5 Questions You Need to Answer In Writing A Superb Book Review

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Book reviews are “staple food” here at Delighting Grace and I hope everyone is enjoying every morsel of it. But you might ask, what does it takes to write a book review? How can someone start writing a review? Well for starters I’m not an expert on whipping up one. However, I do have questions I need to answer when ever I write a book review. It serves as a guide to me. Here are five of them:

Is the title, sub-title or book cover appealing? There is nothing special about me. I may have a blog and I review books, still I’m just an ordinary Joe who likes books. Like many, the name, sub-title, and cover  also influence what I want to check out. For me the cover and title are Easter eggs for things to expect to the book. It might be titled boldly and reveals in the sub-title some claims that raises my eyebrows. So along with a great book cover, it will lead me to want to investigate if it really holds up to what it says up front. Will it keep what it wants to say to the end or will it be a meh? That’s where the the book aesthetics may cause me to read it.

Is it relevant to me, my ministry or church? This is important to me because . On one hand I reading it for pleasure and in another I consider if its important to my personal growth, ministry or church. After all, I’m investing my time reading this book to learn something I might as well invest on what will benefit me. It might be controversial or popular as long as it will provide solid food for the various areas of my faith. It might not be for immediate application but something I can take note of.

After reading the book, does it push me to action? When I put down this book, does it move me to do something? Does this book points back to God’s will for me as a Christian? I’ve encountered books that is so engaging that I didn’t need to finish it and I just sat down for a few minutes and meditate on it. It makes you want to apply the truths that touched your heart. This might  be getting your hands dirty for the Lord or sharing this truth to other Christians, either way, the words from the book connected to you is enough to hack up a great review.

Is the book biblically solid? Does the book centers on Jesus and the gospel? Does the author digs deep on the passages of Scriptures and not just slapping a verse here and there in the book just to make it biblical? Does he exalt enthusiastically Christ in the book that brings a certain excitement as you read the book? These are some questions that will guide someone when writing a book review.

Did I enjoy reading the book? It doesn’t matter who wrote it, or if it’s a long or short read nor who endorses it, it matters if I enjoyed it. It might come through how creative the topic was presented, or the style of writing of the author. His cool illustrations,  wit and humor that keeps you reading are also some factors to consider as long as the truth is thoroughly conveyed and satisfied my expectation for the book. Simply put, do I walk away happy?

That’s my 5 questions that will prep you up if your considering to write a book review. Now get a pen and paper (or laptop) and start writing that great review.

 

 

Vlogging with Disability: Delighting Grace Interviews Loida Bauto

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Vlogging is the most viral platform today and thanks to Youtube these vloggers find the space and audience for their videos. From the celebrities to the infamous to the completely unknown, you’ll find plenty of them dishing out topics like food, travel, gadgets, showing off talents, unboxing, reaction videos, reviews and a whole lot more.
Loida Bauto is not your typical vlogger. She has a Youtube channel where she shares her journey as a PWD (persons with disabilities). I’m so glad that Loida allowed DG to interview her and talk about being a #PWDvlogger.
Delighting Grace: Hello Loida!  
Please tell us something about yourself.

 

Loida Bauto: I am Loida C. Bauto, an interior designer by profession but wasn’t able to practice for long because I was diagnosed with Brain Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) months after passing the licensure examinations. The AVM caused two (2) major strokes that left me with multiple disabilities up to date. I am now a disabled person (PWD or Persons With Disabilities) for 6 years. At present, I am doing vlogs on Youtube.

Delighting Grace: Ok. So when and why did you decide to do vlogging?

Loida Bauto: I started vlogging just this March 2019. At first, I just wanted to share my story and use it as my journal but in video form. I also tried it because it can also be a source of income. But after studying how it works, I realized that Youtube is a good platform to share in your cause. Youtube-ing can be a great way to rally people for a certain purpose especially if you already have a large following.

Delighting Grace: There are virtually lots of vloggers and vlogging channel around. Please tell whats your vlog or Youtube channel about? What topics do you cover?

 

Loida Bauto: My channel is about my journey as a PWD and as an AVM Survivor. I cover topics concerning (Persons with Disabilities) PWDs and even topics I just wanted to share that may help or educate viewers.

