The Digital Round-Up # 19

q5fmhucHey folks! Prepare for another round of the “The Digital Round-Up” as we serve you interesting articles, freebies and videos. And if you’re enjoying this stuff, please do tell us on the comment section. So buckle up and enjoy the thrill.

Free “Pray For your Church” ebook by Mike Leake. Its a “31- Day Prayer Challenge” that helps families on praying for the church to have focus, encouragement, accountability and challenge. The also created a website for this freebie: http://www.31dayprayerchallenge.com/

Why legalism destroys churches and kills Christians – This article shows us how the law in the hands of a sinner has a devastating effect to us Christians and how rightly using it liberates us to such predicament.

What did Jesus Mean by Gates of Hell? – Michael Heiser carefully explains what this passage in Matthew 16: 17-18 and what it means to the church that Jesus built.

5 Ways to Glorify God This Summer (And 1 Way Not To) – Its a hot summer here in the Philippines and aside from hitting the beach there are stuff you can do to glorify God.

How to Talk to Atheist and Skeptics About Jesus – Michael Horton wrote a short excellent article on sparking a conversation about Christ to atheist and skeptics.

The Christian Sabbath – Theology Check looks on the issue of Sabbath and how it affects the Christian and his day of worship.

10 Bible Verses About the Deity of Jesus – A great list of verses that affirms that Jesus is God.

Tim Challies has a new series on which he looks at  great sermons.

 

 

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5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now

yzoppmoHere’s my favorite podcast that had a massive impact to me as a Christian. Listen and enjoy these podcast and don’t forget to connect to them and tell them you like their stuff.

1.) Pastor Discussions Podcast – Imagine two rural pastor from Nebraska share Christian living, doctrine and everything in between. Jon and Joe will talk it out that will make you easily relate to every episode you listen to.

2.) Word Matters – A very helpful podcast hosted by Trevin Wax and Brandon Smith as they tackle difficult Bible passages that often confuse Christians.

3.) Reading Writers – Its all about authors, reading, books and writing hosted Aaron Armstrong and David Schoeder. This newly improved podcast will deliver more solid content to the listeners.

4.) Home Row – Hosted by author J. A. Medders, this podcast is similar to Reading Writers but more focus on writing. Each episode provides tips and advice on how to improve in writing and other aspect of the craft.

5.) Expositor Podcast – Let Dr. Steven Lawson teach you expository preaching. Every episode is 10 minutes or less and won’t eat up your time. Lawson delivers solid and relevant in every angle of expository preaching  which will really equip you and your sermons.

The Quotable Round-Up #81

tpn6bjcHello guys! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring fresh quotes from R. C. Sproul’s book titled “The Truth of the Cross” . And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of a holy God Who’s wrathful. But there is no wrath for those whose sins have been paid. That is what salvation is all about.”
— R. C. Sproul

“The Greek word crisis means “judgment.” And the crisis of which Jesus preached was the crisis of an impending judgment of the world, at which point God is going to pour out His wrath
against the unredeemed, the ungodly, and the impenitent. The only hope of escape from that outpouring of wrath is to be covered by the atonement of Christ.”
— R. C. Sproul

“The idea of being the Substitute in offering an atonement to satisfy the demands of God’s law for others was something Christ understood as His mission from the moment He entered this world and took upon Himself a human nature. He came from heaven as the gift of the Father for the express purpose of working out redemption as our Substitute, doing for us what we could not possibly do for ourselves.”
— R. C. Sproul

“Christ came and paid the ransom in order to secure the release of His people, who were held captive to sin. Christ gave this ransom voluntarily, that He might redeem us from our bondage and bring us to Himself as His beloved bride.”
— R. C. Sproul

“When the Bible speaks of ransom, it speaks of that ransom being paid not to a criminal but to the One Who is owed the price for redemption, the One Who is the offended party in the whole complex of sin—the Father. Jesus didn’t negotiate with Satan for our salvation. Instead, He offered Himself in payment to the Father for us. By so offering Himself, He made redemption for His people, redeeming them from captivity.”
— R. C. Sproul

“It is important that we understand that God manifests no enmity toward us. He has never broken a promise. He has never violated a covenant. He has never sworn a vow to us that He failed to pay. He has never treated a human being in this world unjustly. He has never violated us as creatures. In short, He has kept His side of the relationship perfectly. But we have violated Him. We are the ones who violate the creature-Creator relationship. By our sin, we show ourselves to be God’s enemies. Therefore, with respect to enmity, He is the injured party, the violated One.”
— R. C. Sproul

“What do we mean when we speak of God’s justice? In the ancient Jewish mind, justice was never abstract. That’s why, in the Old Testament, justice inevitably was linked with the concept of righteousness. Righteousness means doing what is right. Therefore, God’s justice has to do with His internal righteousness, His character, which defines everything He does. God never acts according to injustice. He never violates any of the standards or canons of righteousness. A simple definition of God’s justice is “His eternal, immutable commitment always to do what is right.”
— R. C. Sproul

The Digital Round- Up (Freebie Edition #4)

q5fmhucBooyah! Freebie fanatics unite! Here we are again for another freebie edition of “The Digital Round-Up”. So gather up and delete some space on your gadgets and make way for these free stuff that will help you walk with God.

FREE audiobook “Reset” by David Murray. Free on the month of April, this book deals with being burnout in the ministry. Read by David Murray himself, youll enjoy the book (and his Irish accent too).

FREE ministry materials from Paris Reidhead teaching ministry.  Reidhead is most known for his sermon “Ten Shekels and a Shirt” has a ministry that gives free books and CD’s derived from his sermons. I suggest you get “Ten Shekels and a Shirt” in CD and “A Reidhead Reader”.

FREE “The Essential Jesus” by Tony Payne. This freebie has been on Kindle for so long. Basically this is the Book of Luke with cultural and historical background to make it easy for you to understand the Gospel.

FREE 16 ebooks by B. B. Warfield. This is an awesome treat for us Reformed that we can download and learn from B. B. Warfield. Thank you Monergism!

FREE “Core Christianity 101” Student Edition. This freebie come with a free e-mail updates from Core Christianity. This student edition tackle some basic difficulties in the Christian faith all in 10 lessons.

FREE “Essential Reading on Preaching”. This free download features alumni, faculty and staff of SBTS to guide you in preaching God’s Word.

FREE 250+ sermon and lectures from Tim Keller’s church. Spanning 28 years, this free resource from Redeemer Presbyterian Church covers lots of topic that will truly equip believers.

FREE “How To Answer A Fool” (full film) Sye Ten Bruggencate. Finally its free and online.

 

The Quotable Round-Up #80

tpn6bjcHello guys! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring fresh quotes from Chris Bruno’s book titled “The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses” . And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“The way we think about God shapes the way we think about everything else, along with the way we act and respond to every circumstance.”

“When he had finished making everything, God looked at it all and saw that it was “very good.” Notice that God was the One who pronounced the verdict. The entire universe came to be because he spoke, and he was the only one qualified to evaluate his creative work. We don’t see the angels coming alongside God to give him some encouraging feedback. (In fact, we don’t even know when and how God created the angels, though we can be pretty sure they started praising him right away.) No, the focus at the very beginning is on God, his creation, and his authority over that creation.”

“Don’t tell the guys at Trinity Broadcasting Network, but financial prosperity is not the primary indicator of God’s blessing. Think back to the garden. What was the greatest blessing that God gave to Adam and Eve? The greatest blessing was living in God’s very presence, knowing him, and worshiping him.”

“God redeemed his people from slavery in Egypt by means of a substitute. Very early in the Bible, then, the patterns of redemption are established. In the first Passover, we see the pattern that God established in the law. The entire Mosaic covenant points forward to the need for a greater sacrifice. It points us to the promised seed.”

