7 Favorite Quotes from “The Silent Shepherd” by John MacArthur Jr.

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It pays to wisely use an Amazon gift card and if there would be a great deal, use it immediately.  That’s why I got Total Truth by Nancy R. Pearcey and The Silent Shepherd by John F. MacArthur at a markdown price.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from The Silent Shepherd by John MacArthur. You can buy it at Amazon for $ 0.99 by clicking this link.

“The only perfect mediator who could meet all the qualifications for fair, just, and complete mediation was Jesus Christ, who was both God and man.”

“The danger with an undue stress on the gifts and leading of the Holy Spirit is that personal experience is often elevated over the objective truth of Scripture.”

“…the Holy Spirit’s role is crucial in bringing us to salvation, in empowering us to live our lives in Christ, and in bringing us to ultimate perfection in glory.”

“The Holy Spirit is a person. He is not a mystical force or metaphysical influence. He is a divine person—the third person of the Trinity—and acknowledging that fact is absolutely essential to an orthodox understanding of who He is.”

“God’s gift of the Spirit to us is His verification to us that our salvation will be completed in glorification. It is His promise to give us all the future blessings of that salvation.”

“The phrase “is inspired by God” is a translation of the theologically important Greek word theopneustos, which literally means “God-breathed.” The very use of this term, with the root pneustos closely related to pneuma, “spirit,” strongly implies the Holy Spirit was involved in the entire process of revealing God’s Word.”

“Many people are confused by the term total depravity. It does not mean that all people are as evil as they can possibly be. It means that the principle of sin has pervaded every aspect of human nature. We are corrupted through and through with sin.”

Embracing the ESV Seminar with Dr. Dane C. Ortlund

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The swelling heat in Manila didn’t stop an ESV seminar about Christ-centered Bible reading. This is the second leg of the seminar which took off last Friday at Central United Methodist Church with the topic How the Whole Bible Fits Together.  Then the following day, Saturday,  Dr. Ortlund is scheduled to deliver a talk at Philippine Bible Society. Me and Greg registered on that talk for that’s our vacant day and the weekend has less traffic. He was as always, early and I just came just in time for the seminar to start.

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The 3rd floor hall of PBS was packed with folks who wants to hear this relevant topic. Dr. Dane C. Ortlund, Executive Vice President of Bible Publishing at Crossway, shares Jesus as the Center of the Whole Bible or how to be Christ-centered in reading the Bible. Along with him is his team that also participated in the seminar.

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We were formally welcomed to the Philippine Bible Society and the seminar by Nora Lucero, General Secretary of PBS. In a few minutes she discussed what’s PBS is all about and their current program to make the Bible known to the Filipino people. Then she turn it over to Derek Hill, director of enterprise of the Bible Society and one of the member of Dr. Ortlund’s team. He then briefly introduce our speaker, Dr. Dane C. Ortlund.

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“The Bible is all about Jesus. Not just in the gospels. Not just in the New Testament.” Dr. Ortlund opens his talk with those words. He moved on by giving us the 6 Ways Not to read the Bible. He then proceeds to the misconceptions of the phrase “Christ-centered”. Once those points were established, Dr. Ortlund goes to the main topic by giving 5 things we should consider on being Christ-centered in reading the Bible. The 1 and 1/2 hour flew so fast then we had a 30 minute Q and A. Dr. Ortlund ends his talk with a short discussion on reading the Book of Leviticus with a Christ-centered lens.

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The seminar was short and we wish that it will be whole day affair because we know their are lots of areas that can still be addressed by Dr. Ortlund. I hope and pray that Dr. Ortlund and his team will comeback to Manila soon for another round of seminars. Me and the rest of the 100 + participants really enjoyed his talk.

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Thank you Philippine Bible Society (PBS) for the invite and hosting a seminar that reminds us to be Christ-centered in reading the Bible. Thank you for those ESV devotionals of the Gospel of John which we will prayerfully share to other. Also thank you Dr. Dane Ortlund and his team for coming here in Manila and sharing a wonderful topic that leaves us hungering for the Word of God.

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Here’s a special treat for you my readers. I’m sharing a piece of the seminar of Dr. Ortlund. In this 4 minute video, Dr. Ortlund shares 6 Ways Not to Read the Bible.

and another bonus is an audio recording of the last part of the seminar, Christ-centered Reading of the Book of Leviticus.

 

Pinoy Preacher List #4

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This is Delighting Grace fourth batch of Pinoy preachers you should read, listen or watch. Please consider praying for this series that it might widen the ministry reach of these preachers and lift up God’s name everywhere.

Rene Maramara – Pastor Maramara is the pastor of a Reformed church in Manila, Sovereign Grace Church.  His preaching can be accessed at Sovereign Grace Church Manila Facebook page and on Youtube.

Jorge L. Gumop-as – Pastor Jorge pastors a church down south of Metro Manila, Sovereign Grace Christian Church of San Pedro. He’s a graduate of Grace Ministerial Academy.  He has sermons on SGCC Facebook account and  on Youtube.

Ryan Ermac – Lastly, further down south of the Philippines, is Cebu where Pastor Ryan shepherds Apologia Gospel Church.  Ryan is a licensed chemical engineer from the University of San
Carlos and is finishing his Master’s in Theology, Major in Pastoral Studies at the Cebu Graduate School of Theology. You can watch his Cebuano/ English sermons here on Youtube.

If you have miss out the previous installments Pinoy Preacher List #1Pinoy Preacher #2 and Pinoy Preacher List #3.  Would you like to help me grow this list? If you know pastors or preachers who are Calvinistic or Reformed and has sermons online, please do e-mail me at nitoymgonzales@gmail.com.

 

The Quotable Round-Up #118

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The mid-term election is now over here in the Philippines. We can see defeats and victories of those who ran for office. Some are already proclaimed winners. Now lets get back to reality and pray for these newly elected officials that they may serve this country well. There are lots of works to do to help this country move forward. Whether you like the officials or not, keep them in prayers. And always remember the sovereignty of God over the affairs of men.

Anyways, here’s 7 quotes from the new book by Sean McDowell & J. Warner Wallace, So The Next Generation Will Know. The book review is on it’s way but if you want to get the book, click on this Amazon link to place your order.

“… a biblical worldview is grounded in biblical teaching. You can’t align your life to the truth of the Bible if you don’t even know what it says. That’s why everything begins and ends with the study of God as revealed in Scripture: theology.”

“If Christianity is considered to be just a subjective opinion (an individualistic preference about God) and not the unique and only cure for spiritual death (regardless of an individual’s personal opinion), don’t be surprised when young people treat Christianity more like a cookie than a cure.”

“Worldview is not just about the mind—it is also about the orientation of the heart. Simply put, a worldview is a fundamental commitment to reality that shapes how we live.”

“…worldview as simply a view of the world that answers three critical questions: (1) How did we get here?—Origin; (2) Why is everything so messed up?—Predicament; and (3) How can we fix it?—Resolution.”

“…every generation of young people has sought to find their place in the world. But what is different for Gen Z is the depth of loneliness many feel and the availability of endless counterfeits that claim to be able to fill their hearts with meaning.”

“The next generation of Christians faces spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and moral challenges like no prior group of believers. And much of this is because of the ubiquity of technology. Members of Generation Z face more challenges just one click away than previous generations did when they would look for it.”

“Theology and apologetics are not direction­less pursuits. They point us toward holy behaviors and provide us with answers to several questions that matter to young people.”

 

The Freebie Round-Up #43

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Election fever is all over here in the Philippines and we have a few days to decide who will we seat on the national and local position. This is a good time for us to pray for our country and the election on Monday. And when we vote, choose biblically and conscience wise the candidates that will rule our nation. But always remember God is sovereign.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

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*Read: Pinoy Preacher List #1,#2 and #3 

FREE sample liturgies – Here’s some free sample of liturgies that gives out suggested order of a Sunday service from Center for Baptist Renewal.

FREE music- Jonathan Roiz has some free music in English and Spanish that you might like to listen.

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*Read: The Rebel’s Dictionary: Swoonies

FREE VBS curriculum “Kingdom Seekers”- It’s VBS season once again and what better way to have one is giving out free resource from Bible Project. It has all the stuff you need for a VBS. So download it and invite the kids over church.

FREE e-book “Faith and Football” by Paul Tripp – 10 tips on following Jesus from Paul Tripp and a bunch of Christian footballers in one free e-book.

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*Read: Book Review: A Place Like Heaven by Samuel Miller

FREE audio download of “Textual Criticism” – Credo Courses is offering this download again for the whole week so be sure to grab it while it’s available.

FREE e-book “Everyone’s a Theologian” by R. C. Sproul- Glad this great book from a great author is back again for free download at Ligionier Ministries.

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*Read: Book Review: Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke

FREE e-book “Escaping Escapism” by Dave Griffith-Jones – This is a free e-book of the month offer from Good Book Company.

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The Quotable Round-Up #117

zlhzkl3Have you watched “American Gospel”? We’ll I did this week and it was excellent. The documentary really nailed the prosperity gospel. It’s 2 hours and 19 minutes full of moving interviews and clips that will open your eyes to the deception of this movement. Here’s some quotes from the film and if you want to get copy of it click here.

“The ultimate gift of the gospel is not these all other things, it’s God Himself. God is both the giver and the gift.”
— Trevin Wax

“If someone doesn’t have the right view of the gospel, they don’t have the right view of anything.”
— Paul Washer

“There’s an assumption that unbeliver’s are seeking after God. When in reality, they are seeking after a God of their own choosing.” — Anthony Wood

“The prosperity gospel is exactly like marrying someone for their money.” — Sean Demars

“The reason why people teach that it’s always God’s will to heal and if it doesn’t the problem is them, is because that’s a good way to manipulate people. Prosperity theology means money.” — Costi Hinn

“One of the quickest way to spot a counterfeit gospel is to ask the question, ‘Who is this gospel about?’ Is this gospel or good news primarily about you and your personal happiness or is it a message about God.” — Trevin Wax

“In terms of biblical Christianity, Christianity is about dying.” — Michael Horton

 

Pinoy Preacher List #3

qvfpy4dThis is Delighting Grace third batch of Pinoy preachers you should read, listen or watch. Please consider praying for this series that it might widen the ministry reach of these preachers and lift up God’s name everywhere.

Joseph Mangahas – Pastor Joseph shepherds the 40 year old church Cubao Reformed Baptist Church. CRBC is know for it’s annual pastor and worker’s conference. You can listen to his preaching at SermonAudio and on Youtube. Aside from his sermons, you can find other messages from preachers, invited speakers in their Sunday service and past conferences.

Hubert Tan Haboc – Pastor Hubert is the pastor of Christ’s Glory Church of Marikina. Like Joseph Mangahas, he is a graduate of Grace Ministerial Academy.  You can easily access his sermon videos over Christ’s Glory Church Facebook Page.

Rodel Lasco – Finally down south of Manila, pastoring a Reformed church in San Pablo City, Laguna is Dr. Rodel Lasco.  You can listen to his preaching on SermonAudio.

So that’s my list for now and click these link to Pinoy Preacher List #1 and Pinoy Preacher #2 if you have miss out the previous installments. If you know pastors or preachers who are Calvinistic or Reformed and has sermons online, please do e-mail me at nitoymgonzales@gmail.com.

The Rebel’s Dictionary: Snoremon

The Rebel’s Dictionary injects humor and satire to made up words. TRD’s goal isn’t to poke fun on individuals or use these words to label a person or entity.  By using funny words as jump off point, TRD aims to discuss issues concerning Christians, the church and Christianity at large. At the end of every entry, TDR includes biblical and practical answers. 

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Snoremon (noun) – refers to a sermon that induces sleep to the hearers. It might not be the message itself that pushes the snooze button to the listener because of the different factors involve. It might be the way the sermon is delivered or the length of the sermon (commonly in long messages). Regardless, because of a snoremon, rather than becoming a worship service, the Sunday program becomes a sleep over fellowship.

 

Reality Check: The problem with snoremons is a two way street. It’s not just the pastor’s part but also the pew. A pastor may do the best of his skills to craft and deliver a sermon.  However he can’t control the listeners in other weak areas he or she might have. The best solution is a pastor should diligently polish his messages and the listeners should be a diligent receiver of the message.  Here are some tips that might will help you fight snoremon:

Book Review: Preaching With Passion by Alex Montoya (The book is available at PCBS)

5 Reasons Why Your Sermon is Boring (and 5 Ways to Fix it)

5 Essential Things to Prepare Before Sunday Service 

If you’re a member consider praying for you pastor and for yourself 

Church members should consider practicing this to avoid falling asleep.

Desiring God: Listening to the Word Preached 

 

 

The Digital Round-Up (Warren W. Wiersbe Edition)

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Well known for his popular study Bible, Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe passed away last May 3. The evangelical world will miss this pastor that have touched many including countless pastor’s who uses his study Bible and books as they prepare their sermons. As for me, his “Be” series and study Bible had impacted me because of its accesibilty. The series is constantly included in this blog’s “The Freebie Round-Up” whenever David C. Cook gives way it for free. In fact, that’s why that round up existed to cater Wiersbe free e-books. 

In this special Digital Round-Up, I collected some articles from my blog that featured Dr. Wiersbe. Click the link and enjoy these gems from “the pastor’s pastor”. I also include links to other websites that you might like.

Book Review: The Wiersbe Bible Commentary by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe

Warren W. Wiersbe on Divine Sovereignity and Human Responsibility

FREE e-book “Answers to Pastors FAQs” by Warren W. Wiersbe – a comprehensive book loaded with advice from a pastor to a pastor. David C. Cook offers this by signing up through e-mail.

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Notable offsite links:

Books by Dr. Wiersbe available for purchase at CLC Philippines

The Be Series commentaries available free over Bible Gateway

Back to the Bible tribute for Dr.  Wiersbe 

36 Quotes from Warren W. Wiersbe 

 

 

The Freebie Round-Up #42

osmvwblThere are three upcoming book reviews you should watch out here on this blog. These are the latest release and I’m so thankful that they gave me review copies of their books. Watch out for these books that I’ll review and share some quotes (coming this week):

So The Next Generation Will Know by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace

Struggle Against Porn by Benjamin Vrbicek

Before the Throne by Allen S. Nelson IV

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

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*Read: Pinoy Preacher List #1

FREE e-course – 1517 Academy is rolling a fresh new course next week and you should sign up. Click here to learn about Christ in the Old Testament.

FREE audio CD- A free audio CD of Jeff Nolbit expository preaching exclusive from Anchored in Truth (available for US and Canada only).

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*Read: The Rebel’s Dictionary: Swoonies

FREE music and leadsheets – Matthew Hoskinson has some freebie over his blog that you might like and need in your music ministry.

FREE audio download of The Book of Romans – This 4 session course by Michael Patton is offered for free download if you want a bird’s eye view of this book and to grasp what the entire book is all about.

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*Read: Book Review: A Place Like Heaven by Samuel Miller

FREE e-book “The Essentials of Prayer” – A free Kindle book by a Christian giant of the past, E. M. Bounds. In this book he teaches the Christian to pray.

FREE e-book “Women of the Word” by Jen Wilkin- Simply by answering a short survey from Crossway, you’ll get this book that shows how to study the Bible for free.

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*Read: Book Review: Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke

FREE Bible app – Literal Word is a new Bible app on the block . And it promises that there is no ads, no articles, no logging in, no distractions. Literal Word is a NASB Bible with Greek and Hebrew lexicon. Wow cool. And it’s free!

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

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