How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library

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Previously I posted on my Facebook an article from Tim Challies blog that made theology geeks everywhere shout for joy. The title of the article is “A Secret Way to Kick-Start Your Theological Library” in which he gave tips on how to create a digital library without breaking the bank. Tim listed links of free downloadable theology journals from different seminaries or organizations. He even  includes a link on how to use Evernote to save and catalog those fine resources. I already checked those journals and I can attest that they are great resources considering that they are free. So if you don’t want to buy expensive theology book, this article will give you the best alternative.

I do however have my own tips on how to create a digital library of Christian books. Like what Tim Challies gave in his article, it won’t hurt your wallet. In this way, you’re digital tablet will turn into a Christian library that will enhance you Christian walk. Here are some of them that I also love:

Desiring God– Aside from books written by John Piper, there are books by Tony Reinke, Jon Bloom and David Mathis that are worth reading.

The Gospel CoalitionSome basic Christian doctrines are featured here. Books that are author by Kevin DeYoung, Tim Keller and by those names it’s a guarantee that it will be an awesome read.

C. Sproul’s “Crucial Questions Series” – these booklets are free forever and it’s from R. C. Sproul. Nuff said!

Mongerism – Now if you’re into classic stuff from dead preachers or theologians, get your fix here. Features A. W. Pink, J. C. Ryle, Martin Luther, John Calvin and some unfamiliar but great personalities that are waiting for you to discover.

I could like some more but I think that’s enough books that will keep you company. Now for the app I recommend of course Kindle or UB Reader which you can get at Google Play or the App Store. Also please subscribe by to David C. Cook or Kevin Halloran’s blog for weekly free e-book alerts. That’s all for now guys. Happy reading!

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Millenial Motherhood: Delighting Grace Interviews Gloria Furman

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As the millenial or the connected generation slowly marches into marrying age, study shows that they have their own sets of views on having a family. So do want to consider having a full time focus on the family and some has the ideal number of kids which are distinct from previous generation. Being connected in mobile phones and Facebook has also some effects of what they value most. But as believers, no matter what is the trending paradigm, we need God as the center of our lives and reach people with the gospel.  Delighting Grace asked Gloria Furman, author of the new book ” Missional Motherhood” what she thinks of this unique generation and how to engage them with the message of the gospel:

Delighting Grace: What do you think are the challenges of millenials stepping in marriage and motherhood?

Gloria Furman: I think regardless where we live- from the Philippines to the US to the Emirates- the challenges of the millenial women stepping into marriage and motherhood will be to believe God’s timeless Word over the ever-changing culture. 

Delighting Grace: Does these challenges to grab hold on the Word of God differ from the other generations that came before them? I could say that other generations don’t have mobile or internet so it might have a different setting.

Gloria Furman: The challenge of believing God’s Word is a old as the garden of Eden. God created man and woman to be His image bearers and managers over His creations, so He gave them words to live by. They needed God’s word, and God’s story to guide their lives. But the Enemy schemed a way to make the story about him. Satan tricked the man and woman to bear his decrepit image, spread his kingdom of hell, and live by his poisonous words instead. This millenial generation will face they very same challenge of submitting to God’s Word and resisting temptation to try and stand in judgment over God and His Word.  

Delighting Grace: Wow that indeed is a challenge. One of the marks of being a millenial is being connected. How does this affect the lives of millenial mothers?

Gloria Furman: Millenials enjoy the privilege of being connected to one another virtually via the internet. The downside though, is the illusion that this virtual connection is indeed true. Living out the Scriptural “one another” commands is something we can try to do online, but is best done in personal relationships in our local church. Millenial mothers are affected by their desire and real need to be connected, but have to find creative ways to facilitate genuine connections with sisters in the body of Christ.  

Delighting Grace: Well said, Gloria How do we reach out these millenial mothers who are in need of the gospel?

Gloria Furman: We share Christ and his cross with joyful boldness. The situation of millenial moms may look complicated and foreign when you read the news from other places in the world, or meet someone on the streets in your neighborhood, but across the globe their deepest need is the same as everyone else’s. They need to be reconciled to God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. There is no salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Share Christ confidently and with joyful boldness, knowing that Jesus is going to call His sheep and they will hear His voice. 

