Online Reading


Sepphoris — A City Set On a Hill 

Archaeological discussion of two potential sites for the “city set on a hill” allusion of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount.


Caleb – The Endurance of Faith

Caleb, a faithful spy conquers part of the promised land.

Daniel, The Beloved

Presenting the challenge, “Dare to be a Daniel!”

Faith Goes it Alone

The story of Samson with detailed notes on the date of his life.

Faith Hanging by a Thread

The study into the faith of Rahab.

Hobab the Kenite

The choice of a guide to lead Israel through the wilderness and its dire consequences.

The Judgment of Shimei

The Shimei narrative–a lesson in sin, repentance, pardon, and deferred judgment.

The Justice of Festus

The choice of a guide to lead Israel through the wilderness and its dire consequences.

The Mother of the Apostle Paul

A biography of the unknown woman the Apostle Paul referred to as his mother.

Nine Men in the Life of Bathsheba

A biography of an oft-maligned woman as defined by nine men whose lives touch hers.

Righteous Lot

The choice of a guide to lead Israel through the wilderness and its dire consequences.

Rose of Moab, Rose of Sharon

The life of Ruth.

The Boy Samuel

The boy Samuel enters God’s service.


Adam to Zion

93 Lessons for Children Telling the Bible Story from A to Z

God’s Plan For Man

A lesson plan for children.

God’s Promises Come True Old Testament Bible Stories:

At Home in a Garden
The First Two Brothers
The First Shipbuilder
The Tower of Babel
Abraham, The Friend of God
A Bride is Chosen
Rebekah’s Twin Boys
A Boy Who Dreamed
A Slave Becomes Ruler
When Dreams Come True
Little Boy in an Ark
God Speaks to Moses
God Delivers His People
The Last Night In Egypt
Crossing the Red Sea
God Gives Laws To His People
Building A House For God
Spying Out The Land
Crossing The River Jordan
An Army That Was Too Large
A Boy Who Was Given To God
A Shepherd Boy Is Made King
A King Is Fooled
The Wisest Man And A King
A Prophets Prayers Answered
A Child Brought Back to Life
A King Who Ate Grass
In A Fiery Furnace
In A Den Of Lions
In The Stomach Of A Fish
The Story of God’s Book Part 1
The Most Important Baby
Preparing The Way For Jesus
Jesus Wouldn’t Do Wrong
The Mighty Works of Jesus
The Lamb of God
The Great Victory
God’s Power Comes
A Lame Man Made Well
The Sin of Lying
A Young Believer Stoned
A Pharisee Changes His Mind
Peter’s Strange Dream
Paul Preaches On Mars’ Hill
From Jerusalem To Rome
John  Sees Trees Of Life
The Story Of God’s Book Part 2

Christian Living

Abusing God’s Mercy

The limitations of Divine forgiveness

A Chaste Virgin

The Anatomy of Conceit

An analysis of what produces conceit in the Christian.

Attaining Peace in a World of Turmoil

A Fruit of the Spirit.

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Looking at the Christian’s responsibility to fellow believers.

Be Strong and of a Good Courage

Lessons from the life of Joshua to encourage the Christian.

Christian Capitalism

Examining the Christian life from the perspectives of the parables of the pound and the talents.

The Christian Warfare

Discussing the Christian soldier, his attributes and his armor.

Christ in You

An Indwelling Relationship

The Conquest of Fear

How to overcome one of the Christian’s strongest foes.

Coping with Trials

A Helpful Letter from Benjamin Barton

The Cost of Discipleship

What it means to deny one’s self, take up the cross, and follow Jesus.

Crisis Control

Practical suggestions on handling conflicts.

Ecclesia Responsibilities

Christian responsibilities in their formal association with each other.

Employer-Employee Relationships

A Christian perspective in the workplace.

Eradicating the Spirit of Selfishness

Learning to live a more self-less life.

Heart and Head

Showing the balance the Christian must attain between his emotional and intellectual development.

In Consideration of Love

The necessity for developing an active outgoing love for others.

In Times Like These

Practical suggestions for coping with trials and bereavement.


A meditation on what constitutes a joyful Christian.

Joys of Discipleship

Following in the footsteps of Jesus was designed to be a happy experience, not a life of somber sadness.

The Joy Set Before Us

The Joy That Was Set Before Him

A motivation for faithful service to God

Keeping the Heart

On developing the emotional as well as the intellectual life, with lessons from the life of Solomon.

Love—The Bond of Perfectness

A description of the indescribable grace of love.

Members In Particular

How to fill the unique role which God is designing for you to play in his plan.

Of Slaves and Masters

Defining principles of employer-employee relationships.

Parents, the Experts in Everything!

A practical guide for interaction between parent and child.

Privileges and Responsibilities of Christian Couples

A look at the role of husband and wife in the Christian marriage.

A Repentance that was not Heard

A study on acceptable and non-acceptable repentance from the life of King Saul.


A self test to detect bad behavioral patterns before they become habits difficult to correct.

The Spirit of Sacrifice

Showing what is involved in a Christian’s life of sacrifice.

Spiritual Sicknesses: Causes and Cures

Diagnosing spiritual diseases and prescribing spiritual cures.

Take Off Your Shoes

Examining an ancient Hebrew custom and its significance in relinquishing claims to earth.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Traced in the lives of David, Jesus, and the Christian.

What Shall I Render Unto the Lord

The reasonableness of living a consecrated life.

The Word of God—In Our Lives

A practical application of the Bible to daily Christian living.


No More Tears

A message of hope for the bereaved based on the Hebrew scriptures.

Why Do Saints Suffer?

An age-old question answered from the pictures of Israel’s Tabernacle.


A Bundle of Myrrh is My Well Beloved Unto Me

The aroma of Christ

Bride and Bridegroom

A Memorial Meditation

Christ the Center

The hub of the Christian’s existence.

First Things First

A meditation on establishing priorities.

Gathering Home the Saints
A ten-part series showing the emotions of being in heaven with the Lord.

Part 1 – The Awakening in His Likeness
Part 2 – The Face to Face Meeting with Jesus
Part 3 – The Waiting Arms of the Father
Part 4 – The Marriage of God’s Dear Son
Part 5 – Reception at the Father’s House
Part 6 – The Enthronement with the Lamb
Part 7 – Moments or Reflective Praise
Part 8 – Thanking the Ministering Angels
Part 9 – The Breaking of Death’s Power
Part 10 – Bringing Forth Earth’s Princes

Goose Sense

Lessons from the flight pattern of geese.

He Maketh the Storm a Calm

A meditation on inner peace in times of turmoil.

In Memory of the Savior’s Love

A meditation on the death of Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ Last Days

In this narrative, you walk with Jesus from Bethany to Golgotha.

How To Walk On Water

Encouragement to the Christian to get out of his rocky boat and spiritually “walk on water.”

In My Solitude

A meditation of encouragement to climb higher and higher on the Christian path.

Pressing On in the Pilgrim Journey

A meditation on the haste in which ancient Israel ate the first Passover supper.

Some Questions

A poem encouraging Christian constancy.

The Right Hand

A meditation on a face to face relationship with God.

The Shepherd Psalm

A thorough treatment of the symbology of the familiar 23rd Psalm.

The Song of the Well

Ferrar Fenton’s translation of Numbers 12:17-20.

Two Gardens

A contrast and comparison between the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane.

This Thing Is From Me

A Christian classic. Assures every true Christian that all is overruled for his good.

Walking to Gethsmane

Walk with Jesus that last night of his life from the room of the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane.

What the Memorial Means to Me

A personal testimony of the personal significance of participating in the Memorial emblems.

When I Am Dead

Poem on giving our help to one while they are living.

Which Mountain Will You Move

Three mountains which faith can move.


A Place Prepared

A home for the Church.

The Baby Leaped in Her Womb

Looking at the account of the visit of the virgin Mary with her cousin Elizabeth.

The Better Gifts and the More Excellent Way

A complete investigation of the gifts of the spirit and their relevance today.

The Church and her Mission

Describing the present and future works of the Christian church.

The Day of Judgement

Earth as Well as Heaven

Life on one plane of existence does not limit life to only those who share that plane of existence.

Epistle to the Colossians

Examining the message of Paul to the church at Colossae.

Eternal Judgment

An outline of seven different eternal judgment given in the Bible.

Except Some Man Guide Me

Why God appoints fallible human teachers to instruct in his word.

Eve’s Experiences in the Garden of Eden

A closer examination of the account of the first couple and their temptation.

Faith Toward God

Tracing the elements of faith and its foundations.

God and the Trinities

Examining the connection between pagan pantheism and the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

God of All Space

A look at the Bible from the standpoint of recent space science.

Many Called, Few Chosen

Two crises in the Christian life are illustrated in Jesus’ parable of the Wedding Feast.

Our Heritage Of Knowledge

A brief summary of each of the doctrines which make up the faith structure of the Bible Students.

Portrait Of A Perfect Man

The portrait of Jesus as given in the Gospel of Luke.

The Fillets of the Tabernacle

Practical lessons from a minor architectural feature of Israel’s Tabernacle in the wilderness.

The Flame in Hades

An in-depth examination of the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus.

Gathering the Lord’s Jewels

Investigating the method of God’s selection of the Church and their ultimate purpose.

The Greater Context of Hebrews 6

Analyzing the context in which the Apostle Paul discusses the fundamental doctrines.

