Wisdom gets the most done with the least effort. Solomon said better tools are profitable – like cutting a tree down with a dull ax or a chainsaw (Eccl 10:10). Learning the truth of the Bible is one of life's greatest projects. You can try to do it with no tools, lying tools, dull tools, or sharp ones. After careful research and with sincere desire to help you, we offer the following reference tools to help you understand or confirm the truth of the Bible as easily as possible.
You need to read the Bible. It will feed your spirit and mind. You cannot succeed as a Christian without this daily spiritual input.
Job said God’s words were more important to him than his necessary food (Job 23:12). David listed its benefits as more precious than gold and sweeter than honey (Ps 19:7-11). Jesus said you cannot live by bread alone but that you need every word of God (Luke 4:4).
Will you read it?
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"An absolute and irresistible proof of the divine origin of Christianity. Including a narrative of the calamities which befel the Jews so far
as they tend to verify our Lord's predictions relative to that event." Written in 1805.
"Predicted in Scripture, Fulfilled in History" Written in 1876.
The Works of Josephus [External Link]
Flavius Josephus (37-100 A.D.) was a Jew living shortly after Jesus. A commander of the Jewish army in Galilee, he was captured, subsequently freed, and assisted the Roman general Titus to witness the destruction of Jerusalem. He later wrote several historical works useful for studying the destruction of Jerusalem and the intertestamental period between Malachi and Matthew.
"The Wars of the Jews" describes the destruction of Jerusalem. Recommended reading:
The Preface, for an introduction to the Jewish nation and the calamities that came upon it.
Book 2; Chapter 19, for Cestius surrounding the city, disappearing, and the Christians leaving.
Book 5 & Book 6, for Titus surrounding the city and destroying the temple and the inhabitants.
Spiritual Reference Works
The Mortification of Sin (Audio and Text)
Be killing sin or it will be killing you. A treatise by the puritan John Owen on the importance and work of the Christian in putting to death their deeds of the flesh.
Is Christ Your Lord? Tract by Arthur W. Pink
We do not ask, Is Christ your "Saviour," but is He, really and truly, your Lord? If He be not your Lord, then most certainly He is not your "Saviour." Those who have not received Christ Jesus as their "Lord," and yet suppose Him to be their "Saviour," are deluded, and their hope rests on a foundation of sand. Multitudes are deceived on this vital point, and therefore, if the reader values his or her soul, we implore you to give a most careful reading to this little tract.