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1 Chronicles (The People's Bible)

 By: Paul O. Wendland

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

The First Book of Chronicles traces the history of God's people from Adam to David. Through this history God reminded his people that the Messiah, a royal descendant of David, would come. When the Messiah did come, he established God's righteous rule over his people in a way far beyond the rule of any human king.

1, 2 Thessalonians (The People's Bible)
 By: David P. Kuske

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

When he left the Thessalonians to share the gospel elsewhere, the apostle Paul feared that these Christians would be overwhelmed by false teachers, persecution, and temptations. He wrote two letters to encourage them to remain faithful. These letters offer rich hope and remain good reading for Christians faced with challenges to their faith.

2 Chronicles (The People's Bible)
 By: Paul O. Wendland

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

The second book of Chronicles continues the history of God's people. Beginning with the reign of Solomon, the book tells the story of the decline of God's people. Eventually God sent the Babylonians, who destroyed Jerusalem and carried God's people off into exile. The book ends with the decree of Cyrus, which allowed them to return to and rebuild their land.

2 Corinthians (The People's Bible)
 By: David J. Valleskey

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Paul wrote 2 Corinthians after he heard a report from Titus about the Corinthian congregation. In this letter Paul compliments the believers for their progress, encourages them to complete the collection for the church in Jerusalem, and defends his ministry against those in the congregation who opposed him and claimed to be super-apostles.

Acts (The People's Bible)
 By: Richard D. Balge

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Luke wrote Acts as a continuation of his gospel. In this book Luke recorded the growth of the early church after Jesus ascended to heaven. The first part of the book records the growth of the church in and around Jerusalem. Luke goes on to record the apostle Paul's conversion and the spread of the gospel throughout the Roman world.

Christ
He Is My Lord
 By: Harlyn J. Kuschel

The People's Bible Teachings is a series of books on all of the main doctrinal teachings of the Bible.  Following the pattern set by The People's Bible series, these books are written especially for laypeople.  The authors of The People's Bible Teachings are parish pastors and professors who have had years of experience teaching the Bible.

This book is a thorough study of what the Bible teaches about Jesus Christ.  By looking at Jesus through both the Old and New Testament Scriptures, this volume details the person of Christ (true God and true man), his humiliation and exaltation, his three-fold office (Prophet, Priest, and King), and his redemptive work, all in a language that's easy to understand.  It demonstrates exactly who Christ is, helping believers develop a strong personal defense and disproving claims that Jesus was merely a prophet, a humanitarian, or even a fraud.

Christian Freedom
Christ Sets Us Free
 By: William E. Fischer

The People's Bible Teachings is a series of books on all of the main doctrinal teachings of the Bible.  Following the pattern set by The People's Bible series, these books are written especially for laypeople.  The authors of The People's Bible Teachings are parish pastors and professors who have had years of experience teaching the Bible.

For many, sanctification and justification are just obscure theological terms.  Through this book, readers will come to understand these crucial parts of the Christian faith.  Scriptural teachings and various freedoms not defined in the Bible are also examined.

Church Fellowship
Working Together for the Truth
 By: John F. Brug

The People's Bible Teachings is a series of books on all of the main doctrinal teachings of the Bible. Following the pattern set by The People's Bible series, these books are written especially for laypeople. The authors of The People's Bible Teachings are parish pastors and professors who have had years of experience teaching the Bible.

This book examines three parts of a doctrine-- taught by God in Scripture-- that has led to separations in church bodies, congregations, and families. Church Fellowship, from the People's Bible Teachings Series, brings understanding to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) practice of closed Communion and opposition to lodges and scouting. It reviews the historic Lutheran debate for new generations and teaches us to show love for our neighbors as we assert a clear testimony to the truth.

Church-Mission-Ministry
The Family of God
 By: Armin W. Schuetze

The People's Bible Teachings is a series of books on all of the main doctrinal teachings of the Bible. Following the pattern set by The People's Bible series, these books are written especially for laypeople. The authors of The People's Bible Teachings are parish pastors and professors who have had years of experience teaching the Bible.

