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Henry Mahan's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament
March 1947 - Pastor Henry Mahan and his wife, Doris, moved to Ashland, KY to work with Pastor Donald Wells and the Southern Baptist church - Pollard Baptist.
September 1947 - Realizing that he needed more training and education, the Mahans moved to Chattanooga, TN, where he attended Tennessee Temple College for three years. While there he pastored the Oakwood Baptist Church.
April 1950 - The Pollard Baptist Church called Pastor Mahan to be Pastor Wells' assistant pastor.
Rolfe Barnard came to the Pollard Church to preach a two week meeting, and Pastor Mahan heard (for the first time) how God can be just and justifier of sinners. He read Boettner's, "Doctrine of Predestination," Boston's, "Fourfold State," the various old confessions of faith and other Calvinistic writers, and the Lord revealed the gospel of Christ to him and to many of the members of the Pollard Church.
August 1951 - Pastor Wells resigned the church and moved to Chattanooga, TN. The church called Pastor Mahan to be their pastor in October 1951.
From that time, he tried several ways, books, and methods to teach Sunday School for the people. He bought John Gill's Commentary and tried to teach his "Body of Divinity," chapter by chapter.
Finally, in the late 70's he began to write his own Sunday School lessons, verse by verse through the New Testament; and the teachers used these from that day forward.
Bill Clark, missionary to France, and Pastor Mahan became close friends in 1965. They traveled and preached together in the United States and in England, Ireland, Spain, France, and Africa.
Bill moved his family from France to Welwyn, England and started Evangelical Press in an effort to distribute grace literature worldwide.
By 1983 Pastor Mahan had gone through most of the epistles of the New Testament verse by verse and Bill and John Rubins asked for the copyright on his commentaries. They printed them in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and in 1994 in Russian. Evangelical Press also printed his Gospel of John and Old Testament Pictures of Christ in 2 volumes. The Lord made it possible for these commentaries to be sent to several countries as a missionary effort. Bill Clark was the instrument God used to get these books printed and distributed.
He went to be with the Lord November 8, 1998 at age 66. He will be remembered by all of us who knew him so well as one of the Lord's most outstanding and faithful preachers and missionaries.
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