How to Use Our Site
To help you better understand
how to use some of the different features of our web site, simply
select the link of interest below or scroll down to review the
following options in order. The pages for each link listed below
are accessible through the main menu that is provided on our home
page and on the left side of each inside page of our site. Click
on the following links to learn more about:
Books and Media
Here is where you can view and order the books, DVDs, and
any other items offered for sale on our site. Simply follow the
instructions for ordering which will lead you to our shopping
cart and a secure check out. Or click on any of the active links
on this page for additional information about the books and other
items we offer.
Upon the Lampstand
In the Gospel of Matthew (5:15-16) Jesus of Nazareth took a simple
truth and made a rather profound connection. He is recorded as
"People light a lamp and set it, not
under the measuring basket, but upon the lampstand, and it shines
upon all those in the house. Likewise let YOUR light shine before
men, that they may see YOUR fine works and give glory to YOUR
Father who is in the heavens [New World Translation]."
The truth about how we use lighted lamps is simple,
easily appreciated by all. But the application (though also easy
to understand) is profound in that it is something many choose
not to do. While none of us would hesitate to let a physical lamp’s
light shine after lighting it, it is sometimes more difficult
to let our spiritual “light,” our faith in things
pertaining to God that are shown by our works (James 2:18), shine
before others. There are several potential reasons for this hesitation.
At times we may lack the courage to stand up
for what we believe. Or we may simply not know how best to act
before men in order to ‘glorify our Father,’ Jah.
Whatever it is that makes it harder for us to ‘let our spiritual
light shine’ than it is for us to place a lamp ‘upon
a lampstand,’ at Elihu Books we believe in doing our utmost
to be open and honest about our faith (our “light”)
no matter the cost. If we have good reasons for what we believe,
then we should make our faith known by our works and let our good
reasons for belief be known. But sometimes we have questions or
doubts that keep us from doing just such things.
To this end, “Upon The Lampstand”
is an online resource where questions about Jah, Jesus Christ,
Christian living, Christian teachings, the Bible, and associated
beliefs about angels, demons, mankind, and the religions of the
world will be presented and then answered. The questions presented
come from you, the viewer, that we receive here at Elihu Books
by means of a letter, an email,
or through our online
Chat. So send us your questions; talk to us about
what’s on your mind. If at all possible, we’ll put
it “upon the lampstand” for it to ‘shine’
on all those in our house!
In medio is a Latin expression which means, “in
the middle.” It often involves the safest place or course
which here at Elihu Books we believe is by always speaking the
truth, or at least what you believe is true for good reasons.
Many people have beliefs they think are based on absolute knowledge.
In other words, they claim they "know" what is true
and what is false. But there are often things we believe that
we do not know for a certainty, such as the color of lights or
whether or not it is safe to enter an intersection. Still, even
without knowing such things for a certainty we develop and maintain
beliefs based on good reasons, beliefs that are enough to motivate
us to act even to the point of risking our lives.
When it comes to religious or spiritual issues,
we believe the same basis for belief applies or should apply:
Have good reasons and consider whether the good reasons supporting
a particular belief are in fact better reasons for believing something
than are any good reasons that might be offered against belief
in that same thing. IN MEDIO is an online journal published by
Elihu Books and edited by Greg Stafford. It presents what the
Christian Witnesses of Jah believe is a true spiritual “light”
based on good reasons found in the Bible, a collection of writings
that are also for good reasons considered historically reliable
and relevant for knowledge about God.
IN MEDIO not only endeavors to teach what
is true for good reasons, but it will address controversial issues
and resist beliefs that are false, misleading, or in any sense
harmful to others without good reasons. Published since 2006,
and now four times a year (quarterly), IN MEDIO seeks to inspire
others to make decisions about what to believe apart from the
fear of men and without having to think that before you can believe,
before you can act, you have to know something is true.
Good reasons, the best reasons, are enough for belief and for
As the name suggests, this is an index arranged by topics in alphabetical
order. The topics range from ancient manuscripts, grammar, biblical
studies, ethics, personal development, the Judeo-Christian God
Jah, Jesus Christ, to the beliefs and practices of a variety of
modern religious groups, movements, and organizations, as well
as tips and advice for Christians and others on matters relating
to personal finance, education, and how to live and enjoy life
now with a view to the life that is to come.
Chat With Us!
It’s easy, informative, and hopefully fun! But more than
all of these, we hope that our Chat will be a place where you
can ask questions that matter and get answers that are meaningful.
Click on the main menu link, read the Chat’s preamble, and
tell us what’s on your mind or ask a question related to
anything pertaining to this site, our publications,
or related subjects.
Watching the Ministry (Our Blog)
One of the earliest Christian converts was a devoutly religious
Jew named Saul. Christian records (the New Testament book of Acts)
tell us of Saul’s conversion from a persecutor of Christians
to one of the movement’s strongest supporters. Thereafter
he was also known as “Paul” (Acts 13:9). In one of
his letters to Christians in the city of Colossae,
Paul wrote, “Keep watching the ministry which you accepted
in the Lord, that you fulfill it” (Colossians 4:17). Our
Blog takes up this responsibility by using a modern convenience
(a Blog) to help Christians around the world in their ministry
and to help further the growth of knowledge based on good reasons
about Jah, Jesus Christ, and the Bible.
Christian Witnesses of Jah
The Christian Witnesses of Jah are Christians who worship the
biblical God Jah (Psalm 68:4; Revelation 19:1-8). Jah is also,
for good reasons, known in English today as “Jehovah.”
The menu option for the Christian
Witnesses of Jah will take you to a web site where
you can learn more about their beliefs, their activities, and
how you can be involved in their ministerial efforts throughout
the world. Christian Witnesses of Jah want to help raise awareness
about ways to develop and maintain beliefs based on good reasons,
to bear witness to the truth about Jah and Jesus Christ, and to
defend the history and the merits of New Testament Christianity.
You can also read more about the Christian Witnesses
of Jah here,
and by reviewing the publications and writings of Greg Stafford
offered on this site.
Helping Those in Need
Elihu Books is owned and operated by Greg and Jennifer Stafford,
both of whom are Christian Witnesses of Jah, Jehovah’s Witnesses
who follow the teachings of the Bible rather than the commands
of men (compare Isaiah 29:13). We believe it is fundamental to
true Christianity to help those who are in need, like Jesus so
often did (Matthew 15:32-37; Mark 1:40-42; Luke 10:29-37). With
that in mind, on our Helping Those in Need page you will find
out how Elihu Books may be able to help you and how you may be
able to help others. Together, we can certainly do more for those
Calendar of Events
Here is where we provide information about upcoming speaking engagements,
conferences, debates over important issues, or gatherings and
events sponsored by Elihu Books and the Christian Witnesses of
Jah. Usually any such events will be mentioned on our Blog
first, but it’s a good idea to check our Calendar regularly
just to be sure!