon you to take care that the faith which was once delivered to the saints, in all necessary concernments of it, may be protected, preserved, and propagated to and among the people over whom God has set you.
    "Tod also briefly exhorts Civil Rulers upon how they ought to preserve the Sabbath. He ends the whole on a positive (post-mill.) note,
    "There may yet be retrogressions in the progress of knowledge, religion, virtue, and liberty, among different nations of the earth, and England may be among the fated number; but every ebbing of the tide of religious and moral improvement, like the smaller retrocessions of the waves of the ocean, which accumulate larger billows that roll over the former limits, every retrocession of the waves of religious and moral advancement among mankind will be succeeded by a higher and a higher tide of religious and moral advancement from the fountain of eternal truth, till the 'knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea'." -- Steve Worth

    *WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, 1890), ISBN: 0851511449. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
    A Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism
    http://books.google.com/books?id=fFAwGQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    "The first book published by the Trust, this has been one of the best sellers and consistently the most useful and influential of our publications . . . It deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian faith . . . It is based on the Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism, in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer. This catechism is unsurpassed for its `terse exactitutde of definition' and `logical elaboration' of the fundamentals. . . . Watson conveys his thorough doctrinal and experimental knowledge of the truth in such an original, concise, pithy, pungent, racy, rich, and illustrative style that he is rightly regarded as the most readable of the Puritans." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "As an introduction to Puritan theology, as a short and sweet course in Christian doctrine, as devotional reading, and as a preacher's gold-mine, Watson's work can hardly be praised too highly." -- J.I. Packer.
    "Contains Watson's exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, excluding the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments." -- GCB
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    *WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), The Ten Commandments (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1962), ISBN: 0851516815. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.
    "In this book Watson continues his exposition of the Shorter Catechism drawn up by the Westminster Assembly. Watson was one of the most popular preachers in London during the Puritan era . . . The series of three volumes, of which this is the second (the BODY OF DIVINITY is first and THE LORD'S PRAYER third), makes an ideal introduction to Puritan literature. There are few matters about which the Puritans differ more from present-day Christians than in their assessment of the importance of the Ten Commandments. The Commandments, they held, are the first thing in Christianity which the natural man needs to be taught and they should be the daily concern of the Christian to the last. In this book Watson examines the moral law as a whole as well as bringing out the meaning and force of each particular commandment. In view of the important function of the law in Christian life and evangelism, this is a most valuable volume." -- SWRB
    "Excellent study. Highly recommended for personal and group study. The need for understanding the Law of God is always of great importance for the Christian. Watson is an excellent expositor of it." -- GCB
    "The most famous commentary on the Ten Commandments was by Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626), a huge folio. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The Ten Commandments, Thomas Watson
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-10cm.html
    The Ten Commandments
    http://books.google.com/books?id=QWA9HAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    See also: The sermon on the mount, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, The westminster standards and family of documents, The larger catechism, Creeds, catechisms, and confessions, The short catechism, Ethics, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Covenant theology, Secret societies and ungodly alliance, Courts and the law base, Ten commandments (women)
    TCRB5: 949

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    The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
    http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

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    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

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    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-10cm.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons Upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html

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    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
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    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html

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    http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html

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    The Laws of Virginia (1610-1611)
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    The Truth About the Ten Commandments in American Law; An Historical Perspective
    http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/issues/booklets/10commandmentsbooklet.php

    The Foundation for Moral Law, Inc.
    This is the official website and organization of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore.
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    Bible Promises

    See the Theological Notes, "God's Covenant of Grace" at Genesis 12:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Spiritual Nature of God," at Isaiah 66:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
    And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.
    (Jeremiah 15:20,21)

    Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)

    Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

    And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
    And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you.
    Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 16:22, 24)

    Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth. -- Jesus Christ (Mark 9:23)

    But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

    Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies. . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

    II. By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come. But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace. -- The Westmister Confession of Faith Chapter XIV, Of Saving Faith

    That God in the covenant of grace has promised to furnish and enable His children for a holy life (Ezek. 36:27), "I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes." This is a way that God has by Himself. The mother can take her child by the hand to lead it, but cannot put strength into his feeble joints to make him go. The ruler can give his captains a commission to fight, but not courage to fight. There is a power goes with the promises; thus it is they are called "exceeding great and precious promises," because given for this very end, that by them we "might be made partakers of the divine nature," (2 Pet. 1:4); and therefore we are not only pressed to holiness from the command, but especially from the promise (2 Cor. 7:1), "Having therefore these promises" (he means to help and encourage us), "let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." Oh it is good working for Him that promises to work all our work for us (Phil. 2:12,10). -- William Gurnall

    All the promises of the Gospel, all that is said of God and Christ, is ours. The great question therefore is, whether the God we profess to believe in is our God: not only, whether he is so in general -- that the devils may say; but whether he is our God in particular. The devils say, "O God," but the devils cannot say, "My God," that is a privilege peculiar to God's chosen people, who really believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . -- George Whitefield

    The promises are a large field in which the wise Merchant may find more pearls hidden, than are yet espied: A rich mine in which the diligent laborer may dig forth more fine gold, than any yet have taken from them. -- William Spurstowe

    *Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Promises of God," and so forth, and so on.

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *BROWN, JOHN (OF EDINBURGH, 1784-1858) Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 3 volumes (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1990, 1967, 1852). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "Spurgeon says of this great commentary: `Of the noblest order of exposition. Procure it.' Elsewhere in COMMENTING AND COMMENTARIES, he wrote, `Dr. Brown's work must be placed among the first of the first-class. He is a great expositor.' Again, `Brown is a modern Puritan. All his expositions are of the utmost value.'
    "These volumes cover much of the Gospel of John, plus many portions of the other three Gospels. In them he reveals his encyclopedic mind, and a profound regard for the Bible and the very Word of God. In addition, it is seen why it was said that he had the best clerical library in the whole nation of Scotland.
    "There is little doubt in the mind of this reviewer that any reader of these volumes will become possessor of myriads of new insights into the Scriptures, and what they reveal of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is indispensable to the student of the Gospels." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Based upon the revised and enlarged edition of 1852. Rich in thought. Pastors will appreciate the writer's application of spiritual truths to the needs of men and women." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Recommended for daily devotions, as are all the books in the listing of "Books Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language."
    Also available in Google Books, full view, Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Illustrated in a Series of Expositions. ... by John Brown, published 1856 [Complete in 2 volumes. New York: Robert Carter and Brothers] original from the University of Michigan, digitized Feb. 17, 2006.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=SZl9u8v0Yi8C&dq=Discourses+and+Sayings+of+Our+Lord+Jesus+Christ&ie=ISO-8859-1&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0
    This University of Michigan digitized edition, that appears in Google Books, is available in paper from two publishers: (Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library, November 30, 2006 [Gardners Books, 2006]), 652 pages.
    "This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program." -- Publisher's Annotation
    And (Hard Press, November 26, 2007), 652 pages.

    *BROWN, JOHN (OF EDINBURGH, 1784-1858), Parting counsels: an exposition of the first chapter of the Second Epistle of the Apostle Peter, with four additional discourses (Geneva Commentaries. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1980), ISBN: 0851513018 9780851513010. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "We always think of Brown as a Puritan born out of due time. Everything he has left us is massive gold. He is both rich and clear, profound and perspicuous." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "The title is due to the fact that these were farewell addresses from the expositor. You will quickly see why the first chapter of 2 Peter is ideal for the purpose. And since Brown expounded these glorious directions from God for 344 pages, you may be sure that he left no jewel of truth unrevealed. He shone each gem until they reflect the brightness of the Gospel of the glory of Christ. Would that he had been enabled to finish the epistle!" -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Wilkerson, David R., Commandments and Promises of Jesus Christ (Glendale, CA: G/L Regal Reflections, 1974, 1973), ISBN: 0830702733.

    *Thomas Nelson Publishers, Precious Bible Promises (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983), 367 pages, ISBN: 0840753543 9780840753540.
    Some of the 37,000 promises from the Word of God arranged by theme. Convenient for use in counseling. Good when you need help fast. Text is the New King James Version, pocket size.

    Thomas Nelson Publishers, Promises of Jesus (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1984, 1980), ISBN: 0840753993.
    Selections from the Bible with full-color photographs.

    *The New Testament: King James Version, The Precious Promises Edition (Lake Wylie, SC: Christian Heritage Publishing Co. Inc., 1991).
    A pocket New Testament with the words of Christ in red and the promises screened in red. Convenient for purse, or travel bag.

    Clark, Samuel (1684-1750), A collection of the promises of scripture under their proper heads. In two parts. ... With an appendix, ... And an introduction, ... By Samuel Clark, e-text.
    Notes: With the text in the Authorised version. Reproduction of original from the British Library.

    Clarke, Samuel (1684-1750) (compiler), Precious Bible Promises, revised edition (Chappaqua, NY: Christian Herald Books, c1976, 1906, 1790), ISBN: 0915684071 9780915684076.

    *De Graaf, Simon Gerrit, Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes (Scarsdale, NY [Westminster Discount Book Service, P.O. Box 125H, Scarsdale 10583]: Westminster Discount Book Service, 1977). Translated from the Dutch by H. Evan Runner and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. A Christian classic.
    "In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: `Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him. . . .'
    "This renewed insight into Biblical revelation is the perspective undergirding De Graaf's treatment of all Bible stories. It makes his book a unique presentation of God's revelation of Himself in the covenant and keeps his interpretations of the stories from degenerating into mere moralizing. Religion is not morality." -- H. Evan Runner
    "I highly recommend this book. One of the best books available." -- R.C. Sproul
    "A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible." -- Christianity Today

    Erskine, Ebenezer, A serious address to the Christian world: or, the precious promises of the most high God, to repenting sinners. Found in the manuscripts of ... Mr. Ebenezer Erskine, ... Glasgow, 1789.

    Word Publishing, God's Promises for the Golden Years (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Coral Ridge Ministries), ISBN: 0849951704 9780849951701.
    "It is a collection of verses from God's inspired Word, organized into topics that address the issues faced by those in mid-life and beyond. This superbly organized, thoughtful collection responds to many areas of interest and concern. . . ." -- CRM

    Hocking, David L., The promises of Jesus (La Mirada, CA: Biola Hour Ministries, Biola University, 1990).

    *Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House, 1996, 1962). ISBN: 0310281318.
    "A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises - sk] that are found in Scripture." -- Synopsis
    "Lockyers in-depth look at the scope of Gods promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand Gods promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
    "Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorates in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher's Annotation

    May, William J., The Promises of Jesus: Twenty Addresses for Sisterhoods and Women's Fellowships

    OWEN, JOHN (1616-1683) The stedfastness of promises, and the sinfulness of staggering: opened in a sermon preached at Margarets in Westminster before the Parliament Febr. 28. 1649. Being a day set apart for solemn humiliation throughout the nation. By John Owen minister of the Gospel, 1650. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN including HEBREWS (OCR digital text), DVD One, CD #1. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Living With the Promises and Threats of God's Word.
    In Religious Cases of Conscience Answered in an Evangelical Manner . . . to Which is Added The Spiritual Companion; or, The Professing Christian Tried at the Bar of God's Word; and Character of the Happy Man, 1866.
    Living With the Promises and Threats of God's Word
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/living-with-the-promises-and-threats-of-gods-word.php

    *Power, Philip Bennett (1822-1899), The "I Wills" of Christ (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). Alternate title: The, I Wills, Of Christ: Thoughts Upon Some Of The Passages In Which The Words, I Will, Are Used By The Lord Jesus Christ. ISBN: 0851514294.
    "Power (1822-1899) first did this work in 1862. It has 382 pages. Not many other books have ever taken this approach. These statements of Christ deal with healing, invitation, reception, confession, service, comfort, disposal, subjection, and glorification. . . . These wonderful `I wills' of the Savior contain the very promises of God to secure salvation for us." -- GCB

    Ryan, James, Bible Promises for Growing Christians (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1985), ISBN: 0805450149 9780805450149.

    Ryan, James, Bible Promises for Soul-winners (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1988), 80 pages, ISBN: 0805450718 9780805450712.

    Sibbes, Richard (1577-1635), Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680), and Philip Nye (1596?-1672), Yea and amen: or, pretious promises, and priviledges. Spiritually unfolded in their nature and vse. Driving at the assurance and establishing of weak beleevers. By R. Sibbs D.D. master of Katherine Hall in Cambridge, and preacher of Grayes Inne London. Reviewed by himselfe in his life time, and since perused by T.G. and P.N., 1638

    *SPURSTOWE, WILLIAM (1605?-1666), The Wells of Salvation Opened: Or, A Treatise Discovering the Nature, Preciousness, Usefulness of Gospel Promises, and Rules for the Right Application of Them (Edmonton, AB Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001, 1655). Also found on Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #17, and available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Three, CD #16. A Christian classic.
    "THE WELLS OF SALVATION . . . may well we the best book ever written on God's promises. The book contains the main content of several sermons which are introduced by Spurstowe in a preface. He writes, `The promises are a large field in which the wise Merchant may find more pearls hidden, than are yet espied: A rich mine in which the diligent laborer may dig forth more fine gold, than any yet have taken from them'." -- Joel Beeke, from the foreword

    *Spurgeon, C.H., Faith's Checkbook: Scripture Promises Linked to Your Needs (Chicago, IL: Moody Press), ISBN: 0938453025 9780938453024.
    "A promise from God may very instructively be compared to a check payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promises as a reality, as a man treats a check. He is to take the promise and endorse it with his own name by personally receiving it as true." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "In the Preface of his devotional volume containing 365 brief, experimental comments on the promises which Spurgeon has chosen, the renowned preacher tells us that so many of these promises are true because the were fulfilled in his own experience during a time of `wading in the surf of controversy,' and also when `sharp bodily pain succeeded mental depression, accompanied both by bereavement, and affliction in the person of one dear as life. Never were the promises of Jehovah so precious to me as at this hour.' Thus it was to help other sufferers that Spurgeon prepared this comforting book."
    Faith's Checkbook, A Daily Devotional by C. H. Spurgeon
    http://bible.christiansunite.com/faitharchive.shtmly

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Amazing Grace: God's Promises of Freedom from Guilt and Shame, ISBN: 0840742266 9780840742261.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Business Professionals: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493336 9780805493337.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Couples: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197133 9781558197138.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Dads: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197109 9781558197107.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Graduates: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197141 9781558197145.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Grandparents: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 080549331X 9780805493313.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Men: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 080549328X 9780805493283.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for the New Millennium: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion: Blue Leather, ISBN: 0805493891 9780805493894.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Moms: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197117 9781558197114.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for New Believers: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493611 9780805493610.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Newborns: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493328 9780805493320.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Newlyweds: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion (Bible Promises to Treasure), ISBN: 0805493913 9780805493917.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Parents, ISBN: 1558197125 9781558197121.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for People in Recovery: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion: Green Leather, ISBN: 0805493905 9780805493900.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Teachers: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493883 9780805493887.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Teenagers: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493301 9780805493306.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Tough Times: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 155819715X 9781558197152.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Victorious Living: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493921 9780805493924.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Women: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493298 9780805493290.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Free From the Past: Bible Promises for Adult Children of Alcoholics, ISBN: 0840732449 9780840732446.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Healing for Today Hope for Tomorrow/God's Promises for Overcoming Codependency, ISBN: 0840732457 9780840732453.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Hope for the Hungry Heart: God's Promises for Overeaters, ISBN: 0840732430 9780840732439.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Renewed Each Day: Bible Promises for Overcoming Chemical Dependecies, ISBN: 0840732465 9780840732460.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), A Very Present Help: God's Promises for Those Who Are Grieving a Loss, ISBN: 0840742274 9780840742278.

    Wilkerson, David R., Commandments and Promises of Jesus Christ (Glendale, CA: G/L Regal Reflections, 1974, 1973), ISBN: 0830702733.

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The promises of Christ, Bible promises, Promises of christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, Prayer, Topical listings of scripture useful in counseling, Proverbs, Psalms, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 2878-2888 (see "Promises" in the General Index TCRB5)

    Related WebLinks

    Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    Nave's Topical Bible: Promises
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T3997

    Justifying Faith
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith



    TOPICAL LISTINGS OF SCRIPTURE USEFUL IN COUNSELING

    Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (Isaiah 6:3b)

    For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
    (Isaiah 55:10,11) See the annotation in
    The Reformation Study Bible.

    For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:26)

    Mr. Graham and all of us who work with him are convinced that the Holy Spirit works most effectively and powerfully through the written Word of God . . . We believe that the last thing you should leave with anyone you counsel is God's Word. The Truth is indeed a powerful tool and no words of man will change the heart as the Word of God will. -- Charles Riggs

    Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's Wordbook: A Primer of Nouthetic Counseling. Alternate title: THE LANGUAGE OF COUNSELING and THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S WORDBOOK: A PRIMER OF NOUTHETIC COUNSELING. ISBN: 0310510619 9780310510611.
    " 'One of the major unifying themes in my rather zigzag career has been the central place language holds in all the activities in which I have been involved.' Language and labels matter, because in the battle for men's minds language and ideas are the principal weapons: 'Ideological attack, rather than physical attack, has been Satan's most successful ploy.' The words counselors and counselees use matter, and this book pushes you to take stock of the words you say and hear. Counselors must 'deliberately adopt new words and constructions that more aptly express the biblical facts in each counseling situation'. . . ."
    "150 pithy (from a paragraph to a page) comments on counseling subjects from 'Action' to 'Worry.' Keyed to more extensive discussions of each topic in seventeen of Adams's pre-1981 books. As an example, the three paragraphs on 'conscience' contain more good sense than a shelf-full of books on 'self-esteem.' Answers misunderstandings of nouthetic counseling (e.g., 'confrontation' and 'flesh')." -- David Powlison

    *Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, 202 pages, ISBN: 1889032468 9781889032467.
    "THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING is designed to afford Christian counselors quick reference as well as comprehensive access to the chief principles and practices of biblical counseling. It is called an 'encyclopedia' because a counselor interested in surveying the gamut of those principles and practices will find in this volume a wider variety of subjects than may be located in any other book of biblical counseling. The counseling described here is truly 'Christian' with method and content firmly rooted in careful biblical exegesis. At the same time it is 'practical' because articles consist not merely of definitions and descriptions, but also of application of the material useful to Christian counselors. Although not necessarily the only way these biblical principles can be applied, they are the fruit of years of study and experience in biblical counseling. In short, the book is designed as an aid to the working counselor who needs a quick reference guide. We trust that God will use it to His glory and to the blessing of His people." -- Preface

    Adams, Jay E., Helps for Counselors: A Mini-Manual for Christian Counseling (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1977), 63 pages. Reprint of the helps from the back of THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S NEW TESTAMENT.
    Contains, Counselor's Quick Check List, Fifty Failure Factors, Remarks and Responses, Counseling Outlines (for various problems), The Counselor's Topical Worklist, and so forth.

    Adams, Jay E., What to Do on Thursday: A Layman's Guide to the Practical Use of the Scriptures (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1982), 135 pages.
    "This book contains a 'method that, if faithfully followed, will make your Bible a practical Book that you can use, not only on Sunday but on Thursday, and every other day in the week, to solve the problems that you encounter in daily living.' The Bible was written to be used in daily life, but few Christians have ever been taught how to use it. How do you locate (Bible information, pp. 19-49), understand (Bible interpretation, pp. 53-98), and apply (Bible implementation, pp. 101-134) relevant Scripture? Bible information includes a basic orientation to Scripture. Bible interpretation teaches principles of accurate interpretation, how to use Bible study tools, and how to pursue the intent (telos) of a passage. Bible implementation teaches you how to adapt truth to varying life situations. 'Christians must become actors, not reactors. They must learn to choose and develop goals, structure their lives and become actors who consciously do whatever they do in order to attain biblical goals'." -- David Powlison

    Anderson, Ken, Where to Find It in the Bible, ISBN: 0785211578 9780785211570.
    "This A to Z listing of topics puts key Scriptures at your fingertips without a lot of fancy theological language. There are 3700 different subjects, circumstances, and situations! Bible versions: NKJV, KJV, NRSV, NIV, CEV, and others." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "This book is alive! It covers topics right out of my daily life (like leadership, politics, and management) that I've never been able to find so easily in a traditional concordance. Then, as the title says, it shows me where to find them in the Bible. I'm using it as one of my key organizational development tools." -- Dr. John Rivera, consultant, researcher, and educator
    This work could be used in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE for deeper and broader studies.

    Asquith, Glenn H., Jr., Family Passages Family Passages (The Bible and Personal Crisis Collection Series, Book 8. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1990), ISBN: 0805454489 9780805454482.

    Bible Index Pocketbook (Pocketpac Books. Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1981), ISBN: 0877880778 9780877880776.

    *King James Bible With the Geneva Bible Notes, 1672. Notes: This is a fascimilie of the 1672 edition. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The best Reformation translation (King James Version) combined with the best Bible notes of the first Reformation, the GENEVA BIBLE notes. A great tool for public, family and private worship and study. Printed from a marvelously clean original copy, surpassing the quality of all other printings (of the GENEVA BIBLE NOTES in particular) we have seen. Contains almost 1000 (8.5 X 11 inch) pages with notes on the complete Bible (Old and New Testaments) making this a veritable library of study and classic Protestant commentary in just one book." -- SWRB
    Geneva Bible, 1599. Additional Title: THE BIBLE, THAT IS, THE HOLY SCRIPTURES CONTEINED IN THE OLDE AND NEWE TESTAMENT: TRANSLATED ACCORDING TO THE EBREW AND GREEKE, AND CONFERRED WITH THE BEST TRANSLATIONS IN DIUERS LANGUAGES; WITH MOST PROFITABLE ANNOTATIONS UPON ALL THE HARD PLACES, AND OTHER THINGS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE . . . (London: Imprinted by the Deputies of C. Barker, 1599).
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries/GenevaStudyBible/,
    Geneva Bible Notes, 1599
    http://www.poconos.net/~reformed/documents/geneva/
    The Geneva Bible Notes are also featured in the Online Bible CD-ROM. One keystroke brings the notes up in the second window.
    Pierce, Larry, and the Woodside Bible Fellowship, The Online Bible CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario, CANADA [Woodside Bible Fellowship,] 11 Holmwood Street, Ontario N0B 2V0, 1997).
    Online Bible Homepage
    http://www.onlinebible.org/

    Open Bible, Classic Edition (KJV) (Thomas Nelson, April 11, 2006), 1856 pages, ISBN: 9780718014803 0718014804.
    Both the THOMPSON CHAIN REFERENCE BIBLE and THE OPEN BIBLE were originally prepared using the KJV, so there would be advantage to not mixing KJV and NKJVs when using both Bibles for topical studies.
    "Are you ready for an intense and contemplative study of the Word? The KJV OPEN BIBLE, CLASSIC EDITION is designed for the hungry reader. This Bible is filled with amazing study aids including comprehensive book introductions and outlines, 64-page concordance, Read-Along references and translation notes, and the Classic Biblical Cyclopedic Index covering over 8,000 textual entries. The KJV OPEN BIBLE, CLASSIC EDITION also features a Seven-step Method on How To Study the Bible, a Visual Survey of the Bible, The Christian's Guide to New Life, and The Greatest Archeological Discoveries of the Bible. This outstanding Bible is available in hardcover, bonded leather and genuine leather with color choices of black, burgundy and tan." -- Publisher's Annotation "While this bible clearly reflects a general Evangelical Protestant perspective on Christianity, it is not so narrowly focused that non-evangelicals could not benefit from it. Moreover, while the OPEN BIBLE had been available in other transaltions in the past (i.e., NASB, NKJV, NLT), it was originally designed around the KJV, so one could argue that this is the grand-daddy of all KJV Study Bibles. Also, this Bible has all the essential helps and aids of many other decent Study Bibles, but without the overly-intrusive notes and annotations which render some so-called 'study bibles' as little more than running commentaries.
    "No, it does not have the annotations of the NKJV Open Bible, as one disappointed reviewer noted below. If you want a great study bible in that translation with great notes, check out the NELSON STUDY BIBLE (NKJV) -- perhaps the best annotated evangelical Study Bible in any translation on the market [see also the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE [ENHANCED] and THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE: THE WORD THAT CHANGES LIVES -- THE FAITH THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, NEW KING JAMES VERSION -- sk]. However, if you want a KJV study edition of the Scriptures with all the helps but few intrusive study notes, than this is it.
    "Not only does this bible have cross-references, extensive book introductions and outlines, numerous articles on Bible topics, the now famous Cyclopedic Index, the Visual Survey of the Bible, Concordance, the words of Christ in red, and full color maps with an index, it also has the Christian's Guide to the New Life Study Outlines. "The fact that the notes to this study are 'chained' thru-out the Bible provides no small convenience for the reader. Keyed to the Christian's Guide to the New Life Study Outlines, these notes are bound by a common theme (the New Life Study itself) without being too intrusive or verbose. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

    Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, CONFRONTING the Biblical Counseling Foundation's Self-Confrontation Manual. A PsychoHeresy Awareness Position Paper (PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries 4137 Primavera Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110).
    "While we no longer recommend any manuals or training programs for biblical counseling, we would issue the following recommendations for changing the manual and for restraints if the BCF manual is to be used at all."
    http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/images/bcfpaper.pdf

    *Bordwine, James E., A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1991), ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    One way to be strengthened and encouraged in times of trouble, discouragement, and depressions is to read pure doctrine to remind oneself of what is in fact true.
    "In this volume are the complete texts of the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) (both the original and American versions) and the LARGER CATECHISM, together with Scripture proofs and a unique topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism. A GUIDE TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS will be a great help in understanding the Bible and its most complete summaries, the Westminster Standards." -- Publisher's Annotation.
    A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism, James Bordwine
    Includes a unique, 100 page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
    http://www.thornwellhall.org/GuideFrame1Source1.htm

    Boykin, Caroline, The Well-versed Family: Raising Kids of Faith Through Do-able Scripture Memory, ISBN: 1598867687 9781598867688.

    *Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course I: The Self-Confrontation Syllabus for Biblical Counseling Training, ISBN: 1878114018 9781878114013 and Course I: Self-Confrontation Tapes (10 cassette tapes) (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).
    "Contains 24 weekly lessons intended to move a person through the change process personally as the foundation for working on becoming a counselor (Matthew 7:1-5). Intended for Sunday school and other classes or personal study. The first eight lessons lay the biblical foundation for change. The grace of the God in the gospel of Jesus Christ is spring of all true change, and it prompts a self-confrontation: 'Man's way is oriented to self: to please self, to comfort self, to rely on self, to fulfill self, to forgive self, to exalt self, and to love self. . . . [God's way] emphasizes that you are to live for Him.' The next thirteen lessons treat particular problem areas: selfishness, anger, interpersonal conflict, marriage and family, depression, fear, life-dominating sins. The final three lessons summarize and set the foundation for Course II, Biblical Counseling Training." -- David Powlison
    "Helps Christians solve their personal problems Biblically and equips laymen and women to counsel others Biblically within the church." Particularly valuable for its system of identifying root problems in counseling cases. Some of the material presented is from various writings by Jay E. Adams. The audio cassette tape series by John Broger is designed to accompany the course and includes practical examples.
    Biblical Counseling Foundation
    http://www.bcfministries.org/aboutbcf.htm

    Burkett, Larry, What the Bible Says About Money: A Topical Concordance Containing Every Verse in the Bible Related to Money and Personal Financial Matters, ISBN: 0943497752 9780943497754.
    "This is actually a `topical concordance' to every verse in the Bible relating to money and personal financial matters. A valuable reference and study tool for pastors, students, teachers and all serious Christians." -- GCB

    Butler, Paul, What the Bible Says About Civil Government, ISBN: 0899002668 9780899002668.

    *CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), et al. [John Knox, Theodore Beza, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and Martin Luther, and others], GARY DEMAR (foreword), MARSHALL FOSTER (preface) 1599 Geneva Bible [enhanced], hardcover (Tolle Lege Press, 2006, 2007), 1400 pages, ISBN: 0975484699 9780975484692 0975484613 9780975484616 0975484621 9780975484623. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "When the Pilgrims arrived in America in 1620, they brought along supplies, a consuming passion to advance the Kingdom of Christ, a bright hope for the future, and the Word of God. Clearly, their most precious cargo was the Bible. The GENEVA BIBLE, printed over 200 times between 1560 and 1644, was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This superb translation was the product of the best Protestant scholars of the day and became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers, and historical figures of that time. The GENEVA BIBLE is unique among all other Bibles. It was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses and became the most popular version of its time because of the extensive marginal notes. These notes, written by Reformation leaders such as John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and others, were included to explain and interpret the scriptures for the common people. For nearly half a century these notes helped the people of England, Scotland, and Ireland understand the Bible and true liberty. King James despised the GENEVA BIBLE because he considered the notes on key political texts to be seditious and a threat to his authority. Unlike the KING JAMES VERSION, the GENEVA BIBLE was not authorized by the government. It was truly a Bible by the people and for the people. You can see why this remarkable version with its profound marginal notes played a key role in the formation of the American Republic. Until now, the only complete version available was a large, cumbersome, and difficult-to-read facsimile edition. But this new edition contains all the original words and notes, but the type set has been enlarged and the font style change for today's reader." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "This is the Bible that eventually put an end to Feudalism in Europe, strengthened Puritans, Quakers, and came to America on the Mayflower. This was the first Bible published in the language of the common people, the first Bible to contain commentary and verse numbers, and the first Bible written in English from Greek and Hebrew texts available from Constantinople, not from the Latin Vulgate. The dynamite in this Bible is the commentary accounting for about one third of its length.
    "The Church of England and King James were so upset they determined to create a new translation. They called it the KING JAMES VERSION. They choose to use language so formal and grand, even by the standards of those days, that the common people would find difficult to understand. The GENEVA BIBLE was found seditious by it's insertions of commentary that spoke directly about the priesthood of lay believers, the church as naturally anti-oligarchy, and setting forth some other ideas considered anarchy by the King, but meaning freedom to the masses who read it. . . .
    "Important facts to remember about this Bible. The Reformation was strong in England and the Lollards were a lay group of huge influence that had to go underground. English Christian theologians, not Catholics and not Anglicans, fled in huge numbers to Geneva for freedom. Geneva was not part of Switzerland at that time, because Geneva was its own city-state. . . . The GENEVA BIBLE was printed 1560-1644. THE KING JAMES VERSION was published in 1611. The GENEVA BIBLE was against the law to own. . . ." -- Reader's Comment
    Available "in printed formats with various binding options from Tolle Lege Press. Tolle Lege Press has given SWRB permission to provide a PDF copy of their retypeset and fully searchable edition of the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE (Copyright 2006-2008, Tolle Lege Press) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The GENEVA BIBLE is the Puritan Bible with Reformation promoting marginal notes authored by prominent leaders of the Reformation (during the time of John Calvin and John Knox). The New Testament was translated out of the Greek by Theodore Beza. The GENEVA BIBLE was the predominant English translation during the period in which the English and Scottish Reformations gained great impetus.
    "Iain Murray, in his classic work on revival and the interpretation of prophecy, THE PURITAN HOPE, notes,

    The two groups in England and Scotland developed along parallel lines, like two streams originating at one fountain. The fountain was not so much Geneva, as the Bible which the exiles newly translated and issued with many marginal notes . . . it was read in every Presbyterian and Puritan home in both realms (p. 7).
    "This time also saw the rise of the forces for covenanted Reformation against the corruption and abuses of prelacy and the royal factions. Darkness was dispelled as people read this Bible and saw for themselves that there is no authority above the Holy Scriptures. Discerning this truth, it became apparent that the civil tyranny and the heretical superstitions imposed by Pope, King and Bishops were to be resisted unto death, if necessary (i.e. because these innovations in church and state were opposed to the Kingship of Christ and the law of His kingdom, as set forth in Holy Scripture).
    "Moreover, this is the Bible that led to the King James edition. James (a flaming homosexual, megalomaniac, and tyrant) did not want the Calvinistic marginal notes of the GENEVA BIBLE getting into the hands of the people because he considered them 'seditious' hence, he authorized the KING JAMES VERSION as a substitute (though the KJV far surpasses modern translations).
    "Although most people today have never heard of the GENEVA BIBLE, it was so popular from 1560 to 1644 that it went through 140 plus printings. The reason for its popularity among the faithful is obvious: the marginal notes promoted a full-orbed, nation-changing Protestantism! Taking a modern work, such as the SCOFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE, and comparing the notes to those of the GENEVA BIBLE, it will readily be seen that the religion of the Protestant Reformation bears no resemblance to much of the nonsense being prattled today!
    "Additionally, the later editions of the GENEVA BIBLE (like this 1599 edition) are more strongly Calvinistic and anti-Papal noted by Eason in THE GENEVAN BIBLE, NOTES ON ITS PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION. . . ."
    The notes of TOMSON'S NEW TESTAMENT of 1576, which took the place of the New Testament of the Bible of 1560 in many editions from 1587 onward, are entirely different from those in the GENEVA BIBLE. They are taken from Beza's Latin Testament, and are controversial and strongly Calvinistic.
    "Furthermore, Eason cites Pocock (a rabid anti-Calvinist) in the same book,
    The changes adopted in the GENEVA BIBLE and New Testament synchronise with the gradual spread of the Calvinistic heresy and the contemporaneous development of hatred of the whole Papal system of doctrine. The notes attacked the Sacramental teaching of the Church, substituting for it the Calvinistic doctrines of election and reprobation. They taught that Sacraments are nothing more than signs and seals of grace previously given to the elect. All passages about the Sacraments are explained away.
    "(We cite this quote, though it is full of a good deal of devilish nonsense, to demonstrate that even the enemies of biblical truth recognized the powerful impact that the GENEVA BIBLE was having in furthering the Protestant Reformation, as well as to show that the notes in the later versions of the GENEVA BIBLE were moving in the direction of a more distinct testimony against error and for the truth. -- RB). "There were three primary editions of the GENEVA BIBLE:
    (1) The editions that follow the first edition of 1560.
    (2) The editions in which TOMSON'S NEW TESTAMENT of 1576 is substituted for the 1560 New Testament.
    (3) The Bibles from 1598 that contain the Notes on Revelation of Francis Junius." -- The Genevan Bible, Notes on its Production and Distribution
    "In our opinion, the notes in the 1599 edition were the most faithful to Scripture. [Of course, the judgment and candor of Calvin are renown. This Bible played a key role in the Reformation, and anyone not using it 'will be the poorer for their neglect.' However, very few works are without caveats. Calvin used the LATIN VULGATE. His comments had to be translated from French. Experts (see 'Textual Criticism') consider the authorized KING JAMES VERSION to be the most accurate translation. It used a literal approach to translation of the Traditional Text, which is referred to today as the Majority Text or Textus Receptus. Beza's translation of the New Testament is in a different category. One is urged to not neglect the knowledge developed over 400 years of Reformed scholarship since 1599. For example, compare the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE (1400 pages, 1366 in the Tolle Lege restoration edition) annotation with the annotation, theological notes, text notes, scripture notes, and other study aids of the NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (2228 pages) with its own noted caveats. -- sk]
    "Features of the Tolle Lege 1599 GENEVA BIBLE:
  • Word-for-word accuracy with the 1599 Geneva Bible
  • Original cross references
  • Modern spelling
  • Original study notes by Reformers
  • Old English Glossary
  • 2-page Family Tree Chart
  • Presentation Page with several family registry pages
  • Easy-to-read print
  • Size: 8.75" x 11.5"
  • Approx: 1,400 pages
    Excerpts from two articles on the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE may be read at the SWRB site: "The Forgotten Translation," Gary DeMar, President of American Vision and Honorary Member of the 1599 Geneva Bible Advisory Board, and "Introduction to the 1599 Geneva Bible," Marshall Foster, President of the Mayflower Institute, Member of the 1599 Geneva Bible Advisory Board.
    http://www.swrb.com/bibles/bibles.htm
    Tolle Lege 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, Book of Romans
    Examine the Tolle Lege 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, a PDF file of the Book of Romans.
    http://www.tollelegepress.com/gb/geneva.php
    "The GENEVA BIBLE has a unique place in history. It is some times called the BREECHES BIBLE. That term comes from the reference in Genesis 3:7 where it says that Adam and Eve clothed themselves in 'breeches' made from fig leaves. It is the product of Protestant scholars who had taken refuge in Geneva, Switzerland during the reign of Queen 'Bloody Mary' of England (1553-1558). It is also known as the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to America. It is older than the KING JAMES VERSION and is considered by some to be more 'Protestant' than the KING JAMES VERSION." -- Reader's Comment
    "I've seen the facsimile versions of the GENEVA BIBLE and they don't even come close to this edition. The legibility and readability of this edition is far superior to other editions. "There have also been concerns about textual errors, but Toll Lege Press has acknowledged and fixed them in the printings following the first." -- Reader's Comment
    Tolle Lege Press edition of the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE
    http://www.GenevaBible.com
    Perhaps the unique wisdom in the annotation by the Reformers John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Knox, and Theodore Beza, among others, is due to their doctrinal position of the absolute sovereignty of God and the utter depravity of mankind. Sample notes from the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, the Tolle Lege Press restored edition of 2007: Genesis "1:11 1 So that we see it is the only power of God's word that maketh the earth fruitful, which else naturally is barren.
    Genesis "1:12 This sentence is so oft repeated, to signify that God made all his creatures to serve to his glory, and to the profit of man: but for sin they were accursed, yet to the elect, by Christ they are restored, and serve to their wealth.
    Genesis "2:16 So that man might know there was a sovereign Lord, to whom he owed obedience.
    Genesis "2:17 By this death he meaneth the separation of man from God, who is our life and chief felicity: and also that our disobedience is the cause thereof.
    Genesis "3:4 This is Satan's chiefest subtlety, to cause us not to fear God's threatenings.
    Gensis "4:5 Because he was an hypocrite, and offered only for an outward show without sincerity of heart.
    Genesis "9:6 Not only by the magistrate, but oft times God raiseth up one murderer to kill another.
    Therefore to kill man is to deface God's image, and so injury is not only done to man, but also to God.
    Psalm 37 " 1 This Psalm containeth exhortation and consolation for the weak, that are grieved at the prosperity of the wicked, and the affliction of the godly. 7 For how prosperously soever the wicked do live for the time, he doth affirm their felicity to be vain and transitory, because they are not in the favor of God, but in the end they are destroyed as his enemies. 11 And how miserably that the righteous seemeth to live in the world, yet his end is peace, and he is in the favor of God, he is delivered from the wicked, and preserved.
    Psalm 37:5 "Be not led by thine own wisdom, but obey God, and he will finish his work in thee.
    Psalm 37:6 "As the hope of the daylight causeth us not to be offended with the darkness of the night: so ought we patiently to trust that God will clear our cause and restore us to our right.
    Psalm 37:8 "Meaning, except he moderate his affections, he shall be led to do as they do.
    Psalm 37:12 "The godly are assured that the power and craft of the wicked shall not prevail against them, but fall on their own necks, and therefore ought patiently to abide God’s time, and in the meanwhile bewail their sins, and offer up their tears, is a sacrifice of their obedience.
    Psalm 37:16 "For they are daily fed as with Manna from heaven, and have sufficient, when the wicked have never enough, but ever hunger.
    Psalm 37:25 "Though the just man die, yet God's blessings are extended to his posterity, and though God suffer some just man to lack temporal benefits, yet he recompenseth him with spiritual treasures.
    Psalm 37:29 "They shall continually be preserved under God's wings, and have at least inward rest.
    Psalm 37:30 "These three points are required of the faithful, that their talk be godly, that God's law be in their heart, and that their life be upright.
    Psalm 37:37 "He exhorteth the faithful to mark diligently the examples both of God's mercies, and also of his judgments.
    Psalm 37:39 "He showeth that the patient hope of the godly is never in vain, but in the end hath good success, though for a time God prove them by sundry tentations.
    John 1:1 "The Son of God is of one, and the selfsame eternity or everlastingness, and of one and the selfsame essence or nature, with the Father.
    "From his beginning, as the Evangelist saith, 1 John 1:1, as though he said, that the world began not then to have his being, when God began to make all that was made: for the word was even then when all things that were made, began to be made, and therefore he was before the beginning of all things.
    "Had his being.
    "This word, That, pointeth out unto us a peculiar and choice thing above all other, and putteth a difference between this Word, which is the Son of God, and the Laws of God, which otherwise also are called the word of God.
    "This word (With) putteth out the distinction of persons to us.
    "This word (Word) is the first in order in the sentence, and is that which the learned call (Subjectum:) and this word (God) is the latter in order, and the same which the learned call (Predicatum.)
    John 1:3 "The son of God declareth that same his everlasting Godhead, both by the creating of all things, and also by the preserving of them, and especially by the excellent gifts of reason and understanding, wherewith he that beautified man above all other creatures.
    "Paul expoundeth this place, Col. 1:15 and 16.
    "That is, as the Father did work, so did the Son work with him: for he was fellow worker with him.
    "Of all those things which were made, nothing was made without him. Jude 1:24 "He commendeth them to the grace of God, declaring sufficiently that it is God only that can give us that constancy which he requireth of us.
    Hebrews 13:8b "all precepts of manners, and that is this: That we ought to quiet and content ourselves in Christ only: for there was yet never any man saved without the knowledge of him, neither is at this day saved, neither shall be saved hereafter.
    Revelation 4:9 "God is said to have glory, honor, kingdom, and such like given unto him, when we godly and reverently set forth that which is properly and only his." -- 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege Press, 2006, 2007)
    *King James Bible With the Geneva Bible Notes, 1672. Notes: This is a fascimilie of the 1672 edition. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The best Reformation translation (King James Version) combined with the best Bible notes of the first Reformation, the GENEVA BIBLE notes. A great tool for public, family and private worship and study. Printed from a marvelously clean original copy, surpassing the quality of all other printings (of the GENEVA BIBLE NOTES in particular) we have seen. Contains almost 1000 (8.5 X 11 inch) pages with notes on the complete Bible (Old and New Testaments) making this a veritable library of study and classic Protestant commentary in just one book." -- SWRB
    Geneva Bible, 1599. Additional Title: THE BIBLE, THAT IS, THE HOLY SCRIPTURES CONTEINED IN THE OLDE AND NEWE TESTAMENT: TRANSLATED ACCORDING TO THE EBREW AND GREEKE, AND CONFERRED WITH THE BEST TRANSLATIONS IN DIUERS LANGUAGES; WITH MOST PROFITABLE ANNOTATIONS UPON ALL THE HARD PLACES, AND OTHER THINGS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE . . . (London: Imprinted by the Deputies of C. Barker, 1599).
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries/GenevaStudyBible/,
    Geneva Bible Notes, 1599
    http://www.poconos.net/~reformed/documents/geneva/
    The Geneva Bible Notes are also featured in the Online Bible CD-ROM. One keystroke brings the notes up in the second window.
    Pierce, Larry, and the Woodside Bible Fellowship, The Online Bible CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario, CANADA [Woodside Bible Fellowship,] 11 Holmwood Street, Ontario N0B 2V0, 1997).
    Online Bible Homepage
    http://www.onlinebible.org/

    Henry, Matthew, William T. Summers (editor), The Quotable Matthew Henry Alternate title: A TOPICAL INDEX TO MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY ON THE WHOLE BIBLE (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell), ISBN: 0800753348.
    "More than 3000 phrases of scriptural truths taken from his COMMENTARY ON THE WHOLE BIBLE that are arranged topically and indexed Biblically. Formerly A TOPICAL INDEX TO MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY ON THE WHOLE BIBLE." -- GCB

    Kruis, John G., Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling, revised edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801091020 9780801091025.
    "Revised edition is 30 pages longer than first edition, with expanded and additional entries. 'The Scriptures are ideally suited for any and every counseling occasion. . . . As you do the Lord's work, the Holy Spirit is always the primary counselor, and He works powerfully, sovereignly through His own Word.' Bible passages -- some brief, some lengthy -- that treat over 50 topics are assembled and arranged systematically. 'They are arranged so that you can see at a brief glance the gist or thrust and the significance of each text or passage as it relates to the topic under which it is listed.' The purpose is to give counselors a ready reference and a source of homework assignments." -- David Powlison
    "Scripture references for 87 subjects which makes this an ideal tool for Christian counselors plus more than 15 blank addenda pages. Quotations are from the NIV. Spiral bound."-- GCB
    Adultery -- Affliction -- Alcohol -- Anger -- Anxiety -- Assurance -- Bitterness -- Blame shifting -- Brooding -- Calls to repentance and obedience -- Changing -- Chastisement -- Children -- Church -- Church discipline -- Comfort -- Commandments -- Communication -- Communion of saints -- Conscience -- Contentment -- Coveting -- Death -- Decision making -- Depression -- Discipline -- Divorce -- Drug abuse -- Eternal life -- Evil desires -- Example -- Faith in God -- False prophets, teachers -- Fear -- Forgiveness of sins -- Forgiving others -- Friendships -- Giving -- Gossip -- Hate -- Homosexuality -- Hope -- Hot temper -- Husband/wife relationships -- Imitating Jesus -- Laziness -- Leading a person to Christ -- Loving and serving others -- Loving God -- Lust -- Lying -- Marriage -- Mixed marriages -- Obedience -- Overcoming evil -- Overcoming sin -- Peace -- Peacemakers, peacekeepers -- Persecution -- Prayer -- Priorities -- Progressive sanctification -- Providence of God -- Repentance -- Resentment -- Rest -- Salvation -- Self-centeredness -- Self-control, self-discipline -- Self-pity -- Sex life -- Sexual immorality -- Temptation -- Training children -- Trials -- Trust -- Waiting on the Lord -- Warnings -- Work -- Worry -- Youth.

    *Martin, Robert P., A Guide to the Puritans: A Topical and Textual Index to the Writings of the Puritans and Some of Their Successors Recently in Print (Banner of Truth, 1997), 546 pages, ISBN: 0851517137 9780851517131.
    "I owe an enormous debt to the Puritans, the most prolific and accurate expounders of the biblical principles upon which the Reformation was built. Their concern for vital godliness in every area of the Christian's experience has rightly earned for them the title 'theologians of the Christian life.' Their writings are a rich banquet table loaded with solid nourishment for God's people. . . .
    There are many more qualified to index the Puritans than I. Had someone more acquainted with the Puritans' works and more schooled in their history and theology undertaken this project, the end product would have been vastly superior. My primary qualification is that I have been willing to undertake the task. I will not be surprised if those who use this volume find many things which could be done better, especially in the topical index. My hope, however, is that those who find flaws will favor me with their suggestions for improvement, so that if future editions come from the press, the people of God will be served better than at present.
    "In determining which writers and works to index, I have been guided and restrained by several principles. First, I have deliberately chosen a broad definition of the term Puritan. Instead of the narrow ecclesiastical sense, i.e., of referring only to those in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who desired reformation in the national church of England, I am using the term Puritan in the broader religious sense of those advocating the experimental, Calvinistic religion which the Puritans exemplified. Moreover, I have cast my net even farther to take in those who have looked to the Puritans as their nearest theological kin; thus including such men as Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, B. B. Warfield, W. G. T Shedd, John Murray, and many other modern Puritans.
    "Second, with reference to older writers, I have limited my efforts to recently republished works. Many valuable works, of course, have not reappeared in our day, but are available only in libraries and private collections. I have not tried to include any such items. A comprehensive index of the entire body of Puritan writings would be a wonderful resource, but it is quite beyond my ability to undertake such a project.
    "Third, though I have tried to include all the older works currently available, I have indexed only a sampling of works from living writers. Some may question my choices or judge that I have overlooked important new works and authors in the Puritan mold. I sincerely regret overlooking any volume worthy of notice. My only defense is that my knowledge of living authors is much less than my awareness of the proven guides of the past. For the most part I have limited new works to those published by the Banner of Truth Trust, confident that these works have passed through a fine grid of review, and would not bear the Banner label if they were not clearly in the Puritan tradition.
    "Fourth, doubtless some users of this index will be disappointed that several important precursors to the Puritans are missing. For example, except for the notice of a few well-known works, Calvin and Luther are not indexed. The same is true of Augustine. The contribution of these men to reformed and Puritan thinking cannot be overestimated. Including their works, however, was not possible, given my present constraints. I regret this greatly.
    "Among nineteenth-century figures, the most prominent absence is that of C. H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon certainly is worthy of a place in this work; however, since a textual and topical index of his sermons already exists, I chose not to duplicate that work here.
    "In our own century, the ministry of D. M. Lloyd-Jones has produced a large body of useful material in the Puritan tradition; however, unlike his contemporary, John Murray, no collection of Dr. Lloyd-Jones's writings is yet available. Much that Dr. Lloyd-Jones preached is now published in commentary form (e.g., his expositions of the Sermon on the Mount, Romans, Ephesians, etc.) and is not included in this index because of my decision not to index commentaries. I have indexed the Doctor's topical works that were available to me. Those wanting more information on Dr. Lloyd-Jones's writings should consult the bibliography found at the end of volume two of Iain Murray's biography [LLOYD-JONES, D. MARTYN: THE FIGHT OF FAITH, 1939-1981 -- sk].
    "The Scripture Index was easy to produce. Where a specific text (or texts) of scripture served as the basis for a sermon or treatise, it is included in the Scripture Index at the appropriate place. This does not mean, however, that every work listed in the Scripture Index contains a detailed exegesis of the text to which it is attached. Often the Puritans used texts as the starting points for topical sermons or series. What follows is not so much an exposition of the text but an exposition of a theme which the text epitomizes. Such sermons do not always answer to the needs of the technical exegete, but they often serve as catalysts for doctrinal and practical observations on the text.
    "A few whole commentaries are found in the Scripture Index. These are present only because they are included in an author's collected writings. Many more commentaries could have been included; however, those appearing before 1870 are catalogued already in Spurgeon's COMMENTING AND COMMENTARIES. Many fine commentaries in the Puritan tradition also have appeared since 1870; but I have made no effort to produce what would in fact have been an update of Spurgeon's work.
    "The Topical Index was extremely difficult to construct. Two problems constantly intruded themselves into the process. First, when I began, no list of topics was ready at hand. My method therefore was to compile the list of topics as I went along. The end product doubtless is less accurate than if the topics had been set from the beginning. Second, Puritan sermons are not always capable of being reduced to one or two key ideas. Frequently the Puritans ranged across a wide field of related themes in a single sermon. Where this occurred, properly placing the sermon in the Topical Index was difficult. In most cases I was guided by either the author's title or his doctrine summary, i.e., a statement expressing the theme of the sermon. I have tried to exercise as much care as possible in indexing topically; however, those more familiar with individual sermons or treatises perhaps will question my decisions. Again, I hope that observations which may improve this work will be communicated to me. . . . I have included comments with some entries. It was not possible to do this for every entry. For the most part, I did this where I felt that a word was needed to clarify the emphasis of a given work. . . ." -- Robert P. Martin in the Preface, August 1996, Seattle, Washington

    Miller, Patricia A., and Keith R. Miller, Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling Youth, ISBN: 0801066085 9780801066085.

    Nave, Orville J., and Warren Baker, Nave's Complete Word Study Topical Bible (King James Version) (AMG Publishers, July 30, 2005), 1963 pages, ISBN: 0899576796 9780899576794.
    There are significantly differeces in vocabulary and coverage in this work compared to other topical listings of scripture. It is felts that for in-depth studies it would complement THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, THOMPSON'S EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE, and other topical listings.
    WordSearch Bible Software no longer sells the CD-ROM accompanying the book.
    "Arrangement of Scripture quotes and references under more than 22,000 topics and subtopics [based on NAVE'S TOPICAL STUDY BIBLE, it lists over 6,000 main topics, with over 16,000 subtopics], with an index of Strong's numbers for every word in the text of the KJV Bible."
    "Dr. Warren Baker is the Senior Editor of AMG Publishers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is co-author of The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament, and the general editor of The Complete Word Study Old Testament. He also served as managing editor of The Complete Word Study New Testament, The Compete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, and The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible.
    "Dr. Baker holds several degrees: B.A., Clearwater Christian College; M.Div., S.T.M., and D.R.E., Faith Theological Seminary. He served as Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Faith Seminary until he began his career in Christian publishing fourteen years ago." -- Publisher's Annotation.

    *Nave, Orville, and Edward Viening (revised and compiled) The New Nave's Topical Bible, new and enlarged (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), 1114 pages, ISBN: 0310337100 9780310337102.
    NAVE'S is a way of finding what the Bible teaches on any subject. Unlike a concordance it has the verses printed right within the book.
    Formerly THE ZONDERVAN TOPICAL BIBLE. Edward Viening was responsible for the compilation and revision of this 1969 work. This revised edition has 21,000 subject-heads rather than 20,000, but does not have the extensive Scripture references which still appear only in the Hendrickson edition. Nearly 6500 listings with more than 100,000 Scripture references and 1114 pages. Very useful in counseling also. A Christian classic.
    Dr. D. James Kennedy says he has used it for 30 years and considers it an indispensable aid. Billy Graham has said he uses it more than any other book except the Bible in the preparation of his sermons. A Christian classic.
    Nave's Topical Bible
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/

    *Nelson (Thomas Nelson editors), Nelson's Topical Bible Index, ISBN: 0785211241 9780785211242.
    "Offers pastors, Bible scholars, and laypeople ready-to-use information and quick answers to Bible questions. It organizes key Scripture references with context summaries under 8,000 topics and sub-topics, including names, places, things, concepts, events and doctrines. Includes brief definitions that are useful for personal study or lesson preparation." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Also available in LLS format in Nelson's Electronic Bible Reference Library, Volume 1.
    Nelson Reference, Ultimate Bible Reference Library: CD-ROM (Nelson Reference, October 15, 2002), ISBN: 9780785249955 0785249958.
    Includes THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY (complete and unabridged) and about 55 other works. Logos Library System format.

    Norris, Bill, What the Bible Says About Growing Old (What the Bible Says Series. Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company, Incorporated, 1988), ISBN: 0899002587 9780899002583.

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), Biblical Theology or: The Nature, Origin, Development, and Study of Theological Truth, in 6 books (Soli Deo Gloria Pubns), ISBN: 1877611832 9781877611834. A Christian classic.
    "Owen wrote 24 volumes, and only 23 have been available in reprint. BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, has been in Latin, and this is the first-ever English edition of this important work. It was translated into English by Dr. Stephen Westcott. It contains six sections, tracing theology from Adam to the present. Appendixed is Owen's Defense of Scripture against Fanaticism, which has much to say in the current discussions with Charismatics. J.I. Packer says, "All the qualities we expect of Owen-the focus on God, the passion for Christ, the honoring of the Holy Spirit, the shattering depth of insight into human sinfulness and perversity, the concern for holiness, the radical view of regeneration, the vision of the church as a spiritual fellowship that worships, the distrust of philosophical schemes and styles for dealing with divine things, the celebration of God's wisdom in giving the Scriptures in the form in which we have them-all are seen here." -- Publisher's Annotation "The present treatise is vintage Owen, searching and spiritual, devotional and doxological, the product of a masterful mind and a humble heart." -- J.I. Packer from the Foreword
    "Biblical Theology is that which starts with Genesis and builds teachings based *only* on what the particular writers have to say about a topic, building the theme together as one progresses through Scripture. "Systematic Theology" is that which takes a topic (i.e., the atonement) and finds all applicable texts from all over Scripture to form a concise teaching of that doctrine." -- Reader Comment

    *Owen, John, (1616-1683) The Complete Works of John Owen, 16 volumes, Alternate title: THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN-10: 0851513921 ISBN-13: 9780851513928. A Christian classic. See Chapter 1 for annotation on all 16 volumes. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN including HEBREWS (OCR digital text), DVD One, CD #1. Many separate works by Owen may be found in the Reformation Bookshelf 30 CD Set, and on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    John Owen (1616-1683) "is by common consent not the most versatile, but the greatest among Puritan theologians. For solidity, profundity, massiveness and majesty in exhibing from Scripture God's ways with sinful mankind there is no one to touch him. . . ." -- J.I. Packer in A Quest for Godliness, p. 81
    "To master his works is to be a profound theologian." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "The Banner of Truth Trust completed in May, 1968, the re-issue of the complete English works of Owen, his seven volumes on the Epistle of Hebrews excepted. All of these volumes `are of the greatest value' (Dr. Lloyd-Jones) but for newcomers to Owen we especially recommend the four volumes in the Practical Division (vols. 6-9.) . . ." -- William J. Grier
    "His works on communion, Christian life, and the person and glory of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, etc. are of the utmost value to any serious-minded Christian." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    John Owen is an example of a great theologian who prescribed to independency, and was unable to attain to covenanted reformation. He was not a member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines.

    *Pilgrim Publications, Complete Index to the New Park Street Pulpit and the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 24 pages.
    "Notes: Reprinted from Spurgeon's COMMENTING AND COMMENTARIES."