Imagine . . . the Love of God

A personal testimony reflecting the emotions of a Christian discovering that the Bible hell is the grave and that God has a plan for all.

The Importance of Bible Study

Why a Christian must be a diligent student of the word of God.

The King—Eternal, Immortal, Invisible

A biblical portrait of the personal and character attributes of God.

The Laying On of Hands

A discussion of what is meant by this practice in both the Old and the New Testaments.

The Lord your God is One Lord

A treatise examining the doctrine of the Trinity.

The Melody of the Waters

The outline of God’s plan seen in the place name of the wells of Abraham and of Isaac.

The Parable of Jotham

Examining a potential meaning for the Old Testament “Parable of the Trees and the Bramble.”

The Parable of the Penny

Applying a New Testament parable to both the first and second advents of Christ.

The Philosophy of the Atonement

A detailed examination of Romans 5:13-21

Prove All Things

Showing the necessity of proving all doctrines by the Bible as the Word of God.

Repentance from Dead Works

A discussion of the repentance which the Apostle Paul listed ass a fundamental doctrine in the Christian church.

The Resurrection of the Dead

How the dead come back to life and the processes involved in enabling them to live forever.

The Simplicity of the Gospel

Dealing with the organization of the early church.

The Unknown God

Different people have different perceptions of who God is. This article examines the Bible’s answer to this question.

Unto Us a Child is Born

A beautiful retelling of the Christmas story.

What Can a Man Believe?

Outlining the plan of God for man from the Bible.

What Is Truth?

The necessity of searching for the truth of the scriptures.

What Say the Scriptures About Hell?

Every text in which the Hebrew and Greek words translated Hell is examined in this treatise.

Why Does God Permit Evil?

Fresh insights into an age-old question.

Witness of the Spirit

Listing the various ways by which the Christian can know he is a child of God.

The Word of God—It’s Authenticity

The authenticity of the Bible and the authority of the Logos, both as the Word of God.

The Word of God—In Creation

An ode to the majesty of the creation accomplished by the Word of God.

Emphatic Diaglott

Emphatic Diaglott by Benjamin Wilson

The original Greek Text of the New Testament with an interlinear  word for word English translation by Benjamin Wilson.

God’s Kingdom

God Has a Plan

This illustrated article shows the entire plan of God from Genesis to Revelation.

God’s Kingdom

This television script outlines what God’s Kingdom will be like, who it will be for, and when it will come.

The Good News of Two Salvations

God’s plans for life on earth as well as in heaven.

The Highway of Holiness

Tracing a familiar symbol of God’s Kingdom through the book of Isaiah.

They Shall Live Again

An answer to the perplexing question of the fate of good people who die who are not Christians.


A Delightful Inheritance

The Christian’s responsibility toward his inheritance of truth.

A New Wine Bottle

Bible Student History

Contending for the Faith

A look at the lives of Arius, Calvin, Luther, and Wesley.

The Death of Faith

Tracing the parallel growths of humanism and Protestantism after the Reformation.

The Decline of Faith

Covering the period from the Reformation to the Bible Student Movement.

The Harvest Movement

Tracing the nineteenth century origins of the Bible Student movement.

The Midnight Cry

Depicting the history of the Adventist movement in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Pastoral Bible Institute

Tracing the roots of the Associated Bible Students, the P.B.I., and The Herald.

Preface to Bible Student History

Introducing a special section on the history of the Bible Student movement.

Christian Fellowship

John T. Read

Click here for an index of downloadable MP3 files
of hymns sung by John T. Read


All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

The Power of Jesus Name

Boundless Grace

The Fountain of Every Blessing

The Closest Bond of Fellowship

God Be With You

“Good-Bye – God Be With You”

His Loving Kindness

What is Soul Awakening?

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!

Jesus Reigns

Thousands of Harps and Voices

The Year of Jubilee

Blowing the Jubilee Trumpet   Music for Hymns from Cyber Hymnal


Effectual Prayer

Hezekiah’s example of an effectual prayer.

Portraits of Jesus Praying

Sharing with the Master a life of constant prayer.

Praying For Governments

Considering the scriptural principles involved in an intelligent prayer for present day governments.

Pray for the Intercession of The Spirit

Praying for the holy spirit and with the spirit’s assistance

The Prayer of Jabez

A model prayer for enlargement by an obscure Old Testament character.

The Privilege and Power of Prayer

The  brief review of the Bible’s teachings on prayer.

Thanksgiving with Prayer and Supplication

A compilation of Scriptures on prayer under appropriate subheadings.


The Age of the Exposé

Investigative reporting as a sign of the Lord’s return.

A House in a Walled City

Investigating an unusual exception in Israel’s “Law of Jubilee.”

The Beasts of Job

An investigation into the typical significance of “behemoth” and “leviathan.”

