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 Read "The Pilgrim's Progress" on Your iPod or PDA! Posted on 5-24-2006
WOTR News Article Download "The Pilgrim's Progress" to read on your iPod or PDA!

The iPod is the "best of the best" when it comes to Mp3 players, but if that is all you use if for, then you're missing out on one of it's best features: Reading E-books. As the capabilities of the iPod have continued to improve with each generation, the screen on the latest iPods is now a nice size and quite easy on the eyes. This is why we've decided to compile some wholesome Christian reading for those of you who have discovered the beauty that is the iPod Wink

So we're pleased to offer you.....

"The Pilgrim's Progress: Part One" complied and arranged for the iPod
written by John Bunyan

Click here to Download the file (iPod)

Update: We've also compiled a plain text version for your PDA or e-book reader:

Click here to Download the file (Plain Text)

About the Book:
One of the best-selling books of all time, "The Pilgrim's Progress" is regarded as one of the greatest classics of literature and is considered to be the most well-known allegory ever written. John Bunyan was a passionately religious man, imprisoned in 1660 for preaching the Gospel without a license, and spending most of the next twelve years in jail. It was after his release and during his second imprisonment in 1676 that he seems to have written his most famous and influential work, The Pilgrim's Progress. It is an allegory told by a dreamer, much like certain medieval poems (Pearl is the clearest example). Its full title is The Pilgrim's Progress from this World to that which is to come and is was published in 1678, with over 100,000 copies sold in Bunyan's lifetime. The storry begins when the narrator sees a man, Christian, clothed in rags, with a burden on his back, leaving his house behind in the knowledge that it will burn down. The book he holds in his hands has told him so. He has to flee his family who think he has gone mad and escape the City of Destruction. On the advice of Evangelist he begins a journey through a series of allegorical places: the Slough of Despond, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle and so on to the Celestial City that he seeks. Each character and place in the dream is given an appropriate name: so Christian meets the goodly Hopeful and Faithful, the cheating Mr Legality and the evil Giant Despair. The Pilgrim's Progress has been so successful and admired that it has been translated into over one hundred languages.

About the iPod version:
Loading this e-book onto your iPod is a piece of cake:

1.) First, you simply need to download the file, then un-zip it (In Windows XP, right-click on the file and select "Extract All..", then just follow the on-screen prompts (basically, just press "next" a couple times and a new folder will be created containing the e-book files.

2.) Next, connect your iPod to your computer, Go to "My Computer" and locate your iPod in the "Hard Disk Drives" list, then double-click the iPod icon

3.) Finally, you simply need to take the new folder that we un-zipped (called "Pilgrims_Progess") and drag and drop it into the "Notes" folder on your iPod

Congratulations, the installation is complete! Pretty easy, huh?

Then after you have safely disconnected your iPod from your computer, go to your iPod and from the main menu, navigate to Extras >> Notes. Your iPod will scan the new notes (it only does this the first time after you add new notes). When this scan is complete you will see the new folder called "Pilgrim's Progress".

How to use it:
To make your reading experience easier, we have created a "Table of Contents" for you.When you go into the "Pilgrim's Progress" folder, you will see that we have actually split it up into two:
1 - Table of Contents
2 - Table of Contents

The first Table contains chapters 1-20 and the second Table contains chapters 21-41, plus some extras (About the book, a list of Characters, and a list of Places)

To navigate the Table of Contents, simply use the scroll wheel to move through the chapters and make your selection

Alternatively, you can browse through the Chapter files directly by going into the folder called "Chapters".

You will notice that some of the Chapters have been broken up into several parts. This is because there is a limit as to how big a note can be on the iPod. If you are more of a casual reader, the breaks can actually be useful.

So we hope you are blessed by this version of "The Pilgrim's Progress". If you have any problems or find any bugs, please let us know as soon as possible.

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 Article: The Gospel of Judas? Posted on 4-25-2006
WOTR News Article What are your thoughts on "The Gospel of Judas"?

