In my current update of the D.H.Ruffle Memorial Library, I’m happy to say that as of today, the site is now advert-free for the first time. I’m also working on making the site easier to use on mobile devices – be patient!
Also, I will be adding audio and video to the website as part of my on-going extensive make-over. The site is totally free to end-users, who never need to register any personal details – and it’s going to remain that way. Because there are additional costs involved in both time and money, I will also be adding a PayPalbutton later in the year for those of you who wish to help support the project.
The Bible indeed is a divine revelation for God’s ‘gold standard’ for human life lived in harmony with our creator. The New Testament reveals how Jesus Christ restored the thread that sin had broken. SOAK in His Word. Be transformed by the acceptance of what Jesus did for YOU and me on the Cross and surrender to His life giving, forgiving power.
Although I originally uploaded the documents below a while ago, my prayer is that those who have not yet seen them will be profoundly touched by our Lord Jesus and His Holy Spirit. May you have a journey that truly is transformational for you and your loved-ones! – 10th May, 2015.
The Common English Bible (2011), tagged by the publishers as “A fresh translation to touch heart and mind”, is a translation begun in late 2008 and finished in 2011, including the Apocrypha. One hundred and twenty scholars from twenty-four denominations worked on the translation. Sample books here are reproduced with kind permission of the five publishers involved in the project, who have made them freely available. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.
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Prayer takes an infinite variety of forms, yet its purpose is always one, and that is to facilitate communion with God, our loving Heavenly Father, the One who while being beyond knowing, has made Himself known to us through Jesus Christ.
Prayer is the most neglected gift of grace with which humans have been endowed with. Indeed, many never enter this hidden realm of prayer, and thus, however rich and successful they may appear to be, they live their lives as spiritual paupers.
Prayer, for Christ-followers, becomes a priceless, precious communion with the Almighty Father of all, facilitated by the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh, and who dwelt among us, sharing in our humanity, in every point tempted as we are, and yet without sin.
Prayer for the non-Christian, however, can be the seeking struggle of reaching out to Him who, while often to human perception appears to be a distant, far-off, uncaring, impersonal Being – is actually nearer than any could imagine or realise.
Prayer is the greatest gift, the greatest remedy for sin and selfishness. It could be said that it is prayer that makes us fully human.
Prayer, according to the Early Church Fathers, involves the whole of creation in a prayer to our Creator-God, yet only human kind refuse to freely offer prayer, due to the sin of Adam. When we pray in Jesus’ Name, the Father of all living hears us.
Prayer to us should be as natural as breathing. Indeed, our entire lives should be a living prayer.
Embrace our Heavenly Father, therefore, through prayer. Amen.
THE GLORY OF PRAYER
Prayer is praise; prayer is thanksgiving; prayer is worship, prayer is adoration and prayer is communion. Prayer is loving God and prayer is love towards fellow man.
Prayer is found in the silence of tears; prayer is the overflowing thanksgiving to God for His overflowing bounty and goodness. Prayer is last intake of breath before casting off our mortal bodies through the door of death. Prayer is the offering of petitions of grace for our enemies – toward those who hate us, destroy our loved ones, and demolish our earthly tents. Prayer, then, is our thanksgiving and rejoicing as we are received-up into glory. Our whole lives, therefore, are to be living prayers.Amen.
THE BEGINNING OF PRAYER
Prayer is a mystery.
Prayer is beautiful.
Prayer explores the inner recesses of our souls;
Prayer is our silent heart-cry in times of trouble;
Prayer is our voice of jubilation in times of joy.
Prayer is about our rapture with God;
Prayer is the total abandonment of our selfish wills,
Prayer is beyond knowing, beyond human explanation,
Prayer is our communion with our Heavenly Father.
The prayer of faith which is so pleasing to Our Lord,
This Passover and Holy Week, I bring you a hidden gem for free download!
My Daily Bread by Anthony J. Paone is an amazing little book of interior daily devotions. Published in 1954 by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood, this 430 page volume deserves much wider circulation. This volume is a summary of the spiritual life, arranged for daily reading, reflection and prayer. We have just added it to our library for FREE PDF download.
Little seems to be known about Fr. Paone, but I have been able to contact one of his great-nieces and she has kindly given me a little background to his life. She tells me that he had become very sick when he was young, and no one thought he would pull through. Anthony made a commitment to God, and promised that if his life would be spared, then he would dedicate himself totally to God for the rest of his life.
God indeed raised him off his death-bed, and Anthony went on to become a Jesuit priest serving in New York. For years, he taught in a New York high school, and was much-loved. In 1954, his collection of daily meditations were published, which have a similar tone to “The Imitation of Christ”.
Only ever produced in one edition in English*, after over a year of searching, I have finally found a source where a print copy can be purchased:
Thank you for visiting today.. we are here for YOU! The pdf files are located on the ‘BIBLE Downloads‘ and ‘ Study Aids‘ pages. No need to register, just browse or download this growing library!
Below, you will see samples of what is available on this site. Unlike some websites, there is nothing to pay, and you do not need to register to access the files. Our desire is to put the precious Word of God into your hands, as well as some intelligent Bible study tools.
Most volumes are fully indexed chapter-by-chapter and searchable. You can also copy and paste with many of them. Some files have less functionality, (usually ‘page image’ files) – and these may seem hard to navigate at first. However, all the PDFs have a very handy “search” function, so don’t be put off from serious Bible study.
I trust that the volumes so far will prove to be a blessing to those of you who may not have previously had access to all these volumes. With every blessing in the wonderful Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Amen.
-John Ruffle (Librarian/Webmaster)
200 Theological Books FREE to download as PDF files with no need to register.