John Gill and the cause of God and Truth

Author: George M. Ella
Publisher: Go Publications
#_of_pages: 295 before references
rating: 6
Category: Biography
dewey: 286.1
ISBN: 0-9527074-0-3

Review: This book seemed that the reader needed a good knowledge about gill’s time to understand and keep tract of things.   He bounces around alot.
It appears the Mr. Ella is mostly concerned with showing John Gill as not being ‘hyper-Calvinist’.

Heroes of the Faith – Martin Luther

Author: Edwin Booth
#_of_pages: 206
rating: 6
Category: Biography
dewey: 280

Review: It is as good a book at the others in the Heroes of the Faith collection. It is favorable of Luther and makes known some of his beliefs. In this you see where he error. He was Catholic but didn’t like indulgences – there is so much more wrong with the Catholic Church then indulgences and Papacy Authority. He missed totally that the Church teaches another gospel – works! The book puts him as a reformer, not necessarily a defender of the faith. It ends even saying that Luther was guided by conscience more than by the Word of God. I don’t know much about Luther, and being an ex-catholic I am not impressed with Luther after reading this book. He missed so much and this book shows it. I don’t think they wanted to make Luther look bad, but the way the book goes, he wasn’t all that great, just the Catholic Church was just that bad so the comparison made him look great. All men have faults, no one is perfect that is living on this earth right now. This book does put Luther as a common persons preacher.
His heart was humble, gentle, and honestly searching for God’s direction. He as all of us though sometimes mess up.
It is a good book about Luther but I would not suggest it till the 9th grade or so because it puts forth some teachings that are contrary to the Word of God and younger children may not as easily see the errors since they are praised (per-say) in the book.

Heroes of the Faith – Charles Spurgeon

Author: J.C. Carlilie
#_of_pages: 205
rating: 8
Category: Biography
dewey: 286.1

Review:  Nice Starter book for Biographies. For Home education I would say at 5th grade this book would be good to read. It is not nearly as detailed as Spurgeon Prince of Preachers book but it is not suppose to be. It treated Spurgeon well, and I found no conflicting statements between this and other Spurgeon biographies I have read. Casual reading and enjoyable. If your not familiar with Spurgeon, you should read this to get a glimpse of the man.

Faith Promise Giving

Author: John Halsey
#_of_pages: 89
rating: 8
purchase: BIMI
Category: Evangelism
dewey: 266

Review: This book is divided up into 2 parts.
P. 1-36 explain Faith Promise Giving
P. 37-89 are for the Pastor to do Faith Promise Giving.
It is a well written book. There are different Faith Promise giving techniques out there. This book deals with giving for missions. He does a great job explaining the scriptures that he uses and sets forth his interpretation. I agree completely on his interpretation but his application we slightly disagree. I think that the Great Commission does not allow you the choice of supporting missions or not, it is commanded. He uses 2Cor. 8, 9, 10, and some other verses for the discussion. He keeps saying that it was a special offering. I agree totally – in 2Cor 8-10 this is a special offering not a regular missionary support. It was for a special need. I am not able to say it was a special need then apply it to regular month support of a missionary. I gave this book a rating of 8 yet I wrote all this to say I disagree. It boils down to this, I don’t think with this books application enough is giving to God’s work. If you would follow this book, your Church most likely would double or more their missionary giving, but that in and of it self is not necessarily all good. There is more to Church finances then just giving more to missions. If the Great Commission is a command, then perhaps our idea of the Church budget should change. There are only a few things that God has said to give to, but have we added something’s thereby taking money away from what the Word of God has said to give to. I have not spent a great deal of time on this subject and am sure not even a 10th of the time that He has given to this study, as well as the time my Pastor has spent studing this.  I highly recommend this book and my Pastor I think would say no Pastor should be without it. .

Church Planting Primer

Author: Grant G. Rice
Publisher: Tabernacle Press
#_of_pages: ?
rating: 8
Category: Church

Review: very good book to use in starting a new church. Even young churches could be benefited by this book. He does put to much emphasis on the church teaching. we are to study ourselves and the church is an equipter. The church teaching seemed to over shadow the personal study of the Word of God.  But this is for Church’s and not a complete study of Bible Studying or Personal Studying.  That needs to be kept in mind.    P64 + 65 very good intro into giving.

don’t have the book any more, and don’t remember how many pages where in it.

A note on the Bible Versions

Do you practice Bible Preservation?

A note of warning to pastor’s that don’t take a stand on the Bible.

In Sunday School this morning we were going over some of the differences between Modernism and Fundamentalism. It accrued to me that there are a lot of people that would say that they believe in the Inspired, Infallible, Unerring Word of God but be Modernist in regard to the Bible.

How can that be? They don’t believe in preservation of God’s Word. When Moses wrote Genesis it was inspired, unerring, infallible – but we have copies of copies of copies. So we aren’t sure what we have now – that’s modernism also. This is the thought process of some – but you say we teach the Bible has been preserved. Preaching that the Bible is preserved is great, that is part of the whole counsel of God, BUT do you live it? I have noticed that Churches don’t do congregational readings. Why is that? Is it because you would have a hodge-podge of readings. Some of your members would read “this” version, some this, some that, a few here, and a few there; get the idea! If an unsaved person would listen to that mess would he come away with the impression that the Church doesn’t know what / which is the Word of God. Knowing which one is, is important – very important. Why – because of the verses in Rev. 22:18+19. After that condemnation check out Acts 8:37. The KJV has that verse, the NIV doesn’t. It may be in the NIV Bible that you look at but the translation doesn’t. The publisher put it in, and it should be noted as such. The two Bibles, two set of translators, the ones that preach and promote their versions; one set falls under this condemnation. To me Rev. 22:18+19 is a great compliment to preservation. What a cruel God to say that and then not preserve His word in such a manor that we would know what it is. But God is loving, not cruel, and He has preserved His Word in a way that we may know what it is.

One more thought – those that refuse to take a stand on what is God’s Word should take a look at Rev. 3:14-16. I Don’t know if that would be a correct application of this text, but it would be a needed study if one is not taking a stand.

Bible Study Lessons

I am currently in the process of putting on this web site, Bible Lessons for grades 2 – 7 that includes 180 lessons each.  It is being done to teach our children how to study the Bible, but as I complete the grades I will post them on this site for you to see and use if you so choose.

3rd Grade  PDF Document

4th Grade Word Document

5th Grade PDF Document

6th Grade (not online yet)

7th Grade (not online yet)

These are based on the KJV, the questions may not work with the other text.


We also have created an Microsoft Access97 file to keep records of our school year and what is going on.  It is set up for us, We used it last year and so far this year and it has helped a lot.  Right now all of the data is set up for Indiana.  If you want to download and take a look at it just click.

These files are either Microsoft Word, OpenOffice.org or Acess97 format.  If you don’t have Word there is still a way to view and print these out, you can download a free Word viewer from Microsoft Web site.  As far as I know there is no viewer for Access. OpenOffice is a free office suite that has a word processor and other items.  OpenOffice can be found at www.openoffice.org.


Doctrinal Outline study idea.

I love verse by verse study and preaching, but – It is hard to put together how all the aspects or parts of different doctrines fit together when you do it only in a verse by verse way. I also love reading good books that hit hard on the doctrines of the Bible. So I thought that I could do both at once. My verse by verse study and also a study of the doctrines. You can use a general outline form to keep tract of the verses and what they teach about the different scriptures. Below is the list that I have complied so far. It started out with about 15 topics and has grown to this and I am sure by the end of the year I should have even more topics to catalogue. You could look at this as a personal ** “Naves Topical” with your own notes. This goes well with the Bible Study method that I use. Note – as of right now I do not plan on putting any more of my outline as a hyper-link from here. Here just as an example to show how you can use this system to study the Scriptures in these ways. When I get them pretty much filled out in the next couple of years then maybe they will be put on, but not right now.

Link to Doctrinal Outline
1.       Heaven 2.       Hell  3.       Satan, angels, demons  4.       Salvation 5.       God - the Father 6.       God - Jesus Christ 7.       God - Holy Spirit 8.       Man 9.       the Church  - (Undershepherd, Deacons) 10.    Scriptures - (inspiration, preservation, KJV, Received Text) 11.  Last things (rapture, pre-tribulation) 12.    Redemption 13.    Predestination, election, and freewill 14.    Baptism 15.    Lord’s Supper - (wine) 16.    Atonement 17.    Separation 18.    Family – Husband, Wife, Children 19.     20.    Education / Wisdom / Knowledge 21.    Prayer 22.    Holy - what is Holy 23.    God’s anger / wrath 24.     Creation / Genesis 1-11 25.    Christian Life - money, giving, tithing 26. 27.    Misc. Words   A - F 28.    Misc. Words   G - L 29.    Misc. Words   M - R 30.    Misc. Words   S - Z 31.
God’s Promises List Shall not and Shall Do list

Bible Study idea.

Bible Study

In the course of time, I have come to the point where bible studies or devotional seem to be to restricted. There are some very good bible studies and devotional out there but in the end, you learn what they want you to learn. It seems that the ones that had the less amount of material but very good and pointed questions were the ones that seemed to help the most in getting the meaning of the scriptures. This made me start looking at what really would be a good set of questions to ask or use in the studying of each verse / paragraph of the Bible. So I have come up with a set of Questions to ask when studying the Bible. I first read the book that I am going to study once a day for 30 days then I go back and take a paragraph a day and study it and answer these questions.

1.      Date

2.      Book Chapter Verses

3.      what is the principal subject of the verses?

4.      who are the principal characters?

5.      what does it teach about the Father?

6.      what does it teach about the Son?

