Helpful Information

I’ve been searching for information to assist visitors to this site with their Biblical and Theological Studies. While the following information is in no way exhaustive, it is comprehensive. Please feel free to avail yourselves of acquiring any information and utilizing it for the furtherance of God’s kingdom.


Complete Works of C. G. Finney



GROWING COLLECTION OF BOOKS — includes devotionals, biographies, and true-to-life stories, mostly written during the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.

YOU MAYBE INTERESTED — in online information about Noah’s Ark. You can find it here:

ALPHABETICAL INDEX OF BOOKS: The address below takes you to the “A” page in the alphabetical index of books. You can continue throughout the alphabetical index from here.

ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA — in various formats. Some will require that you remain on-line to read, others you may download to your computer for free. Still others require a purchase price for downloading.

BIBLES — that you can download or use for searching:

GREEK NEW TESTAMENT — Copy of the Greek NT – must have Unicode installed on your computer to be able to view:

UNICODE — For Unicode information go to this website:



C. G. Finney files in Spanish








Most of these links should allow you to just click and go.  However, if the link does not work, just copy the link and paste it into your  browser. You should then be able to access the page.


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Biblical Hermeneutics

Hermeneutics for Bible students should be thought of as a study of interpreting scriptures in a methodological manner. Wikipedia gives the definition as a “study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the Bible.” There are many and varied strands of utilizing hermeneutic principles that one may utilize in Bible study. This post is only an attempt to facilitate the reader in becoming familiar with the various strands of biblical hermeneutics that are available.  For more information check out this site:   Wikipedia.  Pay special attention in the Wikepedia site to lexical-syntactical analysis, historical/cultural analysis, contextual analysis, theological analysis, and special literary analysis.  There is also a section titled “Theological hermeneutics as traditional Christian Biblical exegesis” which covers theological group principles, context-mention principles, figures of speech group principles.  Another reference for aiding the student in comprehending hermeneutics is Biblical Research’s site.  For the sincere student who wants to delve deeper into the science, check out Robert Stein’s  lectures which were given at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky during the fall of 2002. The site is free, but they do ask for donations. From the site students are brought into the arena of what is taught professionally about the subject of hermeneutics. If you are serious about biblical interpretation Theopedia is another site you might also want to look at.

While perusing the various sites available (by searching the internet you will discover a plethora of information) please remember that those who provide information to the various sites most generally promote their own theological traditions.  Our world is proliferated with information.  Study, find all the information you can. Submit what you have learned to God.  Prayerfully ask for Holy Spirit guidance and understanding of what you have been exposed to in your learning.  He (the Holy Spirit) will “guide you into all truth.”  Your responsibility is to study, submit yourself to the Holy Spirit, and follow His leading.




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Theology — A. H. Strong

The  work below is a revision and enlargement of A.H. Strong’s
“Systematic Theology,” first published in 1836. There were seven editions printed of the original, with each addition containing successive corrections and hopeful improvements.
During the twenty years intervention after its first publication Dr. Strong accumulated much new material, which is offered in this work. Strong’s philosophical and critical point of
view also changed to some extent. While he still held to the old doctrines, in this work he provides differing interpretations and more clear exposition, because he felt he had reached a fundamental truth which brought new light upon the all. This truth he attempted to show in his book entitled “Christ in Creation.” Readers who are interested should seek out and engage that book.

In Strong’s judgement the key to theology is the fact that Christ is the one and only Revealer of God, in nature, in humanity, in history, in science, and in Scripture.
In this view in an implication of a idealistic, monistic conception of the world, together with an evolutionary idea as to its origin and progress. Strong saw in this an antidote to
pantheism, because it recognizes evolution as only the method of the transcendent and personal Christ, who fills all in all, and who makes the universe teleological and moral from its center to its circumference and from its beginning until the present.

Evolution nor the higher criticism has any terrors to one  who regards them as parts of Christ’s creating and educating process.  Christ, himself, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge alone furnishes all the needed safeguards and limitations.
Because Christ has been forgotten is the only reason that nature and law have been personified. It is for the same reason that history has been regarded as unpurposed development.  Judaism has been referred to a merely human origin.  Paul has been thought to have switched the church off from its proper track even before it had gotten fairly started on its course.  Superstition and illusion have come to seem the only foundation for the sacrifices of the martyrs and the triumphs of modern missions. Strong believed in no such irrational and atheistic evolution as this. Rather, He believed in him in whom all things consist, who is with his people even to the end of the world, and who has promised to lead them into all the truth.  You may find a copy of Strong’s Systematic Theology at the link below.

