The Hand of God Ministry Study Resource Center
These are the resources that we suggest that will enhance your overall study of God's Word.
The NLT Life Application Large-Print Study Bible has been updated and expanded to continue it's 30 year legacy of helping people discover how to apply God's Word to their life today! Now with a fresh two-color interior design and meaningfully updated study notes and features that answer questions you may have about the text, the NLT Life Application Large-Print Study Bible provides you with practical yet powerful ways to apply the Bible to your life every day. Explore the stories and parables of the Old and New Testaments with verse-by-verse commentary. Survey the big picture of each book through overviews, vital statistics, outlines, and timelines, and grasp difficult concepts using in-text maps, charts, and diagrams-all to help you do life God's way, every day.
Dake Publishing, Inc. has been family-owned and operated since its inception in 1961. We are a Christian publishing company, boldly proclaiming Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Birthed by the publication of The Dake Annotated Reference Bible, the company has grown out of the writing ministry of Rev. Finis Jennings Dake.
Dake was born in Iberia, Missouri, in 1902 - just four years before the famous Azuza Street Revival which became the foundation for modern Pentecostalism. He was the eighth of eleven children. Throughout his eighty-four years he pastored several churches, started a Bible school, and held numerous evangelistic meetings and lectures. His God-given ability to quote Scripture flawlessly without memorizing it earned him a reputation as the "Walking Bible" (see A True Story for Dake's testimony). He hosted a radio broadcast twice daily for thirteen years, answering any Scriptural question posed to him. In the midst of all this activity (which included over 100,000 hours of intensive Bible study), Dake raised a family with his wife, Dorothy, and wrote several books, as well as the huge volume of commentary notes in The Dake Annotated Reference Bible.
The New Testament portion of the Dake Bible (which included Psalms, Proverbs, and the book of Daniel) was first published in 1961. The complete Dake Bible became available in 1963.
Throughout his writings, Dake was consistent in his interpretation. He took the Bible literally where at all possible, especially where statements of fact or history were concerned. If symbolic, figurative, or typical language was used, then he looked for the literal truth intended.
Dake was Pentecostal in terms of his spiritual experience and beliefs, and The Dake Annotated Reference Bible has been dubbed "The Pentecostal Study Bible." While such a label accurately assesses Dake's position when dealing with relevant portions of Scripture, it is somewhat limiting as well. Dake's true passion was providing a dispensationally systematic perspective on biblical prophecy. Such teaching was at the heart of many of his lectures where he taught from a massive chart (4 ft. by 18 ft.) entitled "The Plan of the Ages." It was also the basis for such books as God's Plan for Man.
Basically, Finis Jennings Dake was committed to providing a doctrinally sound, literal interpretation of whatever was contained in the Word of God. In an effort to carry on his ministry, Dake Publishing has described its mission as one of "preserving the truth."
There is no other Study Bible like this on the market today! The commentary notes are placed along with the Scriptures themselves. The reader never has to take their eyes off of the text in order to find what the author is saying about any particular passage. The Scripture is in black and the notes in red, making it very easy to distinguish the original text and the author s notes. It is the King James Version. Virtually every Scripture is addressed. The emphasis of Christ s Atoning Work at Calvary is brought out in the notes throughout the entirety of the Bible. Various Bible helps are included, along with a concordance, maps and other helps for the Bible reader to understand the Scripture and its historical background. Those who have already received their copy have said they no longer are simply memorizing Scripture, they are now actually understanding what the Scripture means! It s as if they are reading the Bible for the first time!
Matthew Henry was born near Wales on October 18, 1662.Henry was primarily home-educated by his father, Rev. Philip Henry, and also at the Thomas Doolittle academy from 1680-1682. Henry first started studying law in 1686, but instead of pursuing a career in law he began to preach in his neighborhood.After the declaration of liberty of conscience by James II in 1687, he was privately ordained in London, and on June 2, 1687, he began his regular ministry as non-conformist pastor of a Presbyterian congregation at Chester. He remained in this position for 25 years. After declining several times offers from London congregations, he finally accepted a call to Hackney, London, and began his ministry there May 18, 1712, shortly before his death.Henry's reputation rests upon his renowned commentary, An Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708-10, known also as Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible). He lived to complete it only as far as to the end of the Acts, but after his death other like-minded authors prepared the remainder from Henry's manuscripts. This work was long celebrated as the best English commentary for devotional purposes and the expanded edition was initially published in 1896. Instead of critical exposition, Henry focuses on practical suggestion, and his commentaries contains rich stores of truths. There is also a smaller devotional commentary on the Bible from Henry known as Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary.Spurgeon used Henry's commentary and commended it heartily, saying: "Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least."Matthew Henry died in Cheshire due to a stroke, on June 22, 1714.
One of the largest and best-selling homiletical commentary sets of its kind. Directed by editors Joseph Exell and Henry Donald Maurice Spence-Jones, The Pulpit Commentary drew from over 100 authors over a 30 year span to assemble this conservative and trustworthy homiletical commentary set. A favorite of pastors for nearly 100 years, The Pulpit Commentary offers you ideas and insight on "How to Preach It" throughout the entire Bible.
This in-depth commentary brings together three key elements for better preaching:
Exposition-with thorough verse-by-verse commentary of every verse in the Bible.
Homiletics-with the "framework" or the "big picture" of the text.
Homilies-with four to six sermons sample sermons from various authors.
In addition, this set also adds detailed information on biblical customs as well as historical and geographical information, and translations of key Hebrew and Greek words to help you add spice to your sermon.
All in all, The Pulpit Commentary has over 22,000 pages and 95,000 entries from a total of 23 volumes. The go-to commentary for any preacher or teacher of God's Word.
About the Editors
Rev. Joseph S. Exell, M.A., served as the Editor of Clerical World, The Homiletical Quarterly and the Monthly Interpreter. Exell was also the editor for several large commentary sets like The Men of the Bible, The Pulpit Commentary, Preacher's Homiletic Library and The Biblical Illustrator.
Henry Donald Maurice Spence-Jones was born in London on January 14, 1836. He was educated at Corpus Christi, Cambridge where he received his B.A. in 1864. He was ordered deacon in 1865 and ordained as a priest is the following year. He was professor of English literature and lecturer in Hebrew at St. David's College, Lampeter, Wales from 1865-1870. He was rector of St. Mary-de-Crypt with All Saints and St. Owen, Gloucester from 1870-1877 and principal of Gloucester Theological College 1875-1877. He became vicar and rural dean of St. Pancras, London 1877-1886, and honorary canon since 1875. He was select preacher at Cambridge in 1883,1887,1901, and 1905, and at Oxford in 1892 and 1903. In 1906 he was elected professor of ancient history in the Royal Academy. In theology he is a moderate evangelical. He also edited The Pulpit Commentary (48 vols., London, 1880-97) in collaboration with Rev. J. S. Exell, to which he himself contributed the section on Luke, 2 vols., 1889, and edited and translated the Didache 1885. He passed away in 1917 after authoring numerous individual titles.
Adam Clarke (1760 or 1762 - 1832) was a British Methodist theologian and Biblical scholar. He is chiefly remembered for writing a commentary on the Bible which took him 40 years to complete and which was a primary Methodist theological resource for two centuries.
Contained in 6 volumes, consisting of nearly 1,000 pages each, it was considered the most comprehensive commentary on the Bible ever prepared by one man. His commentary, particularly that on Revelation, identified the Catholic Church with the antichrist and bordered on antisemitic, as illustrated by the following quote:
"The Jewish philosophy, such as is found the Cabala, Midrashim, and other works, deserves the character of vain deceit, in the fullest sense and meaning of the words. The inspired writers excepted, the Jews have ever been the most puerile, absurd, and ridiculous reasoners in the world. Even Rabbi Maimon or Maimonides, the most intelligent of them all, is often, in his master-piece, the Moreh Neochim, the teacher of the perplexed, most deplorably empty and vain." A.C. 1831 VI p. 486
As a theologian, Clarke reinforced the teachings of Methodist founder John Wesley. He taught that the Bible provides a complete interpretation of God's nature and will. He considered Scripture itself a miracle of God's grace that "takes away the veil of darkness and ignorance." With such an understanding, Clarke was first and foremost a Biblical theologian, often uneasy with purely systematic approaches to theology.
Martin Luther, the hero of the Reformation, was born in the village of Eisleben on November 10, 1483. In 1505 he entered an Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, was consecrated to the priesthood in 1507, and was very faithful to all the regulations of the order. He afterwards said: "If ever a monk got to heaven by monkery, I was determined to get there." He was a diligent scholar, and in 1508 was called to the chair of Philosophy in the University of Wittenberg. In the meantime he made a pilgrimage to Rome, where he saw much corruption among the clergy; but still his faith was strong in the Roman Church. It was the shameless sale of indulgences by Tetzel, authorized by Leo X., that first opened his eyes and determined him to make public opposition. On October 31, 1517, at midday, Luther posted his ninety-five Theses against the Merits of Indulgences on the church door at Wittenberg. That day was the birthday of the Reformation.
Biography adapted from Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church by Charles S. Nutter.