What is our purpose as believers here on earth? This book studies God's assignment for the church and examines the nature of the church, its people, and its practices, as outlined in the Scriptures.

Daniel (The People's Bible)
 By: John C. Jeske

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

As a young man, Daniel was among the first Jews to be deported to Babylon. A man of great faith, he held important government positions during the difficult time of captivity. Through Daniel, God showed his exiled people what the future would hold. God reminded his people that he would care for them in every situation.

Deuteronomy (The People's Bible)
 By: Mark E. Braun

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Deuteronomy records the final words of Moses, one of God's greatest leaders. While Moses led God's people, an entire generation died in the wilderness, and a new generation took its place. Moses repeated the laws God had given on Mount Sinai and reapplied them for a new generation as the people prepared to enter the Promised Land.

Ezekiel (The People's Bible)
 By: Kieth Bernard Kuschel

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

The prophet Ezekiel was among the first Jews to be deported to Babylon. Many thought that God had abandoned his promises by allowing the captivity. Through the words, actions, and visions of Ezekiel, God reminded his people of their sins and promised that a faithful remnant would return so that all his promises concerning the Messiah would come to pass.

Galatians, Ephesians (The People's Bible)
 By: Armin J. Panning

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Paul wrote to the Galatians because their faith was threatened by false teachers who said that salvation was dependent upon both Christ and works. This false gospel, Paul wrote, was "no gospel at all." Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians while he was a prisoner and reminded them of what God's great power and grace has done for believers.

Genesis (The People's Bible)
 By: John C. Jeske

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Genesis is the first of the five books of Moses and it unfolds God's work through the biographies of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and others. Starting with the words "In the beginning...," it presents the beginnings, or origins, of the universe, the human race, sin, death, and God's gracious work of bringing fallen humanity back to himself.

Hebrews (The People's Bible)
 By: Richard E. Lauersdorf

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

The letter to the Hebrews asserts that God made his final and complete revelation to humanity through Jesus Christ. The letter provides a bridge between the Old and New Testaments, maintains that Jesus is greater than the Old Covenant, and encourages Christians to persevere in spite of their trials and temptations.

Isaiah 1 - 39 (The People's Bible)
 By: John A. Braun

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

God sent the prophet Isaiah to his people at a time of great prosperity. But it was also a time of moral and spiritual decay. In the first 39 chapters of his prophecy, Isaiah warns of the coming judgment of God upon his people and upon all nations. Yet these chapters also contain rich and comforting promises of God's grace and the future arrival of the Messiah.

Isaiah 40 - 66 (The People's Bible)
 By: John A. Braun

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

In the second portion of his prophecy, Isaiah promises that God will deliver his people and all the world through the great Servant of the Lord, whom we all know as Jesus Christ. God promised that this great Servant would redeem all the world by his suffering. The prophecy of Isaiah concludes with God's promises of future glory for all who believe.

James, Peter, John, Jude (The People's Bible)
 By: Mark A. Jeske

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

The letters of James, Peter, John, and Jude are often grouped together and called the general, or catholic, epistles because they are not addressed to a single congregation. Peter, James, and John are familiar names to readers of the New Testament. The book of Jude warns us against false teachers.

Job (The People's Bible)
 By: Rudolph E. Honsey

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Job is a literary masterpiece that tells the story of a man described as "blameless and upright" who "feared God and shunned evil." Yet Job suffered. In this book God reminds believers that he sometimes sends suffering to test them. His faithful people patiently endure each trial and trust that God's ways are far beyond the human ability to understand.

John (The People's Bible)
 By: Gary P. Baumler

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

In this People's Bible Commentary John, the apostle John refers to himself as the disciple "whom Jesus loved." John was one of the inner circle of disciples, together with Peter and James. As he records the ministry of Jesus, the apostle adds many insights not recorded by the other gospels. John is a simple and clear statement of God's grace in Christ, written so that readers might believe and have life in Jesus, God's Son.
 

Judges, Ruth (The People's Bible)
 By: John C. Lawrenz

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

The book of Judges records the stories of those leaders God sent to rescue his people before Israel had kings. Each account reveals how frequently God's people turned away from him and yet how faithful God was in sending them deliverance. Ruth is the beautiful story of a Moabite woman who became an ancestor to King David and to Jesus.

Mark (The People's Bible)
 By: Harold E. Wicke

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Most believe that the gospel of Mark was the first of the gospels to be completed. Many also believe that Mark wrote down what Peter proclaimed. It is a gospel of action; Jesus does things. In addition, the gospel asserts that Jesus is the Son of God and spends a great deal of time with the last journey of Jesus to Jerusalem and the Savior's suffering and death there.

Marriage and Family
The Family Photo Album
 By: John D. Schuetze

The People's Bible Teachings is a series of books on all of the main doctrinal teachings of the Bible. Following the pattern set by The People's Bible series, these books are written especially for laypeople. The authors of The People's Bible Teachings are parish pastors and professors who have had years of experience teaching the Bible.

This book presents Scripture's teaching on marriage as God intended it to be, from creation through our modern day. It touches on many current doctrinal and cultural topics: the single state, engagement, roles of husbands and wives, sex, children, family planning, divorce, remarriage, homosexuality, polygamy, common-law marriage, blended family issues, and more. The book can be especially valuable as a resource for pre-marriage classes and for marriage enrichment seminars.

Matthew (The People's Bible)
 By: G.J. Albrecht & M. J. Albrecht

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

When Matthew left his tax collector's booth in Galilee to follow Jesus, he became an eyewitness to the Savior's ministry. His record gives the teachings of Jesus and assures believers that Jesus is the Messiah foretold by so many Old Testament prophecies. For these reasons, his gospel has become the first book of the New Testament.

Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (The People's Bible)
 By: James J. Westendorf

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

God sent his prophet Nahum to announce the coming destruction of the Assyrian Empire and to assure God's people of their deliverance. While announcing judgment upon all sinners, Habakkuk wrote, "The righteous will live by his faith." Zephaniah announced the coming of the great day of the Lord's judgment but encouraged the faithful not to fear.

Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (The People's Bible)
 By: Cyril W. Spaude

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Obadiah announced God's judgment upon Edom, an enemy of Judah, but promised deliverance to God's faithful people. God wants all people to be saved, so he sent Jonah to preach repentance to Nineveh, the capital of a foreign nation. Micah announced God's punishment upon sin and the sure salvation to come through the Messiah.

Romans (The People's Bible)
 By: Armin J. Panning

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

On his missionary journeys, Paul heard about the Christians in Rome. He wrote his letter to the Romans to strengthen their faith so that they might help him spread the gospel farther to the west. For over two thousand years, Christians have treasured Romans for its clear and pure presentation of God's grace to sinners.

The Book of Books (The People's Bible)
A Brief Introduction to the Bible
 By: John Schaller

Christ-centered Bible truths unfold as you read this complete series of commentaries designed for spiritual growth and reading enjoyment. These trustworthy commentaries help you comprehend what you've read in Scripture as well as apply it to your life. These commentaries offer: Easy-to-read commentary that follows the text (in NIV) so you learn as you read, Scripture and commentary on the same page, Bible text highlighted in bold, explanation of complicated passages, important facts are identified to expand understanding of Bible times and help apply passages to life today, and maps and charts. This series is an excellent companion text for Bible study leaders and for individual use.

Book of Books provides a quick introduction to the author, content, and purpose of each book of the Bible. It includes introductions to the Apocrypha, a brief review of Jewish history, and an introduction to the New Testament manuscripts. This edition adds an introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls and a critical review of several translations of the Scriptures, including the New Living Translation and God's Word.