Honestly, my first vlogs are more about my story but as I do my research, it seems I am really directed to topics about disability like what the hashtag I am using- I am a #PWDvlogger.

Delighting Grace:  You’re the first #PWDvlogger I met. How’s your experience in vlogging for the first time? How was your first time to post your first video?

 

Loida Bauto: I am really camera shy. I never thought I can also face the camera, film myself, and make someone watch it. My first time uploading on Youtube is full of worries – how I look, how I sound or am I good enough. But when I post videos, people are watching it and I feel motivated (I am grateful although it was not really a lot of views). As I am learning, my insecurities faded. How I looked and sounded wasn’t important. I can face the camera more confidently!

Delighting Grace: Since you have some physical constaints, is vlogging hard for you? What are the adjustments do you make to make much of your vlogging?

Loida Bauto: Yes. It’s hard especially setting things up. I cannot walk alone but I try (most of the time) to arrange my set-up alone. And it’s harder because I don’t have a studio or enough equipment for vlogging. I only film myself at the entrance or at the door where it’s brighter. I am only using my phone; Use the emergency light of the electric fan just to add brightness when there’s not enough sunshine.

But I love doing it. I really enjoyed vlogging. I really put so much effort and time researching and reading articles about my content. I also make much thru editing the videos knowing that I lack the equipment to make high definition videos. So, binabawi ko sa editing.

Delighting Grace: I love the self publishing and vlogging equipment set up videos you have done. So what’s your favorite video that you made?

Loida Bauto: My favorite videos are those starting with Vlog #8. It’s the start where I am becoming more and more confident with what I am doing.

Delighting Grace: If someone wants to start vlogging what is the first thing they should know? Will that differ if say a PWD wants to vlog?

Loida Bauto: I would say to anyone, whether he’s a PWD or not, that it will not be easy as how it looked like especially when you are not known or famous. They should do their research. Know your content. Brand ourselves. For a PWD, I will add: Don’t get embarrassed just because we have disabilities.

Delighting Grace: How do we glorify God in our infirmities? I know you have been through alot. So how do we kep focus on Christ despite our circumstances?

Loida Bauto: God indeed is the one working in my life to glorify Him. He glorifies Himself through my weaknesses. I have made failures. My story is tattered. But I am witnessing how God shines on how He’s using my life. The darker I am in my infirmities, the more people and I are seeing His radiance. I am physically disabled but God enables.

To acknowledge and understand God’s sovereignty over all creatures and circumstances and to know God is good whatever may happen in our lives give me peace and assurance that I will not be harmed and forsaken. Like what the hymn said, “Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say, ‘It is well with my soul.’ 

Delighting Grace: Well said. Thank you so much! Loida, please invite our readers to check you out.

Loida Bauto: Hello everyone! Loida here!  Please check me out by going to Youtube and search ‘Loida Bauto’ and you’ll find lots videos about me. You can alternatively, go my channel and watch my vlogs. Don’t forget to hit the ‘Subscribe’ button to subscribe to my channel and tap on the ‘bell’ icon so you’ll be the first to know my newest video.

  You can contact me on my FB Page, my book’s FB Page ‘Memento ni Loida’ or e-mail me: loidabauto@gmail.com. If you don’t know which one to watch first, let me suggest this video link to my story. May you find my content worth watching.

Delighting Grace: Thanks again Loida and I hope you inspired people to vlog despite their infirmities. Blessings everyone!

Download these free resources for the PWD from Desiring God:

E-book: Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God by John Piper

E-book: When Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

Video: The Story of Ian and Larissa

 

The Freebie Round-Up #36

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It’s such an honor to be mentioned for the third time on Tim Challies blog. His March 14 A La Carte  featured my 6 Ways to Learn Logic Online With Zero Budget which helps Christians learn logic and logical fallacies and how it’s an effective tool for apologetics. Praying that serves a the believer as he or her engages to this unbelieving world. Thank you again Tim for featuring me.

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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*Read: 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free *

FREE hymns musicsheets and MP3 – Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church has some music sheets and mp3 for free download that can see used in various ministries of the church.

