The Freebie Round-Up # 52

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Controversy spilled over a transgender woman who was not allowed by a janitress to enter a women’s bathroom. So news outlets picked it up and its all over media. Then the SOGIE Bill is on the spotlight again. Please pray for the us Christians who stands against this bill that will trample our religious and academic freedom.

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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Free audio teachings on “The Book of Romans” by C Michael Patton- Credo Courses is giving this digital audio download of this teaching for free. Make sure you have an account with Credo Courses (which is also free).

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FREE sample of “Contemplate” Bible Magazine- Get a free sample digital copy of Contemplate, the Holy Bible in magazine format with beautiful photographs.

FREE e-book “Sermons Upon the Eight Chapter of Romans” by Thomas Manton- Monergism has this superb streak of giving out free e-books this past weeks. So I have to pick out only one for this weeks freebie post.

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FREE live stream of Sing 2019 with free 20 songs download-  Dont miss this conference with awesome line up of speakers by signing up this live stream notification. Once signed up, you’ll receive 20 songs free.

FREE audiobook of  “Spending Ourselves in Christ” – As a “thank you’ for supporting Grange Press, they’re making their new audiobook for free download. To support this small press, please sign up with their email list.

FREE e-book “Love the Least (A Lot)” by Michael Spielman – From the founder of Abort73.com is this free ebook. If you want a physical copy, you have to shell some cash.

FREE e-book “The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Jeremiah” – On this week’s David C. Cook’s free e-book is the Bible study series of Warren W. Wiersbe titled Jeremiah: Taking A Stand for the Truth. Get it while it’s still free.

By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

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

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Abide” by Warren W. Wiersbe

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Our church anniversary is on Sunday and other than the New Year or Christmas, this is a good time to reflect the goodness of God to my family through the blessings he extend to the church. Through preaching, teaching and fellowships the church had served us and in return we served the church with our God given possessions and talents. We hope and pray that God will bless this mutual exchange that extend from this side of heaven to the next life.

Anyways, here’s book by Warren W. Wiersbe, Abide published by 10 of Those Publishing.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at 10 of Those. Stay tuned for more quotes and review of this book.

“The Christian need not have an identity crisis. Jesus tells us who we are and why we are here. We are branches, and he is the Vine. We are here to bear fruit. Once you accept this simple fact, you are on the way to making your life meaningful and useful.”

“If you are growing in holy living, and experiencing victory over temptation, then you are abiding in Christ. The absence of temptation is not a proof of abiding; the presence of temptation and testing is the proof.”

“It is the Holy Spirit who encourages and enables us to abide. He teaches us the Word; He enables us to pray; He reveals our sins; He gives us the inward desire to obey God. “

“God works in, we work out. As we surrender, God works in; as we obey, God works out. Abiding involves keeping in fellowship with the Vine so that God can work in us.”

“The Christian who abides in Christ and shares his life will produce the fruit of holiness. You cannot manufacture holiness. The Pharisees tried to do this and Jesus called them hypocrites.”

“Holiness is nothing else but the beauty and character of God displayed in our everyday lives. Holy living means more than victory over sin; it also means growth in character so that we become more like Jesus Christ.”

“One of the reasons God saved you is that you might bear fruit in this world. You are living in a hungry world where people are starving for spiritual reality.”

“When you yielded to Christ, a living union was formed between you and the Lord. Just as the branch gets its life from the vine, so the believer gets his life from Jesus Christ.”

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life” by Alister McGrath

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During our open forum for our laymen and women fellowship with the theme, Passion for God, I had a chance to share something about reading that leads to pursuing God. I wrote it down and explained it for about 10 minutes. If youre curious on what I shared to our fellowship, I’ll put it live here as a post on this blog soon.

Anyways, here’s Alister McGrath’s latest book, Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Lifepublished by InterVarsity Press.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at Amazon or InterVarsity Press. Stay tuned to the review of this book.

“Lewis thus invites his readers into the Christian way of seeing things and to explore how things look when seen from its standpoint – as if to say ‘Try seeing things this way!’ If world views or metanarratives can be compared to lenses, which of them brings things into sharpest focus? Clues, taken by themselves, prove nothing; their importance lies rather in their cumulative and contextual force.”

Dawkins attributes his loss of any religious faith to two factors. The first was his growing realization that ‘Darwin provided the magnificently powerful alternative to biological
design which we now know to be true.’ This is a recurrent theme in Dawkins’s later writings: Darwinism offers an ex­
planation of what is observed in the biological world that is superior to belief in a creator God. The second factor is his belief that there is an ‘elementary fallacy’ within any argument from design, in that ‘any god capable of designing the universe would have needed a fair bit of designing himself.’ Darwin’s idea of gradual complexification from a ‘primeval simplicity’ seemed to make a lot more sense to him.”

“Christianity possessed the literary form of a myth, which for Lewis meant a story with deep imaginative appeal, conveying a set of ideas. Yet there was
a critical difference between Nordic myths and the Christian myth: only the latter was true. Pagan myths represented an imperfect grasping towards the truth, a goal finally attained in Christianity. “

“Christians take the view that believing in God helps us make sense of the world, offering a larger framework or big picture into which fits what we observe and experience. Dawkins argues that this involves adding an unobserved and intrinsically complicated entity – God – to the inventory of the universe. Science is about keeping things as simple as pos-
sible – which is one reason why Dawkins prefers atheism to Christianity. It seems a simpler and neater idea. “

“For Lewis, belief in God was neither a distraction from life nor a spurious means of finding consolation. Discovering God was about discovering his own true identity and recalibrating his reason and imagination in the light of this new way of seeing himself and the world. God is neither an object within our universe nor a mere abstract philosophical idea.”

” To have faith in God is not primarily to
give intellectual assent to an idea about God but to step into a greater picture of our world and become part of it.”

“In terms of their intellectual precariousness, both atheism and Christianity reflect the epistemic limits of human beings, who show a tendency to want to believe more – whether that belief is religious or secular – than the evidence actually warrants.”

“Like many readers of The Selfish Gene I often find myself wondering whether Dawkins’s optimistic conclusion isn’t
actually contradicted and subverted by the arguments that precede it. In some ways his analysis echoes the ethos of the Enlightenment: once you have understood something, you can master it. But can we master ourselves in this way? What if our genetic inheritance affects our will, so that we can recognize the hidden influence of our genes, while then discovering that we cannot break free from their influence?”

Precious Gems Found in the Book of Revelation

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There are lots of things going on on The Book of Revelations that you might missed the main focus of this book. The warth of God, the number 666, bottomless pit, Armageddon etc. are the enough to keep us busy when we read Revelation. Of course, all of that, all the chapters and all verses that compose this book are important. However there are verses that should be highlighted that points us to the goal of the Apostle John in writing this book. The goal of this book is encouraging persecuted believers that God is in control. In my meditation of Revelation and highlighting some verses, its such a blessing that in those passages, I can see the main goal set by the book.

Of course there are lots of lessons you can derive from this book and in any books of the Bible.  I’m highlighting a few of them here and hoping that, as you study this you’ll find more.  Also we should remember that although these are great verses, they are meant to be read in context to get the full meaning and impact. Lastly, have a desire to read God’s Word daily.

God’s Sovereignity

“For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.”– Revelation 17:17 NASB

Perseverance of the Saints

“Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’  “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.” — Revelation 14:12‭-‬13 NASB

“I know that you have persevered and endured hardships for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary.” –Revelation 2:3 CSB

“Because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” — Revelation 3:10 CSB

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’ — Revelation 2:11 NASB

Glorious Future of the Believer

“…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” — Revelation 1:5‭-‬6 NASB

“Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” — Revelation 20:6 NASB

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them ,” — Revelation 21:3 NASB

True Worship 

“us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”
Revelation 19:7 NASB

“Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” –Revelation 19:10 NASB

The Power of Prayer 

“Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.” — Revelation 8:3‭-‬4 NASB

 

Vlogging with Disability: Delighting Grace Interviews Loida Bauto

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Vlogging is the most viral platform today and thanks to Youtube these vloggers find the space and audience for their videos. From the celebrities to the infamous to the completely unknown, you’ll find plenty of them dishing out topics like food, travel, gadgets, showing off talents, unboxing, reaction videos, reviews and a whole lot more.
Loida Bauto is not your typical vlogger. She has a Youtube channel where she shares her journey as a PWD (persons with disabilities). I’m so glad that Loida allowed DG to interview her and talk about being a #PWDvlogger.
Delighting Grace: Hello Loida!  
Please tell us something about yourself.

 

Loida Bauto: I am Loida C. Bauto, an interior designer by profession but wasn’t able to practice for long because I was diagnosed with Brain Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) months after passing the licensure examinations. The AVM caused two (2) major strokes that left me with multiple disabilities up to date. I am now a disabled person (PWD or Persons With Disabilities) for 6 years. At present, I am doing vlogs on Youtube.

Delighting Grace: Ok. So when and why did you decide to do vlogging?

Loida Bauto: I started vlogging just this March 2019. At first, I just wanted to share my story and use it as my journal but in video form. I also tried it because it can also be a source of income. But after studying how it works, I realized that Youtube is a good platform to share in your cause. Youtube-ing can be a great way to rally people for a certain purpose especially if you already have a large following.

Delighting Grace: There are virtually lots of vloggers and vlogging channel around. Please tell whats your vlog or Youtube channel about? What topics do you cover?

 

Loida Bauto: My channel is about my journey as a PWD and as an AVM Survivor. I cover topics concerning (Persons with Disabilities) PWDs and even topics I just wanted to share that may help or educate viewers.

Honestly, my first vlogs are more about my story but as I do my research, it seems I am really directed to topics about disability like what the hashtag I am using- I am a #PWDvlogger.

Delighting Grace:  You’re the first #PWDvlogger I met. How’s your experience in vlogging for the first time? How was your first time to post your first video?

 

Loida Bauto: I am really camera shy. I never thought I can also face the camera, film myself, and make someone watch it. My first time uploading on Youtube is full of worries – how I look, how I sound or am I good enough. But when I post videos, people are watching it and I feel motivated (I am grateful although it was not really a lot of views). As I am learning, my insecurities faded. How I looked and sounded wasn’t important. I can face the camera more confidently!

Delighting Grace: Since you have some physical constaints, is vlogging hard for you? What are the adjustments do you make to make much of your vlogging?

Loida Bauto: Yes. It’s hard especially setting things up. I cannot walk alone but I try (most of the time) to arrange my set-up alone. And it’s harder because I don’t have a studio or enough equipment for vlogging. I only film myself at the entrance or at the door where it’s brighter. I am only using my phone; Use the emergency light of the electric fan just to add brightness when there’s not enough sunshine.

But I love doing it. I really enjoyed vlogging. I really put so much effort and time researching and reading articles about my content. I also make much thru editing the videos knowing that I lack the equipment to make high definition videos. So, binabawi ko sa editing.

Delighting Grace: I love the self publishing and vlogging equipment set up videos you have done. So what’s your favorite video that you made?

Loida Bauto: My favorite videos are those starting with Vlog #8. It’s the start where I am becoming more and more confident with what I am doing.

Delighting Grace: If someone wants to start vlogging what is the first thing they should know? Will that differ if say a PWD wants to vlog?

Loida Bauto: I would say to anyone, whether he’s a PWD or not, that it will not be easy as how it looked like especially when you are not known or famous. They should do their research. Know your content. Brand ourselves. For a PWD, I will add: Don’t get embarrassed just because we have disabilities.

Delighting Grace: How do we glorify God in our infirmities? I know you have been through alot. So how do we kep focus on Christ despite our circumstances?

Loida Bauto: God indeed is the one working in my life to glorify Him. He glorifies Himself through my weaknesses. I have made failures. My story is tattered. But I am witnessing how God shines on how He’s using my life. The darker I am in my infirmities, the more people and I are seeing His radiance. I am physically disabled but God enables.

To acknowledge and understand God’s sovereignty over all creatures and circumstances and to know God is good whatever may happen in our lives give me peace and assurance that I will not be harmed and forsaken. Like what the hymn said, “Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say, ‘It is well with my soul.’ 

Delighting Grace: Well said. Thank you so much! Loida, please invite our readers to check you out.

Loida Bauto: Hello everyone! Loida here!  Please check me out by going to Youtube and search ‘Loida Bauto’ and you’ll find lots videos about me. You can alternatively, go my channel and watch my vlogs. Don’t forget to hit the ‘Subscribe’ button to subscribe to my channel and tap on the ‘bell’ icon so you’ll be the first to know my newest video.

  You can contact me on my FB Page, my book’s FB Page ‘Memento ni Loida’ or e-mail me: loidabauto@gmail.com. If you don’t know which one to watch first, let me suggest this video link to my story. May you find my content worth watching.

Delighting Grace: Thanks again Loida and I hope you inspired people to vlog despite their infirmities. Blessings everyone!

Download these free resources for the PWD from Desiring God:

E-book: Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God by John Piper

E-book: When Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

Video: The Story of Ian and Larissa

 

The Freebie Round-Up # 51

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It’s been a rainy week in our place and the cold weather is just fitting to stay indoors and read some books. As for me it’s a perfect weather to write stuff for my blog and for our youth small group materials.

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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Free audio teachings on “The Book of Revelation” by Mark Hitchcock- Credo Courses is giving this digital audio download of this teaching for free. Make sure you have an account with Credo Courses (which is also free).

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FREE papers – Aside from the audio sermons and teaching videos, Christ Church has couple of papers on Calvinism that are free to download.

FREE e-book “Antidote Against Arminianism” by Christopher Ness- Monergism has this superb streak of giving out free e-books this past weeks. So I have to pick out only one for this weeks freebie post. With this title of a book, I’m sure you’ll avail this free book.

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FREE subscription to ESV.org for students – If you are a college student, seminary and gradute school, Crossway is giving this way cool blow out to you. Click the link to apply and see the freebies available in this treat.

FREE to host the movie “The Pilgrim’s Progress” – Host the animated movie based on John Bunyan’s book The Pilgrim’s Progress to your church or community without cost or licensing fee. Just click the link to check this great offer.

FREE e-book “Above All Names” – Faithlife Books is offering Above All Names by Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson for free.

FREE e-book “Titus for You” – And finally,Good Book Company’s free book of the month, features Tim Chester’s book Titus for You. 

By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

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

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Book Review: Essentials by Lee McMunn

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It’s great that McMunn starts his book with the Trinity unlike the usual gospel presentation. At first you might think it’s a short book about doctrine, but it’s not. Essentials is an evangelistic book . Essentials is giving a step by step explanation of the gospel. And as I have said McMunn started this book with the Trinity and ends with an invitation to have a relationship with God. Essentials is a presentable evangelistic tool because of appealing title, chapter title and cover image.

There are downsides in book. First, in chapter 3 which illustrates how Jesus rescues. Although the context is answering the question “So why didn’t he save himself? Why did Jesus stay on the cross?” an illustration of a kid drowning is not the biblical way to represent humanity submerged in sin. Total depravity points us that we are not drowning but dead at the bottom of the river.  Second the sinner’s prayer at the last part of the book, which is for me unbiblical. Decisionism is not part of the gospel message.

Essentials is a good book but has problematic issues. If for not those issues, I would have graded this book a bit higher.  Still you can benefit reading it for yourself and use some parts of it for your personal evangelism.

My verdict:

3.5 out of 5

Book Review: A Week in the Life of a Slave by John Byron

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I think this is my second time to review a fictional book and this one is my first biblical historical fiction.

At first I’m abit surprise on how Paul, Philemon and Onesimus was portraited. Adding to that Demas was also in the story and had moments, knowing in the back of our mind, he will be a backslider according to the Bible.

A Week in the Life of a Slave delivers an interesting and page turning story of Onesimus and Philemon. It follows the fugitive slave to his journey to escaping his master, meeting Paul, the crisis with his presence in the prison where Paul was in, his conversion and his return to Philemon.

If you think this is just a simple and boring story about slavery in Bible times, well you’re mistaken. I was mistaken till I got that light bulb moment. It gives you the glimpse on how we as Christian are heir to Christ.

There are no boring or dragging parts in the book. You’ll find this book a delightful read every time you jump back in.  The supporting characters are interesting and had all been given a fair share of spotlight both real and fictional ones. Then every conversation are spot on. You can feel the emotions jumping over you without being over the top.

The latter chapters before the conclusion for me are the best conversations that I read from the book. The sub plot was well executed and it really helped the main plot.

If the narrative itself is good, the “information box” that accompanies the story is superb. Well written and with great images, it gives out the backstory in every twist and turn of the story. It feels like your reading book within a book. You can use it in either; read it so you’ll for the some cultural background of the story; ignore it and still the story is solid or for future reference material. But if you ask me, the information box will definitely enhance the reading of the already solid narrative.

A Week in the Life of a Slave is a must read that tackles Christian issues of equality and forgiveness that can’t be easily done in a non-fiction format. It doesn’t just fill your mind but this book wins your heart. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

 

(Review copy of this book was provided by Inter Varsity Press)

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “True Friendship” by Vaughan Roberts

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Yesterday, I lead our youth small group to cultivate their awareness with our persecuted brethren. Our activity was to write a letter of encouragement for these Christians who are undergoing trials. We wrote letters to two Chinese pastors currently in prison, a Nigerian mother and parents of the Chibok girls. I hope and pray that these letters will strengthen the spirits of these persecuted believer and our youth will open their hearts to fellow Christians who are suffering. Would you include that in your prayers?

Anyways, here’s Vaughan Roberts book True Friendshippublished by 10 of Those.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at Amazon or at the 10 of Those website. Book review of this book is coming soon.

“Healthy Christian marriages do not have an exclusively inward focus, but are fuelled by looking up to Christ and strengthened by looking out to others, both to give and receive.”

“God’s plan of salvation is designed not only to restore our vertical relationship with God, but also to create horizontal relationships of loving friendship between human beings in his family.”

“The theme of friendship takes us right to the heart of the Bible’s message. God is relational.”

“The fundamental relationship in our life must be with the one true God, the sovereign Creator. The Bible insists that true wisdom begins when we ‘fear’ him: recognizing who he is and what he has done for us in Christ, and then responding with a worshipful, trusting submission. “

“Marriage is the exclusive, covenantal commitment of a man and a woman for life. The Bible teaches that sexual intercourse, which is designed to express and strengthen that covenant, should only take place in that context. Friendship should not seek to copy marriage by either demanding exclusive commitment or containing sexual expression. We are free to develop deep friendships, which can be a great blessing, as long as these boundaries are not crossed. “

“If we are hoping to marry we should be looking, above all, not for the perfect partner for romantic dates, but for a friend who can travel with us through all of life. For Christians, that must therefore mean someone who is on the same path, seeking to follow Christ.”

“Our Facebook profile might tell us that we have 464 friends, but how many really know us? How many would we be willing to make real sacrifices for? How many are there on whom we can rely in times of need? “

“We too can be friends of God, not because of any innate worthiness in us, but because of Christ’s death for us on the cross. “

By the way, to my Pinoy friends, do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto, an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

The Freebie Round-Up # 50

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Glad your here again for another round of freebie downloads. Before anything again I would like to ask you guys to lift up my dad in prayer for his upcoming surgery. He needs all the strenght and financial support he can get.

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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Free handouts and mp3 for Adult Sunday School- If your Sunday School needs some materials on creeds and confession then get these free stuff from Trinity Reformed Baptist Church.

FREE small group resources – The Christian Incredible Journey is a free offer from Christ Reformed Church which gives out the basic of the Christian walk starting with salvation.

FREE journal – Protestant Reformed Theological Journal is a twice annual and free journal that you can either download or request by mail

FREE e-book “Apples of Gold” by Thomas Brooks  – Monergism is dishing out the good stuff almost daily with their e-books. In case you missed this one here’s one of their latest freebies.

FREE e-mail course – Steve Schramm Ministries offers a free new course Battle for the Beginning tackling views on origin.

FREE Particular Baptist literature  downloads – This blog collates tons of rare Particular Baptist works. You’ll find something that will interest you.

FREE webinar on prayer – Strategic Renewal presents this 60 minute webinar entitled How Praying Together Shapes the Church  with John Onwuchekwa. Register here for free.

 

By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

 

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

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