Delighting Grace: Yes we need that joyful boldness to preach Christ crucified. You came from the western culture and now ministering an different culture. Are there shifts or adjustments with this?

Gloria Furman: Absolutely. I’ve had to adjust in many ways and am thankful for everything I’ve learned from my Eastern brothers and sisters in Christ. One small way I have adjusted is to learn new words in order to communicate better with people. My vocabulary in English expanded, and certainly my vocabulary in other languages is growing. My Tagalog-speaking sister at Redeemer (church) have taught me to chat with their countrymen and as if they know the “magandang balita” (good news, the gospel). And tell them that “mahal ka ni Hesus” (Jesus loves you). 

Delighting Grace: Haha. Nice. Your learning some Tagalog words. So you have a latest book “Missional Motherhood”. Please tell us the process of writing it?

Gloria Furman: This book was written in the span of about three hours for forty days. This work beautifully to me, as a young woman named Katyln came to live with our family and help me care for my kids and physically disabled during the busy month. She took the kids to the playground and to lunch for a few hours a day so I can write this book and turn it in before we left  for an even busier summer. 

Delighting Grace: Please invite our readers to check you out in your social media and your new book “Missional Motherhood”

Gloria Furman: Yes please! I’m on Twitter: @gloriafurman, and you can find “Missional Motherhood” book over Amazon and The Book Depository. If you’d like to download the intro and the first chapter free, you can find the link on the Crossway page for the book: http://www.crossway.org/books/missional-motherhood-tpb/

Delighting Grace: Thank you Gloria for the sharing your time for this interview. So folks get her book “Missional Motherhood”. Gloria did an amazing job for this book. If you don’t believe me then try the freebie Gloria shared. Warning be ready to get biblically soaked with the excerpts. Please check back this blog for my review of the book. Till next time guys! God bless!

 

The Quotable Round-Up #32

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Hello guys! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“If you’re Chinese  and you become a Christian, you don’t become an African Christian. You don’t become a European Christian. You’re a Chinese  Christian. But your Christianity goes underneath your Chineseness. Likewise, it goes underneath your Italianness. It goes underneath your being a nurse or a lawyer. It goes underneath being an  abused child. It goes underneath anything. It goes to the uttermost  foundations.”–Tim Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

We can  know many things and be quite intelligent, but if our knowledge  is not founded upon and encased in the fear of God, then we just  don’t get it”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The fear of God, which is  a huge concept in the Scriptures, is the awe, the reverence, the  honor, and the worship demanded by the majesty of his person,  his power, and his position. This fear is the only proper response  to the God of the Bible. He is, of course, to be before all things in  our hearts, because he is before all things in reality. Therefore, this  fear is supremely rational.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The gracious restoration of a right relationship through  God’s covenant with his people is the story of the rest of the Bible.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“A servile fear is appropriate for  those not belonging to God; a filial fear replaces that servile fear  and then characterizes those who are the people of God.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The  fear of God always motivates our living and our doing. The fear  of God is not a contemplation. It is a motivation.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

Book Review: “Rooted” by J. A. Medders and Brandon D. Smith

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The title “Rooted” gives me the impression that this is just a “one cool word” books that are already out in the market. What got me excited is the subtitle “Theology for Growing Christians”.  So this short book is about theology. Actually they call this a “primer” that deals with the basics doctrine of Christianity. So this book doesn’t cover all the doctrines that we believers affirm.

As I read “Rooted” I can assure you that Smith and Medders really delivers and does connect the message to the readers. They know what they are saying and they can convey it in the manner that show the book is enough to be a primer and meaty enough to have great content. Medders provided an easy to digest and accessible explanations similar to his previous book “Gospel Formed” (which you should check it out too). They dropped the ivory tower jargons with millennial-friendly words which can reach believers (and unbelievers as well) whether new or seasoned.

Chapter 1 discusses the Trinity and how Godhead relates to each other. Chapter 2 zooms in the reliability of Scriptures. But I really enjoyed chapters 3 and 4 which tackle about the gospel and eschatology.