Strong, AH – Systematic Theology

If you need assistance opening the file, open Google Translate,

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Theology – Stanford E. Murrell, Th.D

An introductory study of theology complied by Stanford E. Murrell, Th.D, with references to the Baptist Confession of Faith 1689 proves to be an interesting study on theology.  Studying theology requires the student to be diligent and open to investigation.  Questions arise.  Do you agree or do you not agree? Paul admonishes the Christian to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  No particular Systematic Theology that I have studied do I wholeheartedly agree with.  However I have gleaned a plethora of information by simply studying the scriptures first with all of my heart, investigating what others have to say in a prayerful manner and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth.

You can check out Dr. Murrell’s study here:  An Introductory Study of Systematic Theology.

If you have trouble accessing An Introductory Study of Systematic Theology, open Google Translate, copy and paste this address  into the “Translate” box, then select your output language and Translate.

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Several years ago while surfing the web I came across some helpful information in Biblical Studies.  This particular study is called “Bibliology.” This is a free study.  Don’t let the “free” fool you. Just because it doesn’t cost anything does not mean that quality is missing.  Take a few moments and check out the course.  In my estimation you will find helpful information that will help guide you in your study of the Bible.  Here is the link:

Free Course on Bibliology

In order to use this with Google Translator, click on the link Free Course on Bibliology , then copy the URL for the Free Course link, open Google Translator, paste the link’s URL  into the translate box. Select language preferences and click “Translate.”


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Simple Bible Study Paradigm

A few years ago I stumbled upon this simple paradigm for a Bible study format.  This pattern has been sort of imprinted upon my mind so that while reading scripture a constant evaluation is going on.  Here are the parts of the paradigm:

Ask! Answer! Accumulate! Apply!

Ask: the questions:  who? what? when? where? how? why?  These are common investigative questions.  Questions that any sleuth [someone who looks for information to solve crimes] might ask. Bible students are not trying to solve crimes, but the investigative process helps to get to the bottom of the mysterious and provide helpful answers.  When perusing [to examine or read (something) in a very careful way] scripture it helps to know “who?” is speaking or spoken to; “who” is acting or being acted upon; “who?” is involved and “what?” their particular part is in the scenario?  It also helps to know “what?” is going on in the pericope [a selection from a book — in scripture, i.e. passage involved.  Usually a thought or subject that runs from a character (as ¶) used to indicate the beginning of a paragraph and as a reference mark] one is reading or studying.  Of course everyone knows that time is important. “When?” is this happening, or “when?” did this event occur, or does the event precede or happen after certain other actions or events?  “Where?” did the action occur? How and why are also very relevant.  In any given passage of scripture one may not be able to answer all of the questions.  What is important is to answer as many as the scripture reveals.  Sometimes the answers to a particular question may be multiple.  For instance, in Luke 15 Publicans, sinners, Pharisees, scribes, and Jesus are involved. Jesus is speaking to those who came near to hear him, but especially to the Scribes and Pharisees.  Pharisees had already provided their input in verse 1, murmuring, “this man receiveth sinners and eateth with them.” Jesus defends His action of “receiving sinners and eating with them.”

Answer:  Go through the process of answering all of the questions that you can and write or in some way record your answers.

Accumulate: Summarize by bringing all of the information together to discover what answering the questions provided.

Apply:  In making application one needs to use the following acronym:  SPECS.

S:  Sin — Is there a sin to confess and repent of?

P: Promise — Is there a promise to claim?

(P) Principle — Is there a principle revealed that is true, constant, Godly, one to adhere to?

(P) Prophecy — Is there a prophecy fulfilled?

(P) Prophecy — Is there a prophecy yet to be fulfilled?

E:  Example — Is there an example to follow?

C: Commandment — Is there a commandment to keep?

S:  Summarize all of your investigation.

If there is a sin to confess and repent of, do it immediately.  To tarry and be reluctant is in actuality rebellion. Did you discover a promise to claim?  Then, by all means, by faith claim the promise with all confidence that God keeps His word and fulfills His promises.  Is there a principle revealed? Godly principles are true, constant, eternal.  They are to be adhered to.  If you discover a principle in your study, please stand strong in that principle. At Bible Principles you will find over 1500 biblical principles for your perusal.

Is there a prophecy that has been fulfilled?  Rejoice in the fact that God’s prophetic word is absolute. Is there a prophecy yet to be fulfilled?  Rejoice in hope of the future that God has revealed.  Did you discover a commandment to keep? Thou shalt not kill? Thou shalt not commit adultery? Or others like “Believe on the name of His Son, Jesus Christ,” 1John 3:23? Or “let us love one another,” 1John 3:23 and 4:7. Is there an example to follow?  Throughout scripture Godly men like Daniel, David, Joseph and many others provide excellent examples to follow.  There are also examples of those such as Esau, Saul (Israel’s first king) and others whose example we are not to follow.

Don’t forget to summarize what you have learned and to make application to your own life!

Hopefully, this simple study will provide you with helpful tools in your Bible study and you will enjoy using them as much as I have.






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Wesleyan Quadrilateral

Reason, experience, and other methods of arriving at the truth are appropriate to theological reflection. Wesley proved by his theological method that God intends for the human race to use all of its abilities in coming to spiritual fulfillment and mature insight concerning the understanding of the Scripture. A term that theologians have coined to describe this concept of Wesley is the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.

This system was not altogether a product of Wesley, but a synthesis of and evolution of the theological intrigue of his time which became part and parcel of Wesley’s theological method. It was a paradigm that consisted of a fourfold set of guidelines used by Wesley in his theological thought and reflection, namely, his fundamental belief in the primacy of scripture and the investigation of complementary sources of authority—tradition, reason, and experience, all held in tension and revolving around the scripture as home plate. By this method, Wesley successfully demonstrates the viability of using other dimensions of human experience to competently grasp theology. Continue reading

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Strength of Special Revelation

The Strength of Special Revelation

When we study the religions that are in existence in our world today, almost all have a written record of some sort that is considered to have authenticity and authority. Hindus have the Upanishads and the Vedas. Muslims have the Koran. Mormons have the writings of Joseph Smith – The Book of Mormon. Jehovah’s Witnesses have the Watchtower Society’s propaganda materials and the new World Translation of the Scriptures. In oriental cultures the writings of Confucius and other sages are prevalent. Here is the idea that a written record bears the mark of a significant witness. In our courts of law, appeals are made to records of previous trials and the interpretation of statutory, civil, and criminal laws. Deeds are recorded in the courthouse along with records of real estate sales and other documents. We keep receipts of transactions to prove that such transactions took place. Continue reading

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Weakness of Natural Revelation

The Weakness of Natural Revelation

Paul the apostle makes the statement in Romans 1:20, “the invisible things of him [God the Creator] from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” thus signifying the fact that all humanity is aware of God’s existence and His creation of the elements. This form of knowledge or understanding of God concerning His plan of salvation for humanity is not complete within itself so that humanity can correctly ascertain or discover the intimate things of God. In its fallen nature, humanity has changed the glory of God into an image made like to incorruptible man and beasts. Humanity has worshiped the creature more than the Creator. The sun, moon, stars, and the other elements of nature have revealed that God “is,” that He has “being,” that such a Mighty One as this deserves worship and adoration. Before sin came into the world, Adam and Eve had fellowship with God. But now, since sin has darkened the mind of humanity, civilization is groping around in the abyss of uncertainty trying to answer the aforementioned questions of life: Where did I come from? What am I doing here? Where am I going? Continue reading

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Theology Based on Scripture


What is theology? According to a definition in Van Harvey’s A Handbook of Theological Terms,1 the term has a narrow and a broad definition. “Narrowly considered, theology has to do only with the existence and nature of the divine. Broadly considered, it covers the entire range of issues concerning man’s relationship to God.” In the Western world the term has been almost synonymous with Christian Theology. However, with the metamorphosis that is occurring in the Western culture, especially here in the United States, when we speak of God, the Christian understanding of the term may not be in the minds of everyone. There has been an intrusion of the oriental and mystic beliefs, especially in connection with the New Age Movement, that has reached even into out churches. Continue reading

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