For this Free Resource Friday we highlight The Bible – Its Sufficiency and Supremacy by C.H. Mackintosh. This eBook firmly and succinctly proclaims the sufficiency and the supremacy of the Bible. It details how the Bible stands, as ever, the Word of God across time and space. In this ebook, Mackintosh writes, “We believe that the Bible, as written in the original Hebrew and Greek languages, is the very word of the only wise and the only true God, with whom one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, who saw the end from the beginning, and not only the end, but every stage of the way.”
C.H. Mackintosh was an Irish preacher and author who was active in the Irish Revival of 1859-1860. He edited the magazine Things New and Old for forty years. He titled his very first tract “The Peace of God,” and his very last tract “The God of Peace.”
Charles Finney was a descendant of the New England Puritans, and was born in Warren, Connecticut. Finney was the youngest of fifteen children. The son of farmers, Finney never attended college, but his six-foot three-inch stature, piercing eyes, musical skill and leadership abilities gained him recognition in his community. He studied as an apprentice to become a lawyer, but after a dramatic conversion experience and baptism into the Holy Spirit in Adams, New York, he gave up legal practice to preach the gospel. At age 29 Finney studied to become a licensed minister in the Presbyterian Church.
Many are inclined to regard Finney as the greatest evangelist and theologian since the days of the apostles. It is estimated that during the year 1857-58 over a hundred thousand persons were led to Christ as the direct or indirect result of Finney’s labors, while five hundred thousand persons professed conversion to Christ in the great revival which began in his meetings.
Involved in the abolitionist movement, Finney frequently denounced slavery from the pulpit. Finney was president of Oberlin College for 15 years. Oberlin became active early in the movement to end slavery and was among the first American colleges to co-educate blacks and women with white men.
For more on the life and teachings of Charles Finney check out Power, Passion, and Prayer.
You can also download a free collection of Charles Finney’s sermons on Gospel Themes for The Bible Study App HERE.
Watch this short biography about the life of John Calvin put together by our friends at Desiring God and narrated by Pastor John Piper.
Check out Bearded Theologian contest for this month HERE.
The Young Tozer
Aiden Wilson Tozer was born April 21, 1897 on a small farm in Western Pennsylvania, the third of six children. And although he would inspire millions with his preaching and writing, he was given very little education during his childhood. Instead, he was needed at home for physical labor. In 1907, when his brother left home to work for the Goodrich Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, Tozer was called upon to do the difficult work of a farm-hand. At 15, his entire family moved to Akron and Tozer went to work at Goodyear. One afternoon walking home from his job, he heard a street preacher say, “If you don’t know how to be saved . . . just call on God.” When he got home, he climbed the narrow stairs to his attic and gave his life to God. Within a few years, Tozer would gain a reputation as a “20th-century prophet.”
His First Pastorate
Tozer joined the Missionary Alliance Church shortly after his conversion, where he met Ada Pfautz, whom he married at the age of twenty-one. In 1919, ordained, married, and without formal education, Tozer was called to pastor a small storefront church in Nutter Fort, West Virginia. Able to express his thoughts in a simple and forceful manner, Tozer’s preaching began bringing the power of God to hungry souls, and people couldn’t get enough of him. That humble pastorate in West Virginia sparked Tozer’s 44 year ministry with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. He spent most of those years at Chicago’s Southside Alliance Church where the congregation, captivated by his preaching, grew from 80 to 800. In 1950 Tozer became the editor of the Alliance Weekly, and its circulation doubled almost immediately. His ministry was fueled by constant prayer, and he would often be seen walking the aisles of a sanctuary or laying face down on the floor, praying. He noted once that, “As a man prays, so is he.” An early biographer noted his consistent prayer life: “Tozer spent more time on his knees than at his desk.”
His Continuing Legacy
A. W. Tozer was 66 when he died of a heart attack on May 12, 1963. His tombstone simply and appropriately reads, “A Man of God.”
He left behind many books that continue to give Christians encouragement and guidance. His writings are as fresh today as when he was alive because, as a friend commented, “His books reach deep into the heart.” His honest and colloquial humor has been known to sweep up congregations in gales of laughter. And his wisdom has left them silent and stunned. For almost 50 years Tozer walked with God, and even though he is gone, he continues to minister to those who are eager to experience God.
Our friends over at WorshipHouse Kids are offering a free video download for the month of November!
This 5 minute countdown was created with the idea that “every minute counts” in childrens ministry. In this video the kids not only get a countdown, but they are engaged by challenging questions over a specific category, section, or story in the Bible. Grab this video for free today and use it in your kids ministry or even as a fun way to kickoff your Sunday morning gathering times.
Here’s a brief video to help introduce you the translation philosophy behind GOD’S WORD Translation
You can get GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) for $4.99 now through November 4th.
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