Free Friday! 24 Hour Counselor

24_CounselorHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download  is 24 Hour Counselor. Click here to download.

No matter how tough the problem or how low you feel or how inadequate you think you are for coping with life today and out in the future, there is always something that can be done. 1 Corinthians 10:13 in the Bible is an important verse that every teenager ought to know and remember every day. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength. But with the temptation will also provide the way of escape that you may be able to endure it.” The temptation to take one’s own life is matched by God’s faithfulness in giving us a solution to the problem. Someone has said that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I think the problem often is that the teenager or the adult doesn’t see the problem as temporary and he is too impatient to wait for it to work out. But better to learn to be patient than to end one’s life.

Compiled by Richard Ross, developer of the True Love Waits campaign, the The 24 Hour Counselor features role-playing counseling sessions on 24 relevant issues that teenagers face today. Each session is scripted by an experienced licensed counselor.

Some of the topics include:

  • I No Longer Want to Live
  • My Friend May Commit Suicide
  • I Feel Terribly Lonely
  • I Hate How I look
  • Being Adopted Bothers Me
  • My parents are Divorcing
  • Someone Close to Me Has Died
  • I Feel Really Guilty

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Free Friday! Photographs of Israel

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download  is Photographs of Israel, the Holy Land. Click here to download.

When you read the Bible, do you try to imagine the geographical setting? This richly-detailed collection features over 204 Bible related photos. Seeing these photos can help paint the picture of the Bible, bringing it to life. It is also great for Sunday School or small group illustrations.

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Free Friday! Gathered Gems

GatheredGemsHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95,  is Gathered Gems by Thomas De Witt Talmage. Click here to download.

Let there be no room in all your house for jealously, either to sit or stand. It is a leprous abomination. Your brothers’ success… is your success. His victories will be your victories; for, while Moses the brother led the vocal music after the crossing of the Red Sea, Miriam, the sister, with two glittering sheets of brass uplifted and glittering in the sun, led the instrumental music, clapping the cymbals till the last frighted neigh of pursuing cavalry horse was smothered in the wave, and the last Egyptian helmet went under.

Gathered Gems is a collection of Mr. Talmage’s most popular sermons. Practical in nature, the biblical advice found in these discourses is as applicable to the Christian life today as it was when it was first given by Mr. Talmage himself. Covering topics such as How to Choose a Wife, Marital Duties, Trials of Housekeeping, Dominion of Fashion, Parental Blunders, The Treatment of Employees, and The Worst Foe of Labor, these sermons are sure to bring fresh light on life decisions and day-to-day activities. Following the collection of sermons, a brief biography of Mr. Talmage is included covering the time of his birth through his trip to Europe in 1879 and subsequent return to the States.

Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832-1902) was born in New Jersey in 1832. He attended the University of New York, studied law for a brief time, and finally decided to enter the ministry. He studied theology at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and began preaching in New Jersey and New York in 1856. In 1869, Talmage accepted an offer to pastor the Central Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York and then later at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.. Following his service as pastor, Talmage took up editing Christian magazines and journals, including: Christian at Work, Advance, Frank Leslie’s Sunday Magazine, and the Christian Herald. In addition to his editorial work, Talmage put to paper his sermons and several other writings; all of which are said to have reached over 25,000,000 readers.

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Free Friday! Jesus of Nazareth

JesusofNazarethHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $3.95,  is  Jesus of Nazareth by John Albert Broadus. Click here to download.

The humility of Jesus stood in striking contrast to rabbinical and Pharisaic pride. Men often greatly wondered at his words and actions, his wisdom and power; they compared him to the most celebrated prophets, they expected him to become a more splendid king than David or Solomon; but he was gentle and humble. Moreover, he himself made the most extraordinary claims. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathered all the nations.” “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” “No one knoweth the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.” Yet in immediate connection with this great claim he said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” It was indeed Jesus who caused humility to be classed among the virtues. The Greek word thus translated had in Greek literature almost always a bad sense, at best sometimes denoting modesty, the absence of arrogance; the Latin word which we borrow made no approach to a good sense; Christianity gives to humility a notable position among virtues and graces.

Jesus of Nazareth is based on three series of lectures given at the YMCA of Johns Hopkins University in March 1890. Broadus touches on three aspects of Jesus’s Personal Character, Jesus’s Ethical Teachings and Jesus’s Supernatural Works. A warm and rich devotional reading that provides an overview of Jesus’s earthly life.

John Broadus (1827-1895) is best known for his Treatise On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, it has been revised and edited many many times. He also published Lectures on the History of Preaching(1876, revised, 1896); A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (1886); Sermons and Addresses(1886); Jesus of Nazareth (1890); Memoir of James Petigru Boyce (1893); and the Harmony of the Gospels (1893). Served as Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Homiletics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-1895.

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Free Monday! Messages on Prayer

CarrollMsgPryrHappy Monday everyone! Since we ran into some technical difficulties last week for Free Friday, we are going to make it up to you today with a free download. Today’s free book, usually $9.95,  is Messages on Prayer by B.H. Carroll. Click here to download.

I will close what I have to say today by referring to just one other class. Remember what the theme is, that Jesus Christ is to reveal the Father, that he is to reveal to you God’s approachableness; that God is accessible, and that anybody may come to him; that he hears prayer, and that all flesh may come; that you may come for yourself; come sick or well, rich or poor, great or small, man or woman, human or devil, for yourself, you may come directly and state your case.

Prayer is the life line of Christianity. Christian activity, devotion and achievement are all measured by the Christian’s prayer life. The whole scheme of redemption is keyed to prayer. Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” and his invitation to wandering, burdened humanity was, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

These timeless sermons were written to reveal one of the greatest privileges Christians possess – our ability to gain direct access to our powerful God.

Benajah Harvey Carroll (1843-1914) was a pastor, educator, administrator, leader in the Southern Baptist convention and author. He began his walk in Christ after a bitter inner struggle and shortly thereafter began serving in different Texas pastorates. In 1870, he was called to minister at the First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas; and, in 1899, he left this position to serve as the secretary for the Texas Baptist Education Commission. Throughout both of these terms of service, Carroll taught theology and Bible at Baylor University, where he had earlier received his B.A. In later years, he would receive a M.A. and a D.D. from the University of Tennessee and a LL.D. from Keatchie College. In 1905, he organized the Baylor Theological Seminary and then went on to help found the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1908 until the time of his death.

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Free Friday! A Complete System of Christian Theology

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95, is A Complete System of Christian Theology by Samuel Wakefield. Click here to download.

Prophecy is a miracle, because, to foresee and foretell future events, to which no existing cause necessarily and evidently leads, no train of probabilities points, is as much beyond the ability of man as to cure diseases with a word, or even to raise the dead. It is a miracle, too, the proof of which remains within itself. That such actions as may be properly termed miracles of power were ever performed, can be proved, at a distant period, only by human testimony, against which cavils may be raised, or causes for doubt advanced. But the man who reads a prophecy, and perceives the corresponding event, is himself the witness of the miracle. He sees, that thus it was predicted, and that thus it has come to pass.

A Complete System of Christian Theology was written to furnish a clear and comprehensive outline of Scriptural theology, especially intended for the the benefit of those who are preparing for the Christian ministry. It should at the same time be adapted to the wants of all classes of readers from the aged theologian to the Sabbath-day scholar. How far Wakefield has succeeded in the accomplishment of his purpose others must be the judge.

Rev. Dr. Samuel Wakefield was a distinguished clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church for more than half a century, a scholar of eminent abilities and an author of wide repute. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1799. When he was one year old his parents moved to Armagh, a small Irish village; and still later moved farther west in the state and made a home in a wilderness region. In that wild country the opportunities for acquiring even a rudimentary education were almost wholly lacking. Wakefield and some other boys were sent to the mill with grain for grinding. While waiting the other boys amused themselves with reading the handbills posted near the mill. Samuel could not read a single word; and that day he carried home a determination to acquire an education.

At fourteen years old, he enlisted as a drummer boy in a company serving at Black Rock in the second war with Great Britain. At seventeen he established and successfully conducted a subscription school in the Ligonier Valley, near Fort Palmer. In 1819 he walked with his father thirteen miles to attend a Methodist meeting. The meeting was conducted by John Jasper Wirsing, who had served as a soldier under Napoleon. There Samuel Wakefield went forward and gave his name to the church. He was licensed as a local preacher by the quarterly conference of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Dr. Wakefield was the founder of a large number of Methodist Episcopal churches throughout western and southwestern Pennsylvania. After being licensed to preach his first location was at West Newton. He was a good Hebrew, Greek and Latin scholar, and his attainments in systematic theology were of high order. Dr. Wakefield also possessed significant musical talents and felt the necessity of improvement in this important part of public worship, and so he set to work to remedy this defect which resulted in “Wakefield’s Music” . Dr. Wakefield possessed considerable mechanical genius and constructed with his own hands the first pipe organ ever used west of the Allegheny mountains. He also invented and patented a system of tailoring.

In 1834 he joined the Pittsburgh conference and served in the regular ministry until 1880. His honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred by Allegheny College in 1854, and that of Legum Doctor by the same institution in 1856. He was author of “Wakefield’s Systematic Theology,” which was first published about the time of the end of the late Civil war. That work is still recognized throughout the Methodist church as an excellent authority, and is used as a text-book in several theological seminaries. In September, 1893, at the ripe old age of ninety-three years, he prepared for the press and published a volume of sermons entitled Gospel Tidings. He also wrote Moral Philosophy and he also assisted in preparing Watson’s Theological Institutes.

Dr. Wakefield served in the Pennsylvania legislature from 1862 to 1864; he was a democrat, and was perhaps at the time of his death the oldest Mason in the United States. He spent the evening of his life at West Newton, preaching almost constantly even to the last.

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