8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Fearless Faith” by Jonathan Stephen

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Our 27th year church anniversary was a blast last Sunday. It was by God’s grace successful. The special numbers, the fellowship and most importantly the preaching of the Word was edifying. Not only that, the Lord added 3 new members in His church during the afternoon baptism. Will you keep us in prayer as our church grows and spread the gospel in our community?

Anyways, here’s a book by Jonathan Stephen, Fearless Faith published by 10 of Those Publishing. This book is part of the series of books from Union Theology and with Michael Reeves as senior editor. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at 10 of Those.

“What we ultimately trust in, where our hope really lies and what we love most of all not only reveal our true selves but also determine the direction of our lives.”

“faith, hope and love as the three huge propellers that drive the church of Jesus (and you as a member of that church) safely through the perilous seas of life.”

“The truth is that fear cannot coexist peacefully alongside faith, hope or love. There is a constant battle between them until one or other takes control.”

“the antidote to great fear is a strong faith in the true Person of Christ.”

” If our lives were always pleasant and never challenging, our faith would scarcely be required and never grow. We would not be much use to the Lord in this life, nor would we be prepared for the life to come.”

“A Christian’s trials and troubles are a normal and necessary part of our training for glory. So let’s be thankful that our times are in the Lord’s hands, and not in our own (Ps. 31:15).”

“Let your experience of God’s goodness in the past feed your faith in his loving purposes for you now. While there is no promise that we shall be delivered from all our trials and troubles, by faith we shall pass safely through them. “

“Ultimately, nothing strengthens the believer’s faith more than a full realisation and understanding of the Saviour’s unique identity.”

The Digital Round-Up (Warren W. Wiersbe Edition)

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Well known for his popular study Bible, Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe passed away last May 3. The evangelical world will miss this pastor that have touched many including countless pastor’s who uses his study Bible and books as they prepare their sermons. As for me, his “Be” series and study Bible had impacted me because of its accesibilty. The series is constantly included in this blog’s “The Freebie Round-Up” whenever David C. Cook gives way it for free. In fact, that’s why that round up existed to cater Wiersbe free e-books. 

In this special Digital Round-Up, I collected some articles from my blog that featured Dr. Wiersbe. Click the link and enjoy these gems from “the pastor’s pastor”. I also include links to other websites that you might like.

Book Review: The Wiersbe Bible Commentary by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe

Warren W. Wiersbe on Divine Sovereignity and Human Responsibility

FREE e-book “Answers to Pastors FAQs” by Warren W. Wiersbe – a comprehensive book loaded with advice from a pastor to a pastor. David C. Cook offers this by signing up through e-mail.

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Notable offsite links:

Books by Dr. Wiersbe available for purchase at CLC Philippines

The Be Series commentaries available free over Bible Gateway

Back to the Bible tribute for Dr.  Wiersbe 

36 Quotes from Warren W. Wiersbe 

 

 

The Freebie Round-Up #42

osmvwblThere are three upcoming book reviews you should watch out here on this blog. These are the latest release and I’m so thankful that they gave me review copies of their books. Watch out for these books that I’ll review and share some quotes (coming this week):

So The Next Generation Will Know by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace

Struggle Against Porn by Benjamin Vrbicek

Before the Throne by Allen S. Nelson IV

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 download of The Book of Romans – This 4 session course by Michael Patton is offered for free download if you want a bird’s eye view of this book and to grasp what the entire book is all about.

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FREE e-book “The Essentials of Prayer” – A free Kindle book by a Christian giant of the past, E. M. Bounds. In this book he teaches the Christian to pray.

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The Freebie Round-Up #25

bVUn35jHello guys! It’s the day after Christmas! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and glorify Christ this holiday. Of course, He is the center of the celebration. And I hope you got your gifts? If not then I’ll leave you with these freebies.

FREE Discipleship e-book by Bobby Harrington and Bill Hull –  Titled “Evangelism or Discipleship: Can They Effectively Work Together?” two veteran discipleship leaders shows how evangelism and discipleship can work hand in hand as church planting aide. Replicate ministries offers this freebie.

 FREE e-book “Gospel-Centered Small Groups: Five Ways the Cross Shapes Our Communities” by Michael Kelley and Chris Surratt – learn how to conduct a gospel-centered Bible study with this free e-book from the Gospel Project. Along with this freebie, you can try 3 free sessions of the Gospel Foundation.

FREE Comprehensive Gospel Centered Pre-Marital Mentoring Program – Biblical Counseling Coalition offers this comprehensive resource on mentoring pre-marital couples. Complete with videos and downloadable PDF materials, you can learn the step by step guide in this free mentoring program.

FREE e-book “Why Pro-Life?” by Randy Alcorn– Read this one and its good. This free book in PDF format answers questions thrown by pro-abortion folks and gives a clear and biblical case on being pro-life.