    *Pink, Arthur W., Profiting From The Word (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1990), ISBN: 0851510329 9780851510323.
    "Pink is recognized as one of the finest Christian writers of the twentieth century. Includes: The Scriptures and Sin, God, Christ, Prayer, Good Works, Obedience, the World, the Promises, Joy, and Love. Composed of excerpts from the author's magazine, Studies in the Scriptures." -- GCB

    *Pink, Michael, Tough Questions, Straight Answers "A great topical arrangement of Scriptures on modern subjects that our children bump up against everyday. Just Bible passages. Highly recommended." -- GCB

    *Ray, Bruce A., Jay Adams (foreword) Withhold Not Correction (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1978), 140 pages, ISBN: 0875524001 9780875524009.
    "If children were animals then behavioral manipulation would be appropriate. If children were innocent then diverting them into other activities when they are angry or selfish would be appropriate. But children bear the image of God, distorted by sin and correctable by the Gospel. 'The tablet is not blank: it's filled with sin.' Therefore child-rearing is a process of correction and reorientation, and it must be guided by Scripture. Contrary to how it is often viewed, 'discipline is not hate; discipline is love.' Lays out eight principles for biblical correction of children. Closes with a 'Parents' Topical Reference' to Bible passages on two dozen issues relevant to children." -- David Powlison
    "This is an exceptional book for the parent who seriously searches the Word of God for His will in rearing children. His constant aim is to display the Scripture bearing on his subject in order to `bring our children into a subordinate relationship to the living God.' He uses often the term, Biblical discipline, and he applies this not only to the use of the rod to correct, but also the use of prayer with the child, the constant attention to shaping the child's character, etc. He quotes from many good authors, such as Charles Bridges and Charles Hodge. Very good!" -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *The Reformation Study Bible: The Word That Changes Lives -- the Faith That Changed The World, New King James Version (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, March 2001). Previous published under the title New Geneva Study Bible: Bringing the Light of the Reformation to Scripture (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995).
    "The NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE offers a restatement of Reformation truth for Christians today. The first Geneva Bible was a pivotal force in the Reformation. Using the everyday language of its time, it opened the pages of Scripture to readers and provided helpful notes to assist them in understanding its message. It became the family Bible of the English people, and was the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to the New World. Since that time a multitude of English translations and study Bibles have appeared, but none of these has incorporated a summary of Reformed theology." -- Thomas Nelson Publishers
    Also available in digital format from Logos Bible Software.
    A Review of The Reformation Study Bible
    http://www.lettermen2.com/geneva.html
    Readers of THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE should also be familiar with The Westminster Family of Documents, the doctrine of the Mediatorial Dominion of Jesus Christ, and the literature of the Covenanted Reformation.
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    The Covenanted Reformation of Scotland Short Title Listing
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.html#crsstl
    Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
    http://www.covenantedreformation.com/EssaysCR/RP%20Catechism/RP%20Index.html

    *Regent University Staff, The Word on Management: A Topical Index of Scriptures for Managers, Supervisors and Employees (Ventura, CA: Regal Books), ISBN: 1555741258 9781555741259.
    "A topical index of Scriptures for managers and employees by the Regent University staff." -- GCB

    Richards, Lawrence O., Personal Ministry Handbook, ISBN: 0801077362 9780801077364.

    Rockstad, Ernest B., The Healing of the Mind (Andover, KS: Faith and Life Publications).
    Available in The Mind: Satan's Base of Operations (2 Cor. 11:3), four audio cassettes.
    A booklet explaining how to be "transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2). Filled with references to Scripture.

    Shewan, Edward (editor), Great Bible Passages: Treasures From the Word (Elgin, IL: David C. Cook Publishing Co., 1988), ISBN: 1555130186 9781555130183.

    *Smith, Jerome H. (editor), The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, revised and expanded (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997, 1992, 1836), 1664 pages, ISBN: 0785212272.
    "For over 150 years, the TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE has given Bible students the most complete collection anywhere of cross references -- far more than any concordance or reference Bible. Now this updated classic is so much easier to use. The entries, arranged verse by verse, offer cross references to related verses, topics, themes, and important words, so you can discover just what the Bible says about itself. This new edition contains over 100,000 new references, hundreds of corrections, seven new indexes, a handy symbol system, and a helpful `how to use the book' section. And it's completely retypeset in modern type for readability! 1664 pages . . ." -- CBD
    "The one book, aside from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies. I am grateful to Thomas Nelson for publishing this expanded edition." -- John MacArthur
    Includes bibliography, subject index, topic number index, Proverbs index, name index, figure of speech index, and other indexes. See the index to Proverbs.
    Also available in digital format.
    Smith, Jerome H., New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Logos Bible Software (LLS)
    "Edited by Jerome H. Smith - An incredible 1-volume Bible reference library, this comprehensive update of the original TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE is a unique resource for Bible study, teaching, or preaching. This edition contains nearly 100,000 new cross-references, additional key words, a new system of symbols, and many other improvements. This is the most comprehensive collection of time-saving and insightful cross-references ever published! Dozens of special study aids help you develop powerful lessons or sermons -- straight from the Bible itself! Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. says: 'The one book, apart from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies'."

    *Spurgeon, C.H., A Complete Textual Index to C.H. Spurgeon's Sermons: Published in the New Park Street Pulpit and the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 1855 to 1917, ISBN: 0851514189.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=W37QAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Spurgeon, C.H., Spurgeon's Expository Encyclopedia: Sermons, 15 volumes, ISBN: 0801081041 9780801081040.
    "Classified and arranged for ready reference."

    *Spurgeon, C.H., Spurgeon's Sermons, 10 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801011132 9780801011139.
    "Charles Haddon Spurgeon's style was rich, racy, powerful saxon, ever clear and strong, and often eloquent. The glory of God in saving men was his ruling motif." -- E. Dargan
    "This collection of SPURGEON'S SERMONS contains 250 sermons. . . The final volume includes indexes of texts and subjects, so you can easily find what Spurgeon had to say on a particular verse or topic. . . ." -- CBD
    Spurgeon's Sermons, the AGES Software CD-ROM in Logos Library format
    "This CD is the most complete collection of Charles Spurgeon's Sermons, available in print or electronically! On this CD are over 3550 sermons from one of the most gifted speakers and blessed Christian leaders of our era.
    "This CD is an invaluable tool in both sermon preparation and understanding. Additionally, THE COMPLETE SPURGEON COLLECTION, also can serve as a full Bible commentary as there are sermons and expositions from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.
    "AGES Software is excited to bring to you over 62 and a third consecutive years of pulpit gems. Over 3,241 consecutive weeks of sermons, a feat that will probably never be surpassed. Enjoy the writings and wisdom of the English preacher that perhaps influenced more Christians on either coast of the Atlantic Ocean than any man of our era."
    Spurgeon's Sermons, the AGES Software CD-ROM in Logos Library format
    http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/spurser.html
    Spurgeon's Sermons (CD-ROM) from AGES Software
    http://www.ageslibrary.com

    *Strong, James, The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Nelson's Centennial Edition) (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers), ISBN: 0840753608 9780840753601.
    "STRONG'S has been the most valuable Bible reference tool for a century. Now this newly improved edition from Nelson makes it effortless to use! The modern type is easy to read, and the Biblical references are printed out in full to eliminate confusion. A new topical index quickly locates people, places, things, and teachings in the Bible. Concordance entries are subdivided and defined when words refer to more than one person, place or object. All proper names are defined and pronounced. And the words of Christ are shaded in gray. This edition includes the concise Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries at the back, but no longer includes the key-verse comparison chart.. . . ." -- CBD
    See also: Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible (Hendrickson Publishers, June 30, 2007), Updated edition, 1685 pages, ISBN: 1598560662 9781598560664. Includes "a feature-rich companion CD for PC."

    *Strong, James, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible (Hendrickson Publishers, June 30, 2007), Updated edition, 1685 pages, ISBN: 1598560662 9781598560664. Includes STRONG'S EXPANDED PREMIUM EDITION CD-ROM.
    "It's easy to see why STRONG'S has remained the very first reference purchase of Bible readers for decades. And now it's even easier to see! Newly typeset with exceptionally clear and readable print -- and with a feature-rich companion CD for PC or PDA -- this affordable edition will continue to be the most-used resource in Bible libraries everywhere.

    "Features interactive FREE Premium CD-ROM, including the entire text in PDF format, for PCs, Macs, or PDA.
    "The STRONG'S EXPANDED PREMIUM EDITION CD-ROM provides ready access to all of the Strong's information, including enhanced STRONG'S HEBREW AND GREEK DICTIONARIES, as well as ALL the following titles:
    Select Hendrickson Resources Coded to Strong'S:
    Bibles Commentaries Dictionaries Topical Background

    *Thompson, Frank Charles (editor) and Kirkbride Bible and Technology (other contributor), Thompson Chain Reference Bible, KJV, 5th edition, improved, leather bound (Kirkbride Bible Company, December 2005), some editions include a CD-ROM. Language: English, French, and Spanish. Many editions and bindings are available.
    "Dr. Frank C. Thompson, D.D., Ph.D., invested more than forty years in compiling and developing the remarkable Chain-Reference system that is the heart of the Bible that now bears his name." -- Publisher's Annotation
    This is a huge body of work: the fully cross-referenced Bible, 1619 pages, plus Bible helps, 788 pages, for a total of 2417 pages. It may be used profitably in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (1680 pages), THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE) (2220 pages), THE GENEVA BIBLE (648 pages), THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION (1631 pages), and THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE (1114 pages).
    "The topics from the TOPICAL BIBLE can easily be found in the General Index of the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. In the General Index are found the chain-reference numbers that will guide the user into the biblical context for many of the topics. The many additional resources in the THOMSPON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE . . . will greatly supplement any topical study." -- Introduction to the TOPICAL BIBLE
    We feel that both THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION, 5TH EDITION, and the THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION has a part in every reference library, particularly the libraries of Biblical Counselors.
    Remember the Thompson Chain-Reference System was developed for the Authorized King James Version. It is also available in New American Standard, New King James, and the New International versions.
    "A THOMPSON STUDY BIBLE will help you in ways other Bibles can't. It's the unique Chain-Reference System that allows you to follow any subject, person, place or idea, from the front of your Bible to the end. THOMPSON users say it's the best way to study your Bible. No other Bible has this superb, patented, Thompson Chain Reference System developed by Dr. Frank C. Thompson in 1890. Since that time, thousands of additional topics and links have been added. The AKJV 4th edition has been out-of-print since 1988. The 5th edition began printing in 1988. The only way to find a 4th edition would be in the secondary market. . . ' -- Publisher's Annotation
    "Some Thompson Bible Features [from among 75 additional study features]:

    "The text is set in two columns for ease of reading. Cross-references are to the left and right of the respective columns immediately adjacent to the related verse. TCR cross-references are by subject. Each cross-reference contains a TCR Index number, the TCR subject, and the next Bible verse in the 'chain' for that subject. For example, if you were studying the gospel of 'John' at John 1:9 the TCR cross-reference reads '2168 Christ the Light, 8:12.' Thus the TCR index number is '2168,' the subject is 'Christ the Light,' and the next verse in the 'chain' is John 8:12. Going to John 8:12 you would find '2168 Christ the Light, 12:35' and so on to the end of the 'chain'. What makes this different than most other study Bibles is the 'TCR Numeric Index.' Looking up TCR Index number 2168 we find ALL references to subject 'Christ the Light' in order from Genesis to Revelation. You can also do a lookup using the subject. For example, say you are asked a question by an un-believer, 'Why was Jesus Christ called 'the Light of the world' and what does it mean?' First you would look up the subject 'Christ' or 'Jesus' in the 'TCR Alphabetic Index.' For example, in section 'C,' we find 'Christ,' under the 'Christ' entry we find 'Light, the ... 2168.' Now we can look in the 'TCR Numeric Index' for the '2168' entry. Here we find the 'chain' of all relevant verses for further study. Why is this better than a 'Strong's' search? Using the latest 'Strongest Strong's ...' under word 'light' we find 288 entries. The 'Strong's' search is less efficient because many of the 288 entries are not relevant to the subject in question. The full compliment of TCR Bible helps consists of the cross-references (100,000 entries), 'Alphabetic Index (8,000 entries)', 'Numerical Index (4,200 entries),' 'Outline Studies,' 'Bible Character Studies,' 'Bible Harmonies,' 'Archaeological Supplement,' 'Hebrew Calendar,' 'Concordance,' and 'Bible Maps.' At $36 you can not go wrong. If I could have only one study Bible, this would be it." -- Reader's Comment
    Warning: Many editions and bindings are available, including CD-ROM software Bible research packages, and Palm or PocketPC devices. The website for Thompson Bibles is the best source of complete descriptions of the various editions.
    "The 5th edition is the 4th edition expanded, and has everything the 4th had, plus more. While Kirkbride is always in production printing the Bibles with the current year's date, it is still the 1988 5th edition [this 5th edition was the last edition of THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE, anything published in 1988 or later is the 5th edition. -- sk]." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Both the buyer and the seller can become confused about various editions because Kirbride Bible Company apparently has never printed the Internation Standard Book Number (ISBN) in the various editons and printings. Buyers will want to confirm the edition, version, and publisher with the seller.
    There are numerous reader's comments about poor quality of paper, binding, and typography of TCR Bibles not printed by Kirkbride, so be sure to carefully inspect any non-Kirkbride edition before purchasing it.
    Thompson apparently was a Methodist pastor. The first edition of 1908 was "published by Methodists Book Concern of Dobbs Ferry, New York." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Thompson, Frank Charles (author), Paul M. Hillman (editor), John Stephen Jauchen (editor) The Thompson Exhaustive Topical Bible: King James Version (Indianapolis, IN: Kirkbride Bible Company, Inc., 1997). Hardcover, 1631 pages.
    This is a topical Bible compiled from the Thompson Chain-Reference System.
    "NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE was edited into a Study Bible format shortly after the appearance of the original THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. It is fitting for Thompson's Study Bible to be reformatted into a reference book. And where there is room in the marketplace and on every serious student's bookshelf for more than one Bible translation, so there is room for more than one Topical Bible -- and great value in the use of both Nave's and Thompson's work. . . ." -- John R. Kohlenbertger III, from the Foreword
    "Now, the detailed and comprehensive topical and subject data that forms the heart of the unparalleled Thompson Chain-Reference system is offered in this -- the most exhaustive topical Bible currently available! Combining to make THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE unique are features which include:

    "No other topical Bible can offer you the comprehensive collection of features or the exhaustive topical thoroughness of this exceptional Bible reference tool -- because there can only be one . . .THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE." -- Publisher's Annotation
    It may be used profitably in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (1680 pages), THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE) (2220 pages), THE GENEVA BIBLE (648 pages), THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION (1631 pages), and THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE (1114 pages).
    "The topics from the TOPICAL BIBLE can easily be found in the General Index of the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. In the General Index are found the chain-reference numbers that will guide the user into the biblical context for many of the topics. The many additional resources in the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE . . . will greatly supplement any topical study." -- Introduction to the TOPICAL BIBLE

    Torrey, R.A., Torrey's New Topical Textbook, ISBN: 0873986075 9780873986076. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #24.
    Torrey's New Topical Textbook
    http://www.ccel.org/t/torrey/ttt/

    *Voorwinde, Steven, Wisdom for Today's Issues: A Topical Arrangement of the Proverbs (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875524729 9780875524726.
    "The Proverbs are arranged under 55 different subjects so that they may speak to us today on many modern problems." -- GCB

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    Willison, John A.M., The Christian's Scripture Directory: Together With Resolutions by the Rev. Jonathan Edwards (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 18--?).

    *Young, Robert, Young's Analytical Concordance of the Bible, revised with STRONG'S (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers), ISBN: 0840749724 9780840749727 0840749716 9780840749710.
    "Over 311,000 references. Different than STRONG'S. For example, under `Love' there are 49 separate listings showing what Hebrew and Greek words are translated `love.' In the back there are Hebrew and Greek lexicons which reference STRONG'S dictionaries. Nelson also corrected errors and omissions of other editions of Young's." -- GCB

    See also: The holy bible, The promises of christ, Bible promises, Proverbs, Proverbs, topical listings of, Wisdom books, Questions and answers, Biblical counsel by subject, Training in Biblical counseling, Scripture memory systems, Ready references: immediate counsel on many subjects, Bible reference works, Manuals and handbooks, Cruden's, young's, and strong's concordances
    TCRB5: *4312 (Practical Helps for Young People and Christian Workers Generally), 4313

    Related WebLinks

    Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/Concordances/TreasuryofScriptureKnowledge/

    The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
    http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

    Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    Nave's Topical Bible: Commandments
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T1189

    Nave's Topical Bible
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/

    The Gideons International, Bible Helps
    Includes: "Where to Find Help When," "Teachings About Some of Life's Problems," "Christian Virtues and Character," and so forth.
    http://www.gideons.org/

    Christian Financial Concepts
    http://www.cfcministry.org/



    Proverbs, Topical Listings

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7a)

    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
    (Hosea 4:6-11)

    *Bridges, Charles, The Proverbs (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510884 9780851510880.
    "The best work on the Proverbs. The scriptural method of exposition so well carried out by Bridges renders all his writings very suggestive to ministers. While explaining the passage in hand, he sets other portions of the word in new lights." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "Most of the Proverbs find their basis in the Law. You will find again and again that Bridges brings this out." -- GCB

    *Decker, Barbara Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs, King James Version, ISBN: 0961860839.
    "An indispensible tool for parenting, this book arranges the proverbs into over 70 realistic, helpful topics. A sampling of topics covered include: trust in God, obedience, honesty, anger, self-control, temper, arguing, boasting, complaining, love, friendship, happiness, discretion, faithfulness, stewardship, work and many more." -- Publisher's Annotation
    An accompanying book, A COLORING BOOK OF BIBLE PROVERBS is `a 30-page coloring book illustrating various passages from the Book of Proverbs. Can be used with or without the above hardback book'." -- GCB

    Goldberg, Louis, Savoring the Wisdom of Proverbs (Chicago, IL: Moody Press), ISBN: 0825427339 9780825427336.
    "As a Jewish believer, Goldberg leads you chapter by chapter through the Proverbs, providing topical overviews and fascinating details contained in these gems of wisdom. With clarity and simplicity, the author offers a practical guide that will have lasting significance in your life." -- GCB

    Murphy, Roland E., Glenn W. Barker, David A. Hubbard, Bruce M. Metzger, Proverbs, ISBN: 0849902215 9780849902215.

    Hubbard, David A., Proverbs (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing), ISBN: 0849904218 9780849904219.
    "Hubbard has done more than research Proverbs; he has researched life. Following a helpful introduction, he outlines the fundamentals of the book, builds a working knowledge base, and then matches those ancient truths to modern challenges. The material from 10:1-22:16 is handled in a topical fashion and not verse-by-verse." -- GCB

    Jones, Cody L., The Complete Guide to the Book of Proverbs (Quinten Publishing), ISBN: 0963894471 9780963894472.
    "This is no mere collection of proverbs, but is a serious 568-page work that is for both reading and reference. The first 23 pages include a list of charts, a guide to pronounciation, and an outline of the structure of Proverbs. Pages 25-256 are a commentary on Proverbs. The comments are interesting and very readable, and they put things into a historical setting. The book includes many historical drawings and photos to give the reader a sense of the culture of the time. The next section (pages 257-315) provides a topical guide to Proverbs, with 96 topics arranged alphabetically. Each topic is amplified by one or more verses. The third principal section (pages 317-545) offers the full texts of six different versions in parallel: NEW KING JAMES, NEW REVISED STANDARD, NEW CENTURY, NEW INTERNATIONAL, KING JAMES and NEW LIVING. While some versions are more orthodox and strictly translated, others are more readable; and the ability to see all six versions of a verse on the same page spread certainly is an aid to understanding. If this book piques your interest in the book of Proverbs -- and it might -- it is well worth the cover price. There is much wisdom to be gained in Proverbs and this tool can help you uncover it." -- Reader's Comment

    Murphy, Roland E., Glenn W. Barker, David A. Hubbard, Bruce M. Metzger, Proverbs, ISBN: 0849902215 9780849902215.

    *Smith, Jerome H. (editor), The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, revised and expanded (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997, 1992, 1836), 1664 pages, ISBN: 0785212272.
    "For over 150 years, the TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE has given Bible students the most complete collection anywhere of cross references -- far more than any concordance or reference Bible. Now this updated classic is so much easier to use. The entries, arranged verse by verse, offer cross references to related verses, topics, themes, and important words, so you can discover just what the Bible says about itself. This new edition contains over 100,000 new references, hundreds of corrections, seven new indexes, a handy symbol system, and a helpful `how to use the book' section. And it's completely retypeset in modern type for readability! 1664 pages . . ." -- CBD
    "The one book, aside from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies. I am grateful to Thomas Nelson for publishing this expanded edition." -- John MacArthur
    Includes bibliography, subject index, topic number index, Proverbs index, name index, figure of speech index, and other indexes. See the index to Proverbs.
    Also available in digital format.
    Smith, Jerome H., New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Logos Bible Software (LLS)
    "Edited by Jerome H. Smith - An incredible 1-volume Bible reference library, this comprehensive update of the original TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE is a unique resource for Bible study, teaching, or preaching. This edition contains nearly 100,000 new cross-references, additional key words, a new system of symbols, and many other improvements. This is the most comprehensive collection of time-saving and insightful cross-references ever published! Dozens of special study aids help you develop powerful lessons or sermons -- straight from the Bible itself! Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. says: 'The one book, apart from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies'."

    Souza, Francisco F. de, The Use of Proverbs in Biblical Counseling (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1990).
    Includes bibliography.

    *Voorwinde, Steven, Wisdom for Today's Issues: A Topical Arrangement of the Proverbs (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875524729 9780875524726.
    "The Proverbs are arranged under 55 different subjects so that they may speak to us today on many modern problems." -- GCB



    Scripture Memory Systems

    Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11)

    This book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then shalt thou have good success. (Joshua 1:28)

    My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments; for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. (Proverbs 3:1-3)

    Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

    He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
    Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:21,23)

    "It is not the letter of the Word that ordinarily doth convert, but the spiritual meaning of it, as revealed and expounded. . . . There is the letter, the husk; and there is the spirit, the kernel, and when we by expounding the Word do open the husk, out drops the kernel. It is the meaning of the word which is the word indeed, it is the sense of it which is the soul. . . . Now, preaching in a more special manner reveals God's word. When an ointment box is once opened, then it casts its saviour about; and when the juice of a medicinal herb is once strained out and applied, then it heals. And so it is the spiritual meaning of the Word let into the heart which converts it and turns it to God." -- Thomas Goodwin

    A Biblical Counselor tells the story of his high school son who attended church regularly with the family, but with little or no enthusiasm.
    His father entered into a deal with his son to memorize verses of Scripture. The conditions: the father would select the verse, the son would memorize the verse, the father could request that he recite any verse at any time, each time he recited a verse correctly his father would pay him $5.00, if he failed to recite a verse correctly (word for word with the book, chapter, and verse), then he paid his father $5.00.
    At first he memorized just for the money. Later he began requesting more verses. His father selected verses bearing on events in his son's life at the moment. As the number of verses grew, the father was able to request verses to be recited that spoke to the specific needs of the moment. By the time of his graduation from high school he had over 100 verses of Scripture committed to memory. The son then went to Columbia Seminary and is now a pastor. (For those who do not immediately see, this is a practical way, of course, to purchase the soul of a child or neighbor for Christ before they barter it for a "mess of pottage" in the workplace, or to an spouse in an ungodly marriage of convenience.)

    *Navigators, Topical Memory System: The Navigators Scripture Memory Course (KJV/NIV) (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress), ISBN: 1576839974 9781576839973.
    "At the end of this 30-week personal course, they'll have 60 key verses memorized." Topical Memory System: Card Set, ISBN: 0891092803 9780891092803.

    Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Bible Verse Memory Packet (King James Version) (Minneapolis, MN: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association). 20032
    Memory cards that can be conveniently carried with you.
    "We have found these Scripture verses to be of great help in our daily Christian living."-- Billy and Ruth Graham

    Logos Research Systems, Memlok Bible Memory System Starter Kit
    "Now it is easier than ever to memorize scripture. You know you should do it, you know you want to do it, you know it will have a tremendous benefit in your life. Now you can have a system that is proven to be effective, and is easy to use. . . !
    "This is perfect for you if you use your computer every day. You can have Memlok run itself at start-up each day. Just five minutes every day for five days a week and you are memorizing scripture!

    Masters, Lavonne, Memorize and Meditate, ISBN: 0840732287 9780840732286.
    "Masters combines practical, easy-to-use memorization methods with Biblical principles of mediation to produce a memory plan that works." -- GCB

    See also: Appendix a: words of christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, topical listings of scripture, Biblical counsel by subject
    TCRB5: 4314

    Related WebLinks

    Appendix A: Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html



    TRAINING IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING

    *Adams, Jay E.,The Big Umbrella and Other Essays and Addresses on Christian Counseling. Alternate title: ESSAYS ON COUNSELING (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1972), 265 pages.
    "A dozen lectures meant to orient people to the basic ideas of Christian counseling. The 'Big Umbrella' is the notion that mental illness explains any and every difficulty in life. Organic mental malfunction is a much smaller -- and legitimate -- umbrella, but it must not be confused with the vast turf of problems in living. Psychiatrists and others who illegitimately counsel are squatters on the pastor's turf. 'What I wrote [in COMPETENT TO COUNSEL] is only a frail beginning. It is going to take dozens and dozens of us years and years to develop counseling that is fully Christian, clearly defined and articulated.' Treats evangelism in counseling, grief counseling, demon possession, marital and familial communication, abuses of small groups, drugs, masturbation, and homosexuality. 'The kind of counseling that we have been discussing may be structured, but it also is an informal pervasive force among the people of God'." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Change Them?. . . Into What?: Counseling in America Today (Laverock, PA: Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation), 1977, 18 pages.
    "Reprint of an address at the University Psychiatric Clinic in Vienna, Austria. 'You are planning to help people; fine. But that means changing them. The question is not only how, but (most basically) -- into what? The Christian replies, "Into the likeness of Jesus Christ".' Discusses the 'general failure of the psychotherapeutic community to succeed in doing anything significant for people and their problems.' Pastors in the 1950s either referred to psychotherapists or sought to incorporate psychotherapy into their practice. Since the mid-60s, however, distinctively biblical counseling has developed. 'This counseling draws upon the wisdom of God in the Scriptures and the power of God in the Holy Spirit.' This is what such counseling looks like: speak the truth in love to responsible people who need to change in order to grow up into the image of Christ." -- David Powlison

    *Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's Casebook (The Jay Adams Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), ISBN: 0310511615 9780310511618.
    "This is 'a workbook designed for individual or class use in conjunction with COMPETENT TO COUNSEL and THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL.' Contains snapshots of 60 opening sessions and 45 cases in process. There are three major purposes: [1] to learn how to identify various sorts of problems according to biblical norms; [2] to lay out biblical plans of action for dealing with problems; [3] to provide familiarity with a wide variety of representative types of problems that counselors encounter." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's New Testament: a new translation in everyday English, with notations, marginal references, and supplemental helps, revised and amplified.
    "Adams has added numerous counseling-oriented footnotes to his translation of the New Testament, and has made many minor revisions to the text itself in order to enhance readability. The last 70 pages contain the original 'supplemental helps,' a primer on counseling. . . . Marginal notations and footnotes address dozens of topics of practical use to counselors. The Supplemental Helps provide a 60 page summary of nouthetic counseling -- both methodological and conceptual -- and a ready reference. 'Supplemental Helps' reprinted as HELPS FOR COUNSELORS." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's Wordbook: A Primer of Nouthetic Counseling. Alternate title: THE LANGUAGE OF COUNSELING and THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S WORDBOOK: A PRIMER OF NOUTHETIC COUNSELING. ISBN: 0310510619 9780310510611.
    " 'One of the major unifying themes in my rather zigzag career has been the central place language holds in all the activities in which I have been involved.' Language and labels matter, because in the battle for men's minds language and ideas are the principal weapons: 'Ideological attack, rather than physical attack, has been Satan's most successful ploy.' The words counselors and counselees use matter, and this book pushes you to take stock of the words you say and hear. Counselors must 'deliberately adopt new words and constructions that more aptly express the biblical facts in each counseling situation'. . . ."
    "150 pithy (from a paragraph to a page) comments on counseling subjects from 'Action' to 'Worry.' Keyed to more extensive discussions of each topic in seventeen of Adams's pre-1981 books. As an example, the three paragraphs on 'conscience' contain more good sense than a shelf-full of books on 'self-esteem.' Answers misunderstandings of nouthetic counseling (e.g., 'confrontation' and 'flesh')." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Approaches to Discipleship; Women in Biblical Counseling [30022]

    Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Demon Possession; Divorce; Church Discipline (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    Audio cassette JA503.

    Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Introduction; Counseling Principles; Counseling Non-Christians [30024]

    Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Multiple Persons; Unbeliever Doesn't Leave; Discipling Children; Obesity and Fatness [30025]

    Adams, Jay E., Helps for Counselors: A Mini-Manual for Christian Counseling (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1977), 63 pages. Reprint of the helps from the back of THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S NEW TESTAMENT.
    Contains, Counselor's Quick Check List, Fifty Failure Factors, Remarks and Responses, Counseling Outlines (for various problems), The Counselor's Topical Worklist, and so forth.

    *Adams, Jay E., How To Help People Change: The Four-Step Biblical Process, 203 pages.
    "Unfolds the counseling process through an exposition of II Timothy 3:14-17. Bases all on the centrality of God and the vertical dimension for counseling: The Holy Spirit and the Word work in concert. Change unfolds through teaching, conviction, correction and training. 'Learn both how to launder your mind of pagan psychological and psychiatric theories and how to use the Bible cogently and effectively in its full strength.' Contains reprint of Adams's 1982 journal article on 'Integration'." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Insight and Creativity in Christian Counseling: An Antidote to Rigid and Mechanical Approaches (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1982), 134 pages, ISBN: 0310511313 9780310511311.
    "Counselors must do justice both to the fundamental commonalities and to the diverse particulars of counseling situations and life situations. 'Insight into the inner workings of sinful human beings, into their outer circumstances and problems, and into the correct meaning and applicability of appropriate Bible passages is absolutely essential to counseling. Likewise, the importance of creativity cannot be minimized. It is creativity that particularizes the common, fitting together the usual and the unusual in each situation. Without it, people are crammed into molds they don't fit; rather, the truth must be adapted and applied (but not accommodated) to each person as he is'." -- David Powlison
    "Dr. Adams says there are inborn qualities or special gifts. They can be learned and developed under proper guidance and direction. These both play an important role in the counseling process. This book is intended to help you to gain insight and creativity." Includes bibliographical references.

    Adams, Jay E., The Language of Counseling. Alternate title: THE LANGUAGE OF COUNSELING and THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S WORDBOOK: A PRIMER OF NOUTHETIC COUNSELING (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1981), ISBN: 0310510619 9780310510611.
    " 'One of the major unifying themes in my rather zigzag career has been the central place language holds in all the activities in which I have been involved.' Language and labels matter, because in the battle for men's minds language and ideas are the principal weapons: 'Ideological attack, rather than physical attack, has been Satan's most successful ploy.' The words counselors and counselees use matter, and this book pushes you to take stock of the words you say and hear. Counselors must 'deliberately adopt new words and constructions that more aptly express the biblical facts in each counseling situation'." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Matters of Concern to Christian Counselors: A Potpourri of Principles and Practices (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1977), 104 pages.
    "The first of a series (see UPDATE ON CHRISTIAN COUNSELING, VOLUMES 1 & 2) of books containing short essays on miscellaneous topics. This one has 41 short takes on everything from whether you should forgive yourself, to sleep, to halo data, to the use of the word 'need,' to teaching counselors, to dealing with foul language from counselees, to self-love." -- David Powlison

    *Adams, Jay E., More than Redemption: A Theology of Christian Counseling. Alternate title: A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING: MORE THAN REDEMPTION. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1979), 338 pages, ISBN: 0310511011 9780310511014.
    "Four major sections seek to articulate a biblical theology of counseling. The first seven chapters deal with the relevance of God and His Word to counseling: e.g., 'God is man's environment'; 'because counseling is part of the ministry of the Word (just as preaching is) it is unthinkable to use any other text (just as it would be unthinkable to do so in preaching).' The next four chapters deal with the nature of man in creation and in sin. The next seven deal with the change process (salvation and sanctification), including a lengthy section on forgiveness. The book closes with a miscellany of other topics. Along with COMPETENT TO COUNSEL, THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL, and LECTURES ON COUNSELING, this is a fundamental book for understanding nouthetic counseling.
    "Reprints in entirety two books, COPING WITH COUNSELING CRISES and THE USE OF THE SCRIPTURES IN COUNSELING and two pamphlets "Your Place in the Counseling Revolution" and "Counseling and the Sovereignty of God." Opens with a challenge to seminary students to consider their calling as 'pastor-counselors'." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Prayers for Troubled Times (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1979), 64 pages, ISBN: 0875520677 9780875520674.
    " 'In simple, everyday English, yet with reverence, I have tried to express many of the heartfelt and inner cries of God's people.' Contains 33 prayers on concerns from 'Age' and 'Anger' to 'Work' and 'Worry' (with a dozen blank pages at the end to pen your own). 'Every prayer grew out of actual experience'." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Training," and so forth, and so on.

    *Adams, Jay E., Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling, 111 pages.
    "An introductory textbook in nouthetic counseling: accessible, compact, covering both conceptual and methodological matters. 'God calls every Christian to counsel some people, somewhere, at some time about something.' Galatians 6:1 provides the banner verse: the character of the counselor, the problems in view, the methods. Meant for individual study or for a class or Bible study group." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Solving Marriage Problems: Biblical Solutions for Christian Counselors (The Jay Adams Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing Corporation, 1986), ISBN: 0875520812 9780875520810.
    "Marriage and family problems are the number one counseling problem. Too many times Christian counselors combine worldly ideas, from purely secular sources, with the Bible. Adams tries a purely Biblical approach which assumes that God speaks authoritatively on marriage." -- GCB. Includes bibliographical references.
    "Practical training for counselors in how to understand and solve marriage problems. What are the basics of the biblical view of marriage? What sorts of problems destroy marriages?: [1] unbiblical concepts ('problems of error'); [2] sinful living patterns ('problems of practice']; [3] relationships with others (e.g., companions, in-laws, children, former spouse); [4] general influences in society. Gives methods for discovering and solving problems." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay Edward, Ten Volume Christian Counselor's Commentary Series (Timeless Texts).
    "This 10-volume series of commentaries is written in everyday English -- a must for laymen as well as the Pastor/Counselor. Jay Adams explains and applies biblical truths in the clear, understandable way that typifies his writing. He does not try to duplicate the standard technical commentaries, but supplements them with the implications of the text for God-honoring counseling and Christian living." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Adams, Jay E., A Thirst for Wholeness: How to Gain Wisdom From the Book of James (Victor Books [Scripture Press], 1988), ISBN: 0964355698 9780964355699, 143 pages.
    "A study of the inner dynamics of human life from the book of James. Meant to be used personally or in a study group or class. Works thematically, covering anger, desires, doubt, prayer, peacemaking, sickness, among other things. The section on the 'inner/outer aspects of sin' (Chapter 3) rebuts a host of misconceptions of nouthetic counseling as externalistic: 'The struggle for mastery over one's desires must be achieved. . . . Christian, resist sin at the start, as Jesus did. Abort inner sin before it is born. Augustine encourages us with these words: `Pray that God may make you conqueror of yourself. . . not the enemy without, but of your own soul within. . . . Let no enemy from without be feared: conquer yourself, and the whole world is conquered'." -- David Powlison A Thirst for Wholeness
    http://www.nouthetic.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=99

    Adams, Jay E., A Training Course to Equip Christians for Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    "This course is a must for the basic principles of Biblical counseling. Every person serious about counseling should avail himself of this course. Contains eight 90-minute audio cassettes." -- Robert B. Somerville. This was prepared in the mid-70s.

    *Adams, Jay E., Update on Christian Counseling, volumes 1 and 2, includes MATTERS OF CONCERN TO CHRISTIAN COUNSELORS (The Jay Adams Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), ISBN: 0801001536 9780801001536.
    "Volume I surveys Biblical teaching on current counseling concerns, e.g. Failure in Counseling, Drugs and Counseling, Getting Organized, etc. . . . Volume II . . . is an evaluation of the latest developments, problems, ideas, and concerns in the field of Christian counseling. This book contains a reviewing of an old article `Does the Behaviorist Have a Mind?' This series is a must for those who want to be ready. MATTERS OF CONCERN TO CHRISTIAN COUNSELORS is a `potpourri of principles and practices of Biblical counseling'." Includes bibliographical references.
    Essays, on: how counseling affects the counselor; counseling failure; a biblical approach to stress; prescription medications; the Sermon on the Mount as an example of how-to given along with what-to; the problem with apologies; 25 key presuppositions of biblical counseling; structuring counseling; using a Personal Data Inventory; the flexibility of nouthetic counseling; the adaptability of a nouthetic counselor; reminding counselees; definitions of about 115 terms of basic Christian vocabulary, from "Adoption" and "Advent" to "Worship" and "Wrath," do people really get their idea of God from their own fathers?; Christian liberty and questionable practices; counseling disabled people; evaluating transactional analysis; winning an unsaved wife to Christ; using I Corinthians 13 in counseling; guidance through "checks" and "promptings"; "Does the Behaviorist Have a Mind?" (reprint of a 1927 article by William Hallock Johnson); eclecticism in counseling; "complicating problems" of various sorts (difficulties growing out of a counselee's primary problem that must be addressed in order to solve the primary problem).

    Adams, Jay E., What About Nouthetic Counseling? A Question and Answer Book With History, Help and Hope for the Christian Counselor (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1976), 91 pages, ISBN: 0801001145 9780801001147.
    " 'A question and answer book with history, help and hope for the Christian counselor.' Discusses the first ten years of the movement, both the gains that have occurred and the opposition and misunderstandings that have arisen. 25 questions and answers engage common misunderstandings and criticisms. For example, Q: 'Do you think that feelings are unimportant?' A: 'Of course not! They play a vital role in the human makeup.' For example, Q: 'Don't you think that we can learn something from psychologists?' A: 'Yes, we can learn a lot; I certainly have. That answer surprised you, didn't it? If it did, you have been led to believe, no doubt that nouthetic counselors are obscurantists who see no good in psychology.' For example, Q: 'Why can't you use the methods of other counseling systems?' A: 'Well-thought-through systems are self-contained packages. . . . Distinguish between methods and means.' Also contains COUNSELING AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Your Place in the Counseling Revolution (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1975), 44 pages, ISBN: 0801001005 9780801001000.
    "The confusion in the counseling world exists because 'they have rejected the one and only perfect and lasting textbook on counseling': the Bible. Christians have all too often accommodated the faith wrongly to secular psychology. God refuses to be brought in as an additive to a pagan system or to be 'discovered' in a pagan theory. Christians have unresolved personal problems; Bible-believers largely neglected matters of practical Christian living during the battles with liberalism. What is your place in the counseling revolution?: [1] the ministry of everyday Christians is described where 'many of the `one another' verses refer to exhortation, encouragement, restoration, admonition, rebuke and the giving of other sorts of counsel'; [2] if God has called you to full-time counseling, go to seminary to get training in the Bible and go into the pastorate. Reprinted in Lectures on Counseling." -- David Powlison

    Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, CONFRONTING the Biblical Counseling Foundation's Self-Confrontation Manual. A PsychoHeresy Awareness Position Paper (PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries 4137 Primavera Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110).
    "While we no longer recommend any manuals or training programs for biblical counseling, we would issue the following recommendations for changing the manual and for restraints if the BCF manual is to be used at all."
    http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/images/bcfpaper.pdf

    Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, How to Counsel From Scripture (Chicago: Moody Press, 1985), 224 pages, ISBN: 0802403735 9780802403735.
    "God's love is the predominant factor in change: 'God's love enables one to overcome sin and its consequences, to live in relationship to Him, and to be transformed into the image of Christ. His love engenders trust, which leads to obedience to His Word.' 'Biblical counseling is not a new idea. We are merely promoting a restoration of one of the oldest ministries. . . . The cure-of-souls ministry emphasized the person's relationship with God from which comes renewal and change in the mental-emotional-behavioral areas of life.' Part 1 lays out a biblical model of man and a biblical methodology for change. Part 2 talks about the counselee, the counselor, and their relationship of conversation. Part 3 discusses the centrality of the love of God. Part 4 speaks of setting up counseling ministry in the church." -- David Powlison

    Brandt, Henry, and Kerry Skinner, The Heart of the Problem: 12 Lessons for Making Lasting Change (Nashville, TN: Broadman/Holman, 1995), ISBN: 0805460608 9780805460605, 197 pages.
    "Brandt and Skinner have adapted Brandt's 1991 book WHEN YOU'RE TIRED OF TREATING THE SYMPTOMS, AND YOU'RE READY FOR A CURE, GIVE ME A CALL into a workbook on how to face and solve personal problems. The book is designed for individuals or groups, and teaches basics of Christian living: how to understand your problems, to face your sins, to overcome excuse-making, to understand the hardships of life, to find the grace of Jesus Christ." -- David Powlison

    *Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course I: The Self-Confrontation Syllabus for Biblical Counseling Training, ISBN: 1878114018 9781878114013 and Course I: Self-Confrontation Tapes (10 cassette tapes) (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).
    "Contains 24 weekly lessons intended to move a person through the change process personally as the foundation for working on becoming a counselor (Matthew 7:1-5). Intended for Sunday school and other classes or personal study. The first eight lessons lay the biblical foundation for change. The grace of the God in the gospel of Jesus Christ is spring of all true change, and it prompts a self-confrontation: 'Man's way is oriented to self: to please self, to comfort self, to rely on self, to fulfill self, to forgive self, to exalt self, and to love self. . . . [God's way] emphasizes that you are to live for Him.' The next thirteen lessons treat particular problem areas: selfishness, anger, interpersonal conflict, marriage and family, depression, fear, life-dominating sins. The final three lessons summarize and set the foundation for Course II, Biblical Counseling Training." -- David Powlison
    "Helps Christians solve their personal problems Biblically and equips laymen and women to counsel others Biblically within the church." Particularly valuable for its system of identifying root problems in counseling cases. Some of the material presented is from various writings by Jay E. Adams. The audio cassette tape series by John Broger is designed to accompany the course and includes practical examples.
    Biblical Counseling Foundation
    http://www.bcfministries.org/aboutbcf.htm

    Broger, John C., Instructor's Guide for the Self-confrontation Course: Based on the Old and New Testaments as the Only Authoritative Rule of Faith and Conduct, ISBN: 1878114026 9781878114020.

    *Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course II: Nouthetic Counseling Study Guide and Course II: Self-Confrontation Tapes (8 cassette tapes) (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).
    Biblical Counseling Foundation
    http://www.bcfministries.org/aboutbcf.htm

    Curro, Ellen, Caring Enough to Help: Counseling at a Crisis Pregnancy Center (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, April 1990), ISBN: 0801025516 9780801025518.
    "Much valuable information for training volunteers to serve at a crisis pregnancy center is included here. The entire Christian community will see how it can make a difference by touching hurting lives." -- GCB

    *Foster, Timothy, Called to Counsel (Nashville, TN: Oliver Nelson, 1986).
    "Designed for the training of laypersons in our churches, this book is practical and specific and focuses on `what to do,' and `what to say' in different situations. Foster gives easily accessible answers on how to handle uncomfortable situations and when to refer those beings counseled to professional therapists. Most importantly, he discusses what is appropriate to do (and not to do) in hundreds of cases readers can easily relate to in their own counseling. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Foster, Timothy, The Handbook of Christian Counseling, ISBN: 0785279393 9780785279396.
    A revised edition of CALLED TO COUNSEL, 1986. Includes index.

    Kellemen, Robert W., Soul Physicians.
    "SOUL PHYSICIANS provides a relevant, in-depth theology of biblical counseling. Just as medical students examine the anatomy of the human body, so soul physicians need to understand the anatomy of the human soul. SOUL PHYSICIANS offers a theological foundation for the ministry of biblical counseling, soul care, and spiritual direction, equipping the counselor to make Christian counseling truly Christian.
    "Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship Department at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. He also works as a consultant for the 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). He is the Director of the AACC's Religious Leaders' Division and also the AACC's Theology and Pastoral Counseling Director.
    "As part of these roles, Bob writes a quarterly column (Soul Physicians) in the AACC's Christian Counseling Connection Newsletter. He also writes a quarterly column (Truth for Life) in the AACC's Christian Counseling Today magazine.
    "In his three pastoral ministries, Bob has trained hundreds of lay people in the art of spiritual friendship. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Bob brings a practitioner's sensitivity to his writing and seminar ministry.
    "He earned his B.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Baptist Bible College, his Th.M. in Theology and Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Kent State University." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Pulaski, Adam, Biblical Counseling Manual: A Self Help Counseling Program Guide, ISBN: 1412038790 9781412038799
    http://www.ecoin.net/bcbook/
    Biblical Counseling On-line Workshop
    http://www.immanuels.org/bc/bc_home.htmy

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
    " 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
    This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

    1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
    2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
    3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
    6. The National Covenant,
    7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
    8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678,
    9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
    10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
    11. The Directory for Family Worship.
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
    The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
    http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
    Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
    http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
    For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
    Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, San Diego, Advanced Course on Biblical Counseling, a DVD.

    *Dowdy, Augustus W., Jr., Phone Power, ISBN: 0817006524 9780817006525.
    "Brief but very helpful, with practical ideas on communication by phone and many practical ways to use the phone within the local ministry of the church. Has a helpful appendix on where to go for information on hotlines and telephone ministries." -- Robert B. Somerville

    Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship
    http://www.ibcd.org/

    Johnson, Vernon E., I'll Quit Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Alcoholism Treatment (San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1990), ISBN: 0062504339 9780062504333.
    "Johnson has provided a manual for the understanding, intervention, and treatment of alcoholism and other mood-changing chemical dependencies in a clear, logical, and readable format; yet he has somehow managed to convey considerable psychological sophistication and scope. Accordingly, this is probably the best book of its kind for layman, paraprofessional, and professional alike." -- Addictions
    Johnson is founder and president emeritus of the Johnson Institute in Minneapolis that offers one of the country's most successful training programs for treatment of alcoholism.

    *Kuhne, Gary W., The Dynamics of Personal Follow-Up (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1976), ISBN: 0310269512 9780310269519.
    A scholarly work that is one of the foundational books for the nouthetic method of counseling. Includes bibliography.

    *Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996) and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry (Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046]: World Harvest, 1988).
    This course was developed to prepare World Harvest missionaries to work in the field. The course includes small group participation and Biblical counseling.
    "The first half of the Sonship track focuses on the doctrines of Justification, Sanctification, and Adoption. The last half lays the foundation for love. We look at how the Gospel affects the way we look at ourselves. Our goal was that increasingly your self-image should be rooted in God's view of you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ . . . What we aim at here is to encourage the trainee to learn from Christ how to build a holy life, a life of love to your neighbor. This is done self-consciously relying always on his or her free justification by faith. Sanctification by faith issues from knowing always that my standing as a son is assured by justification by Christ alone through faith alone. Thus the heart of our counseling on character development centers in affirmation of Christ's work for us, and Christ's work in us through the Spirit. But within that framework we attempt seriously to involve each trainee in ongoing repentance, putting off old habits and sins and putting on Christ-like love and faith. . . . Much focus is laid on teamwork. . . . The skill of evangelism . . . is the believer's primary emphasis in the course of training because the staff believes that evangelism is necessary for a healthy Christian life . . . Evangelism rightly understood affects both the faith and the Christian life of the one who shares Christ's message." -- C. John Miller and Rose Marie Miller
    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Rose Marie Miller, Paul Miller, Rick Downs, David M. Desforge, et al, Sonship, a set of 16 sound cassettes (audiobook on tape), (Oreland, PA: World Harvest Mission, 1997).
    World Harvest Mission
    http://www.whm.org/home.htm

    Nouthetic Counseling From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nouthetic_Counseling *National Association of Nouthetic Counselors [E1028]
    Nouthetic Counseling Home Page -- Competent to Counsel
    http://www.nanc.org
    The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Tape Library
    http://www.kyrios.com/soundword/nanc.html
    all http://www.nanc.org/ locate certified nouthetic counselors by zip code National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
    5526 State Road 26 East
    Lafayette, IN 47905

    Davis, Billie, Teaching to Meet Crisis Needs (Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, c1984), ISBN: 0882436090 9780882436098.
    Includes bibliographies.

    Gray, Edward P., Counseling to the Heart: A Training Program to Equip Women to Counsel Women (Covenant Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1990). [20038]
    "This thesis describes a women-counseling-women program in the context of a local congregation. The program uses a counseling methodology based on a Biblical understanding of the heart. . . . Practical and theological implications of the program are presented. The thesis develops a Biblical foundation for counseling in the areas of marriage and divorce and presents case studies to show how the concept of heart counseling can be applied. . . ." -- RIM

    MacArthur, John, and Wayne Mack, and others, Introduction to Biblical Counseling: A Basic Guide to the Principles and Practice of Counseling (Irving, Texas: Word Books, 1994), 400 pages, ISBN: 0849910935 9780849910937.
    "Sounds a charge for frankly biblical counseling. Three chapters treat the history of biblical counseling. Seven chapters cover crucial theological issues that underpin a biblical counseling philosophy. Nine chapters unfold a counseling methodology emergent from Scripture. Two final chapters contain a list of resources and answer commonly asked questions." -- David Powlison

    Mooremann, Phillip, The Christian Home Study Handbook, 1986: A Guide to Christian Correspondence Schools, Cassette and Video-taped Instruction, Computer programs, and Christian Home Schools, ISBN: 0961432306 9780961432300.
    "Ideal for those who want reliable guidance on correspondence courses. Also of value to pastors who are asked about continuing education. Includes information on video and cassette tapes, lending libraries, and available software. Well produced, reliable." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Powlison, David (editor), Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled and Annotated by David Powlison, editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling With 1995 Additions
    http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

    *Powlison, David A.C., The History of Biblical Counseling, new edition. Alternate title: COMPETENT TO COUNSEL? THE HISTORY OF A CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANT ANTI-PSYCHIATRY MOVEMENT. (College Park, PA: University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. thesis, 1996). ISBN: 0978556763 9780978556761.
    David Powlison is editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling, a staff member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Glenside, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Harvard University in 1972.

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Devotional Bible (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1975, 1974, 1964) and Spurgeon's Devotional Bible: Selected Passages From the Word of God With Running Comments, ISBN: 0852343434 0852340583 9780852340585 (paperback), (Evangelical Press, February 1996). Other title: THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON'S MORNING AND EVENING DEVOTIONS FROM THE BIBLE.
    "For anyone who wants to restore daily devotions on an individual or family basis, SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is the perfect answer. One can read through this book in a year when morning and evening devotions are maintained. . . .
    "The gist of the entire Bible is found between the covers of this book. . . . some verses [and chapters] were omitted in whole or in part, but they are always summarized in such a way that the narrative or teaching remains clear. The emphasis is always on Scripture . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
    C.H. Spurgeon wrote, among other things:

    Commenting on typology is a way to convince piers of the reality and immediacy of the Gospel. The concise, succinct, erudite comments point again and again to parallels in Scripture to the life and work of Christ. For example, see the comments on the life of Joseph, on the first Passover, and on God's provision of manna for Israel in the wilderness.
    This work, by a modern Puritan, is preeminently practical. Spurgeon emphasizes application of Scripture to everyday life. Key verses appear at the top of each page.
    Spurgeon's discerning mind has captured essential and profound lessons. He brings together Old and New Testament passages with similar lessons. Here is little known insight that should not be ignored or overlooked.
    The Bible is full of wisdom on human behavior, real psychology, and Spurgeon points out these lessons everywhere.
    The text is the Authorized King James Version.
    A footnote at the bottom of page 643 (Baker Book House edition) states "In this reading the first five notes are from Lange's Commentary. All through the work we have gathered from every available source." Looking at other works by Spurgeon, for example, THE TREASURY OF DAVID, and knowing that he had a huge library, it could be expected he selected freely from the works of other authors. Poetry has been added after the Bible selection and notes. It would appear the notes and poetry have not been documented for practical purposes, to make the book seamless and uncluttered. It is a drawback, however, to not know which notes and poetry was from Spurgeon's pen and which he selected from other authors.
    Pilgrim Publications
    Sells new copies of SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE.
    http://www.pilgrimpublications.com/
    Power BibleCD
    Includes SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE. This is the only e-text of the work that we know of.
    http://www.powerbible.com/

    Sturkie, Joan, and Siang-Yang Tan, Advanced Peer Counseling in Youth Groups: Equipping Your Kids to Help Each Other With the Tough Issues, ISBN: 0310373018 9780310373018.

    Sturkie, Joan, and Siang-Yang Tan, Peer Counseling in Youth Groups: Equipping Your Kids to Help Each Other, ISBN: 031054081X 9780310540816.

    Swartley, Dick, and Anne Swartley, Right Start Premarital Program (R.H. and A.L. Swartley, 1993), (for further information contact the authors, 487 Glenwyth Rd., Wayne, PA, 19087-5304).
    "Detailed instruction manuals for setting up a mentoring program in a local church to handle premarital counseling. Includes three notebooks, one for prospective couples, one for mentors, and for the pastor or counselor overseeing the premarital counseling.

    VandeCreek, Larry, A Research Primer for Pastoral Care and Counseling (Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, 1988), ISBN: 0929670000 9780929670003.
    Prepared with the research committees of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. "A commemorative issue, Dialogue 88." Includes bibliography and index.

    Vath, Raymond E., Counseling Those With Eating Disorders (Resources for Christian Counseling, Vol. 4. Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1994), ISBN: 0849905834 9780849905834.
    "This is not a `how-to-treat' book but rather one that explains the attitudes and principles that have been effective in treating over 200 eating disorder cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Part I deals with the nature, causes and consequences while Part II deals with the treatment." -- GCB.
    Includes bibliography and index.
    "Dr. Vath, who is a Psychiatrist, approaches the counseling of eating disorders from the perspective of a strong, working faith in the principles of Christian teaching. He speaks from a position of having counseled over a hundred patients in their recovery from anorexia.
    "His book also deals in a lesser extent with bulemia, especially as it sometimes may be an adjunct of the recovering anorexic.
    "Dr. Vath's book is very readable and insightful. I would recommend it for any person who has any family member or close acquaintance with the disorder. -- Reader's Comment

    Welch, Ed, Philosophy of Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30460
    Audio cassette SC864.

