Book Review: “The Good Sporting Life” by Stephen Liggins

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Honestly, I don’t know what cricket is nor I enjoy football. Nevertheless that doesn’t stop me of enjoying this new book from Stephen Liggins, The Good Sporting Life.

So what does sports have to do with Christian life? Well basically alot and more! This book provides living the faith and doing sports at the same time. If you’re a sports person you’ll love this book more. If you’re not, you’ll still enjoy this book.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “The Good Sporting Life” by Stephen Liggins

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I want to grab this opportunity to tell you that I’m involved with another ministry. Gospel of Grace Ministries aims to provide Christian literatures and Filipino translations of Christian books. As of today, we are able to provide Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook and The London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689 in Filipino language on a daily basis on our FB Page for free. Once the lockdown is lifted we will have a meeting to lay the plans and direction of this ministry. For now, you can check the ministry FB Page.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, The Good Sporting Life by Stephen Liggins published by MatthiasMedia. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Living as a Christian in a sporting context–or any context, for that matter–involves struggle. The stronger our relationship with God, the better we will do.”
 
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7 Ministry Lessons We Can Learn from John the Baptist

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In the gospels, John the Baptist had shown us the weight of ministerial work. In what would take a lifetime experience, looking at John’s brief ministry we can learn alot, that can help us in our own church and ministry. Here’s seven lessons we can learn from John the Baptist. For an in depth treatment of John, head over to this link.

He had one message to preach- (Matthew 3: 1,2; Mark 1:4) In our time when Christians are reaching people through blogs, Youtube videos, podcast, Zoom webinars and Facebook Live, we should make clear what is our main goal. That is, we should preach the gospel. This is the fulfillment of the Great Commission. But a few years before Jesus gave this monumental task to His disciples, John was already preaching the gospel. We can be busy in every aspect of our ministry but we shouldn’t forget our message.

“John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” — Mark 1:4 (CSB)

We as believer are carrying a message. The message is not about us, our church or denomination. Nor programs, methods, traditions or music. Our sole message is Christ and Him crucified. Our message is the most important message that everyone should hear. So lets be clear and proclaim it in our ministry.

He clearly knows who he is and his role (Matthew 3: 3; Matthew 3: 11)

When ask who is he is and who gave him authority to perform him his works, he response is sure and clear:

  “In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea  and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”  For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said:

A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight!”–Matthew 3:1–3 (CSB)

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” — Matthew 3: 11 (CSB)

Not only does he know who he is and his role but he knows his only duty he needs to perform. Having no clear path to take shouldn’t be the mark of our ministry.  In the midst of this multi-tasking culture, the church should not follow.  John is specifically doing one thing and that counts.

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Book Review: “Our Good Crisis” by Jonathan K. Dodson

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We look at The Beatitudes as golde rule for Christians to live by. We have read on books about it or listen to it as a sermon. Sometimes we put those words of Jesus on the pedestal either look at and admire how lovely those words are. Some put it on the pedestal and let it’s stay there. We manage to let the most important sermon get lost because of we tend to find it mere pretty words or irrelevant in our times.

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5 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Share Copy/Paste Post on Facebook

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Have you seen friends posting on their wall, a long response to the latest issue only to find out in the end of status, it’s a copy/paste post? Copy/paste post are pre-made opinionated response on Facebook that are pass along by a friend from another friend with uncomfirmable source. It’s making rounds in Facebook because it’s easy to share without typing their own response to the issue. It presents a relatable content that Facebook users find it irresistible not to share.

However, this kind of scheme earns a red flag because of it potential harm in the social media landscape. We already have fake news and troll armies, and copy/paste post has a possibility to wreck havoc. So here’s five reasons why we should not share this kind of content.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “How Do I Love Church Members With Different Politics?” by Jonathan Leeman & Andy Naselli

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We now have the manuscript for the Tagalog translation of John Piper’s book Coronavirus and Christ. In the few days it will be available for free download. Meanwhile, the Tagalog audiobook will start recording next week. Again keep us in your prayers.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the booklet from a new series, How Do I Love Church Members With Different Politics? by Jonathan Leeman and Andy Naselli published by Crossway. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Love those who differ with you by respecting them, not disdaining them. Don’t assume that anyone who is stricter than you is legalistic or that anyone who is freer than you is licentious. When you are convinced that a certain political strategy is just, you may be tempted to treat it as a matter of first importance, but that would be a grave mistake because it would imply that those who disagree with you on that issue cannot be Christians.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Conspiracy Theory” by Doug Van Dorn

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In the few days, the Tagalog version of Coronavirus and Christ written by John Piper will be release for free distribution. The members of the translation team are all excited to share this resource for the Filipino church. Kindly continue to pray for us as we start doing the audiobook version.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Conspiracy Theory by Doug Van Dorn published by Waters of Creation Publishing. If you like these quotes, please download the book by clicking here.

“The ultimate conspiracy of men is to try to somehow overturn the Father’s rule through the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“We learn that often times, especially when a conspiracy theory seems to put oneself at the center of harm’s way, it is often caused not by someone else, but by oneself. We learn that it is easy to become entangled in an increasingly dark and sinister world of collusion and sedition where everyone is out to get
you. We learn that our minds start to more easily listen to anything that will reinforce our already delusional beliefs. In short, we learn about some of the true dangers that can be associated
with conspiracy theories.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “19 Pastoral Thoughts on Covid-19” by Conrad Mbewe

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Happy Lord’s Day!  This is my second week on not being able to come to church because of our enhanced community quarantine. Three weeks ago is my last opportunity to preach and my wife wasn’t with me. But thank God the church is still having services and our pastor gave an online message as well. Later I’ll be check it out.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the booklet, 19 Pastoral Thoughts on Covid-19 by Conrad Mbewe published by Evergreen Publishers . If you like these quotes, please download the book by clicking here.

“In our current global crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic, this thought cannot be too far away from our minds: “Has God sent this as a plague upon humanity?” The politically correct answer is, “No, because he is a loving God. He cannot cause the kind of global panic, suffering and death that we are seeing from this pandemic.” However, the biblically correct answer is, “Yes, because he is a God who makes well-being and creates calamity.” God is in sovereign control of all things—including viruses.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Call to Prayer” by J. C. Ryle

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Hello guys! Kindly lift us to God for a specific ministry work we are into. We are translating a book to Taglish (conversational Tagalog) which is much needed in this trying time. As of now we have a team of less than 10 people translating a John Piper book. We are planning an ebook and audiobook format. It will be for free distribution. Printed copy is not yet considered.  I’ll be blogging the project soon.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Call to Prayer by J. C. Ryle published by Chapel Library. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“that of all the evidences of the real work of the Spirit, a habit of hearty private prayer is one of the most satisfactory that can be named.”

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Why I’m Into Journaling

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From the beginning of  year, I carved a habit that I think will not just benefit me as a blogger but also as a Christian. I have been putting this off forever and now I’m getting the hang of it. Sure, I do get a Starbucks planner yearly to write down my sermons, jot down messages, blog post and to-do list. However now I can say that I benefit more of journal than merely doing those things.

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