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A 1992 History of Bible Helps

The ministry of Bible Helps began in 1950, when a group of concerned members of the Church of the Brethren, including G. Howard Danner, Samuel M. Lehigh, David W. Lehigh, and Amos Lehigh decided to make available a Bible-teaching, Gospel message from a conservative viewpoint, in printed form. The first publication consisted of several articles written by various contributors, and ensuing issues were sent out once a month. In 1950, about 1,000 pieces were printed, and the distribution was limited to a few states. This later evolved into a publication with one featured article in each issue, written by one writer, and was sent out every other month. Brother Harold S. Martin became involved, and did a large majority of the writing for Bible Helps. The growth of Bible Helps was largely effected by "word-of-mouth" advertising.

Today, copies of Bible Helps tracts and booklets are mailed regularly into all fifty states, to people representing a wide variety of churches. The income of Bible Helps is entirely through financial gifts and donations from individuals and churches who sympathize with our purpose. We sincerely appreciate the concern of those who have shared in the work and vision of Bible Helps.

Bible Helps received its first letter from an overseas country in the year 1960. It was from a pastor in the Philippines who had learned of us through another tract society. While we have not yet received letters from all of the more than 165 nations on earth, the number of inquiries from people living outside the USA has increased. Until now, Bible Helps has received letters from people in over 100 countries requesting literature.

The purpose of the Bible Helps ministry today remains the same as it did in 1950: To get a Gospel Message into the homes of those who desire to receive the literature, at least six times a year. From the 1,000 copies printed in 1950, to the over 7,500,000 pieces printed in 1991, the objectives continue to be: to win souls for Christ, to nurture and strengthen Christians, and to encourage weary persons. (The 7,500,000 pieces printed in 1991 add up to about 430 miles of paper that have gone through the printing press and folding machine.)

We all like to receive letters! For several years, we at Bible Helps have been receiving about 600 or 700 letters each month. But during February of 1990, we received over 2,000 letters. Then in October and November, the totals were over 3,000 letters received each month. This calls for much greater efficiency in handling the mail and orders that come in.

A sense of fulfillment of our mission is felt when reading the hundreds of letters that arrive in our post office box each week. It is for these people, and for thousands of others, both in the United States and across the world -- who hunger and thirst after righteousness, that Bible Helps continues to publish the Gospel tracts and booklets.

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An Update Done in 1995

Since September of 1950, more than one hundred million Bible Helps tracts and booklets have been published. Bible Helps continues to faithfully and steadily publish the Gospel Message. My father (Amos Lehigh) often said, "One drop of ink can make 1,000 people think." And since we can print an average of 120,000 tracts from one five-pound can of ink, that saying really is true!

Can you grasp the vision of reaching the world for Christ? Of course, not everybody will answer the call to accept Christ as Savior. But we are mandated by the New Testament teachings to publish the Gospel, so that all the world may at least have an opportunity to either accept or reject the blood of Jesus Christ as atonement for their sins. We affirm the necessity and importance of other types of mission outreach, and are happy to be a part of the spreading of the Gospel Message.

While 100,000,000 tracts seems like a lot for a small tract-publishing company like Bible Helps, when we consider that the population of the earth is something over 5 billion, we realize that the job isn't nearly finished yet. There is plenty of work left to do. "The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2).

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Statement of Purpose and Faith

The purpose for which Bible Helps was formed was to seek to evangelize those who are non-Christian, and to encourage and help develop the Christian faith among mankind by spreading the Gospel, especially in the form of printed literature.

Frequently we are asked for a statement of faith, or questioned about which denomination we are affiliated with. Bible Helps is an independent, non-profit organization controlled by a board of directors. Bible Helps is not a part of any particular denomination, nor is it "under-written" or funded by any one particular church or denomination. Instead, the funding and support come from individuals and local churches who identify with and agree with what is printed in our tracts and booklets.

Most of our staff and board members identify with churches from a "Brethren" background. The Brethren movement was begun in the 1700's by a group of sincere people who were seeking to worship and serve God according to the New Testament pattern. They emphasized believer's baptism (as opposed to infant baptism) and shunned creeds and "statements of faith" due to the possibility of over-emphasizing some teachings or beliefs, and minimizing or ignoring others. They took the entire New Testament as their creed.

While hesitant to offer any statement or summary beyond the New Testament as a "statement of faith," we also realize that many people today claim to follow the Bible, but have very diverse views: sometimes twisting the Scriptures to teach and promote what we believe is false doctrine. So we offer the following statement to those who sincerely wish to know "where Bible Helps is coming from" in a doctrinal sense.

The Brethren Card

  1. This body of Christians (referring to The Church of the Brethren) originated early in the eighteenth century, the church being a natural outgrowth of the Anabaptist and Pietistic movements following the Reformation.

  2. Firmly accepts and teaches the fundamental evangelical doctrines of . . .
    [*] the inspiration of the Bible (2 Timoty 3:16);
    [*] the personality of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-13);
    [*] the virgin birth of Christ (Matthew 1:18);
    [*] the deity of Christ (Colossians 2:8-9);
    [*] the sin-pardoning value of His atonement (Ephesians 1:7);
    [*] His resurrection, ascension, and personal and visible return (1 Cor. 15:1-25; Acts 1:9-11);
    [*] and the resurrection both of the just and the unjust (John 5:28-29).

  3. Observes the following New Testament rites:
    [*] baptism of penitent believers by trine immersion for the remission of sins (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38);
    [*] feet washing (John 13:1-20; 1 Timothy 5:10);
    [*] love feast (Luke 22:20; John 13:4; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Jude 12);
    [*] communion (Matt 26:26-30);
    [*] the Christian salutation (Romans 16:16; Acts 20:37);
    [*] the Scriptural headveiling (1 Corinthians 11:2-16);
    [*] the anointing for healing in the name of the Lord (James 5:14-18; Mark 6:13);
    [*] laying on of hands (Acts 8:17; 19:6; 1 Tim 4:14).
      These rites are representative of spiritual graces which are evident in the lives of true believers, and as such are essential factors in the development of the Christian life.

  4. Emphasizes . . .
    [*] daily devotion for the individual, and family worship for the home (Ephesians 6:18-20; Philippians 4:8-9);
    [*] stewardship of time, talents, and money (Matthew 25:14-30);
    [*] taking care of the fatherless, widows, poor, sick, and aged (Acts 6:1-7).

  5. Opposes on Scriptural grounds:
    [*] war and the taking of human life (Matthew 5:21-26; 43-44; Romans 12:19-21);
    [*] violence in personal and industrial controversy (Matthew 7:12; Romans 13:8-10);
    [*] intemperance in all things (Titus 2:2; Gal 5:19-26; Ephesians 5:18);
    [*] going to law, especially against our Christian brethren (1 Corinthians 6:1-9);
    [*] divorce and remarriage (Matthew 5:32; Mark 10:11-12; 1 Corinthians 7:10-15);
    [*] every form of oath (Matthew 5:33-37; James 5:12);
    [*] membership in secret oath-bound societies (2 Corinthians 6:14-18);
    [*] games of chance and sinful amusements (1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 Peter 2:11; Rom. 12:17);
    [*] extravagant and immodest dress (1 Timothy 2:8-10; 1 Peter 3:1-6).

  6. Labors earnestly, in harmony with the Great Commission, for the evangelization of the world, for the conversion of men to Jesus Christ, and for the realization of the life of Jesus Christ in every believer (Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

  7. Maintains the New Testament as its only creed, in harmony with which the above brief statement is made.

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Index of Bible Helps for On-Line Reading

[*] Five Pointers for Disciplining Children
[*] The Incarnation of Jesus Christ
[*] The Benefits of Sickness
[*] The Christian Woman's Veiling
[*] The Divine Plan of Salvation
[*] A Call to Thought Purity

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Order Tracts by Mail

NOTE FROM WEBMASTER: Here is an order form which you may copy to disk, print out and use in ordering materials from Bible Helps. Those in the Booklets and Tracts sections are sent free of charge. I'm sure Bible Helps would appreciate and benefit from any contribution you might decide to send along with your request for materials. (Mark Roth)

Alternately, simply send a blank email to receive the following list immediately via email.