    *Westminster Theological Seminary, Westminster Media Cassette Catalog
    Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
    http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html

    Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore
    http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Systematic theology, Marital counseling, Biblical counsel by subject, Counseling the family, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Christ and counseling, Appendix a: the words of christ, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Repentance the key to salvation and change, The foundation of biblical counsel, Love and counseling problems, The wisdom books, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Expository bible commentaries, Topical listings of scripture useful in counseling, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Manuals and handbooks, Biblical counseling reference works, Topical bible indexes, Correspondence containing biblical counsel, General works on biblical counseling, Bible reference works, Manuals and handbooks, Biblical counseling tracts, Questions and answers, For all counselors, Case studies, The works of jay adams, Pastoral counseling, Preaching and pastoral counseling, The christian counseling and educational foundation, General audio cassettes from ccef speakers, Annual alumni conferences of ccef, Westminster media, Audio cassette tapes on counseling subjects, Audio cassette tapes on counseling subjects, Homework for counselees, Biblical counsel by subject, Sexual relationship, Psychology and psychiatry, Bibliography of bibliography, and so forth, and so on

    Related WebLinks

    Words of Christ Appearing in Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal (The Web Edition)
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

    Crosswalk Bible Study Tools
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/

    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/

    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html

    Works of Jay Adams
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#woja

    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
    http://www.ccef.org/
    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
    1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
    Glenside, PA 19038
    Telephone: 215.884.7676

    Westminster Media, Box 27009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19118
    "Westminster Media now distributes all CCEF audiotapes (including Jay Adams, John Bettler, Paul Tripp, Ed Welch, David Powlison, and numerous others). Includes "Helps for the Family" radio programs, Sandy Cove Marriage Conferences, CCEF's June Institute, CCEF's Alumni Day, and Westminster Seminary courses. Also includes tapes by other Westminster Seminary faculty. They have compiled an extensive resource catalogue which is available on request." -- David Powlison
    Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore
    http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/

    Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore
    http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/

    Journal of Biblical Counseling (formerly The Journal of Pastoral Practice)
    http://www.ccef.org/html/biblicalcounselingjournal.html

    Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation West [CCEF West]), 3495 College Ave., San Diego, CA, 92115; 619-582-5554.
    "Counseling. Videotaped courses taught at CCEF West by George Scipione and others. Video series available include Introduction to Biblical Counseling (18¡ by George Scipione), Marriage and Family (30¡ by George Scipione and Andy Peterson), Advanced Seminar in Biblical Counseling (30¡ by George Scipione and others), and Methods of Psychological Counseling (20¡ by Andy Peterson). Catalogue available." -- David Powlison
    Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West)
    http://www.ibcd.org/

    The Institute for Nouthetic Studies: Training in Biblical Counseling by Extension With Dr. Jay E. Adams
    "We are the Institute for Nouthetic Studies (INS), a ministry that seeks to train the next generation of biblical counselors by making the teaching ministry of Dr. Jay E. Adams available to students by extension. . . .
    "Several years ago Dr. Adams and I began teaching at the Redeemer Biblical Counseling Training Institute (RBCTI) under the direction of our pastor, Bill Slattery (Dr. Adams' son-in-law). In recent years Dr. Adams has had to limit his travels so RBCTI became the only place one could study under Dr. Adams personally. When word traveled that Dr. Adams was teaching we began to receive a number of requests for tapes and the church began to explore ways to allow others to benefit from the training that was being offered here locally. After much discussion, and with the blessing of the church, Dr. Adams and I formed INS and created a structured curriculum that Dr. Adams believed would include everything the competent biblical counselor would need to understand to be thoroughly trained.
    "We began taping Dr. Adams' lectures and offered the training on video tape. As the technology became available, we switched to DVDs and slowly (and sometimes painfully) learned how to produce better and better quality from our recordings. We posted a website to advertise and were quickly overwhelmed by the response. We are now approaching the 300 student mark with students on every continent around the world! We are nearing the completion of our curriculum and hope to have it completed by early fall.
    "Here is a list of the courses we have ready:
    Introduction to Biblical Counseling/Counseling Principles and Practices
    The Counselor Himself
    Critical Stages in Biblical Counseling
    Counseling Problems
    Premarital Counseling
    Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage
    Theology and Counseling
    Church Discipline
    Forgiveness
    Medical Issues in Counseling I & II
    Marriage and Family Counseling
    We are currently working on the following:
    Counseling Theories and Issues Abroad in the Church Today
    Legal Issues in Counseling
    Counseling Women
    The Christian Counselor's Casebook Studies
    http://www.nouthetic.org/

    What to do When Pamphlets by Jay E. Adams
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm

    Timeless Texts (Biblical Counseling books)
    http://www.timelesstexts.com/booklist.htm

    Nouthetic Counseling Home Page -- Competent to Counsel
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/nanc/index.htm
    The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Tape Library
    Nouthetic Counseling Home Page -- Competent to Counsel
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/nanc/index.htm National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
    5526 State Road 26 East
    Lafayette, IN 47905

    The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Tape Library
    http://www.kyrios.com/soundword/nanc.html

    *Powlison, David (editor), Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled and Annotated by David Powlison, editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling With 1995 Additions
    http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

    Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
    http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html

    Biblical Counseling Foundation
    http://www.bcfministries.org/aboutbcf.htm

    Biblical Counseling On-line Workshop
    http://www.immanuels.org/biblical_counseling/

    Combined Interactive Contents for The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://www.lettermen2.com/combtoc.html

    Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/Concordances/TreasuryofScriptureKnowledge/

    *The Reformation Study Bible: The Word That Changes Lives -- the Faith That Changed The World, New King James Version (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, March 2001). Previous published under the title New Geneva Study Bible: Bringing the Light of the Reformation to Scripture (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995).
    "The NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE offers a restatement of Reformation truth for Christians today. The first Geneva Bible was a pivotal force in the Reformation. Using the everyday language of its time, it opened the pages of Scripture to readers and provided helpful notes to assist them in understanding its message. It became the family Bible of the English people, and was the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to the New World. Since that time a multitude of English translations and study Bibles have appeared, but none of these has incorporated a summary of Reformed theology." -- Thomas Nelson Publishers
    Also available in digital format from Logos Bible Software.
    A Review of The Reformation Study Bible
    http://www.lettermen2.com/geneva.html
    Readers of THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE should also be familiar with The Westminster Family of Documents, the doctrine of the Mediatorial Dominion of Jesus Christ, and the literature of the Covenanted Reformation.
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    The Covenanted Reformation of Scotland Short Title Listing
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.html#crsstl
    Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
    http://www.covenantedreformation.com/EssaysCR/RP%20Catechism/RP%20Index.html

    Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/Commentaries/MatthewHenryComplete/

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Jamieson, Fausset, Brown)
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/Commentaries/JamiesonFaussetBrown/

    John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/Commentaries/GillsExpositionoftheBible/

    Creeds and Confessions
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/History/AD/CreedsandConfessions/

    Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
    http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

    Logos Research Systems, Inc., Biblical Counseling Library (29 Volumes), on CD-ROM, Libronix Digital Library System
    "This 29 volume collection of Biblical Counseling titles is an amazing compilation of Christian counseling resources. THE BIBLICAL COUNSELING LIBRARY features some of Jay E. Adams' outstanding counseling titles, including THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL, COMPETENT TO COUNSEL, and A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING. It includes works from 20 different authors, including Steve Farrar, Elizabeth George, Jerry Bridges, and Lou Priolo.
    "This collection includes informative studies on general Christian counseling, as well as very focused works on Women's and Men's counseling needs, counseling victims of sexual abuse, eating and diet issues, dating, working through struggles with sexual sin and anger, and developing a deeper walk with God. A fantastic resource for the library of a pastor or Christian counselor, the BIBLICAL COUNSELING LIBRARY adds a new dimension to your Logos Bible Software. These expert resources are combined with the tools of the Logos Bible Software system, including topical searching for studying specific areas of Biblical counseling, and linked references to other titles in your Libronix library." -- Publisher's Annotation
    http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2482

    Resources in Christian Counseling Series
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#riccs

    Stephen Ministries
    http://www.stephenministries.org/

    Appendix C: Psychology and Psychiatry
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html



    Christ and Counseling

    See the Theological Notes, "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. (Acts 3:19,20)

    Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3)

    All the problems we face in life as individuals or in society prove the same thing -- they prove the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He is indeed all-sufficient. -- Edward Hindson

    *Adams, Jay E., Christ and Your Problems (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1973), ISBN: 0875520111 9780875520117. A booklet.
    Exposits I Corinthians 10:13 for the benefit of counselees. 'At bottom all men in all times face the same basic problems.' You are responsible. God is faithful, therefore you have hope. However difficult the pressures seem, you can make godly choices through Jesus Christ." -- David Powlison
    "A Biblical exegesis of I Corinthians 10:13, showing that a Christian's problems are not unique, and that God will not allow a Christian to be tested beyond his strength, and will always make a way of escape. Should be given to all counselees who need hope." -- Robert B. Somerville

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Christ," and so forth, and so on.

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Boston, Thomas, Christ the Counsellor in The Complete Works of the Reverend Thomas Boston (10:231-50).

    *BROWN, JOHN (OF EDINBURGH, 1784-1858) Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 3 volumes (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1990, 1967, 1852). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "Spurgeon says of this great commentary: `Of the noblest order of exposition. Procure it.' Elsewhere in COMMENTING AND COMMENTARIES, he wrote, `Dr. Brown's work must be placed among the first of the first-class. He is a great expositor.' Again, `Brown is a modern Puritan. All his expositions are of the utmost value.'
    "These volumes cover much of the Gospel of John, plus many portions of the other three Gospels. In them he reveals his encyclopedic mind, and a profound regard for the Bible and the very Word of God. In addition, it is seen why it was said that he had the best clerical library in the whole nation of Scotland.
    "There is little doubt in the mind of this reviewer that any reader of these volumes will become possessor of myriads of new insights into the Scriptures, and what they reveal of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is indispensable to the student of the Gospels." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Based upon the revised and enlarged edition of 1852. Rich in thought. Pastors will appreciate the writer's application of spiritual truths to the needs of men and women." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Recommended for daily devotions, as are all the books in the listing of "Books Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language."
    Also available in Google Books, full view, Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Illustrated in a Series of Expositions. ... by John Brown, published 1856 [Complete in 2 volumes. New York: Robert Carter and Brothers] original from the University of Michigan, digitized Feb. 17, 2006.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=SZl9u8v0Yi8C&dq=Discourses+and+Sayings+of+Our+Lord+Jesus+Christ&ie=ISO-8859-1&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0
    This University of Michigan digitized edition, that appears in Google Books, is available in paper from two publishers: (Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library, November 30, 2006 [Gardners Books, 2006]), 652 pages.
    "This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program." -- Publisher's Annotation
    And (Hard Press, November 26, 2007), 652 pages.

    *BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of Our Lord's Intercessory Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980) and (Limited Classic Reprint Library. Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1979). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "The concluding prayer of our Lord's in the garden here receives sensitive treatment. Brown was a pastor as well as an exegete. His handling of the text is excellent. His exposition serves as a model. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Includes an Appendix 1, "Connection Between the Visible Union of Christians, and the Conversion of the World," by Hugh Heugh, D.D.
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    BUNYAN, JOHN (1628-1688), Saints Knowledge of Christ's Love (Sterling, VA: GAM Publications), ISBN: 0851517390 9780851517391. Available [THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN] on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1. Available [THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN] on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
    This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
    http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html

    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Paul David Tripp, John F. Bettler, et al., The 1989 Alumni Conference of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
    A special set of audio cassettes featuring Drs. Tripp and Bettler on the topics "Christ Our Model for Counseling," "Getting to the Heart of Sexual Problems," as well as a Q&A time with the CCEF counselors.

    Crane, William E., Where God Comes In: The Divine "Plus" in Counseling (Waco, TX: Word Books).
    Includes bibliography.

    *Hodgkin, A.M., Christ in All the Scriptures (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House) ISBN: 1557480664 9781557480668.
    "First published in 1907, this classic work is a clear testimony of Christ to the Scriptures and their affirmation of Him as the Son of God. The love and reverence with which the author approaches these glorious truths ensure it a place among the finest devotional writings." -- GCB

    *MANTON, THOMAS (1620-1677), An Exposition of John 17 (Evansville, IN: Sovereign Grace Book Club, 1958), ISBN: 0851510744. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available ((THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON)) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4 and #5, ISBN: 0921148739 9780921148739. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #9.
    "A deep, rich, and full exposition by a Puritan divine." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Poythress, Vern, The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers), ISBN: 0875523757 9780875523750.
    "Dr. Poythress demonstrates how the sacrifices and traditions of the Hebrew people foreshadow the relationship of Christ to His people. With crisp insight, Poythress explains that the punishments and penalties of the Law prefigure the destruction of sin and guilt through Christ. With remarkable clarity, Poythress opens the door to understanding the Old Testament and its relationship to the New Testament." -- GCB

    *Rainsford, Marcus, Our Lord Prays for His Own: Thoughts on John 17 (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1985), ISBN: 0825436176.
    "Griffith Thomas describes this book as `the greatest classic ever written on Christ's high priestly prayer.' We believe it is the best one in print, since Thomas Manton's excellent book on John 17, and also John Brown's are out of print [see citations --both are now available in e-text -- sk] at this time. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Whyte, Alexander, The Walk, Conversation and Character of Jesus Christ Our Lord (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0801095689. A Christian classic.
    "A classic. First published in 1905." -- Cyril J. Barber.

    Buchanan, Duncan, The Counseling of Jesus (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1985). ISBN: 0877849315 9780877849315.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Appenix a, the words of christ, The promises of Christ, The sermon on the mount, Christ in you, The believer's position in christ and sonship, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, The cross of christ, Manhood, Marriage, The priesthood of believers, The sufficiency of christ, Christ's kingdom

    Related WebLinks

    His Name -- The Counsellor, a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon
    This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him. -- God The Father (Matthew 17:5)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0215.htm

    The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
    http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

    Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

    "This is my beloved Son . . . hear ye him.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/listmania/list-browse/-/1IXKHKTPLXJ80/ref=cm_aya_av.lm_more/103-4633486-2726237

    Nave's Topical Bible: Commandments
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T1189


    The Teachings of The Lord Jesus Christ
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#teachljc

    Nave's Topical Bible: Precepts of Jesus, Explicitly Stated, or Implied in Didactic Discourse
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T1189


    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807



    The Sermon on the Mount

    See: The Sermon on the Mount
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#srmnmnt



    The Parables of Christ

    See: The Parables of Christ
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#prbchrst



    The Teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ

    See the Theological Notes, "The Law of God," at Exodus 20:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "One and Three: The Trinity," at Isaiah 44:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Lord's Supper," at 1 Corinthians 11:3 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Christians in the World," at Colossians 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Return of Jesus Christ," at 1 Thessalonians 4:16 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Christ the Mediator," at 1 Timothy 2:5 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him. -- God The Father (Matthew 17:5)

    For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
    And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 12:49,50)

    This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:29b)

    Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:23)

    I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:4)

    But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

    Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies . . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

    Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:17)

    It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:63)

    The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
    But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
    -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:22,23)

    Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. -- Jesus Christ (John 8:31b,32)

    These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. -- Jesus Christ (John 16:33)

    Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 10:19)

    For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:29)

    Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:27)

    Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
    These things I command you, that ye love one another.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 15:16,17)

    And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:3)

    And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:3)
    This is Christ's definition of salvation.

    So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
    He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
    He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. -- Jesus Christ (John 21:15-17)

    And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -- Paul quoting Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9)

    In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3)

    That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:2-10)

    I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
    I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."
    -- Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:8,18)

    And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:30)

    See the Theological Notes, "The Teaching of Jesus," at Matthew 7:28 in The Reformation Study Bible

    "Jesus Christ Himself" (Ephesians 2:20)
    A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
    "Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life? You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens."
    http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

    If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ's Kingdom, and His love. -- John Owen

    Serve Christ; back Him; let His cause be your cause, give not an hairbreadth of truth away, for it is not yours but God's. -- Samuel Rutherford

    "The Fourfold Treasure"
    A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Thursday Evening, April 27th, 1871, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon No. 991.
    A sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31, Christ is "made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."
    "This is to be wise, to have Christ's teaching, Christ's example, and above all, Christ's presence; so may the poorest find the Lord Jesus made of God unto them wisdom.
    "Pause just a minute. Let none of us ever be so foolish as to suppose that when we have received Jesus and his gospel, we have occasion to blush when we are in the company of the very wisest of the present day. Carry a bold face when you confront the brazen faced philosophy which insults your Lord. The man who does not believe the Bible does not know so much as thou dost. Blush not, though with mimic wisdom the unbeliever tries to laugh or argue thee down. He who knows not Christ, though he propounds wonderful theories as to the creation of mankind and the formation of the world, and though he has a glib tongue, is only an educated fool, a learned idiot, who thinks his own rushlight brighter than God's own sun. "Ah! but he has been to college, and he has a degree, and he is esteemed by men; for he has written books that nobody can comprehend." "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God;" and I do not care even if he be a Solon, if he has said that there is no God, he is a fool. Do not blush, then, if you find yourself in his company, do not make yourself the blushing one because the fool is there. Self-conceit were to be avoided and loathed; but this is not self-conceit, but a holy courage in a case which demands of you to be courageous. To know Christ is the best of all philosophy, the highest of all sciences. [emphasis added -- sk] Angels desire to look into this; but I do not know that they care a fig for half the sciences so valued among men. If you know Christ you never need be afraid of being ashamed and confounded whatever company you may be in. If you stood in a senate of emperors, or amidst a parliament of philosophers, and only told them of the God that came in human flesh, and loved, and lived, and died to redeem mankind, you would have told them a greater mystery and a profounder secret than reason could discover. Be not ashamed, then, amid the intellectual pride of this boastful age."
    http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0991.htm

    As from ill we are stopped by the consideration of Christ's death, so when we are moved to grace, consider the virtue of Christ's resurrection. Why is Christ now in heaven in our nature? Is it not to fill his church with his Spirit? Why doth he make intercession in heaven? Is it not that we should not be discouraged notwithstanding our daily infirmities? Shall we not make use of it? He is glorious for us, not for himself, but for his mystical body. As he hath made his natural body glorious, so he will make his mystical body glorious by little and little. He being, therefore, in heaven making intercession, go to him in the want of grace. And so for infirmities. The Spirit of God raised him at the lowest, and shall not the Spirit of God raise me from this and that. Yes, the Spirit of God will raise me from the baseness and misery of sin to be better and better. The same Spirit will enable me that raised his body. And so fetch virtue and strength from Christ, make use of Christ for every turn. Oh that we could learn these things! Then we should be able to go through all conditions: and we should be able to live, able to do. I beseach you, therefore, consider what hath been spoken. Let us study Christ every day more and more, not for redemption and reconciliation only, though that in the first place, but study Christ to be all in all to us, to be our sanctification to fit us for heaven. Study the promises of Christ, lose no privilege. God would not have left them in his word but for good. . . . -- Richard Sibbes

    Serve Christ; back Him; let His cause be your cause, give not an hairbreadth of truth away, for it is not yours but God's. -- Samuel Rutherford

    If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ's Kingdom, and His love. -- John Owen

    All the problems we face in life as individuals or in society prove the same thing -- they prove the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He is indeed all-sufficient. -- Edward Hindson

    Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:35)

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Teaching," "Education," and so forth, and so on.

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *BROWN, JOHN (OF EDINBURGH, 1784-1858) Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 3 volumes (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1990, 1967, 1852). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "Spurgeon says of this great commentary: `Of the noblest order of exposition. Procure it.' Elsewhere in COMMENTING AND COMMENTARIES, he wrote, `Dr. Brown's work must be placed among the first of the first-class. He is a great expositor.' Again, `Brown is a modern Puritan. All his expositions are of the utmost value.'
    "These volumes cover much of the Gospel of John, plus many portions of the other three Gospels. In them he reveals his encyclopedic mind, and a profound regard for the Bible and the very Word of God. In addition, it is seen why it was said that he had the best clerical library in the whole nation of Scotland.
    "There is little doubt in the mind of this reviewer that any reader of these volumes will become possessor of myriads of new insights into the Scriptures, and what they reveal of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is indispensable to the student of the Gospels." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Based upon the revised and enlarged edition of 1852. Rich in thought. Pastors will appreciate the writer's application of spiritual truths to the needs of men and women." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Recommended for daily devotions, as are all the books in the listing of "Books Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language."
    Also available in Google Books, full view, Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Illustrated in a Series of Expositions. ... by John Brown, published 1856 [Complete in 2 volumes. New York: Robert Carter and Brothers] original from the University of Michigan, digitized Feb. 17, 2006.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=SZl9u8v0Yi8C&dq=Discourses+and+Sayings+of+Our+Lord+Jesus+Christ&ie=ISO-8859-1&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0
    This University of Michigan digitized edition, that appears in Google Books, is available in paper from two publishers: (Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library, November 30, 2006 [Gardners Books, 2006]), 652 pages.
    "This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program." -- Publisher's Annotation
    And (Hard Press, November 26, 2007), 652 pages.

    *BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of Our Lord's Intercessory Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980) and (Limited Classic Reprint Library. Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1979). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "The concluding prayer of our Lord's in the garden here receives sensitive treatment. Brown was a pastor as well as an exegete. His handling of the text is excellent. His exposition serves as a model. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Includes an Appendix 1, "Connection Between the Visible Union of Christians, and the Conversion of the World," by Hugh Heugh, D.D.
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    *SYMINGTON, ANDREW, Headship of Christ Over the Nations, 1841. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13, #25 ISBN: 0921148917 9780921148913. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #25.
    "Provides Scriptural evidences for Christ's headship over the nations and the church, demonstrating the importance of this doctrine to the kingdom of Christ. A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation, edited by Andrew Symington." -- SWRB
    Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
    http://www.covenanter.org/RPScotland/Principles/lecturesonthesecondreformation.htm

    *Harris, John, The Teaching Methods of Christ (Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1984), ISBN: 0865241619 9780865241619.
    "Formerly appearing under the title THE GREAT TEACHER, this work can only be described as indispensable. The pedagogical truths that Harris draws from the pages of the New Testament are deserving of careful study and close emulation. All pastors and teachers should be thoroughly familiar with this book." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Horne, Herman Harrell, Jesus, the Teacher: Examining his Expertise in Education, a revised edition of JESUS, THE MASTER TEACHER, 1920, ISBN: 0825428599 9780825428593.
    "Pastors today need to learn from the teaching techniques of Jesus Christ. This book is designed to stimulate such a study and deserves a place on every pastor's desk. First published in 1920." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Horton, Robert F., The Commandments of Jesus.

    *Lightner, Robert P., The Savior and the Scripture (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co., 1966).
    "Presents Christ's view of the Scripture and stresses His absolute reliance upon the irrevocable authority of the Word." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Macartney, Clarence E.N., Great Interviews of Jesus (New York, NY: Abingdon Press, 1944). [20384]
    "While Jesus preached to the multitudes, He dealt with individuals ranging in social status from the thief on the cross to Pontius Pilate. These interviews are studied in depth." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Smeaton, George, The Doctrine of the Atonement as Taught by Christ Himself (Winona Lake, IN: Alpha Publications, 1979, 1871), ISBN: 0851516009.
    "First published in 1871. This exegetical work by a British Reformed scholar contains a substantive treatment of Christ's own teaching on His death, the application of the benefits of His atonement to the church, and the effects of the atonement on the saved and unsaved." -- Cyril J. Barber
    The Doctrine of the Atonement as Taught by Christ Himself: Or, The Sayings of Jesus Exegetically Expounded and Classified
    http://books.google.com/books?id=qVwNAAAAYAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Stalker, James, Christ Our Example. Alternate titles: THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST (IMAGO CHRISTI), (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1960, 1908), ISBN: 0879832312 9780879832315.
    "First published in 1908 under the title IMAGO CHRISTI, this work provides a thought-provoking treatise on the teaching of Christ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Chilton, Bruce, Jesus and the Ethics of the Kingdom (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0802803539 9780802803535.

    Clower, Joseph B., The Church in the Thought of Jesus (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1959).

    Good, Kenneth, H., Lost and Found: Christ's Teaching on the Theology of Evangelism (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1990), ISBN: 0852342764 9780852342763.
    "In Luke 15 our Lord sets forth the viewpoint of each Person of the Trinity in the winning of souls. Here the warmth of personal involvement is combined with the absolute certainty of the Divine Sovereignty. A commitment to the Doctrine of Grace is not incompatible with dedication to the work of evangelism." -- GCB

    Kissinger, Warren S., The Parables of Jesus: A History of Interpretation and Bibliography, ISBN: 0810811863 9780810811867.

    *Ladd, George E., The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptual Studies in the Kingdom of God. Alternate title: JESUS AND THE KINGDOM. ISBN: 0802812805 9780802812803.
    "A comprehensive, scholarly study of the preaching of Jesus concerning the kingdom of God." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Mills, Watson Early (1979-2001), Bibliographies on the Life and Teachings of Jesus (The Roberts Department of Christianity, Mercer University), ISBN: 077342458X 9780773424586 0773424466 9780773424463 0773424504 9780773424500 0773424520 9780773424524 0773424547 9780773424548 0773424563 9780773424562.

    *Sibbes, Richard (1577-1635), Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), Nye, Philip (1596?-1672), The excellencie of the Gospell above the law. Wherein the liberty of the sonnes of God is shewed. With the image of their graces here, and glory hereafter. Which affords much comfort and great incouragement, to all such as begin timely, and continue constantly in the wayes of God. By R. Sibbs, D.D. Mr. of Katherin Hall Cambridge, and preacher of Grayes-Inne, London. Begun in his life time, and published by T.G. and P.N., 1639.

    Thomson, James G.S.S., The Praying Christ: A Study of Jesus Doctrine and Practice of Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1959).
    Includes bibliography.
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Thompson, Michael B., Clothed With Christ: The Example and Teaching of Jesus in Romans 12:1-15:13 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press), ISBN: 1850753091 9781850753094.

    Thomson, James G.S.S., The Praying Christ: A Study of Jesus Doctrine and Practice of Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1959).
    Includes bibliography.
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Tripp, Paul, Christ Our Model (part 1) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
    Cassette AC891.

    Tripp, Paul, Christ Our Model (part 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
    Cassette AC892.

    Venning, Ralph, Learning in Christ's School: Babes, Children, Youth, and Fathers (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851517641 9780851517643.

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity),
    THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

    Servant leadership, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Ethics, Discipleship, Justification, Systematic theology, Creeds, confessions, and catechism, The Ten Commandments, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 3555, 3558, 3885, 3886

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    "Jesus Christ Himself" (Ephesians 2:20)
    A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
    "Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life? You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens."
    http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

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    Christ Our Example

    See the Theological Notes, "The Teaching of Jesus," at Matthew 7:28 in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "The Humble Obedience of Christ," at John 5:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Sanctification: The Spirit and the Flesh," at 1 Corinthians 6:11 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

    Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies . . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

    I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:4)

    A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
    By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 13:34,35)

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:13)

    For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

    See the Theological Notes, "The Humble Obedience of Christ," at John 5:19, page 1670, in The Reformation Study Bible

    Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
    Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    (Hebrews 12:1,2)

    For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. (Colossians 1:19)

    "Jesus Only"
    A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, April 3, 1870, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 924.
    A sermon on the text "And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only." (Matthew 17:8)
    "Depend on it, Brethren -- ravishing and exciting experiences and transporting enjoyments, though they may be useful as occasional refreshments -- would not be so good as that quiet but delightful ordinary fellowship with 'Jesus only. ' This it is which ought to be the distinguishing mark of all Christian life. . . . p.639
    "It is enough incentive to a man to be allowed to live for such a One as Christ. Only let the thought of Christ fill the enlightened intellect, and it must conquer the sanctified affections! Let but Jesus be well understood as the everlasting God who bowed the heavens and came down and suffered shame, and ignominy, that He might redeem us from the wrath to come. . . ." pp. 647-648
    http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols16-18/chs924.pdf

    Mark here to whom God giveth wisdom: all the godly are taught of God; but mark here how it is that he teacheth them. Not while they scorn at studies and universities, and look that their knowledge should cost them nothing, or that the Spirit should be instead of serious studies, or that their understandings should discern what is true or false at the first appearance; but while they think no pains or patience too great to learn the truth in the school of Christ. -- Richard Baxter

    But instead of all virtues he commendeth the example of Christ for every virtue, and opposeth it to every vice; as if he should say, He which thinketh only to follow Christ, needeth not to be led by the hand from virtue to virtue, but His example will teach him what he shall follow, and what he shall fly, better than all the precepts in the world. -- Henry Smith

    If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ's Kingdom, and His love. -- John Owen

    Real men love The Lord Jesus Christ.

    Jesus alone gives true freedom.

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Christ," "Jesus," "Godliness," "Example," "Discipling," and so forth, and so on.

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Bunyan, John (1628-1688), All Loves Excelling (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth), ISBN: 0851517390 9780851517391.
    Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
    This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
    http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html
    All Loves Excelling: The Saints' Knowledge of Christ's Love
    http://books.google.com/books?id=hiIIAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Edersheim, Alfred, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990, 1883). A Christian classic.
    "The most important general work on the life of Christ in our language." -- Wilbur M. Smith
    "From his prodigious study he produced an unrivaled picture of the life of Christ and of the whole Jewish background -- not merely of the archaeological details, but of the essential characteristics of Jewish thought and feeling. It is today the most extensively used life of Christ in the English language." -- Publisher's Annotation
    The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, by Alfred Edersheim
    http://www.ccel.org/e/edersheim/lifetimes/

    Foster, R.C., Studies in the Life of Christ, ISBN: 0899006442 9780899006444.

    Griffiths, Michael, The Example of Jesus (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press), ISBN: 0877849293 9780877849292.
    "Griffiths, the principle of London Bible College, guides us in exploring following Christ. He covers the basis for imitating Jesus. He delves into the ways of Jesus. Finally he covers just how it is that we can be more like Jesus." -- GCB

    *Kempis, Thomas a' (Thomas, a' Kempis. c. 1380-1471), The Imitation of Christ, an electronic publication of the November 5, 1940 edition of The Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library), Translated by: Aloysius Croft, and Harold Bolton. ISBN: 0585035636 9780585035635. A Christian classic.
    "For five hundred years, this gentle book, filled with the spirit of the love of God, has brought understanding and comfort to millions of readers in over fifty languages, and provided them with a source of heart-felt personal prayer. These meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, written in times even more troubled and dangerous than our own, have become second only to the Bible as a guide and inspiration." -- ccel
    "The primary Protestant complaints about the book are with regard to what they might call medieval superstitions: the merit of good works and transubstantiation (IV:2 - i.e., volume IV, chapter 2), purgatory (IV:9), and the honoring of saints (I:13, II:9, III:6, III:59)." -- Wikipedia
    http://www.worldcat.org/wcpa/oclc/56340258?page=frame&url=%3D%3FUTF-8%3FB%3FaHR0cDovL3d3dy5jY2VsLm9yZy9jY2VsL2tlbXBpcy9pbWl0YXRpb24uaHRtbA%3D%3D%3F%3D&title=&linktype=digitalObject&detail=

    *Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc., 2005, 1999), ISBN-10: 189277724X. See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
    The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
    Another edition: (Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc., October 1, 2001), 140 pages, ISBN-10: 1589600630.
    "Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    Another edition: (Wipf & Stock Publishers, January 2005), 270 pages, ISBN-10: 1597520543.
    "This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern english with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment

    *Owen, John, Sin and Temptation: The Challenge to Personal Godliness. ISBN: 1556618301 9781556618307. A Christian classic.
    "The concept of sin and personal responsibility has all but disappeared from our world. John Owen deals with the nature of sinful humanity as no writer since has done as keenly or thoroughly, arguing that sin is always a self-deceiving, blinding folly. Owen was a leading English statesman in the late 17th century and is considered `the John Calvin of England'." -- Ingram.

    *Owen, John, Kelly M. Kapic (editor), Justin Taylor (editor), Overcoming Sin and Temptation (Crossway Books, September 25, 2006), ISBN: 1581346492 9781581346497.
    "The writings of John Owen are a challenge to any reader, to say the least. His intricacy and complexity are intimidating and his language is downright befuddling at times. However, the depth of thought and the immense value of Owen's works cannot be quantified. His three classic works on sin and temptation are profoundly helpful to any believer who seeks to become more like Jesus Christ.
    "In this volume, the editors have made updates to the language, translated the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew and footnoted difficult or unknown phrases, all without sacrificing any of the wonderful content of Owen's work. It is a uniquely accessible edition of John Owen's previously daunting work." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "The editors of this volume have worked hard to make Owen's unrivalled insight into the Christian's inner war with sin accessible to all, and the result is truly a godsend." -- J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College
    "John Owen understood how the gospel makes us well. Three cheers for Kapic and Taylor for introducing a new generation to Owen's peerless works." -- Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.
    "1. They have provided us with an unabridged but updated text. Spelling is modernized and Americanized, mistakes from previous editions are corrected, and archaic words are updated.
    "2. The work is footnoted to define essential and difficult words. This will help the reader with comprehension.
    "3. All the Greek, Hebrew, and Latin words and phrases and transliterated and translated for the reader. A great example of this is on page 48 where the reader who has no knowledge of Greek will be greatly helped in the discussion with the transliterations and translations.
    "4. The General Index and Scripture Index at the end of the work is fabulous. All books ought to have indexes like this. Pastors and teachers will be well served in sermon and lesson preparation.
    "5. The most important feature of this updated work are the outlines for all three of Owen's books at the end of this edition. The reader should begin here and orient himself to the flow of Owen's thought. In fact, much can be gained by reading just the outline." -- Reader's Comment

    *Preston, John (1587-1628), The onely love of the chiefest of ten thousand: or An heavenly treatise of the divine love of Christ: shewing 1. The motives 2. The meanes 3. The markes 4. The kinds, &c. of our love towards him. Delivered in five sermons by Master John Preston, Dr. in D. late chaplaine to his majestie, Mr. of Emmanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and sometimes preacher of Lincolnes Inne, 1640,

    *Preston, John (1587-1628), Preston's Works
    Contents: The golden scepter, with the churches marriage, and the churches carriage; in three treatises. 1639. -- Remaines of ... John Preston ... Containing three excellent treatises: Iudas's repentance, The saints spirituall strength, Pauls conversion. 2d ed. 1637. -- A heavenly treatise of the divine love of Christ ... in five sermons. 1640. -- The fulness of Christ for us. 1640.--The lavv ovt lavved. 1633. -- The deformed forme of a formall profession 1634.

    *SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), The Christians end. Or, The sweet soveraignty of Christ, over his members in life and death. VVherein is contained the whole scope of the godly mans life, with divers rules, motives and incouragements, to live and die to Iesus Christ. Being the substance of five sermons preached to the honorable society of Grayes Inne, by that learned and faithfull minister of Gods Word, Richard Sibbes, D.D. and sometimes preacher to that honorable societie, 1639. Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Stalker, James, Christ Our Example. Alternate titles: THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST (IMAGO CHRISTI), (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1960, 1908), ISBN: 0879832312 9780879832315.
    "First published in 1908 under the title IMAGO CHRISTI, this work provides a thought-provoking treatise on the teaching of Christ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Tinsley, Ernest John, The Imitation of God in Christ: An Essay in the Biblical Basis of Christian Spirituality

    Tripp, Paul, Christ Our Model (part 1) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
    Cassette AC891.

    Tripp, Paul, Christ Our Model (part 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
    Cassette AC892.

    *Whyte, Alexander, The Walk, Conversation and Character of Jesus Christ Our Lord (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0801095689. A Christian classic.
    "A classic. First published in 1905." -- Cyril J. Barber.

    See also: The life and work of jesus christ the lord, Christ in you, Ethics, Believer's position in christ and sonship, The priesthood of all believers, Predestination, The promises of god, Discipleship, Fruit of the holy spirit, Gifts of the holy spirit, The cross of christ, Trusting god, Manhood, Loving and obeying god, Sexual relationship, Marriage, Christian biography, Christianity and the workplace, Servant leadership, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership
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    EVANGELISM

    See the Theological Notes, "The Holy Spirit," at John 14:26 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Authentication of Scripture," at 2 Corinthians 4:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Illumination and Conviction," at 1 Corinthians 2:10 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Repentance," at Acts 26:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Salvation," at Acts 4:12 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Regeneration: The New Birth," at John 3:3 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Kingdom of God," at Luke 17:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Mission of the Church in the World," at John 20:21 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Angels," at Zechariah 1:9 in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "The Purpose of God: Predestination and Foreknowledge," at Malachi 1:2 in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Definite Redemption," at John 10:15 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Adoption," at Galatians 4:5 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Teaching of Jesus," at Matthew 7:28 in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God," at Romans 1:29 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Gifts and Ministries," at Ephesians 4:7 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Christians in the World," at Colossians 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Effectual Calling and Conversion," at 2 Thessalonians 2:14 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
    It is a faithful saying:

    For if we be dead with him,
    we shall also live with him:
    If we suffer,
    we shall also reign with him:
    if we deny him,
    he also will deny us:
    If we believe not,
    yet he abideth faithful:
    he cannot deny himself.
    (2 Timothy 2:8-13, 19)

    Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
    And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
    Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.
    Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
    (Isaiah 49:4-9) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
    Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
    For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
    For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
    Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
    (Isaiah 55:6-13) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

    He who is the father of a host of spiritual children is unquestionably happy. He can answer all opponents by pointing to souls who have been saved by his means. Converts are emphatically the heritage of the Lord, and the reward of the preacher's soul travail. By these, under the power of the Holy Ghost, the city of the church is both built up and watched, and the Lord has the glory of it. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on verse 5 of Psalm 127 in The Treasury of David

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
    But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
    -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:12,13)

    Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. (Acts 3:19,20)

    "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20)

    How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
    And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
    -- (Romans 10:14,15)

    Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. -- Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15)

    All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:37)

    Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
    That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 17:20,21)
    Jesus prays for those we evangelize.

    For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
    For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
    (2 Corinthians 4:4,5)

    No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:44)

    But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. -- Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)
    Martin Luther's life verse.

    The fool hath said in his heart,
    There is no God.
    They are corrupt,
    they have done abominable works,
    there is none that doeth good.
    (Psalm 14:1)
    See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, page 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, page 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

    For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:15)

    Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. -- Jesus Christ (John 5:3)

    Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:65b)

    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
    And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.
    My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand. I and [my] Father are one.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 10:27-30)

    I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. -- Jesus Christ (John 8:12b)

    And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
    For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
    But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 3:19-21)

    But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:26)

    And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
    Of sin, because they believe not on me;
    Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
    Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
    I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
    He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
    All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 16:8-15)

    I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:9)

    Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
    As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 17:17,18)

    And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
    And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
    But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last [shall be] first.
    -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28-30)

    By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. -- Jesus Christ (John 13:35)

    "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:14)

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

    See the Theological Notes, "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    The souls of man bears the image of God; so nothing can satisfy it but He whose image it bears. Our soul, says Augustine, was created as by God, so for God, and is therefore never quiet till it rest in God. -- Thomas Gataker

    They lose nothing who gain Christ. -- Samuel Rutherford

    A soul under assurance is unwilling to go to heaven without company. -- Thomas Brooks

    Faith grows as you give it away. Share the Gospel and your faith will grow.

    WORLD'S TOP 10 LANGUAGES

    Rank Language Number of Worldwide Speakers
    10. French 129 million
    9. Malay-Indonesian 159 million
    8. Portuguese 191 million
    7. Bengali 211 million
    6. Arabic 246 million
    5. Russian 277 million
    4. Spanish 392 million
    3. Hindustani 497 million
    2. English 508 million
    1. Mandarin Chinese 1 billion+

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Evangelism," and so forth, and so on.

    Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson, Our Globe and How to Reach it: Seeing the World Evangelized by AD 2000 and Beyond (Birmingham, AL: New Hope, 1990), ISBN: 0936625929 9780936625928.

    Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Living in Christ: Studies on Knowing Christ, Growing in Christ, Obeying Christ, Sharing Christ (Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Publications).
    A special study guide to the Gospel of John. It is given to new believers who want to know more about the Christian life, and how to walk daily with Christ.

    *Blanchard, John, Invitation to Live (Welwyn, England: Evangelical Press), ISBN: 0852342853.
    "Based on Baxter's A CALL TO THE UNCONVERTED, it has the same serious, earnest, and urgent message calling for spiritual examination." -- GCB

    *Blanchard, John, Right With God: A Straightforward Book to Help Those Searching for a Personal Faith in God (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510450.
    "This popular book is in its 9th printing and has recently been revised by the author. This book is for people who want to give sensible and honest thought to the whole question of their relationship to God. It is a plain, straightforward book showing how a person honestly seeking for God can find him." -- GCB

    *Blanchard, John, Ultimate Questions (Welwyn: Evangelical Press), ISBN: 0852342373.
    A 30-page booklet. Deals with the ultimate questions about God. "One of the finest evangelistic tools available anywhere!" -- GCB

    *Bolton, Robert, Thomas Vincent, and Thomas Watson, The Puritans on Conversion (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications), ISBN: 1877611115 9781877611117.
    "This book is a compilation of three Puritan sermons on differing aspects of conversion. First is Bolton's SIN: THE GREATEST EVIL; second, Vincent's THE CONVERSION OF A SINNER; third, Watson's THE ONE THING NECESSARY. Foreword by A.N. Martin." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "If there is to be any hope that a true doctrine of conversion will once again be sounded forth in the power and passion of the Holy Spirit it is most likely that the authors of these sermons and these pages will be our most helpful guides." -- Albert N. Martin
    "The title succinctly describes the sermons comprising this powerful little volume. Here is the heart of the Puritan understanding of the doctrine of conversion. The messages are Biblical, logical, and practical in true Puritan fashion. . . . It will enlighten, inspire and encourage you. This is a Biblical feast on an essential subject . . ." -- Robert H. Duvall

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), Words to Winners of Souls, ISBN: 0875521649 9780875521640. A Christian classic.
    "WORDS TO WINNERS OF SOULS, by Horatius Bonar, is addressed primarily to ministers of the Gospel. It is wondrously effective in its message to those called to preach the precious words of the Scriptures. However, the usefulness of the book is not confined to ministers, but has a message for all witnesses of Christ. The same spirit, sincerity, and fervency is needful for all witnesses, whatever their calling in life. There can be but one goal to winners of souls, to lead the lost sinners around them to that 'resting place where doubt and weariness, the stings of a pricking conscience, and the longings of an unsatisfied soul' may be satisfied, in Christ Jesus. In Him alone will all these be changed into holy joy, peace, and everlasting happiness." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *BOSTON, THOMAS, The Art of Manfishing, ISBN: 1857921062 9781857921069. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available [THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THE REVEREND THOMAS BOSTON] on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #8.
    " 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' (Matt. 4:19) The first thing is to follow the Chief Fisher of Men, Christ. He gives the promise that if they follow Him, they will indeed become fishers of men. But how does Christ make men fishers of men? (1) By His call; (2) By giving them success. For His word comes to them 'in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance.' (1 Thess. 1:5) It is not by might, nor by craft, but by the power of the Spirit that fishers of men succeed. You need not despair of fishing amongst the worst of men, for none can resist the Spirit when He engages Himself." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Bunyan, John (1628-1688), The Jerusalem Sinner Saved, or, Good news for the vilest of men being a help for despairing souls, shewing that Jesus Christ would have mercy in the first place offered to the biggest sinners (Sterling, VA: GAM Publications). A Christian classic.
    Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
    This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
    http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html

    *Carey, William, An Enquiry Into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen (London, England: Hodder and Stoughton, 1891). A Christian classic.

    *Fuller, David O., A Treasury of Evangelical Writings: Valiant for the Truth (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1974, c1961).

    *Green, Edward M.B., Evangelism in the Early Church (London, England: SCM Press Ltd., 1954), ISBN: 0340107073 9780340107072.

    *Hatcher, Carolyn, Let the Authors Speak: A Guide to Worthy Books Based on Historical Setting, ISBN: 0964068125 9780964068124.
    "This book is an unparalleled resource for classical, historical, and contemporary literature, as well as for classical and contemporary autobiographical, biographical, and historical works. Invaluable for those designing a history/literature curriculum or unit studies. Over 1200 books are briefly annotated and listed 1) chronologically by setting, reading/interest level, and type of work (i.e., biography, novel, myth/legend), 2) by author, and 3) by title. Newbery winners and books reviewed in BOOKS CHILDREN LOVE and HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART are highlighted. The author endorses Charlotte Mason's philosophy of reading 'whole books' and encourages the integration of such books into our children's curricula. Recommended by Cathy Duffy, Karen Andreola, Mary Pride, and others." -- GCB
    "This book arranges both historical fiction and classics according to the era in which they are set, according to reading ability level, and according to author. It's a fast way to find something really good to supplement any history course - or to just find something good to read." -- Reader's Comment

    Hocking, David Lee, Who Am I and What Difference Does It Make? ISBN: 0880701021 9780880701020.

    Jacks, Bob, Betty Jacks, and Ron Wormser, Your Home a Lighthouse (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, c1986), ISBN: 0891091270 9780891091271.
    "A practical guide on how you can impact your community by hosting a weekly evangelistic Bible study." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Jacks, Bob, Betty Jacks, and Ron Wormser, Fill Your House With Newborns. Alternate title: Your home a lighthouse: How to host an evangelistic Bible study (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress), ISBN: 8900730282 9788900730289.
    "In this three-part video seminar Bob Jacks tells why they've done it (hosted evangelistic Bible studies in their home for 22 years), how they've done it, and what they've learned. His sage advice and enthusiasm will motivate and equip your group to open your homes for evangelistic home Bible studies--the one place where your unchurched friends and neighbors will feel comfortable and `at home' enough to hear the Good News." -- Publisher's Annotation. This video package includes a book, viewer's guide, and three video cassettes. Also issued under the title "Our Home a Lighthouse (Video)."
    Contents: pt. 1. Why evangelistic home Bible studies work so well. -- pt. 2. How to plan and prepare for your evangelistic home Bible study. -- pt. 3. How to host and lead an evangelistic home Bible study.

    *Larsen, David L., The Evangelism Mandate: Recovering the Centrality of Gospel Preaching (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]), ISBN: 0891076786 9780891076780. A Christian classic.
    "As people search for answers, not knowing where to look, David Larsen proposes a strategy for all-out evangelism, citing five classic sermons by Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones, Stewart, Truett, and Graham. A challenge to preachers to recapture their commitment to Gospel preaching today." -- GCB

    *Lumen Productions, Catholicism: Crisis of Faith (San Leandro, CA [JCIL Services, 293 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro 94577-2108]: Lumen Productions, 1991). 20104
    "At last there's a video that explores the true basis of Catholicism and compares it with Biblical Christianity. This contemporary documentary looks at Catholicism through the eyes of clergy, lay-ministers, and others who left the Catholic Church to follow Christ. It is a must for any church or ministering body wishing to witness to Catholics."
    Lumen Productions
    http://www.lumenprod.com/

    Metzger, Will, Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People: A Training Manual on the Message and Method of God-centered Witnessing to a Grace-centered Gospel, ISBN: 0830823220 9780830823222.

    *Packer, J.I., Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1961), ISBN: 0851103138 9780851103136.
    "Noted scholar and writer J.I. Packer shows that a right understanding of God's sovereignty is a powerful incentive for evangelism." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "A popular, conservative presentation of the relationship between these two areas of theology. Emphasis is placed upon the effect of Christian witness." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Packer, J.I., Your Father Loves You: Daily Insights for Knowing God, ISBN: ISBN: 0877889759 9780877889755.

    *Peace, Richard, Small Group Evangelism: A Training Program for Reaching Out With the Gospel, ISBN: 0877843295 9780877843290.
    "Peace says that we don't need to choose between mass or personal evangelism. He says that for our day the best way is that of small group evangelism. In this book he combines theory and practice. He also provides guidelines, plans, training and discussion of the ins and out of group dynamics." -- GCB

    *Richardson, Donald, Eternity in Their Hearts (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1981), ISBN: 0830707395 9780830707393.
    "Twenty-four exciting stories of how God has prepared people for the Word of the Gospel long before it came to them. Truly God is sovereign and accomplishes His purposes in His own good time. Now available only in paperback." -- GCB

    *Richardson, Donald, Lords of the Earth: An Incredible but True Story From the Stone-age Hell of Papua's Jungle (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1977), ISBN: 9780830746637 0830746633.
    The sequel to PEACE CHILD.

    *Richardson, Donald, Peace Child, ISBN: 0830704159 9780830704156.
    "The only thing that will bring peace between two waring tribes is for one tribal chief to give his son to the other chief." A wonderful real day archetype of God's redemptive act toward mankind.

    *Schoolland, Marian M., Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings, revised 2nd edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1981), ISBN: 0802851207 9780802851208.
    Contains material useful in counseling.

    *Southard, Samuel, Pastoral Evangelism, revised edition (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1981).

    *Spurgeon, C.H., Jay P. Green, Sr. (editor), Soul-Winning Classics (The Fifty Greatest Christian Classics. Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Trust Fund, 1989).
    "Includes ALARM TO THE UNCONVERTED by Alleine; A CALL TO THE UNCONVERTED by Baxter; SOUL-WINNER by Spurgeon; BONDAGE OF THE WILL by Luther; REPENTANCE by Boston; ART OF MANFISHING by Boston; and WORDS TO WINNERS OF SOULS by Bonar, etc. All of these are powerful calls to the unconverted to flee to Christ!" -- GCB
    See the Theological Notes, "The Freedom and Bondage of the Will," at Jeremiah 17:9 in The Reformation Study Bible.
    The Bondage of the Will, A Sermon on Christian Love, Two Sermons Upon the Fifth Chapter of Luke, God So Loved the World: Two Sermons on John 3:16-21.
    http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/martinluther.htm

    *SPRUGEON, C.H., Soul-winner: How to Lead Sinners to the Saviour (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications), ISBN: 0802880819. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "Excellent for encouraging counselors to win souls and also has the practical `how to' of winning souls." -- Robert B. Somerville
    "This classic book by England's master preacher provides valuable insights on the meaning and methods of evangelism for everone from seasoned preachers of the Word to laypeople who feel the call of the Great Commission upon their lives." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Barker, F., Jr., Evangelism Through Small Groups (part 1 and 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30117
    Audio cassette LEFB1 and LEFB2.

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Prayer and Evangelism (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30305
    Audio cassette LECM1.

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Reformed Evangelism (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30308
    Audio cassette LECM1.

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Reformed Evangelism Revisited

    Packer, J.I., The Holy Spirit in Evangelical Life.
    Audio cassette JPR02.

    *Reimer, Kathie, 1001 Ways to Introduce Your Child to God (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), ISBN: 0842347577 9780842347570.
    "Creative ideas to help children develop godly attitudes and healthy ways of thinking."-- Publisher's Annotation

    Roberts, Richard O., Whitefield in Print: A Bibliographic Record (Richard Owen Roberts Pub), ISBN: 0940033283 9780940033283.
    George Whitefield, Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Whitefield

    *SPRAGUE, WILLIAM B., Lectures to Young People (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications), ISBN: 0873779479. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This great evangelistic tool provides parents a faithful means of presenting Gospel truth to their young people." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

    Thomas, Norman E., International Mission Bibliography, 1960-2000, ISBN: 081084785X 9780810847859.

    Welch, Ed, Using the Gospel in Your Home (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    Audio cassette HFTF07.

    Well, David F., God the Evangelist: How the Holy Spirit Works to Bring Men and Women to Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0802802710 9780802802712 0853644551 9780853644552.
    "This book grew out of the Consultation on the Work of the Holy Spirit and Evangelization that took place in Norway in 1985. This study places the preaching and believing of the Gospel in the wider context of the Holy Spirit's work in creation, history, and the church." -- GCB

    See also: The glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, Soteriology and atonement, Book-length presentation of the free offer of the message of salvation and the life to come, Apologetics, Peer counseling, Small group evangelism, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, Other works on the Gospel, The covenant of redemption, Predestination, election, Blasphemy, Hard-case witnessing, Follow-up, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, False gospels, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship
    TCRB5: 414, 421, 836, 1077, 1356, 1364, 1367, 1442, 1754, 2888, 3116-3132, 3425, 3908

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    A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, May 30, 1880, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1540.
    Spurgeon carefully analyses Peter's sermon at Pentecost that brought about the visitation of the Holy Spirit.
    http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1540.pdf

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    "Did you know that most people come to faith in Jesus Christ before the age of 18? What better way to reach the next generation than through their classmates and friends who already believe. "Dare to Be a Daniel is a new training program from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) to help equip boys and girls ages 9 to 14 to share their faith in Jesus with others. Through a printed booklet, a CD-ROM, this fun, interactive Web site, and other tools, youth are given simple steps they can use when telling others about Christ. We are also developing a 13-week Sunday school curriculum based on this program." http://www.daretobeadaniel.com/



    The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)

    See the Theological Notes, "Salvation," at Acts 4:12 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Regeneration: The New Birth," at John 3:3 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Freedom and Bondage of the Will," at Jeremiah 17:9 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Death and the Intermediate State," at Philippians 1:23 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Christians in the World," at Colossians 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5: 25-31) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. (Acts 3:19,20)

    See the description of the sins of Jerusalem by the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 22. The description fits American society in 2008. Indeed scripture teaches that man is radically depraved.

    See the Theological Notes, "God Reigns: Divine Sovereignty," at Daniel 4:34, page 1339, in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Election and Reprobation," at Romans 9:18 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

    See the Theological Notes, "The Final Judgment," at Matthew 25:41 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies . . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

    But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. (1 John 2:5)

    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (1 John 4:7)

    For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3)

    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:4)

    If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
    If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 15:6,7)

    The fool hath said in his heart,
    There is no God.
    They are corrupt,
    they have done abominable works,
    there is none that doeth good.
    (Psalm 14:1)
    See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, page 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, page 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 139, C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps139.htm

    "Cornelius Van Til makes the theologically valid point that 'irrationality in the mind of man, that is, insanity, must be the result of a deflection of man from the source of absolute rationality,' God, and consequently `all men have merited insanity because of their departure from God.' [Or, not until man repents is he truly sane.-- sk] Eternal punishment is `the abyss of irrationalism,' and what we call rational or normative experience is a gift of God's common grace. No man is worthy of it'." -- Frederick Leahy

    And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. (She probably hoped that this was the Messiah. Alas! how often are parents' hopes deceived. It was not "a man--the Lord" who had come to Eve's bosom, but a man of sin, a child of the wicked one.) And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. (Her second child she called "Vanity," and yet he was precious in the sight of the Lord. What mistakes we make about our children.) And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. (Can had no faith, and he had no eye to the blood of atonement: Abel had both. These should be main points in all our religious duties.) And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. (Wroth not with himself as he ought to have been, but with his brother and with God.)
    And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. (It is sin which blocks the way.) And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
    And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
    And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?
    And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
    (We shall either be our brother's keeper or our brother's murderer. If we do not labour to save others, we shall be guilty of their blood.)
    And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
    And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
    (He makes no confession of his sin, but only murmurs at his punishment. We know many whose minds are in a similar state. They cavil at hell, but they persevere in sin.) Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
    And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

    This ancient record of the first murder is used by John as a picture of the action of the unregenerate in all time. Love marks the children of God, and hate is the sure ensign of the heirs of wrath. Thus writes the beloved apostle. (Genesis 4:1-15) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 10

    In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
    Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
    (1 John 3:10-15)
    O for grace to purge our hearts of all anger, envy, malice, and bitterness of every kind, that like Jesus we may be full of love and gentleness.

    Lord, from anger purge my heart,
    Bid all enmity depart: New-created from above,
    Let my very life be love.

    Quench in me each evil fire,
    Envious thought or fierce desire.
    Flame from heaven upon me fall!
    Love of God be all in all. -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 10. Poem not credited.

    Our reading leads us to think upon that eminent saint of the antediluvian church, Enoch, the seventh from Adam.
    And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
    Here it is worthy of notice that the sacred writer says once that Enoch "lived;" but he chnages the word and writes Enoch "walked with God;" thus teaching us that communion with God was Enoch's life, and truly so it ought to be ours. He was not a mere talker about God, but a walker with God. This holy patriarch lived in unbroken intercourse with the Lord for three hundred years, not now and then visiting with God, but habitually walking with him. This is a point of great difficulty. To draw near to God is comparatively easy; but to remain in undivided fellowship, "this is the work, this is the labour." Yet the Holy Spirit can enable us to accomplish even this. Continued communion is what we should aim at, and we should not be content with anything short of it.
    Some excuse themselves from seeking after unbroken fellowship with God because of their calling, their circumstances, and their numerous engagements. Enoch had the cares of a family upon him, and he was also a public preacher, and yet he kept up his walk with God: no business or household cares should make us forget our God. Society with God is the safety of saints, it is their solace and delight, it is their honour and crown. More to be desired is it than gold, yea, than much fine gold. Happy was Enoch to enjoy it so sweetly, and so continuously. The long intercourse of this good man with his God ended in his being borne away from earth without death to that place where faith is lost in sight. He did not live like others, and therefore he did not die like others.
    Paul tells us a little more concerning this holy man, and we will gather up the fragments of his history which remains on record, that nothing may be lost.
    (Genesis 5:21-24) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 11

    By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
    Faith was the spring from which his communion was derived. Works do not make us walk with God; but faith brings us into his presence, and keeps us there. It is very likely that Enoch's pious conversation did not please men, but that little mattered since it pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5,6) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 11

    From Jude we learn that Enoch had an eye to the coming of Christ. The pure in heart who see God are the seers of their age, and look far ahead of others. What Enoch saw he told forth for the warning of others, and it is our duty to do the same, that sinners may be lead to flee from the wrath to come.
    And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
    How important is the doctrine of the advent of the Lord from heaven, since so early in the world's history one of the holiest of prophets proclaimed it. There must surely be some very powerful influence in this truth, since the greatest teachers of it mentioned in Scripture were also among the most eminent for close fellowship with heaven. Enoch "walked with God," Daniel was a "man greatly beloved," and John was "that disciple whom Jesus loved." O Lord, if the expectation of the coming will make us walk with thee, be pleased to fill us with it. (Jude 1:14,15)

    Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear,
    It is not night if thou be near,
    Oh! may no earth-born cloud arise
    To hide thee from thy servant's eyes.

    Abide with me from morn till eve,
    For without thee I cannot live;
    Abide with me when night is nigh,
    For without thee I dare not die. -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 11. Poem not credited.

    Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. (Isaiah 6:5)

    For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
    (Mark 7:21,22)

    The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

    (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

    Here Paul calleth the whole world, which hath been, is, and shall be, the present world, to put a difference between this and the everlasting world to come. Moreover he calleth it evil, because whatsoever is in this world, is subject to the malice of the devil reigning over the whole world. For this cause the world is the devil's kingdom. For there is in it nothing but ignorance, contempt, blasphemy, hatred of God, and disobedience against all the words and works of God. In and under this kingdom of the world are we.
    Again, you see that no man is able to put away sin, by his own works, or his own power, because this present world is evil, and is set upon mischief.
    As many then as are in the world are the bond-slaves of the devil, constrained to serve him and to do at his pleasure.
    What availeth it then to set up so many orders of religion, for the abolishing of sin: to devise so many and painful works, as to wear shirts of hair, to beat the body with whips till the blood flowed, to go on pilgrimage, and such like? Be it so that thou doest all these things, yet notwithstanding this is true, that thou art in this present evil world, and not in the Kingdom of Christ. And if thou be not in the Kingdom of Christ, it is certain thou belongest to the kingdom of Satan, which is this evil world. Therefore all the gifts, either of the body, or of the mind, which thou enjoyest, as wisdom, righteousness, holiness, eloquence, power, beauty, and riches, are but the slavish instruments of the devil, and with all these thou art compelled to serve him, and to advance his kingdom.
    First with thy wisdom thou darkenest the wisdom and the knowledge of Christ, and by thy wicked doctrine, leadest men out of the way, that they cannot come to the grace and knowledge of Christ. Thou settest out and praiseth thin own righteousness and holiness: but the righteousness of Christ, by which only we are justified, and quickened, thou doest hate and condemn. To be brief, by thy power thou destroyest the Kingdom of Christ, and abusest the same to root out the gospel, to persecute and kill the ministers of Christ, and so many as hear them.
    Therefore Paul doth rightly call it the present evil world: for when it is at the best, then is it worst. In the religious, wise, and learned men, the world is at the best, and yet, in very deed in them it is double evil. I overpass those gross vices which are agansit the second table, as disobedience to parents, to magistrates, adulteries, whoredoms, covetousness, thefts, murders, and maliciousness, wherein the world is altogether drowned, which notwithstanding are light faults if we compare them with the wisdom and righteousness of the wicked, whereby they fight against the first table. This white devil, which forceth men to commit spiritual sins that they may sell them for righteousness, is far more dangerous than the black devil which only enforceth them to commit fleshly sins, which the world acknowledgeth to be sins.
    By these words then, "That He might deliver us from this present world," Paul showeth what is the argument of this epistle; to wit that we have need of grace and of Christ, and that no creature, neither man nor angel, can deliver man out of the present evil world. For these works are only belonging to the Divine Majesty, and are not in the power of any either angel or man. That Christ hath put away sin and hath delivered us from the tyranny and kingdom of the devil; that is to say, from this wicked world, which is an obedient servant, and a willing follower of the devil his god. The world is full of the ignorance of God, of hatred, lying, blasphemy, and of contempt of God. Moreover of gross sins, as murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, and such-like, because he knoweth his father the devil, who is a murderer and a liar. And the more wise, righteous, and holy that men are without Christ, so much the more hurt they do the gospel. So we also, that were religious men, were doubly wicked in the papacy, before God did lighten us with the knowledge of His gospel.
    Let these words then of Paul remain, true and effectual, as indeed they are, namely, "that this present world is evil." Let it nothing at all move thee, that in a great number of men, there be many excellent virtues, and there is so great a show of holiness in hypocrites. But mark thou rather what Paul saith: out of whose words thou mayest boldly and freely pronounce this sentence against the world, that with all its wisdom, power, and righteousness, it is the kingdom of the devil: out of which God alone is able to deliver us by His only-begotten Son.
    Therefore let us praise God the Father, and give Him hearty thanks for this His immeasurable mercy, that hath delivered us out of the kingdom of the devil (in which we were holden captives) by His own Son, when it is impossible to be done by our own strength. And let us acknowledge together with Paul that "all our works and righteousness," are but "loss and dross."
    Also let us cast under our feet and utterly abhor all the power of free-will, all pharisaical wisdom and righteousness, all religious orders, all masses, ceremonies, vows, fastings, and such like (Phil. iii. 8) as a most filthy rotten rag, or as dung, and as the most dangerous poison of the devil. Contrariwise, let us extol and magnify the glory of Christ, who hath delivered us by His death, not from this world only, but from "this present evil world."
    Paul then, by this word, evil, showeth that the Kingdom of the world, or the devil's kingdom, is the kingdom of iniquity, ignorance, error, sin, death, blasphemy, desperation, and everlasting damnation.
    On the other side, the Kingdom of Christ, is the kingdom of equity, light, grace, remission of sins, peace, consolation, saving health, and everlasting life, into the which we are translated by our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, world without end. Amen. -- Martin Luther from Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553).

