Finest of the Wheat
Celebrating the Incarnation of God’s Son,
Jesus, the Christ
s our remembrance of the Jesus’ birth draws near, we’ve collected a list some of our favorite Christmas-related articles and poems from the Finest of the Wheat website. We offer them with the prayer that the Lord Jesus would be glorified as you focus your heart on Him.
- “This Shall Be a Sign unto You” is our Christmas offering in the Grains from Gutteridge podcast.
- The Original Aromas of Christmas—Jim Kerwin pokes his nose into the original Christmas narratives (Luke 2, Matthew 2) and raises a stink on the Kernels of Wheat podcast.
- Hark, the Herald Angels Sing! by Charles Wesley, and a corresponding meditation entitled…
- That Treasure Trove of Truth by Jim Kerwin
- Cradled in a Manger, Meanly by George Rowe
- A complete Advent Season set of poems by Reginald Heber:
- Joy to the World! by Isaac Watts
- The Mystic’s Christmas by Whittier, a favorite of Pastor Jim
- Let Earth and Heaven Combine by Wesley, oft-quoted by Pastor Gutteridge
- The Nativity of Christ by Isaac Watts
- Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly by Archer Gurney
- Wise Men Seeking Jesus, a thought-provoker by James East
- Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne by Emily Elliott
Merry Christmas from the entire Finest of the Wheat Teaching Fellowship!
In the last 45 days we’ve posted the following new items here on FinestOfTheWheat.org and our podcasting site, KernelsOfWheat.com:
New Material from Jim Kerwin
- New E-Book:
Circumcision: God s Picture of Sanctification by Jim Kerwin
Synopsis: Sanctification? The concept is hazy to the typical man or woman in the pew today. The average Christian has encountered God s command, “Be holy, for I am holy”; but having no clear definition, he or she doesn’t know how to go about becoming holy.’ It’s hard for many to form a picture of the goal God has in mind.
The New Testament frequently refers to one of God’s Old Testament pictures of holiness—the rite of circumcision. As Bible teacher Jim Kerwin unfolds this “type” or picture, we gain a glimpse into the heart and mind of the Holy One and His plan, purpose, and provision for the believer’s sanctification. You’ll come away with a much clearer picture of how to “be holy as God is holy” as you read Circumcision: God s Picture of Sanctification.This is booklet #4 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series, and it’s available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo e-book readers. Posted on 10 Nov.
- New Audios: Jim is blogging and doing a podcast called Kernels of Wheat on our podcasting site,
- Jim recently returned from a three-week missions trip to Romania. Denise Kerwin and Al Strickland hijack the podcast to ask Jim, "Why Romania?" Al also reports on his recent missions trip to Guatemala. Posted on 29 Nov.
- Normally, we like to interview small ministries that don’t get much exposure; but while flying home from Romania, Jim felt led to interview two Fellowship members about their marriage. Jim & Denise Kerwin sit down with Al and Sue Strickland about what it takes to have a strong, loving marriage. Some of the answers to the question Fifty Years? What’s Your Secret? may surprise you! Posted on 10 Nov.
- Jim & Denise Kerwin are once again Pastor Ray Greenley’s guests as they explore the characters of Obstinate and Pliable, and consider the import of Fleeing the City of Destruction on the 7/25/2013 broadcast of the Pilgrim’s Progress radio show. Posted on 21 Oct.
- The 1 John podcast series will recommence soon.
New Material from Percy Gutteridge
- New E-Book:
Our Great Savior God by Percy Gutteridge
Synopsis: One of our favorite Bible teachers presents one of the New Testament’s clearest declarations—the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as His role as Creator. Ranging from the mind-boggling immensity of our universe to the amazing life forces at work within the microscopic amoeba, Percy opens our eyes to the expansiveness of God’s amazing creation. But he doesn’t stop at the awesomeness of the Logos, the Second Person of the Trinity—Jesus—as the Creator; he poses a challenging thought for every child of God: If the One who wields such omnipotence in creation truly dwells within us, then He is a Savior capable of bringing us into FULL salvation—saving our souls and hearts even from Sin itself.
Your perception and understanding of the power of your Savior will be enlarged when you read Our Great Savior God.This is booklet #6 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series, and it’s available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo e-book readers. Posted on 01 Dec.
- New E-Book:
Earth’s Most Powerful Preacher by Percy Gutteridge
Synopsis: “Who is the most powerful preacher that God has ordained on earth?” A human being? Not a chance! None of today’s famous evangelists or ministers has the worldwide audience or impact of God’s sovereign choice.
God’s preacher has a message both undeniable and irresistible. Earth’s most powerful preacher speaks a truth that no human being can resist, no matter his or her beliefs. Go on a journey of discovery with Pastor Percy Gutteridge and learn the identity of Earth’s Most Powerful Preacher—before you meet him in person (and you will)!This is booklet #3 in the Kernels of Wheat Bible Study Singles series, and it’s available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo e-book readers. Posted on 01 Nov.
- New Audio:
Jesus taught us both the parable of the vineyard and the servants as well as the parable of the vineyard and the sons. One of the revealed truths in Scripture is the difference that the Lord makes between Servants and Sons. The exposition of these two parables by Pastor Percy Gutteridge brings out the difference clearly—although they share the same eternal life, they differ in character and responsibility. It’s all explained in The Vineyard Parables, in Grains from Gutteridge episode #20.
Posted on 30 Nov.
- New Audio:
In his message, Good Servants and Unprofitable Servants, Pastor Gutterdidge looks at Jesus’ famous parable in Matthew 25:14-30. Servants are delineated with their ultimate rewards. But there are not just two divisions on earth—the saved and the unsaved. There is a division in the ranks of the saved: there are servants and servant-sons. Servants may believe they are sons because they have been taught so. But sons have an inner witness to sonship, given by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Posted on 01 Nov.
New in Powerful Poetry
- New Poetry: Whether you call it Christmas or the celebration of the Incarnation, Christians have been celebrating the birth of God’s son in Bethlehem for millenia. Here s a simple hymn written in the 4th Century A.D. by Ambrose of Milan, paraphrased by Martin Luther in the 16th Century, and translated into English in the 19th Century — Savior of the Nations, Come! We join our brothers and sisters throughout these 2,000 years in praising God for His wonderful Gift! Posted on 03 Dec.
- New Poetry: We don’t know the identity of the author of the poem, God Is Ever Good but the simplicity and childlike wonder of the words expresses the true heart of Thanksgiving. We thank God for you, our readers (and especially you hymn lovers!). Posted on 01 Nov.
- New Poetry: “But whoso hath this world‘s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?“ For Salvation Army General Albert Orsborn, this verse, 1 John 3:17, became the touchstone of inner motivation, which he expressed in the hymn, The Savior of Men Came to Seek and to Save (also known by the first line of its chorus, Except I Am Moved with Compassion). Posted on 01 Oct.
ur purpose at Finest of the Wheat Teaching Fellowship is to help awaken and prepare the Church for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and to propel Christians toward Christlikeness. Our goal is to declare “all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27), presenting the truth of God’s Word in context, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
Far beyond simply conveying Bible knowledge, our earnest desire is to impart spiritual substance to believers who hunger for a deeper walk with the Lord. As Christians learn to listen to the Lord and walk in His ways, they will discover the best God has for them, and find themselves “satisfied…with the finest of the wheat” (Psalm 147:14).
We invite you, dear believer, to reap from Finest of the Wheat the blessings in teaching that draw you to:
- pursue intimate fellowship with God;
- enter into and abide in the fullness of the New Covenant;
- obey God’s Word and the leading of the indwelling Holy Spirit;
- walk in the Light (1 John 1:7) through life-changing repentance and heart purity; and,
- commit to a lifestyle of personal prayer and thorough, disciplined Bible reading and study.
Our Passion and Privilege
Our passion is to bring honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our pledge is to prayerfully present Bible teaching grounded in spiritual and Biblical reality, free from passing trends and fads and “every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14). We sense the ache the Lord has for His people to be rightly taught and discipled.
Through God’s leading and help, this ministry makes Spirit-inspired, contextually honest, and theologically sound teaching accessible to the Church worldwide.
It is our privilege to present a growing library of the teaching of various ministries, including Percy Gutteridge, Jim Kerwin, Thomas Cook, Isaiah Reid, and others. You will find relevant truth and fresh, quickening illumination from those who are actively teaching and writing, as well as from those who have gone on to be with the Lord.
Are you hungry for God’s Word of Truth and to more intimately know Him and His love? Join the fellowship of those who sing to Jesus:
Hungry, Lord, for Thy Word of Truth,
Sitting at my Savior’s feet;
Rising, gleaning, just like Ruth,
Feed me on the finest of the wheat.
Bread of life it is now to me,
Honey, wine and meat;
In Thy love I will ever be
Fed upon the finest of the wheat!
[From Frederick A. Graves’ hymn
Fed Upon the Finest of the Wheat]
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New & FeaturedPodcast: We spend 45 minutes with Romanian pastor Teofil Ciortuz in The Harul Interview.
Poetry: Here’s a Christmas hymn that dates back to the 4th Century A.D.: Savior of the Nations, Come!
Podcast: Percy Gutteridge asks, “Are you a servant or a son?” Listen to The Vineyard Parables for the answer.
Podcast: Why Romania? That’s the question Denise Kerwin and Al Strickland put to Jim Kerwin on the latest Kernels of Wheat episode.
New 99¢ E-Booklet:
Podcast: Pastor Percy Gutteridge unfolds some parables concerning Good Servants and Unprofitable Servants… and one other kind!
Poetry: The words of God Is Ever Good! convey the childlike wonder at the heart of true thanksgiving.
Podcast: 50 Years? What’s Your Secret? — an interview with Al & Sue Strickland.
New 99¢ E-Booklet: