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Compiled, Edited, and Annotated by Jim Kerwin

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Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles
by Jim Kerwin & Percy Gutteridge

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Kernels of Wheat Advent Season Study Singles
by Jim Kerwin & Percy Gutteridge

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The Exceptional Messenger: Book 1 of The John the Baptist Experience by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: His voice shattered God’s 400-year silence.

His cry ignited the righteous passion of God’s people for their holy God.

His word jolted their comatose conscience like a spiritual defibrillator.

And today’s Church needs men and women with his same spirit and uncompromising Gospel message!

We’re speaking, of course, of John the Baptist, the focus of The Exceptional
Messenger (book one of The John the Baptist Experience series). We have
forgotten how important John is! Have you ever wondered…

  • Why is John the subject of no less than five prophecies from prophets,
    priest, and angel?
  • Why is it that not even one Gospel writer can tell Jesus’ story without
    including John, his message, and his ministry?
  • Why do John and his teaching keep popping up in apostolic preaching
    in the Book of Acts?

Why is there all this New Testament focus on John the Baptist?

John, a person who had been filled with the Holy Spirit three months before
his birth, is God’s picture to us of how His Spirit makes ready human hearts
to receive Jesus and His Gospel.

To appreciate the power of John’s heart-preparing message, we first need to
appreciate the significance the Holy Spirit puts on the man. John the Baptist,
this Old-and-New-Covenant-bridging prophet, this servant of God who
out-Elijah-ed Elijah, Messiah’s personal herald, is, even now, far more
relevant than today’s Church understands. May your heart be stirred to
action like the hearts of John’s original listeners as you read The Exceptional
Messenger!

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The Rejected Blessing by Jim Kerwin

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Why is it that the Pentecostal movement today lacks the power of its Azusa Street roots? What teaching served as the foundation of the Azusa Street Revival, and how is it that most Pentecostals repudiated that foundation less than six years after the revival began?

In this all-too-true tale, you’ll discover larger-than-life – and flawed – men of God, scandalous animosity among Christian brothers, and a contentious prayer challenge in what could be described as a game of spiritual “Russian roulette.” All this played into the seismic shift which shortly occurred within Pentecostalism.

This ground-breaking look at the nexus of the Holiness and Pentecostal movements explains how one of God’s special works of grace became The Rejected Blessing.

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New Testament Holiness by Evangelist Thomas Cook

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Synopsis: What is sanctification? New Testament Holiness answers that question clearly, taking a close look at the Bible's teaching about sanc­ti­fi­ca­tion and God's gift of a pure heart through the work of the Holy Spirit. The book will be a blessing to Christians hungry for heart purity, spiritual maturity, and a life of full consecration to God.

New Testament Holiness appeals on three levels – as an engaging Bible study, as a challenging call and a clear road map to a deeper and higher Christian life, and as a thought-provoking devotional.

Author Thomas Cook was a lay evangelist used by God on three continents. He ministered with a God-given power to clearly and simply open the Bible’s teaching about sanctification (that is, how to be holy in this life); to powerfully challenge men and women to full consecration and acceptance of God’s promised gift of a pure heart by faith; and to successfully lead his listeners into this definite, real experience of sanctification and a pure heart full of love towards God and men.

Cook touched tens of thousands of souls in his lifetime, and his powerful ministry continues through New Testament Holiness. One hundred years after Cook’s death, the Holy Spirit still uses this book to bring earnest seekers into the experience of full salvation and entire sanctification. The spiritual value of this work is dem­on­strat­ed by the fact that it has been in nearly continuous re-publication since it first appeared in 1902.

What's special about this new edition of New Testament Holiness?

The devotional value of the original 1902 edition is enhanced by the addition of an appendix containing the full text of no less than 36 hymns and three poems from which Cook quotes. These can be read in parallel with their mention in the various chapters, or contemplated and enjoyed on their own in quiet times of reflection while waiting on God.

As a further enhancement of the original text, editor Jim Kerwin has added many hundreds of endnotes. They’re tucked out of the way at the end of the book, so as not to be a distraction; but many readers will find added value in the notes when they wish to know which Bible verse Cook quotes (he rarely included references), when they need a thumbnail introduction to the men and women from whom Cook draws, and when readers wish to know the sources from which the author quotes. In addition, the editor’s foreword provides a brief overview of the life of Thomas Cook and his ministry.

Today’s readers will appreciate that this isn’t a scanned-page clone or an OCR reworking of the original publication of Cook’s book. Instead, this edition keeps 21st-Century readers in mind with its fresh formatting, block quotes, new sub-headings, etc., and clarification of now-obscure words. The result is a highly readable offering of a Christian classic which illuminates the pathway to “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrew 12:14).

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Faith Is Substance by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: Many Christians with good reason wonder why “speaking a word in faith” or “praying in faith” or “praying in Jesus’ name” doesn't always produce the hoped-for results. “I claim it in Jesus' name!” “Every promise in the Book is mine.” There’s a lot of confusing teaching about the subject of faith nowadays. How do we get it sorted out and arrive at the biblical basis of understanding this grand subject? And how do we walk before God in that divine faith (not human faith), which He assures us “is substance¨”?

Author Percy Gutteridge introduces us to a fresh, insightful, out-of-the-mainstream way of looking at the larger picture of faith, what it is, and how it works. He covers a solid spectrum of faith-related themes — faith’s Author and Finisher, its conditions, nature, practice and problems; its growth, certainties, perfecting, and what the triumph of faith looks like. The author also delves into how God prepares His men and women of faith. And he’s honest enough to share not only his successes, but also his failures in learning to live the life of faith.

When Faith Is Substance made its debut in 1975, its truths laid a solid foundation in many believers which has stood the test of time, and kept many Christians from the foolishness, fads, and fanaticism that are so often associated with the subject of “faith.” With its solid, deep, uncompromising Bible teaching, full of Percy Gutteridge’s down-to-earth, “Holy Ghost common sense,” the book’s message is needed more than ever today!

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Boyhood Memories and Lessons by Isaiah Reid

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Synopsis: If you had to sum up the influence of your childhood in a single adage, what would it be? For author Isaiah Reid, who lived from 1836-1911, it was the Persian proverb which says, “To know the plant, you must know the spot where it grows.”

That “spot” for him must have been an amazing place! The little backwoods, log-cabin community of Walnut Ridge, Indiana, produced a minister, itinerant evangelist, author, publisher, editor, in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tion­al leader, organizational genius, columnist, college professor, and college president, all in one man — Isaiah Reid.

Reid’s interdenominational popularity, prairie practicality, homespun wisdom, reflective temperament, boundless energy, love of nature, powers of observation, and sold-out commitment to Jesus Christ all contributed to the unique flavor of Reid’s fruitful life and his spiritual leadership.But that fruitful, colorful life first grew in the wilderness of Walnut Ridge for fourteen years. In his late sixties, Isaiah Reid looked back on how his unique Covenanter childhood in Indiana had shaped him. Baring his heart to his national weekly readership, he mused on the experiences and influences that, he said, “were poured liquid into the molds which fixed the cast of my future life.” This series of thirteen reflections became a story Reid called simply Boyhood Memories and Lessons.

With a twinkle in his eye, Reid paints imaginative, expressive vignettes, such as seeking mental escape from the drill of boring memorization of the catechism; worshiping with his backwoods church outdoors in the “forest temple” of the leafy canopy; processing the shocking death of a little sister; and the deep influences of loving family members, unique neighbors, and even an eccentric “uncle.”

The joy and sense of wonder at how profoundly our childhood experiences influence our lives and who we become is apparent in these words from Reid himself: “My innocent school-day life is full of joy-bearing fruit, and all the early boyhood days around the old home. Memory building goes on surely, quietly, it may be, but out of it the coming days and coming eternity are to reap according to the sowing.… full of joy and gladness.”

This compilation, which includes rare, never-before-seen Reid family photos, is researched, compiled, edited, and annotated by Jim Kerwin, Reid’s biographer.

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Sunnyside Papers: Inspirational Sketches
from God’s “Book of Nature”
by Isaiah Reid

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Synopsis: “To the one who looks and sees, nature tells a grand story!” — So said Isaiah Reid, lifelong lover of forest and flowers, farm and field. He held the distinction of being a beloved weekly columnist for thousands of readers, a man with a keen, observant eye for the lessons God is illustrating through His creation. Joined with his powers of observation were his perceptive heart and gifted pen to share those insights with others.

Some of Reid’s most-loved writings were his Sunnyside Papers, a series of articles in which he discovered and unfolded spiritual truths from nature. His subject matter ranged from the ordinary dandelion to the majesty of Mount Shasta. Offering a fresh look at these gems, this book, Sunnyside Papers, presents an annotated collection of some of Reid’s best nature pieces and devotional material.

Reid’s good friend (and fellow evangelist and author), Dr. Beverly Carradine, felt that of all Reid’s writings, these nature sketches best showcased his inspired genius. And no wonder! Sunnyside Papers will open your understanding to God’s revelation in nature, to nature’s God, and to God’s own nature.