FREE e-books from Two Journeys – This ministry offers a handful of books ranging from Bible study questions to Scripture memorization plan.Physical copies are available for purchase but the digital ones are free.

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*Read: 5 Reasons Why Your Sermon is Boring (And 5 Ways to Fix It)*

FREE seminar message – Featuring Ligon Duncan, Derek W. H. Thomas, Michael Krueger and others, Twin Lakes Fellowship posted the seminar Doers and Commends for free download.

FREE e-books on the history of Presbyterianism – Want to look back to the rich history of the Presbyterian church? Then download these free ebooks which includes works by notable figures like Charles Hodges and J. Gresham Machen.

FREE e-book “Primer on Pietism” – Theocast is making this e-book free so that those new listeners wont be lost in the discussion once this topic is up.

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*Read: How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library Without Breaking the Bank*

FREE music sheets and MP3 – Another batch of music resources now this time it’s from Christ Church Downtown of Moscow, Idaho. They have a vast collection of free music sheets and mp3 hymnals that you can prayerfully use in your church.

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*Read: Debunking A Myth: Delighting Grace Interviews Zigfred Diaz*

FREE e-book “Habits of Grace” – Of course Desiring God offers free e-books but this great book by David Mathis, is now available in various digital format for free. So you wont get the usual PDF that you might have problems viewing on your e-book reader but also epub and mobi format that wont strain your eyes from reading.

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

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6 Ways to Learn Logic Online With Zero Budget

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Logic and knowing logical fallacies can be an indispensable tool in apologetics. Before you answer any questions from skeptics, logic can dismantle it before hand by pointing out that it is an invalid argument. Another is that pointing out fallacies will keep you in focus on the argument itself and avoid wandering to unnecessary arguments.

I belong to a Facebook group that discusses theology. And when you discuss theology you’ll inevitably invite folks for a discussion often swelling to a friendly debate. Some do have strong arguments and some do not. One of the things I noticed is that some have invalid arguments that they would drag again and again that doesn’t merit anything with the discussion. Sadly they think they are making points on their arguments but in reality they are not.

As Christians we need to please God not just by showing respect and humility in answering but also responding in a clear and logical way. The way we think matters to God also.

So before you channel your inner Josh McDowell or Greg Bahnsen (LOL), here’s six ways to learn logic and logical fallacies without opening your wallet.

Read what’s it all about

Before we go to the entree, here are some starters that you might want to check out:

The Fallacy Detectives – A superb site on learning logic and its fallacies. This Frequently Asked Questions about Logic article is a great starting point to know about it. Mostly questions floating in your mind are answered here.

Got Questions? How should a Christian view logic? is an excellent question (with an excellent answer) that will set why do we need logic in our arguments. 

Truthbomb Apologetics – The 10 Commandments of Logic  is your first dip to the different logical fallacies that you will encounter when your in argument.

 Go Visual

One way to learn something is to get a visual grasp of a lesson. So here are some visuals that will aid you to easily digest logic and it’s fallacies.

Check this infographic – You can view this awesome infographic in two ways, the poster version and the 11 x 17 jpeg,  thanks to The Visual Communicator Guy.

Download this free poster – Critical Thinking Shop offers this 24 x 36″ wall poster of the 24 most common fallacies for free in PDF format (just scroll bellow to see the download link).  Once you download it you can post it on your room or frame it so that you can see and remind you about logical fallacies.

 Listen to a Sunday School message

There are lots of audio resources that can be included in this section but let us stick to something simple. With a quick search on SermonAudio, I pick two of the best message on logical fallacy:

Josh Bales – Simply titled Fallacies, Bales delivered this message at The Wells Church. The audio is not that good but the content of it is solid. Most logical fallacies discussed has Bible references that you can check it yourself.

Jonathan Harris – Part of an apologetics series (which you can check it also), Logical Fallacies is based on the book The Fallacy Detectives. Again the audio is not good but it has a good run down of the fallacies and it has a PDF text that you can download.

 Take a Test

Choose below to see how you measure up on what you have learned so far. This will help you retain what you have learned from #2 and #3. Also this will prepare you for the last two ways which requires some heavy lifting.