“Jesus, as the anointed King, the Messiah, would succeed where Adam had failed. Even though Adam was the image of God, he did not rule God’s kingdom as he should have. Neither did any of the kings in Israel or Judah. But finally here was One who would do what no other king could do. He would act as God’s representative Ruler, the true King. But in order to establish his perfect reign, he would have to be the representative servant of God, which meant he would have to suffer on behalf of God’s people.

“We saw in Isaiah 53 that the final substitute for the sins of God’s people could not be a lamb. No, it had to be one of them. It had to be the Promised One, who would represent the people and stand in as their substitute. It shouldn’t surprise us to hear Jesus say that his mission was not “to be served but to serve.” His main task as a servant was “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). When he said that, he was pointing back to Isaiah 53:11–12. He was the servant.”

 

The Digital Round-Up # 18

q5fmhucHello 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 “Reflection’s on Prophecy” Vance Havner – From the late preacher’s newspaper write ups on prophecy, collected in this volume.

All Five Points of Calvinism in John Chapter 10 – Here’s doctrine of grace in a nutshell in just one chapter. Short but great read.

4 Big Heresies Still Alive in the Church – Dont call it a comeback but these obsolete beliefs are always prevalent in the church. All we have to do is know them and combat them with the Word of God.

16 Things You Can do this Week to Get Unstuck in Your Sermon Prep – Let Lane Sebring lays some awesome tips to get up and finish your message for Sunday.

Toys in the Temple: Worldly Recreations and the Lord’s Day – drawing from the Puritan minds, here’s a biblical approach on why we should skip recreations during Sunday.

Preachers, Offend People on Sunday – What is the most offensive point in your sermon? The gospel of course! J. A. Medders list down the reasons why the gospel is offensive.

How the Superheroes of Literature can Save you from Grammar Nazis – No this not about Superman or comics, its about those classic authors of the past and how their masterpiece can help you defeat the Grammar Nazis.

 

 

 

 

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 #76

tpn6bjcHowdy  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 Mark Jones “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards”, Tony Reinke’s “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You”, and Al Mohler’s “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” . And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love. To possess him entails possessing love. We therefore obey as loving creatures with hearts changed by the Spirit of Christ. In light of this, one fundamental point needs to be clearly made: God accepts and rewards our works not because of any intrinsic merit in ourselves, but because our good works are performed by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a result, for God to reject our good Spirit-wrought deeds, he would not only be rejecting us, but also himself.” — Mark Jones “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards”

“We find no stingy God in the Scriptures who keeps the heavens shut and refuses to bless his people. No, if he will ‘tear open’ the heavens and send his Son to die for our sins, ‘how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?’ (Rom. 8:32).” — Mark Jones “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards”

“If we understand that our Father knows our needs before we ask him, we won’t feel compelled to try to impress God with our prayers and elicit a certain response through some sort of feigned earnestness. Instead, by faith we will see a sovereign God who is ready and able to answer our prayers, and who directs all things for our good and his glory.” –Al Mohler “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” 

“Prayer is not persuasion. Prayer is about God’s will being done—not our own. We must come to God and learn to pray “your will be done” just as Jesus did. If God’s will is truly perfect, then why would we want to persuade him to do something that is less than perfect? It is true that Scripture encourages us to bring our deepest concerns, anxieties, and needs before God—the Bible, in fact, is full of illustrations portraying as much—but we must not bring our needs to God thinking that we do so to break down a wall of hostility or complacency. We must bring our needs before God humbly, willing to submit to his perfect plan.”–Al Mohler “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” 

“Prayer is never an isolated event. When we pray, we convey our entire theological system. Our theology is never so clearly displayed before our own eyes and before the world as in our prayers. Praying forces us to articulate our doctrines, convictions, and theological assumptions.” –Al Mohler “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” 

Technology even in the most evil hands of man is not outside God’s ruling hands.” –Tony Reinke “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You”

“The presence of the Holy Spirit in us, as he enables us to do good works, plays an important role in whether God accepts and rewards the good works of believers. The Spirit enables us to do good works in accordance with the commandments of God. We do not simply obey “externally” but also “internally” due to a changed heart. Thus, the root of love must be present in all of our good works. otherwise, they fail to be good.” — Mark Jones “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards”

 

 

The Digital Round-Up #15

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 “Wordsearch Starter” Bible software – this free Bible software (plus 10 free ebooks) promise that this software is not shallow and has ample detailed tools to study the Bible.