This book will make great devotional reading for gardeners, nature lovers, folks who appreciate spiritual precepts from field, forest, and flowerbed, and for those who enjoy insight into God’s wonder in the unfoldings of His Creation.

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Soul-Help Papers by Isaiah Reid

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Synopsis: Everybody needs one — a mentor; an older friend who has life experience and wise counsel to offer; someone who speaks to us straight, but doesn't preach; someone like Joseph the Cyprian, whose unfailing supportiveness earned him the name “Barnabas,” the Encourager (Acts 4:36); that sagacious someone who is capable of putting life's difficulties into perspective. For many of his listeners, readers, print-shop employees, and his Bible-school students, from the 1880s to 1911, that “someone” was author, teacher, columnist, preacher, and college professor Isaiah Reid.

Call this book a “devotional,” if you like; it could function well in that regard, but this title doesn't completely fit into any neat category. Soul-Help Papers is full of that friendly encouragement, wise counsel, and life perspective we want from that trusted “someone” in our lives. Isaiah Reid shares his heart in that have-a-seat-by-the-fireplace, folksy, down-home-honest, middle-America style that endeared him to his generation.

Of this book, Reid himself wrote, “There are many problems that come up every day in the ordinary affairs of life, but the great problems are the soul problems. These deal directly with character and destiny. In this book some of these, in a natural, familiar way, are taken up and discussed for the benefit of the common reader.” There's not just “benefit” here; there's blessing! Soul-Help Papers is republished by Isaiah Reid’s biographer, Jim Kerwin, who has also written the foreword, and added over 220 helpful endnotes, as well as an appendix that's sure to delight poetry and hymn lovers.

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The Holy Way by Isaiah Reid

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Synopsis: It’s a good thing that a growing number of Christians are discontent in their spirits, seeking the Lord, searching the Scriptures, looking for something beyond the shallowness of status-quo Christianity, something beyond the empty hype that characterizes “worship” services, something that draws them closer to their Beloved. Such restlessness can be the first thaw on the way to the springtime of personal revival.

If this resonates with you, it’s not a surprise to God. A better way has always been in His heart, and He has made provision for it. That better way is what Isaiah Reid calls “the holy way.” His book The Holy Way is a signpost pointing the way to that “something” that so many feel is missing — a heart close to God, full of love, and freed from indwelling Sin. The book delivers what it promises: it is a short, clear, concise overview of the heart-experience of entire sanctification, its Scriptural basis, and, very practically, how to obtain the blessing of this “holy way” from Go

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The Double Portion of Elijah by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: The “double portion” that Elisha asked of the prophet Elijah — what was it? Was Elisha asking to be twice as powerful? To do twice as many miracles? Or was Elisha's request something deeper, more wonderful, more intimate? What IS a “double portion” anyway?

For that matter, why did Elijah require Elisha to fulfill such a strict condition in order to have his request granted? Elisha must be witness to Elijah’s rapture — but why? Why was his testimony important? What did it represent?

Author Percy Gutteridge looks at the narrative in 2 Kings 2 with a fresh and unique perspective. After examining the passage in its cultural, historical, and scriptural context, Pastor Gutteridge’s message turns to the New Testament to discover something far more important and relevant today — the Christian believer's “double portion,” and how each may receive it.

Have you settled for only a single portion in your spiritual life? What is your “double portion” in Christ? How do you receive it? The answers await you in The Double Portion of Elisha.

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That Uncomfortable Word—Conviction! by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: There are words many North American Christians hardly use any more, God-given concepts, Bible words, which are sacrificed upon the trendy, feel-good altars of “expediency,” “relevance,” and “success.” That uncomfortable word conviction falls into this category.

What is conviction? Conviction of sin? Conviction of truth? Do you know that conviction is the Holy Spirit's chief means of preparing the heart of a man or woman for salvation in Jesus Christ? Do you know how the Holy Spirit brings conviction about? What tools He uses to accomplish conviction? Do you know how to cooperate with Him in this work?

This helpful study in the Scriptures, written by Bible teacher Jim Kerwin, answers those questions, putting the Spirit's convicting work into context and perspective. After reading this concise treatment, you'll have a much better appreciation for God's preparatory work in the heart and for That Uncomfortable Word—Conviction!

This is booklet #2 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series.

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Logos & Rhema by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: Have you been taught to confess or declare “the Word of God” in faith? How has that worked out for you? In moments of simple honesty, have you wondered why these “positive confessions” often don’t produce the results we’ve been promised?

If “God is obligated to honor His Word,” then it should always work, right? So why doesn’t God deliver?

Are you doing it wrong? Is your faith deficient?

Possibly. But more likely, we need to answer this question: What does the phrase “the Word of God” mean in the New Testament? And why does it matter?

Do you remember the old phrase, “Something got lost in the translation”? Well, something English translations can’t make clear is that there are TWO Greek words for word in the New Testament — logos and rhema. How those two words are used in the Gospels and the Epistles is of critical importance.

This e-booklet offers a key to unlocking the vital distinction between logos and rhema. Understanding that distinction affects our Christian walk and experience, as well as our personal interactions with God.

Do you want to see God’s power in action? The secret isn’t in what YOU speak, but in what GOD speaks, now, to you, as you wait on Him. Do you know how to listen and hear from God? You can hear Him, as surely as Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice.”

Read LOGOS & RHEMA prayerfully. Apply it. See something of God’s purposes fulfilled. Pass on what you learn!

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The Sevenfold Holy Spirit by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: Why is the Holy Spirit called “the seven Spirits of God” in the Book of Revelation? Why is He depicted as seven lamps of fire? Why is He shown as seven eyes? There aren't seven Spirits of God; and yet the Book mentions seven Spirits. But if there is only the one Holy Spirit, then why is He called seven Spirits?

It is because God is coming down to our human level to reveal to us who the Holy Spirit is. In this insightful Bible study Pastor Percy Gutteridge gives a clear exposition of the “seven Spirits of God,” explaining the nature and work of the Holy Spirit in a practical way. Each of the seven perfect manifestations of God, the Holy Spirit, are revealed from the Scriptures. The Sevenfold Holy Spirit will introduce you to some of the many pictures God has in His Word to help us understand the ministry of the Third Person of the Trinity.

This is booklet #8 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series.

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And Joseph Was Brought Down… by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Do you feel beaten down and forsaken, like God has forgotten you in your trials? Are you discouraged because it seems like the promises you received from the Lord, the ministry to which He has called you, the dream of service that He put into your heart — that all of it has vanished without a trace, and God is nowhere to be found?

You may be right on schedule in God’s timetable for your life and ministry. Welcome to “the Joseph Experience”! This book will shine a ray of hope into your darkness. Its message may surprise you, but it will also comfort and encourage you. You aren't alone — you're on the same painful path to fruitfulness that has been trod by Joseph in Egypt and many other Old and New Testament believers — and even the Lord Jesus Himself.

In “And Joseph Was Brought Down…” Jim Kerwin offers a message we rarely hear nowadays, but which is solidly scriptural, and important if you want to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Along the way, you'll learn the important spiritual principle of “the Genesis 38 Effect” — and you'll learn how not to be doctored by “the Bible Bandaid Brigade.” It's all here in this 9th booklet of the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles Series.

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Our Great Savior God by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: In Our Great Savior God, Pastor Percy Gutteridge presents one of the New Testament's clearest declarations — the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as His role as Creator. Ranging from the mind-boggling immensity of our universe to the amazing life forces at work within the microscopic amoeba, Percy opens our eyes to the expansiveness of God's amazing creation. But he doesn't stop at the awesomeness of the Logos, the Second Person of the Trinity — Jesus — as the Creator; he poses a challenging thought for every child of God: If the One who wields such omnipotence in creation truly dwells within us, then He is a Savior capable of bringing us into FULL salvation — saving our souls and hearts even from Sin itself.

If our great Savior God, “whose love is as great as His power,” who gives not out of His riches, but “according to His riches in glory” (you'll know the difference between the two after reading!), is the one in whom you've put your trust, then His purposes for you, and His power in your behalf, are far bigger than you realize.

Your perception and understanding of the power of your Savior will be enlarged when you read Our Great Savior God.

This is booklet #6 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series.

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Who Was the Angel of the Lord? by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Certain individuals in the Old Testament saw God — and they lived to tell about it. Yet John insists, “No man has seen God at any time” (John 1:18); and God warned Moses, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” (Exodus 33:20) A contradiction? How is this possible? To answer these questions, we must look to a unique being called the Angel of the Lord.

Was he Gabriel? No. Michael? Not even close! Vastly more powerful than any rank of angelic being, the Angel of the LORD personally represented God Himself.

But who was the Angel of the Lord? What was his identity and why was he unique? Jim Kerwin provides us with a fascinating and thorough Bible study on this powerful and mysterious being from the Old Testament. Along the way, you'll pick up several valuable “tools” for understanding the Old Testament. And you’ll come to some surprising insights on how the Bible uses the word “angel.” The logical progression of biblical evidence will bring the reader to what may be a surprising answer to the question posed — Who Was the Angel of the Lord?

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Circumcision: God’s Picture of Sanctification by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Sanctification? The concept is hazy to the typical man or woman in the pew today. The average Christian has encountered God’s command, “Be holy, for I am holy”; but having no clear definition, he or she doesn’t know how to go about becoming holy. It's hard for many to form a picture of the goal God has in mind.

A picture? God knows about pictures! As a loving heavenly Father dealing with His children (and the most “mature” among us is still a child in spiritual understanding), He knows that children learn from pictures. So in the Old Testament, God paints many pictures to give us insight and understanding into His ways and His truth. Bible teachers call those pictures “types” or “patterns,” and among Father’s numerous illustrations, there are several that depict the process by which we can become holy (that is, “sanctified”).

The New Testament frequently refers to one of God’s Old Testament pictures of holiness — the rite of circumcision. As Bible teacher Jim Kerwin unfolds this “type” or picture, we gain a glimpse into the heart and mind of the Holy One and His plan, purpose, and provision for the believer's sanctification. You’ll come away with a much clearer picture of how to “be holy as God is holy” as you read Circumcision: God's Picture of Sanctification.

This is booklet #4 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series.

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Earth’s Most Powerful Preacher by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: “Who is the most powerful preacher that God has ordained on earth?” A human being? Not a chance! None of today’s famous evangelists or ministers has the worldwide audience or impact of God’s sovereign choice.

God’s preacher has a message both undeniable and irresistible. Earth’s most powerful preacher speaks a truth that no human being can resist, no matter his or her beliefs. Go on a journey of discovery with Pastor Percy Gutteridge and learn the identity of Earth’s Most Powerful Preacher—before you meet him in person (and you will)!

This is booklet #3 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series.

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The Gospel of the Glory by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: In Our Great Savior God, Pastor Percy Gutteridge presents one of the New Testament’s clearest declarations — the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as His role as Creator. Ranging from the mind-boggling immensity of our universe to the amazing life forces at work within the microscopic amoeba, Percy opens our eyes to the expansiveness of God's amazing creation. But he doesn’t stop at the awesomeness of the Logos, the Second Person of the Trinity — Jesus — as the Creator; he poses a challenging thought for every child of God: If the One who wields such omnipotence in creation truly dwells within us, then He is a Savior capable of bringing us into FULL salvation — saving our souls and hearts even from Sin itself.

If our great Savior God, “whose love is as great as His power,” who gives not out of His riches, but “according to His riches in glory” (you'll know the difference between the two after reading!), is the one in whom you've put your trust, then His purposes for you, and His power in your behalf, are far bigger than you realize.

Your perception and understanding of the power of your Savior will be enlarged when you read Our Great Savior God.

This is booklet #6 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series.

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The Judicial Adventures of Paul the Apostle by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Where would a fan of “Law & Order” go in Scripture for courtroom drama and intrigue? The Book of Acts, of course!

St. Luke’s recounting of the “judicial adventures” of the Apostle Paul during his missionary career (especially in Acts 16-28) can make for fascinating reading — once you hold the keys. After author Jim Kerwin introduces a few legal terms from Roman law and legal proceedings, he guides readers through unlocking the legal action, the ulterior motives, the courtroom chicanery, the hidden agendas, and the “backroom deals” that the Book of Acts reveals to its legally attuned readers. Oh, and for an added bonus — maybe, just maybe the seemingly abrupt and unsatisfying ending of Acts will make sense!

In an era in which the veracity of the Bible often comes under scrutiny and attack, here’s a refreshing, well-documented, “put it under the microscope” Bible study that supports and undergirds the accuracy and inspiration of the Book of Acts.

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The Black Hole by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: Black holes alluded to in the Bible? You’re kidding, right?

At first glance, one might not think that the Bible has anything to say about the intriguing phenomenon of black holes. But a more thoughtful look reveals some surprising references in the Scriptures that may well describe this astronomical anomaly.

Author Percy Gutteridge was a well-read layman in many fields of science, always a keen interest of his. He does not attempt to delve into the scientific complexities of black holes. Rather, in his consideration of the subject, he asks the question, “How could the conception of a ‘Black Hole’ fit into the ‘the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God’ (Acts 2:23) and the revelation of His creative wisdom?“ In his thoughts on the subject, Pastor Gutteridge finds remarkable points of intersection involving unexpected insights into the condition of fallen angels, the final judgment, the lake of fire, and more.

How might these star-swallowing singularities, these swirling, light-devouring abysses of darkness fit into the eschatological economy of God who is Light? Enlighten yourself and challenge your thinking as Percy Gutteridge offers for your consideration some original thoughts on the subject in The Black Hole.

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Letting In or Getting In?
Have We Got the Gospel Backwards?
by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Serious Christians want to share the Gospel and fulfill the Great Commission. But those same serious Christians often wind up in shock when they discover that the Gospel and the evangelism techniques they’ve been taught to share are at odds with Jesus’ teaching.

“At odds”? No, actually worse — we’ve been taught to witness and share a Gospel that’s directly OPPOSITE of how Jesus presented the message of the Kingdom of God, and how a sinner is to enter the Kingdom!

Hint: It has nothing to do with “letting Jesus into your heart.” That idea has been ripped from Jesus’ words in Revelation 3:20, completely out of context, artificially and “helpfully” packaged to “simplify soul-winning.”

Ah, but what’s the context? Those words — about Jesus standing at the door, knocking; about opening the door and dining with Him — were addressed to established, but backslidden, Christians who were in danger of imminent judgment and in serious need of thorough-going repentance.

So in context, that famous passage wasn’t an invitation to unbelievers; it has nothing to do with evangelism and New Birth. How, then, did Bible-believing Christians come to think otherwise? Well, that’s what we’ve been taught by well-intentioned Christians who thought they had found a helpful way to illustrate the way of salvation from this well-known text.

But if we study Jesus’ teaching on salvation, especially about entering into the Kingdom, we see that it’s not a matter of letting Jesus into anything. It has everything to do with the sinner — (that’s us, that’s the people to whom we are witnessing) — agonzing (that’s Jesus’ exact word!) to enter the difficult gate to walk the narrow path (Luke 13:24).

Letting In or Getting In? Have We Got the Gospel Backwards? may well change the way you understand the Gospel, how you share the Good News, and how you approach evangelism.

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The Supernatural Character of New Testament Christianity by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: The supernatural character of Christianity and the matching pure life of the person who has it are the two great testimonies needed by — and available to! — today’s Christians. True Christianity is always attended with an individual, supernatural experience in which God Himself comes and dwells in the person, and in which God Himself speaks and can do signs and wonders.

If this is a new concept for you, explore The Supernatural Character of New Testament Christianity with down-to-earth Bible teacher Percy Gutteridge, as he shows how holiness and power — the character of the life, and the manifestation of God through that life in a supernatural way — are the true manifestations of genuine Christianity.

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The Powerful Message Behind Jesus' First Sermon by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: It’s so short! In Luke’s Gospel, it’s only two short verses. It is Jesus’ reading of only a verse and half from Isaiah 61. What was so important about Jesus’ “first sermon” that the Holy Spirit recorded the specific details?

The Gospels give us a general outline of Jesus’ early “the Kingdom of God is at hand” preaching. But Luke 4:16-21 gives us Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah 61:1-2 as well as His message that day in the synagogue in Nazareth. And what Jesus DIDN’T read from the passage is almost as significant was what He DID read!

To the congregation in Nazareth that day, the phrase “to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” struck a deep emotional chord. “The favorable year of the Lord” was a concept so thoroughly charged with the most cherished promises of God to His people that the spiritual DNA of the listeners was stirred with awakened longings for God’s restoration of their divine inheritance.

Little here resonates with 21st-Century Christians in the same way. But Bible teacher Jim Kerwin unwraps the layers — Luke 4, Isaiah 61, and the Leviticus passage that freights Isaiah 61:1-3 with such depth of meaning — in order to unfold The Powerful Message Behind Jesus’ First Sermon.

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Leper in the Throne Room by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: So, you’re praying for revival? You want to see the glory of God? You desire to be in God’s presence, to see His power manifested? To draw closer to Him than ever? So far, so good!

We learn from Isaiah 6 that the prophet Isaiah experienced what so many believers claim they would like to see and hear. He beheld God’s glory! He was surrounded by God’s presence. He gazed on those mysterious, multi-winged beings called the seraphim as they hovered and ministered over the Throne of God.

And it was the most terrifying, unraveling experience of Isaiah’s life up to that moment! Happily, from these discordant, minor notes, God orchestrates a profound heart change and launches a prophetic ministry almost unparalleled in human history.

Author Jim Kerwin readily shares the “key” to understanding Isaiah 6. He ties together the successful life and tragic death of a great king of Judah, the medical training Moses required of Israel’s priesthood, and the dealings of God in the hearts of those who long to walk closely with the Lord.

Armed with these elements, we discover that the key to unlocking Isaiah chapter 6 has been “under the doormat” of the first line of the first verse all this time! We’ve been so anxious to read and re-read this wonderful passage about the glory of God that we have stepped on or over the “entry doormat” of verse one, under which God’s “key” is to be discovered.

What is the key? You’ll find out as you read how the soon-to-be-prophet Isaiah discovers himself to be a Leper in the Throne Room.

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Reading, Writing, & Reigning by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Much is heard in certain Christian circles about “reigning with Christ,” in this life and the next. But do you hear as much emphasis and follow-through on regular, systematic Bible reading? Why Bible reading in particular? Because that was an important requirement the Lord stipulated for the kings He chose for His people. He laid out His Bible-related orders for those rulers quite simply and clearly in Deuteronomy 17:18-20, where He stipulated that:

  • Each king of Israel was to hand-write his own personal scroll of the Scriptures, under the supervision of the priests.
  • Once his royal copying project was completed, the king was to keep his personal copy of the Bible near at hand at all times so that he could read from his scroll daily. He was to seek guidance for himself and his kingdom based on the principles, truths, and insights he would imbibe over his many years of reading.

If such were the requirements for Old Covenant kings of Judah and Israel, are New Covenant expectations any less for potential and would-be “kings” as they prepare their hearts for Jesus’ return? No, they’re not less, but they are somewhat different. Oh, yes, the reading, studying, and delighting daily in the Scriptures are still integral. But the person who does the writing is surprisingly different, and so is the “scroll” on which He writes!

Bible-teacher Jim Kerwin shares a very timely, practical, and thought-provoking look at this neglected passage. The way this encourages spiritual growth, and how it fits in with the Heavenly King’s qualifications for exercising authority in His coming Kingdom is expressed insightfully and compellingly in Reading, Writing, & Reigning.

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Pulling the Bible’s Mnemonic “Triggers” by Jim Kerwin

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[Note: This booklet is an excerpt from The Exceptional Messenger, Book 1 of The John the Baptist Experience series.]

Synopsis: In the wise words of one of the early Church Fathers: “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed; the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” In each of the New Testament’s Old Testament quotations we encounter — from the sermons of the Lord Jesus and the Apostle Peter to the writings of Paul and John — there are treasures waiting to be opened.

For those readers who will take the time to explore these quotations, there is often a wealth of truth to be uncovered. Following a quoted passage back to its source and reading it in its context can pour unexpected light on what God wants us to understand, providing the Holy Spirit a window through which to illuminate New Testament truth.

Many who heard the Good News in the First Century were Scripture-soaked, God-fearing men and women who had memorized large portions of Scripture. The citing of a single verse might for them recall a whole psalm, a complete prophecy, perhaps even an entire book. Thus, an Old Testament quotation would serve them as a memory link — a mnemonic trigger — helping them to recall what they had memorized.

In Pulling the Bible’s Mnemonic “Triggers” author Jim Kerwin challenges us to pull these “triggers” wherever we find them. As an example of such a trigger, he points to one of Jesus’ most famous — and misunderstood — Old Testament quotations. Reading that verse in its Old Testament context brings us to some surprising conclusions! Read this e-booklet and start pulling the Bible’s mnemonic triggers for yourself!

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“This Shall Be a Sign unto You” by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: What was the sign the shepherds were to seek? They received a startling angelic an­nounce­ment on Christmas morning: The Messiah was born! Where? In “the city of David” — Bethlehem.

But who was He and how were they to know Him? “This shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Do you think you know what the sign was? Are you certain? And do you know what the sign means?

Have you ever wondered why it was important that Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger? What was that stable really like? When you see the typical, whimsical “manger scene” in front of churches and in homes at Christmas, do these fanciful tableaux reflect the reality of that first Christmas? Oh, and those cute animals you see at every nativity scene? You’ll never see them in quite the same light again!

This is the 12th booklet of the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles Series.

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That Treasure-Trove of Truth:
Thoughts on “Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing!”
by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Ah, the Christmas season! Part of what makes it memorable is the music, especially the Christmas carols and their message. Often, even non-Christians know the words; but almost as often, even Christians don’t fully understand their meaning. These Christmas lyrics are often jam-packed full of Biblical allusions, prophecies, and the wonder of God’s work among men.

Take Charles Wesley’s famous carol Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing as an example. If the TV game show “Jeopardy” included snippets from this Christmas song in its “Bible” category, how would you fare when confronted with such phrases as:

  • Second Adam from above?
  • Veiled in flesh the Godhead see?
  • Sun of Righteousness?
  • The woman’s conquering seed?

Bible teacher Jim Kerwin unwraps this blessing-laden carol line by line like a glorious Christmas present, connecting the dots to Bible passages from Genesis through the New Testament. It’s all here to savor and enjoy in this Christmas devotional he calls That Treasure Trove of Truth: Thoughts on “Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing!”

This is booklet #5 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series.

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Holiness: Preparation for His Coming by Percy Gutteridge

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Synopsis: How do Jesus’ birth and His second coming intersect? We are very familiar with Jesus’ first advent; but what about His second advent?

Advent is a glorious time of the year, celebrating the advent — the coming — the birth of Christ Jesus in Bethlehem. But we can get so caught up in the emotions of the first Advent and the story of the Nativity that we often forget about the OTHER Advent — the Second Coming of the Lord. God the Father fulfilled the promise of the First Coming; the Second Advent is just as certain.

Pastor Percy Gutteridge ties the two Advents together by taking us through a unique study in the Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 12. Reminding us that “without holiness, no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14), the author unfolds what it means for Jesus to be the Author and Finisher of our faith, and the special role (and blessing) of God’s discipline and chastisements in our lives, along the way to giving us the “birthright blessing” of the firstborn.

And, for Heaven’s sake, what does it mean that we have come — already! — “to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven” (Hebrews 12:22-23)? What is the link between “the spirits of just men made perfect” and “the cloud of witnesses”? And what does it means that the blood of Jesus “speaks” (Hebrews 12:24)?

Enjoy a message that will take you out of a “Christmas-story comfort zone” into a larger sphere of God’s provision for us in Christ.

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The Original Aromas of Christmas by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Most people love the fragrances of Christmas because they associate them with pleasant times, family, holiday cheer, and wonderful food. We seldom stop to think about the odors of the stable on that first Christmas when Jesus was born, and the perfumes that followed.

Inspired by a missions trip over the Christmas holidays, Bible teacher Jim Kerwin challenges us to re-think — no, to re-smell — the original aromas of Christmas. What difference do the aromas make? Why should they be included as part of the story? What heart-truths do they teach us?

You’ll perceive “the old Christmas story” from a fresh and unique perspective. Be challenged by unfolding truth, and be blessed with God’s amazing gift as you read The Original Aromas of Christmas.

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Wingless Angels and Their Poetry by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: Oh, to see the story of the Nativity with fresh eyes and clearer understanding! Is there anything new to be learned in the story that “everybody knows”? Quite a bit, as it turns out! But it requires obedience to the Apostle Paul’s exhortation: “In your thinking be mature.” That maturity comes in part from a careful reading of the story in Luke 2:8-20.

“When I became a man,” wrote Paul, “I did away with childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11). That guideline of spiritual maturity is a good rule to apply to the Christmas story, in order to free it from the accretion of long-accepted — but not always true to scripture — traditions.

The Virgin Birth and the Incarnation of the Logos, the Second Person of the Trinity, are not in question — those points rest solidly on the foundation of inspired revelation. No, the well-meant “traditions of men” are what can obscure some edifying, wonderful truths.

Three “kings” worshiping at the manger? That’s one of those things that “everybody knows.” Except — surprise! — it’s not in the Bible. Those wise men (never called “kings”) appear in a separate passage, somewhat later in Jesus’ childhood.

Winged angels flying above the shepherds announcing Messiah’s birth? Believe it or not, the Bible never describes angels as having wings (even though “everybody knows” otherwise)! And in Luke’s account of the angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the herald-angel “stood before” the shepherds. An instant later, an angelic multitude (containing, according to the New Testament, ALL of the angels) appears with that same standing angel, worshiping God in heaven… and on earth.

What can we learn about the nearness of Heaven by considering the “wingless-ness” of angels? And how does moving an otherwise insignificant comma underscore the Deity of the Babe in the manger? Be blessed, inspired, and challenged as you read this detailed, provocative, and helpful Bible study about Wingless Angels and Their Poetry!

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Matthew’s Mixed-Up Math (A Christmas Bible Study) by Jim Kerwin

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Synopsis: The narrative of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, should be the exciting launch of “the greatest story ever told,” right? So why does Matthew's Gospel, the opening of the glorious Christmas account (not to mention the entire New Testament), begin with a “hard name begat hard name” genealogy? Isn’t that just a bit… well, boring?

For that matter, Matthew’s math seems a little mixed up. In his subdivision of Messiah’s lineage into three groups of 14, did you ever notice that there are actually only 13 men in the final group? Is that an error or deliberate?

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16) — including genealogies! With that truth in mind, Matthew’s Mixed-Up Math explores Matthew’s entire first chapter, including the genealogy, with fresh eyes, the way its first readers experienced it. What we discover is an inspired Apostle operating in full “fishers of men” mode, choosing his bait wisely, knowing how to “set his hook,” and… popping his wig!

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