The Freebie Round-Up #14

uzx0qqlHeads up! Time for some freebies that will complete your weekend. And as usual Delighting Grace assures your 100 % satisfaction by bring free stuff that you can use to help your personal growth and the ministry that you are apart of. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE Charles Spurgeon’s Christ’s Glorious Achievements e-book– Banner of Truth delivers this essential book from the Prince of Preachers. Just choose epub format of the book, add it in your cart and before you check out, use this coupon code: spurgeonebook.

FREE Why God Made Cities e-book by Tim Keller – A free e-book from his Redeemer City to City outreach, Keller explains how global cities can be renewed by God (scroll down on the page and look for the freebie).

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now, 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book, 3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE Duties of a Gospel Minister e-book by John Holt Rice – A brand new e-book freebie from Log College Press. Click the Click Here for a Free E-book! button.

FREE The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses e-book by Chris Bruno – Get this great book from Crossway just by filling up a quick survey.

FREE audiobooks of  Pursuing God and Wasted Faith by Jim Elliff –  There are two audiobooks for free download written by Jim Elliff from Christian Communicator Worldwide. Check the links and enjoy listening to the books.

And now for some non-Reformed freebies….

FREE Christian Metalcore bands advice on overcoming depression and finding purpose e-booklet – This free e-booklet collects advice from bands like Silent Planet, Memphis May Fire, Fit for a King etc., on how to cope with depression and finding purpose in life. This is from HeartSupport ministry.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. Petersen, Squad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. John, Tested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE How to Self-Publish and Expand Your Ministry guide – This free publishing guides pastors on how to publish their own books and further expand his ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

The Quotable Round-Up #99

jza5tccHeads up guys! Time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “Advance!” by Tim Challies. If you were blessed by this booklet, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! Grace and Peace!

“The Jesus of the three years of public ministry was formed during the 30 years of private obscurity. The 10 percent of his life that was carefully recorded cannot be separated from the 90 percent of his life that was not.”

“The number one priority for young Christians is to advance in character. Life is not over at 30 but just beginning. The teens and 20s are not the time to live a whole life but to prepare for a whole life. In these years, young Christians need to prepare themselves for the rest of life by laying a foundation of godly character that will sustain them for the many years to come.”

“Today, we hear of the importance of following our hearts, of being true to ourselves, of living according to our own standards. The Bible calls us to the exact opposite, to follow God’s heart, to be true to him, and to live according to his standards. Self-approval is meaningless and deadly if it comes at the expense of God’s approval.”

“As a young Christian, you will have many opportunities to serve God by serving his people. Take them! Enjoy them! Make the most of them! Begin even now to use your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.”

“The best use of these years is not to stack up accomplishments for God but to joyfully pursue God through godly character. Yet as I call for young Christians to focus more on character than accomplishment, I certainly do not wish to advocate apathy. This is not a call for low expectations, but for expectations that are rightly focused and properly prioritized.”

“You can prepare by learning Scripture and theology, listening carefully to every sermon every Sunday, being consistent in your personal devotions, and reading good books. God can use every bit of wisdom you have. The fact is, God cannot work with what you do not have, and these years are ideal for preparing yourself to be used by him. Make this a time of preparation.”

“Your teens and 20s will be put to the best and highest use if you make them a time of sanctification. Even when you are a teen or young adult, you can make bold steps in identifying and overcoming sin and equally bold steps in embracing righteousness.”

 

 

Beyond Connecting to This Generation

7svkxtyAs I was sitting during the forum on the controversial Pinoy Version translation of the New Testament, my mind started to wander. I began to imagine that the new translation of the Bible is like a pastor who wants to reachout millenials. So the pastor thought of two thinks he can do to do this.

The first one, the pastor decided to do some shopping for clothes millenials wear and then visited his barber. He asked his barber to cut his hair like those of teens. After this, he came to church to meet the youth group that will come with him in the outreach. The youth group was surprise to see their pastor sporting a millenial look. And to top it all, their pastor started using millenial words as he speaks to them which they find cringe worthy. Well it would be nice to see their pastor cool and connect to teenagers but in that very moment,its seems very awkward. They wish their pastor will go back to his usual look. Anyway, they went off  to check the teens in their community. Not long they meet some youth at the community park. The pastor talk to these teens and invited them to church on Sunday. They felt a bit weird on how the pastor looks and talks but they agreed to come to the Sunday. Well Sunday came and some of the invited youth came and some profess their faith in Christ. Mission accomplished!

The second one, the pastor decided to go to their outreach program with the usual clothes he wear. Casual but not like he’s going to a mall to hang out. He brought his Bible and head on to the church where the youth group is waiting for him. As he approaches the church, some of the youth had a certain excitement in their heart. Having their pastor do outreach with them is such an honor. Their confidence level was boosted. After praying they go out to the community. Not long they came to a basketball court were some teens are taking a rest after the game. Seeing that a pastor coming to them, the teens stood up and shook the pastors hand. The pastor talk to the teens. After that the youth group gave some invitation card for the youth program on Sunday. Sunday came and some of the invited teens showed up. And when the gospel was preach some profess their faith in Christ. Mission accomplished!

We can’t ignore that fact that the Pinoy Version can connect to the present generation and in God’s mercy get people saved by reading the gospel in that translation. There are lots of good reasons that proponents of this translation that are valid. However, for me I’m more concern on the reverence, respect, dignity and encouragement that seems to me the Pinoy Version can’t live up with. The unbelievers knows what the Bible is and its use at church. They know its holy and it demands reverence. A Bible in the vernacular language wont deliver that.  However I’m not closing the door for this version. I think there are rooms for improvement and I hope they do it soon. But for now its a NO for me. I’m not stopping anyone to read it. I might even buy one. But to recommend it to be use in churches and even in outreaches, I strong discourage it.

I know that the Philippine Bible Society are doing their part in promoting Bible reading. I think its better that they stick with it for now and further strengthen it, rather than produce a new translation. Get some social media mileage and think of better Bible reading programs. I’m praying that they will.

On the other hand, we shouldn’t consume ourselves with this new translation. I think we had enough of it over Facebook. We have heard both sides and we already spoken out our opinions.  But in the midst of it, we forgot something else. We should ask ourselves if we are evangelizing to our neighbors. Its easy to complain for things we cant control but how about the things we can change with ourselves and our churches? How’s our sharing of the gospel?

I think its much better to consume our time to reach out the lost than to criticize the Pinoy Version. Lets have a mindset that we can outlast any controversy whether it be a new translation or a cultic group with our zeal and love to evangelize our community.  Of course, errors should be exposed but let us expose the love of God more. That’s our main missions as God’s chosen people.

The Digital Round-Up # 25

From its long hiatus the original Digital Round-Up is back.  Fresh and relevant content for you to read and be edified.

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FREE “Apostasy from the Gospel” by John Owens– A latest free offering from Monergism.

50 John MacArthur Quotes – We know that John MacArthur has been on the spotlight because of his views on social justice. But thats another story. Here’s 50 quotes from  Lolo Johnny from various topics.

The Case for FB Theologians -You might find them all over Facebook and sometimes creating theological debates on groups. However, they can do good service for the church and God. Check out this interesting article from an FB friend.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now, 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book, 3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

10 Signs the Christian Authors You’re Following Are (Subtly) Teaching Unbiblical Ideas – Natasha Crain really hit the nail on this article. We as Christians are book lovers however our favorite writers may be adding some unbiblical stuff over their books. Here’s 10 signs to know it.

Why Should I Tell Others About Christ When My Life Sucks –  Two valid reasons why we should. Great article from Credo House.

Better Than I Deserve – A much better reply to “How are you?”, its a biblical response that points out the Christian life.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. Petersen, Squad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. John, Tested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

How Do I Choose Good Books and Grow My Library? – Excellent advice from a prolific writer and book lover, John Piper. Not only does he gives us tips but recommends what books we should get.

6 Small Tweaks for Better Church Photography – For those who are in charge of taking pictures on church events, try these awesome tips to level up your church photography skills.

Stop Looking to the Bible for Fortune-Cookie Wisdom from Crossway on Vimeo.

 

 

 

The Freebie Round-Up #13

xqvin0gHowdy! Time for some freebies that will complete your week. Delighting Grace insures your maximum satisfaction by bring free stuff that you can use to help your personal growth and the ministry that you are apart of. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE Beacon Lights Magazine download – A magazine for the reformed youth, you can browse their complete issue list and download anything for free.

FREE Relationship evangelism training video and pdf download – A evangelism method that deals first on building up relationships to unbelievers, Free Reformed Church of Southern River offers this resource for free.

FREE Tons of Lutheran Resources – Blogger Mary Moerbe collects these awesome freebies to download and enjoy.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now, 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book, 3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE Homosexuality and Homosexual Relationship PDF Reports – These reports are geared to the church and the pastor in understanding these controversial topics.

FREE Good News Magazine download – The official church magazine of Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church, includes great articles that are biblical and encouraging.

And now for some non-Reformed freebies:

FREE “Never Forgotten: Challenges and Triumphs of Children With a Parent in Prison” e-book – Inspirational true stories in ebook format from Prison Fellowship.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. Petersen, Squad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. John, Tested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE Small Group Bible GuideTitled “Trace the Themes” this free offer is from Zondervan that aims to help the believer understand major themes of the Bible that points to God’s narrative of redemption.

 

The Quotable Round-Up #98

uq7p3leHeads up guys! Time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “Always Ready” by Greg Bahnsen. If you were blessed by this book, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! Grace and Peace!

“The culpable agnosticism of the world’s intellectuals must not be reproduced in Christians as alleged neutrality; this outlook, this approach to truth, this intellectual method evidences a darkened understanding and hardened heart. It refuses to bow to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every area of life, including scholarship and the world of thought.”

“The facts must be presented without wavering: reasoning which is not built upon the presupposed word of Christ is geared toward intellectual foolishness and spiritual death. The correction and reproof of Scripture cannot be watered down.”

“To turn away from intellectual dependence upon the light of God, the truth about and from God, is to turn away from knowledge to the darkness of ignorance. Thus if a Christian wishes to begin his scholarly endeavors from a position of neutrality he would, in actuality, be willing to begin his thinking in the dark.”

“Those who wish to gain dignity in the eyes of the world’s intellectuals by wearing the badge of “neutrality” only do so at the expense of refusing to be set apart by God’s truth. In the intellectual realm they are absorbed into the world so that no one could tell the difference between their thinking and assumptions and apostate thinking and assumptions. The line between believer and unbeliever is obscured.”

“All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are to be found in Christ; thus if one were to try and arrive at the truth apart from commitment to the epistemic authority of Jesus Christ he would be robbed through vain philosophy and deluded by crafty deceit (see Col. 2:3-8).”

“One must be presuppositionally committed to Christ in the world of thought (rather than neutral) and firmly tied down to the faith which he has been taught, or else the persuasive argumentation of secular thought will delude him. Hence the Christian is obligated to presuppose the word of Christ in every area of knowledge; the alternative is delusion.”
“To make God’s word your presupposition, your standard, your instructor and guide, however, calls for renouncing intellectual self-sufficiency—the attitude that you are autonomous, able to attain unto genuine knowledge independent of God’s direction and standards.”

 

Pinoy Talk: New Testament Pinoy Version

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Philippine Bible Society (PBS) held its first forum or Pinoy Talk concerning the controversial New Testament Pinoy Version last Monday, September 24. The forum lays the principles of the new translation that is now getting alot of social media attention because of its colloquial rendering of God’s Word. Dra. Anicia Del Corro, translation consultant of PBS, gave the talk and was moderated by Ptr. Noli P. Mendoza of Asian Theological Seminary (ATS).

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now, 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book, 3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book.  

After discussing the principles, Dra. Del Corro then provides a parallel comparison of the Pinoy Version over different modern rendering of the Bible. She highlighted the verses of the Pinoy Version that got lots of criticism over Facebook.   Specific verses like Galatians 1: 1-3 (wala kayong mga utak) and Matthew 27: 29 (napagtripan) for examples, were cited which she points out, despite of its Taglish translation it remains true to the Greek.

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Ptr. Noli P. Mendoza of ATS moderating the forum

Before the forum ends, Dra. Del Corro entertained some questions coming from the participants and also from Facebook. Almost all the concerns that I have heard from FB are already discussed in the presentation, so aside from the questions we are encourage to share our opinions to the Pinoy Version. Although we are few in attendants, we manage to have a lively discussion on the topic at hand. I was able to raised a question on the reception of other Tagalog translations (Ang Biblia and Ang Salita ng Diyos) if those Bible versions met this kind of controversy like the Pinoy Version.

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Fellow blogger and The Reformed Bunch FB group memberRoger.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. Petersen, Squad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. John, Tested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

For those people who missed the forum there will be another round of forum over ATS on October 1. according to Ptr. Noli. However for those who can’t be there, the Philippine Bible Society will post the concerns and other resources over their website pertaining to the Pinoy Version of the Bible. Further information, suggestions and inquiries can be send to Ms. Perry’s e-mail (perrypbs333@gmail.com) or access PBS website ( http://www.bible.org.ph/).

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Me and Dra. Anicia Del Corro

 

The Freebie Round-Up #12

bpwe5qaHowdy! Time for some freebies that will complete your week. Delighting Grace insures your maximum satisfaction by bring free stuff that you can use to help your personal growth and the ministry that you are apart of. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE “How to Study The Bible Boot Camp” from Credo Courses – This perfectly crafted for small groups and Sunday school lessons contains 4 lessons with 45 minutes each. Enjoy the free digital video download.

FREE “The Wiersbe Bible Study from David C. Cook – Titled Daniel: Determined to Go God’s Direction, challenge us to have a laser sharp focus on God and not to compromise to what the world demands.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now, 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book, 3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE 6 e-books from Tony Carter’s East Point Church – If you love Anthony Carter’s book Blood Work, you’ll definitely want to check other stuff provided free by East Point Church.

FREE e-pamphlets from Crete Protestant Reformed Church14 pamphlets to be exact, covering various topics from a Reformed perspective.

FREE 10 Myths About God video lessons by e-mail from Credo Courses – Another freebie from Credo Courses, these lessons that list the 10 myths about God, are delivered everyday by e-mail.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. Petersen, Squad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. John, Tested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

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FREE “The Last Words of the Martyrs” by Jeff King – An excerpt to an upcoming book this free e-booklet presents gripping stories of  Christian martyrs as they pay the ultimate price following Christ .

 

 

  

The Quotable Round-Up #97

mov8lgvHeads up guys! time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health” by Don Whitney. If you were blessed by this book, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! Grace and Peace!

“Do you thirst for God? Thirst is a God-planned part of the growth of a soul toward its heavenly home.”

“The reason a person thirsts for God is because the Holy Spirit is at work within him. If you are a Christian, two people live in your body-you and the Holy Spirit. As the apostle Paul explained, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). And the Holy Spirit is not passive within you.”

“Wherever we go, whatever decisions are before us, the way of life should be illuminated by God’s Word. To live otherwise is to walk in darkness.”

“Read the Bible daily and do not close it until you know at least one thing God would have you do in response to your reading. This response might involve something new to believe, a habit to begin or break, a prayer to offer, a conversation to initiate, a letter or E-mail to send, a phone call to make, a spiritual discipline to practice, or something else. Read the Bible for application, not merely for information.”

“Love is the badge and character of Christianity.”

“Jesus came primarily to save sinners forever, not merely to heal their short-lived bodies. His greatest display of love for us was in His death, for through it we experience the love of God unto eternal life. And the most loving thing we can ever do for anyone is give them the words that can lead to immortality in a radiantly glorious body.”

“Delight in imitating God. This is not a mystical platitude or a new ager’s aspiration. The Bible speaks plainly about imitating God by showing love: “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us” (Ephesians 5:1-2).”

The Freebie Round-Up #11

0g1sjmtHeads up guys! As we add another round up post that caters to Youtube videos, I’m excited to announce that The Digital Round-Up (Freebie Edition) is now The Freebie Round-Up. Instead of starting back to #1, I decided to continue it from its former title. Sort of a mini-milestone celebration that we give it a stand alone title but still the freebies you’ll enjoy. So enjoy this post and of the contents here in Delighting Grace.

FREE e-books Reformed creeds, confessions and supplemental resources – Monergism provides a ton of e-books specializing on creeds and confessions we all love. Download these free stuff and learn about the Scripture and history.

FREE Exclusive clip “How I Truly Overcome Addiction”  –  This week you might have watched Jeff Durbin’s testimony titled “The Overdose That Didn’t Kill Me”. In addition to that powerful clip, Anchored North provided a bonus clip that is not included to the video. Sign up for free to watch this extra material.

FREE audio and video download of R. C. Sproul teaching series – For a limited time, “What Did Jesus Do?” by the late R. C. Sproul can be download in audio and video. This is over 4 hours of teaching about the works of Christ.

FREE audio download of “Top 10 Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology” by Tim Kimberley –  Another fleeting offer you must grab, this freebie is courtesy of Credo Courses. Also like the R. C. Sproul freebie, you have to register to download the digital audio.

FREE magazine download of “Harvest USA” – Harvest USA caters to individuals who sexually struggles by providing resources that points them to Christ. Download the magazine and get helpful articles.

FREE e-book “The Gospel” by Ray Ortlund – Complete this brief survey from Crossway and you’ll get this freebie.

FREE e-chart and document files from Ben-B-Rock– This blogger provides some materials to explain various topics of the Bible.