Booklets

_____ No. 96 The Majesty of God _____ No. 97 The Magnificence of Jesus _____ No. 98 The Mission of the Holy Spirit _____ No. 108 How to Live Victoriously in Christ _____ No. 110 The Scriptural Headveiling _____ No. 111 The Superiority of Christianity _____ No. 125 The Parable of the Loving Father _____ No. 135 The Resurrection of Jesus Christ _____ No. 149 The Malice of Devils _____ No. 150 The Ministry of Angels _____ No. 155 The Bible Doctrine of Nonresistance _____ No. 157 The Story of Jesus _____ No. 165 Creation and Evolution (Gen. 1-2) _____ No. 166 The Fall and Plight of Man (Gen. 3-4) _____ No. 178 The Tragedy of Divorce and Remarriage _____ No. 183 Three Views of the Cross _____ No. 184 The Ascension of Jesus Christ _____ No. 187 The Sin of Doing Nothing _____ No. 193 Signs of Christ's Coming _____ No. 194 Offenses Against the Holy Spirit _____ No. 205 The Ordinances of the Church _____ No. 206 Five Hindrances to Effective Prayer _____ No. 207 Three Ways to Discern the Truth _____ No. 208 Improving the Marriage Relationship _____ No. 209 You Cannot Sin Successfully _____ No. 212 A Country Called Heaven _____ No. 213 Television and the Christian Home _____ No. 215 Five Facts You Should Know _____ No. 217 They All Began to Make Excuse _____ No. 219 The Bible Doctrine of Nonconformity _____ No. 221 Some Needed Corrections _____ No. 225 The Touch of the Master's Hand _____ No. 232 God Believes in You _____ No. 233 Stability in the Midst of Trial _____ No. 234 Doing the Word of God _____ No. 235 Avoiding Personal Discrimination _____ No. 236 True Faith Avoids Inactive Profession _____ No. 237 The Use and Abuse of the Tongue _____ No. 238 True and False Wisdom Contrasted _____ No. 239 A Call to Christian Holiness _____ No. 240 Patience in the Midst of Suffering _____ No. 241 God's Plan for Those Who Are Sick _____ No. 242 The Prayer that Jesus Taught _____ No. 244 How to Increase Your Faith _____ No. 245 The Old Book and the New Birth _____ No. 246 Spiritual Lessons From the Life of David _____ No. 247 Two Words that Can Change Your Outlook on Life _____ No. 248 The Gospel in Isaiah 53 _____ No. 254 Three Enemies of the Christian Life _____ No. 255 Proper Discipline in the Church _____ No. 256 Maranatha: The Lord is Coming _____ No. 257 Seven Pictures of Divine Tenderness _____ No. 259 The Creeping Danger of Materialism _____ No. 260 The Fallacies of Reincarnation _____ No. 261 The God Who Will Not Let Go _____ No. 262 Salvation Is of the Lord _____ No. 263 The Greatest Revival in History _____ No. 264 The Greatness of God's Mercy _____ No. 272 Facing the Future With Hope _____ No. 273 The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit _____ No. 274 How To Know the Will of God _____ No. 275 How To Study the Bible _____ No. 276 How To Pray Effectively _____ No. 277 How To Use Time Efficiently _____ No. 286 The Benefits of Sickness _____ No. 287 The Paralyzing Power of Fear _____ No. 288 Attitudes In Christian Living _____ No. 289 The Incarnation of Jesus Christ _____ No. 290 The Description of a Well Dressed Christian _____ No. 291 Lessons from Peter's Denials of Jesus _____ No. 292 The Experience of Pentecost _____ No. 293 Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Introduction _____ No. 294 Speaking and Serving Gifts of the Spirit _____ No. 295 The Sign Gifts of the Holy Spirit _____ No. 296 Death and the Life Hereafter _____ No. 297 God's Love is Real _____ No. 298 The Marks of a Resurrected Life _____ No. 299 Confidence in the Midst of Suffering _____ No. 300 Five Subtle Devices of the Devil _____ No. 301 Glorifying God

Books by Harold S. Martin

_____ Glimpses from the Book of Revelation (Paper) Value $2.50 _____ New Testament Beliefs & Practices: A Brethren Understanding (Value $5.00) _____ Simple Messages on Romans (Paper) Value $5.00

Series on the Ten Commandments

_____ No. 218 The Power of Modern Idolatry _____ No. 222 Graven Images: False Worship of God _____ No. 223 The Sacredness of God's Name _____ No. 224 The Special Sabbath Day of Rest _____ No. 226 The Command to Honor Parents _____ No. 227 The Sanctity of Human Life _____ No. 228 The Vice of Sexual Immorality _____ No. 229 The Destructive Sin of Stealing _____ No. 230 The Truth About a Lie _____ No. 231 The Virtue of Contentment

Bible Survey Series

_____ No. 249 A Survey of the Book of Genesis _____ No. 250 A Survey of the Book of Exodus _____ No. 251 A Survey of the Book of Leviticus _____ No. 252 A Survey of the Book of Numbers _____ No. 253 A Survey of the Book of Deuteronomy _____ No. 265 A Survey of the Book of Joshua _____ No. 266 A Survey of Judges and Ruth _____ No. 267 A Survey of First Samuel and Second Samuel _____ No. 268 A Survey of the Books of Kings and Chronicles _____ No. 269 A Survey of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther _____ No. 270 A Survey of the Book of Job _____ No. 271 A Survey of the Book of Psalms _____ No. 278 A Survey of the Book of Proverbs _____ No. 279 A Survey of Ecclesiastes and The Song of Solomon _____ No. 280 A Survey of the Book of Isaiah _____ No. 281 A Survey of Jeremiah and Lamentations _____ No. 282 A Survey of the Book of Ezekiel _____ No. 283 A Survey of the Book of Daniel _____ No. 284 A Survey of the First Six Minor Prophets _____ No. 285 A Survey of the Last Six Minor Prophets

English Tracts

_____ No. T1 The Bible (A tract about the Bible) & When the Lord Shall Return _____ No. T2 The Divine Plan of Salvation _____ No. T3 Old Fashioned Parents and Jet-Age Teenagers _____ No. T4 The Magnificence of Jesus _____ No. T5 The Precious Blood of Christ _____ No. T6 Would You Believe? _____ No. T7 What Are You Worth? _____ No. T8 The Bible is the Word of God _____ No. T10 Remember Lot's Wife _____ No. T11 A Journey Through the Halls of Hell _____ No. T12 The Faith of a Little Child _____ No. T13 The Second Coming of Christ _____ No. T14 The Search for Happiness _____ No. T16 Prepare to Meet Thy God _____ No. T17 A Glimpse of Our Home in Heaven _____ No. T18 Worry: Its Cause, Curse, and Cure _____ No. T19 The Christian Woman's Veiling _____ No. T20 Wash Day _____ No. T21 There's a Lion Looking For You _____ No. T22 Is Christianity A White Man's Religion? _____ No. T23 The Purpose of Suffering _____ No. T24 The Danger of Procrastination _____ No. T25 Footprints of Jesus _____ No. T26 God's Unspeakable Gift _____ No. T27 No Room in the Inn _____ No. T28 The Seven Words of Love _____ No. T29 Freedom From Drug Abuse _____ No. T30 The Five C's of Christian Courtship _____ No. T31 You Have An Appointment With Death _____ No. T32 The Christian Home _____ No. T33 The Royal Telephone _____ No. T34 Four Characteristics of Motherhood _____ No. T35 The Vice of Sexual Immorality _____ No. T36 The Assurance of Salvation _____ No. T37 The Lost Sailboat _____ No. T38 The Days of Noah Repeated _____ No. T39 Our Summer Home _____ No. T40 Repentance Toward God _____ No. T41 A Call to Thought Purity _____ No. T42 The Meaning of Christian Love _____ No. T43 The Cure For Alcoholism

Spanish Tracts

_____ No. T6S ¿Podrá Usted Creer? _____ No. T20S Día De Lavar _____ No. T21S Hay Un León y Le Busca _____ ¡Nadie Me Ama! _____ ¿Qué Deseas Para Tu Vida?

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