    "What is man? . . . Ask the prophet Isaiah . . . and he answers, man is `grass.. . . ." Ask David, he answers, man is a `lie,' not a liar only, or a deceiver, but a `lie' and a deceit. All the answers the Holy Ghost gives concerning man, are to humble man . . . The sinful nature of man is an enemy to the nature of God, and would pull God out of heaven; yet God even at that time is raising man to heaven; sin would lessen the great God, and yet God greatens sinful man." -- Joseph Caryl

    Anthropologists tell us that one-third of all human beings who have lived on this planet have died at the hands of their brothers -- that fully one-third of the human race have died through war, violence, crime, and sudden death at the hands of another human being. -- D. James Kennedy

    The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. (Psalm 53:11)
    Being a fool, he reflects his nature, saying, "There is no God." Being a great fool, he meddles with a great subject and comes to wild conclusions. Morally, as well as mentally, the atheist is a fool. He is a fool in the heart as well as in the head, a fool in morals as well as in philosophy. With the denial of God as a starting point, we may conclude that the fool's progress is raid, riotous, raving, and ruinous. One beginning at impiety is ready for anything. "No God" properly interpreted means no law, no order, no restraint to lust, no limit to evil passion. Who but a fool would be of this mind? What would the world become if such lawless principles came to be universal? One who heartily entertains an irreligious spirit, and follows it out to its legitimate issues, is dangerous to the common welfare; he is not rational. By nature every man is more or less a denier of God. Practical atheism is the religion of humanity. It is idle to compliment them as sincere doubters and amiable thinkers; they are in fact rotten. There is too much dainty dealing nowadays with atheism. It is not a harmless error; it is an offensive, rotten sin. Righteous men should look on it in that light. All men being by nature atheistic, they are also in the same degree corrupt. Their heart is foul; their moral nature is decayed.
    "Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity" -- bad principles soon lead to bad lives. One does not find virtue promoted by your Voltaires and Tom Paines. Those who talk so abominable as to deny their Maker will act abominable when it serves their turn. It is the denial and forgetfulness of God abounding among men which is the source of the unrighteousness and crime which we see around us. It all men are not outwardly vicious, it is to be accounted for by the power of other and better principles. Left to itself, the "No God" spirit would produce nothing but evil acts. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Psalm 53:11 in Devotional Classics of C.H. Spurgeon, p. 270

    Revival breaks out when individuals in the church repent. We can change our own lives and start personal revival by repentance and weeping for our sin.

    The cause of the hatred which the world entertains against those who are not of it, is deeply rooted in the universal principles of human nature, -- in the unchangeable relations and oppositions of things; and however it may seen to slumber, it never dies. "In proportion to the degeneracy of society at large, and to the faithfulness and holiness of Christians in the midst of that society, will the hatred of the world to Christianity be manifested, in all countries and ages." (Brown Patterson)
    In what a striking light does the subject we have been considering place the depravity of human nature! Men, unchanged by divine influence, hate Christians, and hate them because they are Christians. God loves them, and loves them for the very reasons that men hate them. He has "set them apart for himself" -- they are His peculiar people -- He "looks to" them -- He "dwells with" them. Christ loves them, and blesses them with all heavenly and spiritual blessings. The Holy Ghost loves them, and takes up his permanent abode in them. Angels love them, and gladly act the part of ministering spirits to them as heirs of salvation. But men, unchanged men, do not love them -- they hate them. It has been said, "If virtue were to become incarnate, all mankind would fall down and worship her." The author of this admired statement neither knew human nature, nor virtue, well. Virtue did become incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ; and was he universally worshipped? "He was despised and rejected of men;" and instead of raising him to the throne, they nailed him to the cross. . . ." -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, III:352-353

    But [this cometh to pass], that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:25)

    The Wicked Man
    A man of worthlessness, a man of iniquity, Walking [with] perverseness of mouth,
    Winking with his eyes, speaking with his feet, Directing with his fingers,
    Frowardness [is] in his heart, devising evil at all times, Contentions he sendeth forth.
    Therefore suddenly cometh his calamity, Instantly he is broken -- and no healing.
    These six hath Jehovah hated, Yea, seven [are] abominations to His soul.
    Eyes high -- tongues false -- And hands shedding innocent blood --
    A heart devising thoughts of vanity -- Feet hasting to run to evil --
    A false witness [who] doth breathe out lies -- And one sending forth contentions between brethren.
    (Proverbs 6:12-19, Young's Literal Translation of the Holy Bible)

    See the Theological Notes, "Original Sin and Total Depravity," at Psalm 51:5 in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Election and Reprobation," at Romans 9:18, page 1784, in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Definite Redemption," at John 10:15, page 1682, in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Effectual Calling and Conversion," at 2 Thessalonians 2:14, page 1904, in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Perseverance of the Saints," at Romans 8:30 in The Reformation Study Bible

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Corruption," "Sin," "Doctrine," and so forth, and so on.

    August, Eugene R., Men's Studies: A Selected and Annotated Interdisciplinary Bibliography, ISBN: 0585211272 9780585211275.
    "Provides a starting point for those pursuing further research. . . . The bibliography will prove useful to D.Min. students involved in pastoral counseling as well as to those in evangelism who seek to chart a course for the church in the closing decades of this century. The information treats outreach, as well as the needs of men in school, public life, academia, institutions, and, in fact, all walks of life." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *BOSTON, THOMAS, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). A Christian classic.
    "This is THE classic on human nature. It was immediately acclaimed as such, and went through several printings during the author's lifetime. The book deals with four states of human existence: the state of innocence; the state of nature; the state of grace; and, the eternal state. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. A Christian classic.
    "When those who are devoid of the Spirit of God and reject revealed religion meet up with the Scriptural doctrine of original sin, their comments expose their hostility towards God and help exhibit the very principle they deny. For example, Smellie comments on one reaction to this work of Edwards as follows: 'Mr. Lechy has condemned the treatise on Original Sin as 'one of the most revolting books that have ever proceeded from the pen of man.' Edwards summarizes this book as 'a general defense of that great important doctrine,' and has skillfully answered those who would assail the revealed truth of God's Word at this point. If our doctrine is weak on man's nature and (in)ability, all manner of false 'help yourself' religion (e.g. Arminianism, Romanism, the cults, the occult, etc.), and secular seduction (e.g. psychology, socialism, etc.), based on man' inherent 'goodness' or ability to 'save himself,' will be given a wide open door to run rampant." -- SWRB

    *Brzezinski, Zbigniew, Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the eve of the Twenty-first Century, ISBN: 0684196301 9780684196305.
    "Rarely has there been a book as explosive and challenging as this brilliant analysis of today's massive geopolitical disorder. The triumphant collapse of communism has brought neither economic stability nor social democracy to the former Soviet Union. Nor, for that matter, to the rest of the world. We are living in a time of fragmentation: increasing disunity in Europe, dangerous eruptions in the Islamic republics, growing disparity between the world's rich and poor, and the evils of the 'permissive cornucopia' in America which, through overstimulation of material desires and sensual self-gratification, is leading to the collapse of Western moral and spiritual values. In short, we are living in a philosophical climate that is 'out of control.' It is Zbigniew Brzezinski's firm belief that we must draw both moral and political lessons from the 'megadeaths' of the twentieth century, a century in which at least 167 million people were slaughtered in the name of the 'politics of organized insanity,' or the 'metamyths' of such dictators as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, among others. Unless we can practice selfrestraint derived from a moral commitment in the quest for global democratic 'interdependence,' we stand destined to risk again our very own survival." -- Publisher's Annotation "Lives deliberately extinguished by politically motivated carnage: 167,000,000 to 175,000,000. Including: War Dead: 87,500,000, Military War Dead: 33,500,000, Civilian War Dead: 54,000,000, Not-war Dead: 80,000,000, Communist Oppression: 60,000,000."

    CASE, THOMAS, The Vanity of Vain Glory, opened in a sermon preached at the funeral of Kingsmel Lucy, Esq, 1655. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #6. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Three, CD #14.

    Caouette, Jonathan, Tarnation, 2004.
    We recommend this documentary to mature individuals who are concerned about Mental Health Policy in his country, but who have never had the experience of caring for persons who are emotionally disturbed, having them as neighbors, or working with them. It will educate the viewer on the nature of the problem of "mental illness." Part of the problem is their characteristic appeal for respectability and sympathy. I sense this was a subliminal motivation for the documentary. Caouette turned out a homosexual, and seems to be accepting it as an alternative life style.
    Caouette videoed his life and edited his archives to tell the story of growing up with a schizphrenic mother. So this is a glimpse of the reality of growing up in an emotionally disturbed and disfunctional family.
    It also dramatizes the failure of psychiatry.
    "A multitude of family snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments are used to create an epic portrait of an American family travesty. Begins in 2003 when Jonathan learns that his schizophrenic mother, Renee, overdoses on her lithium medication. He is shot back into his real and horrifying family legacy of rape, abandonment, promiscuity, drug addiction, child abuse, and psychosis. He grows up on camera and finds his escape in musical theater and B-horror movies. A look into the future shows Jonathan as he confronts the almost unbearable love he shares with his tragically damaged mother."

    Courtois, Stéphane (author), Nicolas Werth (author), Jean-Louis Panné (author), Andrzej Paczkowski (author), Karel Bartosek (author), Jean-Louis Margolin (author), Mark Kramer (editor), Jonathan Murphy (translator), The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (Harvard University Press, October 15, 1999), 912 pages, ISBN: 0674076087 9780674076082.
    "Already famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.
    " 'Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit,' Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experience." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *EDWARDS, JONATHAN, Total Depravity, Obtaining Salvation and Miscellaneous Discourses Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1.
    "Includes a warning to professors concerning the great guilt of those who take part in the ordinances of divine worship and yet allow themselves to be snared in any known wickedness. A work on temptation and deliverance and numerous other topics of great value." -- SWRB

    EDWARDS, JONATHAN, SERMON XVIII. *Wicked Men useful in their Destruction only. EZEK. xv. 2. 3. 4. Son of man, What is the vine-tree more than any tree? or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? Shall wood ... [in the following collection of sermons by Jonathan Edwards -- contains other sermons on the useless wicked.] In The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2:125-29). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    Edwards, Jonathan, Practical sermons, never before published. By the late Reverend Mr. Jonathan Edwards, ... Edinburgh, 1788. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3320857764

    *GIRARDEAU, JOHN L., Calvinism and Evangelical Arminianism Compared as to Election, Reprobation, Justification and Related Doctrines (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications), ISBN: 0873779665. Available (in WORKS OF JOHN GIRARDEAU) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A thorough but graceful refutation of Wesley's arminianism." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle
    "This powerful and penetrating book has been called the best on the subject . . . ." -- GCB

    Hoekema, Anthony A., Created in God's Image, new edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994), ISBN: 0853646260 9780853646266.
    "A major new book by this Calvin Seminary Professor (emeritus). A theological anthropol~ogy which explores the meaning of human nature from a Biblical perspective. Covers: Self-image, Origin of sin, Spread of sin, Nature of sin, Restraint of sin, the Question of human freedom, and much, much more." -- GCB

    Johnson, Paul, Modern Times: The World From the Twenties to the Nineties (New York, NY: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1983), ISBN: 0060935502 9780060935504.
    "The twentieth-century State has ~proved itself the great killer of all time'."

    *Laidlaw, John, The Bible Doctrine of Man: Or, the Anthropology and Psychology of Scripture, 3rd edition (Edinburgh, Scotland: T. and T. Clark, 1895).
    "The Cunningham Lectures, New College, Edinburgh, 1880. Provides one of the ablest introductions to Biblical anthropology ever written. Excellent." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Lee, Francis Nigel, The Origin and Destiny of Man (Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1975).
    "Five brief, Biblical lectures delivered at the inauguration of the Christian Studies Center, Memphis. Reformed." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553). ISBN: 0825431247.
    "I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
    "This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
    http://www.lettermen2.com/luther1.html
    Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
    http://www.lettermen2.com/luther2.html

    *Machen, J. Gresham (1881-1937), The Christian View of Man (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, 1937), ISBN: 0851511120 9780851511122.
    "This book by one of the founders of Westminster Theological Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is undoubtedly one of the best guides, from a Reformed perspective, to be found anywhere. If you want a sound guide to the basic teachings of the Bible, you will find it in this book. Highly recommended!" -- GCB
    "Provides an excellent introduction to Christian anthropology. First published in 1937." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Deals with predestination and human freedom.

    May, William F., A Catalogue of Sins: A Contemporary Examination of Christian Conscience (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967).

    *Murray, John (1898-1975), The Imputation of Adam's Sin (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1959). ISBN: 0875523412 9780875523415.
    "A classic statement of the Reformed teaching of Romans 5. Refutes the Pelagian and Roman Catholic views of original sin, prefers to use the term `imputed sin.' Clarifies the realistic approach of Shedd and Strong, and pleads for the representative view. A thorough theological treatise." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Orr, James, God's Image in Man and Its Defacement in the Light of Modern Denials (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1948).
    Based on the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary, 1903, this valuable apologetic carefully distinguishes between the Biblical teaching, the theories of men, and movements throughout church history." -- Cyril J. Barber

    OWEN, JOHN, The nature, power, deceit, and prevalency of the remainders of indwelling-sin in believers. Together with the ways of its working, and means of its prevention. Opened, evinced and applyed, with a resolution of sundry cases of conscience thereunto appertaining. By J. Owen, D.D. [London?], 1732. (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Owen, John, Sin and Grace (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851511276 0851511279. A Christian classic.
    "Contains: Nature and causes of apostasy from the Gospel, duty of being spiritually minded, treatise on the dominion of Sin, and Grace."
    Owen, John, A treatise of the dominion of sin and grace. . . . By the late pious and learned minister of the gospel, John Owen, D.D. Edinburgh, 1739.

    *Owen, John, Temptation and Sin (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851511269 0851511260. A Christian classic.
    "Contains sections on: Mortification of sin, temptation, indwelling sin, and an exposition of Psalm 130."
    Owen, John. The mortification of sin in believers: containing the necessity, nature, and means of it. With a resolution of sundry cases of conscience thereunto belonging. By John Owen, D.D. ... A new edition London, 1783. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3318906334

    *Owen, Samuel A., Letting God Plan Your Family (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]), ISBN: 0891075852 9780891075851.

    *Romaine, William, The Life, Walk and Triumph of Faith (Cambridge, England: James Clarke, 1970, 1856), ISBN: 0227677447.
    Edited by Peter Toon. "Stresses the divinity of Christ and the need for believers to walk in subjection to the teaching of the Word. A new edition of an old classic published in 1856 as three separate works. Makes inspirational reading." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Treatises on the Life, Walk, and Triumph of Faith
    http://books.google.com/books?id=muYOAAAAIAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), Christianity and the State (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books), ISBN: 9996717755.
    "The need to return to a Biblical doctrine of civil government is evidenced by our century's worldwide drift into tyranny. Humanism invariably rushes in to fill the world's theological vacuums: the need of the hour is to restore a full-orbed, Biblical, theology of the state. This work sets forth that theology." -- GCB

    *SHEDD, W.G.T., Sermons to the Natural Man (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1871), ISBN: 0851512607 9780851512600. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Dr. Shedd's SERMONS TO THE NATURAL MAN are, if not absolutely the best, yet of the very best doctrinal and spiritual sermons produced in this generation. We have known much of their power in convincing sinners, and in deepening and widening and exalting the experiences of true Christians. Doctrinal preaching, though not in fashion, is the preaching that we need, and the preaching which always best vindicates itself when put to the test of practice . . ." -- A.A. Hodge
    Contents: Religious meditation (Psalm 104:34) -- Christian moderation (Proverbs 16:32) -- The supreme excellence of God (Matthew 19:16-17) -- The fatherhood of God (Luke 16:25) -- The future vision of God (2nd Corinthians 4:18) -- God the strength of man (Psalm 84:5) -- The glorification of God (Isaiah 42:8) -- The duty of reference to the divine will (James 4:13-15) -- The creature has no absolute merit (Luke 17:10) -- Faith with and without sight (John 20:29) -- The reality of heaven (John 14:2) -- Pure motives the light of the soul (Matthew 6:22) -- The law is light (Proverbs 6:23) -- The law is the strength of sin ( 1st Corinthians 15:56) -- The sense of sin leads to holiness, and the conceit of holiness leads to sin (John 9:41) -- The impression made by Christ's holiness (Luke 5:8) -- Christian humility (1st Peter 5:5) -- Pride vitiates religious knowledge (1st Corinthians 8:2) -- Connection between faith and works (James 2:24) -- The Christian imperfect, yet a saint (Colossians 3:12) -- Sanctification completed at death (1st Corinthians 2:9) -- Watchfulness and prayerfulness (1st Peter 4:7) -- Unceasing prayer (1st Thessalonians 5:17) -- The folly of ambition (Jeremiah 45:5) -- Every Christian a debtor to the pagan (Romans 1:14) -- The certain success of evangelistic labor (Isaiah 55:10-11).

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), "Calvinism: The Summit of Reformation Theology" in John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits, (7-19).
    "In his treatment of the atonement, Calvin surpassed not only the Scholastics but Augustine as well. Calvin had a greater insight into this Biblical doctrine than any other theologian before or after him. . . . (p. 11)
    "Calvin clearly saw the Scriptural relationship of the sovereignty of God and the total depravity of the whole human race to the doctrines of atonement and election. Divine election is the means ordained of God for making the death of Christ effective." -- C. Gregg Singer, p. 16

    *Sowell, Thomas A Conflict of Visions (William Morrow and Co.), ISBN: 9780465002054 0465002056.
    "Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or for centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. The analysis of this pattern is the purpose of A CONFLICT OF VISIONS. Its theme is that the enduring political controversies of the past two centuries reflect radically different visions of the nature of man. Issues as diverse as criminal justice, income distribution, or war and peace repeatedly show those with one vision lining up on one side and those with another vision lining up on the other.
    "Dr. Thomas Sowell describes A CONFLICT OF VISIONS as `the culmination of thirty years of work in the history of ideas' -- a field in which he established his professional reputation years before writing any of his well-known books on ethnicity and other social issues. Dr. Sowell and his books have received a number of awards and honors, and have been translated into several languages. He has been a consultant to three administrations of both parties, as well as scholar-in-residence at three "think tanks." He is now a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute in Stanford, California." -- Publisher's Annotation

    SYNOD OF DORT, The Canon Ratified in the National Synod of the Reformed Church Held at Dordrecht (1618-1619). Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18, ISBN: 0921148933 9780921148937. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This classic Dutch Reformed standard, proclaiming the five points of Calvinism [the 'T-U-L-I-P' decrees on the five main points of doctrine in dispute in the Netherlands: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverence of the Saints], refuted and condemned the Remonstrance (protest) found in the five Arminian articles of 1610, written by Johanness Uytenbogaert. Includes, for comparison, the five Arminian articles also." -- SWRB
    "As far as I am able to judge by the information in all history of that kind, the Christian world, since the day of the Apostles, had never a synod of more excellent divines (take one thing with another) than this Synod [The Westminster Assembly] and the Synod of Dort were." -- Richard Baxter
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290

    Verduin, Leonard, Somewhat Less Than God: The Biblical View of Man (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1970).
    "A systematic approach to Christian anthropology." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Venning, Ralph, Sinfulness of Sin, ISBN: 0851516475 9780851516479.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Soteriology, atonement, Predestination, election, efficacious grace, Calvinism, Systematic theology, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, War, Casuistry, cases of conscience, The lord jesus christ, The cross of christ, Calvinism, Sin, Judges, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Reconcililiation of relationships, The theology of freedom, Conspiracy and corruption, Covenant theology and covenanting, Manhood, Islam (muslim/moslim, muhammadanism/mohammadanism), and so forth, and so on
    TCRB5: 843, 955, 957, 1542, 1545, 1682, 1796, 1814, 1982, 2353, 2545-2548, 3340, 3348, 3853

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    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion, A New Translation by Henry Beveridge, Esq., Chapter 3, "Every Thing Proceeding From the Corrupt Nature of man Damnable"
    The principal matters in this chapter are -- I. A recapitulation of the former chapter, proving, from passages of Scriptures that the intellect and will of man are so corrupted, that no integrity, no knowledge or fear of God, can now be found in him, sect. 1 and 2. II. Objections to this doctrine, from the virtues which shone in some of the heathen, refuted, sect. 3 and 4. III. What kind of will remains in man, the slave of sin, sect. 5. The remedy and cure, sect. 6. IV. The opinion of Neo-Pelagian sophists concerning the preparation and efficacy of the will, and also concerning perseverance and co-operating grace, refuted, both by reason and Scripture, sect. 7-12. V. Some passages from Augustine confirming the truth of this doctrine, sect. 13 and 14.
    Sections.
    1. The intellect and will of the whole man corrupt. The term flesh applies not only to the sensual, but also to the higher part of the soul. This demonstrated from Scripture.
    2. The heart also involved in corruption, and hence in no part of man can integrity, or knowledge or the fear of God, be found.
    3. Objection, that some of the heathen were possessed of admirable endowments, and, therefore, that the nature of man is not entirely corrupt. Answer, Corruption is not entirely removed, but only inwardly restrained. Explanation of this answer.
    4. Objection still urged, that the virtuous and vicious among the heathen must be put upon the same level, or the virtuous prove that human nature, properly cultivated, is not devoid of virtue. Answer, That these are not ordinary properties of human nature, but special gifts of God. These gifts defiled by ambition, and hence the actions proceeding from them, however esteemed by man, have no merit with God.
    5. Though man has still the faculty of willing there is no soundness in it. He falls under the bondage of sin necessarily, and yet voluntarily. Necessity must be distinguished from compulsion. The ancient Theologians acquainted with this necessity. Some passages condemning the vacillation of Lombard.
    6. Conversion to God constitutes the remedy or soundness of the human will. This not only begun, but continued and completed; the beginning, continuance, and completion, being ascribed entirely to God. This proved by Ezekiel's description of the stony heart, and from other passages of Scripture.
    7. Various Objections. -- 1. The will is converted by God, but, when once prepared, does its part in the work of conversion. Answer from Augustine. 2. Grace can do nothing without will, nor the will without grace. Answer. Grace itself produces will. God prevents the unwilling, making him willing, and follows up this preventing grace that he may not will in vain. Another answer gathered from various passages of Augustine.
    8. Answer to the second Objection continued. No will inclining to good except in the elect. The cause of election out of man. Hence right will, as well as election, are from the good pleasure of God. The beginning of willing and doing well is of faith; faith again is the gift of God; and hence mere grace is the cause of our beginning to will well. This proved by Scripture.
    9. Answer to second Objection continued. That good will is merely of grace proved by the prayers of saints. Three axioms 1. God does not prepare man's heart, 249so that he can afterwards do some good of himself, but every desire of rectitude, every inclination to study, and every effort to pursue it, is from Him.
    2. This desire, study, and effort, do not stop short, but continue to effect. 3. This progress is constant. The believer perseveres to the end. A third Objection, and three answers to it.
    10. A fourth Objection. Answer. Fifth Objection. Answer. Answer confirmed by many passages of Scripture, and supported by a passage from Augustine.
    11. Perseverance not of ourselves, but of God. Objection. Two errors in the objection. Refutation of both.
    12. An objection founded on the distinction of co-operating grace. Answer. Answer confirmed by the testimony of Augustine and Bernard.
    13. Last part of the chapter, in which it is proved by many passages of Augustine, that he held the doctrine here taught.
    14. An objection, representing Augustine at variance with himself and other Theologians, removed. A summary of Augustine's doctrine on free will.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.iv.iv.html

    Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
    http://www.lettermen2.com/luther1.html

    Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
    http://www.lettermen2.com/luther2.html

    God's Testimony Concerning Man, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.wwd.net/user/ront/169.htm

    The Doctrine of Human Depravity, Arthur Pink
    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/4495/depravity_index.html

    The Fall of Man, J. Gresham Machen
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/introduction-to-the-christian-faith/the-fall-of-man.php

    See also:

    Death, Thomas Boston
    Excerpts from Boston's HUMAN NATURE IN ITS FOURFOLD STATE.
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/death.php

    *Deaths by Mass Unpleasantness: Estimated Totals for the Entire 20th Century
    Worldwide estimates range from 167,000,000 to 258,000,000. It is estimated that 45.5 million Christians were martyred worldwide in the 20th century.
    http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/warstat8.htm

    United States Casualties of War
    "The American Civil War resulted, by far, in the largest number of total American deaths by war."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_casualties_of_war



    Repentance the Key to Salvation and Change

    Great and marvellous are thy works,
    Lord God Almighty;
    just and true are thy ways,
    thou King of saints.
    Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?
    for though only art holy:
    for all the nations shall come and worship before thee;
    for thy judgments are made manifest.
    (Revelation 15:3b,4)

    See the Theological Notes, "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 106, commentary by C.H. Spurgeon
    Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt. (v. 7)
    Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. (v. 8)
    And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them. (v. 10)
    They soon forgat his works. (v. 13)
    And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. (v. 15)
    They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. (v. 19)
    Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. (v. 20)
    They forgat God their saviour. (v. 21)
    Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. (v. 29)
    Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. (v. 30)
    And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore. (v. 31)
    They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them. (v. 34)
    But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. (v. 35)
    Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils. (v. 37)
    Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. (v. 39)
    Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, in so much that he abhorred his own inheritance. (v. 40)
    And he gave them into the hands of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.(v. 41)
    Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
    (v. 42)
    Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. (v. 43)
    Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry. (v. 44)
    And he remembered for them his covenant. (v. 45)
    Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praiise. (v. 47)
    Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord. (v. 48)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps106.htm

    From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:17)

    See the Theological Notes, "Repentance," at Acts 26:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Atonement," at Romans 3:25 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Final Judgment," at Matthew 25:41 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. (Acts 3:19,20)

    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

    See the Theological Notes, "Repentance," at Acts 26:20 in The Reformation Study Bible

    "The Spirit," says our Lord, "Shall convince the world of sin, that they believe not in me," -- i.e., `He will convince men that they are sinners -- especially that they are sinners in not believing in me.' The doctrine and the law of Christ cannot be received, except by those who are persuaded that they are sinners -- guilty and depraved creatures -- exposed to God's righteous displeasure -- unfit for God's holy fellowship. The Gospel is throughout a restorative economy, and, therefore, can be understood, valued, accepted, only by those who are aware that the lost condition, for which such an economy is required and intended, is theirs. It is because men are, to so limited an extent, convinced of sin, of what sin in -- how heinous in its nature, how fearful in its consequences, -- and that they are sinners, that Christianity cannot obtain even a fair hearing. Convince a man that he is a sinner, and then, and not till then, will he have much curiosity to listen to what is said about a Saviour -- much disposition to inquire into the truth of what is said about him -- to ponder at once the meaning and the evidence of the testimony.
    This is the radical part of the Spirit's convincing process; but he not only convinces of sin generally, but he convinces of sin in not believing in Christ. He fixes the mind so on the meaning and evidence of the truth respecting Christ, as to produce faith; and, in producing it, to lodge in the mind the conviction that, in not believing that truth, from the moment it was presented to it, there was sin, great sin; not mere intellectual mistake, but sin -- deep, aggravated sin -- the greatest sin man is capable of committing, -- indeed, a sin which, if persisted in, must end in hopeless perdition. . . . -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, III:415, 416

    I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
    Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
    -- Jesus Christ (Luke 15:7,10)

    As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. -- Jesus Christ (Revelation 3:19)

    The fool hath said in his heart,
    There is no God.
    They are corrupt,
    they have done abominable works,
    there is none that doeth good.
    (Psalm 14:1)
    See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, page 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, page 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

    "Cornelius Van Til makes the theologically valid point that `irrationality in the mind of man, that is, insanity, must be the result of a deflection of man from the source of absolute rationality,' God, and consequently `all men have merited insanity because of their departure from God.' [Or, not until man repents is he truly sane.] Eternal punishment is `the abyss of irrationalism,' and what we call rational or normative experience is a gift of God's common grace. No man is worthy of it'." -- Frederick Leahy

    "To find out your sinful, miserable state, and to be truly humbled for it, and to discern the remedy which you have in Christ, and penitently and believingly to enter into his covenant, and to see that your happiness is wholly in the love and fruition of God, and to believe the glory prepared for the saints, and to prefer it before all the prosperity of the world, and love it, and set your hearts upon it, and to resolve on a holy life . . , forsaking this deceitful world and flesh; all this is a work that is not so easily done as mentioned, and requireth your more serious, fixed thoughts. . . ." -- Richard Baxter

    Revival breaks out when individuals in the church repent. We can change our own lives and start personal revival by repentance and weeping for our sin.

    "God puts away many in anger for their supposed goodness, but not any at all for their confessed badness." -- John Trapp

    "To this we must say that He who promised forgiveness to them that repent has not promised repentance to them that sin." -- Ralph Venning

    Remember, I pray you . . . that to have a sense of sin is not the same thing as being pardoned. Your repentance, unless you also believe in Jesus, is a repentance that needs to be repented of. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon entitled http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols16-18/chs924.pdf p. 644

    "There cannot be a true sorrow of heart for a sin that is past, but presently there doth arise a purpose not to sin for the future." -- Thomas Goodwin

    "Amendment of life is the best repentance." -- John Trapp

    As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. -- Jesus Christ (Revelation 3:19)

    Grant, Almighty God, since thou declarest to us by so many proofs the formidable nature of thine anger, especially against the obstinate and rebellious, who reject thy word familiarly spoken to them: Grant, I say, that we may embrace what is proposed to us in thy name with the humility and reverence becoming to thy children, so that we may repent of our sins, and obtain their pardon, until at length we are freed from all corruptions of the flesh, and become partakers of that eternal and celestial glory which thy only-begotten Son has purchased for us by his blood. Amen. -- John Calvin, prayer at the end of 32nd Lecture on Ezekiel

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Repentance," "Confession," "Forgiveness," "Justification," "Reconciliation," "Sanctification," "Rejuvenation," Quickening," and so forth, and so on.

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Chamberlain, W.D., The Meaning of Repentance (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1943).
    "A Biblically oriented, theologically conservative study of a greatly neglected doctrine."-- Cyril J. Barber

    Colquhoun, John, Repentance (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, 1826) ISBN: 0851511007.
    "First published in 1826, this Reformed treatment deals with the sources of true repentance, their nature and import, how to distinguish between true and counterfeit repentance, and the fruit and evidences of true repentance." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Erskine, Ebenezer, A serious address to the Christian world: or, the precious promises of the most high God, to repenting sinners. Found in the manuscripts of ... Mr. Ebenezer Erskine, ... Glasgow, 1789.

    *KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), National Repentance and Reformation. Alternate title: A BRIEF EXHORTATION TO ENGLAND FOR THE SPEEDY EMBRACING OF THE GOSPEL, 1559. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25, ISBN: 0921148208 9780921148203. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #6. Available in THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX.
    "Formerly titled A BRIEF EXHORTATION TO ENGLAND FOR THE SPEEDY EMBRACING OF THE GOSPEL, 1559. Mitchell in The Scottish Reformation (p. 80) cites Dr. Merle D'Aubigné on Knox: 'The blood of warriors ran in the veins of the man who was to become one of the most intrepid champions of Christ's army . . . He was active, bold, thoroughly upright and perfectly honest, diligent in his duties, and full of heartiness for his comrades.' The warrior in Knox was certainly roused for battle in this production. Kevin Reed (Selected Writings of John Knox), p. 580 comments, 'Some historians have reflected negatively on the vehemence of Knox's remarks. Perhaps they should peruse the long list of the martyrs named in the appendix to this work. Critics may then find a clue for understanding the reformer's zeal. Knox is discussing serious matters of life and death--spiritual issues which affect us deeply in this life, and for eternity.' Magistrates everywhere today need to hear this message again; God has not changed--there are still corporate curses for disobedience at a national level and corporate blessings for those nations 'that kiss the Son' (cf. Psalm 2)." -- SWRB

    Love, Christopher (1618-1651), The penitent pardoned a treatise wherein is handled the duty of confession of sin and the priviledge of the pardon of sin: together with a discourse of Christs ascension into heaven and of his coming again from heaven: wherein the opinion of the Chiliasts is considered and solidly confuted / being the sum and substance of several sermons preached by that faithful servant of Christ, Mr. Christopher Love ..., 1657.

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553). ISBN: 0825431247.
    "I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
    "This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
    http://www.lettermen2.com/luther1.html
    Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
    http://www.lettermen2.com/luther2.html

    Pendlebury, William, National repentance and reformation the way to obtain national blessings. A sermon preach'd at Rotherham in Yorkshire, on the eleventh of April, 1744, ... by William Pendlebury, M.A.

    PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), [M. Perkins his exhortation to repentance, out of Zephaniah, preached in 2 sermons together with two treatises of the duties and dignitie of the ministrie ...], 1605. Additional title: AN EXHORTATION TO REPENTANCE. Available (THE WORKS OF MR. WILLIAM PERKINS IN TWO PARTS) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #20. Available (THE WORKS OF THAT FAMOUS AND WORTHY MINISTER OF CHRIST, MR. W. PERKINS, PART 1 AND PART 2) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), A faithfull and plaine exposition vpon the 2. chapter of Zephaniah: by that reuerend and iudicious diuine, M.W. Perkins. Containing a powerful exhortation to repentance: as also the manner hovve men in repentance are to search themselues. Published by a preacher of the vvord. With a preface prefixed, touching the publishing of M. Perkins his vvorks. And a catalogue of all such particulars thereof, as are to be expected, 1609. Available (THE WORKS OF MR. WILLIAM PERKINS IN TWO PARTS) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #20. Available (THE WORKS OF THAT FAMOUS AND WORTHY MINISTER OF CHRIST, MR. W. PERKINS, PART 1 AND PART 2) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    Perkins, William (1558-1602), Tvvo treatises I. Of the nature and practise of repentance. II. Of the combat of the flesh and spirit, 1593. EEBO.

    *Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Self-examination. In Religious Cases of Conscience Answered in an Evangelical Manner . . . to Which is Added The Spiritual Companion; or, The Professing Christian Tried at the Bar of God's Word; and Character of the Happy Man, 1866.
    Self-examination
    http://www.westm/insterconfession.org/godly-living/self-examination.php/

    *PINK, ARTHUR W., Gleanings From the Scriptures: Man's Total Depravity (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1969). Available (STUDIES IN SCRIPTURE VOLUMES 19-32) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Pink again shows his thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He refers to something like 500 verses of the Bible to demonstrate that God teaches that mankind is totally depraved since the Fall. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. A strongly Calvinistic treatment.
    The Doctrine of Human Depravity, Arthur Pink
    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/4495/depravity_index.html

    RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL (1600?-1661), The Excellence and Worth of the Gospel, ISBN: 1573581011 9781573581011. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, ISBN: 0921148852 9780921148852.
    "This sermon is read by elder Lyndon Dohms (1998) and taken from the book QUAINT SERMONS OF SAMUEL RUTHERFORD (see below). It proclaims the power of the gospel for pulling down all strongholds raised against it. It exhibits God's sovereignty while blasting the Arminian heresy and toppling its vaunted idol of 'free will.' It demonstrates how the gospel is a love letter from God to His elect and how the Lord's arrows always hit their mark (particular redemption, irresistible grace, etc.). Rutherford also delineates the marks by which one can be assured that a work of grace has been begun in the heart by God. Hypocrisy is also exposed in the most pointed manner. The place of the law and the gospel in salvation are given. True repentance is contrasted with false repentance, as is true assurance with false assurance, plus much more. A very practical sermon from one of the greatest preachers and theologians of all time, exhibiting why Rutherford is considered a protesting Covenanter of the first rank.

    *Shedd, W.G.T., The Doctrine of Endless Punishment (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0865240191 9780865240193.
    "Shedd carefully expounds the Biblical teaching on divine judgment, and sets it in the context of the history of Christian doctrine. He deals carefully and cogently with objections to it." -- GCB
    "This book will have a profoundly sobering effect on its readers; but its lasting impression will be to cause a new concern for men and women without Christ, and undying gratitude for Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), The Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851517404 9780851517407. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "Richard Sibbes, one of the most influential figures in the Puritan movement during the earlier years of the seventeenth century, was renowned for the rich quality of his ministry. THE BRUISED REED shows why he was known among his contemporaries as `the sweet dropper'." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "If you have ever been (or are) discouraged in any way this is a book that will bring great encouragement and joy!" -- SWRB
    "Sibbes never wastes the student's time, he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "A poor pedlar came to the door . . . and my father bought of him Sibb's Bruised Reed . . . It suited my state . . . and gave me a livelier apprehension of the mystery of redemption and how much I was beholden to Jesus Christ . . . Without any means but books was God pleased to resolve me to himself." -- Richard Baxter

    *WATSON, THOMAS, The Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851515215. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #5. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
    "Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essentials to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.
    "Few better guides have existed in this or any other language. . . . He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twentieth century." -- Publisher's Annotation
    The Doctrine of Repentance, excerpts
    Online e-text.
    http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/drepenti.htm
    The Doctrine of Repentance
    http://books.google.com/books?id=V1QCAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Repentance and 20th Century Man (Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1980).
    "What is true Biblical repentance? How does it manifest itself? Is there a relationship between humility and repentance." -- GCB

    *WILLIAMS, DANIEL (1643?-1716), What Repentance of National Sins God Doth Require, as Ever we Expect National Mercies? 1690. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #25.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sin and its consequences, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, The ten commandments, The words of Christ, Trusting god, Idolatry, Theft, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justifying faith, Justification, Forgiveness of sin, Sanctification, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Reconcilation of relationships, The covenant faithfulness of god, Sufficiency of christ, Lordship of jesus christ, Christ's kingdom, Covenant theology, The covenanted reformation, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, Covenanted reformation short title listing, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The one and the many, False gospels, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Hypocracy, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Conspiracy and corruption, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Politics, Ethics, Medical ethics, Casuistry, cases of conscience, The history of reformation of the church, Corporate faithfulness, Revival, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 816, 1764, 2706-2710, 2712, 3908

    Related WebLinks

    The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
    http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

    Justifying Faith
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

    Self-Examination, Thomas Chalmers
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/the-doctrines-of-grace/essay-on-guthries-the-christians-great-interest.php

    *On Secret Faults, Samuel Stanhope Smith (1750-1819)
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/on-secret-faults.php



    Adoption Into God's Family

    See the Theological Notes, "Adoption," at Galatians 4:5 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    *Packer, J.I., Knowing God, 20th anniversary edition (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997, 1973), ISBN: 083081650X 9780830816507. A Christian classic.
    A classic work by one of the foremost theologians of our day. Offsets erroneous ideas about God. A group study guide is also available.
    A best-selling book. Contains material useful in counseling.

    *HALDANE, ROBERT, Commentary on Romans (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications), ISBN: 0851517080. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This is a solid work on the book of Romans and was previously published by the Banner of Truth in their Geneva series." -- GCB
    "First published between 1835-1839, this Reformed commentary by a Christian layman has enjoyed a wide-spread ministry since its first appearance. The lectures were delivered in Geneva and brought about a genuine movement of the Spirit among theologues who heard them." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Commentary on Romans, Robert Haldane
    http://www.e4.net
    The Epistle to the Romans
    http://books.google.com/books?id=JMyhGgAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Candlish, Robert S., Life in a Risen Saviour. Alternate title: STUDIES IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 15: LIFE IN A RISEN SAVIOUR, (Minneapolis, MN: James and Klock Publishing Co., 1977), ISBN: 0825423317 9780825423314.
    "Noteworth for its clarity, careful exposition of the text, and balanced application of the truth of the passage to the life of the believer. Candlish boldly sets forth the Christian's hope, and his material is both helpful and enlightening." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Candlish, Robert S., The Sonship and Brotherhood of Believers (1872), ISBN: 0790515067 9780790515069.

    *Ridderbos, Herman N., The Coming of the Kingdom (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1962), ISBN: 0875524087.
    "A thorough treatment of the teaching pertaining to the Kingdom. Amillennial." -- Cyril J. Barber

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Justification, The Fatherhood of God, Predestination (election), Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come, Justification, Sonship, Finding the Perfect Parent in God
    TCRB5: 739-745, 1606

    Recovery of the True, God-centered Gospel

    For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:16,17)

    "I. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word, by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.

    "II. By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come. But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace." -- The Westmister Confession of Faith Chapter XIV, Of Saving Faith

    So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

    "Yea, Judas' master, the devil himself, one far enough from justifying faith, yet he assents to the truth of the word. He goes against his conscience when he denies them. When he tempted Christ he did not dispute against the Scripture, but from the Scripture, drawing his arrows out of this quiver (Matt. 4:6). And at another time, he makes as full a confession of Christ, for the matter, as Peter himself did (Matt. 8:29, compared with Matt. 16:17). Assent to the truth of the word is but an act of the understanding, which reprobates and evils may exercise. But justifying faith is a compounded habit, and has its seat both in the understanding and will. Therefore it is called a "believing with the heart" (Rom. 10:10); yea, a "believing with all the heart" (Acts 8:37). Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." It takes in all the powers of the soul. There is a double object in the promise, one proper to the understand, to move that; another proper to the will, to excite and work on that. As the promise is true, so it calls for an act of assent from the understanding; and as it is good as well as true, so it calls for an act of the will to embrace and receive it. Therefore, he which only notionally knows the promise, and speculatively assent to the truth of it, without clinging to it, and embracing of it, does not believe savingly, and can have no more benefit from the promise, than nourishment from the food he sees and acknowledges to be wholesome, but eats none of." -- William Gurnall

    Abrahams, Israel, Studies in Pharisaism and the Gospels (New York, NY: Ktav Publishing House, 1967, 1924, 1917), ISBN: 1592448240 9781592448241.
    "First published in two volumes in 1917 and 1924. Now available in one volume. Long regarded as a pioneer work that revolutionized an understanding of the character and development of Pharisaism." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Gospel," "Heresy," and so forth, and so on.

    Barna, George, The Barna Report 1992-93: America Renews Its Search for God (Ventura, CA: Gospel Light [Regal]).
    "Barna's WHAT AMERICANS BELIEVE captures a snapshot of American Christianity in 1991. This totally-new election-year edition updates the picture! . . . Vital information is easy to grasp with key charts and graphs (more detailed tables appear in the appendix) and easy to apply practical action steps." -- CBD

    *Barna, George, What Americans Believe: An Annual Survey of Values and Religious Views in the United States (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1991), ISBN: 0830715053 9780830715053.
    "Our society is changing in ways that have dramatic implications for the future of morality, ethics, and the Christian church. Three quarters of young adults in this country believe there is no absolute truth -- a major change from older generations which tend to believe in absolute truth. WHAT AMERICANS BELIEVE gives a clear, up-to-the-minute picture of the mores, beliefs, and religious attitudes of Americans. It is based on an annual survey conducted by the Barna Research Group and covers 65 questions about values, life-style, and religious beliefs." A tool to reshape ministerial strategies.

    Barron, Bruce, The Health and Wealth Gospel: What's Going on Today in a Movement That has Shaped the Faith of Millions? (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press), ISBN: 0877843279 9780877843276.
    "Barron probes the teachings of prominent preachers like Charles Capps, Kenneth Hagin, and Kenneth Copeland. Can we have whatever we ask from God? Can we see a 100-fold return on our Kingdom investment? Is sickness a sign of a lack of faith? These and other claims are examined fully and fairly." -- GCB

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Bowman, Robert M., The Word-faith Controversy: Understanding the Health and Wealth Gospel, ISBN: 0801063442 9780801063442.

    *Chantry, Walter J., Today's Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510272 9780851510279.

    Ellul, Jacques, The Subversion of Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1986), ISBN: 0802800491 9780802800497.
    "What we today call Christianity, says Ellul, is actually far removed from the revelation of God. The church has perverted and reinterpreted Scripture over the years in order to mitigate the scandal of the Gospel. Yet Ellul remains hopeful, for the Holy Spirit continues to move in the world." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *GURNALL, WILLIAM, John Charles Ryle (contributor) The Christian in Complete Armor: A Treatise of the Saint's War Against the Devil, complete and unabridged (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979), ISBN: 0851511961 9780851511962. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
    "Peerless and priceless; every line full of wisdom." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "If I might read only one book beside the Bible, I would choose The Christian in Complete Armour." -- John Newton
    "A beautiful feature in Gurnall's book is its richness in pithy, pointed, and epigrammatical sayings. You will often find in a line and a half some great truth, put so concisely, and yet so fully, that you really marvel how so much thought could be got into so few words.
    "Solid scriptural theology, like that contained in these pages, should be valued and studied in the church. Books in which Scripture is reverently regarded as the only rule of faith and practice -- books in which Christ and the Holy Ghost have their rightful office -- books in which justification, and sanctification, and regeneration, and faith, and grace, and holiness are clearly, distinctly, and accurately delineated and exhibited -- these are the only books which do real good. Few things need reviving more than a taste for such books as these among readers." -- J.C. Ryle
    Also praised by John Flavel and Richard Baxter.
    Said to be among the 10 greatest Christian books.
    The Christian In Complete Armour, William Gurnall
    http://www.ccel.org/g/gurnall/armour/home.htm
    The Christian in Complete Armour: A Treatise of the Saints' War Against the Devil: Wherein a Discovery is Made of that Grand Enemy of God and His People, in His Policies, Power, Seat of His Empire, Wickedness, and Chief Design He Hath Against the Saints: a Magazine Opened, from Whence the Christian is Furnished with Spiritual Arms for the Battle, Helped on with His Armour, and Taught the Use of His Weapon: Together with the Happy Issue of the Whole War
    http://books.google.com/books?id=MXlHJQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553). ISBN: 0825431247.
    "I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
    "This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
    http://www.lettermen2.com/luther1.html
    Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
    http://www.lettermen2.com/luther2.html

    McConnell, R., A Different Gospel (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, c1988). D1079
    "A comprehensive analysis of the historical background and doctrinal errors of the Word-Faith teachers including Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Fred Price, and others. McConnell also gives conclusive evidence of the doctrinal and literal connection between Hagin and E.W. Kenyon."

    Miller, Samuel, The Gospel in HOLDING FAST THE FAITHFUL WORD: SERMONS AND ADDRESSES BY SAMUEL MILLER (Presbyterian Heritage Publishing).
    "The book opens with strong declarations about the first principles of Christianity. Miller explains the substitutionary atonement in "Christ Our Righteousness." He shows the necessity of "Being on the Lord's Side." Perceptive readers will note the depth of these statements, respecting the nature of the gospel, in contrast to the shallow evangelistic messages of the present day. In two missionary sermons, Miller illustrates how Christ, through the gospel, will conquer the world. There are additional sermons on "The Difficulties and Temptations which Attend the Preaching of the Gospel in Great Cities" and "The Importance of Gospel Truth." SWRB

    OWEN, JOHN (1616-1683), The advantage of the kingdome of Christ, in the shaking of the kingdoms of the world: or, Providential alterations, in their subserviencie to Christ's exaltation. Opened in a sermon preached to the Parliament, Octob. 24. 1651. A solemn day of thanksgiving for the destruction of the Scots army at Worcester, with sundry other mercies; by John Owen, minister of the Gospel, 1652. Alternate title: THE ADVANTAGE OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST, IN THE SHAKING OF THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Owen, John, Apostasy From the Gospel. Alternate title: THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF APOSTASY FROM THE GOSPEL (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1992), ISBN: 0851516092 9780851516097. A Christian classic.
    "Few subjects have received less attention from contemporary Christian writers than that of apostasy. The idea that professing Christians may prove not to be true Christians is, in many respects, too serious a prospect for our facile age. But, for John Owen, such avoidance of the issue was itself a pressing reason for writing on it at length and in great depth of spiritual analysis. His exposition is a masterpieces of penetration and discernment. . . .
    "Some will find its pages deeply soul-searching; others will be struck by the clarity of Owen's insight; all will find a work which wounds in order to heal." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Owen, John, Sin and Grace (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851511276 0851511279. A Christian classic.
    "Contains: Nature and causes of apostasy from the Gospel, duty of being spiritually minded, treatise on the dominion of Sin, and Grace."
    Owen, John, A treatise of the dominion of sin and grace. . . . By the late pious and learned minister of the gospel, John Owen, D.D. Edinburgh, 1739.

    *Owen, John, The Gospel Defended (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851511290 0851511295. A Christian classic.
    "Contains chapters on: the mystery of the Gospel, the death of Christ, Justification, and examination of Socinianism."

    Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), What is the Gospel? Trinity Review, No. 60 (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation). 10073
    "Today, however, there is a great deal of confusion about what the Gospel is, and what an evangelical is, just as there is confusion about what a Christian is. Because of this confusion, many people are called evangelicals who do not believe the Gospel. It might be best to begin to sort out this confusion by spelling out some of the popular religious ideas that are not the Gospel." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. Counterfeit gospels are enumerated. Translations: German.
    "Counterfeit Gospels," a tract by John W. Robbins
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract03.html

    Schlabach, Theron F., Gospel Versus Gospel (Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, No. 21. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1980).

    Scott, C. Anderson, Romanism and the Gospel (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, c1946). D1047A
    "Scott is highly critical of Catholicism." -- GCB

    Walker, Andrew (editor), Betraying the Gospel (Lexington, KY: Bristol House, Limited, 1988), ISBN: 0917851471 9780917851476.
    Introduction by Billy Graham.

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come, False gospels, Justification, Justifying faith, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Creeds, confessions, and catechisms, Persecution, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools
    TCRB5: 3908

    Related WebLinks

    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    Justifying Faith
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

    Appendix D: Pseudo-Christian Movements: A Selection of Works
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappd.html

    A Collection of Tracts by John W. Robbins
    Translations: German.
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tracts.asp

    "Counterfeit Gospels," a tract by John W. Robbins
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract03.html
    "Are You Catholic?" a tract by John W. Robbins
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract01.html

    Stephen Downes Guide to the Logical Fallacies
    "Lists all known logical fallacies, with definitions, examples, and the steps needed to prove that the fallacy is committed. Site also includes links to logic references and resources."
    http://www.fallacies.ca/

    Fallacy Files
    http://www.fallacyfiles.org/



    Biblical Applications in Evangelism

    See the Theological Notes, "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    "The word Evangelical originally meant two things: (1) that the Bible, not church leaders, nor clergymen, nor human experience, is the sole source of truth; and (2) that a sinner received right standing before God by having Christ's righteousness reckoned to his account, through faith in the person and work of Christ. These ideas were expressed in two slogans: sola scriptura -- Scripture alone -- and sola fide -- faith alone. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
    "Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
    "Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
    "The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
    Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
    Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
    Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
    "Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
    "The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
    "The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
    It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Nelson's Ultimate Bible Reference Library, Logos Library System format (LLS) (CD-ROM)
    This library systems includes CALVIN'S INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, THE HOLY BIBLE KING JAMES VERSION, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS, WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM, WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY, NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and other classic Bible study aids. THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE (Other title: THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE,) in LLS format, may be added to this library. Therefore, all the above works may be used in combination with each other in Bible study.
    http://www.logos.com/products/details/3247
    Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
    Contains Calvin's Commentaries.
    http://www.logos.com/products/details/889
    Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) (LLS)
    http://www.logos.com/products/details/887
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
    http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/calcom.html
    Calvin's Commentaries (online)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom
    One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
    From Ages Software. Includes both the Battles and the Beveridge translation of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, and other works by Calvin.
    http://www.ageslibrary.com/ages_calvin_collection_1.html
    Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

    *Cocoris, G. Michael, Evangelism: A Biblical Approach (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1984). 20142
    "A different approach to evangelism in that the author, both a pastor and an evangelist, is also a Biblicist. He seeks, therefore, to ground his rationale for evangelism squarely in the Scriptures and bypasses many discussions and/or techniques used by others because they have little or no foundation in God's Word. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Packer, J.I., A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]), ISBN: 0891078193.
    "Packer is a well-known author, lecturer, and theologian. He is currently Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
    "Packer writes of that golden age of Christian theology, when giants of the faith pursued holiness in life and practice like a hound follows a scent. Those Puritans of the 17th century (a little before and a little after) had as their aim to be fully conformed to the image of God, and to be seen at home and abroad as close imitators of Christ Jesus. . . .
    "There are lessons for us in their passion for effective action. They had no time for lazy or passive persons. They were men of action in the pure Reformed mold--crusading activists without a jot of self-reliance; workers for God who depended utterly on God to work in and through them. . . . There are lessons for us in their program for family stability. It is hardly too much to say that the Puritans created the Christian family in the English-speaking world. The Puritan ethic of marriage was to look not for a partner whom you do love passionately at this moment, but rather one whom you can love steadily as your best friend for life, and then to proceed with God's help to do just that. . . .
    "In the introduction Packer gives his personal testimony as to how much he owes to the Puritans for his depth of knowledge, firmness of purpose, his dedication to fulfilling God's purposes in his life, and his love of the truth as revealed in the Scriptures. Because of his appreciation of this background of Puritan influence on his life, he has often written and lectured on the subject of the importance of the Puritans. Many of our freedoms and just laws can be traced to their influence on all our lives. This book contains the following themes: The Puritans in Profile; The Puritans and the Bible; The Puritans and the Gospel; the Puritans and the Holy Spirit; The Puritan Christian Life; The Puritans in Ministry. . . .
    "This reviewer would love to persuade every single reader of these words to read this book. You would get a view of Christians which would inspire you, which would perhaps lead you, which would perhaps lead you to repentance, but also to heights of spirituality you would not enjoy without them. What Packer has said about their influence on his life can be repeated almost word for word in a resume of this reviewer's life. If you want to grow in grace, and in usefulness to God's cause, read the writing of the Puritans.
    "We will repeat what we said in reviewing John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST, that Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading. And that superb piece appears in this volume in full, which alone is worth the price of this book.
    "The book jacket has these words: `Dr. Packer masterfully uncovers the hidden treasures of Puritan life and thought. With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life, contrasting it with the superficiality and deadness of modern Western Christianity. Drawing on a lifetime of study Dr. Packer takes the reader on a survey of the lives and teachings of great leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He offers a close look at such subjects as the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. He concludes that a main difference between the Puritans and ourselves is spiritual maturity--the Puritans had it; we do not. In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action when both are desperately needed'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Contrary to popular opinion, the Puritans were no dour lot of killjoys. In fact, Packer says, there's a lot we can learn from them about truly authentic and joyous spirituality. In this book Packer explores the Puritans' own writings on the Bible, the Gospel, the Holy Spirit, Christian life, and ministry. For each topic he beautifully demonstrates how the Puritans can help us press on toward godliness. If you're intrigued by the Puritans but don't know where to start reading them, this book will be a valuable guide!" -- CBD
    "In a resounding call to deepen our Christian life, Packer reveals the strength of the Puritan system of spiritual maturity." -- Publisher's Annotation
    J.I. Packer's Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    The Death of Death In the Death of Christ, John Owen (1 of 33)
    An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, Redemption & Reconciliation That Is In the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement). Currently (February 2009) there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan) at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

    *Packer, J.I., Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1961), ISBN: 0851103138 9780851103136.
    "Noted scholar and writer J.I. Packer shows that a right understanding of God's sovereignty is a powerful incentive for evangelism." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "A popular, conservative presentation of the relationship between these two areas of theology. Emphasis is placed upon the effect of Christian witness." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Tripp, Paul David, Contextualization of the Gospel in Counseling: A Biblical Rational for Person-Centered Ministry (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1988).
    Available on microfiche from University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, MI. Includes bibliography.

    Good, Kenneth, H., Lost and Found: Christ's Teaching on the Theology of Evangelism (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1990), ISBN: 0852342764 9780852342763.
    "In Luke 15 our Lord sets forth the viewpoint of each Person of the Trinity in the winning of souls. Here the warmth of personal involvement is combined with the absolute certainty of the Divine Sovereignty. A commitment to the Doctrine of Grace is not incompatible with dedication to the work of evangelism." -- GCB

    Stebbins, Tom, Evangelism by the Book: 13 Biblical Methods (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1991). 20147
    Tom Stebbins is a board member of Evangelism Explosion III International.
    "Unflaggingly practical, focusing on you -- your personal needs and aspirations . . . tells you about it [training witnesses to train witnesses] in a way that can change your life." -- D. James Kennedy

    See also: The gospel message of salvation, Sharing christ with your children, Other works on the Gospel, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works
    TCRB5: 3908



    Evangelistic Sermons

    *EDWARDS, JONATHAN, (1703-1758), Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1. A Christian classic.
    "Delivered 250 years ago, this is the most famous sermon ever preached in the history of America. Far more than a depiction of the punishments of hell, it is a call to personal salvation through Christ and spiritual revival in our time." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "First preached in 1741 this sermon had people in the congregation calling out for salvation." -- CBD.
    Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/sinners.html

    *EDWARDS, JONATHAN, (1703-1758), The Eternity of Hell's Torments. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    *EDWARDS, JONATHAN, (1703-1758), The End of the Wicked. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    WELSH, JOHN, The Great Gospel Summons to Close with Christ Under the Pain of the Highest Rebellion Against the God of Heaven (1676), 32 pages. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "An evangelistic sermon on Isaiah 53:5, 'But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.'
    "Welsh, a Covenanter, was ejected in 1662. After his ejection he almost immediately began preaching in the fields (to as many as 10,000 hearers). He was also a great grandson of John Knox and 'in spite of his reputation, the frequency, duration and public nature of his preaching, and a large price on his head, Welsh was never apprehended and, retiring to London after Bothwell Bridge, died in peace,' writes David Lachman (Cameron, ed., Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 861).