I just watched a National Geographic documentary on this topic and now I have a better idea of what exactly is going on with this. I have to say that Anne and I think that it is not a good thing. It seems to directly contradict the other Gospels and actually portrays Judas as a hero. No where else does the Bible depict Judas as the "favored" disciple, or that he would "exceed" the other apostles.

The so-called "gospel" appears to written by the Gnostic sect who cherished some suspicious teachings that deviate with the other Scriptures. With that said, it seems that Irenaeus, an early church leader, did well to denounce this document as heresy.

The "gospel" suggests that the reason Christ died was because He needed to be set free from His physical body so that His spirit could be loosened from the prison of his earthly flesh and blood. (Note: This is NOT why Christ died. Jesus went to the cross to pay the price for our sins - 1 Cor 15:3 - and to set us free from the penalty of those transgressions - Romans 5 - as well as to put to strike a death blow to Satan himself - Hebrews 2:14) If Jesus needed to be set free from His physical body, then why would He even come to this earth as a man in the first place? So you can see the Gnostic ideas here, since they believed that we all have a spark of divinity within us, but we are trapped by the physical body. Then, they say, that we just need to find "ourselves" to find God (Also, interestingly enough, a very "New Age" way of thinking). So in their eyes, Jesus was almost more of a cultic leader than the actual God of the universe. In addition, they also didn't believe that the same God who created this world is the God we are to worship. So you can see the dangers of embracing a "gospel" that has its roots in Gnosticism. I think the early church did the right thing by rejecting this text known as the "Gospel of Judas".

Even though the actual codex has been scientifically proven to be authentic as far as the age of the paper itself, that doesn't mean that it is "authentic" as far as being inspired by God with the intention of being included in the Scriptures as we know them today. Just because the document comes from the time of the early church does not mean that it is "God's Word". On the contrary, it seems clear that it is mainly fiction which may pull bits from the other Gospels, but this makes it all the more dangerous: when you find a mixture of familiar Gospel and erroneous teachings, mainly the elevation of Judas as some "higher" apostle and the only one who actually understood the teachings of Christ.

I can see how the devil would use something like this to discredit the other Gospels as contradictory. Satan himself would love to be thought of as a hero, which is what this gospel does for Judas. The "scholars" in the documentary expressed a sympathetic attitude towards Judas and suggested that the other Gospels were too harsh on him. The documentary also suggested that the process of selecting the New Testament as we know it was not the best process and that other gospels should have been included. This is not a good a thing, because some would think that we should now pick and choose what is inspired and what should be in and what shouldn't be. God has the power to protect His Word and I strongly believe that what we have now in the New Testament is what He wants us to have. If He wanted the Gospel of Judas to be a part of it, then why has it been non-existent for 1800 years, and still to this day, 15% of it was beyond the point of restoration and has crumbled into the dust of time. Does God want us to gain an entirely new book of the Bible from a crumbling papyrus that isn't even completely intact and that strays drastically from the harmony of the other four Gospels? Certainly not, my friends.

We can rest assured that the Bible as we know it today is the Scripture that God intended for us to have and be blessed by on a daily basis "having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you." 1 Peter 1:23-24

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 New Station Server Coming! Posted on 3-7-2006
WOTR News Article imageIf you've been having trouble tuning in during the day, don't worry becasue help is on the way! We are setting up a new broadcast server so that we can accomodate more simultaneous listeners, which means that everyone will be able to listen during the peak hours of the day, instead of the lucky 125-145 who are able to tune in first!

The new server should be all set to start broadcasting within a couple days.

With the launch of this new server, we will be leaving our current streaming provider and setting out on our own. So please keep all of this in your prayers so that everything will go smoothly.

This will also pave the way for our new station "The WOTR Acoustic Praise Cafe" which is set to launch very soon, so keep your eyes on this forum for more details on that!

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