Logical Fallacies Quiz – Posted on ProProfs, this free quiz has 6 easy questions that warm ups for the other quizzes below. To take this quiz, simply click the “Start” button.

Fun TriviaCan You Spot the Fallacy? has 10 questions and you need to read the arguments carefully.

The Fallacy Detective – Check this article How Logical Are You?  for a simple quiz on logical fallacies. Also check this free  witty official test  which includes some bonus stuff aside from the logical fallacy test. Answers are provided at the end of the test.

So by now you already have a grasp on logic and logical fallacies. Now let’s shift our gears on how your learning fit as an apologetics tool, thus this is the aim of this listacle. These last two ways will show you how.

Watch this Video

Dr. Jason Lisle had a tremendous impact to me in apologetics. His books really helped me see presuppositional apologetics power in subduing secular worldviews. Purchase his book Ultimate Proof of Creation and Discerning Truth and you’ll see what I mean. But since this is a budget free post on logic, check out this video from him. In this video you’ll see how, logic and apologetics fit hand in glove in dismantling arguments against Christianity solely based in his book Discerning Truth (a book on logical fallacies). This video is more leaning to the evolution vs. creation debate nevertheless it has a great presentation on logic and logical fallacies. Click to this link to another video that is based on Ultimate Proof of Creation which introduced me to presuppositional apologetics.

 

Download this book

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Crossway Books and Vern Poythress are so generous to have Logic online and for free download. It’s a long book but given the caliber of the author, this is a must read. This will somewhat complement what you have learned from Dr. Lisle’s videos above.

Now that you have learn logic and logical fallacies, think of the arguments that you commonly encounter. Do you find it valid or invalid?

Book Review: Defining Deception by Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood

foups7mWhat does a fading infamous faith healer do to be back in the limelight, be relevant today and to the coming decade? And what does a popular NAR leader do to go to the next level of his already established ministries? Well collaboration with others is what they need. And collaboration is what they did…with each other! Bill Johnson and Benny Hinn join together to further strengthen their ministries. This and other issues are discussed in Defining Deception  by Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood as they dig deep on the dangerous movement of Third Wave/NAR .

Defining Deception is not no holds barred bashing or tell all book by two guys who are formerly connected with the movement (especially Costi Hinn).   It’s a careful, sensitive and loving evaluation of Third Wave/NAR blended with personal insights and excellent apologetics. The book is mostly about Bill Johnson, Bethel Church and Jesus Culture but according to the authors, its for the Christians who embraces Sola Scriptura and considers the Bible as the deciding rule of faith and practice ( pg. x). As you read this engaging book, you see the lies and deception of the personalities in this movement that undermines the authority of the Scripture. Ample biblical response are sandwiched in every points they are addressing.

But before they address the present day movement, the authors leads the readers a few decades back to see how this movement was born and the personalities of the past behind it. There can never be a Third Wave/NAR without looking at the roots. The rest of the book discusses how up and coming prosperity preachers and the icons of this movement intersect as it furthers strengthen itself for the dawning of a new decade.

The authors are generous to provide an excellent appendix. Aside from the testimonies (Appendix 1), they gave us a primer on the Charismatic Movement with Appendix 2 to 5. So if you’re done with the book and still lost of all of these, the appendixes will be your map to lead you in the right direction. You don’t need a supplimental book to make sense of this book.

 Defining Deception is a trailblazer for other books that will address this issue as it sets the right tone on exposing this dangerous movement. It’s also a beacon of light for the coming decade as it warns Christians on what steps this movement will take. If you picked up this book because of the “Hinn” in Costi Hinn, you wont be disappointed with its balance of expośe and apologetics. But more than that, it is a must read book fot every Christians concerning the New Apostolic Reformation.

My verdict:

5 out of 5

10 Best Books I Read in 2018

gbhr6e3It’s a bit late but here I go! My favorite reads last year that I enjoyed and had a lasting impact to me. I’ll roll call all the books I read then I’ll post my best reads at the end with a  very short review. Some of the books here includes unfinished ones that I lost interest along the way and others I put down because I’m already sold out with the awesomeness of it. If you’re interested with this books click the link to read some of its quotes or book review before hitting Amazon or your favorite bookstore.