Behold the Bridegroom

Evidences of the return of Jesus Christ

Bible Prophecy—It’s Purpose in God’s Plan

The function of the prophet and his message.

The Blessing of Judah

Examining the prophetic significance of Jacob’s blessing on his son Judah.

The Book of Hosea

An overview of the prophecy of Hosea.

The Book of Revelation

Outlining the message of the last book of the Bible.

Daniel in Babylon

The use of Babylonian symbols in the prophecy of the four beasts.

The Burden of Dumah

A closer look at an obscure prophecy in Isaiah pertaining to events of the last two centuries.

Christ Has Returned

Showing that the signs of Christ’s return are a current reality

The Day of Small Things

Historic evidences of the second advent of Jesus Christ.

The End

Treating the two different words translated “end” in the New Testament.

Ezekiel in Brief

A short but thorough treatment of a difficult and highly symbolic prophecy.

The Fall and Rise of Many in Israel

A review of Israel’s past and future on the occasion of their 45th Anniversary as a nation.

The Fig Tree

Examining the appropriateness of the fig tree as a symbol for the nation of Israel.

Hastening the Day of God

Looking at the sense of urgency created by noticing the signs of the nearness of the kingdom.

Hope for a Fear-Filled World

God’s Promises

Israel and the Land

A thorough examination of the borders of the promised land.

Israel and the Middle East

A prophetic perspective of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East.

I Will Come Again
Part 1–I Will Come Again
Part 2–Signs of Christ’s Presence
Part 3–Why Some Christians are Unaware
Part 4– “Caught Up Together With Him”
Part 5–“Every Eye Shall See Him”
Part 6–The Man of Sin
Part 7–Appendices

One World Church

A sober look at the disunity in the Christian church and what it portends for the future.

The Skirt of a Jew

Tracing a biblical symbol of Israel’s future role in spreading the news of God’s kingdom.

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble

A detailed verse by verse analysis of Jeremiah 30 to pinpoint the time of “Jacob’s Trouble.”

Three Prophetic Parables

An exposition of the three parables of Matthew 25, concluding the Lord’s Olivet sermon.

The Value of Time Prophecy

A look at why God places dates in the Bible, with emphasis on the prophecies of Daniel.

The Word of God Today

How the predictions of the Bible mirror the current events of our time.

Weighed in the Balances

Concerning the “Parliament of Religions” and the ecumenical movement.

Where Will All Nations Be Gathered?

A comparative analysis of the rival claims for the historical background of Armageddon

World Conversion

When does the Bible anticipate the world to be converted to Christ?

Years of Transition—Days of Hope

Sociologists are having a difficult time defining the current generation; the Bible suggests an apt title would be “the generation of transition.”

Question Box

The Ascent of the Son of Man

A question box answer as to the ascent and descent of the Son of man.

Determining God’s Will

How can I determine the will of God in my life?

Deborah and Barak

Why is Barak listed among the heroes of faith in Heb. 11:32, and not Deborah?

The Gospel of John

Is there a relationship between Israel’s Tabernacle and the outline of the Gospel of John?

How Does the Holy Spirit Speak?

Question Box describing three methods by which the holy spirit communicates.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Question Box answers why the Lord’s model prayer has no expression of thanksgiving.

Moses and Jesus

A question box feature drawing a number of comparisons between Moses and Jesus.

Persistence in Prayer

The Question Box considers how long an unanswered request should be a subject of a Christian’s prayer.

The Role of a Prophet

Discussing the role a prophet played in ancient Israel. A Question Box feature.

Why Called “Truth” People?

A question box feature as to why Bible Students use the term “truth people”?

Verse by Verse Bible Studies

Appointed Times

A verse by verse study in Ecclesiastes 3 about the balancing of good and bad experiences in the Christian life

The Dew and the Lion

A verse by verse Bible study in the fifth chapter of the book of Micah.

The Generation of Jesus Christ

This verse by verse study in Matthew 1 examines the problems in the geneaology of Jesus.

Hygienic Doctrine

A verse by verse study in Titus 2, identifying what the Apostle Paul considered “sound doctrine.

I Am My Beloved’s

This verse by verse study in Song of Solomon 2 traces the love relationship of Christ and his church.

In The Beginning

This verse by verse study in Acts 1 delineates the days of confusion between the ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost.

The Book of Job

A study of the book of Job

The Preeminence of Christ

Verse by verse through Hebrews 1, showing the unique position of Christ.

Six Witnesses of the Messiah

A study in John 5 reveals six witnesses to the Messianic claims of Jesus.

Wisdom and the Foolish Woman

Examining an Old Testament parable in a verse by verse study of Proverbs 9.

The Works of Grace

A verse by verse study in James 2 concerning the relative roles of works and grace in the Christian life.

Your reasonable Service

A Bible study in Romans 12 on a Christian’s responsibility toward God.

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