This website is a library and distribution point for the teachings of Russell Kelfer. Spanning more than 40 years, the lessons and materials presented herein cover a wide range of Biblical topics designed to bring about spiritual growth to all those that hunger for it. Spiritual growth is the process of becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. This is the mission and purpose of the web resource you have found.
Repeated it aloud in a group
Spoken it in whispers to yourself
Prayed silently in your mind
We invite you to join us in our new "Keys" project designed to unlock 8 weeks of "Russell's lessons" on foundational truths to be recognized in the Model Prayer.
This project works in multiple-choice fashion -- by yourself, with your family, or with a group. You can follow weekly or start any time, doing them at your own chosen pace. We will keep them available so they don't do the disappearing act if you get behind or start them later.
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John 3:16 proclaims "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
In Mark 16:15, Jesus commands us saying: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
And in Matthew 28:19, Christ tells us: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".
Discipleship Tape Ministries and Into His Likeness Radio came about organically as a result of individuals who taped Russell's weekly Bible study lessons (in the beginning often on their own handheld cassette recorders) and then shared them with others. Russell, himself, never endeavored to pastor a church or elevate himself to a pulpit. Rather he humbly shared his thoughts on the Scriptures letting the Holy Spirit flow through him without ego or self promotion.
The ministry's purpose is to distribute materials on practical spiritual growth, especially to people in the world who may lack the accessibility or resources to obtain these materials. Russell always thought it imperative that these materials be distributed without charge, that the ministry remain debt-free, and that at no time would there be active solicitation for funds. Rather the ministry has always relied upon God to move people in various ways to provide for the monetary needs required by the ministry to meet these goals.
Contained within the pages of this website you will find more than 780 lessons written and spoken by Russell to small Bible study groups in his home over the course of several decades. In addition to audio and printed materials/transcripts for these lessons, you will also find a collection of books and poems authored by him.
The ministry does not charge for access to any of these materials and will provide you with both printed and physical copies of these materials upon request to the extent that such delivery is made possible by the generous contributions of those who choose to support the ministry of their own volition without solicitation.
We encourage you to explore the library contained herein and utilize these resources to gain understanding on practical spiritual growth as it applies to the Christian faith as each of us finds our path to spiritual maturity becoming Into His Likeness.