    Gospel Tracts and Witnessing Tools

    *WESTMINSTER DIVINES, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    See also: "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html

    *Adams, Jay E., Christ and Your Problems (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1973), ISBN: 0875520111 9780875520117. A booklet.
    Exposits I Corinthians 10:13 for the benefit of counselees. 'At bottom all men in all times face the same basic problems.' You are responsible. God is faithful, therefore you have hope. However difficult the pressures seem, you can make godly choices through Jesus Christ." -- David Powlison
    "A Biblical exegesis of I Corinthians 10:13, showing that a Christian's problems are not unique, and that God will not allow a Christian to be tested beyond his strength, and will always make a way of escape. Should be given to all counselees who need hope." -- Robert B. Somerville

    *M'Cheyne, Robert Murray, Christ the Way, the Truth, and the Life from Andrew Bonar, MEMOIR AND REMAINS OF ROBERT MURRAY M'CHEYNE (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

    *EDWARDS, JONATHAN, (1703-1758), Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1. A Christian classic.
    "Delivered 250 years ago, this is the most famous sermon ever preached in the history of America. Far more than a depiction of the punishments of hell, it is a call to personal salvation through Christ and spiritual revival in our time." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "First preached in 1741 this sermon had people in the congregation calling out for salvation." -- CBD.
    Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/sinners.html

    Kelly, Douglas F., Philip B. Rollinson, and Frederick T. Marsh, The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Company).
    "Since its completion in 1647 the Westminster Shorter Catechism has been unsurpassed as a concise tool for teaching the Reformed understanding of Scripture. Though the truths of the catechism are unchanging, the English language has undergone many changes, which have made using the catechism in its original form increasingly difficult." -- Synopsis

    *Bonar, Andrew A., and Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne (Edinburgh, Scotland and Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1973, 1995), ISBN: 085151085X 9780851510859. A Christian classic.
    Spurgeon thought every Christian should read this book.
    "Yet Bonar's LIFE OF McCHEYNE (a part of this book) displays the character of this man, and illustrates why he is one of the best-loved and most widely influential men of all time. McCheyne was a sweet, humble, hard-working Christian with a passion for souls. It is a real joy to read his sermons, letters, and other writings in this book. Bonar, himself a great one, has done us all a great favor in preserving these memoirs for us." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Greene, Joseph Nelson, The Gospel in Literature (Cincinnati: Jennings and Graham and New York, NY: Eaton and Mains, 1910).

    *M'Cheyne, Robert Murray, Christ the Way, the Truth, and the Life from Andrew Bonar, Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

    *Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996), "Finding Healthy Self-Esteem Through Being Completely Forgiven" (Quality Living Series. Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown, 19046]: World Harvest, 1987).
    "Do you feel inadequate? That you need to do more or be better in order to be happy and fulfilled? You may not realize it, but your biggest problem is . . . you don't feel completely forgiven."
    World Harvest Mission
    http://www.whm.org/home.htm

    Pacific Gardens Mission, "Unshackled" (Chicago, IL: Pacific Gardens Mission). 10071
    A radio program heard weekdays. Dramatizations of real life stories of conversions to Jesus Christ. If you are outside the broadcast area of this program, then cassette or printed copies of messages may be available.

    *Powlison, David, God's Love: Better Than Unconditional (Resources For Changing Lives Series. P&R Publishing, April 2001), ISBN: 0875526861 9780875526867.
    "Has anyone tried to comfort you with God's 'unconditional' love for you? Sounds kinda bland and remote doesn't it? It even sounds permissive. Well, there is a reason for your lackluster response to God's love being 'unconditional.' The truth is that God's love is radically more active and passionate.
    "David Powlison demolishes the milktoast mindset of mere 'unconditional love,' and presents God's love in all of its splendor and vibrancy. He gives many descriptive examples from the Bible of how God's love is dynamic, active, sacrificial, redeeming, thrilling . . .
    "If you aren't enraptured and absorbed by the love of God, then do yourself a favor and get this booklet. It's powerpacked. It's dynamite." -- Reader's Comment

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008, editor), Christ and Civilization, 2nd edition (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation), ISBN: 1891777246 9781891777240.
    "A new 48-page booklet. Includes a complete listing (in an additional 16 pages) of the books currently available from The Trinity Foundation."
    "Christ and Civilization"
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/200a-ChristandCivilization.pdf

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), What is the Gospel? Trinity Review, No. 60 (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation). 10073
    "Today, however, there is a great deal of confusion about what the Gospel is, and what an evangelical is, just as there is confusion about what a Christian is. Because of this confusion, many people are called evangelicals who do not believe the Gospel. It might be best to begin to sort out this confusion by spelling out some of the popular religious ideas that are not the Gospel." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. Counterfeit gospels are enumerated. Translations: German.
    "Counterfeit Gospels," a tract by John W. Robbins
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract03.html

    Scripture Union, Christianity Explained (Wayne, PA: Scripture Union U.S.A.).
    This program "offers an effective, non-threatening tool to introduce Jesus to our neighbors, friends, and family. Everything is provided to help you reach others with the powerful love of God and the clear logic of His Word." -- David B. Jones
    The workbook contains six evangelistic lessons, reproducible handouts, and information on follow-up material. A companion videotape is available.

    *WESTMINSTER DIVINES, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    See also: "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html

    See also: Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come, Witnessing to cultists, Hard-case witnessing, Evangelism, Follow-up, Biblical counseling tracts, Knowing christ, Small group evangelism, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship

    Related WebLinks

    *Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    The Golden Chain. The chart which explains Perkins' theology concerning salvation and damnation.
    http://www.apuritansmind.com/WilliamPerkins/PerkinsGoldenChainChart.htm

    "A Guide for studying the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) in suggested order of reading"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html

    Another Gospel, Arthur Pink
    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/4495/another_gospel.html

    Experimental Salvation, Arthur Pink
    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/4495/experimental.html

    Have You Truly Come to Christ?, Arthur Pink
    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/4495/have_you_truly.html

    Select Sermons by Stephen Charnock, Jonathan Edwards, C.H. Spurgeon, and George Whitefield
    http://www.straitgate.com/sermons.htm
    Sermons of the Reverend George Whitefield
    http://www.ccel.org/whitefield/sermons/sermons.html

    A Call to the Unconverted by C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0174.htm

    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    What Do You Do When Tracts by Jay Adams
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm

    Christ Died for the Ungodly Genesis 6:5, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.wwd.net/user/ront/179.htm

    God's Testimony Concerning Man, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.wwd.net/user/ront/169.htm

    A Collection of Tracts by John W. Robbins

    "Counterfeit Gospels," a tract by John W. Robbins
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract03.html

    "Are You Catholic?" a tract by John W. Robbins
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract01.html

    Four Great Certainties
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract02.html

    God's Plan to Save His People
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract04.html

    What Is Christian Philosophy?
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract06.html

    Civilization and the Protestant Reformation
    http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract05.html

    *FLAVEL, JOHN (1628-1691), The Fountain of Life Opened Up, or, A display of Christ in his essential and mediatorial glory. Available (JOHN FLAVEL'S WORKS) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.
    http://www.ccel.org/flavel/fountain/flavfoun.txt

    Flavel, John (1628-1691), The Method of Grace in the Gospel Redemption (Rapidan, VA: Hartland Publications, 1997), ISBN: 0923309519.
    "THE METHOD OF GRACE was first published by the Puritan John Flavel in the late 1600's, and has "... taught thousands how to commit the keeping of their souls to Christ." The Publishers are happy to bring this Reformation classic back to print as an example of the transforming writings that brought us out of the dark ages.
    "The early Puritan preachers of England did not write and preach from ivory towers. The Act of Uniformity of 1662 declared the public ministry of all non-conformist preachers illegal, but hundreds continued faithfully, preaching under the pressure of persecution and possible arrest. One of this courageous band was John Flavel, who from the crucible of hardship, wrote for the heart as well as the mind.
    "In THE METHOD OF GRACE, Flavel thoroughly outlines the work of God's Spirit in applying the redemptive work of Christ to the believer. Readers will search their hearts and find their faith challenged and enriched. In the true puritan tradition, a clearly defined theology is delivered with evangelic fervor, by an author urgently concerned about the eternal destiny of the human soul." -- Publisher's Annotation
    The Method of Grace in the Gospel Redemption
    http://www.ccel.org/flavel/grace/grace.txt

    Mt. Zion Bible Church -- Online Library
    http://www.mountzion.org/see.html

    Comfort for Christians, Arthur W. Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/comfort/comfort.html

    The Law and the Saint by Authur Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/law/law.htm

    The Doctrine of Justification by Authur W. Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/justification/justification.htm

    The Godhood of God by Arthur W. Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/godhood/godhood.htm

    Profession Tested, A.W. Pink
    http://members.wbs.net/homepages/j/o/h/johnowen/matt721.htm

    Why Four Gospels? by Arthur W. Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/gospels/gospels.htm

    Repentance the Key to Salvation and Change
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#rtktsac

    Mission to Catholics International
    http://mtc.org/~bart/

    Pacific Garden Mission, "Unshackled," (listen online)
    http://www.unshackled.org/

    More Than Gold Ministry 2000
    http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/ss/outreach/2000/index.html

    See also: Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come, and Justification, Follow-up, Biblical counseling tracts, Knowing Christ, Sharing christ with your children, Small group evangelism, Basics of the Christian faith, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works



    Testimony

    A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
    By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 13:34,35)

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:13)

    One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4)

    I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. -- Jesus Christ (John 12:46)

    "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -- Jesus Christ (John 15:12,13)

    But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:26)

    "Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee." -- Saint Augustine

    "The saints are to bear a threefold testimony to, and for Christ and His truths: Breath-testimony, Life-testimony, and Blood-testimony." -- Vavasor Powell

    Volumes have been written to explain the conversion of Paul, Augustine, Calvin, Bunyan, Wesley, Knox, C.S. Lewis, Solzhenitsyn, Billy Graham, and others.

    *Augustine, Saint (Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo), (354-430 AD), The Confessions of Saint Augustine (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press). A Christian classic.
    Augustine is said to be the greatest Christian thinker next to the Apostle Paul. Luther set the Bible and the CONFESSIONS OF SAINT AUGUSTINE above all other books.
    "The story of his sinful pursuits before conversion, and of his conversion, then of his confession to God, and his discoveries of the greatness of God after his conversion." -- Publisher's Annotation.
    The Confessions of Saint Augustine
    http://www.ccel.org/a/augustine/confessions/confessions.html
    The Works of Saint Augustine
    http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/augustine.html

    *Bainton, Roland H., Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. A Christian classic.
    "Available for the first time in trade paperback, this authoritative biography of the great religious leader was hailed by Time magazine as "the most readable Luther biography in English." This edition showcases the intricate woodcuts and engravings that enhance the text and give the flavor of the era in which Martin Luther lived. More than 100 woodcuts and engravings." -- Ingram
    A scholarly presentation of Luther's part in the Protestant Reformation which changed the course of Western civilization. Highly recommended, especially for those seeking a deeper understanding of the theology of the Reformation. A scholarly work in which the Gospel is articulately presented. The story of Luther's conversion is, of course, presented in detail. Numerous editions of this book are available. Includes extensive bibliography.
    Martin Luther
    http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/martinluther.htm

    *Bonar, Andrew A., and Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne (Edinburgh, Scotland and Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1973, 1995), ISBN: 085151085X 9780851510859. A Christian classic.
    Spurgeon thought every Christian should read this book.
    "Yet Bonar's LIFE OF McCHEYNE (a part of this book) displays the character of this man, and illustrates why he is one of the best-loved and most widely influential men of all time. McCheyne was a sweet, humble, hard-working Christian with a passion for souls. It is a real joy to read his sermons, letters, and other writings in this book. Bonar, himself a great one, has done us all a great favor in preserving these memoirs for us." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Boreham, F.W., The man who Saved Gandhi: A Short Biography of John Joseph Doke.

    *Brainerd, David, The Life and Diary of David Brainerd [100004]

    *BUNYAN, JOHN (1628-1688), Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1966, 1666). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "Similar to Augustine's CONFESSIONS. Traces Bunyan's spiritual pilgrimage from his youth, through several crises, to his conversion, and through many trials and difficulties, temptations and sorrows, until he came to rely solely on Christ for his every need. Originally published in 1666." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "This is the personal testimony of the famous author of PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, THE HOLY WAR, and 60 other edifying books." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, John Bunyan
    http://www.ccel.org/b/bunyan/grace_abounding/grace.htm
    Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
    This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
    http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html

    Bunyan, John (1628-1688), How They Found Christ: In Their Own Words.
    Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
    This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
    http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html

    Crown Video, Final Solution, Special Edition DVD (Crown Video, November 25, 2008), ISBN: 1894300874 9781894300872, 106 Minutes.
    "Based on a true story...
    "This Special Edition set contains the award winning feature film Final Solution, the documentary From One Blood featuring Gerrit Wolfaardt, the man on which the feature film is based, behind the scenes footage, bonus features and a study guide in PDF form. Final Solution is an amazing testimony of the incredible power of God to transform lives. Gerrit Wolfaardt was radically changed from a life of hatred and violence -- not to simply to tolerance -- but to genuine love. Only God can cause so deep a transformation.
    "From One Blood" invites viewers into the living room and lives of Gerrit and Celeste Wolfaardt. Gerrit relays his personal story and throughout the documentary, short clips from the movie are cut in to emphasize what he is telling us. Today, Gerrit travels the globe preaching biblical reconciliation. Formerly sold individually, this two-disc DVD set provides an excellent value.
    "Awards that this film has received: | Crown Award Winner for Best Drama Over $250,000 (Gold) | Crown Award Winner for Best Picture (Gold) | Heartland Film Festival Winner (Crystal Heart Award) | Worldfest Houston International Film Festival Winner (GOLD) | Down Under Film Festival Winner (Best Soundtrack and Best Film) | Sabaoth International Film Festival (Best Director and Best Film)
    "This film is not appropriate for children due to violence and thematic elements." "Afrikaner Gerrit Wolfaardt was born into prejudice. Everything he had been taught since childhood -- from his family, his church and his culture -- told him that apartheid, or separateness, was right and natural. He became a self-proclaimed disciple of Hitler, and hatched a diabolical plan to rid South Africa of the 'Black Danger.' His ideology was challenged by Celeste, who later became his wife, and by the book CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY. In this documentary, Gerrit shares the amazing journey that resulted in his radical transformation." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Dallimore, Arnold, George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival, 2 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510264 9780851510262 085151300X 9780851513003.
    "One of the great monumental literary achievements of the 20th Century." -- Sherwood E. Wirt
    "Justice has at last been done to the greatest preacher that England has ever produced." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    Contains accounts of the conversion experiences of Whitefield, the Wesleys, and many others. Includes bibliographic footnotes. A Christian classic.

    *Edman, V. Raymond, They Found the Secret: Twenty Transformed Lives That Reveal a Touch of Eternity (A Clarion classic. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, c1984). 20154
    Includes bibliography.

    Eckerd, Jack, and Paul Con, Eckerd: Finding the Right Prescription (Clearwater, FL: JME Inc.). 20162
    Jack Eckerd is "a living demonstration of the life-changing power of Christ. His inspiring testimony deserves the widest possible audience." -- Billy Graham
    "This is the amazing, exciting story of one of the most remarkable men I've ever known. It is a gripping account; when you're finished, you will want to sing the doxology." -- Chuck Colson

    *FOXE, JOHN, John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Actes and Monuments of Matters Most Speciall and Memorable, the second edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs Variorum Edition Online (version 1.1 - summer 2006). A Christian classic.
    This is "the revised version (v.1.1) of Foxe's Book of Martyrs Variorum Edition Online. This [free online] edition contains the full text of three of the four editions (1563, 1570, 1583). The 1570 edition is missing books 3 and 4. These will be added in subsequent versions."
    http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/johnfoxe/index.html
    Foxe, John, John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Actes and Monuments of Matters Most Speciall and Memorable, ISBN: 0197262252 9780197262252.
    "This CD-ROM combines readable and printable images of 2,200 pages of text and woodcut engravings from the 1583 edition, the last for which Foxe was personally responsible."
    Other editions: Acts and Monuments or Foxe's Book of Martyrs, 1554, 1843-49 edition, 8 volumes. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    " 'No book ever inflicted a wound so deep and incurable on the Romish system of superstition and bloody persecution . . . (it) was placed in . . . all churches and chapels throughout the kingdom, by order of Queen Elizabeth.' (Smith, Select Memoirs, p. 245). Contains much information not found in any of the liberally edited and severely shortened editions of this classic work which are in print today. Covering martyrs from the early church through to Foxe's day, it was one of the most influential books of the sixteenth century! It overflows with faith building testimony of the power of God to overcome the most cruel and barbarous acts of human depravity and demonic cruelty. 6890 pages. A very rare set, now back in print after 150 years!" -- SWRB
    "After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the BOOK OF MARTYRS. Even in our time it is still a living force. It is more than a record of persecution. It is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, as well as a source of edification." -- James Miller Dodds, English Prose
    "When one recollects that until the appearance of the PILGRIM'S PROGRESS the common people had almost no other reading matter except the BIBLE and FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRS, we can understand the deep impression that this book produced; and how it served to mold the national character. Those who could read for themselves learned the full details of all the atrocities performed on the Protestant reformers; the illiterate could see the rude illustrations of the various instruments of torture, the rack, the gridiron, the boiling oil, and then the holy ones breathing out their souls amid the flames. Take a people just awakening to a new intellectual and religious life; let several generations of them, from childhood to old age, pore over such a book, and its stories become traditions as individual and almost as potent as songs and customs on a nation's life." -- Douglas Campbell, The Puritan in Holland, England, and America
    "If we divest the book of its accidental character of feud between churches, it yet stands, in the first years of Elizabeth's reign, a monument that marks the growing strength of a desire for spiritual freedom, defiance of those forms that seek to stifle conscience and fetter thought." -- Henry Morley, English Writers
    "John Foxe was a prince among believers. He had his printing press on a cart, and had often to print at night, moving his press before dawn to escape capture and burning at the stake. He never faltered in his purpose to leave a voluminous written witness to the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to keep His saints in love and peace." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Freeman, Bill, How They Found Christ: In Their Own Words (Scottsdale, AZ: Ministry of the Word, Incorporated, 1983).
    Bill Freeman, editor. Includes John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles G. Finney, George Muller, Hudson Taylor, and C.H. Spurgeon.

    Ganz, Richard, How I Became a Christian Counselor (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    Also includes "Dr. Adams, Questions and Answers; Is Masturbation for Christians?"

    Graham, Billy, To God Be the Glory: A Testimony of Living Faith From two Famous Christian Personalities, Corrie Ten Boom and Billy Graham (New York, NY: Walker and Company, 1985), ISBN: 0802724736 9780802724731.
    Contributions by Corrie Ten Boom. Roger Elmood, editor.

    Hefley, James, and Marti Hefle, By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the 20th Century (Milford, MI: Mott Media), ISBN: 0915134284 9780915134281.
    "Too often we forget that God's people are suffering and being martyred. Here in a vivid book we are awakened. What FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS did for generations past this book does for our generation." -- GCB
    "The book begins with accounts of the martyrs during the Boxer Rebellion in China, continues with martyrs in Japan and Korea, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Nazi Germany, and of the Soviet Union and its communist regimes. Then there are martyrs from the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and from Latin America. . . .
    "The stories themselves are gruesome. There is no viciousness like the viciousness of those who worship humanly-conceived gods. Like the Roman Catholic inquisitors in the sixteenth century, men in all nations have at one time or another sought to physically torture Christians to make them recant their testimonies. It is said that for every Christian Stalin murdered in Russia, two or more were raised up by God, until Stalin ordered the killing stopped for fear the whole nation would become Christians. Despite the lurid details of the torture, we recommend that everyone read the books that tell of martyrs dying for the cause of God and truth. This goes for children. Before you cry out, remember what they are watching on television, and seeing in movies, yes, and reading in Stephen King books, and others of that kind. Horror stories are best-sellers in our times. Let the children learn what horrible things are being done to Christians merely because they believe and obey God's word, and because of it worship the Lord Jesus Christ. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Kavanaugh, Patrick, The Spiritual Lives of Great Composers (New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.). 20164
    "With an introduction by Christopher Parkening, this book opens up an area about which most of us know little. A brisk walk through the innermost thoughts of 12 masters of western music (Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Dvorak, Ives, and Stravinsky)." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Knowling, Richard J., The Testimony of St. Paul to Christ, 3rd edition (London, England: Hodder and Stroughton, 1911).
    "Based upon the Boyle Lectures for 1903-1905. Deals with the Pauline epistles, Paul's conversion and testimony to the veracity of the Gospel records, and his teaching on the life and function of the church. A scholarly study." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Machen, J. Gresham, The Origin of Paul's Religion: the James Sprunt Lectures delivered at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1925).
    "Consists of the James Sprunt Lectures, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia. Surveys the early years of Paul's life, his Jewish environment, religious training, and development of his doctrine. A valuable treatment. Amillennial." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Morris, Henry, Men of Science, men of God: Great Scientists who Believe the Bible, revised, ISBN: 0890510806 9780890510803.
    "One of the most serious fallacies of modern thought is the widespread notion that genuine scientists cannot believe the Bible. This book dispels that myth." -- GCB

    Morris, Harold, Twice Pardoned: An Ex-Con Talks to Parents and Teens (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing). 20165
    "A true story in which a number of names have been changed to protect certain people. Morris had been convicted and sentenced to serve two life terms in jail. Today he is free and pardoned of his crimes and free in Christ. A truly amazing story of new birth and God's providential workings." -- GCB

    Newton, John, John Newton (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1980). 20166

    Newton, John, Out of the Depths, 2nd edition (Kregel Publications, May 2003), ISBN: 0825433193
    "The original and unvarnished account of one of Christianity's most dramatic conversions -- the autobiography of John Newton, the author of 'Amazing Grace.' This is the ultimate, full-length hymn story, as spectacular and compelling today as when it was first written.
    "Newton, and at age eleven went to sea with his father, a shipmaster on the Mediterranean. Disregarding his mother's prayer that he enter the ministry, he engaged in the lucrative but brutal African slave trade for a number of years. After his conversion he served in the Church of England as pastor of Olney parish and later of the combined church of St. Mary's in London.
    "In addition to the words of 'Amazing Grace,' Newton was a prolific songwriter whose other well-known hymns include 'Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken' and 'How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds'." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Prange, Gordon W., with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon, God's Samurai: Lead Pilot at Pearl Harbor (Washington, DC: Brassey's (US), Inc., 1990), ISBN: 0080374409 9780080374406.

    *Richardson, Donald, Eternity in Their Hearts (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1981), ISBN: 0830707395 9780830707393.
    "Twenty-four exciting stories of how God has prepared people for the Word of the Gospel long before it came to them. Truly God is sovereign and accomplishes His purposes in His own good time. Now available only in paperback." -- GCB

    Steer, Roger, J. Hudson Taylor: Lesson in Discipleship (London, England: Evangelical Library, 1990). 20168

    Tallach, John, They Shall Be Mine (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 20169
    "A book for young people. He tells about men and women from all over the world who have proved themselves to be faithful followers of the Lord." -- GCB

    *Varghese, Roy Abraham (editor), The Intellectuals Speak out About God: A Handbook for the Christian Student in a Secular Society, ISBN: 0895268272 9780895268273. "This book reaffirms the need for character, personal integrity, spiritual depth, and moral standards that are essential if education is to remain viable . . . The essays that make up this book are stimulating, and it is a work that can be heartily recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    See also: Christian biography, Biography of covenanters, Apologetics, The history of martyrs, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Biography of Women
    TCRB5: 813, 814, 3599-3605

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    http://www.unshackled.org/

    Jorge Valdez, Cocain Drug Lord
    http://www.comingclean.net/



    Hard-case Witnessing

    See the Theological Notes, "Demons" at Deuteronomy 32:17 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    *Abdul-Haqq, Abdiyah Akbar, Sharing Your Faith With a Muslim [D1130A]

    Adams, Jay E., Winning Your Unsaved Husband (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    Audio cassette JA404.

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Enroth, Ronald (editor), Evangelizing the Cults: How to Share Jesus With Children, Parents, Neighbors, and Friends Who Are Involved in a Cult [D1131]

    Groothuis, Douglas, Confronting the New Age [D1133]

    Lewis, Gordon R., Confronting the Cults [D1134]

    *Lumen Productions, Catholicism: Crisis of Faith (San Leandro, CA [JCIL Services, 293 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro 94577-2108]: Lumen Productions, 1991). 20104
    "At last there's a video that explores the true basis of Catholicism and compares it with Biblical Christianity. This contemporary documentary looks at Catholicism through the eyes of clergy, lay-ministers, and others who left the Catholic Church to follow Christ. It is a must for any church or ministering body wishing to witness to Catholics."
    Lumen Productions
    http://www.lumenprod.com/

    Martin, Walter, "The Do's and Don'ts of Witnessing to the Cults" [D1135]

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Youth Evangelism: Dealing With Depression and Suicide (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30313
    Audio cassette CM101.

    Passantino, Robert, and Gretchen Passantino, Answers to the Cultist at Your Door (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1981). [D1136]
    "A clear, concise, and practical introduction to the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Moonies, the Hare Krishnas, and The Way International, with sample dialogues."

    Saal, William J., Reaching Muslims for Christ (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1993). D1137

    Spencer, James R., Hard-Case Witnessing (Issaquah, WA: Saints Alive). 20172A

    See also: Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Witnessing to Cults, Handbooks on the cults, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Apologetics, Follow-up, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, False gospels, Forgiveness of sin, Sanctification, Creeds, confessions, and catechisms, Persecution, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, The occult, and so forth, and so on
    TCRB5: 836, 3908

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    http://mtc.org/~bart/



    Follow-up of Inquirers

    See the Theological Notes, "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:37)

    I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. -- Jesus Christ (John 8:12b)

    Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:32)

    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." -- Jesus Christ (John 5:24)

    And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)

    "You are those worthies `of whom the world is not worthy,' Hebrews 11:38. You are the princes `that prevail with God,' Genesis 32:28. You are those `excellent ones' in whom is all Christ's delight, Psalm 16:3. You are His glory. You are His picked, culled, prime instruments which He will make use of to carry on His best and greatest work against His worst and greatest enemies in these latter days." -- Thomas Brooks

    The Church has never been perfect. Far from it. But the total record should be examined. In doing so, the good far, far outweighs the bad. Besides, Christian belief is in Christ, not in Christians. . . .
    Genuine Christianity must be distinguished from nominal Christianity. Some people have called themselves "Christians" who have lived in total opposition to the principles and teachings of the Master from Nazareth. But when we distinguish between name and reality, we see that genuine Christianity has been an unmixed blessing on the world. . . .
    Christianity is comprised of those who have repented of their sins and truly believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Lord. In times past Christendom was comprised of those people living in "Christian" territories. Today, Christendom is comprised of true Christians and those professing Christians who have never experienced the saving grace of Christ. Many members of Christendom have lived lives that were totally unworthy of the name Christian.
    When people are unregenerate -- that is, if their hearts are not changed by Christ -- they are prone to do all sorts of ungodly and inhuman things. It doesn't matter whether they're atheistic Communists or clerics in the Church. And in the case of unregenerate Church Leaders, their evil actions have brought the blame of history upon Christianity.
    There is a Church visible (Christendom) and there is a Church invisible (true Christianity). . . . The Bible points out that the visible Church is not the real Church of Christ. The real Church of Christ is invisible, and it consists of all who truly belong to God as His elect -- all those who will ever be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Judas Iscariot was a member of the visible Church of Christ, but not the invisible. . . .
    The devil has been able to infiltrate the Church [Matthew 13:24-30, 37-39]. Thus, as Jesus forewarned, the Church contains believers and nonbelievers alike. . . .
    While Jesus told us to love our neighbor and even our enemies, He did predict that Christianity would prove divisive per se [Luke 12:51-53]. . . .
    Now, the Scripture teaches we are to be at peace will all, inasmuch as it is up to us (Romans 12:18). But we are to put Christ first in our lives . . . True faith can elicit a hostile reaction, even when practiced with a gentle and humble spirit. The division that Christ talked about here is the natural outworking of unbelief reacting against godliness, or belief reacting against ungodliness. . . . -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born, pp. 205, 206, 209, 210, 206

    Do not read anything that is not at least 300 years old. -- James Dodson

    Adams, Jay E., What Do You Do When Series (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.).
    A 6-pamphlets series including the follow:
    Adams, Jay E., What Do You Do When Anger Gets the Upper Hand? Alternate title: YOU CAN DEFEAT ANGER, 8 pages.
    " 'Anger, like a good horse, must be bridled.' Uncontrolled temper is a sin. You can learn to release the energies of anger productively and under control to solve problems." -- David Powlison
    What Do You Do When Anger Gets the Upper Hand?
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
    Adams, Jay E., What Do You Do When You Become Depressed? Alternate title: YOU CAN CONQUER DEPRESSION.
    "You must know God personally before you can expect Him to give you the help that you need. You must not put the alleviation of depression first as your goal, but rather the desire to please God by doing what He says. You must do exactly as He says regardless of how you feel." -- David Powlison
    What Do You Do When You Become Depressed?
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
    Adams, Jay E., What Do You Do When Fear Overcomes You? Alternate title: YOU CAN OVERCOME FEAR. ISBN: 0875520464 9780875520469, 24 pages.
    "You must learn to commit yourself prayerfully to doing what God requires of you whether or not you will have a fear experience by doing so. That is the key that will unlock your prison."
    What Do You Do When Fear Overcomes You?
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
    *Adams, Jay E., What Do You Do When Your Marriage Goes Sour? Aternate title: YOU CAN SWEETEN A SOUR MARRIAGE, ISBN: 0875520480 9780875520483.
    "Love is not first a feeling, because God commands love: to wife, to neighbor, even to enemy. You must learn how to give. You must forgive: a promise not to use it against the person, not to talk to others, not to dwell on it yourself. The husband is responsible to take initiative in love." -- David Powlison
    What Do You Do When Your Marriage Goes Sour?
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
    Adams, Jay E., What do you do When you Worry all the Time? (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1975). Alternate title: YOU CAN STOP WORRYING, 8 pp. ISBN: 0875520499 9780875520490.
    A tract by Jay Adams. "Worry is concern about something that one can do nothing about. That is why it tears us apart. 'Christ does not ask you to cease being concerned; instead He tells you to redirect your concern.' Asks three questions: What is my problem?; What does God want me to do about it?; When, where and how should I begin?
    What Do You Do When You Worry All the Time? http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
    Adams, Jay E., What to do About Worry (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0801000483 9780801000485.
    "Worry is a sin that Christians can learn to overcome. Pray with thanksgiving; find God's solutions; then work on the problem God's way. When you find yourself worrying rather than working, sit down and answer the following three questions: [1] What is my problem?; [2] What does God want me to do about it?; [3] When, where and how should I begin?" -- David Powlison
    Adams, Jay E., What to Do on Thursday (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.). 30104
    "Making the Bible practical is the author's gift. Sunday is not the Christians only day. This book is designed to bridge the gap in personal application of scriptural principles learned. This method of using the Scriptures will excite you all over again."
    Adams, Jay E., You Can Kick the Drug Habit.
    "If you are hooked on alcohol or other drugs you must learn to put off the old behavior and attitudes and put on the new. Repent of your sin. List ways you are failing God and others. Work with someone who practices biblical counseling to restructure your entire life. Cut off all connections with people who are negative influences. Restructure your life concretely." -- David Powlison
    What Do You Do When You Know That You're Hooked?
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm

    Barna, George, How to Find Your Church (Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Publications, 1989). 20176

    Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Living in Christ: Studies on Knowing Christ, Growing in Christ, Obeying Christ, Sharing Christ (Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Publications).
    A special study guide to the Gospel of John. It is given to new believers who want to know more about the Christian life, and how to walk daily with Christ.

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), God's Way of Peace: A Book for the Anxious (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1984), ISBN: 0585036004 9780585036007. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.
    "Horatius Bonar was a pastor in Scotland for over fifty years. He was one of the brightest lights in the 19th century, with not only many books to his credit, but also the editing of the excellent IMPERIAL BIBLE DICTIONARY, and a delightful and useful monthly magazine. . . . This book is another evidence that Bonar is able to write the deepest truths in the clearest and most understandable way . . . Simplicity is his style, but declaring the whole counsel of God is his aim. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    God's Way of Peace: A Book for the Anxious, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.ccel.org/b/bonar/way_of_peace/way_of_peace.htm

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Boykin, Caroline, The Well-versed Family: Raising Kids of Faith Through Do-able Scripture Memory, ISBN: 1598867687 9781598867688.

    Campbell, Ross, How to Keep Going When the Storms Keep Coming, ISBN: 0842313761 9780842313766.
    "This is neither an autobiography nor a self-help manual, but rather, varied, intensely autobiographical episodes of how the author, after much stumbling found spiritual perspective in the midst of crisis. These real life episodes will refresh and recharge us for our own journey." -- GCB

    Engstrom, Ted W., with Norman B. Rohrer, The Fine Art of Mentoring: Passing on to Others What God Has Given to You [60067]

    Erskine, Ralph. The comer's conflict: or, the beginner's battle with the devil, when essaying to come to Christ by faith. In some discourses upon Luke ix.42. ... July 20. 1735. By ... Mr. Ralph Erskine, ... Edinburgh, 1736. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3319375186

    Kelly, Douglas F., Philip B. Rollinson, and Frederick T. Marsh, The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Company).
    "Since its completion in 1647 the Westminster Shorter Catechism has been unsurpassed as a concise tool for teaching the Reformed understanding of Scripture. Though the truths of the catechism are unchanging, the English language has undergone many changes, which have made using the catechism in its original form increasingly difficult." -- Synopsis

    *Machen, J. Gresham (1881-1937), The Christian View of Man (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, 1937), ISBN: 0851511120 9780851511122.
    "This book by one of the founders of Westminster Theological Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is undoubtedly one of the best guides, from a Reformed perspective, to be found anywhere. If you want a sound guide to the basic teachings of the Bible, you will find it in this book. Highly recommended!" -- GCB
    "Provides an excellent introduction to Christian anthropology. First published in 1937." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Deals with predestination and human freedom.

    Mack, Wayne A., The Bible's Answer to the Question: What is a Christian? (Mack Publishing, 1972), 26 pages.
    "Challenges six common answers to what makes a Christian: performing good works; having relatives who are active Christians; church activity; going forward to accept Christ; no one can really know; everybody is a Christian. The Bible says four things about a person who is a Christian: [1] a person radically changed by the power of God; [2] a person increasingly aware of his unworthiness in the sight of God; [3] a person who believes that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and the only Savior of sinners; [4] a person who has repented of his sins and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ." -- David Powlison

    Mack, Wayne A., How to Read the Bible: A How To Manual for Christian Growth and Development (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1977), 78 pages.
    "Study manual for personal or group study. Begins with introductory readings by J. C. Ryle and Charles Spurgeon on the why and how of Bible reading. This is followed by a series of seven Bible studies on the importance of Bible reading, how Jesus Christ used the Bible, ways to profit from the Bible, problems and mistakes that can arise, and three particular methods of doing Bible study." -- David Powlison

    Martin, Albert N., Living the Christian Life (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). [60016]
    "This 30-page pamphlet by pastor Martin has been a great help to thousands over the years." -- GCB

    *Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996) and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry (Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046]: World Harvest, 1988).
    This course was developed to prepare World Harvest missionaries to work in the field. The course includes small group participation and Biblical counseling.
    "The first half of the Sonship track focuses on the doctrines of Justification, Sanctification, and Adoption. The last half lays the foundation for love. We look at how the Gospel affects the way we look at ourselves. Our goal was that increasingly your self-image should be rooted in God's view of you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ . . . What we aim at here is to encourage the trainee to learn from Christ how to build a holy life, a life of love to your neighbor. This is done self-consciously relying always on his or her free justification by faith. Sanctification by faith issues from knowing always that my standing as a son is assured by justification by Christ alone through faith alone. Thus the heart of our counseling on character development centers in affirmation of Christ's work for us, and Christ's work in us through the Spirit. But within that framework we attempt seriously to involve each trainee in ongoing repentance, putting off old habits and sins and putting on Christ-like love and faith. . . . Much focus is laid on teamwork. . . . The skill of evangelism . . . is the believer's primary emphasis in the course of training because the staff believes that evangelism is necessary for a healthy Christian life . . . Evangelism rightly understood affects both the faith and the Christian life of the one who shares Christ's message." -- C. John Miller and Rose Marie Miller
    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Rose Marie Miller, Paul Miller, Rick Downs, David M. Desforge, et al, Sonship, a set of 16 sound cassettes (audiobook on tape), (Oreland, PA: World Harvest Mission, 1997).
    World Harvest Mission
    http://www.whm.org/home.htm

    *Murray, John (1898-1975), Redemption: Accomplished and Applied (Grand Rapids: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1955), ISBN: 0802811434. A Christian classic.
    "A profound study of the work of Christ for our salvation, and how that work was accomplished." A Christian classic.

    Packer, J.I., God's Words (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). 20186
    "Seventeen terms, doctrines, all the main ingredients of any sound confession of faith, are discussed by Packer." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Packer, J.I., Knowing God, 20th anniversary edition (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997, 1973), ISBN: 083081650X 9780830816507. A Christian classic.
    A classic work by one of the foremost theologians of our day. Offsets erroneous ideas about God. A group study guide is also available.
    A best-selling book. Contains material useful in counseling.

    Packer, J.I., Meeting God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press). 20187
    "Twelve studies for individuals or groups. Designed to enlarge our view of God, who He is, and who we are in relation to Him. Many passages to look up and fill-in-the blanks. Leader's notes in the back." -- GCB

    Perkins, William (1558-1602), The foundation of Christian religion gathered into sixe principles. As it is to be learned of ignorant people, that they may be fit to heare sermons with profit, and to receiue the Lords Supper with comfort, 1601, EEBO.

    Ryan, James, Bible Promises for Growing Christians (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1985), ISBN: 0805450149 9780805450149.

    *Shepard, Thomas, The Sincere Convert and the Sound Believer (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications), ISBN: 1877611328.
    "Lovers of Puritan literature will welcome the reprinting of these two classics. Also includes about 200 pages on the life of Shepard." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
    "He scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands." -- C.H. Spurgeon

    *Spurgeon, C.H., The Saint and His Saviour: The Progress of the Soul in the Knowledge of Jesus (Houston, TX: Christian Focus Publications, c1989), ISBN: 1871676010 9781871676013.
    "In this practical book, Spurgeon deals with all aspects of the relationship Christ has with His people." -- GCB

    Wells, Tom, Christian: Take Heart! [10161]

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
    " 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
    This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

    1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
    2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
    3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
    6. The National Covenant,
    7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
    8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678,
    9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
    10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
    11. The Directory for Family Worship.
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
    The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
    http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
    Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
    http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
    For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
    Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The promises of Christ, Appendix a: the words of Christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, Biblical counseling tracts, Sexual relationship, The Shorter Catechism, The providence of god, Bible promises, Hypocracy, Apologetics, False gosepls, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, Spiritual warfare, The covenanted reformation, Sharing christ with your children, Basics of the christian faith, Discipleship
    TCRB5: 4130-4218

    Related WebLinks

    The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
    http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

    Appendix A: Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    "A Guide for studying the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) in suggested order of reading"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter



    Assurance and Perseverance of the Saints

    All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:37)

    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
    And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.
    My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand.I and [my] Father are one.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 10:27-30)

    "It may be you have been more earnest and vehement for assurance, and the effects of it, viz., joy, comfort, and peace, than you have been for grace and holiness, for communion with God, and conformity to God. It may be your requests for assurance have been full of life and spirits, when your requests for grace and holiness, for communion with God, and conformity to God, have been lifeless and spiritless. If so, no wonder that assurance is denied you. Assurance makes most of your comfort, but holiness makes most for God's honour. Man's holiness is now his greatest happiness, and in heaven man's greatest happiness will be his perfect holiness." -- Thomas Brooks

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Assurance," and so forth, and so on.

    Beeke, Joel, Assurance of Faith: Calvin, English Puritanism, and the Dutch Second Reformation (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).
    "In-depth studies and comparisons of William Perkins, Willem Teellinck, the Westminster Confession, John Owen, Alexander Comrie, and Thomas Goodwin convincingly demonstrate with fresh insights that the differences between Calvin and the English/Dutch Calvinism on assurance arose primarily from a newly evolving pastoral context rather than from foundational variations in doctrine. One of the best books on assurance, maybe even the best. `This is a clearly-written study of the ways in which faith was related to the assurance of salvation by the Reformers, the Puritans and the their Dutch counterparts. Calvin, Beza, Perkins, Owen, Goodwin and the men of the Dutch Second Reformation are all considered. A most valuable book which bears scholarly scrutiny and is full of pastoral counsel'." -- Banner of Truth

    Beeke, Joel R., The Quest for Full Assurance: The Legacy of Calvin and His Successors, 1999.
    "Joel Beeke's classic and in-depth studies and comparisons of William Perkins, Willem Teellinck, the Westminster Confession, John Owen, Alexander Comrie, Thomas Goodwin, John Calvin, and English/Dutch Calvinism on assurance. Full summary on page 10." -- SWRB

    *Berdouwer, Gerrit C., Faith and Perseverance (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1958). 20191
    Translated by Robert D. Knudsen. "Provides a penetrating study of the Biblical teaching on perseverance from the perspective of the historical Reformed tradition. Does not confine itself to statements about the doctrine drawn from the early era of the Christian church, but ably evaluates the teaching of Ritschl, Schleiermacher, Schlink, and Barth. Gives helpful assurance to believers in the midst of a world caught up in the tides of change and transition." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Boston, Thomas, The Redeemer's ability to save sinners to the uttermost, illustrated, in two sermons, preached in the Tolbooth-Church of Edinburgh, at the celebration of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; March 1755. By Thomas Boston . . . Edinburgh, 1755. Available in The Complete Works of the Reverend Thomas Boston.

    *BROOKS, THOMAS, Heaven on Earth: A Treatise on Christian Assurance (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513565 9780851513560. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "All saints shall enjoy a heaven when they leave this earth; some saints enjoy a heaven while they are here on earth. That saints might enjoy two heavens is the project of this book." -- Joseph Caryl.

    Brooks, Thomas. A treatise on assurance. By the late Reverend Thomas Brooks, ... A new edition, considerably amended and abridged Edinburgh, 1777. Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale Group. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3320780550

    Hooker, Thomas, Poor Doubting Christian Drawn to Christ [31218]

    *Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Growing in the Spirit: Assurance of Our Salvation (John 17:20-26) [31561]

    *Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Romans: Assurance [31582]

    *Owen, John, Continuing in the Faith (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851511283 0851511287. A Christian classic.
    "Contains detailed Biblical arguments for the perseverance of the saints. Also has chapters which answer arguments against the doctrine of perseverance of the saints. Very detailed and complete work on the subject."

    *Owen, John, Continuing in the Faith (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851511283 0851511287. A Christian classic.
    "Contains detailed Biblical arguments for the perseverance of the saints. Also has chapters which answer arguments against the doctrine of perseverance of the saints. Very detailed and complete work on the subject."

    Owen, John, 1616-1683, The doctrine of the saints perseverance, explained and confirmed, or, The certain permanency of their 1. acceptation with God & 2. sanctification from God manifested & proved from the 1. eternal principles 2. effectuall causes 3. externall meanes thereof ... vindicated in a full answer to the discourse of Mr. John Goodwin against it, in his book entituled Redemption redeemed: with some digressions concerning 1. the immediate effects of the death of Christ ...: with a discourse touching the epistles of Ignatius, the Episcopacy in them asserted, and some animadversions on Dr. H.H. his dissertations on that subject / by John Owen ... 1654, EEBO.

    Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Assurance of Growth in Grace. In Religious Cases of Conscience Answered in an Evangelical Manner . . . to Which is Added The Spiritual Companion; or, The Professing Christian Tried at the Bar of God's Word; and Character of the Happy Man, 1866.
    Assurance of Growth in Grace
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/assurance-of-growth-in-grace.php

    Price, Greg, "Assurance: How To Be Certain of Your Salvation," (I John 5:10-13), (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1998).
    An audio cassette.
    "This is the best sermon we have ever heard on the doctrine of assurance. It contrasts Papist blasphemy and Arminian heresy on this point (from some of their official documents) with the biblical position of the Reformation (citing the classic landmark statements on assurance from the Westminster Confession of Faith, [1646]. It lays out the clear Scriptural provisions that God has made for every Christian to enjoy the full assurance of faith, and thus enjoy close communion with Christ throughout their earthly sojourn. Besides being a great encouragement to believers, this tape can also be used as a helpful evangelistic tool. Finally, if you, or anyone you know, has ever struggled with assurance (and there are few Christians that haven't) then this is a sermon that you should not pass by." -- SWRB

    *Spurgeon, C.H., Assurance [31743]

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Gifts of the spirit, Calvinism, Antinomianism, The Counter Reformation, False Gospels, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works
    TCRB5: 298, 1606, 3441



    APOLOGETICS

    See the Theological Notes, "The Resurrection of Jesus," at Luke 24:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Jesus Christ, God and Man," at John 1:14 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15b)

    The Church as never been perfect. Far from it. But the total record should be examined. In doing so, the good far, far outweighs the bad. Besides, Christian belief is in Christ, not in Christians. . . .
    Genuine Christianity must be distinguished from nominal Christianity. Some people have called themselves "Christians" who have lived in total opposition to the principles and teachings of the Master from Nazareth. But when we distinguish between name and reality, we see that genuine Christianity has been an unmixed blessing on the world. . . .
    Christianity is comprised of those who have repented of their sins and truly believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Lord. In times past Christendom was comprised of those people living in "Christian" territories. Today, Christendom is comprised of true Christians and those professing Christians who have never experienced the saving grace of Christ. Many members of Christendom have lived lives that were totally unworthy of the name Christian.
    When people are unregenerate -- that is, if their hearts are not changed by Christ -- they are prone to do all sorts of ungodly and inhuman things. It doesn't matter whether they're atheistic Communists or clerics in the Church. And in the case of unregenerate Church Leaders, their evil actions have brought the blame of history upon Christianity.
    There is a Church visible (Christendom) and there is a Church invisible (true Christianity). . . . The Bible points out that the visible Church is not the real Church of Christ. The real Church of Christ is invisible, and it consists of all who truly belong to God as His elect -- all those who will ever be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Judas Iscariot was a member of the visible Church of Christ, but not the invisible. . . .
    The devil has been able to infiltrate the Church [Matthew 13:24-30, 37-39]. Thus, as Jesus forewarned, the Church contains believers and nonbelievers alike. . . .
    While Jesus told us to love our neighbor and even our enemies, He did predict that Christianity would prove divisive per se [Luke 12:51-53]. . . .
    Now, the Scripture teaches we are to be at peace will all, inasmuch as it is up to us (Romans 12:18). But we are to put Christ first in our lives . . . True faith can elicit a hostile reaction, even when practiced with a gentle and humble spirit. The division that Christ talked about here is the natural outworking of unbelief reacting against godliness, or belief reacting against ungodliness. . . . -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born, pp. 205, 206, 209, 210, 206

    Brown, John. A compendious view of natural and revealed religion. In seven books. ... By the Rev. John Brown, ... The second edition, carefully revised, and improved with the author's last additions and corrections Edinburgh, 1796. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3323223667

    *Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858, editor), Philological tracts (Edinburgh: Thomas Clark, 1833-1835).
    Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries, Location: Microfiche (Non-circulating) Call Number: Microfiche 1987-1440.

    *Bruce, Alexander B., Apologetics: or Christianity Defensively Stated, 3rd edition (International Theological Library. Edinburgh, Scotland: T. and T. Clark, 1927). 20200
    "A standard defense of Biblical Christianity. Makes stimulating reading." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
    "Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
    "Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
    "The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
    Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
    Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
    Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
    "Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
    "The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
    "The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
    It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Nelson's Ultimate Bible Reference Library, Logos Library System format (LLS) (CD-ROM)
    This library systems includes CALVIN'S INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, THE HOLY BIBLE KING JAMES VERSION, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS, WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM, WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY, NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and other classic Bible study aids. THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE (Other title: THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE,) in LLS format, may be added to this library. Therefore, all the above works may be used in combination with each other in Bible study.
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    Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
    Contains Calvin's Commentaries.
    http://www.logos.com/products/details/889
    Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) (LLS)
    http://www.logos.com/products/details/887
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
    http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/calcom.html
    Calvin's Commentaries (online)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom
    One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
    From Ages Software. Includes both the Battles and the Beveridge translation of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, and other works by Calvin.
    http://www.ageslibrary.com/ages_calvin_collection_1.html
    Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

    *Charnock, Stephen (1628-1680), The Existence and Attributes of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1797). A Christian classic.
    "When the essence and attributes of God are called into question, to whom else can we better go than to Stephen Charnock? . . . the study of God's attributes is not dry-as-dust theology, but is practical; that is, it leads to righteousness." -- Gordon H. Clark

    *Charnock, Stephen (1628-1680), The Knowledge of God [30979]

    *Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), Religion, Reason and Revelation (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation), ISBN: 0940931869 9780940931862.
    "One of Clark's apologetical masterpieces, RELIGION, REASON AND REVELATION has been praised for the clarity of its thought and language. It includes chapters on: Is Christianity a Religion? Faith and Reason, Inspiration and Language, Revelation and Morality, and Good and Evil. It is must reading for all serious Christians." -- The Trinity Foundation

    Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), What Do Presbyterians Believe? (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.).
    We highly recommend the work of Gordon H. Clark. He was one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century. However, this is not a commentary on The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646).
    In "The Reformed Faith and the Westminster Confession," an address given at Weaverville, NC, August 17, 1955, found in the Appendix to this work, Clark eloquently extols the virtues of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and condemns neo-orthodoxy for departing from the Word of God found in the Bible.
    Yet, incredibly, one year later, in 1956, he published this work, WHAT DO PRESBYTERIANS BELIEVE? which is a commentary on the "American Version (1789)." To more fully understand Clark's error here and the consequences of such an error see:
    "A Theological Interpretation of American History" http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#stiahis

    *CUNNINGHAM, WILLIAM (1805-1861), Historical Theology: A Review of the Principal Doctrinal Discussions in the Christian Church (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Included on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #16 (Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
    "Since the Apostolic Age Two large volumes totalling just under 1300 pages. The definitive work on doctrinal history. Compares the truth to the three major heretical system: Romanism, Socinianism (an old form of liberalism) and Arminianism. Covers the most important disputes, focusing in on significant points of controversy in each. The value of this set should not be underestimated, for it is an antidote against much of the innovative folly so prevalent in our day. As Iain Murray, concerning human pride and scriptural interpretation, succinctly points out, 'Instead of beginning with a realization that God in His providence had already caused His Church to investigate and settle at least the great majority of Biblical doctrines, the Church, flattered by the supposed possession of superior light, began to despise the old doctrinal standards and to construct a 'creed' anew, as though the faith of the previous eighteen centuries counted for nothing. Nor were the evangelicals free from this plague; even they took up the slogans that 'Christianity is not a doctrine but a life' and that to express the truth systematically is an abuse of logic -- as though to think illogically was a mark of true spirituality!' J.J. Bonar stated that Cunningham's 'grasp and vantage of the field of theological discussion' was 'of inestimable value.' This set is certainly one of the most useful items we carry and is much needed in our day." -- SWRB

    Dickson, David, Truth's victory over error: or, the true principles of the Christian religion, stated and vindicated ... by the late ... David Dickson, ... To this edition is prefixed, A short account of the author's life, by ... Robert Wodrow, ... Kilmarnock, 1787, 296 pages.
    "The title continues, 'The True Principles of the Christian Religion, Stated and Vindicated against the following Heresies, viz, Arians, Arminians, Anabaptists, Antinomians, Brownists, Donatists, Epicurians, Eutychians, Erastians, Familists, Jesuits, Independents, Libertines, Manicheans, Pelagians, Papists, Quakers, Socinians, Sabellians, Sceptics, Vaninians, etc. The whole being a Commentary on all the Chapters of the (WESTMINSTER -- RB) CONFESSION OF FAITH, by way of Question and Answer: In which, the saving Truths of our holy Religion are confirmed and established; and the dangerous Errors and Opinions of its Adversaries detected and confuted... To this Edition is prefixed, A short Account of the Author's Life, by the late Mr. Robert Wodrow...' One of the best commentaries on the Westminster Confession of Faith. This item is part of the elder's reading/training list in the Puritan Reformed Church (the church of the Covenanted Reformation)." -- SWRB
    Dickson, David, Of Justification, from David Dickson's Truth's Victory Over Error
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory11.html

    Downes, Stephen, Stephen Downes Guide to the Logical Fallacies.
    "Lists all known logical fallacies, with definitions, examples, and the steps needed to prove that the fallacy is committed. Site also includes links to logic references and resources."
    Stephen's Guide to Logical Fallacies
    http://www.fallacies.ca/

    Edwards, Thomas. The argument in favor of Christianity drawn from the character and discourses of Christ. A sermon preached at St. Peter's in Thanet, on Sunday, September 25, 1796. By Thomas Edwards, L.L.D. Margate, 1796. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3322205928

    *Eusebius Pamphil, Preparation for the Gospel, 2 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1981). 20201
    "Historically, this is one of the finest of the apologetic works of antiquity. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber. A Christian classic.

    *Greenleaf, Simon (1783-1853), Evidence of the Evangelist: The Four Gospels Examined by the Rules of Evidence. Alternate title: THE TESTIMONY OF THE EVANGELISTS EXAMINED BY THE RULES OF EVIDENCE ADMINISTERED IN COURTS OF JUSTICE WITH AN APPENDIX CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE MOST ANCIENT MANUSCRIPT COPIES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, AND A COMPARISON OF THEIR TEXT WITH THAT OF THE KING JAMES' BIBLE BY CONSTANTINE TISCHENDORFF. ALSO A REVIEW OF THE TRIAL OF JESUS. ISBN: 0825427479 9780825427473. Bonus attachment is Dupin's TRIAL OF JESUS BEFORE CAIAPHAS AND PILATE. Interested parties might also check out Paul Maier's PONTIUS PILATE and FLAMES OF ROME.
    "Greenleaf applies the rules of evidence as espoused in his notable and widely cited work, A TREATISE ON THE LAW OF EVIDENCE, TO THE NEW TESTAMENT, in an effort to determine the reliability of the testimony in the Gospels. Greenleaf [1783-1853] was a Dane Professor at Harvard University and is considered, along with Joseph Story, to be responsible for the emergence of Harvard Law School. -- Marke, A Catalogue of the Law Collection of New York University (1953) 110. Dictionary of American Biography, IV: 583-584."
    Greenleaf was also considered one of the world's experts on evidence.
    Christian Evidences: The Bible and the Rules of Legal Evidence
    "In THE TESTIMONY OF THE EVANGELISTS, Dr. Simon Greenleaf of Harvard Law School applies the laws of legal evidence to the New Testament accounts."
    http://www.grmi.org/Richard_Riss/evidences/29legal.html
    Testimony of the Evangelists, Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853)
    http://www.markers.com/ink/sgtestimony.htm

    Hocking, David Lee, Who Am I and What Difference Does It Make? ISBN: 0880701021 9780880701020.

    Houston, James M. (editor), The Mind on Fire: An Anthology of the Writings of Blaise Pascal (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1989), ISBN: 155661831X 9781556618314.

    *Keith, Alexander, Christian Evidences: Fulfilled Bible Prophecy (Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1984, 1831). 20203
    "This unique volume was first published in 1831. Thomas Chalmers said of it, `It is recognized in our halls of theology as holding a high place in sacred literature, and it is found in almost every home and known as a household word thoroughout the land'."-- Cyril J. Barber

    *Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), with Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? The Positive Impact of Christianity in History, ISBN: 0785271783 9780785271789.
    Hospitals, universities, literacy and education, capitalism and free-enterprise, representative government, separation of political powers, justice and common law, civil liberties, abolition of slavery, modern science, and so forth can all be attributed to Christianity.

    *Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), with Jerry Newcombe, What if the Bible Had Never Been Written? (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers), ISBN: 0785271546 9780785271543.
    "Following its predecessor, WHAT IF JESUS HAD NEVER BEEN BORN, WHAT IF THE BIBLE HAD NEVER BEEN WRITTEN is a veritable compendium of the major accomplishments of the western world. D. James Kennedy demonstrates quite capably that many of the most fundamental stages of advancement for mankind over the last 2000 years began with the impetus of people whose lives were influenced by the Holy Scriptures. The book reads easily and keeps the attention of the reader as the author moves from one aspect of human development to another. He also explodes some myths along the way with clear and concise excerpts from personal letters, writings and biographies of the individuals about whom he writes. All in all, I would recommend this book to those who question the validity and potency of the Bible and to those who need to bolster their faith and resolve in the the Book of books." -- Reader's Comment

    *Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), Why I Believe (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1982). 31353
    A book after the "Why I Believe" sermon series. Some have said it is the greatest sermon series he ever preached.

    *Kettler, Steven C. (compiler), Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal. An Annotated Topical Bibliography of Works Containing Biblical Counsel for Persons Seeking Lasting Solutions to Life's Problems (Harrisonburg, VA: Lettermen Associates, c1994), ISBN: 0963682113.
    A book-length annotated bibliography containing over 5700 citations by 2550 authors cross referenced under 440 topic headings. Includes author and title, scripture, and subject indexes.
    CD-ROM edition Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal is available in Logos Library System (LLS) format.
    Logos Research Systems
    http://www.logos.com
    The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://www.lettermen2.com
    Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
    http://books.google.com/books?id=j4vzqat_dqEC&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    Some Complementary Works
    http://www.lettermen2.com/somecomp.html

    *Machen, J. Gresham (1881-1937), Christian Faith in the Modern World (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1967). 20206
    "A masterful Christian apologetic that seeks to answer such questions as `How May God Be Known?' `Has God Spoken?' and `Is the Bible the Word of God?' " -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Machen, J. Gresham (1881-1937), What Is Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1962, 1925), ISBN: 0851515940 9780851515946.
    "A vital, persuasive apologetic which presents Biblical Christianity as the only antidote for the modern drift toward skepticism . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Machen, J. Gresham (1881-1937), Virgin Birth of Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1967, 1930).
    "A scholarly defense of the supernatural conception of Christ. First published in 1930." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Martin, Walter, "Evil and Human Suffering" (San Juan Capistrano, CA: Christian Research Institute International).
    "Aimed at the atheist or agnostic, discusses the question of suffering and why God permits it."

    *Mead, Matthew, The Almost Christian Discovered (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications), ISBN: 9781425522636 1425522637. A Christian classic.
    "This Puritan reprint is a classic study of true and false conversion. Dr. John MacArthur says, `This is not balm for the emotions; it is food for the soul. Those looking for a tranquilizing devotional study will not be soothed by this book. People who have come to Christ only for what they can get out of Him will find no encouragement here. On the other hand, true believers who want to deepen their walk -- even struggling Christians who are open to reproof and instruction -- will find plenty of substance on these pages." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "The author takes example after example of people who demonstrated great signs of spiritual life but were never truly converted to Christ or as he puts it be 'an almost Christian.' Each example is taken from Scripture. For example, Mead shows us that one can have great and eminent spiritual gifts such as healing, cleasing and casting out demons but not be a Christian. Certainly this discribes Judas. Like the other apostles, Judas is sent out in Matthew 10:7-8 to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Yet, Judas was not saved. Mead other topics include great hatred for sin and be an almost Christian, or great signs of repentance and be an almost Christian." -- Reader's Comment

    *Morison, Frank (pseudonym for Albert Henry Ross), Who Moved the Stone? new edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1987). A Christian classic.
    "Combines Moule's inimitable exposition of John 20-21 with Orr's theological treatise. Together these works provide pastors and students with a rare combination of excellence in exposition coupled with a clear enunciation of theological truth." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "The strangeness of the Resurrection story had captured Frank Morison's attention, and, influenced by skeptic thinkers at the turn of the century, he set out to prove that the story of Christ's Resurrection was only a myth. His probings, however, led him to discover the validity of the biblical record in a moving, personal way. WHO MOVED THE STONE? is considered by many to be a classic apologetic on the subject of the Resurrection. Morison includes a vivid and poignant account of Christ's betrayal, trial, and death as a backdrop to his retelling of the climactic Resurrection itself. . . . WHO MOVED THE STONE? is a well-researched book that is as fascinating in its appeal to reason as it is accurate to the truthfulness of the Resurrection.
    Frank Morison was an English journalist." -- Ingram

    *Morris, Henry M., Many Infallible Proofs (San Diego, CA: Creation-Life Publishers, 1974). 20213
    "Building on Christianity's historic reliability, the author develops a strong case for super-naturalism. He combines his mastery of scientific data with a careful evaluation of the Biblical material. An important work on Christian evidences." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Morris, Henry, M., The Long War Against God: The History and Impact of the Creation/evolution Conflict (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House).
    "Morris sets forth 1) the dominance of evolution in all modern disciplines of study; 2) the influence of evolution in the affairs of nations and societies; 3) the deleterious effect of evolution on religion, ethics, and morals; 4) the peculiar circumstances surrounding the ascendancy of modern Darwinism; and more." -- GCB

    Newport, John P., Life's Ultimate Questions (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing).
    "This Baptist scholar answers the truly hard questions of life from the Bible with precision and competence. J.I. Packer wrote: `Cool, clear, comprehensive, and full of thoughtful wisdom, this book is a rich resource for exploring the responses of Christian faith to the knowledge, ignorance, and confusions of the modern world'." -- GCB

    NEWTON, THOMAS, Dissertations on the Prophecies Which Have Remarkably Been Fulfilled, and at This Time are Fulfilling in the World, 1817 (2 volumes). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14, ISBN: 0921148925 9780921148920.

    *Pascal, Blaise, and A.J. Krailsheimer (translator), Pensees (Penguin Classics Series. Penguin USA), ISBN: 0140446451 9780140446456.
    "In his short lifespan, Pascal invented the prototype of the computer (la machine arithmetique), started the first public passenger service in Paris, mastered a physics problem re the vacuum, expounded his scientific and mathematical studies with such an order of brilliance that it was considered by no means inappropriate to compare him with Aristotle, engaged in vituperative and extremely effective theological polemics with the Jesuits -- and, finally, in spite of appalling ill-health and pain, attained a serene relationship with God and with his fellows, in the process producing one of the great literary masterpieces of all time, viz., the PENSEES. This volume is a work of Christian apologetics before which the most skeptical mind, indulgent flesh, and arrogant spirit, stand utterly defenseless. Not too shabby an achievement in thirty-nine years and two months!" -- Reader's Review

    *PINK, ARTHUR W., The Sovereignty of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801068649 9780801068645. Be sure to read the original, unrevised, unabridged edition, not the Banner of Truth edition (see the Marc Carpenter article below.) Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "Present day conditions call loudly for a new examination and new presentation of God's omnipotence, God's sufficiency, God's sovereignty. From every pulpit in the land it needs to be thundered forth that God still lives, that God still observes, that God still reigns." -- Arthur W. Pink
    "This is the best contemporary book explaining the foundations of Calvinism and God's sovereignty (as revealed in Scripture). It is like a key that, by God's grace, opens the door of understanding to some of the most blessed truths in Scripture. From the myriad of testimonies that we have heard concerning how God has used this book, we think that we can safely say that this is also the best book to pass on to those that you want to introduce to Calvinism." -- SWRB
    The Banner of Truth edition removed three chapters, "The Sovereignty of God and Reprobation," "God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility," and "Difficulties and Objections." It also removes four appendices that "deal with the false distinction between decretive and permissive will, the foreordaining of the Fall, and treatments of John 3:16 and 1 John 2:2 to show that there is not a universal love or propitiation. . . ."
    "The Banner of Truth versus Calvinism," Marc D. Carpenter
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/147a-TheBannerTruthvsCalvinism.pdf
    The Sovereingty of God, by A.W. Pink
    The Complete text available in either Word (.doc) format, or Rich Text Format (.rtf)
    http://w3.goodnews.net/~maxward/sov.html

    *Scott, Otto, R.J. Rushdoony, M.R. Rushdoony, Martin G. Selbrede, and John Lofton, Jr., The Great Christian Revolution: The Myths of Paganism and Arminianism (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books), ISBN: 1879998025 9781879998025.
    "Dr. Warfield noted that Calvinism represents the Christian religion in its highest and purest form, for Calvinism alone acknowledges the totality of God's kingly prerogatives over every square inch of our world. This volume supports these powerful truths from three different perspectives, with each author supplying cumulative weight to the proposition that God rules in the affairs of all men, from the least to the greatest. This book will help you sort out much of the current error in theology in our day." -- GCB
    "Never has so broad a sweep of Christian history been so swiftly or dramatically told. From the savage tribes of Europe to the rise of the most wealthy and intellectual civilization in the world; from the Dark Ages to the Reformation; from the tyranny of English kings to the spirit of freedom in Philadelphia. Otto Scott takes you on a gripping journey through the rise and fall of men and empires, while the Christian faith has always shined through every generation. Get this book for your library." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, 1890), ISBN: 0851511449. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
    A Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism
    http://books.google.com/books?id=fFAwGQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    "The first book published by the Trust, this has been one of the best sellers and consistently the most useful and influential of our publications . . . It deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian faith . . . It is based on the Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism, in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer. This catechism is unsurpassed for its `terse exactitutde of definition' and `logical elaboration' of the fundamentals. . . . Watson conveys his thorough doctrinal and experimental knowledge of the truth in such an original, concise, pithy, pungent, racy, rich, and illustrative style that he is rightly regarded as the most readable of the Puritans." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "As an introduction to Puritan theology, as a short and sweet course in Christian doctrine, as devotional reading, and as a preacher's gold-mine, Watson's work can hardly be praised too highly." -- J.I. Packer.
    "Contains Watson's exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, excluding the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments." -- GCB
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    *WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), The Lord's Prayer (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1960, 1890), ISBN: 0851511457. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
    "Watson's three works on the Westminster Shorter Catechism is concluded by his exposition of the Lord's Prayer. In this book he analyses in detail the Preface to the prayer and the six petitions. His treatment of the second petition (`thy Kingdom come') is exceptionally full and illuminating. This book affords instruction and practical help to praying Christians." -- SWRB
    "A full and powerful Puritan exposition of the Lord's Prayer. So excellent that it may be without equal." -- GCB
    "A part of the writer's famous BODY OF DIVINITY. An excellent exposition combining sound doctrine with practical application." -- Cyril J. Barber.
    The Lord's Prayer, Thomas Watson
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-lprayer.html
    The Lord's Prayer
    http://books.google.com/books?id=2k1THAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), The Ten Commandments (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1962), ISBN: 0851516815. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.
    "In this book Watson continues his exposition of the Shorter Catechism drawn up by the Westminster Assembly. Watson was one of the most popular preachers in London during the Puritan era . . . The series of three volumes, of which this is the second (the BODY OF DIVINITY is first and THE LORD'S PRAYER third), makes an ideal introduction to Puritan literature. There are few matters about which the Puritans differ more from present-day Christians than in their assessment of the importance of the Ten Commandments. The Commandments, they held, are the first thing in Christianity which the natural man needs to be taught and they should be the daily concern of the Christian to the last. In this book Watson examines the moral law as a whole as well as bringing out the meaning and force of each particular commandment. In view of the important function of the law in Christian life and evangelism, this is a most valuable volume." -- SWRB
    "Excellent study. Highly recommended for personal and group study. The need for understanding the Law of God is always of great importance for the Christian. Watson is an excellent expositor of it." -- GCB
    "The most famous commentary on the Ten Commandments was by Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626), a huge folio. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The Ten Commandments, Thomas Watson
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-10cm.html
    The Ten Commandments
    http://books.google.com/books?id=QWA9HAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *WATSON, THOMAS, The Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851515215. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #5. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
    "Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essentials to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.
    "Few better guides have existed in this or any other language. . . . He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twentieth century." -- Publisher's Annotation
    The Doctrine of Repentance, excerpts
    Online e-text.
    http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/drepenti.htm
    The Doctrine of Repentance
    http://books.google.com/books?id=V1QCAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
    " 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
    This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

    1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
    2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
    3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
    6. The National Covenant,
    7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
    8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678,
    9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
    10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
    11. The Directory for Family Worship.
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
    The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
    http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
    Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
    http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
    For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
    Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Practical Truths (Keyser, WV: Odom Publications, 1990, 1857).
    "This 400 page reprint by one of the Old Princeton `greats' will be welcome indeed. The book is in three sections: short articles on practical Christian living subjects; a series of longer articles on doctrinal and theological subjects; and finally a series of dialogues in defense of the faith, etc." -- GCB

    *AUGUSTINE, SAINT (AURELIUS AUGUSTINE, BISHOP OF HIPPO), (354-430 AD), (author), Philip Schaff (editor), Marcus Dods (translator), St. Augustine's City of God and Christian Doctrine [A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church - Volume 2], new edition (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, September 2002), 624 pages, English, ISBN: 0802880991. Available (2 volumes, 1872 edition) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    Augustine is said to be the greatest Christian thinker next to the Apostle Paul. Luther set the BIBLE and the CONFESSIONS OF SAINT AUGUSTINE above all other books.
    "One of the classic texts of Western civilization [originally 22 volumes it explains the fall of Roman in terms of Scripture-- sk]. . . . DE CIVITATE DEI is an important contribution of interest to students of theology, philosophy, ecclesiastical history, the history of political thought, and late antiquity." -- Publisher's Annotation (from the Cambridge University Press edition)
    "Augustine began writing THE CITY OF GOD at age 59 [shortly after the city of Rome had been sacked by the Goths in 410 A.D., much to the surprise, it is said, of both the Romans and the Goths.-- sk] and worked on it, off and on, for much of the next 14 years. The impetus for the beginning of this vast work (and its recurring focus) was the charge of Pagans (polytheists) that Christianity was responsible for the decay and demise of the Roman Empire. The charge put forward the claim that the prosperity and social stability of the state was dependent upon polytheistic worship. In response, Augustine arrays several lines of argument, rebutting the assumed 'goodness' of the Pagan state, as such, and detailing the ethical/moral and logical failings of Paganism. Augustine displays tremendous scholarship, employing the writings of Paganism's greatest historians and philosophers in his case against their religious claims. The result is a giant literary, philosophical, historical, theological and exegetical work. . . .
    "Against the 'city', i.e., society, of many gods, there is but one alternate society, this Augustine calls The City of God, adopting the expression found in several of King David's psalms. Not only is the society of many gods the society of polytheists, it is also the 'city' of pantheists, atheistic materialists and philosophical Cynics. In the case of the Cynics and atheists, these false gods are the myriad gods of self, indeed, at least as many gods (selves) as there are believers in them. Thus there are two 'cities,' two loves, two ways to understand the big questions of existence, two destinations. Says Augustine:

    "The one City began with the love of God; the other had its beginnings in the love of self." XIV:13.
    "The city of man seeks the praise of men, whereas the height of glory for the other is to hear God in the witness of conscience. The one lifts up its head in its own boasting; the other says to God: 'Thou art my glory, thou liftest up my head.' (Psalm 3.4) In the city of the world both the rulers themselves and the people they dominate are dominated by the lust for domination; whereas in the City of God all citizens serve one another in charity. . ." XIV:28-- Wesley L. Janssen, Reader's Comment
    "Augustine reflects deeply here on human nature and the meaning of eternal life and eternal punishment, within an explication of the 'meaning' of history. He writes of all human history as a single narrative. This also a work of Biblical exegesis, as Augustine treats Scripture as a historical document. For Augustine, creation is good, creation exists in time and has a history. Indeed, since God enters into history to show man His love, history itself is sanctified, through the City of God.
    "The book contains the parallel histories of what Augustine terms the City of God and the City of Man, both descended from Adam. The City of Man is founded on murder (specifically fratricide, the murder of a brother, viz. Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus). The City of Man has been deceived and debased, fallen under the sway of pagan gods, which appear to be either demons or, at best indifferent or benign spirits that are mistakenly worshipped. The City of God, on the other hand, is a pilgrim on this earth, toiling here in the joyous expectation of final salvation in God's Kingdom." -- Penn Jacobs, Reader's Comment
    "His 'grand unifying theory' of Western civilization, uniting the organization of Rome with the thought of Greece and the revelation of the Bible, has been accepted as the de facto definition of what it means to be Western until only the very last few decades of our time. . . .
    "This seamless blend of literary prowess from Rome's greatest scholar and highest ranking professor generates for the reader a powerful education in philosophy, history and theology, tied together with awesome rhetoric, that is uniquely powerful, erudite, insightful and useful all at once.
    "From a historical and literary perspective, this may have been the very most important book ever written by reputedly human hands. ["Calvin paraphrased Augustine about 400 times in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION." -- C. Gregg Singer]
    "As it is written for the leaders of society and not for the average citizen, be ready to be intrigued, challenged to thought, and impressed with every line.
    "By no means must the reader have any kind of religious belief to benefit from this book, nor must the reader agree with all that Augustine postulates, nor can the reader, due to the great distance of time separating him from us and improvements in scientific knowledge since his time. The importance, greatness and power of the writing itself commend it to us." -- Chris Miller, Reader's Comment
    "One who has been introduced to Augustine through his auto-biographical CONFESSIONS may find it easier to follow his logic as he discusses the numerous topics of THE CITY OF GOD." -- Reader's Comment
    "It would do the modern Church well to read this book since Augustine places the City of God (i.e., Christ and His Church) within the context of the pagan world in which we live, and its message is as applicable today as it was 1,500 years ago when he first wrote it." -- Reader's Comment
    "History and theology in one rich volume." -- Reader's Comment
    St. Augustine's final sentence of THE CITY OF GOD is "All things must be referred to the Glory of God."
    "When you see that, then you will see the key to the story, and you will see the key to history." -- C. Gregg Singer
    "The classic exposition of history in terms of Scripture." -- C. Gregg Singer
    City of God, Saint Augustine, Philip Schaff (editor), Rev. Marcus Dods, D.D. (translator)
    http://www.ccel.org/fathers/NPNF1-02/
    The Confessions of Saint Augustine
    "The story of his sinful pursuits before conversion, and of his conversion, then of his confession to God, and his discoveries of the greatness of God after his conversion." -- Publisher's Annotation.
    http://www.ccel.org/a/augustine/confessions/confessions.html
    The Works of Saint Augustine
    http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/augustine.html
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection (CD-ROM) (Contains some works of Augustine.)
    http://www.ageslibrary.com
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
    http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/calcom.html
    The Classical View of History (Augustine)
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, "The Christian View of History," lecture series.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=7150273140
    The Augustinian Approach to History
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 47 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9150393751
    Church History #09: Augustine #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, "Church History" lecture series.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163949
    Church History #10: Augustine #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, "Church History" lecture series.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164048
    Church History #11: Augustine #3
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, "Church History" lecture series.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164152

    *Bush, L. Russ (editor), Classical Readings in Christian Apologetics, A.D. 100-1800 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House). 20225
    "Contains selected writings from 12 different apologists. Under each is an introduction, references to source of selection, and a brief bibliography. Includes selections from: Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselum, Aquinas, Calvin, Butler, and Paley." -- GCB

    Chinn, Douglas S., and Robert C. Newman, Research Report No. 3: Demystifying the Controversy Over the Textus Receptus and the King James Version of the Bible (Hatfield, PA: Interdisciplinary Bible Research Institute), ISBN: 0944788033 9780944788035.

    Downing, David C. (compiler), What You Know Might Not Be So (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). 20229
    "Nontechnical terms are used to correct 220 common misunderstandings concerning the Bible. The entries focus on matters of simple miscomprehension." -- GCB

    Ellul, Jacques, Reason for Being: A Meditation on Ecclesiastes (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990). 20232

    Ellul, Jacques, What I Believe [60014]

    Green, Michael, Ten Myths About Christianity (Pocketbooks Series. Batavia, IL: Lion Publishing, 1988). 20232A

    *Haley, John W., Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801041716 9780801041716.
    "Some 470 pages dealing with those many places that might at first glance seem to be discrepancies or contradictions in the Bible and its teachings. This book was originally published in 1874 and has stood the test of time. Deals with doctrinal, ethical, and historical discrepancies." -- GCB

    Habermas, Gary, The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ, revised edition. Alternate title: Ancient evidence for the life of Jesus. ISBN: 0899007325 9780899007328.
    "THE HISTORICAL JESUS by Gary Habermas, is divided into three parts. Part 1 examines current attacks against the traditional view of Jesus, Part 2 examines historical evidence for Jesus, and Part 3 includes appendixes on historiography, an apologetic outline and bibliography.
    "Part 1 begins with a brief survey of the historical quests for Jesus including the old quest, new quest and third quest. Habermas also covers various fictitious lives of Jesus and critiques the views of those who argue that Jesus may not have existed. Habermas analyzes and critiques the extreme skepticism about the historical Jesus that pervaded scholarship from 1930 to about 1960. The views and influence of Bultmann were particularly singled out for critique. Various reinterpretations of Jesus were also covered, for example, the swoon theory of Paulus and Schonfield, as well as the idea that Jesus had a connection with the Essenes at Qumran. Finally, Habermas discussed several attempts to link Jesus to international travel, finding all these theories to be without historical foundation.
    "Part 2 focuses on historical data for Jesus' life. The data included early creeds found in the New Testament, archaeological sources, and ancient non-Christian sources. Habermas concluded that the archaeological and non-Christian sources were sufficient to provide a broad outline for the life of Jesus. Ancient non-biblical Christian sources were covered including such authors as Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Barnabas, and Justin. The book contains appendices on historiography, an apologetic outline and bibliography." Reader's Comment

    Habermas, Gary, and F.F. Bruce (foreword), The Verdict of History: Conclusive Evidence From Beyond the Bible for the Life of Jesus, 219 pages, ISBN: 1854240986 9781854240989.

    Henry, Carl F.H., God, Revelation and Authority, 6 volumes, 2nd edition (Crossway Books, January 25, 1999), ISBN: 0876804776 9780876804773.
    "Henry's basic propositions are at once both simple and profound - that revealed truth must be communicable in propositional form, that is, in complete sentences, with subject, verbs, and objects. Truth is not a commodity for the intellectually or spiritually elite. In other words, if you cannot tell me in plain language what the truth is, then I must question whether or not what you are considering is really the truth. Furthermore, God has set this example by personally revealing Himself in this manner in our own objective, external history - the same history of which we are all now a part. This is not to say that there are truths in the universe that are not communicable verbally, only that the Truth that has been revealed by God must be, and has been, communicated in that manner.
    "Henry's antagonists are those theologians (Barth, Bultmann and company) who propose that history is of two kinds -- the day-to-day, external, objective history with which we are all familiar, and a special, internal 'geschichte' history where God reveals himself internally to individuals within gaps in the causal uniformity of external history, and the less extreme theologians (Moltmann, Pannenberg, and company) who propose that there is one, encompassing salvation-history ('heilsgeschichte') within which there is no distinction to be made between the natural and supernatural and hence, no need to distinguish between two different kinds of history." -- Reader's Comment
    "Dr. Henry's GOD, REVELATION AND AUTHORITY should be on every evangelical pastor's shelf. I recommend it to the upcoming generation of serious, thinking Christians." -- James Montgomery Boice, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadephia
    "It is hard to imagine any great leader of the twentieth century whom Henry has not known personally. He has been influenced by, and in turn has exerted an influence upon, church leaders in every continent. . . . He was one of the prime movers behind the establishment of the `new' orthodoxy. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Henry, Carl F.H., Toward a Recovery of Christian Belief (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]). 20233
    "Learned, lucid, wise, and powerful; this is Henry at his best." -- J.I. Packer

    Krabbendam, H., Some Essential Elements in Biblical Apologetics [30241]

    Kraemer, Hendrik, Religion and the Christian Faith (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1957). 20236
    Includes bibliographic footnotes.

    Morris, Henry, Science and the Bible (Chicago, IL: Moody Press). 20242

    Poythress, V., What Do You Say When You Are Asked About the Rapture [30368]

    Prime, Derek, Questions on the Christian Faith Answered From the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1968). 20247

    *Renwick, James (1662-1688), Man's greatest concernment movingly press'd his chiefest happiness plainly opened, his many hinderances and intanglements discovered and removed, the indespensible and absolute need he hath of a saviour, and the fulness of Christ considered, the great length a man may come and yet be void of saving grace, together with the clear marks and evidences of a saving interest in Christ, motives pressing to self examination, with many excellent Christian directions / held forth in a letter written by that worthy man of God, that highly honoured witness, minister, and martyr to Jesus Christ, Mr. James Renwick, to two gentlewomen, August 13, 1687.

    Richards, Lawrence O., It Couldn't Just Happen: Faith Building Evidences for Young People (Fort Worth, TX: Sweet Publishing, 1987). 20249
    "An incredible book. Makes the study of astronomy and biology fascinating. Uses information from these disciplines to present the awesome wonder of creation in terms that will captivate teens (as well as those who teach them). Highly recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Covenanters and the Orange Order [in Ireland]
    "The Reformed Presbyterian testimony maintains that it is inconsistent for Covenanters to belong to the Orange Order. . . .
    "Covenanters strongly reject Freemasonry as an antichristian pseudo-religion. Yet Freemasonry has strongly influenced Orangeism, not just in its organisational structure and ritualism, but in the way it presents itself with its display of grand titles and regalia with mysterious symbolism. An Orange historian has written . . . 'the Prince of Orange was himself a Freemason', and speaks of the 'services of the (Freemasonry) in keeping alive the principles of the Revolution and in preserving the name of Orange, many of the Freemason Lodges being called Orange Lodges.'. . . .
    "Covenanters cannot be so fulsome in praising and accepting the Revolution Settlement of 1688 and a political stance that gives it such unqualified support. In fact the Covenanters of 1688 were grievously disappointed with the 1688 Settlement since it refused to acknowledge either the Covenants of 1638 and 1642, when Christ's Kingship over the nation was acknowledged. How can we glory in celebrating a Constitution when something is awry at its very heart . . . ?
    "At the end of the day a Christian's ultimate loyalty must not be to any side of our political conflict, but to the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, a Kingdom which transcends all human barriers and divisions. . . ."
    "Covenanters cannot take such an unqualified promise. This is because the Constitution usurps Christ's sole Supremacy as Head of the Church (in giving the Monarch the title 'Head of the Church') and because it usurps Christ's sole Supremacy over the State. Our nation has made man the source of authority, power, sovereignty and morality, in place of God's Word. As a result not only are the Biblical qualifications for rulers not met, but immoral laws now govern us. This is why Covenanters dissent from involvement in politics. Civil and religious freedom is only freedom under God's Law, and ignoring this our nation finds itself in bondage to sin. Given this, believers, instead of marching to celebrate the glories of our Constitution and laws, should rather be in the posture of men like Ezra, Nehemiah and Daniel, who, in shame for their nation cried out, 'O Lord to us belongs confusion of face . . . O Lord forgive . . . O Lord act . . . O Lord revive.' . . . . -- Norris Wilson
    "Norris Wilson is minister of Dervock Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney. He is a Professor of Old Testament language and literature and lectures at The Reformed Presbyterian College, Belfast."
    http://www.econi.org/LionLamb/013/covenanters.html

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), A Theological Interpretation of American History 1994 edition, 354 pages (Greenville, SC: A Press, 1994, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1964), ISBN: 0875524265 9780875524269. A Christian classic.
    This book portrays "the influence of theology and the changing doctrines in the life of the church on the pattern of American political, constitutional, social and economic development.
    "The author shows that the decline of constitutional government in this country is the result of the departure from historical Christian faith and the resulting rise of alien political philosophies. Particularly does he emphasize the intimate relationship between theological liberalism on the one hand and political, social, and economic liberalism on the other. This theological liberalism has been a major agent in the decline of the Constitution in the political life of the people and in the appearance of a highly centralized government." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "There is between the democratic philosophy and theological liberalism a basic affinity which has placed them in the same camp in many major political struggles.
    "This condition exists because theological liberalism shares the basic postulates of the democratic philosophy. . . .
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world.
    "The result of theological liberalism has been the movement away from constitutionalism and away from liberty, and a movement toward collectivistic society and totalitarian regime." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290
    See also: "John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly" (tape 3 of 5 in a series of addresses "History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology") by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250
    See also:
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer at SermonAudio.com (161 messages)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.^C.^Gregg^Singer

    Stein, Robert H., Difficult Passages in the Gospels (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House).20256
    "Stein explores problematic passages under four categories: Difficult parallel passages; teachings of Jesus; actions of Jesus; and predictions of Jesus." -- GCB

    Stewart, Don, 101 Questions People Ask About Jesus (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers). 20257
    "Provides 101 brief, practical, Bible-based answers to difficult questions people ask about Jesus. Answers deal with Jesus' existence, nature, deeds, and His importance to you and me." -- GCB

    Stewart, Don, 103 Questions People Ask Most About God (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers). 20258
    "This book provides brief, Bible-based responses and easy-to-remember summaries to many difficult questions people ask about God. Four basic areas are dealt with: His Existence, Nature, Acts, and His Meaning to the Individual. A book that provides solid answers to dealing with others." -- GCB

    Taylor, Daniel, The Myth of Certainty: Trusting God, Asking Questions, Taking Risks (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1992). 20259
    "Your mind is awakening, you are awash in many strange thoughts, you have doubts, you can't explain it all, you definitely don't believe anything without testing it first. Author says don't abandon your intellect. You can grow, doubt, question, and profit during your journey through life." -- GCB

    Ursinus, Zacharias, Pareus, David, 1548-1622, and Junius, Franciscus, 1545-1602, Certaine learned and excellent discourses: treating and discussing diuers hard and difficult points of Christian religion: collected, and published in Latine, by D. Dauid Parreus, out of the writings of that late famous and worthie light of Gods Church, D. Zachary Vrsine. Faithfully translated, 1613, EEBO.
    Notes: First issued as "A collection of certaine learned discourses", and reissued with cancelled titlepage as above. Bookseller's name from STC.
    Includes: A funerall oration of D. Francis Junius, .. on the death of D. Zachary Vrsine, ..

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    White, James, The Fatal Flaw [D1048]

    Wilder-Smith, A.E., God, to be or not to be?: A Critical Analysis of Monod's Scientific Materialism

    Wilder-Smith, A.E., The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution, ISBN: 0890510628 9780890510629.

    Wilder-Smith, A.E., The Supernatural: Reality, Time and the Transcendent, ISBN: 8789158024 9788789158020.

    *Wolfe, David L., Epistemology: The Justification of Belief (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press), ISBN: 0877843406 9780877843405.
    "The author is Professor of Philosophy at Gordon College. J.I Packer says that `No student of philosophy, apologetics or systematic theology should miss it'." -- GCB

    *Zacharias, Ravi, "Apologetics and the Modern Mind" (Norcross, GA: Ravi Zacharias Ministries). 20264
    A video series.
    Ravi Zacharias Ministries
    http://www.gocin.com/rzim/rzim.htm

    *Zacharias, Ravi, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message, 195 pages, ISBN: 084991437X 9780849914379.
    "In his most important work to date, apologetics scholar and popular speaker Ravi Zacharias shows how the blueprint for life and death itself is found in a true understanding of Jesus. With a simple yet penetrating style, Zacharias uses rich illustrations to celebrate the power of Jesus Christ to transform lives. JESUS AMONG OTHER GODS contrasts the truth of Jesus with founders of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, strengthening believers and compelling them to share their faith with our post-modern world.
    "Ravi Zacharias is president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Born in India and Cambridge educated, he has lectured in several of the world's most prominent universities, as well as in more than fifty countries. He is author of several books, including Can Man Live Without God, Cries of the Heart and Deliver Us From Evil. He and his wife, Margie, are the parents of three children." -- Publisher's Annotation

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Authority, The ten commandments, Trusting god, Idolatry, Theft, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Repentance, Justifying faith, Justification, Forgiveness, Sanctification, The covenant faithfulness of god, Sufficiency of christ, Lordship of jesus christ, Christ's kingdom, Covenant theology, The covenanted reformation, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come, Basics of the christian faith, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Reconcililiation of relationships, Soteriology, Knowing christ, Absolute truth and relativism, The attributes of god, Follow-up, Ethics, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Christian character, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, Creeds, confessions, and catechisms, The Westminster Standards, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Evangelism, Prayer, Resources for students, Revival, Sharing christ with your children, Small group evangelism, Spiritual warfare, Hard-case witnessing

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    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/introduction-to-the-christian-faith/god-the-creator.php

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    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
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    http://www.lettermen2.com/tengreat.html

    The Sum of Saving Knowledge, David Dickson and James Durham
    http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/sumofsavingknowledge.htm

    Zacharias, Ravi, "The Christian Privilege," a series of five audio messages.
    (1 of 5) - Do you think your life is random, or do you believe that you are unique, having been designed by a loving God?
    (2 of 5) - Why do we turn away from God when we have a better alternative? Instead, we can enjoy a rich connection with Him in the fullness of our humanity.
    (3 of 5) - Why are we here on earth? Is there some higher purpose that we might not have guessed? Our purpose on earth is completely intertwined with the One who created us.
    (4 of 5) - What is the goal of your life? Where do you expect to be 20 years from now? These are hard questions, but important ones for those who want to finish life well.
    (5 of 5) - Do you need God? There's never been a better day to find Him, especially since He wants to be found.
    http://www.rzim.org/radio/archives.aspx?p=LMPT&o=10&i=10

    "The Uniqueness of Christ in World Religions" (part 1 of 2), Dr. Ravi Zacharias
    "Is it really possible to talk about Christ being the only way to God without implying at the same time that any ideas that contradict Christ then become false? In this lecture, Dr. Zacharias examines the philosophical idea of truth, points of tension between Christianity and Eastern religions, and how Christ's teachings are distinct from other religions. These messages were part of a forum on the uniqueness of Christ held in several major cities in the Republic of South Africa."
    http://www.rzim.org/radio/archives.php?v=current

    The Truth About Da Vinci.com
    "This website is a response to Dan Brown's novel THE DA VINCI CODE" (released March 18, 2003), a work of fiction that has been read by more than 30 million, and has now been made into a movie starring Tom Hanks (released May 2006).
    http://www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com/
    For a broad overview of literature showing an evident interconnection between absolute truth, sovereign authority, loving obedience, justification, sanctification, personal spiritual growth, life (temporal and eternal), moral behavior (law and order, and justice), freedom (religious, political, economic, and individual) (true religion defined in the Westminster Standards and the Covenanted Reformation), social stability (peace, security, prosperity, and happiness), social transformation, education, the arts, scientific discovery, real progress, and the realization of the Kingdom of God upon earth, and for literature on the following:

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    13. The Resurrection
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    16. Christ Our Example
    17. History, "His-Story"
    18. The Promises of Christ
    19. Christ's Influence on Western Civilization
    20. A Theological Interpretation of American History
    21. The Westminster Assembly, SHORTER CATECHISM WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS
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    25. Logic
    26. Canonicity
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    29. Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace
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    CREEDS, CONFESSIONS and CATECHISMS

    Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:8)

    It is only after mature deliberation, carefully comparing them with the Word of God, and receiving full conviction in our own minds of their being wholly founded upon it, that we consider the Confession and Catechisms, or any other human composure whatever, as properly entitled to our belief, and deserving to be ranked amongst the subordinate standards of our church. But after being convinced of their agreeableness to the infallible rule, we cheerfully receive them. It is not with the remotest intention of supplying a defect in the Oracles of truth, which we ever consider a complete rule in themselves; nor is it at all in the view of putting either the Confession, or any other book in the world, on a level with the Bible, that we adopt these explanatory standards; but purely to ascertain the true meaning of Scripture, help us to understand one another in our church-fellowship, and, through these mediums, to transmit a faithful testimony for truth from generation to generation. -- Reformed Presbytery, An Explanation and Defense of the Terms of Communion, 1801, p. 161

    "As far as I am able to judge by the information in all history of that kind, the Christian world, since the day of the Apostles, had never a synod of more excellent divines (take one thing with another) than this Synod [The Westminster Assembly] and the Synod of Dort were." -- Richard Baxter

    A question of clarification
    It seems like it has been assumed that we can alter the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), Belgic Confession of Faith, Heidelberg Catechism, Shorter Catechism, Larger Catechism, Canons of Dordt, Scottish Confession of Faith, etc. If this is what is assumed then I have a major point of disagreement as it relates to representing a document under a name and authorship which has alterations by another author to their original work. I guess my issue is that we cannot revise the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) as the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646). We can put commentary beside it (and also include authorship of such commentary) or can have our commentary as another document itself but we cannot actually change wording in the actual document itself and still call it the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) or any other subordinate standard of a church of Christ across the world. This is rather deceiving to a reader when they get placed in their hands something called the Westminster Standards that has parts in it which the Westminster Assembly that brought it together never could have conceived. I, for my part, was a part of this deception when I was in a church in times past that was associated on an informal level with the PCA and OPC and sold a copy of yellow booklet called the Westminster Standards (which included the WCF [1646], Larger Catechism (with it's one alteration not done by the Westminster Assembly, i.e. LC A#109 excluding "tolerating a false religion"). I was under the impression that this was the very work of the Westminster Assembly (and also by the nature of the title thought this was the only work of Westminster when in actuality there were three other documents they officially composed) by it's title and its attributed authorship. The only help one gets in the defense of the OPC and PCA is at has inside the front cover as adopted by the PCA and OPC. The reader on the point of authorship then still doesn't know what is Westminster and what is not.
    "I hope my interpretations of the comments are wrong and that is not being assumed that we can do such to a document that has assigned to it as authorship a particular group of authors that are no longer in existence and haven't been since the mid to late 1600's.
    "What I am not saying is that a faithfully constituted session, presbytery, synod or general assembly cannot alter or clarify their terms of communion (if they are additional attainments of understanding for faith and practice). What I am saying is that if the authors of the said work that is being considered for revision are no longer a part of the authorship then it cannot properly be considered a revision. Authorship can be considered under a heading of an individual, group of individuals (without being convened as a ecclesiastical or civil governing body), ecclesiastical church court, extraordinary non-ecclesiastical synod (that is called by the civil government in an unsettled state of the church, i.e. the Westminster Assembly) and also a civil governing body can hold authorship. When the existence of that author is no longer around it cannot be said that the work is properly a revision without any qualifications. It is new authorship so there must be a necessary distinction maintained between who wrote what, so as to give honour to whom honour is due or if the case be censure where censure is due (whatever type appropriate depending on the opinion propagated).
    "If I am mistaken something on this subject as to what is required in accordance with the 9th commandment please correct my understanding. Thanks." -- A member of http://groups.yahoo.com/group/covenantedreformationclub/

    There is no man that ever understood the interest of mankind, of families, cities, kingdoms, churches, and of Jesus Christ the King and Saviour, but he must needs know that the right instruction, education, and sanctification of youth, is of unspeakable consequence to them all. In the place where God most blessed my labours (at Kidderminster, in Worcestershire,) my first and greatest success was upon the youth. And (which was a marvellous way of divine mercy) when God had touched the hearts of young men and girls with a love of goodness, and delightful obedience to the truth, the parents and grandfathers, who had grown old in an ignorant, worldly state, did many of them fall into liking and love of piety, induced by the love of their children, whom they perceived to be made by it much wiser and better, and more dutiful to them. -- Richard Baxter

    "I am persuaded that the use of a good catechism in all our families will be a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times. . . ." -- C.H. Spurgeon

    In seventeenth century England landlords would give a copy of a catechism to tenants.

    ANDERSON, JOHN, A Catechism, Setting Forth the Principles of Public Covenanting (1889) (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
    "On covenanting the preface perceptively notes, `In this exercise the covenanter engages to no new duty but declares upon oath that he believes the doctrine and practice of this church to be the very truth of God, and engages in the strength of promised grace to continue faithful to Christ and his cause. The unrest and spirit of change that moves the church of today is the chief reason why this ordinance is so much opposed. It carries with it a certainty of knowledge, a fixedness of principle, and steadfast in profession that is counter to the Spirit of our times. A declining church is not a covenanting one; it (covenanting -- RB) has only been practiced by those churches that were seeking to hold that to which they had attained.' A concise and easy-to-read introduction to covenanting. 88 pages." -- SWRB

    *Baxter, Richard, The Mother's Catechism, and The Catechizing of Families in The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992). 30937
    "This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, `The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
    Includes: POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK, THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES, and THE MOTHER'S CATECHISM.
    The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
    http://www.e4.net
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    *Baxter, Richard, Reformed Pastor (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). A Christian classic.
    "Today, Baxter's principles, drawn from Scripture, and re-applied in terms of modern circumstances, will provide both ministers and other Christians with challenge, direction, and help." -- Publisher's Annotation
    The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
    http://www.e4.net
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    *Beeke, Joel R. (editor) and Sinclair B. Ferguson (editor), Reformed Confessions Harmonized, ISBN: 080105222X.
    "A helpful tool for ministers, scholars, church leaders, and all who love the Reformed faith." -- R.C. Sproul
    "Despite the acknowledged importance of confessional statements throughout church history, the most significant of these documents have never before been published in a single volume. Now Drs. Beeke and Ferguson have harmonized seven important Reformed confessions into a convenient parallel arrangement.
    "Joel R. Beeke is pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Sinclair B. Ferguson, former professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, is now the minister of St. Georges-Tron parish in Glasgow, Scotland, and the author of numerous books on Reformed theology." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *BEZA, THEODORE (revised and enlarged by Peter Hall), The Harmony of Protestant Confessions Exhibiting the Faith of the Churches of Christ, Reformed After the Pure and Holy Doctrine of the Gospel, Throughout Europe (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
    "After 1579 (and some failed attempts at writing a common Protestant Confession), it was decided that it would be a safer plan to compile a Harmony, in which the Protestant Confessions already extant could be distributed under certain heads, and by which all parties involved might be called back to agreement and any appearance of variation that existed might be discussed and explained. The design was accordingly entrusted to Theodore Beza (Calvin's student and successor in Geneva), Daneau, and Salnar. Twelve major Confessions, beginning with Augsburg (1530) through to The Confession of Scotland (1560), are catalogued according to topics (loosely ordered along the general lines of the headings found in the Westminster Confession [1646]) in this unique and massive volume. The Westminster Confession (1647), The Synod of Dort (1619), The Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England (1571), and the Irish Articles of 1615, have all been appended to this work, increasing its value and making it the most comprehensive compilation and topically indexed reference tool available to creedal Christians today! Over 700 pages." -- SWRB

    *BOSTON, THOMAS, Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 2 volumes (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: SWRB Puritan Hard Drive, 1993, 1853). A Christian classic.
    " `Two large volumes of over 1300 pages! Boston's work is the most comprehensive reference set ever penned on THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM. Concerning THE SHORTER CATECHISM, A.F. Mitchell states '...it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (The Westminster Assembly...). THE SHORTER CATECHISM is the `king of the catechisms' for shear power of expression, combining logical cogency with succinctness. Boston's exposition is unrivalled; there is nothing else like it. Here you have the cream of Puritan catechisms married to the cream of clear Puritan exposition! This is likely Boston's most important work. A set that will meet numerous needs, ranging from use in family worship, Christian education and personal study, to sermon preparation - and for help in settling debated questions on the Presbytery floor. A one-of-a-kind set of books that will serve your family for generations to come!" -- SWRB
    Boston's Commentary on the Westminster Confession [1646]
    http://www.best.com/~covenant/
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *Cotton, John (editor) and The Westminster Assembly, New England Primer: Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English. To which is added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's catechism. A Christian classic.
    "THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was the first textbook ever printed in America and was used to teach reading and Bible lessons in our schools until the twentieth century. In fact, many of the Founders and their children learned to read from THE PRIMER. This pocket-size edition is an historical reprint of the 1777 version used in many schools during the Founding Era." -- Book Description
    "The New England Primer was one of the greatest books ever published. It went through innumerable editions; it reflected in a marvelous way the spirit of the age that produced it, and contributed, perhaps more than any other book except the Bible, to the molding of those sturdy generations that gave to America its liberty and its institutions."
    "The Founding Fathers of this country and other Americans learned to read from this little treasure. There is much that we can learn about them and the way they thought by examining its contents. The true study of history should incorporate the study of what motivated people to do the things they did. This reprint makes for great classroom discussion. It makes for an excellent addition to any American History class at all grade levels and all ages. It is pocket-size, and kids and adults love it. I highly recommend it!" -- Reader Comment
    "WEBSTER'S BLUE-BACKED SPELLING BOOK and the NEW ENGLAND PRIMER were basic, foundational textbooks used in the schools of our Republic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    "These two textbooks prove our founding fathers expected moral truths to be taught in every school subject." -- Reader Comment

    Hall, David W. (editor) The Practice of Confessional Subscription
    "David W. Hall is the author or editor of SAVIOR OR SERVANT? PUTTING GOVERNMENT IN ITS PLACE, THE ARROGANCE OF THE MODERN, PARADIGMS IN POLITY, ELECTION DAY SERMONS, and 10 other volumes." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Henry, Matthew, The Catechising of Youth and Christ's Favour to Little Children Displayed (1713), (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
    "The two sermons noted above form foundational teaching that every family should be aware of and practice. A faithful ministry and faithful parents, who catechize their children daily, will do more for true Reformation and godliness than just about any other means to this end. Here Henry also adds simple questions to each question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism to help explain it to beginners. Very practical!" -- SWRB

    Hurst, Henry, Whether Well-Composed Religious Vows Do Not Exceedingly Promote Religion (1661, reprinted 1844), (Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1997).
    "A Puritan sermon on a much neglected means to spiritual victory, ecclesiastical revival and national reformation." -- SWRB

    Kelly, Douglas F., Philip B. Rollinson, and Frederick T. Marsh, The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Company).
    "Since its completion in 1647 the Westminster Shorter Catechism has been unsurpassed as a concise tool for teaching the Reformed understanding of Scripture. Though the truths of the catechism are unchanging, the English language has undergone many changes, which have made using the catechism in its original form increasingly difficult." -- Synopsis

    Keyes, Kenneth Scofield, C. Gregg Singer, George Aiken Taylor, E.C. Scott, B. Hoyt Evans, A Manual for new Members [Presbyterian Church in America -- sk], 33 pages.
    "Reprinted from The Presbyterian Journal."
    Contents: I. The story of Presbyterianism / C. Gregg Singer -- II. What Presbyterians believe / G. Aiken Taylor -- III. Presbyterian government / E.C. Scott -- IV. Joining the Presbyterian Church / B. Hoyt Evans -- Appendix. The creed of Presbyterians -- The Westminster Assembly, 1643-1648 -- A brief history of the developments in the Presbyterian Church in the United States (Southern) which led to the formation of the Presbyterian Church in America / by Kenneth S. Keys [sic] -- PCA vision 2000 presented to the 1987 General Assembly.

    *MANTON, THOMAS (1620-1677), Family worship: Mr. Thomas Manton's epistle to the reader of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter catechisms (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Available (WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH, 1646) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #9, #10.
    "Manton was a covenanted English Presbyterian (he swore the Solemn League and Covenant). He was also chosen to write the 'Epistle to the Reader' in THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH, 1646, which speaks volumes as to his credibility among the preachers and scholars of his day." -- SWRB
    Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and Larger and Shorter Catechisms
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    MITCHELL, ALEXANDER F., Catechisms of the Second Reformation (1886), (Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1997).

    *PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), An exposition of the Lord's prayer, in the way of catechising seruing for ignorant people. By W. Perkins, 1592. Available (THE FOUNDATION OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION GATHERED INTO FIXED PRINCIPLES [1608]) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    *REID, JAMES, Memoirs of the Westminster Divines, ISBN: 0851513573 9780851513577.
    "As far as I am able to judge, the Christian world, since the days of the apostles, had never a synod of more excellent divines than this." -- Richard Baxter
    "The Assembly was called into being by the English Parliament, and convened on July 1, 1643. The result of their deliberations was a CONFESSION OF FAITH and the famous SHORTER CATECHISM. The synod met over a period of several years and comprised the finest church historians, Hebraists, Greek scholars, theologians, and pastors of their time. This book records their activities. It is a fine work and should be read for its intrinsic worth." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "First published in 1811, this authoritative work of 756 pages contains biographical sketches of 106 who worked on the historic Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)." -- GCB
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/ Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    *ROBERTS, WILLIAM L. (1798-1864), The Reformed Presbyterian Catechism (New York, NY: R. Craighead, 1853), ISBN: 0524065543 9780524065549. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. ATLA 1991-2638.
    A magnificent catechism that sets forth the Crown Rights of The King of Glory and Lord of Lords. It also presents incontrovertible evidence that the United States Constitution is not a Christian document, and that it is, in fact, a slavery document.
    See also: THE SCOTTISH COVENANTING STRUGGLE, ALEXANDER CRAIGHEAD, AND THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION, SECRET PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, CONSPIRACY IN PHILADELPHIA: THE ORIGINS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, and A THEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
    "A manual of instruction, drawing from such notable authors as William Symington and J.R. Willson, presenting 'arguments and facts confirming and illustrating the 'Distinctive Principles' of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Chapters deal with: 'Christ's Mediatorial Dominion in general;' Christ's exclusive Headship over the Church;' 'The Supreme and Ultimate Authority of the Word of God in the Church;' Civil Government, the Moral Ordinance of God;' Christ's Headship over the Nations;' 'The Subjection of the Nations to God and to Christ;' The Word, or Revealed Will of God, the Supreme Law in the State;' 'The Duty of Nations, in their National Capacity, to acknowledge and support the True Religion:' 'The Spiritual Independence of the Church of Christ:' 'The Right and Duty of Dissent from an immoral Constitution of Civil Government;' 'The Duty of Covenanting, and the Permanent Obligations of Religious Covenants;' 'The Application of these Principles to the Governments, where Reformed Presbyterians reside, in the form of a Practical Testimony;' and finally 'Application of the Testimony to the British Empire.' A most important book, as we approach (possibly) the end of the great apostasy and will be in need of preparing for the dawning of the glorious millennial blessings to come; the days prophesied in which the church 'shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings' (Isa. 60:16)." -- SWRB
    Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
    http://www.covenantedreformation.com/EssaysCR/RP%20Catechism/RP%20Index.html

    *Rushdoony, Rousas John (1916-2001), The Foundations of Social Order: Studies in the Creed and Councils of the Early Church (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books), ISBN: 1879998122 9781879998124.
    "Tampering with our basic social order is tampering with the religious beliefs that underlie it." -- GCB
    "One of the seminal works of Christian scholarship, by one of the few men who actually believed that the Bible is authoritative. A study in the early Church's battles with various forms of heresy, that were then put down in creeds. But Rushdoony does something more: he puts these creeds in philosophical context, showing that these creeds actually do much more than simply make a statement about the faith.
    "Should be read in conjunction with his THE ONE & THE MANY." -- Reader's Comment

    *Schaff, Philip, The Creeds of Christendom, 3 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). 20272
    "First published in 1877, and later reprinted in 1919. Describes the history of the creeds, and provides a critical appraisal of them. Includes the intrigue surrounding the framing of the creeds, the insights contained in the creeds, and their influence on church history. Volume 1 traces the origin of the creeds from the earliest times to the Wesleyan revival. Volume 2 deals with the creeds in their original form, and Volume 3 contains the evangelical Protestant creeds, with a translation of each." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Schaff, Philip, The harmony of the Reformed Confessions, 1877, ATLA 1986-2786

    Shaw, Robert, An Exposition of the Confession of Faith of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, 1845 (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
    " 'All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes William Hetherington in THE HISTORY OF THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES. The WCF [1646] is without a doubt the greatest human confession ever written, 'being the chiefest part of that uniformity in religion, which by the Solemn League and Covenant' the British Isles are bound, even to this day, to uphold and defend -- in both church and state! Shaw's Exposition is the standard work on the WCF [1646], for he admittedly states 'that he has not found it necessary to differ from the compilers of the Confession in any one point of doctrine.' This edition includes an introductory essay by Hetherington defending the use of Confessions in general and the WCF [1646] in particular. Hetherington also gives a brief outline of the historical context of the period in which the WCF [1646] was composed while demonstrating the harmonious nature of the Reformational Creeds and Confessions." -- SWRB
    The Reformed Faith: An Exposition Of The Westminster Confession Of Faith (1646), by Robert Shaw With An Introductory Essay By WM. M. Hetherington
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/shaw/index.html
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    *VINCENT, THOMAS (1634-1678), Shorter Catechism Explained From Scripture. Alternate title: THE SHORTER CATECHISM OF THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY EXPLAINED AND PROVED FROM SCRIPTURE (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 085151314X. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "Forty Puritans including John Owen, Thomas Manton, Thomas Brooks and Thomas Watson recommended this useful volume as a very worth aid for family instruction. This volume gives parents very simple explanations to take their children through the Westminster Shorter Catechism."
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons Upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), The Westminster Assembly and Its Work (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). "Much excellent and amazing information is contained in this volume defending the greatest of Reformed standards concerning many of its most important points. Extremely pertinent for today are the chapters dealing with inspira tion, God's decree (absolute sovereignty), and the Holy Spirit." -- CBD

    *WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, 1890), ISBN: 0851511449. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
    A Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism
    http://books.google.com/books?id=fFAwGQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    "The first book published by the Trust, this has been one of the best sellers and consistently the most useful and influential of our publications . . . It deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian faith . . . It is based on the Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism, in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer. This catechism is unsurpassed for its `terse exactitutde of definition' and `logical elaboration' of the fundamentals. . . . Watson conveys his thorough doctrinal and experimental knowledge of the truth in such an original, concise, pithy, pungent, racy, rich, and illustrative style that he is rightly regarded as the most readable of the Puritans." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "As an introduction to Puritan theology, as a short and sweet course in Christian doctrine, as devotional reading, and as a preacher's gold-mine, Watson's work can hardly be praised too highly." -- J.I. Packer.
    "Contains Watson's exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, excluding the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments." -- GCB
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    *WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), The Ten Commandments (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1962), ISBN: 0851516815. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.
    "In this book Watson continues his exposition of the Shorter Catechism drawn up by the Westminster Assembly. Watson was one of the most popular preachers in London during the Puritan era . . . The series of three volumes, of which this is the second (the BODY OF DIVINITY is first and THE LORD'S PRAYER third), makes an ideal introduction to Puritan literature. There are few matters about which the Puritans differ more from present-day Christians than in their assessment of the importance of the Ten Commandments. The Commandments, they held, are the first thing in Christianity which the natural man needs to be taught and they should be the daily concern of the Christian to the last. In this book Watson examines the moral law as a whole as well as bringing out the meaning and force of each particular commandment. In view of the important function of the law in Christian life and evangelism, this is a most valuable volume." -- SWRB
    "Excellent study. Highly recommended for personal and group study. The need for understanding the Law of God is always of great importance for the Christian. Watson is an excellent expositor of it." -- GCB
    "The most famous commentary on the Ten Commandments was by Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626), a huge folio. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The Ten Commandments, Thomas Watson
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-10cm.html
    The Ten Commandments
    http://books.google.com/books?id=QWA9HAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), The Lord's Prayer (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1960, 1890), ISBN: 0851511457. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
    "Watson's three works on the Westminster Shorter Catechism is concluded by his exposition of the Lord's Prayer. In this book he analyses in detail the Preface to the prayer and the six petitions. His treatment of the second petition (`thy Kingdom come') is exceptionally full and illuminating. This book affords instruction and practical help to praying Christians." -- SWRB
    "A full and powerful Puritan exposition of the Lord's Prayer. So excellent that it may be without equal." -- GCB
    "A part of the writer's famous BODY OF DIVINITY. An excellent exposition combining sound doctrine with practical application." -- Cyril J. Barber.
    The Lord's Prayer, Thomas Watson
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-lprayer.html
    The Lord's Prayer
    http://books.google.com/books?id=2k1THAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    *WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
    " 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
    This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

    1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
    2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
    3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
    5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
    6. The National Covenant,
    7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
    8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678,
    9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
    10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
    11. The Directory for Family Worship.
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
    The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
    http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
    Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
    http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
    For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
    Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html
    "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

    Williamson, Gerald Irvin, The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) for Study Classes (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, Co., c1964), ISBN: 0875525385.
    "The most thorough work on the Confession since A.A. Hodge." -- William Grier. A Christian classic.
    Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    *Hetherington, W.M., History of the Westminster Assembly (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). 20278
    "This book written in 1843 is a historical study of the formative years preceding the Westminster Assembly, the assembly itself, and the succeeding years (1521-1662)."-- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, William Hetherington
    http://www.reformed.org/books/hetherington/west_assembly/index.html

    *RIDGELEY, THOMAS, Commentary on the Larger Catechism. Alternate title: A BODY OF DIVINITY . . . ISBN: 0921148305 9780921148302. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Originally entitled: A Body of Divinity: Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of Several Lectures on the Assembly's Larger Catechism, we have re-titled it to better reflect its contents for contemporary readers. Consisting of over 1300 pages, this massive and extensive two-volume commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism is unrivaled in scope or extensiveness. Ridgeley himself notes, in 'The Author's Preface' (p. ix), 'The work is large, but the vast variety of subjects will render it more tolerable. . . . especially since it is rather designed to be read in families than committed to memory . . .' The editor of this edition, John Wilson, pronounces Ridgeley's work as 'the best book of its class,' stating, 'no book in the English language, or, so far as I know, in any other, will serve so efficiently the purposes of a daily companion to a reflecting Christian in his inquiries into Divine truth, or a guide to a candidate for the Christian ministry in introducing him to his theological studies (p. xi). 'In 1731 appeared the first edition of Mr. Ridgeley's great work -- that in connection with which chiefly his name lives in history, and whose influence, as an instrument of good, will probably render him celebrated and useful for generations to come . . .(p. xxii).' Moreover he continues, 'a taste, however, for the racy and substantial theological writings of the days of Britain's moral giants has of late revived; and it will scarcely fail to adopt, as one of the richest dishes of its multifarious banquet for the intellect and the soul, Dr. Ridgeley's Body of Divinity (p. xxi).' Additionally, Wilson concludes his 'Life of the Author' with these words, 'His method of reasoning he has adapted to the capacities of those who are unacquainted with the abstruse terms made use of by metaphysicians and schoolmen, and when introduced into subjects of theology, have a tendency rather to perplex than to improve the mind. His scheme of divinity is evidently Calvinistic; but; then, he has explained his subjects with so much moderation and latitude, as to obviate many of the objections raised against the system of doctrines that passes under that name. Upon the whole, it is probable that the English language does not furnish a work of this nature that, for perspicuity of language, extent of research, accuracy of judgment, and judicious description of the numerous subjects that fall under examination, any way equals this work of Dr. Ridgeley . . . he was accounted one of the most considerable divines of his age' (emphasis added, p. xxiii)." -- SWRB
    Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html

    Kuyvenhoven, Andrew, Comfort and Joy: A Study of the Heidelberg Catechism (Grand Rapids, MI: CRC Publications). 20280
    "Originally published as one-page installments in The Banner, Kuyvenhoven provides explanations of, and insights into, the 52 Lord's Days of this, the Heidelberg confession." -- GCB

    Miller, Samuel, Doctrinal Integrity (Dallas, TX: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1989). 20282
    "With the turbulent decades of the 1820's and 1830's, Miller arose to defend the doctrine and order of the Westminster Standards. His most prominent statements on doctrinal purity are found in his book CREEDS AND CONFESSIONS and his open letters on "Adherence to Our Doctrinal Standards." This book contains these writings." -- GCB

    *Mitchell, Alexander F., Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards [31227]

    Paul, Robert S., The Assembly of the Lord: Politics and Religion in the Westminster Assembly and the Grand Debate, ISBN: 0567085597 9780567085597.
    "Too bad this excellent book is so expensive. It is the kind of book that anybody interested in the background of the Westminster Assembly would enjoy reading. Detailed, scholarly, and thoroughly documented. We think it is well worth the price for the understanding that it imparts." -- GCB

    Perkins, William (1558-1602), The whole duty of man, containing a practical table of the Ten commandments wherein the sins forbidden, and the duties commanded, or implied are clearly discovered / by famous Mr. Will. Perkins, 1674

    *Spurgeon, Charles Haddon, Spurgeon's Catechism: A Puritan Catechism

    Synod of Dort, The Canon Ratified in the National Synod of the Reformed Church Held at Dordrecht (1618-1619). Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18, ISBN: 0921148933 9780921148937. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This classic Dutch Reformed standard, proclaiming the five points of Calvinism [the 'T-U-L-I-P' decrees on the five main points of doctrine in dispute in the Netherlands: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverence of the Saints], refuted and condemned the Remonstrance (protest) found in the five Arminian articles of 1610, written by Johanness Uytenbogaert. Includes, for comparison, the five Arminian articles also." -- SWRB
    "As far as I am able to judge by the information in all history of that kind, the Christian world, since the day of the Apostles, had never a synod of more excellent divines (take one thing with another) than this Synod [The Westminster Assembly] and the Synod of Dort were." -- Richard Baxter
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290

    URSINUS, ZACHARIAS, Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
    , 1634. Additional title: The summe of Christian religion, deliuered by Zacharias Vrsinus in his lectures vpon the Catechisme, authorised by the noble Prince Frederick throughout his dominions. Wherein are debated and resolued the questions of vvhatsoeuer points of moment, vvhich haue beene or are controuersed in diuinitie. Translated into English first by D. Henrie Parrie, and lately conferred with the last and best Latine edition of D. Dauid Pareus, Professor of Diuinity in Heidelberge, 1617, EEBO. "The Heidelberg Catechism was largely the work of Ursinus; thus it is easy to see why this commentary is considered the classic work explaining it. This is the second American edition of 1851, which was translated from the 1616 Latin edition. 659 pages." -- SWRB

    Van Bruggen, Jakob, Annotations to the Heidelberg Catechism (Inheritance Publications).

    Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children

    Verhey, Allen, Living the Heidelberg (Grand Rapids, MI: CRC Publications). 20285
    "What does this 16th century document have to say to modern Calvinists about the social-ethical issues raised by our changing multiracial, multiform society? Dr. Verhey answers that question by contending it speaks unequivocally to many of the social issues of our day." -- GCB

    *Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), The Westminster Assembly and Its Work (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). 20286
    "Much excellent and amazing information is contained in this volume defending the greatest of Reformed standards concerning many of its most important points. Extremely pertinent for today are the chapters dealing with inspiration, God's decree (absolute sovereignty), and the Holy Spirit." -- CBD

    *WESTMINSTER DIVINES, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    See also: "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html

    See also: The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, (sufficiency of scripture), Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, The westminster standards, Sharing christ with your children, Covenant theology and covenanting, The scottish reformation, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership,

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    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/201a-RethinkingtheApostlesCreed.pdf

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    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/ Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
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    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
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    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
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    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    The Reformed Faith: An Exposition of The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), by Robert Shaw With an Introductory Essay by William. M. Hetherington
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/shaw/index.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

    Bible Presbyterian Church Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    http://wsc.bpc.org/

    Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html

    Of Man's Chief End and Happiness, Rev. Thomas Boston
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/boston/wsc_bo_001.html

    An Exposition of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism, John Flavel
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/flavel/wsc_fl_001.html

    A Scripture Catechism in the Method of the Assembly's, Matthew Henry
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/henry/wsc_he_001.html

    The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved from Scripture, by Thomas Vincent
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html

    The Shorter Catechism Illustrated, John Whitecross
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/whitecross/wsc_wh_001.html

    A Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, Alexander Whyte
    http://www.bpc.org/resources/whyte/wsc_whyte_001.html

    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
    http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm

    The Synod of Dordt (1619)
    http://www.eskimo.com/think/apologia/creeds/dort.htm

    The Definition of the Council of Chalcedon (451 A.D.)
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/chalcedon.html

    Heidelberg Confession (1560) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.wts.edu/resources/heidelberg.html

    Spurgeon's Catechism: A Puritan Catechism
    http://www.gty.org/phil/spurgeon/catechis.htm

    Scottish Confession of Faith (1560)
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/ScotConf.htm

    The Belgic Confession
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/BelgicConfession.html

    Catechism for Young Children: An Introduction to the Shorter Catechism
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/cat_for_young_children.html
    Small Children's Catechism
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/child_cat.html

    The Chicago Statement of Inerrancy [infallibility]
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/icbi.html

    The Danvers Statement
    http://www.cbmw.org/html/appendix_2.html

    The Cambridge Declaration
    http://www.remembrancer.com/ace/CamDec.html

    Creeds and Confessions
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/History/AD/CreedsandConfessions/

    Creeds and Confessions
    http://www.gty.org/phil/creeds.htm


    A Catechism on Praise by Rev. Alexander Blaikie
    http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/Catechism/catechismofpraise.htm



    BIBLICAL COUNSELING

    Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7a)

    It is extremely important to our nation, in a political as well as a religious view, that all possible authority and influence should be given to the Scriptures. . . . -- Noah Webster

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Scripture," "Counseling," "Admonition," "The Promises of God," "Commandments," "Legalism," and so forth, and so on.

    TCRB5: 844, 845, 847, 848, 1182, 1467, 1778, 2022, 3842

    Related WebLinks

    Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
    http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html



    The Wisdom Books

    See the Theological Notes, "The Wisdom and Will of God," at Daniel 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible

    But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

    Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7)



    Job

    *CARYL, JOSEPH (1602-1673), An exposition with practical observations upon . . . the book of Job . . . 12 volumes (London, England: Printed by Matthew Simmons, 1649, 1669) and (Berkley, MI: Dust & Ashes Publications), ISBN: 1892777509. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #22. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Six, CD #32. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    Caryl preached on Job for 20 years. Some have said his work is the only satisfactory commentary on the book of Job.
    "The pinnacle of Puritan preaching and devotion, Joseph Caryl's 12 volume, 8600+ page exposition of Job is now heading for a limited edition printing. . . . These are the full 12 volumes totally unabridged."
    "C.H. Spurgeon said, `Caryl will not exhaust the patience of a student who is a lover of every letter of the Word . . . it would be a mistake to suppose that he is at all prolix or redundant; he is only full. In the course of expounding he has illustrated a very large portion of Bible with great clearness and power. He is deeply devotional and spiritual. His work can scarcely be superseded or surpassed'." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), An Exposition of Job (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications). 30589
    "An abridgment of the author's famous 8-volume work. Retains sufficient seed thoughts to prod the thinking of any preacher." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), Notes on Job (Lafayette, IN [The Sovereign Grace Trust Fund, 1274 Meadowbrook Drive, P.O. Box 4998, Lafayette 47905]: The Sovereign Grace Trust Fund, 1992). 30590
    IBM-compatible software.

    *Gibson, Edgar C.S., The Book of Job, 3rd edition (Westminster Commentaries. London, England: Methuen and Co., 1919). 30591
    "A valuable exposition. Deserves a place in the library of every pastor." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Job, John B., Job Speaks to Us Today (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1980), ISBN: 0804201323 9780804201322.

    Morris, Henry M., The Remarkable Record of Job: The Ancient Wisdom, Scientific Accuracy, and Life-Changing Message of an Amazing Book (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801062381 9780801062384.
    "Written from the creationist perspective, Morris demonstrates that the primary message of Job is not to explain suffering but rather to emphasize God's sovereignty in creation and providence. Morris reveals many surprising facts of modern science anticipated in Job." -- GCB

    Various, Personal Suffering: Sermons on Job (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    A special collection of six audio cassette. Sermons given at 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia by Dr. Fuller covering the entire book. Contains: Job 1--The Lord Has Taken Away: Receiving Suffering From God's Hand, Job 2,3--I Wish I Were Dead; Job 4,5--Job, You Must Have Sinned; Job 6,7--All I Want Is a Little Kindness; Job 8-10--God, You're So Far Away; Job 11-14--If Death Is All There Is; Job 15-17--God Has Worn Me Out; Job 18-21--My Redeemer Lives; Job 22-24--If Only I Could Find God; Job 35-41--God, Why?; Job 42--Thou Can't Do All Things.

    See also: Job (in chapter 3), Casuistry, cases of conscience



    Psalms

    See the Chapter Notes, "Theology of the Psalms," page 754, in The Reformation Study Bible

    And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (Luke 24:44)

    Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (Hebrews 2:12, quoting Psalm 22:22)

    Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. (Psalm 68:18)

    The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. (Psalm 110:1)

    The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. (Psalm 118:22)

    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. -- Jesus Christ (John 4:24)

    It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:63)

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 1, C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps001.htm

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 37, C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps037.htm

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 49, C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps049.htm

    Adams, James E., War Psalms (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875520936 9780875520933.
    Foreword by Jay E. Adams, not to be confused with the author, James E. Adams.
    "As to the number of imprecatory Psalms, there are differing opinions. Some scholars see as few as three, others as many as twenty. The reason for this difference is that there are a number of Psalms that contain elements of malediction. It seems to this writer that there are at least ten such Psalm: 7, 35, 55, 58, 69, 79, 83, 109, 137, and 139. -- W. Gary Crampton in "What About the Imprecatory Psalms?"
    Other Psalms that might be considered imprecatory: 3, 6, 17, 28, 56, 64, 73, 83, 86, 90, 94, 102, 105, 140, and 142.

    Baker, Richard, Meditations and Disquisitions Upon the First Psalm, the Penitential Psalms, and Seven Consolatory Psalms (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications).
    "This great Puritan work appearing in 1639-1640 is a newer edition printed by Mrs. Spurgeon in 1882 and given as a conference gift." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

    *Bridges, Charles, Psalm 119: An Exposition. Alternate title: COMMENTARY ON PSALM 119 (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851511767 9780851511764.
    "Worth its weight in gold. Though the work is neither learned or even original, we prize it for its surpassing grace and unction." -- C.H. Spurgeon

    *BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), The sufferings and glories of the Messiah: an exposition of Psalm XVIII and Isaiah LII 13-LIII 12 (Edinburgh: W. Oliphant, 1853), ISBN: 0801007925 9780801007927. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Dickson, David, A Brief Exposition of the Psalms (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 30601
    "A rich volume, dropping fatness. Invaluable to the preacher. Having read and re-read it, we can speak of its holy savor and suggestiveness. We commend it with much fervor." --C.H. Spurgeon
    "Dickson (1583-1662) was a minister, a Professor of Philosophy and Divinity at Edinburgh. . . . A commentary which is so good Banner of Truth had to put it in their Geneva Series. His work gives accurate exegesis along with instruction and devotional insight." -- GCB

    *GOUGE, WILLIAM, 1578-1653, The saints sacrifice: or, a commentarie on the CXVI. Psalme. Which is, a gratulatory psalme, for deliverance from deadly distresse, 1632, 144 pages. Available [THE WORKS OF WILLIAM GOUGE] on Puritan Bookshelf CD #7. Available [THE WORKS OF WILLIAM GOUGE] on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #20. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    " 'Sir, the last year, when the heavy hand of the righteous Lord lay upon this land and other parts of the Christian world, manifested by the three arrows of his anger, plague, famine, and sword, just cause was given to inquire after such means as might cure the wounds that were made by them, and move the Lord to withhold his hand from shooting abroad any more of them. Upon inquiry there was found in God's word (the treasury wherein all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid) fit remedies for all those maladies,' writes Gouge in his preface to the Earl of Warwick. In this book Gouge opens the Lord's treasure house (of Psalm 116) for deliverance from deadly distress and spiritual dilapidation." -- SWRB

    Keller, Philip, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, ISBN: 9780310291428 0310291429.

    *Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Faith on Trial (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press). 30603
    "Warm, devotional meditations on Psalm 73 showing how true joy may be found only in man's awareness of the presence of God." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Maclaren, Alexander, The Psalms, 3 volumes (The Expositor's Bible. London, England: Hodder and Stoughton, 1893). 30604
    "A masterful treatment. Defends the messianic content of the Psalms, builds upon a detailed grammatical analysis of the text, provides valuable and informative historical material that supports the composition of many of these Psalms, and abounds in practical comments." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Manton, Thomas (1620-1677), Psalm 119 (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851515762. See THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON (Volumes 1 to 11) available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4, ISBN: 0921148739 9780921148739.

    Perowne, J.J. Stewart, Commentary on the Psalms (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications). 30614
    "In this classic exegetical work Perowne provides a complete background for every Psalm along with detailed exegesis and commentary. Includes notes on the Hebrew text, the ancient versions and other English translations. Scholarship is combined with profound spiritual perception." -- GCB

    *Schaff, Philip (editor), Church Fathers Series, 38 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).
    *Schaff, Philip (editor), The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: First Series.
    *Schaff, Philip (editor), A Select library of Nicene and post-Nicene fathers of the Christian church, Second series.
    Christian Classics Ethereal Library CCEL CD-ROM 2000
    http://www.ccel.org/cdrom/cdrom.html

    *Spurgeon, C.H., The Treasury of David, 3 volumes (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers).
    "The most important and practical work of the ages on the Psalter." -- Dr. Philip Schaff
    "Spurgeon's own exposition appears under each verse; after that you'll find `explanatory notes and quaint sayings' (illuminating quotes from Spurgeon's contemporaries as well as from the great Puritan expositors of the 17th and 18th centuries). Each Psalm closes with a short section of `Hints to Preachers'." -- CBD
    Recommended for daily devotions.
    The Treasury of David
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm

    Thomas, Derek, Help for Hurting Christians (Darlington, Co., Durham, England: Evangelical Press and Services, Ltd.), ISBN: 0852342845 9780852342848.
    "Thomas examines nine Psalms and draws from them practical help and encouragement for many different aspects of the Christian's daily walk with God." -- GCB

    Waltke, Bruce, The Book of Psalms (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30616
    An extension study course for credit. Available on audio cassettes.

    See also: "Psalms" at: Chapter 3: "Special Listings", Casuistry, cases of conscience
    www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html



    Proverbs

    Allchin, Ronald A., Sr., Ripening Sonship: "A Wise Father's Counsel to His Son," A Study in Proverbs for Sons (Cudahy, Wisconsin: Reminder Printing, 1994), 129 pages plus Appendix. Available from the author, 862 Thornton Lane, Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
    "This workbook from the Proverbs is for fathers and sons to work through together. A dozen lessons tackle important areas of life: wisdom, companions, relation to parents, relations with women, the tongue, knowledge of Christ the Lord." -- David Powlison

    *Arnot, William, Studies in Proverbs: Laws From Heaven for Life on Earth (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications). 30617
    "This 583-page paperback deals with many (but not all) the proverbs offering practical instruction and spiritual direction for a Christ-centered life built upon foundations in the doctrine of grace. Arnot's aim was to be doctrinal, spiritual, and practical. This book will provide strength for the Christian walk." -- GCB

    *Bridges, Charles, The Proverbs (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510884 9780851510880.
    "The best work on the Proverbs. The scriptural method of exposition so well carried out by Bridges renders all his writings very suggestive to ministers. While explaining the passage in hand, he sets other portions of the word in new lights." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "Most of the Proverbs find their basis in the Law. You will find again and again that Bridges brings this out." -- GCB

    *Decker, Barbara Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs, King James Version, ISBN: 0961860839.
    "An indispensible tool for parenting, this book arranges the proverbs into over 70 realistic, helpful topics. A sampling of topics covered include: trust in God, obedience, honesty, anger, self-control, temper, arguing, boasting, complaining, love, friendship, happiness, discretion, faithfulness, stewardship, work and many more." -- Publisher's Annotation
    An accompanying book, A COLORING BOOK OF BIBLE PROVERBS is `a 30-page coloring book illustrating various passages from the Book of Proverbs. Can be used with or without the above hardback book'." -- GCB

    Goldberg, Louis, Savoring the Wisdom of Proverbs (Chicago, IL: Moody Press), ISBN: 0825427339 9780825427336.
    "As a Jewish believer, Goldberg leads you chapter by chapter through the Proverbs, providing topical overviews and fascinating details contained in these gems of wisdom. With clarity and simplicity, the author offers a practical guide that will have lasting significance in your life." -- GCB

    Hubbard, David A., Proverbs (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing), ISBN: 0849904218 9780849904219.
    "Hubbard has done more than research Proverbs; he has researched life. Following a helpful introduction, he outlines the fundamentals of the book, builds a working knowledge base, and then matches those ancient truths to modern challenges. The material from 10:1-22:16 is handled in a topical fashion and not verse-by-verse." -- GCB

    *Lawson, George, Exposition of Proverbs (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1981). 30619
    "Those who are fortunate enough to possess this book will readily testify to the rich, rewarding insights to be found in this able Scot's warm devotional exposition. He knew the human heart and had the ability to teach the Word so that his hearers and readers were continually blessed." -- Cyril J. Barber.

    *Mouser, William E., Jr., Walking in Wisdom: Studying the Proverbs of Solomon [30620]

    Murphy, Roland E., Glenn W. Barker, David A. Hubbard, Bruce M. Metzger, Proverbs, ISBN: 0849902215 9780849902215.

    *New Testament With Psalms and Proverbs, KJV, ISBN: 0529051141 9780529051141.

    Palmer, Samuel. Moral essays on some of the most curious and significant English, Scotch and foreign proverbs. By Samuel Palmer, ... London, 1710. (ECCO) Gale Document Number

    *Smith, Jerome H. (editor), The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, revised and expanded (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997, 1992, 1836), 1664 pages, ISBN: 0785212272.
    "For over 150 years, the TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE has given Bible students the most complete collection anywhere of cross references -- far more than any concordance or reference Bible. Now this updated classic is so much easier to use. The entries, arranged verse by verse, offer cross references to related verses, topics, themes, and important words, so you can discover just what the Bible says about itself. This new edition contains over 100,000 new references, hundreds of corrections, seven new indexes, a handy symbol system, and a helpful `how to use the book' section. And it's completely retypeset in modern type for readability! 1664 pages . . ." -- CBD
    "The one book, aside from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies. I am grateful to Thomas Nelson for publishing this expanded edition." -- John MacArthur
    Includes bibliography, subject index, topic number index, Proverbs index, name index, figure of speech index, and other indexes. See the index to Proverbs.
    Also available in digital format.
    Smith, Jerome H., New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Logos Bible Software (LLS)
    "Edited by Jerome H. Smith - An incredible 1-volume Bible reference library, this comprehensive update of the original TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE is a unique resource for Bible study, teaching, or preaching. This edition contains nearly 100,000 new cross-references, additional key words, a new system of symbols, and many other improvements. This is the most comprehensive collection of time-saving and insightful cross-references ever published! Dozens of special study aids help you develop powerful lessons or sermons -- straight from the Bible itself! Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. says: 'The one book, apart from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies'."

    Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
    http://www.biblestudytools.net/Concordances/TreasuryofScriptureKnowledge/

    Souza, Francisco F. de, The Use of Proverbs in Biblical Counseling (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1990).
    Includes bibliography.

    *Voorwinde, Steven, Wisdom for Today's Issues: A Topical Arrangement of the Proverbs (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875524729 9780875524726.
    "The Proverbs are arranged under 55 different subjects so that they may speak to us today on many modern problems." -- GCB

    Waltke, Bruce, The Book of Proverbs, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0802825451 9780802825452.

    Waltke, Bruce, The Book of Proverbs (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    An extension study course for credit. Available on audio cassettes.

    *Wardlaw, Ralph, Lectures on the Book of Proverbs, 3 volumes (London, England: A. Fullerton and Company, 1861).
    Edited by J.S. Wardlaw. "Highly esteemed by C.H. Spurgeon and other expository preachers. . . . Contains some of the finest material for preachers ever produced on this portion of God's Word. Rich, insightful, practical." -- Cyril J. Barber

    See also: Proverbs, Proverbs: topical listings of scripture, The wisdom books, Job, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Cruden's, young's, and strong's concordances, Biblical counsel by subject

    See also: Proverbs, Proverbs: topical listings of scripture, The wisdom books, Job, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Cruden's, young's, and strong's concordances, Biblical counsel by subject



    Ecclesiastes

    *Bridges, Charles, Ecclesiastes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513220 9780851513225.
    "What is it that makes Bridges commentaries so popular? It is that they are very Biblical. His comments are always complete and filled with Biblical wisdom. You will find his continual reference to other passages in the Bible very refreshing." -- GCB

    *Cox, Samuel, The Book of Ecclesiastes (The Expositor's Bible. New York, NY: A.C. Armstrong and Son, 1908).
    "A learned treatment by the former editor of THE EXPOSITOR." -- Cyril J. Barber

    HENGSTENBERG, ERNST WILHELM, A Commentary on Ecclesiastes (Klock & Klock Classic Reprint Library). Available (WORKS OF E.W. HENGSTENBERG) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    A Commentary on Ecclesiastes
    http://books.google.com/books?id=QB6NGAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Kaiser, Walter Christian, Jr., Quality Living. Alternate title: ECCLESIASTES: TOTAL LIFE. (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1986), ISBN: 0802470696 9780802470690.
    "The reissue of ECCLESIASTES: TOTAL LIFE. A clear, definitive exposition of the theme of this portion of God's Word." -- Cyril J. Barber.
    Leader's guide available.

    *MacDonald, James M., The Book of Ecclesiastes Explained (New York, NY: M.W. Dodd, 1856), ISBN: 0865240914 9780865240919.
    "Perhaps the finest work produced on Ecclesiates in the nineteenth century. Clear, authoritative, reliable." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Wardlaw, Ralph, Exposition of Ecclesiates (Philadelphia, PA: William S. Rentourl, 1868), ISBN: 0865241473 9780865241473.
    "Expository sermons by one of Scotland's greatest preachers. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber



    James

    Adams, Jay Edward, Hebrews, James, I and II Peter, and Jude (Christian Counselor's Commentary Series. Timeless Texts, December 1999), ISBN: 1889032018 9781889032016.

    HEMMINGE, NICHOLAS, A Learned and Fruitful Commentary upon the Epistle of James, the Apostle, wherein are diligently and profitably entreated all such matters and chief common places of religion as are touched in the same Epistle, including a detailed section on contracts and bargains, borrowing and selling, usury, lending, and the right use of the goods of the church, as well as many more related topics, 1577. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available in Puritan Bookshelf CD #30.

    *Johnstone, Robert, Lectures, Exegetical and Practical, on the Epistle of James (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1954, 1871), ISBN: 0851512577.
    "A very useful, scholarly, and readable book." -- C.H. Spurgeon.
    "A classic in the field. Published originally in 1871. A must for the expository preacher. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *MANTON, THOMAS (1620-1677), A Commentary on James (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). Available in Puritan Bookshelf CD #31. Available in [THE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON] on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #9. EEBO.
    "In Manton's best style. . . . Few such books are written now." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "This practical book of the Bible is best expounded by one as practical as Manton. Though he was one of the 2000 ejected from his pulpit by Charles II, he was so loved for his expository preaching that he continued having a lecture every other Sunday (Richard Baxter alternated with him), and Christians at court protected him from being arrested. One of his devoted followers suggested that Manton should set up his own lecture, rather than share with Baxter. His reply: `What! And miss the greatest preacher in England!'
    "Manton leaves very little not said in his excellent commentary. He does not use the whip of sarcasm, or of invective, but that of loving kindness to lay these searching truths on the reader's heart. It is by far the best on James." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "A truly great work by the English divine. Almost 500 pages of practical, insightful exposition on this important New Testament book. Full of suggestive material for the pastor's sermons. Solid Reformed thinking. Manton was a man of great learning and gifts." -- GCB



    General Works on Biblical Counseling

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

    Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)

    And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2)

    *Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1974), ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
    "His [Adam's] approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, `A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- SWRB
    "Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB. A study guide is available.
    Christian Living in the Home
    http://www.nouthetic.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=99
    Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
    Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader`s Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE). (Philadelphia: Great Commission Publications, 1977), 64 pages.
    "Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

    *Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, 202 pages, ISBN: 1889032468 9781889032467.
    "THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING is designed to afford Christian counselors quick reference as well as comprehensive access to the chief principles and practices of biblical counseling. It is called an 'encyclopedia' because a counselor interested in surveying the gamut of those principles and practices will find in this volume a wider variety of subjects than may be located in any other book of biblical counseling. The counseling described here is truly 'Christian' with method and content firmly rooted in careful biblical exegesis. At the same time it is 'practical' because articles consist not merely of definitions and descriptions, but also of application of the material useful to Christian counselors. Although not necessarily the only way these biblical principles can be applied, they are the fruit of years of study and experience in biblical counseling. In short, the book is designed as an aid to the working counselor who needs a quick reference guide. We trust that God will use it to His glory and to the blessing of His people." -- Preface

    *Adams, Jay E., Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible, ISBN: 0310511119 9780310511113.
    "You will not find better material on the Biblical teaching on divorce and remarriage. This resource is an easily understood exegetical treatment of the data available. It is a must for those who counsel people caught in this growing problem."
    "A book for every pastor, elder, and counselor. Get this issue straight before you do anything else. The Bible speaks with the only real authority on this subject." -- GCB

    Adams, Jay E., Ministering series
    Contents: The ministry of the church -- God is!! Stability we can count on -- The environment of God -- The balanced Christian -- The disciplined life -- Setting priorities -- Making plans Biblically -- Am I a winner? It's joys and responsibilities -- The pastor's wife and depression -- Christian forgiveness -- Pain, does it belong? -- Decisions, make them or they make you -- Worry, trouble, how to combat it -- The Biblical view of divorce -- Homosexuality, how to deal with it -- Overcoming depression -- Grading and degrading, Christian education -- Poles apart, who's a Christian? -- Baptism for infants.

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Practical Truths (Keyser, WV: Odom Publications, 1990, 1857).
    "This 400 page reprint by one of the Old Princeton `greats' will be welcome indeed. The book is in three sections: short articles on practical Christian living subjects; a series of longer articles on doctrinal and theological subjects; and finally a series of dialogues in defense of the faith, etc." -- GCB

    *Allen, Charles L., God's Psychiatry: The Twenty-third Psalm, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Beatitudes, ISBN: ISBN10: 0800780159.
    "In this powerful book, Charles L. Allen explains the essence of God's psychiatry -- the four best-known passages of the Bible: The Twenty-third Psalm, The Ten Commandments, The Lord's Prayer, and The Beatitudes. These 'prescriptions' will cure discouragement and doubt and dramatically change your life for the better." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "Inappropriate title but an excellent application of the 23rd Psalm, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Beatitudes to the everyday problems of life." -- Robert B. Somerville

    *BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
    I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
    II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
    III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
    IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
    (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
    "The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
    "Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
    Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
    "There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
    "We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
    "The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
    "Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
    " Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . . "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
    This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
    Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
    http://www.heritagebooks.org/
    The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
    The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
    The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
    The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
    The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. This Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix. This contents in detail is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
    Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and paste from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
    One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
    http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
    Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
    The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
    1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
    2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
    3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
    The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: A Christian Directory, Vol. 1
    A summary of currently available publications.
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html

    *Blaikie, William G., David, King of Israel: The Divine Plan and Lessons of His Life, ISBN: 086524054X 9780865240544.
    "Dr. Blaikie is a good writer. His `Life of David' has supplied a great lack." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "Extremely rare, these brief chapters can be read with profit by laypeople. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), God's Way of Peace: A Book for the Anxious (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1984), ISBN: 0585036004 9780585036007. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.
    "Horatius Bonar was a pastor in Scotland for over fifty years. He was one of the brightest lights in the 19th century, with not only many books to his credit, but also the editing of the excellent IMPERIAL BIBLE DICTIONARY, and a delightful and useful monthly magazine. . . . This book is another evidence that Bonar is able to write the deepest truths in the clearest and most understandable way . . . Simplicity is his style, but declaring the whole counsel of God is his aim. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    God's Way of Peace: A Book for the Anxious, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.ccel.org/b/bonar/way_of_peace/way_of_peace.htm

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
    "Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
    "Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
    The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
    The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
    The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
    http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
    http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *BOSTON, THOMAS, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). A Christian classic.
    "This is THE classic on human nature. It was immediately acclaimed as such, and went through several printings during the author's lifetime. The book deals with four states of human existence: the state of innocence; the state of nature; the state of grace; and, the eternal state. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. A Christian classic.
    "When those who are devoid of the Spirit of God and reject revealed religion meet up with the Scriptural doctrine of original sin, their comments expose their hostility towards God and help exhibit the very principle they deny. For example, Smellie comments on one reaction to this work of Edwards as follows: 'Mr. Lechy has condemned the treatise on Original Sin as 'one of the most revolting books that have ever proceeded from the pen of man.' Edwards summarizes this book as 'a general defense of that great important doctrine,' and has skillfully answered those who would assail the revealed truth of God's Word at this point. If our doctrine is weak on man's nature and (in)ability, all manner of false 'help yourself' religion (e.g. Arminianism, Romanism, the cults, the occult, etc.), and secular seduction (e.g. psychology, socialism, etc.), based on man' inherent 'goodness' or ability to 'save himself,' will be given a wide open door to run rampant." -- SWRB

    *Boulton, Samuel, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1978). A Christian classic.
    Samuel Boulton was one of the Westminster Assembly of Divines. He "expounds the nature of Christian liberty and then clearly sets the bounds of that liberty. . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *BUNYAN, JOHN (1628-1688), The Pilgrim's Progress, complete and unabridged (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979, 1895). Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999. A Christian classic.
    Said to be "the greatest book, other than Scripture, which an Englishman has given to mankind." -- GCB
    The Banner of Truth Trust publication is recommended. It is facsimile reprinted from the unabridged edition of 1895 published by John C. Nimmo, Ltd. containing the original marginal notes and Scripture references and illustrated with etchings by William Strang.
    "Bunyan had better insight into the human heart than modern psychology; namely, because he did not study man apart from his Creator and apart from his deep inward problem." -- Ernest Reisinger
    The Pilgrim's Progress
    http://www.ccel.org/b/bunyan/pilgrims_progress/title.html
    Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan (audio files)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan
    The Pilgrim's Progress: From this World to that which is to Come : Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream, Wherein is Discovered the Manner of His Setting Out, His Dangerous Journey and Safe Arrival at the Desired Countrey
    http://books.google.com/books?id=VSKlAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Craig John Lovik, Tim Lundeen, and Oasis Audio (firm), The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come, ISBN: 9781441622846 1441622845.
    "The entire book, virtually unabridged -- rewritten for the modern ear by Jim Pappas and brought to life by 77 actors with original music and sound effects -- is now available on audio cassette." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
    Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan (audio files)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

    *Burroughs, Jeremiah, Hosea (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1991, 1863). A Christian classic.
    "Burroughs' style in this long work will seem to be breaking fresh ground, for he is constantly doing what modern writers on Holy Scripture fail to do--that is, drawing out truths about God's will, work, and ways with us humans that will enable us to discern, if we are willing to do so, how he regards our nation and our churches today, and how we should deal with him in light of the way we may expect him to deal with us. In fact, however, Burroughs represents an older, wiser, and more fruitful type of Bible teaching with which the modern church, conservative, no less than liberal, is for the moment largely out of touch. We are the eccentrics; Burroughs is the main stream. Let us be clear about that! . . . What, finally, may the late twentieth-century reader expect to gain from the major investment of time and effort that is involved in working through Hosea? He will learn about God, and God's ways; much about personal godliness, and the many-sided concern for holiness, peace, and love, that should always mark the godly; much about things to hope for, and pray for; much about dangers to watch against, forms of spiritual ill-health to learn to recognize, and in general principles for taking stock of his own Christian life, and that of the church and community to which he belongs. These are matters of unchanging truth, on which it is not at all incongruous for seventeenth-century masters to instruct us, their twentieth-century pupils. No doubt the historical exegesis of Hosea has gone further during the past 350 years than Burroughs was able to take it, but whether theological understanding of the God of Hosea has advanced beyond what we find in Burroughs--whether, indeed, we are as well acquainted with the God of Hosea as Burroughs was--is another question entirely. I find in Burroughs any number of precious truths that without him I might well have missed, and I want others to be enriched as I have been. I count it, therefore, a great and happy privilege to commend this new edition to today's Christian readers. Burrow into Burroughs! You will profit enormously." -- J.I. Packer

    *Burroughs, Jeremiah, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979). A Christian classic.
    "Well-known Puritan author of THE RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT excels in deeply spiritual insights. Most authors writing today can't hold a candle to him!" -- CBD
    "I am still reading this book, but I've read enough to have it significantly change my outlook on life and afflictions. I have learned in abundance what it means to trust the Lord in troubles and to realize that God will bring me out of them in His time, and it is my duty to praise the Lord and devote my heart to Him. My cup runs over when I read Jeremiah Burroughs." -- Reader Comment

    *Burroughs, Jeremiah, The Saint's Happiness [30974]

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), and John Graham Miller (contributor), Calvin's Wisdom: An Anthology Arranged Alphabetically by a Grateful Reader, ISBN: 0851516246 9780851516240. "This anthology (arranged alphabetically by topic) also becomes a dictionary of his thought and almost an encyclopedia of his theology." -- GCB
    Calvin's Wisdom: An Anthology Arranged Alphabetically by a Grateful Reader, Jean Calvin, John Graham Miller
    http://books.google.com/books?id=_VsuAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Daniel (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510922 9780851510927.
    "This edition, from the Calvin Translation Society edition of 1852-1853, is one of the greatest writings to come from Calvin's pen." -- GCB

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life, ISBN: 0801065283 9780801065286.

    *Chafer, Lewis S., True Evangelism: Winning Souls by Prayer [20141]

    *Clarkson, David (1622-1686), The Works of David Clarkson, 3 volumes, ISBN: 0851515304 9780851515304. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Clarkson (1622-1686) was a colleague and later successor to John Owen. These three volumes well illustrate his preaching powers which were characterized by faithfulness to Biblical teaching, careful analysis and exposition, and by copious application. Volume 3 contains the great polemical treatise Against the Practical Divinity of the Papists, plus a general and scriptural index." -- GCB
    Contents: Vol. 1. Of original sin, Ps. LI.5 -- Of repentance, Luke XIII.3 -- Of faith, Mark XVI.16 -- Of living by faith, Heb. X.38 -- Faith in prayer, James I.6 -- Of dying in faith, Heb. XI.13 -- Of living as strangers, Heb. XI.13 -- The excellent knowledge of Christ, Philip. III.8 -- Justification by the righteousness of Christ, Philip. III.9 -- Men by nature unwilling to come to Christ, John v. 40 -- The Lord the owner of all things; an inducement from earthly-mindedness, I Chron. XXIX.11 -- Hearing the Word, Luke VIII.18 -- Of taking up the cross, Luke XIv. 27 -- Vol. 2. The new creature Gal. VI.15 --Christ's gracious invitation to sinners, Rev. III.20 -- Man's insufficiency to do anything of himself, John Xv. 5 -- Against anxious carefulness, Philip. Iv. 6 -- Pray for everything, Philip. Iv. 6 -- God's end in sending calamities and afflictions on His people, Isa. XXVII.9 -- The conviction of hypocrites, Mat. VII.22,23 -- Soul idolatry excludes men out of heaven, Eph. V.5 -- The children of God should not be partakers with others in their sins, Eph. V.7 -- Unconverted sinners are darkness, Eph. V.8 -- Of Christ seeking fruit, and finding none, Luke XIII.6 -- The Lord rules over all, Ps. CIII.19 -- Sinners under the curse, Gal. III.10 -- Vol. 3. The love of Christ, Eph. V.2 -- Christ's sacrifice, Eph. V.2 -- Christ's dying for sinners, Rom. V.8 -- Christ touched with the feeling of our infirmities, Heb.IV.15 -- Of coming boldly unto the throne of grace, Heb. IV.16 -- Of Christ's making intercession, Heb. VII.25 -- Believers' communion with the Father and Son, I John I.3 -- Public worship to be preferred before private, Ps. LXXXVII.2-- The practical divinity of the papists discovered to be destructive of Christianity and men's souls.

    *Cox, Samuel, The Book of Ruth, ISBN: 0865241406 9780865241404.
    "The devotional nature of this commentary does not detract from its expository value. While popular in style, it exhibits a remarkable understanding of human nature. A work of real merit." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Deane, William J., and Thomas Kirk, Studies in the First Book of Samuel, ISBN: 0865241503 9780865241503.

    *Edersheim, Alfred, Practical Truths From Elisha (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1982, 1882). A Christian classic.
    "Originally published under the title ELISHA THE PROPHET (1882), this work differs from the material on Elisha in the author's famous BIBLE HISTORY. As with all the works of Edersheim, this book is worthy of diligent reading. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Gibbs, Alfred Perks, A Dreamer and His Dream, Or, The Story of John Bunyan and "The Pilgrim's Progress," ISBN: 1884838049.
    "An `exposition' of PILGRIM'S PROGRESS that brings out the full message of Bunyan's allegory." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Gill, John, Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity: A System of Evangelical Truths Deducted From the Sacred Scriptures, 2 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1978, 1839), ISBN: 0801037220 9780801037221.
    "Reproduced from the 1839 edition, this beautifully bound set makes available Gill's vast learning, deep piety, and perceptive application of the Old Testament to theology. Verbose, but what Gill has to say makes rewarding reading." -- Cyril J. Barber. A Christian classic.

    *Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), A Child of Light Walking in Darkness, or, A treatise shewing the causes, by which, the cases, wherein, the ends, for which God leaves His children to distress of conscience. Together with directions how to walk, so as to be relieved from such a condition. Available in THE WORKS OF THOMAS GOODWIN.

    *Harrison, Roland Kenneth (editor), Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, revised and updated (Testament, March 4, 2003), 480 pages. ISBN: 0517222280
    "A comprehensive reference work for everyone concerned with the complicated moral issues of this world, this unique volume clearly communicates what Scripture teaches about the ethical dilemmas facing our society. Biological warfare, corporate responsibility, human rights, computer ethics, and much more are discussed by over fifty scholars who explain the moral guidelines in the Bible and historic Christian teachings.
    "R.K. Harrison, author and editor of over thirty books on biblical studies, has brought together a valuable A to B treasury of thought for every believer searching for guidance." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "A compendium of reliable information. Arranged in dictionary format, 550 entries and 61 contributors. Goes beyond descriptive data to the practical application of truth to a variety of situations . . . . The book is well-indexed. . . . Treats ethical areas like apartheid and surrogate motherhood. Probably the best available evangelical treatment of this type." -- GCB

    *Jeremiah, David, The Wisdom of God (Milford, MI: Mott Media, 1986), ISBN: 0880621036 9780880621038.
    "Jeremiah has given us a very helpful exposition of the Bible doctrine of wisdom. This is not in any sense a superficial or frothy treatment, but is thorough and sound doctrinally, with unusual insights and persuasive analyses in every chapter. At the same time it is easy to read and understand, with many practical applications for daily Christian living. I recommend it heartily." -- Henry M. Morris

    *Kaiser, Walter Christian, Jr., Quality Living. Alternate title: ECCLESIASTES: TOTAL LIFE. (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1986), ISBN: 0802470696 9780802470690.
    "The reissue of ECCLESIASTES: TOTAL LIFE. A clear, definitive exposition of the theme of this portion of God's Word." -- Cyril J. Barber.
    Leader's guide available.

    *Kirk, Thomas, and George Rawlinson, Studies in the Books of Kings, ISBN: 0865241554 9780865241558.

    *Lawson, George, Exposition of Ruth and Esther, ISBN: 1589600592 9781589600591. "A book highly esteemed by C.H. Spurgeon for its wise counsel and gracious teaching." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Leith, John H., John Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press), ISBN: 1579100473 9781579100476.
    "This work provides a thorough analysis of Calvinist doctrine, defining Christian life in relation to four aspect of Calvinist thought: justification by faith, providence and predestination, history and the transhistorical, and church and society. The relationship between God and man is seen as the most central." -- GCB

    Mack, Wayne A., Your Family, God's Way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home. Alternate title: Alternate title: BUILDING YOUR FAMILY GOD'S WAY: THE ROLE OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN THE HOME (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875523587 9780875523583.
    "Unfolds Psalm 128's vision of godly family life. Calls on a husband and father to be first and foremost a "God-fearing" man. Calls on a wife and mother to become a "fruitful vine" because of the intimacy of her relationship with God. Calls on parents to view their children as precious "olive plants." Extensive and practical discussion of communication and problem-solving principles. Contains study and application assignments for each chapter." -- David Powlison
    "Mack offers Biblical insight and practical wisdom for two crucial areas of family life: communication and conflict resolution. Stories of success and application questions give hope and clear direction to all who wish to build stronger families." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Martin, Hugh, The Prophet Jonah: His Character and Mission to Nineveh
    "A first-class exposition of Jonah. No one who has it will need any other. It is not a small treatise, as most of the Jonah books are; but it contains 460 pages, all rich with good matter. It is out of print, and out to be republished. What are publishers at to let such a book slip out of the market?" -- C.H. Spurgeon

    *Motyer, John A., The Message of Amos: The Day of the Lion [30669]

    Newport, John P., Life's Ultimate Questions (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing).
    "This Baptist scholar answers the truly hard questions of life from the Bible with precision and competence. J.I. Packer wrote: `Cool, clear, comprehensive, and full of thoughtful wisdom, this book is a rich resource for exploring the responses of Christian faith to the knowledge, ignorance, and confusions of the modern world'." -- GCB

    *Packer, J.I., God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), ISBN: 0801071283.
    "Growing controversies in mainline denominations and evangelical churches over such issues as the inspiration of Scripture and acceptance of homosexuality confrim Packer's belief that Christians need to return to Bible study. He points the way to understanding and applying the life-changing truths of the Bible." Publisher's Annotation
    "Points out that critical views of the Bible have always impoverished students of the Word. Urges believers to return to a careful study of what the Scriptures say, unadorned by contemporary trappings." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Packer, J.I., Guidance and Wisdom (Choteau, MT: Gospel Mission Press, 1980), 23 pages.

    *PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience . . . 1632). Alternate title: THE WHOLE TREATISE OF THE CASES OF CONSCIENCE DISTINGUISHED INTO THREE BOOKES: THE FIRST WHEREOF IS REVISED AND CORRECTED IN SUNDRIE PLACES, AND THE OTHER TWO ANNEXED. TAUGHT AND DELIUERED BY M.W. PERKINS IN HIS HOLY-DAY LECTURES, CAREFULLY EXAMINED BY HIS OWNE BRIEFES, AND NOW PUBLISHED TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD, BY T. PICKERING BACHELOUR OF DIUINITIE. WHEREUNTO IS ADIOYNED A TWOFOLD TABLE: ONE OF THE HEADS AND NUMBER OF THE QUESTIONS PROPOUNDED AND RESOLUED; ANOTHER OF THE PRINCIPALL TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE VVHICH ARE EITHER EXPLANED, OR VINDICATED FROM CORRUPT INTERPRETATION. (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books), ISBN: 9022104826 68113020. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #9. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD DVD Four, CD #20. "Called 'the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism' and 'the most important Puritan writer,' Perkins was the first theologian of the Reformed English church to gain an international reputation. His preaching manual, THE ART OF PROPHESYING (recently reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust--RB), is found on nearly every seventeenth century New England book list. . . . Perkin's theological legacy extended through his Cambridge students, most prominently William Ames . . . Perkins's Calvinist theology was presented according to the logic and method of Peter Ramus . . . Ramism helped Perkins maintain the unity of theology and ethics, provided an educational tool by streamlining logic, fostered plain-style preaching, enhanced the art of memory, provided a tool for biblical interpretation as well as supplying a secure philosophical base on which to build theology," notes the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (p. 274). This book is no exception and beautifully illustrates the usefulness of the Ramist method. `Several of Perkins' works have been translated into Latin, French, Dutch, and Spanish' (Cyclopaedia Bibliographica, p. 2337)." -- SWRB
    His Pioneer Works on Casuistry: "A Discourse of Conscience" and "The Whole Treatise of Cases of Conscience
    http://books.google.com/books?id=NUAMHQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Pink, Arthur W., Comfort for Christians (Swengel, PA: Reiner Publications, 1952), ISBN: 0585074860 9780585074863.
    "A timely work full of consolation. A valuable addition to the other books treating suffering. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "Those shocked into wakefulness by Pink's book on THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD will be amazed at the different tone he displayed in this book. It is heart-warming." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    Comfort for Christians, by Arthur W. Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/comfort/comfort.html

    *Pink, Arthur W., Gleanings From Elisha (Chicago, IL: Moody Press), ISBN: 0802430007 9780802430007.

    *Pink, Arthur W., Life of David, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0801070619.
    "It is by far the most and the best you can find on this section of the Bible. The many facets of David's devotion and service, his sad lapse, and his recovery all handled reverently and with great respect by Pink. The sweet singer of Israel will loom larger in your mind once you have digested these pages. Pink was never better, nor sweeter." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. "Shepherd, soldier, musician, king, adulterer, father -- David was most of all a man after God's own heart. Pink's unusual combination of biography, commentary, and devotional studies gives you an intimate view of David's many sides. Each of Pink's 145 chapters is short and to the point, so you can easily gather excellent material for a lesson, sermon, or simply your own personal study. . . ." -- CBD

    *Powlison, David A.C., The History of Biblical Counseling, new edition. Alternate title: COMPETENT TO COUNSEL? THE HISTORY OF A CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANT ANTI-PSYCHIATRY MOVEMENT. (College Park, PA: University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. thesis, 1996). ISBN: 0978556763 9780978556761.
    David Powlison is editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling, a staff member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Glenside, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Harvard University in 1972.

    Scipione, George C., Marriage and Family Counseling: Course Syllabus, 134 pages.
    Introduction. Why study the family?: What is the family? -- What is marriage and family counseling? -- Why is it necessary to study and to help the family? How to study the family: The starting point is God's holy created norms found in scripture, not sinful, sociological, statistical norms -- God starts mankind's history with a family, not any other institution -- God works through families in His covenant of grace -- God made the family a symbol, analogy or model -- The family is central to the functioning of the other God-ordained institutions. The Biblical theology of the family and its relationship to theology: The family is a major key in understanding God's nature -- The family is a major key in understanding God's redemptive covenant of grace -- Modern secular views of the family, as well as contemporary evangelical views, distort God's nature and His acts in history. The history of the family: Biblical history -- General conclusions from the biblical data -- Para biblical and post biblical history. The biblical theology of the family: Biblical theology of gender roles -- Marriage -- The husband, the loving leader -- The wife, the suitable helper -- Communication in marriage -- Problem solving in marriage -- Sexuality in marriage -- Children -- Parenting -- Growth, maturity, aging -- Education of children -- Assessment and diagnosis of "dyslexia" -- Assessment and diagnosis of ADD with hyperactivity -- Finances and inheritance -- Covenantal family view of contracting marriage vs. American romantic dating -- Premarital counseling -- A biblical theology of divorce -- Divorce counseling -- Remarriage -- Physical abuse -- Pornography, adultery, etc. -- Incest -- Family worship -- Adoption. The soteriology of the family: Problems defined -- Solutions developed by the culture (psychotherapies by the culture, codependency or co-idolatry?) -- A biblical framework for marriage and family counseling. How to do marriage and family counseling: The seven key elements hold true -- Team counseling and specialists. Case studies. Questions and answers. Appendices: Appendix A (marriage enrichment weekend) -- Appendix B (the family: an annotated bibliography) -- Appendix C (requirements for the course for credit students) -- Appendix D (The Westminster Confession of Faith on marriage and divorce) -- Appendix E (Calvin: Institutes of Christian Religion, book 1, chapter 1) -- Appendix F (Van Til: A Christian Theory of Knowledge).

    *Powlison, David (editor), Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled and Annotated by David Powlison, editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling With 1995 Additions
    http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

    *Ryle, J.C., Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots (London, England: Evangelical Press). ISBN: 0852341369. A Christian classic.
    "Ryle, like his great masters, has no easy way to holiness to offer us, and no `patent' method by which it can be obtained; but he invariably produces that `hunger and thirst after righteousness' which is the only indispensable condition to being `filled'." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    "Newly typeset edition from Evangelical Press with preface done by J.I. Packer. Complete and unabridged." -- GCB
    Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots J.C. Ryle
    http://www.e4.net

    *Ryle, J.C., Home Truths, Volume I (Keyser, WV: Odom Publications, 1991). A Christian classic.
    "This reprint of a classic is much needed in our day." -- CVBBS
    Home truths, miscellaneous addresses and tracts
    http://books.google.com/books?id=VwEDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Ryle, J.C., Home Truths, Volume II: Being Miscellaneous Addresses and Tracts (Keyser, WV: Odom Publications). A Christian classic.
    The original publication of HOME TRUTHS included eight volumes.

    *RYLE, J.C., Practical Religion: Being Plain Papers on the Daily Duties, Experience, Dangers and Privileges of Professing Christians (Cambridge, England: J. Clarke), ISBN: ISBN: 085234449X 9780852344491. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    Foreword by J.I. Packer. "Discusses: self-iniquity, self-exertion, reality, prayer, Bible reading, charity, zeal, happiness, formality, the world, riches and poverty, sickness, family of God, heirs of God, eternity, and others." -- GCB

    *Ryle, J.C., The Upper Room: Being a Few Truths for the Times (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1888), ISBN: 0851510175 9780851510170.
    "This work is a treasure chest of insights and teaching on a wide variety of subjects and passages." -- GCB

    *SCUDDER, HENRY, The Christian's Daily Walk in Holy Security and Peace (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications). Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #4. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #30. A Christian classic.
    "I remember not any book which is written to be the daily companion of Christians, to guide them in the practice of a holy life, which I prefer before this . . . " -- John Owen
    "We could say nothing more about this book than that it has been highly recommended by John Owen and Richard Baxter. Owen said it had been very effective for him in his youth and Baxter said there is no book better on the subject." -- GCB

    *Spurgeon, C.H., Words of Counsel for Christian Workers

    *Spurgeon, C.H., Words of Warning for Daily Life.

    *Spurgeon, C.H., Words of Wisdom for Daily Life.

    *Thomas, William H.G. (W.H. Griffith Thomas), Grace and Power (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984) ISBN: 0840759347. A Christian classic.
    "This is one of the great books of Christendom. It deals concisely with the problems Christians face in every age: how to make time for prayer, why we often hinder our spiritual growth, the manner in which we may develop our inner resources so as to be able to meet the contingencies of life, and the means God has provided for the development of the spiritual life. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Thompson, Frank Charles (editor) and Kirkbride Bible and Technology (other contributor), Thompson Chain Reference Bible, KJV, 5th edition, improved, leather bound (Kirkbride Bible Company, December 2005), some editions include a CD-ROM. Language: English, French, and Spanish. Many editions and bindings are available.
    "Dr. Frank C. Thompson, D.D., Ph.D., invested more than forty years in compiling and developing the remarkable Chain-Reference system that is the heart of the Bible that now bears his name." -- Publisher's Annotation
    This is a huge body of work: the fully cross-referenced Bible, 1619 pages, plus Bible helps, 788 pages, for a total of 2417 pages. It may be used profitably in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (1680 pages), THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE) (2220 pages), THE GENEVA BIBLE (648 pages), THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION (1631 pages), and THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE (1114 pages).
    "The topics from the TOPICAL BIBLE can easily be found in the General Index of the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. In the General Index are found the chain-reference numbers that will guide the user into the biblical context for many of the topics. The many additional resources in the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE . . . will greatly supplement any topical study." -- Introduction to the TOPICAL BIBLE
    We feel that both THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION, 5TH EDITION, and the THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION has a part in every reference library, particularly the libraries of Biblical Counselors.
    Remember the Thompson Chain-Reference System was developed for the Authorized King James Version. It is also available in New American Standard, New King James, and the New International versions.
    "A THOMPSON STUDY BIBLE will help you in ways other Bibles can't. It's the unique Chain-Reference System that allows you to follow any subject, person, place or idea, from the front of your Bible to the end. THOMPSON users say it's the best way to study your Bible. No other Bible has this superb, patented, Thompson Chain Reference System developed by Dr. Frank C. Thompson in 1890. Since that time, thousands of additional topics and links have been added. The AKJV 4th edition has been out-of-print since 1988. The 5th edition began printing in 1988. The only way to find a 4th edition would be in the secondary market. . . ' -- Publisher's Annotation
    "Some Thompson Bible Features [from among 75 additional study features]:

    "The text is set in two columns for ease of reading. Cross-references are to the left and right of the respective columns immediately adjacent to the related verse. TCR cross-references are by subject. Each cross-reference contains a TCR Index number, the TCR subject, and the next Bible verse in the 'chain' for that subject. For example, if you were studying the gospel of 'John' at John 1:9 the TCR cross-reference reads '2168 Christ the Light, 8:12.' Thus the TCR index number is '2168,' the subject is 'Christ the Light,' and the next verse in the 'chain' is John 8:12. Going to John 8:12 you would find '2168 Christ the Light, 12:35' and so on to the end of the 'chain'. What makes this different than most other study Bibles is the 'TCR Numeric Index.' Looking up TCR Index number 2168 we find ALL references to subject 'Christ the Light' in order from Genesis to Revelation. You can also do a lookup using the subject. For example, say you are asked a question by an un-believer, 'Why was Jesus Christ called 'the Light of the world' and what does it mean?' First you would look up the subject 'Christ' or 'Jesus' in the 'TCR Alphabetic Index.' For example, in section 'C,' we find 'Christ,' under the 'Christ' entry we find 'Light, the ... 2168.' Now we can look in the 'TCR Numeric Index' for the '2168' entry. Here we find the 'chain' of all relevant verses for further study. Why is this better than a 'Strong's' search? Using the latest 'Strongest Strong's ...' under word 'light' we find 288 entries. The 'Strong's' search is less efficient because many of the 288 entries are not relevant to the subject in question. The full compliment of TCR Bible helps consists of the cross-references (100,000 entries), 'Alphabetic Index (8,000 entries)', 'Numerical Index (4,200 entries),' 'Outline Studies,' 'Bible Character Studies,' 'Bible Harmonies,' 'Archaeological Supplement,' 'Hebrew Calendar,' 'Concordance,' and 'Bible Maps.' At $36 you can not go wrong. If I could have only one study Bible, this would be it." -- Reader's Comment
    Warning: Many editions and bindings are available, including CD-ROM software Bible research packages, and Palm or PocketPC devices. The website for Thompson Bibles is the best source of complete descriptions of the various editions.
    "The 5th edition is the 4th edition expanded, and has everything the 4th had, plus more. While Kirkbride is always in production printing the Bibles with the current year's date, it is still the 1988 5th edition [this 5th edition was the last edition of THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE, anything published in 1988 or later is the 5th edition. -- sk]." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Both the buyer and the seller can become confused about various editions because Kirbride Bible Company apparently has never printed the Internation Standard Book Number (ISBN) in the various editons and printings. Buyers will want to confirm the edition, version, and publisher with the seller.
    There are numerous reader's comments about poor quality of paper, binding, and typography of TCR Bibles not printed by Kirkbride, so be sure to carefully inspect any non-Kirkbride edition before purchasing it.
    Thompson apparently was a Methodist pastor. The first edition of 1908 was "published by Methodists Book Concern of Dobbs Ferry, New York." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Thompson, Frank Charles (author), Paul M. Hillman (editor), John Stephen Jauchen (editor) The Thompson Exhaustive Topical Bible: King James Version (Indianapolis, IN: Kirkbride Bible Company, Inc., 1997). Hardcover, 1631 pages.
    This is a topical Bible compiled from the Thompson Chain-Reference System.
    "NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE was edited into a Study Bible format shortly after the appearance of the original THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. It is fitting for Thompson's Study Bible to be reformatted into a reference book. And where there is room in the marketplace and on every serious student's bookshelf for more than one Bible translation, so there is room for more than one Topical Bible -- and great value in the use of both Nave's and Thompson's work. . . ." -- John R. Kohlenbertger III, from the Foreword
    "Now, the detailed and comprehensive topical and subject data that forms the heart of the unparalleled Thompson Chain-Reference system is offered in this -- the most exhaustive topical Bible currently available! Combining to make THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE unique are features which include:

    "No other topical Bible can offer you the comprehensive collection of features or the exhaustive topical thoroughness of this exceptional Bible reference tool -- because there can only be one . . .THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE." -- Publisher's Annotation
    It may be used profitably in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (1680 pages), THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE) (2220 pages), THE GENEVA BIBLE (648 pages), THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION (1631 pages), and THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE (1114 pages).
    "The topics from the TOPICAL BIBLE can easily be found in the General Index of the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. In the General Index are found the chain-reference numbers that will guide the user into the biblical context for many of the topics. The many additional resources in the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE . . . will greatly supplement any topical study." -- Introduction to the TOPICAL BIBLE

    *Tripp, Paul David, Contextualization of the Gospel in Counseling: A Biblical Rational for Person-Centered Ministry (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1988).
    Available on microfiche from University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, MI. Includes bibliography.

    *Neff, LaVonne (compiler and editor), et al., Practical Christianity (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1987), 668 pages, ISBN: 084234957X 9780842349574. Includes indexes.
    "An important new reference tool for Christians striving to put faith to work in every area of life. PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY contains over 200 insightful articles by 75 well known contributors. Look up a pressing problem and find practical ways to handle it. Discover how your faith relates to job pressures, money management, politics, marriage tensions etc. Material is arranged topically for quick reference." -- CBD

    *Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Faith and Life (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851511880 9780851511887.
    "The contents of this book were taught on Sunday afternoons with his seminary students. The teaching is mature, practical, and deep. The teaching in this book is so good that it will always be up to date. Sit with the great theologian on a Sunday afternoon and learn insights that are foundations to all of life." -- CBD

    *Watson, Thomas (d. 1686), and Don Kistler (editor), The Art of Divine Contentment, 2nd edition (Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, March 1, 2001), ISBN: 1573581135 9781573581134. Alternate title: AUTARKEIA.
    This is an exposition of Philippians 4:11.
    "Like all the good Puritans he majored in the art of teaching humble hearts to live the Christ-like life. In this book it is the art of contentment that is pressed on all of us." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Watson, one of the most understandable and practical of the Puritans, gives us a much needed remedy for the discontent that is rampant in our society today, even among Christians. He gives a warm and God-centered view of how contentment as a Christian is not only possible, but should be normal. His thesis is: 'That a gracious spirit is a contented spirit. The doctrine of contentment is very superlative; and til we have learned this, we have not learned to be Christians.' (p. 19). He rightly focuses the source of contentment on God's promises and His sovereign keeping of them. 'There is one promise brings much sweet contentment into the soul, "They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing", Ps. xxxiv. 10. If the thing we desire be good for us, we shall have it; if it be not good, then the not having it is good for us. The resting satisfied with this promise gives contentment.' (p. 108). "All Christians can benefit from this kind of work, that we might be different, and not live in the same discontent that we see all around us. If you're looking for a treatment for your heart, Watson is a fine physician of the soul. "-- Reader's Comment
    The Art of Divine Contentment, Thomas Watson
    http://www.ccel.org/w/watson/contentment/contentment.html
    Watson, Thomas. The art of divine contentment. By Thomas Watson, ... Revised and corrected, by Thomas Bennett, ... The fifteenth edition London, 1793. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3319121496
    Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Autarkeia, or, The art of divine contentment by Thomas Watson, 1654, EEBO.

    *Wilberforce, William (1759-1833), Real Christianity. Alternate title: A PRACTICAL VIEW OF THE PREVAILING RELIGIOUS SYSTEM OF PROFESSED CHRISTIANS IN THE HIGHER AND MIDDLE CLASSES IN THIS COUNTRY, CONTRASTED WITH REAL CHRISTIANITY. PUBLISHED IN 1797 BY WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, ESQ. MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE COUNTY OF YORK (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press), ISBN: 157748584X.
    "Wilberferforce (1759-1833) was a member of the English Parliament for 45 years, a politician by calling, but a Christian in his faith and practice.
    "He was a prime mover in the abolition of slavery in England. This book was printed in 1797, and has gone through many printings since, in English and five other languages.
    "The book is highly abridged, being originally 450 pages. . . . The main thrust of the book is on practical Christianity. . . . "Wilberforce teaches the importance of a God-centered life. Any life that is not centered on our Creator is not life at all, but such persons are dead while living (1 Timothy 5:6) . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Adams, Jay E., More than Redemption: A Theology of Christian Counseling. Alternate title: A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING: MORE THAN REDEMPTION. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1979), 338 pages, ISBN: 0310511011 9780310511014.
    "Four major sections seek to articulate a biblical theology of counseling. The first seven chapters deal with the relevance of God and His Word to counseling: e.g., 'God is man's environment'; 'because counseling is part of the ministry of the Word (just as preaching is) it is unthinkable to use any other text (just as it would be unthinkable to do so in preaching).' The next four chapters deal with the nature of man in creation and in sin. The next seven deal with the change process (salvation and sanctification), including a lengthy section on forgiveness. The book closes with a miscellany of other topics. Along with COMPETENT TO COUNSEL, THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL, and LECTURES ON COUNSELING, this is a fundamental book for understanding nouthetic counseling.
    "Reprints in entirety two books, COPING WITH COUNSELING CRISES and THE USE OF THE SCRIPTURES IN COUNSELING and two pamphlets "Your Place in the Counseling Revolution" and "Counseling and the Sovereignty of God." Opens with a challenge to seminary students to consider their calling as 'pastor-counselors'." -- David Powlison

    *Adams, Jay E., Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling (Ministry Resources Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), ISBN: 0310511402 9780310511403.
    "This is a classic in the field of Christian counseling. It has helped thousands of pastors, students, layman, and Christian counselors develop both a general approach to Christian counselling and a specific response to particular problems... First published in 1970, this book has gone through over thirty printings which has resulted in worldwide impact." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Adams, Jay E., Grist From Adams Mill (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875520790 9780875520797.
    "Contains 27 two to four page essays on a wide range of topics: 'tracts for the times.' How does God guide? Where do you get peace? How do you handle interruptions? Dealing with church hoppers? Think: does God hate the sin but love the sinner? Are you clear about the Gospel? How do you handle the influence -- for bad or good -- that people have on one another? How do you deal with differences on biblically debatable matters? What is good music? How can you be professional in your ministry, in the best sense of the word? How do you judge success and failure?" -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Handbook of Church Discipline, ISBN: 0310511917 9780310511915.
    "Presents clear description of church discipline, embedding the formal and remedial aspects in a context of informal, preventive, positive discipline. The five steps of discipline include three informal aspects (practice self-discipline; go one-on-one; take one or two others) and two formal aspects (take it to the church; hand over to the world). Lots of how-to and what-if to guide individuals and churches into the God-honoring practice of church discipline." -- David Powlison
    "This is a handbook for pastors, elders, and all Christians who want to see how Scripture presents the process of discipline that should operate in the Christian community... The author has developed the book around the five steps of corrective discipline found especially in Matthew 18:15-17." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Adams, Jay E., Handling Anger God's Way; Dealing With Depression (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    Audio cassette JA105.

    Adams, Jay E., How to Handle Trouble (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co., 1982), ISBN: 0875520766 9780875520766.
    "Focuses on Philippians 1:12-26, where Paul views his hardships as opportunities to glorify Christ."
    " 'A practical handbook that gives biblical directions to follow in times of trouble.' Where THE GRAND DEMONSTRATION works out the implications of God's decretive will, this book works out the implications of God's directive will by which he pastorally guides His people. Based on Philippians 1, it lays out six steps for handling trouble: recognize God is in the problem; remember God is up to something; believe that He is up to something good; discover where and how God is at work; get involved in what He is doing; expect good effects." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., How To Help People Change: The Four-Step Biblical Process, 203 pages.
    "Unfolds the counseling process through an exposition of II Timothy 3:14-17. Bases all on the centrality of God and the vertical dimension for counseling: The Holy Spirit and the Word work in concert. Change unfolds through teaching, conviction, correction and training. 'Learn both how to launder your mind of pagan psychological and psychiatric theories and how to use the Bible cogently and effectively in its full strength.' Contains reprint of Adams's 1982 journal article on 'Integration'." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., How to Overcome Evil (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co., 1978), ISBN: 0801001269 9780801001260.
    "Learn to assess yourself and the situation accurately in the light of who God is, in order that you might repent and trust Christ. Make plans for how you will obey Christ in tough situations. Pray to God for the Holy Spirit. Act to Christ's glory." -- David Powlison
    "A series of lectures which shows how to `put off' evil and `put on' good. For counselors and counselees." A practical exposition of Romans 12:14-21.

    Adams, Jay E., Listening in Counseling [30048]

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), The Stuff of Life: Forty-two Brief Talks on Daily Duty and Religion.

    Asquith, Glenn H., Jr., Family Passages Family Passages (The Bible and Personal Crisis Collection Series, Book 8. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1990), ISBN: 0805454489 9780805454482.

    Baker, Don, Acceptance: Loosing the Webs of Personal Insecurity (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers), ISBN: 0880700793 9780880700795.
    "Follow Baker as he relates the open-soul remembrance of his own transformation from a native-dwelling doubter of God's acceptance to a maturing, love-conscious believer.-- GCB

    Bates, William, The Complete Works of William Bates. See Puritan Bookshelf CD #10. WorldCat: 52539330.

    *BOLTON (BOULTON), ROBERT (1572-1631), General Directions for a Comfortable Walking With God (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1991), 444 pages, ISBN: 1877611263 9781877611261. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available [THE WORKS OF THE REVEREND, TRULY PIOUS AND JUDICIOUSLY LEARNED, ROBERT BOLTON] on Puritan Bookshelf CD #9. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #27.
    "You'll find Robert Bolton warm, engaging, insightful, and thoroughly Biblical. More important, he will challenge you to a deeper, richer walk with God than you ever thought possible." -- John MacArthur

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), Follow the Lamb, or Counsels to Converts, ISBN: 1877611263.
    "He gives wise counsel to Christians. He holds up the high standards of the Bible as essential to our well-being. . . . This is a book of exhortations. The simple words of Bonar will test your resolve, stretch your spirit, and challenge your behavior. It both convicts, and convinces.
    "We highly recommend this, and all other books by Horatius Bonar." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    Follow the Lamb, by Horatius Bonar
    http://www.pionet.net/~cultrsch/bfl.htm

    *BURGESS, ANTHONY (d. 1664?), Spiritual Refining, Part II (Ames, IA: International Outreach). (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #4. Available [SPIRITUAL REFINING, PART I AND PART II] on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #9. Available [SPIRITUAL REFINING, PART I AND PART II] on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
    "The first section is on the deceitfulness and guile of the natural heart (Jeremiah 17:9). . . . Next he contrasts thee natural tendencies toward deceitfulness in all of us to the uprightness of the heart; or, the heart without guile (Psalm 32:2) . . . Section three deals with practical cases of conscience which regularly test our sincerity in seeking to be guileless . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Burroughs, Jeremiah, A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness and A Heavenly Conversation (Walking With God), ISBN: 1877611387.
    "A comprehensive treatment of the nature and enticements of worldliness. It reflects the keen insight of Puritan Christianity." -- GCB

    Calian, Carnegie Samuel, For all Your Seasons: Biblical Direction Through Life's Passages (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, c1979), ISBN: 0804220840 9780804220842.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), and John Graham Miller (contributor), Calvin's Wisdom: An Anthology Arranged Alphabetically by a Grateful Reader, ISBN: 0851516246 9780851516240. "This anthology (arranged alphabetically by topic) also becomes a dictionary of his thought and almost an encyclopedia of his theology." -- GCB
    Calvin's Wisdom: An Anthology Arranged Alphabetically by a Grateful Reader, Jean Calvin, John Graham Miller
    http://books.google.com/books?id=_VsuAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Concerning Scandals (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1978), ISBN: 0802835112 9780802835116.

    Carden, Allen, Puritan Christianity in America: Religion and Life in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts, ISBN: 0801025435 9780801025433. "After exploring the Biblical basis of the Puritan movement, Carden's thematic study examines all aspects of Puritan theology as well as the Puritan's approach to the Christian life, social ethics, politics, family life, education, and culture. He concludes with an overview of the legacy bequeathed to American culture." -- GCB

    Cranfield, C.E.B., The Bible and Christian Life, ISBN: 0567291251 9780567291257.

    *De Graaf, Simon Gerrit, Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes (Scarsdale, NY [Westminster Discount Book Service, P.O. Box 125H, Scarsdale 10583]: Westminster Discount Book Service, 1977). Translated from the Dutch by H. Evan Runner and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. A Christian classic.
    "In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: `Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him. . . .'
    "This renewed insight into Biblical revelation is the perspective undergirding De Graaf's treatment of all Bible stories. It makes his book a unique presentation of God's revelation of Himself in the covenant and keeps his interpretations of the stories from degenerating into mere moralizing. Religion is not morality." -- H. Evan Runner
    "I highly recommend this book. One of the best books available." -- R.C. Sproul
    "A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible." -- Christianity Today

    Foster, K. Neil, The Discerning Christian: How the Believer Detects Truth from Error in the Midst of Today's Religious Confusion, ISBN: 0875093124 9780875093123.

    Ganz, Richard, How I Became a Christian Counselor (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    Also includes "Dr. Adams, Questions and Answers; Is Masturbation for Christians?"

    Gilbert, Marvin G., and Raymond T. Brock (editors), The Holy Spirit and Counseling, ISBN: 0913573140 9780913573143.

    *Gray, Andrew (1633-1656), Joel R. Beeke, W.K. Tweedie, The Works of the Reverend and Pious Andrew Gray, ISBN: 1877611514 9781877611513. "Andrew Gray (1633-1656) was a renowned 17th century Scots divine, steeped in Reformed/Puritan theology. At age 19 he was ordained in the High Kirk of Glasgow. He rendered doctrine intelligible and practical. He aimed for the conscience. He spoke to the heart in comforting the newly reborn, in arresting the backslider, and in unmasking the hypocrite." -- GCB

    Heywood, Oliver, George Barton Ide, Heart Treasure: or, The furniture of a Holy Soul (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1989), ISBN: 1877611042 9781877611049.
    "Heywood (1629-1702) as a Nonconformist minister was often persecuted for his beliefs. In this work his writing is marked by a depth of pious feeling and an experimental knowledge of the working of grace in the soul. Matthew 12:35 forms the theme for this book." -- GCB

    Jeffery, Peter, Christian Handbook: A Straightforward Guide to the Bible, Church History, and Christian Doctrine (Bridgen, England: Evangelical Press of Wales), ISBN: 1850490651 9781850490654.

    Kaynor, Keith, When God Chooses: The Life of David, ISBN: 0872271269 9780872271265.

    *Kistemaker, Simon J., The Parables of Jesus: A History of Interpretation and Bibliography, 301 pages, ISBN: 0801054230 9780801054235.
    "A history of parable interpretation from the period of the Church Fathers to the present, with the most extensive bibliography to date on the parables as a whole and on individual parables." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "Briefly out of print, this fine book on the parables is now available in paperback. Kistemaker is currently involved as Professor and Chairman of New Testament at Reformed Seminary Jackson. He is also writing commentaries that will finish up the work begun by William Hendriksen." -- GCB

    Langberg, D., How To Deal With Hurts (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30244
    Audio cassette WW402.

    Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Knowing the Times: Addresses Delivered on Various Occasions, 1942-1977, ISBN: 0851515568 9780851515564.

    Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Miracle of Grace and Other Messages, ISBN: 0801056365 9780801056369.
    "Fourteen (14) sermons published together for the first time as a book. These sermons originally appeared in the periodical The Christian World Pulpit. They cover a wide variety of topics such as hope, discipleship, suffering, sin, the Cross, the Resurrection, and more." -- GCB

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Letters of Spiritual Counsel (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1955), ISBN: 9780664230852 0664230857.
    Edited and translated by Theodore G. Tappert. Includes bibliography.

    Mack, Wayne, Strengthening Your Marriage [70038]

    Mack, Wayne, You Can Resolve Interpersonal Conflicts (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1981, c1979), ISBN: 0801061032 9780801061035.
    "Unfolds Philippians 4:2 -- the conflict of Euodia and Syntyche -- as a paradigm for conflict solving. Take responsibility for your side; approach the other person in biblical ways; seek wise counsel. Includes suggested assignments." -- David Powlison

    Martin, Hugh (1822-1885), Simon Peter, ISBN: 0851514278.
    "Martin (1822-1885) first presented this material in 1869. While telling us about Peter we also learn about the various phases of Christian faith and life." -- GCB

    McClung, Floyd, Jr., The Father Heart of God, ISBN: 9780736912150 0736912150
    "You'll will discover that no problem is too great or too insignificant for your Father in Heaven. The author illustrates how the loving, compassion of God enables us to overcome insecurity and the devastating effects of some of life's most painful experiences." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Helpful for those who may be alienated from God in part by family problems.

    McNeill, John T., A History of the Cure of Souls (New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1965, c1951).

    *Murray, John (1898-1975), Principles of Conduct (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0802811442 9780802811448.
    "This is a far-ranging book with a recurring emphasis on the majestic moral demands of Scripture and the relation of the Gospel to those demands. Scripture teaching is lucidly brought to bear on vital ethical issues such as marriage, work as a calling, capital punishment, the sanctity of truth, and the fear of God. Undoubtedly this is the foremost contemporary book in the field." -- William J. Grier

    National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, What To Do When: Addresses, Workshops; Brandt, Adams, et al. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co., 1978). 20468
    Howard A. Eyrich, editor. Proceeding of the annual meeting, 1977.

    *PINK, ARTHUR W., Gleanings From the Scriptures: Man's Total Depravity (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1969). Available (STUDIES IN SCRIPTURE VOLUMES 19-32) on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Pink again shows his thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He refers to something like 500 verses of the Bible to demonstrate that God teaches that mankind is totally depraved since the Fall. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. A strongly Calvinistic treatment.
    The Doctrine of Human Depravity, Arthur Pink
    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/4495/depravity_index.html

    Pink, Arthur W., Studies in the Scriptures, 1946 (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513468 9780851513461.
    "For 33 years Pink issued his magazine by this title, and in it he wrote nearly all of his many books which have been published. And he also covered many other subjects, such as the Prayers of the Apostles, Spiritual Growth, etc., as in this issue. You will find a great deal of his commentary on Joshua in this issue also. Pink is superb. How wonderful that the Banner of Truth Trust is issuing some of these yearly magazines. Enjoy them while you may." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Pink, Arthur W., Studies in the Scriptures, 1947 (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513476 9780851513478.

    Porter, Jack Nusan, Conflict and Conflict Resolution: A Historical Bibliography, ISBN: ISBN: 0824092872 9780824092870.
    "As an introduction to the field of social conflict, this bibliography uses classical and contemporary sources to trace conflict theories from ancient times to the present. Though selective in its inclusion of more recent works, this book is comprehensive in its historical dimension, making it unique among sociological studies. With its categorizing of books, articles, and dissertations, it is a valuable handbook or text for research. It should prove invaluable to D.Min. students doing dissertation research in the area of interpersonal communication." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Preston, John (1587-1628), The Golden Sceptre Held Forth to the Humble (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1990). ISBN: 1877611174 9781877611179. A Christian classic.
    This book is comprised of six sermons on 2 Chronicles 7:14: `If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land,' just one verse that succinctly gives the Biblical solution to terrorism. Sermons are on Affliction, Humiliation, Seeking god's face, Turning from evil, Forgiveness to those who forsake sin, and Sin as the cause of all calamities.

    Pruitt, Carl W., What the Bible Says About God's Answers to Personal Problems (Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Co, 1982).
    "In thirteen chapters the author covers the teaching of the Bible on the major topics of interest to pastoral counselors. A valuable distillation of the Biblical teaching." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Puritan and Westminster Conferences, et al., The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors. Alternate title: THE PURITANS: THEIR ORIGINS AND SUCCESSORS: ADDRESSES DELIVERED AT THE PURITAN AND WESTMINSTER CONFERENCES 1959-1978, ISBN: 0851514960 9780851514963.
    "The author pays his dues to the Puritans, whose books he devoured, and whose teaching he absorbed and then preached. He draws lessons from Calvin and Knox, Bunyan and Owen, Edwards and Whitefield, and many others. As always, his comments are practical." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *RYLE, J.C., Practical Religion: Being Plain Papers on the Daily Duties, Experience, Dangers and Privileges of Professing Christians (Cambridge, England: J. Clarke), ISBN: ISBN: 085234449X 9780852344491. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    Foreword by J.I. Packer. "Discusses: self-iniquity, self-exertion, reality, prayer, Bible reading, charity, zeal, happiness, formality, the world, riches and poverty, sickness, family of God, heirs of God, eternity, and others." -- GCB

    *SCUDDER, HENRY, The Christian's Daily Walk in Holy Security and Peace (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications). Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #4. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #30. A Christian classic.
    "I remember not any book which is written to be the daily companion of Christians, to guide them in the practice of a holy life, which I prefer before this . . . " -- John Owen
    "We could say nothing more about this book than that it has been highly recommended by John Owen and Richard Baxter. Owen said it had been very effective for him in his youth and Baxter said there is no book better on the subject." -- GCB

    Sire, James W., The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, revised edition (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1988), ISBN: 0830818995 9780830818990.
    Contains material useful in counseling.

    Snider, Noah, When There's No Place Like Home (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers), ISBN: 0840733240 9780840733245.
    "Snider, once a homeless individual, writes of the plight of the homeless and presents some solutions." -- GCB
    The Homeless Handbook
    http://www.infoxchange.net.au/hhb/index.html

    Steele, James William, Bible Solutions to Problems of Daily Living (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1983), ISBN: 0130780146 9780130780140 0130780227 9780130780225.
    Includes bibliography.

    Stigger, Judith, Coping With Infertility, ISBN: 0806619562 9780806619569.
    "A guide for couples, families, and counselors."

    *Wallace, Ronald, Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life (Tyler, TX: Geneva Divinity School Press, c1982), ISBN: 1579100473 9781579100476.
    "This renowned student of Calvin's theology says that the great Reformer did not hold that the doctrine of the priesthood of believers was an individualistic idea apart from the Church. Also sets forth Calvin's views on prayer, ethics, and other Christian disciplines. Always the idea of assurance, achievement, and hope was present because of our union with Christ." -- GCB

    *Weeks, Noel, The Sufficiency of Scripture (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1988).
    "Weeks is currently a Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney. He has a B.S. (Zoology), B.D., Th.M., and Ph.D. To be guilty of understatement, the man is highly and broadly educated.
    "Weeks believes firmly that Scripture is sufficient for faith and practice. And he affirms that all disciplines of life are governed by the Lord Jesus Christ, and that His providential actions impact on every individual, and every area of knowledge. This rule is not only declared by the Scripture, but the Scriptures themselves enunciate the response due from each person. Whether it may be culture, or science, or nation, all are subject to the Scripture; that is, all will be judged by the Scriptures in the end. Therefore, it follows that we are daily to judge all things by the Scriptures.
    "Weeks makes application of all this. And in doing so he again and again points out that the more we dilute the influence of the Scriptures, the further we go into doubt and confusion. The many apostasies which are today in evidence are the result of the diluting of, or the abandoning of, the authority of the Scriptures. . . .
    "In the matter of translations, Weeks shows that there is no solid scriptural reason for the dynamic equivalence form of translation. Rather there is a great disservice to believers. He also shows that making the `receptor language' the governing language in translation is to subvert the original God-breathed words.
    "His conclusion is excellent, in which he notes that we are acquiescing in a limitation of inspiration throughout our Christian practice. And this leaves a Christian without power; yea, and also without excuse before God. God's words are absolute, just as His power is absolute. To seek to accommodate the Christian message to what the world is willing to hear, is to doom it to failure, even ridicule. Paul and Barnabas confronted the Greeks with God's commands. And they turned the world upside down. We must return to this practice of announcing to the world what God has said, and present it as authoritative. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Wells, William W., Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity, ISBN: 0877846243: 9780877846246.

    Wiseman, Luke H., Practical Truths From Judges, ISBN: 0825440343 9780825440342.
    "Formerly published as MEN OF FAITH, this work contains a wealth of practical material; applications are offered to encourage and challenge us today. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    See also: Casuistry, cases of conscience, Reference Works, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Topical listing of scripture, Ethics, Medical ethics, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Reconcililiation of relationships, Justification, Forgiveness, Sanctification, The promises of Christ, Bible promises, Bible Commentaries

    Related WebLinks

    Justifying Faith
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

    The Table-talk of Martin Luther translated by William Hazlitt, Esq.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/luther/tabletalk.i.html
    The Table-talk of Martin Luther translated by William Hazlitt, Esq.

    The Table-talk of Martin Luther translated by William Hazlitt, Esq.
    This is e-text of The Lutheran Publication Society printing.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/Table_talk/table_talk.html

    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
    http://www.ccef.org/
    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
    1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
    Glenside, PA 19038
    Telephone: 215.884.7676

    Westminster Media Cassette Catalog [30111]
    Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore
    http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/

    *National Association of Nouthetic Counselors [E1028]
    Nouthetic Counseling Home Page -- Competent to Counsel
    http://www.nanc.org
    The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Tape Library
    http://www.kyrios.com/soundword/nanc.html
    National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
    5526 State Road 26 East
    Lafayette, IN 47905

    Biblical Counseling Foundation
    http://www.bcfministries.org/aboutbcf.htm

    Logos Research Systems, Inc., Biblical Counseling Library (29 Volumes), on CD-ROM, Libronix Digital Library System
    "This 29 volume collection of Biblical Counseling titles is an amazing compilation of Christian counseling resources. THE BIBLICAL COUNSELING LIBRARY features some of Jay E. Adams' outstanding counseling titles, including THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL, COMPETENT TO COUNSEL, and A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING. It includes works from 20 different authors, including Steve Farrar, Elizabeth George, Jerry Bridges, and Lou Priolo.
    "This collection includes informative studies on general Christian counseling, as well as very focused works on Women's and Men's counseling needs, counseling victims of sexual abuse, eating and diet issues, dating, working through struggles with sexual sin and anger, and developing a deeper walk with God. A fantastic resource for the library of a pastor or Christian counselor, the BIBLICAL COUNSELING LIBRARY adds a new dimension to your Logos Bible Software. These expert resources are combined with the tools of the Logos Bible Software system, including topical searching for studying specific areas of Biblical counseling, and linked references to other titles in your Libronix library." -- Publisher's Annotation
    http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2482



    Pastoral Counseling

    See the Theological Notes, "Pastors and Pastoral Care," at 1 Peter 5:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

    "The task facing those of us in the ministry is to counteract this trend toward egocentricity with a sound, Christocentric emphasis. To the extent that we are able to do so, our ministry will show the fruit of our endeavors. We will also find that those to whom we minister will begin to respond with new enthusiasm. Their lives will also be marked by a deeper, richer appreciation for the Word of God. Mental and emotional needs will be met as well as spiritual ones. Prospects for the future, therefore, appear promising. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    "The ability to apply God's truth therapeutically implies the prior ability to diagnose spiritual ill-health, and diagnostic ability is learned as much by discovering and keeping track of one's own sins and weaknesses as by any other means." -- J.I. Packer

    *Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's Casebook (The Jay Adams Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), ISBN: 0310511615 9780310511618.
    "This is 'a workbook designed for individual or class use in conjunction with COMPETENT TO COUNSEL and THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL.' Contains snapshots of 60 opening sessions and 45 cases in process. There are three major purposes: [1] to learn how to identify various sorts of problems according to biblical norms; [2] to lay out biblical plans of action for dealing with problems; [3] to provide familiarity with a wide variety of representative types of problems that counselors encounter." -- David Powlison

    *Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, 202 pages, ISBN: 1889032468 9781889032467.
    "THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING is designed to afford Christian counselors quick reference as well as comprehensive access to the chief principles and practices of biblical counseling. It is called an 'encyclopedia' because a counselor interested in surveying the gamut of those principles and practices will find in this volume a wider variety of subjects than may be located in any other book of biblical counseling. The counseling described here is truly 'Christian' with method and content firmly rooted in careful biblical exegesis. At the same time it is 'practical' because articles consist not merely of definitions and descriptions, but also of application of the material useful to Christian counselors. Although not necessarily the only way these biblical principles can be applied, they are the fruit of years of study and experience in biblical counseling. In short, the book is designed as an aid to the working counselor who needs a quick reference guide. We trust that God will use it to His glory and to the blessing of His people." -- Preface

    Adams, Jay E., Ministering series
    Contents: The ministry of the church -- God is!! Stability we can count on -- The environment of God -- The balanced Christian -- The disciplined life -- Setting priorities -- Making plans Biblically -- Am I a winner? It's joys and responsibilities -- The pastor's wife and depression -- Christian forgiveness -- Pain, does it belong? -- Decisions, make them or they make you -- Worry, trouble, how to combat it -- The Biblical view of divorce -- Homosexuality, how to deal with it -- Overcoming depression -- Grading and degrading, Christian education -- Poles apart, who's a Christian? -- Baptism for infants.

    *Adams, Jay E., Shepherding God's Flock: A Handbook on Pastoral Ministry, Counseling and Leadership, ISBN: 0310510716 9780310510710.
    "The book is divided into three parts: Pastoral Life deals with the pastor, his calling, and the general care he provides the flock. Pastoral Counseling provides an overview of the task and general approach for pastoral counselors. Pastoral Leadership offers a perspective on the ways the pastor can lead the church in its many tasks and responsibilities." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "An `unparalleled handbook' on ministry for teaching and ruling elders." -- SWRB
    "A handbook on pastoral ministry, counseling, and leadership. This book is one of the finest you can get and will help you in the real world. The contents come out of years of working directly with ministers, counselors, and work as a seminary professor." -- GCB. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

    Baker, Don, Beyond Forgiveness: The Healing Touch of Church Discipline, ISBN: 0880700548 9780880700542.

    *Bridges, Charles, The Christian Ministry, With an Inquiry Into the Causes of its Inefficiency (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN-10: 1428610979. A Christian classic.
    "Bridges was a minister in England into the nineteenth century. . . . This book has been considered a classic book for ministers almost since it was written in 1829. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Christian Pastor's Manual: A Selection of Tracts on the Duties, Difficulties, and Encouragements of the Christian Ministry. (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications), ISBN: 1573581364 9781573581363.

    *Dayringer, Richard, The Heart of Pastoral Counseling: Healing Through Relationship (Grand Rapids, MI: Ministry Resources Library, c1989), ISBN: 0789001721 9780789001726.
    Includes bibliography and index.
    "Edition lays the foundation for utilizing the pastoral counseling relationship to bring about positive change as it explores topics such as observation, listening, communication, handling transference, and termination of therapy. Dr. Richard Dayringer explores these topics through research from the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, marriage counseling, family therapy, and pastoral counseling to help pastoral counselors understand how to use the relationship to bring about the desired ends in the therapeutic process." -- Reader's Comments

    *Denney, James, The Biblical Doctrine of Reconciliation (Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1985), ISBN: 0865241929.
    "Denney was both a pastor and a theologian. He defines and describes the Biblical doctrine of reconciliation and demonstrates that the essence of Christianity lies in its message of grace. Well conceived and well executed. This book deserves careful reading." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "Read it again and again, and then preach its doctrine all your days . . . I do not know any modern book that has so much preaching power in it." -- Alexander Whyte

    *Gregory, John Milton, The Seven Laws of Teaching, ISBN: 0801052726 9780801052729.
    "An unabridged reprint of the 1886 edition. Each principle of education is supported by Scripture, a factor alone that makes this edition an invaluable reference tool." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Holifield, E. Brooks, A History of Pastoral Care in America: From Salvation to Self-Realization, ISBN: 0687172497 9780687172498.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    *Kuhne, Gary W., The Dynamics of Personal Follow-Up (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1976), ISBN: 0310269512 9780310269519.
    A scholarly work that is one of the foundational books for the nouthetic method of counseling. Includes bibliography.

    Lester, Andrew D., Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling, ISBN: 0664255884 9780664255886.

    McNeill, John T., A History of the Cure of Souls (New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1965, c1951).

    *Nebe, August, Luther as Spiritual Advisor (Philadelphia, PA: Lutheran Publication Society, 1894).
    Translated by Charles A. Hay and Charles E. Hay. "Gives Luther's methods of dealing with the sick, destitute, sorrowing, erring, tempted, and dying. Sheds real light on Luther as a pastor and gives helpful insights." -- Robert B. Somerville

    Ngien, Dennis, Luther as a Spiritual Advisor: The Interface of Theology and Piety in Luther's Devotional Writings, ISBN: 1842274619 9781842274613.

    Thompson, Murray Stewart, Grace and Forgiveness in Ministry, ISBN: 0687156807 9780687156801.
    Includes bibliography and references.

    *Wiersbe, Warren W., and David W. Wiersbe, Comforting the Bereaved, ISBN: 0802452930 9780802452931.

    Koenig, Harold G., Research on Religion and Aging: An Annotated Bibliography, ISBN: 0313294275 9780313294273.

    Bailey, Robert, Ministering to the Grieving (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1976), ISBN: 0310417619 9780310417613.

    Bassett, William T., Counseling the Childless Couple (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1963).

    Benner, David G., Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1992), ISBN: 0801010276 9780801010279.

    Bobick, Michael W., From Slavery to Sonship: A Biblical Psychology for Pastoral Counseling (Scarsdale, NY: The Author, c1984), 224 pages.
    Distributed by Westminster Theological Seminary Discount Book Service. Includes bibliography.
    "Attempts to break fresh theoretical ground for understanding people biblically: 'We need not choose between solving problems and understanding people; this is a false dilemma. . . . But in the absence of a published Biblical psychology that helps counselors. . . our present need is to emphasize the dynamics of motivation.' Instead of a how-to format for specific problems, this book tries 'to span the gap between theological anthropology and actual ministry.' Part 1 develops a model of the sinful human heart as a maze of lies and 'covenants with idols.' The renewed human heart is increasingly ruled by God's truth and power in Christ. Part 2 shows how the model can be used in the counseling process." -- David Powlison

    Browning, Don S., The Moral Context of Pastoral Care (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, c1976), ISBN: 0664207421 9780664207427.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Capps, Donald, Biblical Approaches to Pastoral Counseling (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1981), ISBN: 0664243886 9780664243883.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Carr, John C., John E. Hinkle, Jr., and David M. Moss III, The Organization and Administration of Pastoral Counseling Centers (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, c1981), ISBN: 0687294304 9780687294305.
    Includes bibliography and indexes.

    Christensen, James L., The Pastor's Counseling Handbook (Westwood, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1963).
    A widely used text.

    Conley, Thomas H. and Samuel Southard, Pastoral Care for Personal Growth: Enabling the Laity to Share in Pastoral Ministry, ISBN: 0817007547 9780817007546.

    Crane, William E., Where God Comes In: The Divine "Plus" in Counseling (Waco, TX: Word Books).
    Includes bibliography.

    Davis, Billie, Teaching to Meet Crisis Needs (Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, c1984), ISBN: 0882436090 9780882436098.
    Includes bibliographies.

    Denton, Wallace, The Minister's Wife as a Counselor
    Includes bibliography.

    Hamilton, James P., The Ministry of Pastoral Counseling (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1972), ISBN: 0801040698 9780801040696.
    "Concerned primarily with the relationship between Christian doctrine and Pastoral care. . . ." -- Gorman/Matthews

    Hauck, Paul A., Reason in Pastoral Counseling (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1972), ISBN: 0664209459 9780664209452.

    Hexham, Irving, Karla Poewe, and J.I. Packer, Understanding Cults and New Religions (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).
    "This book is designed to help Christian laymen, pastors, youth workers, and students understand cults from a social, psychological, and religious perspective. . . ." -- GCB

    Kandle, George C., and Henry H. Cassler, Ministering to Prisoners and Their Families (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1968).
    Includes bibliography.

    Keller, Timothy J., Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road (Grand Rapids, MI: Ministry Resources Library, c1989), ISBN: 031052041X 9780310520412.

    Kemp, Charles F., A Pastoral Counseling Guidebook (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1971).
    "Appendix includes various checklists and forms, and there is a valuable 30-page annotated bibliography. As a guide to literature and practice in the field this is a handy work."-- Gorman/Matthews

    Lester, Andrew D., When Children Suffer: A Sourcebook for Ministry With Children in Crisis (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1987), ISBN: 0664213278 9780664213275.
    "Focuses on the significant crises in childhood. Treats issues like unresolved grief, unnecessary fear, lack of trust, a low sense of worth, distorted ideas about the person of God and the world in which they live. Well-done; makes a valuable contribution." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Long, Edward Le Roy, Conscience and Compromise: An Approach to Protestant Casuistry

    McBurney, Louis, Counseling Christian Workers (Resources in Christian Counseling. Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, c1986), ISBN: 0849905869 9780849905865.
    "McBurney, a `pastor to the clergy,' examines: the unique problems that face today's Christian workers; the role-related pressures and areas of resistance that must be overcome; the symptom complexes in the life of the minister; and the therapeutic approaches and principles as they relate to counseling Christian workers." -- GCB. Includes bibliography and index.

    McElhinney, Glenn R., A Nouthetic Approach to Counseling Elementary School-age Children (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1986).
    Includes bibliography.

    McIntosh, Ian F., Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1972), ISBN: 0664209246 9780664209247.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    McLemore, Clinton W., Clergyman's Psychological Handbook: Clinical Information for Pastoral Counseling (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1974), ISBN: 0802815766 9780802815767.

    Nederhood, Joel, The Holy Triangle (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1952), ISBN: 0801066751 9780801066757.

    Platt, Larry A., and Roger G. Branch (editors), Resources for Ministry in Death and Dying, ISBN: 0805469451 9780805469455.
    "The editors have brought together the best in current literature on the subject of ministry to those facing life's terminus. Information about organizations specializing in different types of care, together with data about audiovisual materials, will prove invaluable to pastors and counselors." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Powlison, David A.C., The History of Biblical Counseling, new edition. Alternate title: COMPETENT TO COUNSEL? THE HISTORY OF A CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANT ANTI-PSYCHIATRY MOVEMENT. (College Park, PA: University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. thesis, 1996). ISBN: 0978556763 9780978556761.
    David Powlison is editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling, a staff member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Glenside, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Harvard University in 1972.

    *Powlison, David (editor), Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled and Annotated by David Powlison, editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling With 1995 Additions
    http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

    Pruitt, Carl W., What the Bible Says About God's Answers to Personal Problems (Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Co, 1982).
    "In thirteen chapters the author covers the teaching of the Bible on the major topics of interest to pastoral counselors. A valuable distillation of the Biblical teaching." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Pruyser, P.W., Minister as Diagnostician (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1976), ISBN: 0664241239 9780664241230.
    "Dr. Pruyser explores, in depth, the first step in the helping process: the diagnostic assessment of the problem-laden person. The diagnoses that the minister makes cannot be medical or psychiatric, says Dr. Pruyser." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Rightor, Henry Haskell, Pastoral Counseling in Work Crises: An Introduction for Both Lay and Ordained Ministers (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, c1979), ISBN: 0817008144 9780817008147.
    Includes bibliography and index.

    Schroeder, Theodore W., Pastor's Counseling Manual for Ministry to Those Who Must Sustain a Loved One in Crisis, ISBN: 0570082501 9780570082507.

    Sharrett, M., Career Planning: A Christian Approach [30377]

    Smith, Donald P., Clergy in the Cross Fire: Coping With Role Conflict in the Ministry (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1973), ISBN: 0664209645 9780664209643.
    "Offers guidance in handling role ambiguities and conflicts. There is a selective but wide ranging bibliography (pp. 223-232) for further study." -- Gorman/Matthews

    Thornton, Edward E., Theology and Pastoral Counseling (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: PrenticeHall, 1964).

    Towns, Elmer L., and Roberta L. Groff, Successful Ministry to the Retarded (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1972), ISBN: 0802484255 9780802484253.

    VandeCreek, Larry, A Research Primer for Pastoral Care and Counseling (Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, 1988), ISBN: 0929670000 9780929670003.
    Prepared with the research committees of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. "A commemorative issue, Dialogue 88." Includes bibliography and index.

    Welch, Ed, Philosophy of Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30460
    Audio cassette SC864.

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), For all counselors, Biblical counseling tracts, Manuals and handbooks, The westminster confession of faith (1646, the westminster standards) and related works: a study guide, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Preaching and pastoral counseling, Physical health, Physiological problems, Reference works, Referral in pastoral counseling, Abnormal behavior and mental illness, Medical aspects of pastoral counseling, Legal aspects of biblical counseling, Physiological problems, Sexual relationship, Ethics, Medical ethics, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Bible magistracy, Magistracy turns back the wrath of god, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Christ and counseling, Appendix a: the words of christ, Love and counseling problems, Biblical counsel by subject, Topical listings os scripture useful in counseling, Practical expository sermons, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Case studies, Peer counseling, The works of jay adams, Training in biblical counseling, Women's health, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership

    Related WebLinks

    Journal of Biblical Counseling
    http://www.ccef.org/html/biblicalcounselingjournal.html
    Journal of Biblical Counseling
    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
    1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
    Glenside, PA 19038
    Telephone: 215.884.7676
    FAX: 215.884.9435

    Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore
    http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/

    Nouthetic Counseling Home Page -- Competent to Counsel
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/nanc/index.htm
    The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Tape Library
    http://www.kyrios.com/soundword/nanc.html
    National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
    5526 State Road 26 East
    Lafayette, IN 47905

    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
    http://www.ccef.org/
    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
    1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
    Glenside, PA 19038
    Telephone: 215.884.7676

    "Helps for the Family"
    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
    P.O. Box 27009
    Philadelphia, PA 19118
    A radio program.

    Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
    http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html

    Logos Research Systems, Inc., Biblical Counseling Library (29 Volumes), on CD-ROM, Libronix Digital Library System
    "This 29 volume collection of Biblical Counseling titles is an amazing compilation of Christian counseling resources. THE BIBLICAL COUNSELING LIBRARY features some of Jay E. Adams' outstanding counseling titles, including THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL, COMPETENT TO COUNSEL, and A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING. It includes works from 20 different authors, including Steve Farrar, Elizabeth George, Jerry Bridges, and Lou Priolo.
    "This collection includes informative studies on general Christian counseling, as well as very focused works on Women's and Men's counseling needs, counseling victims of sexual abuse, eating and diet issues, dating, working through struggles with sexual sin and anger, and developing a deeper walk with God. A fantastic resource for the library of a pastor or Christian counselor, the BIBLICAL COUNSELING LIBRARY adds a new dimension to your Logos Bible Software. These expert resources are combined with the tools of the Logos Bible Software system, including topical searching for studying specific areas of Biblical counseling, and linked references to other titles in your Libronix library." -- Publisher's Annotation
    http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2482



    Preaching and Pastoral Counseling

    See the Theological Notes, "Prophets" at Deuteronomy 18:18 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
    (Isaiah 55:10,11) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. (Acts 3:19,20)

    Adams, Jay, Preaching With Parables (Timeless Texts, December 2007), 64 pages, ISBN: 1889032549 9781889032542.

    Anderson, Stanley Edwin, Every Pastor a Counselor (Wheaton, IL: Van Kampen Press, 1949).

    *BROOKS, THOMAS, and ALEXANDER BALLOCH GROSART (editor), The Works of Thomas Brooks, 1886 6 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513026 9780851513027. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "V. 1. The preface -- Memoir of Brooks -- Precious remedies against Satan's devices -- Apples of gold -- The mute Christian under the smarting rod -- A string of pearls -- V. 2. An ark for all God's Noahs -- The privy key of heaven -- Heaven on earth -- V. 3. The unsearchable riches of Christ -- A cabinet of jewels -- V. 4. Crown and glory of Christianity -- V. 5. The golden key to open hidden treasures -- Paradise opened -- A word in season -- V. 6. London's lamentations -- The glorious day of the saints' appearance -- God's delight in the progress of the upright -- Hypocrites detected -- A believer's last day his best day -- A heavenly cordial -- The legacy of a dying mother. Responsibility: edited, with memoir, by Alexander B. Grosart."
    "At that time, Charles Spurgeon commented in The Sword and the Trowel,

    The volumes now before us are by that marvelously rich author Thomas Brooks, whose wealth of imagery surpasses all others of his age. The mere marginal notes of Brooks are more valuable than pages of ordinary writers; we take pleasure in the stones of his temple, and the very dust thereof we favor. Of all the Puritans he is the most readable, if we except John Bunyan; and if he cannot display the depth of Owen or the raciness of Adams, he leaves them far behind in excessive [unusual] sweetness and sparkling beauty of metaphor. There is a clear, silvery, refreshing sound in the name 'Brooks', and as is the name, such is the man. Every reader who can afford the money should purchase this incorrupt, unmutilated, unchanged, well-printed and perfectly edited copy of Brooks." -- SWRB
    "Perhaps the most practical of all the Puritans, Brooks surrounds the reader with lively thoughts derived from the Scriptures. He is undoubtedly one of the most quotable authors. . . . His best-known books are HEAVEN AND EARTH; A STRING OF PEARLS; APPLES OF GOLD, PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES; THE MUTE CHRISTIAN UNDER THE SMARTING ROD (the latter two will appear in the Fifty Greatest Christian Classics Series). Spurgeon so loved Brooks that he published a book of his sayings, SMOOTH STONES FROM ANCIENT BROOKS. He can be counted on to entertain the reader, as he feeds him meat that will stick to his or her spiritual ribs." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, full view and downloadable
    http://books.google.com/books?id=64MaAAAAMAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    Capps, Donald, Pastoral Counseling and Preaching: A Quest for an Integrated Ministry (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1980), ISBN: 0664243428 9780664243425.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Gerkin, Charles V., The Living Human Document: Visioning Pastoral Counseling in a Hermeneutical Mode (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, c1984), ISBN: 0687223725 9780687223725.
    Includes bibliography and index.

    Hart, Larry Don, A Model for Relational Counseling Through Expository Preaching at the Santa Cruz Church of Christ (California) (Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, D.Min. thesis, 1984).
    "This dissertation presents a model for contemporary preaching which integrates the dynamic of relationship counseling with the exposition of Scripture. Any number of people have drawn analogies between the two, but the proposal here is that the ministry of preaching and the ministry of counseling are inherently connected by theological and spiritual realities. . . ." -- Dissertation Abstracts

    Lester, Andrew D., Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling, ISBN: 0664255884 9780664255886.

    MILLER, SAMUEL, Thoughts on Public Prayer, 1849 (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications), 300 pages. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Deals with an important element of Reformed worship and was originally written because of the lack of material to be found on this specific subject. The history, liturgies, faults and characteristics of attaining excellence in public prayer are all covered." -- SWRB
    "Excellent book which covers the whole subject rather well. A Presbyterian minister and Princeton professor of 150 years ago sheds light on the needs of our day concerning prayers and public prayer in particular." -- GCB

    *Powlison, David (editor), Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled and Annotated by David Powlison, editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling With 1995 Additions
    This annotated bibliography contains many works on preaching by Jay E. Adams.
    http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

    *Perkins, William (1558-1602), Sinclair B. Ferguson (editor), The Art of Prophesying, With, The Calling of the Ministry, modernised edition (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851516890 9780851516899.
    "Called 'the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism' and 'the most important Puritan writer,' Perkins was the first theologian of the Reformed English church to gain an international reputation. His preaching manual, THE ART OF PROPHESYING . . . is found on nearly every seventeenth century New England book list. . . . Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (p. 274)." -- SWRB
    "Part One, `The Art of Prophesying,' is really a handbook on hermeneutics and homiletics from the Puritan perspective. Perkins explicates the several principles for interpreting and expounding the Scriptures and then gives detailed instruction on how to apply the same. The chapter on `Use and Application' will give readers the background behind the familiar Puritan sermon structure of "Doctrine and Use.
    "Parts Two and Three deal with `The Calling of the Ministry.' They are really nothing more than the exposition of two Old Testament passages of Scripture, Job 33 and Isaiah 6. Many interesting and practical issues are handled here including how a minister might know his calling and what his responsibilities are to God's people. Perkins had a high view of the dignity and authority of the ministerial gift which is sadly lacking among evangelicals today. While some of his ideas will seem foreign and perhaps a little extreme to many, it is certain that his emphasis will help balance our opposite extremes. . . .
    "For those who are checking out this title hoping to get a Puritan perspective on the charismatic understanding of the gift of prophesy, the following quote well summarizes Perkins' view: `I am not here making any allowance for the claims people make that they have received "revelations." These have no substance; they are either dreams of their own, or illusions of the devil. They despise both human learning and the study of the Scriptures, and trust exclusively in "revelations of the Spirit." But God's Spirit does not work except on the foundation of the Word.' Such was the Puritan understanding of those who claimed extra-Biblical revelation. By `prophesy' Perkins understood `preaching.' And that is what this book is about." -- Reader Comment

    Perry, Lloyd M., and Charles M. Sell, Speaking to Life's Problems: A Sourcebook for Preaching and Teaching (Chicago, IL: Moody Press), ISBN: 0802401708 9780802401700.
    "More than a textbook on sermon preparation, this book gives you Biblical and psychological insight into problems like anxiety, guilt, fear, failure, indecision, and loneliness. Extensive bibliographies and sermon sources help you in your search for relevant material." -- GCB

    Reid, S., John Knox: Pastor of Souls (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30369
    Audio cassette WRA01.

    *SPURGEON, C.H., Lectures to My Students (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications), ISBN: 0310329116 9780310329114. Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "One contemporary scholar and authority on Spurgeon says of this work: 'Next to Mr. Spurgeon's great literary work, THE TREASURY OF DAVID, we consider (these) LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS his greatest single contribution to the Christian world. There is more practical wisdom, common sense and sage advice packed within these pages than with any other book of similar size or content.' This complete and unabridged edition of Spurgeon's great work will make it possible for today's generation to appreciate Spurgeon's combination of discerning wit and refreshingly practical advice. Included in the 28 chapters of this classic volume on homiletics are such lectures as: - The Call to Ministry - The Preacher's Private Prayer - On the Choice of a Text - On the Voice - The Holy Spirit in Connection with Our Ministry - Posture, Action, Gesture, etc. - The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear - On Conversion as Our Aim - Illustrations in Preaching -- As were all of Spurgeon's' messages to his people, each of these lectures is Scripture-saturated and Christ-honoring. They move swiftly and are fascinating in their content and sage counsel." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "Spurgeon realized that he could influence the church beyond his own lifetime if he could encourage future pastors to trust the Bible, love people, and preach the truth fearlessly. To achieve this he collected his lectures to his college students and published this book. It has been a classic of pastoral theology ever since and is still used to train ministers to this day (back cover)." -- SWRB

    *TERRY, MILTON, Biblical Hermeneutics: A Treatise on the Interpretation of the Old and New Testaments Available on the forthcoming SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Possibly the greatest hermeneutics manual of all time. 'The most exhaustive single work in our language on the history of the interpretation of the Scriptures,' affirms Dr. W.M. Smith. In three parts: 1.) Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, 2.) Principles of Biblical Hermeneutics and 3.) The History of Biblical Hermeneutics. Unsurpassed in its field. The CLASSIC! This is the full unedited edition of 782 pages." -- SWRB

    *Turnbull, Ralph G. (editor), Baker's Dictionary of Practical Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1967).
    "A comprehensive reference book covering virtually every aspect of practical theology. Helpful bibliographies are included at the end of each division." -- Cyril J. Barber

    See also: Practical expository sermons, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Pastoral counseling, Puritanism

    Related WebLinks

    "Jesus Christ Himself" (Ephesians 2:20)
    A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
    "Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life? You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens."
    http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

    *Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled and Annotated by David Powlison, editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling With 1995 Additions
    http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html



    Medical Aspects of Pastoral Counseling

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Drugs," "Referral," "Legal Matters,"

    and so forth, and so on.

    Babbit, Edmond H., The Pastor's Pocket Manual for Hospital and Sickroom (New York, NY: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1949).

    *Day, Lorraine, AIDS: What the Government Isn't Telling You (Palm Desert, CA: Rockford Press, 1991), ISBN: 0963094009 9780963094001.
    Statistics show 3-5 percent of AIDS victims have no known reason to have the disease on the basis of "high risk" behavior. This book discusses some of the other ways the disease is being contacted, among other subjects. Lists safety recommendations. The author is considered by some to be the finest orthopedic surgeon in the country. The advice for avoiding AIDS -- do not allow the blood or body fluids of any other individual to get on your skin. Transmission by mosquitoes or other insects could account for the high incidence of AIDS in tropical countries. AIDS, she says in her book, is "the first massively and systematically politicized disease that has been falsified, misrepresented, and then whitewashed to the public."

    Kavar, Louis F., Pastoral Ministry in the AIDS Era: Focus on Families and Friends of Persons With AIDS (Wayzata, MI: Woodland Publishing Co., c1988), ISBN: 0934104077 9780934104074.

    McLemore, Clinton W., Clergyman's Psychological Handbook: Clinical Information for Pastoral Counseling (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1974), ISBN: 0802815766 9780802815767.

    Mitchell, Kenneth R., Hospital Chaplain (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1972), ISBN: 0664209467 9780664209469.
    "This brief, lively book reveals the typical experience of the hospital chaplain, making clear to both clergy and medical professionals what his role is." -- Gorman/Matthews

    *Payne, Franklin E., Jr., Biblical/Medical Ethics: The Christian and the Practice of Medicine (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0880620684 9780880620680.
    "First half establishes a biblical basis for medical ethics, the need for an unchanging, authoritative moral standard, and the uncertain efficacy of modern medicine. 'I am advocating a realistic understanding of its limitations, as well as its potential. Medicine does not deserve the great expectations for health which many of its leaders, physicians, public press, and lay advocates claim.' Second half discusses the role of the church in health care and a series of ethical issues: abortion, psychotherapy, death and dying, euthanasia." -- David Paulison
    "Comes highly recommended by Jay Adams, Harold O.J. Brown, and R.J. Rushdoony. Written by a medical doctor who makes the issue clear and understandable. A must book for pastors, elders, deacons, counselors, and informed laymen." -- GCB

    *Playfair, William L., The Useful Lie: How the Recovery Industry Has Entrapped America in a Disease Model of Addiction (Timeless Texts, July 2004), ISBN: 1889032379 9780891076377.
    "Challenges the disease concept of alcoholism, the 'useful lie' of the recovery movement. This lie underlies the widespread mistreatment of alcoholism and of other fundamentally moral problems, e.g., 'codependency.' Posits biblically based intervention that treats such problems as sins to be repented of. Opposes sending a person to the recovery industry because 'He will be told his sin is a sickness; he will never be confronted with his real and most basic moral and spiritual problem. And he will more than likely be introduced to the any god of Twelve Stepdom, who is, by Biblical criteria, a false god'." -- David Powlison
    "Dr. Playfair is a medical consultant to the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation/West in San Diego. He also is a board member of Family Research Institute. The theme and purpose of this book is to debunk the claims that alcoholism is a disease. This claim, says the doctor, contradicts science and medicine; it contradicts the Bible, which is more important; and it simply does not work in breaking the addiction of alcohol. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "This book provided all the necessary evidence to blow the whistle on the recovery industry and also points toward genuine freedom from addiction." -- GCB

    Pruyser, P.W., Minister as Diagnostician (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1976), ISBN: 0664241239 9780664241230.
    "Dr. Pruyser explores, in depth, the first step in the helping process: the diagnostic assessment of the problem-laden person. The diagnoses that the minister makes cannot be medical or psychiatric, says Dr. Pruyser." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Sharp, William Donald, Medicine and the Ministry: Medical Basis for Pastoral Care (New York, NY: Appleton-Century Crofts, 1966).
    "This is a useful statement of a modern physician's point of view; it provides a guide for pastors with its wealth of information about physical conditions, emotional states and psychosomatic ailments. It also discusses problems of youth, young adults, sexual deviants, those with troubled marriages, the aged and the dying. . . ." -- Gorman/Matthews

    Smith, Robert D., The Christian Counselor's Medical Desk Reference, ISBN: 1889032263 9781889032269.

    Sunderland, Ronald H., and Earl E. Shelp, AIDS: A Manual for Pastoral Care, 1st edition (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1987), ISBN: 0664240887 9780664240882.
    "Designed to help pastors, chaplains, and those in the helping professions engage in a special ministry of compassion to the victims of AIDS. Covers the medical facts and points the way to helping sufferers cope with their fears." -- Cyril J. Barber

    See also: Physical Health, Physiological problems, Women's health, Medical, Ethics, Bad relationships as a cause of disease and death, Sexual relationship, Emotions and health, Faith, Prayer, Praying for the sick, Sickness, Small groups as healing agents, Spiritual aspects of health, Stress, Depression, Infertility, Miscarriage and stillborn, Women's health

    Related WebLinks

    Psychopharmacology
    http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00213/index.htm

    Nouthetic Counseling Home Page -- Competent to Counsel
    http://www.lifeisworship.com/nanc/index.htm
    The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Tape Library
    http://www.kyrios.com/soundword/nanc.html
    National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
    5526 State Road 26 East
    Lafayette, IN 47905



    Referral in Pastoral Counseling

    Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Referral," and so forth, and so on.

    Bryant, Marcus D., The Art of Christian Caring (St. Louis, MO: Bethany Press, 1979), ISBN: 0827200153 9780827200159.
    "Then Bryant turns to specific target groups for ministry, such as nursing home residents, the retarded, prisoners, and mental patients, examining guidelines and background information. The final chapter discusses how to gather one's own resources for the helping process through worship, meditation, and spirituality, stressing as a general guideline that Christian caring is sustained by God's love and by our personal responses to that love as we experience it in our own lives. Underscoring the importance of commitment and self-discipline in relations with others, this is a good introductory guide that should be helpful to general readers."

    *Foster, Timothy, Called to Counsel (Nashville, TN: Oliver Nelson, 1986).
    "Designed for the training of laypersons in our churches, this book is practical and specific and focuses on `what to do,' and `what to say' in different situations. Foster gives easily accessible answers on how to handle uncomfortable situations and when to refer those beings counseled to professional therapists. Most importantly, he discusses what is appropriate to do (and not to do) in hundreds of cases readers can easily relate to in their own counseling. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Foster, Timothy, The Handbook of Christian Counseling, ISBN: 0785279393 9780785279396.
    A revised edition of CALLED TO COUNSEL, 1986. Includes index.

    O'Hara, Ann Margaret (editor), Treatment Facility Resource Manual

    Smith, Robert (Dr.) Medical Desk Reference

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