FREE “Calvin on the Christian Life” by Michael Horton – free download just by signing the brief survey.

Four Crucial Questions Raised by Black Panther– As Black Panther movie breaks the box office, it also raises some important questions about race, identity and justice. Read this short but great article that tackles some grounds the movie has covered.

What Does “World” Mean in John 3: 16? – Did Jesus die for all or only to the elect? What does John 3: 16 really say.

How to Read the Bible Well: An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics – David Qaoud gives us steps on how to make much of the Scriptures.

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut to the Small Talk– this set of questions are straight forward and thought provoking that will really help you get to know the person you are talking to.

500+ Preaching Resources – This couldn’t wait for the Freebie Edition and some of the links here are not free so I’ll leave this huge list by David Murray.

New Words Added to Oxford English Dictionary- Again! – Let Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty tells you the latest words plus why dictionaries add words often.

25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips – I recently got interested in reading this popular comic strip by Bill Watterson. Im planning to buy books collecting these strips. Will you help me out?

Voddie Baucham warns the latest trend in Christianity

The Quotable Round-Up #74

tpn6bjcHowdy 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 quotes from the book “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” by J. Gresham Machen. And as always if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“Just because we do not know what the reason is for God’s choice of some and his passing by of others, that does not mean that there is no reason. As a matter of fact, there is without doubt an altogether good and sufficient reason. We can be perfectly sure of that. God never acts in arbitrary fashion; he acts always in accordance with infinite wisdom; all his acts are directed to infinitely high and worthy ends. We must just trust him for that. We do not know why God has acted thus and not otherwise, but we know the One who knows and we rest in his infinite justice and goodness and wisdom.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Salvation, therefore, does not depend ultimately upon any act of the human will, even the act of faith in Jesus Christ. Faith itself is induced, in those who are saved in accordance with the eternal purpose of God. They are not predestinated to salvation because they believe, but they are enabled to believe because they are predestinated.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Little hope have we, my friends, if our salvation depends upon ourselves; but the salvation of which the Bible speaks is rooted in the eternal counsel of God. There is no break and no possibility of break in the mighty working out of God’s eternal plan.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“All men deserving of God’s wrath and curse, some men, and these not more deserving of God’s favor than others, saved by his mysterious grace—these things are indeed at the heart of the Bible. Obscure them in the interests of human merit or human pride and you have substituted man’s wisdom for the Word of God.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“What a comfort it is to know that salvation depends solely upon God’s mysterious grace! We all deserved to perish in our sins, and so did all those to whom we preach. But God’s grace is wonderful. He has in his eternal plan a people chosen for his name. Happy are we if we are God’s instruments in gathering into his kingdom any of those who from all eternity belong to him.”
— J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Did he create and order the universe because of some purpose found in the universe itself? Surely not. That would make the world an end in itself; it would elevate it to a position that belongs only to God. No, the creation of the world must have had as its purpose something that existed before the world was. But God himself is all that existed before the world was. Therefore, the purpose of the world must be found in God.”– J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“I do not mean that when God wills to do something we can always see what the end is. On the contrary, in countless cases, we can only see that it is his will, and that should be enough for us. We are sure that whatever he does is done with a holy purpose. The purpose is often hidden in the mystery of the divine wisdom. For us to refuse to bow to God’s will just because we do not know what his purpose is—that is the very height of irreligion. It is the sin of all sins; it is to pit our ignorance against his infinite wisdom and knowledge; it is rebellion and pride and madness. May God save us all from such a sin as that.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity