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Christian Classics Ethereal Library (285 Books)


Classic Christian books in electronic format, selected for your edification. There is enough good reading material here to last you a lifetime, if you give each work the time it deserves!

 
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Broken Bread

By: John Wright Follette

Excerpt: Did you ever test yourself as to how you react to trouble or tragedy? In life's school we often find that God uses trouble or misfortune to prove our faith or to test our character. Trouble has a way of stalking down the road and meeting us so many times when we least expect it. I am sure we all know that such proving or testing may befall us without our being personally or directly the cause of it. Many, many times it is beyond our control. If it were otherwise...

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Baxter's Second Innings

By: W.G. Grace

Excerpt: ?I do not sympathise with the batsman who plays only to keep up his wicket and does not try to hit, but I do sympathise with those who, not possessing great hitting power, keep adding quietly, though slowly, to the score as best they can.?

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General Service to One Hierarch

Excerpt: O hierarch (mentioned by name), aurora of the intellectual light, light of the church, ornament of hierarchs and of the monks' life of fasting the true rule, thou bast appeared unto us a defender delivering our souls from the destructive enemy. The Verse: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. 0 hierarch (mentioned by name), thou halt received from God a great power, thou bast driven off with thy prayer a multitude of the evil demons with ...

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A Spiritual Canticle of the Soul

By: David Lewis

Excerpt: The present volume of the works of St. John of the Cross contains the explanation of the ?Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ.? The two earlier works, the ?Ascent of Mount Carmel? and the ?Dark Night of the Soul,? dealt with the cleansing of the soul, the unremittant war against even the smallest imperfections standing in the way of union with God; imperfections which must be removed, partly by strict self-discipline, partly by the direct in...

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Life of William Carey, Shoemaker and Missionary

By: George Smith C.I.E., LL.D.

Excerpt: ON the death of William Carey; In 1834 Dr. Joshua Marshman promised to write the Life of his great colleague, with whom he had held almost daily converse since the beginning of the century, but he survived too short a time to begin the work. In 1836 the Rev. Eustace Carey anticipated him by issuing what is little better than a selection of mutilated letters and journals made at the request of the Committee of the Baptist Missionary Society. It contains one passa...

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Two Short Catechisms

By: John Owen

Excerpt: Brethren, My heart?s desire and request unto God for you is, that you may be saved. I say the truth in Christ also, I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness, and continual sorrow in my heart, for them amongst you who, as yet, walk disorderly, and not as beseemeth the Gospel, little labouring to acquaint themselves with the mystery of godliness; for many walk, of whom I have told you often weeping, and now tell yo...

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Chapter II a Christian Church in Apostolic Times

Excerpt: Can we, piercing the mists of two thousand years, see a Christian Church as it was in Apostolic times-a tiny island in a sea of surrounding heathenism? Our vision gets most assistance from the Epistles of St. Paul, which not only are the oldest records of the literature of the New Testament, but give us much clearer pictures of the earliest Christian assemblies for edification and thanksgiving than are to be found in the Act of the Apostles. The more we study th...

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Chapter III the Prophetic Ministry

Excerpt: ST. PAUL'S conception of a Christian Community is a body of which the Spirit of Christ is the soul. The individual members are all full of the Spirit, and their individual powers and capacities are laid hold of, vivified, and strengthened by the indwelling Spirit in such a way that each is gifted and enabled to do some special service for Christ and for His Church in the society in which he is placed. Every true Christian is gifted in this way. In this respect...

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Chapter IV the Churches Creating Their Ministry

Excerpt: IN approaching the subject of the ministry of the local Christian communities it may be well to note these things at the outset. We have abundant evidence of the thorough independence of the local churches during the apostolic age, whether we seek for it in the epistles of St. Paul or in the Acts of the Apostles. We must remember the uniquely Christian correlation of the three thoughts of leadership, service and gifts;? leadership depends on service, and service...

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Chapter V the Ministry in the Second Century

Excerpt: DURING the first century we can see the local churches creating their ministry. The same independence marks their action in the second century. They can be seen changing the ministry they have inherited. The beginnings of the change date from the early decades of the second century; by the end of the century it was almost complete. The change was twofold, and concerned both the prophetic and the local ministry. Stated in the briefest manner it may be described t...

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Chapter VI the Fall of the Prophetic Ministry and the Conservative...

Excerpt: REVOLT; THE prophetic ministry of the apostolic and immediately sub-apostolic times passed away in the course of the second century, and its overthrow was a much greater alteration of the organization of the churches than the institution of a three-fold ministry, important as that was. The difference may be seen from two extracts. Every prophet, says the oldest ecclesiastical manual, who speaketh in the Spirit, ye shall neither try nor judge; for every sin shall...

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Chapter Vii Ministry Celanqinb to Priesthood

Excerpt: DURING the third century, it may be said during the middle third of that century, there are clear traces of a general change insinuating itself into men's minds and finding expression in language, in the way of thinking of the Church and of the relation of the ministry to the Church. This is commonly spoken of as the change of the ministry into a mediating priesthood, standing between the people and God. But this manner of regarding the whole silent movement giv...

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Chapter VIII the Roman State Religion and Its Effects on the Organ...

Excerpt: The Decian persecution, instead of stamping out Christianity, strengthened it. When it was over the Christian churches, pruned of their weaker members, felt stronger than ever, and pressed forward more earnestly in the path of organization and consolidation. The grouping of churches round definite centres became more conspicuous, the gradations of rank among bishops began to assume a more distinct form, a large number of bishops began to be more than simple past...

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The Chorale Book for England

By: Catherine Winkworth

Excerpt: The present volume fulfils the promise which was made in the Second Series of the Lyra Germanica, that the hymns contained there should be brought out in another edition, accompanied by their proper tunes. It constitutes, however, at the same time, an independent work, with an object different from that of the two preceding volumes of translations from the German hymnology. The Lyra Germanica was intended chiefly for use as a work of private devotion; the Choral...

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Christologia : Declaration of the Glorious Mystery

By: John Owen

Excerpt: ? of the Grounds and Reasons of His Incarnation; the Nature of His Ministry in Heaven; the Present State of the Church above thereon; and the Use of His Person in Religion:

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A Book of Contemplation the Which Is Called the Cloud of Unknowing...

By: Evelyn Underhill

Excerpt: THE little family of mystical treatises which is known to students as ?the Cloud of Unknowing group,? deserves more attention than it has hitherto received from English lovers of mysticism: for it represents the first expression in our own tongue of that great mystic tradition of the Christian Neoplatonists which gathered up, remade, and ?salted with Christ?s salt? all that was best in the spiritual wisdom of the ancient world.

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The God of All Comfort

By: Hannah Whitall Smith

Excerpt: I was once talking on the subject of religion with an intelligent agnostic, whom I very much wished to influence, and after listening to me politely for a little while, he said, Well, madam, all I have to say is this. If you Christians want to make us agnostics inclined to look into your religion, you must try to be more comfortable in the possession of it yourselves. The Christians I meet seem to me to be the very most uncomfortable people anywhere around. They...

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Prayers from the First English Prayer Book

By: W.S. Peterson

Excerpt: Which three books have had the deepest influence on the English language? Everyone, of course, who plays this sort of Desert Island game is likely to come up with a different list of titles, but the most obvious candidates are surely The Book of Common Prayer, the King James version of the Bible, and the works of Shakespeare. It is probably no accident that all three books were published within a span of less than a century (the first edition of the Prayer Book ...

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Augustine : Confessions Newly Translated and Edited

By: Albert C. Outler, Ph.D.

Excerpt: LIKE A COLOSSUS BESTRIDING TWO WORLDS, Augustine stands as the last patristic and the first medieval father of Western Christianity. He gathered together and conserved all the main motifs of Latin Christianity from Tertullian to Ambrose; he appropriated the heritage of Nicene orthodoxy; he was a Chalcedonian before Chalcedon -- and he drew all this into an unsystematic synthesis which is still our best mirror of the heart and mind of the Christian community in t...

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The Great Controversy

By: Ellen G. White

Excerpt: This book, reader, is not published to tell us that there is sin and woe and misery in this world. We know it all too well. This book is not published to tell us that there is an irreconcilable controversy between darkness and light, sin and righteousness, wrong and right, death and life. In our heart of hearts we know it, and know that we are participators, actors, in the conflict.

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