FREE downloadable newsletter from Kooteni Community Church – This collection of  Kooteni Communicator newsletter has different interesting topics to check out. From apologetics to preaching you’ll find this freebie helpful.

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FREE audiobook “The New Evangelical Social Gospel” by Dr. Roger and Dianne Smalling – Monergism is spot on with relevant resources for Christians. This free audiobook , tackles the social justice of today and how it undermines the gospel.

 

 

4 Ways to Serve God with a Thankful Heart

wmzimcpPsalms 116 gives us more than reasons why God is good. It also shows us how, knowing God is good, to pay it forward. The last part of the psalm presents ways to serve God (and eventually others) with a thankful heart. Here are four of them that David did and we should follow these examples.

Acknowledge God’s mercy in our salvation (v. 13) – This is the first step in serving God thankfully. Like the cup people raised in special occasions, we uphold gratitude towards God by remembering His saving grace toward us undeserving sinners. Think about how God planned your salvation way back before the foundations of the world.  Then look at the extend God had done to His Son Jesus for you to be saved. Acknowledging God’s salvation to you might be enough to cultivate a heart brimful of thanksgiving and moving you to serve. Keep that tucked in your heart every time you serve Him.

Consider our commitment and plans for God (vs. 14 & 18)- What are your commitments to God? Do you set plans, ambitions or goals for God? Paying vows is like that. Not only will it challenge your faith to step to the next level but it will make your maturity grow. As vows committed in the Bible takes matured people to think of it and accomplish it, so will you if you seek to consider it. Of course you do pray, worship, read the Bible and share the gospel, having plans for God is intentionally setting aside something that will glorify Him. We look at our lives we plan and set goals for that vacation, that car or our children’s future. Can we do that to God too?

Have a continuous dependence to God (vs. 13 & 17) – If you look closely at the two verses, you can see that phrase “and call upon the name of the Lord” was mentioned twice. This is not just a prayer of supplication but it shows David’s continuous dependence with God.   Do you continue to ask God to help you? You should because He is glorified in our constant asking. The more we ask the more we grow in dependence to God. And that’s already service to God! Will you consistently seek Him in your journey to this life?

Put your involvement with God in public (vs. 18 & 19) – God had shown you the ultimate “public display of affection” through Christ hanging in the cross. Now it’s our turn to show another ultimate PDA. It’s living the life God intended for you to reflect His glory.   It starts by going to church. Show how you want to serve Him by listening, praising, praying and worshiping Him, with fellow believers in the church. As you root yourself in the presence of the believers and God, eventually your “publicness” with God will eventually flow to your family, work and other parts of your life.  As Matthew 5: 14- 16 puts it:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Service to God starts with the right disposition of the heart. Having that kind of heart will help us navigate in the different phases of our ministry. A thankful heart matters to God as you serve Him and others.

The Freebie Round-Up #23

lm0z91wIt’s three weeks before Christmas and I hope you had your Christmas fellowship in your church. Well if not, me either. Yesterday we planned for it and praying that all will be smooth. Also we are setting our small groups goals for 2019 that will not just benefit our group but the church as a whole. Anyways, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

FREE printable Inductive Bible study worksheets and companion cards – Risen Motherhood offers this cool downloadable freebie to help you make much of your busy Bible study time. And while you’re out there check their podcast.

Must read post: The Quotable Round-Up #100, A Trip to Boosale (Revisited and Updated), 5 Questions A “Bible Only” Proponent Should Ask, 5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder,

FREE music, lyrics, chords, sheet music from Songs for Saplings –  Here’s a ton of music resources that will help your kids memorize Christian doctrines. “Questions with Answers” series is like a catechism set in music. And its absolutely free.

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FREE ebook “Something More” by Theron St. John–  If you read the book review of the book or my interview with Theron St. John and you want to have a digital copy of his great book, just click here on this link and request a copy of it. Don’t forget to tell him that Delighting Grace posted it as a freebie.

FREE mp3 and hand outs “Resolving Everyday Conflict” seminar – This 8 session seminar was produced by Trinity Bible Church and now they’re offering the mp3, videos and PDF handouts for free.

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5 Reasons Why God is Good

zexqjzkChristians in these times of special seasons (Thanksgiving and the coming Christmas and New Year), should look back and see that God is rich in goodness towards His elect. I think you will agree with me that you can’t say that God hasn’t been good to you. And if you list down all those good things that you received from God, it will take a year to thank each blessing. So Psalms 116 list down five of them so we can awe to God’s overflowing goodness.

God hears our voice and petitions (vs. 1-3) – If you take a glance at Psalms 115, we can see that David was mocked by the heathen because of the God he worships. He replied to these unbelievers that their god is an idol (115: 4-8). Neither these idols can speak, hear, smell, touch or walk. Compare them to the God of Israel which is the true and living God. We can read all throughout the Psalms, God hears David in times of crisis. That’s why in Psalms 115: 9 – 11, we see David admonishing Israel to trust this God who hears his voice and supplications. Will you also trust this God that inclines His ear to His precious children?

God response by delivering us (4-5)- It’s one thing that an Almighty God listens to you and declares that act to be good, it’s another thing that He response to your situation. Imagine a God who is not under obligation to save us because of His rich mercy, does something for us. Think about the times God had rescued you in trials and temptations. In doing so, isn’t He worthy to be called good?

God preserves/ upholds us (vs. 6) – David in his exploits, calls unto God, and God acts to deliver Him. But it didn’t stop there. God preserves David. He upholds him. David was brought low but God lifts him up.  Like David we were low. Sins drag us to that low point. However God picks us up. He encourages us. We emerge as victors in these trials we face if we trust the good God of the Bible.

God gives us rest/peace (v. 7-8) – If peace can be bought in the drugstore, I think we’ll be all falling in line to get one. In this demanding and stressful world, who wouldn’t want peace. However God’s peace goes beyond that. Its starts when God saves us (Romans 5:1) and as His elect we can surely call to Him, rescue us and gives us peace. Our daily pursuit in this planet gives us no eternal assurance. Only the Prince of Peace can give that lasting peace even if we are in the midst of chaos.

God gives His favor to us as we walk before Him (v. 9) – Being delivered from sorrow, God wasn’t done with David yet. David wasn’t left after that crisis by himself to figure out what to do next. God brought David back in track with full assurance that God’s favor is on him. Like our earthly father, we do look to them for affirmation on the things we are doing. We want to do what’s pleasing to them with their “stamp of approval”. As we pursue a holy surrendered life to our Creator, God will always give us that “stamp of approval” that we long for. Even if we stumbled, He will make sure He will bring us back again and His favor is upon us. Now isn’t that a good God?

Knowing these five reinforce ourselves to look upon a God of goodness and will desire to cling to Him. My prayer is that we’ll get to know Him more in more as the year’s passes by.

The Freebie Round-Up #18

fg5vkthGood day guys! Due to the amount of freebies I want to share and some of these items will expire soon, I’m posting this less than a week round-up.   There are lots of generous folks out there specially Douglas Wilson, who everytime he post an article he includes a free ebook. So let’s start this round up with his freebies:

FREE Douglas Wilson e-books – So far he offers Rules for Reformers and Federal Husband free on Kindle published by Canon Press.

FREE James Montgomery Boice’s “Reaching Out: Walking with Other by Following Christ” – This free e-book explores the Gospel of Matthew and focus on how Jesus changed the people as He walks with them.

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FREE “Life in Four Stages” e-book by Albert Mohler A new book from Al Mohler which explores the four stages of life and shows how to live for God’s glory in every stage.

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FREE “Christian Behavior” by John Bunyan – Chapel Library offers this free e-book about how we Christians should walk knowing that God saved us by grace.

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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.

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The Quotable Round-Up #95

f11jjqtHeads up guys! time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “The Day of Worship” by Ryan M. McGraw. If you were blessed by this book, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! Grace and Peace!

“The Sabbath is God’s holy day, not ours. It is not a day on which we determine what activities please us on our “day off.” We must always ask the question, “What pleases God on a day set apart to worship Him?” It is not sufficient to ask, “What is pleasing to God in general?” but rather “What is pleasing to God on this day?

“Nothing kills worldliness, pride, and formality in religion like devoting one whole day of every week to worship and communion with God.”

“Worship was the primary activity attached to the Sabbath in the law, and Isaiah pointed to attendance at corporate worship as evidence of faithful Sabbath-keeping. Worship is not treated as a duty to be performed on the Sabbath, but worship is treated as integral to the concept of Sabbath-keeping.”

“When you disregard the Sabbath by bending your conscience to the will of employers or to the lusts of the flesh rather than to the Word of God, do you realize you are actually despising the privilege of worship? You are not simply disobeying a commandment of God; you are spurning one of His greatest gifts to mankind.”

“If Sabbath-breaking is cited as a cause for sending Israel into exile, how long will God patiently observe our disregard for His day before severely chastening our sins? Sabbath-breaking is one of the best ways to ensure the devastation of our churches and of our nation, just as it was for Israel.”

“When we see a rainbow in the sky, we should be mindful of the promises of grace that God gave to Noah; when the Sabbath comes every week, we should be mindful of the redemption from Egypt and the manner in which it pointed to the greater redemption in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“The Sabbath is a part of the world God has created. To trample it underfoot is to declare that we would overturn the weekly order that God has woven into the very fiber of creation. Sabbath-keeping is as integral to man’s life as marriage and labor. To violate ordinances that predate and stand apart from the Fall, and even from redemption in Christ, is to attack the authority of God as our creator in the most fundamental sense.”