“Rooted” is the go to book to learn, unlearn and relearn about some of the basic doctrines that Christians believe. If you’re just starting or already ahead in your Christian journey and you want some map, pick this book up.

My verdict: 4.5 out of 5.

The authors of “Rooted” provided me a review copy of the book.

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Precious Gems Found in the Book of Job

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The Book of Job is not just about patience, faith and suffering of Job. The book is about the God of Job that despite what he allows to happen to Job, God is still in control. He is wise in all the decisions. He is still sovereign and no one can forfeit His plan to Job. In the end, Job has a happt ending and God gets the glory. I have been in my third time reading this book as part of my quite time. Nuggets of gold can be unearthed everytime I read and reread this book. So let me share some verses I find beneficial and soon will be part of my sermon:

“I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.”– Job 23:12

“And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,”– Job 19:26

“Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?”– Job 13:9

“You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.”– Job 10:12

“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.”– Job 40:4

“For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?” — Job 27:8

“Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?”– Job 21:22

“Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?”– Job 38:36

“what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?”– Job 31:14

And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'” — Job 28: 28

“Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?” — Job 31:4

Get to read these verses by downloading these awesome Bible app: You Version and Olive Tree. God bless you as you read His Word.

The Quotable Round-Up #31

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Hello guys! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“Here is the great starting point for all of us  when we are dealing with the living God—a reverential, humble,  glad recognition that we are dependent, God is independent; we  are contingent, God is absolute; we are defined, God is the definer;  we are held in being by his will, he is absolute being.” — John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“Jesus sealed the new  covenant by his blood. The day of failure will soon be over. Till  then, we are sealed by the Spirit and are fighting sin by his power.” –John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“God does not exist for the sake of our enjoying biblical stories; biblical stories exist for the sake of our enjoying God.”- John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“Unfortunately, many of us are barely literate when it comes to  the flow of redemptive history. We go to our Bibles for something  to help us deal with our circumstances rather than to see how  God is dealing with the world. But the Bible is not about us; it’s  about God and his plan to redeem his fallen, miserable world, and  restore it to the glory he first sang into being at creation.” — Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“Our prayer life  should be shaped and grounded in Scripture as often as possible,  as we respond to scriptural promises and statements about God.” — Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“Immersion in God’s Word teaches us to pray the same way  immersion in language teaches a baby how to speak the language  of her parents.”- Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“God’s people do not need to be powerful culturally or in power  politically to be obedient to him and accomplish his purposes in  the world. All they need to do to glorify him and join the great  sweep of redemptive history is to be faithful to the One who has  called them by his own name.”–Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“When you become a Christian, your conviction of sin and your  experience of grace go all the way to the bottom—all the way  to that uttermost foundation. Christ goes there, and no matter  what happens, that foundation doesn’t change.”–Tim Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

Gospel Tract Evangelism: Delighting Grace Interviews Andy Lawniczak of Gospel Tract Planet

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Evangelism is a duty of every Christian. Coming from the very lips of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we are to go and win people by His precious gospel. Although we cant change the powerful message of the cross, we can however make a creative way in delivering to it. Enter those amazing money tracts that are eye catching unbelievers and encouraging to Christians. We connected with Andy Lawniczak to talk about these cool tracts and about evangelism:

Delighting Grace: Hi Andy. First off, can you share your testimony on how you got to know Jesus?

Andy: I grew up as a Roman Catholic, but was not very devout myself.  My parents were, and my father still is, going to mass every single day (my mother died in 2004).  I was dating a girl in my late teens that was Nazarene, which was a breath of fresh air from my hard-pewed Roman Catholic days.  However, I didn’t get saved in the Nazarene church.  It wasn’t until I met my wife, (who grew up Pentecostal) when we got married, moved away and became Southern Baptist. (Talk about a crazy religious journey!)  In 2003 I heard a revival preacher speak at our church and realized I had never repented and put my trust in Christ.  That night i did and was baptized soon after. I now understand the reality of my sin and continual dependence on Christ for mercy.

 Delighting Grace: What’s your first time in sharing the gospel? How did it went out? How about your first encounter with a gospel tract?

Andy: Soon after being converted, I was surfing the internet to kill some time one day and stumbled upon the Living Waters / Ray Comfort “Good Person Test.” I loved that so much because it made things make sense.  I emailed it to quite a few people (saved and unsaved) and began researching their ministry.  I saw some “Way of the Master” TV shows, and was hooked.  I bought some tracts and went to the courthouse near where I worked at lunch every day.  It took several days before I could even build up enough courage to hand out a Gospel tract, let alone talk with anyone.  By God’s grace I did it, and felt fantastic after handing out those first tracts and speaking to those first people. Later on, I went to an “Evangelism Boot Camp” and open air preached for the first time.  Was great to get out of my comfort zone.  Currently, i try to hand out tracts as I can, but i don’t get out to open air preach much. It’s tough to balance being a husband, father of 4, and foster father of 2… all that and get out to evangelize, but i hope to get out more in the future.

Delighting Grace: Yes Ray Comfort’s ministry is also an influence to mine. What’s your favorite Bible verse about evangelism?

Andy: The key verse for Gospel Tract Planet is “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).  I love that verse, and decided to use that for the basis of the ministry, as well as the name itself (All the world = the whole planet)

Delighting Grace: How did Gospel Tract Planet started?
Andy: Back in 2006, I had designed a gospel tract for a guy named Marv, who is now the owner of “One Million Tracts.”  He showed the design to someone else, who contacted me to design a Texas-themed tract with Sam Houston on it.  When I finished that, the customer asked me about starting a custom tract ministry.  We prayed about it and decided to partner up and start what was then called “Custom Tract Source.”  Then in 2013, we decided to part ways.  I purchased the other half of the business and changed the name to “Gospel Tract Planet.”  I’ve been running the ministry this way since then, and it has been a huge blessing to me and my family.

Delighting Grace: Can you tell us the process of making a tract? How do you get ideas for a tract and placing the right artwork or images?

Andy: Different types of tracts are done in different ways.  In most cases, people will approach us and have an idea for a tract they want to produce.  They usually have the message written out and just a basic idea of what they want to see.  I take these ideas and create a custom-designed tract.  If we like the final tract, many times we will print them and make them available on our website.

For the design itself, I typically start with a high quality stock photo (or several of them).  There are online sites I use for this, where I pay a nominal or monthly fee for access to royalty-free images.  Then I composite those images into a high quality tract.  Typically these images are the pictures on the money tracts, or the graphical portions of folded tracts, or background designs and such.  Then I lay out the text to work best with these graphics.  Money tracts take 5-8 hours or more to design, depending on the complexity. It also depends on whether it’s a brand new design, or a design that starts with an existing design as a base.  Folded tracts take about 5 hours, and most of the card tracts take 1-2 hours to complete.  For a good example of how a tract comes together, here’s a video with a timelapse of our recent “Thanksgiving Bucks” tract.

Delighting Grace: Can you share with us tips on sharing your faith? How can a Christian shake off their fear in evangelism?

Andy: If you find a way to shake off your fear, please let me know!  I continually battle fear, and I am ashamed that it wins more often than I’d like.  I guess I would say, “let love swallow your fears.” Ray Comfort always says this, and I agree.  The more we love people and realize their eternal state, the more we’ll just do what it takes to get out of our comfort zone and warn them.  If you see a child fall into a swimming pool, you wouldn’t even think twice about jumping in after them, even if you’re not a terrific swimmer.  We should do the same with people’s souls, because even more is at stake.

Delighting Grace: We use your awesome tracts and they are an eye catcher. So please invite our readers to check your tracts.

Andy: Thanks for the encouragement! We’d love for your readers to check out our site and try some of our unique Gospel tracts.  The website is www.TractPlanet.com.  We *always* have something on sale, or some special going on.  In fact, for brand new customers, we’ll give you $10 OFF any order $20 or more.  Just use the code 10off20 at checkout. This is good for in-stock tracts, or even custom tracts!

Delighting Grace:Wow! That’s awesome. So guys please do check his website and I’m sure you’ll love the tracts. And happy evangelism!