Book Review: Usapang God’s Peace by John MacArthur Jr.

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Last time I reviewed “Usapang God’s Will”, one of the books of John MacArthur that has been translated into Taglish. Now we move to the second book (and I’m praying this won’t be the last of it) which tackles anxiety. The book is titled “Usapang God’s Peace.”

Chapter 1 tackles the ground work of getting peace through prayer. Finishing this chapter you can say that this part is already a full course meal. I think we can already put it down and absorb the messageSo if this chapter already gets the cake, how much more are the succeeding chapters? MacArthur did an amazing job in this brief book.  Rich, deep and practical answers for an anxiety free situation.

The second chapter is a solid as the first but it comes with an intriguing inquiry. How does being humble bring about cure for anxiousness? It feels that it doesn’t connect.  Well that’s for you to read by getting this book. The book ends with key Scripture passages about anxiety.

“Usapang God’s Peace” is a must read book for who doesn’t settle for less. Well it’s a John MacArthur book so you’ll know it’s a winner.  Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

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The Quotable Round-Up (Filipino Edition #2)

tpn6bjcAt muli pong nagbabalik ang  Filipino edisyon ng “The Quotable Round-Up” at akoy natutuwa dahil sa aking ibabahaging quotes. Mula ito sa kilalang pastor at teacher na si John MacArthur hango sa kanyang aklat na “Usapang God’s Peace”. Isinalin at nilimbag ito ng OMFLit at mabibili ito sa PCBS, NBS, Pandayan Bookshop at online. Nawa pagpalain kayo ng mga quotes na ito at bumili ng kopya ng aklat na ito.
“Ang real challenge ng Christian living ay hindi ang alisin ang bawat uncomfortable circumstances mula sa ating buhay kundi ang pagkatiwalaan ang sovereign, wise, mabuti, at makapangyarihang Diyos sa gitna ng bawat sitwasyon.” — John MacArthur Jr., “Usapang God’s Peace”  #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit
“Ang pangunahing paraan para maiwasan ang pagkabalisa ay ang panalangin. Ang tamang pag-iisip at kilos ang susunod na logical steps, pero lahat ito ay nagsisimula sa panalangin.” — John MacArthur Jr., “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

Bilang disciples ni Christ, kailangan nating tanggapin ang katotohanan na nadito tayo sa isang imperfect world at hayaan nating gawin ng Diyos ang Kanyang perfect work sa atin. Bibigyan tayo n gating Panginoon ng Kanyang peace habang ipinagkakatiwala natin ang sarili natin sa Kanyang pangangalaga.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang maling paraan ng paghandle ng mga stress sa buhay ay ang mag-worry tungkol sa mga ito. Tatlong beses sinabi ni Jesus, “Do not be anxious” (see Matthew 6: 25, 31, 34). Later inulit ni Paul, “Be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6, NASB). Kahit kalian ang pagwoworry ay isang kasalanan dahil nilalabag nito ang malinaw na utos ng Bible.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang akala ng ibang tao ang worry ay result ng labis na pag-iisip. Actually, result ito ng hindi sapat na pag-iisip sa tamang direksyon. Kung kilala mo kung sino ang Diyos at naiintindihan mo ang Kanyang purposes, promises and plans, makakatulong ito sa iyo para hindi ka mag-worry.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Being thankful will release you from fear and worry. Ito ay isang tunay na pagpapakita na ipinagkakatiwala mo ang iyong sitwasyon sa sovereign control ng Diyos.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang mananampalataya na hindi nagtitiwala sa sovereignty ng Diyos ay mawawlan ng kapayapaan ng Diyos at mapupuno ng kaguluhan ang puso.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

The Digital Round-Up # 17

zkorsnzHello there! Here’s “The Digital Round-Up” to give you some of my favorite freebies, articles and everything in between. What do you think of it? Eclectic? Weird? Interesting? I just want to know. So please, please, please do me a favor and post your comments about this post at the comment section. Thank you and God bless!

FREE “The Greatest Fight” by Charles H. Spurgeon – The Prince of Preachers has something to say to the 21st century pastor and teachers. Grab this free book to know his urgent message.

Government: Mandate of Justice, Not Religion – “A pastoral reflections on the purpose of government…not to promote religion, but to pursue justice.” – Noel Espinosa

A World Without Any Common Sense – Trevin Wax states that in the public square “we have a hard time finding “common ground” because there is no “common sense” regarding what’s at stake.

Extremely Early Testimonies to the Deity of Christ– As news of an artifact that will be unveiled soon that has proof that Jesus is God, there are a much earlier proof from the church fathers that the deity of Jesus is not what the Da Vinci Code or Jehovah’s Witnesses believe.

People Are Basically Good – This post is part of the series “Ten Lies the World Believe” from Grace to You blog.

The good news: Filipinos are still reading books– That’s indeed a good news specially for me who is a literacy advocate.

The Grim Conclusion of the largest-Ever Study of Fake News –  Did you know that false information spreads faster that true information. Well let this very comprehensive study tells you and lots more.  It’s a long read but it has the meat on the subject of fake news.

The History of the AltaVista –  Remember AltaVista? Its a pre-Google search engine that was born in the 90’s when the internet is just in its infancy. For me its the first website I log into in my first internet experience. More than a nostalgic trip, this article recounts how an internet giant rise and fall.

Love Jesus More Than You Love Anything – John Piper

The Quotable Round-Up #73

tpn6bjcHowdy day to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring a mix bag of quotes from John Crotts upcoming book “Graciousness” and “Love Your God With All Your Mind” by J. P. Moreland. And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“When two people disagree about the Scriptures, one of them, whether right or wrong about the interpretation of a Bible passage, can still “win” by intimidation. The Lord Jesus does not smile at His children who sin to win.”
— John Crotts

“As Christians go about their daily work in the world, they are to walk wisely. Their heads are to be up; their eyes are to be open. Because the time of every life is limited, Christians need to take advantage of opportunities to prepare other people for the life to come. Seeking these opportunities in the world takes both wisdom and grace. As believers interact with outsiders to the faith, they are called to relate to them graciously as God has related graciously to them.”
— John Crotts

“The Bible’s standard for speech is incredibly high. Every word that comes across a Christian’s lips must be infused with grace in order to build up the people who hear. There are no vacations or even coffee breaks permitted in order to unleash harsh, critical, unkind, or harmful speech—a believer’s mouth must always be on duty, speaking good words in good ways at the right time”
— John Crotts

“The faithful Christian life cannot be lived merely with zeal for truth but must also cultivate corresponding graciousness.”
— John Crotts

“God cares about more than just the words you say. He also cares about how you say those words. It is not enough always to say the truth; you must also say the truth in love. The Lord Jesus Christ provides the greatest model of a person with zeal both to know and to apply the truth of God.”
— John Crotts

“We need to remember the consequences of abandoning a fundamental commitment to truth and reason. A people that does not care about these will be easily led to behave in certain ways by rhetoric, image, narcissistic self-infatuation, and so on. This is extremely dangerous. Further, if our allegiance to Christianity is not based on the conviction that it is true and reasonable, then we are treating the faith as a mere means to some self-serving pragmatic end, and that demeans the faith.”
— J. P. Moreland

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know something or that you’re currently inadequately equipped to think a topic through. What is unacceptable, however, is running from this fact and thereby giving up on intellectual and spiritual growth in the interest of avoiding embarrassment or possible rejection. We all need help in this area, and we should care enough about truth and reason to give that help. Even if we agree with one another’s conclusions, we need to dedicate ourselves for Christ’s sake to refusing to allow each other to reach those conclusions with poor argumentation and sloppy treatment of data.”
— J. P. Moreland

The Quotable Round-Up #71

tpn6bjcHappy New Year to all!!! To jump start this year here’s a mix bag of quotes from the books of J. I. Packer, Nathan Busenitz, and R. C. Srpoul. May these quotes be your guide this year on what books you’ll buy and read. God bless and Enjoy Jesus!

“If life is a journey, then the million-word-long Holy Bible is the large-scale map with everything in it, and the hundred-word Apostles’ Creed (so called, not because apostles wrote it—despite later legend, they didn’t—but because it teaches apostolic doctrine) is the simplified road map, ignoring much but enabling you to see at a glance the main points of Christian belief.”
— J. I. Packer, Affirming the Apostle’s Creed

“It is only because of the sweet savor of the work of Christ that a holy God can look upon sinners with pleasure instead of wrath.” — Nathan Busenitz, Long Before Luther

“If sinners are to be accepted in God’s sight, it will not be on account of their merits. The debt of sin can only be repaid through the righteous working of another. Though the Son of God owed nothing, He became a man so that He “might pay this [debt of sin] for others who did not have the wherewithal to pay what they owed. For the life of that Man is more precious than everything which is not God, and surpasses every debt which sinners owe in satisfaction.”
— Nathan Busenitz, Long Before Luther

“On the cross Jesus was just in himself and sinner by imputation. When Scripture speaks of Jesus becoming sin for us, it does not mean that he became in himself a sinner. If that were the case, he would not have been worthy to save himself, let alone us.”
— R. C. Sproul, Justified by Faith Alone

“By faith the justified person receives all the blessings of God due to Jesus for his perfect obedience. In this regard Christ is our righteousness.”
— R. C. Sproul, Justified by Faith Alone

“Our redemption is grounded in a double imputation by which our sins are transferred to Christ in the atonement and his righteousness is transferred to us.”
— R. C. Sproul, Justified by Faith Alone

“The Reformers insisted that the merit of Christ and the benefits of his saving work are applied freely to the sinner by faith alone. Rome has the sinner doing necessary works of satisfaction by which he gains congruous merit in order to be justified by Christ.”
— R. C. Sproul, Justified by Faith Alone

 

 

Book Review: Life is Short: Enjoy Mo Ang Buhay by William B. Girao

hhqprb4 Written in Taglish this book explores four lessons on living wisely in this fleeting world. Ptr. Girao digs the book of Ecclesiastes and unearthed valuable gems out of that dark book of the Bible.  If you have heard preachers giving messages from Ecclesiastes, so of it is gloom and doom. Not that it’s like Revelations but Ecclesiastes expose the life that is a dead end street which sometimes forget.   We rather go to Psalms and Proverbs to find nuggets of wisdom for living that matters.  Yet Ptr. Girao made much of this part of the Bible to lead us on what it means to have a meaningful life.

“Life is Short: Enjoy Mo Ang Buhay “is a brief book for you enjoy and share to friends.  Ptr. Girao wrote something short but indelible to the heart. Short but definitely shake you to the reality of life.  The book ends with a sinner’s prayer which I totally disagree in presenting the gospel. For me its anti climatic for a book that is well written.  Other than that the book is a great read.

My verdict: 4.5 out of 5

Buy the book online: https://tinyurl.com/yb8ufy3b

The Quotable Round-Up # 61

paper_zpshrjhwlqwHey people its a new again and heres your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book”Preaching Killer Sermons” by Lane Sebring. If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“Your listeners are desperate to be inspired. They need you to show them that it is possible, it matters, and if they take Jesus at his word and do what he says, it will make a difference because it is simply and absolutely the best way to live.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“If we can learn anything from companies such as Google, it is that simplicity rules the day. A wordy, crowded, alliterated outline makes it difficult to navigate what is most important for your listeners to remember.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Alliteration is not technically the problem. Overuse of alliteration and forced alliteration are the problems. Sometimes it can be very helpful. Other times it is a huge distraction. In my view, what makes the difference is whether memorizing it will help your audience when they walk away. If memorizing the outline is not something that would help them, then there is no need to alliterate.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“An effective illustration is the secret sauce that makes your listeners grab onto your ideas on an emotional level. A good illustration will reach out and grab your listeners and pull them into your content. It will help you establish an emotional connection and make them care.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Just say it. Just tell the story. Just give the example. Just give the illustration. There is no need to introduce it. Your listeners’ brains are working much faster than your mouth is moving. They will connect the dots if the illustration is effective and makes sense. It is much more interesting to move right into a story, example, metaphor, or analogy than to spend precious time setting it up.”- Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“If you have to force-fit an illustration to get it to connect to your point, don’t use it. It’s like telling a joke and then having to explain the punchline. The joke is no longer funny. It never was. If you have to map out how the illustration connects at every level, it has already lost its potency. The illustration is supposed to give your ideas clarity, so if instead it confuses and leaves your listeners scratching their heads trying to connect the dots, the illustration has defeated its purpose.”- Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Information without application is education. If your goal is simply to educate or inform your audience so they are more knowledgeable about the Bible, then stop preaching.”- Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep