Ten Years of Golden Texts

Golden Texts

Ten years of “golden texts” are found in the 1950-1959 issues of Teacher’s Annual Lesson Commentary. I love these old volumes produced by the Gospel Advocate. A couple of years ago, I created a 112-page document in PDF format designed to help preachers and teachers to search those volumes for Bible texts that were written about in those books. Read about that project and download that PDF by clicking H-E-R-E.

One thing I wish I would have done at that time is to include the GOLDEN TEXTS. I have begun that project and have now completed the 1950s (10 volumes). There are 521 of these golden texts and most of them are clearly identified and usually use up half a page to a full page of writing. I have created a 27-page PDF file which lists those verses with the volume and page number. This will make if possible to use the FIND function on the PDF (control + F) to search the document and find out if a passage you are interested has been dealt with in one of these ten volumes.

To the best of my knowledge, the editors of the 1950 volumes were: Roy H. Lanier, Sr., and Leslie G. Thomas. If you know that is incorrect, please let me know.

Since I originally made the list in Evernote, I used a prefix on each scripture reference: btc (Bible text commentary). You need not use the btc in this PDF, but each reference will be preceded with btc.

Here are some particulars about searching for golden texts in this document…

  • No abbreviations are used (use the full name of each Bible book)
  • No spaces
  • No Roman Numerals
  • I know that each chapter in the Book of Psalms is a psalm, but the name of the book is still Psalms, so that is what I used for Psalms references
  • For the five one-chapter books, I do assign a chapter: e.g., btcObadiah1.15
  • I used no colons, but a period between chapters and verses

You can find this file by clicking H-E-R-E. btcGoldenTexts

Passage Search in TALCs

by David Lemmons



For quite a few months I worked on this project as time allowed. Along with myself, I know that many of my brethren have copies of the Gospel-Advocate-produced Teacher’s Annual Lesson Commentaries. I have 54 volumes and would love to have more. My goal in the project was to make a way to search through this massive amount of material produced by our brethren for passages which were dealt with in the weekly lessons. Some outstanding Bible students worked on these volumes, and there is value to that which they have written. How can we find what these men have written about a particular passage we might be studying, is the challenge.

I have gone through the 54 volumes in my possession and keyboarded the following information for each lesson (52 lessons) in each of the 54 volumes…

  1. The page number
  2. The title of the lesson
  3. The passage(s) dealt with
  4. Where possible, mentioning the Editor who wrote the material for each volume

The means I used to mark the passages (which is the most frequent way I will likely search the document) is to write out the entire passage, run together, with a prefix: “btc” (Bible Text Commentary). Example: btcLuke19.29-40   If you search for that in the PDF file available below, you will get at least one hit. There are so many different ways to abbreviate the Bible books that I decided at the beginning to use the entire name of the book and not to abbreviate it. Notice that I do not use the colon, but rather, the period to divide chapter from verse. I do NOT use Roman Numerals for the numbered books, but rather numerals (e.g., btc1Samuel). For the one-chapter books, I do use chapters (e.g., btcPhilemon1.5). I used the btc prefix because I use this material in an Evernote notebook and it seems to work better this way. There are many passages just given as a reference, without any discussion of them, in my Evernote files, so this was important for me in using the search function in Evernote. You can simply search any Bible text in this PDF document by using the function Control + F, and then use no spaces nor abbreviations for the reference (i.e, follow the info above). Since the only references that will be listed in this file are commentaries on the text, “btc” is not needed for your search.

I have been using this material in my teaching for a few years now, and have found it to be quite helpful. Perhaps it will be helpful to others who have access to these great books.

The document is 112 pages long and about 498 kb in size. YOU may download the PDF file by clicking H-E-R-E.

Ten Times Better

Spine of a Bible ca. 2001

by David Lemmons

Yesterday I preached a sermon entitled: TEN TIMES BETTER. The purpose of the sermon was to exalt the Bible as THE source to learn about what is truly better in view of eternity, or the LONG HOME of Ecclesiastes 12.5. Below you can stream the audio file in the player or download the mp3 file (33:25; 11.7mb). Also, I have uploaded a PDF file with my introduction and the five main points, which you can find by clicking   H-E-R-E. Hat tip to Glenn Colley for the idea.

Teacher’s Annual Lesson Commentary

by David Lemmons

Filing Cabinet

When I was in preaching school Wendell Winkler used to emphasize the importance of a preacher doing some DAILY filing work. If I remember correctly, his suggestion was to spend at least an hour each day filing. What he meant by “filing” was to organize materials in the preacher’s study in such a way as to be most useful. How I wish I had taken his suggestion more to heart over these many years since 1982! I have never forgotten his advice, but have found myself simply lacking in the discipline needed to implement that rigorous plan. Preachers are wise who listen to the late brother Winkler’s solid advice in this area as well as many others.

TODAY, I am halfway (18 of 36) through a project I began a while back to go through all of my copies of Teacher’s Annual Lesson Commentary. My chosen task was to turn the pages on each volume and find the Bible passages that were dealt with in each of those lessons. Then I would keyboard these passages (in a format for easy searching), including the page numbers where the passages are discussed, into Evernote. There have been some OUTSTANDING developments in the area of filing material due to advances in technology. Evernote surely has to be one of the greatest. When the project is complete, I will have a record of each passage the editors dealt with in this excellent series of books—at least of the volumes I own. I will be able to search for a passage in Evernote and these passages from these books will show up in the search.

My earliest copy of these books is the 1925 volume, which is identified as the “Fourth Annual Volume,” edited by E.A. Elam, and back then was called Elam’s Notes. My most recent copy is not all that recent: 2006. I have found a great deal of help through the years from these volumes and hope to complete the project of creating my own table of contents of these books.

If any preachers out there are interested in the output, I can probably create a shared notebook of the pages in Evernote and make them available to you. If you would like to see a copy of what these pages look like, I have created a PDF file of the latest one and it is available by clicking H-E-R-E. If I have counted correctly, there are 87 passages of the Bible dealt with in this 1975 edition, and that would be about normal for each one of these volumes.

Just a note or two about the format of these pages. The numbers on the left are page numbers. The formula I use for searching the Bible texts is btcBookNameChapter.Verse. The “btc” stands for Bible Text Commentary. I always type out the complete name of the Bible book because there are so many different abbreviation schemes in popular use, it is hard to remember which one has been used. This formula makes it possible to turn up hits on actual comments on a passage rather than just a casual statement of the Bible reference. Questions: lemmonsaid AT gmail DOT com.