7.      what does it teach about the Holy Spirit?

8.      is there an example for me to follow?

9.      is there any error for me to avoid?

10.  is there any duty for me to perform?

11.  is there any promises for me to claim?

12.  is there any prayer for me to echo?

13.  is the passage to the lost or saved?

14.  what is the key verse?

15.  explain the key verse and study word by word

16.  Any other observations?

17. what Life application comes out of this – Practical theology

(just what does all this mean to me)

18. What Doctrinal / topical areas does it cover or touch upon?

19. Is there a Shall not  and a Shall Do to document.

20. Now study it as though you will be teaching it!

NOTE: I do not suggest using a method like this if you don’t have already a working knowledge of at least each New Testament Books, and how they go together. Studying – Judge not; without knowing elsewhere God says Judge righteous judgments would be very dangerous.

An Idea on Keeping tract of Articles and such.

I have accumulated over the past few years a good number of Articles and such about all different topics. I am now getting about 12 different publications a month to keep tract of. I have various different medias also with information – Magazines, Newsletters, files, computer files, books, etc. I now had enough information that I need to keep track of it neatly. I was to the point where I would remember reading a review of such – and – such a book – well where was that in the 1,000’s of articles and 100’s of magazines? I was fortunate enough to run across David Clouds history on his web page (Way of Life Literature).

He used index cards to catogerize or keep tract of stuff, that was a great idea but I wanted a little different system, using the computer. What i did was make index cards on the computer with my database program. My database (Q+A) allows for different input forms with still the same database, but even using something like MS Works with only 1 form will work. What I did was make a database with these fields.

Title            Subject for on labels                       sub-subject
Scripture           date                     dewey #
Number of them                         ISBN#           have I read
Author                         checked out                   located
type of entry                       memo
general subjects covered

Then I made the different input forms – one for books, one for articles / magazines, sermon notes, videos, audio cassettes, file cabnit folders.

in the following the [ ] = the filed name in the data base. the other is just a label for on the form.


The one for articles from magazines and such looks like-
Magazine name or author - [author]
subjects addressed in articles - [general subjects covered]
related scripture - [ scripture]
date of pub / article - [date]
dewey # - [dewey#]
A = article - [type of entry]
checked out -[checked out]
located -[located]   (if you lend to someone you can put the date and who here.
comments - [memo]

I even do this with books. But with books this is where the 2 subject fields come in – the dewy subject is for on the label (like in libraries) but the other subject field is the same field as in the Magizenes. I do this for keeping tract of more specifics. It makes it easier to find things – like in Lewis Drummond’s book about Spurgeon, out of 830 pages wher is the one page with Spurgeons view on ordination. I put stuff like that in the general subjects filed.

the one for books looks like -
Title of the Book - [title]
Subject on label - [subject on label]            dewey # - [dewey #]
Subjects covered - [general subjects covered]
author - [author]
isbn # - [isbn#]            B = Book - [type of entry]
checked out - [checked out]    located - [located]
number of them - [# of them]  (incase multiple copies - like pamplets)
Info about book- [ memo]

the one for audio cassettes looks like -
Title of the Cassette - [title]
Author - [author]
dewey# - [dewey#]              # of cassettes in the set - [# of them]
date bought - [date]              C = Cassette - [type of entry]
Checked out - [checked out]      located - [located]
subjects covered - [general subjects covered]
scripture - [scripture]           comments - [memo]

the file cabnit listing looks like -
name of file - [general subjects coverd]
F = file -[type of file]
dewey# - [dewey#]
checked out - [checked out]     located - [located]
comments - [memo]

I keep tract of these because sometimes you forget that you have a file on a specific item, and this will remind you when you do your search.

the record of videos looks like -
Title of the video - [title]
Author - [author]
dewey - [dewey#]              # of videos in set - [#]
date bought - [date]                    V = video - [type of entry]
checked out - [checked out]   located - [located]
label subject - [subject for on label]
subjects covered - [general subjects covered]
scripture - [scripture]

The key is the field – [General subjects covered]. In each form that is where the topics are put in at. This way you just search that field for the topic and no matter what median it is on – you get it. search for Spurgeon and you get all the articles about or reference Spurgeon, the books about or by him, videos about him, audio cassettes about him, and so on. It works pretty nice.

This is only good if you put all the info in the computer. Well, I don’t read my books and magazines at the computer. So then what? I made 5 x 8 paper forms to take with me to use a page markers, so I can write the stuff down that I need. For instance – I take my magazines to work with me and read them on break. I write down the article information that I want in the computer as I read the magazine. I write the pub. name, data, related scripture, subjects covered. When I’m done reading I file the magazine and when I get a chance put the info in the computer – about once a month I take the few minutes to update the computer.

This is just what I use to help keep track of my resources, I hope it is a help to you. Any questions on this, feel free to write and ask.


(c) copyright 2003 by Michael Litza