Graciousness by John Crotts

Ba’t Di Ako Rich? by William Girao

Love Your God With All Your Mind  by J. P. Moreland

Affirming the Apostle’s Creed by J . I. Packer

Before Luther by Nathan Buzenitz

By Faith Alone by R. C. Sproul

What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People by J. Gresham Machen

Usapang God’s Will by John MacArthur (book review here)

Lies Pastor’s Believe by Dayton Hartman 

The Art of Turning by Kevin DeYoung

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards by Mark Jones

Reviving New England by Nate Pickowicz

The Truth of the Cross by  R. C. Sproul

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno

 The Consequence of Ideas by R. C. Sproul

Usapang God’s Peace by John MacArthur

Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ by John F. MacArthur Jr

What’s Your Worldview? by James N. Anderson

Who Am I? by Jerry Bridges

Something More by Theron St. John (book review here)

Apologetics Made Simple by Jason L. Petersen

“The Potter’s Freedom” by James R. White

Is Christianity Good for the World? by Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson

Faker  by Nick McDonald (book review here)

Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb

What It Means to be “Reformed” by Herman C. Hanko

Church History 101 by Sinclair B. Furgeson, Joel R. Beeke and Michael A. G. Haykin

10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Don Whitney

Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology by Brian Cosby

The Day of Worship by Ryan M. McGraw

Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Jason K. Allen

The Prodigal Prophet by Tim Keller 

Advance! by Tim Challies

Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen

Climbing Out of Depression (Tagalog) by David Meengs 

The Real Martin Luther by John Hamon (book review here)

Set An Example by Tim Challies

Out of 37 books, I’ll pick up 10 of the best books that I indulged last year. In no particular order here is my 10:

The Prodigal Prophet by Tim Keller – It’s a controversial book that shows not just how Keller is good in exposition on the Book of Jonah, but also his social justice stand (and also of TGC).  Absolutely the most memorable one that I have read in 2018.

Advance! by Tim Challies– It’s a booklet but i got hooked on the premises on how Jesus prepared for his ministry years in those teens and early adult years that we all know the Bible is silent of. Yet Challies manage to teach us specially young people on how to gear up as we anticipate the right time for be involved in the ministry.

 Usapang God’s Will by John MacArthur –  It’s a superb translation of an excellent book by John MacArthur. What I loved about the English version is also found in this Tagalog version. Always solid stuff from MacArthur.

The Art of Turning by Kevin DeYoung – A not so popular title from DeYoung and I don’t know if this got of publicity. However this is a great book about the mystery of our conscience which is rarely tackled by Christian authors. In a brief book you get to taste some insights about the conscience and you can use this book as a springboard for more about this topic.

Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb – A  great primer on creeds, catechism and council. I think this book jump start my self-study on church history and inspired me to make a post on learning the topic online free.

Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz – Another on church history defending Sola Fide which has been accepted by the church from the very start. Allegations from the Roman Catholic Church that Luther’s doctrine only existed in the 1500’s is buried alive as Busenitz gives quotes from church fathers and other early sources that beyond a shadow of a doubt, by faith alone is were the church stands.

Apologetics Made Simple by Jason L. Petersen – I can’t get enough of talking about this short book by an unknown because its really good. I’ve interviewed the author and I wrote a short review on it. This is apologetics in simplest form. No confusing jargon or too much explanations, just enough stuff that can ignite a defense of the faith. And for a apologetics book, I think I’ll re-read it this year.

The Day of Worship by Ryan M. McGraw – An interesting and thought provoking book on Sabbath keeping. This is my first encounter of the subject and the author. Well written and point by point this book engages you thoroughly.

Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Jason K. Allen – A subject few authors would tackle and I’m glad Dr. Allen wrote it. Well known for his podcast, Dr. Allen looks at every angle on knowing if someone is called for ministry. Solid, biblical and air tight to bring a powerful book that wont get you to break your bank or even your heart.

And lastly….

What’s Your Worldview? by James N. Anderson – Love this book because of the unique way it presents the worldviews of different cults,world religions and secular beliefs. It’s sort of a “Choose Your Adventure” book. You can read it from start to finish without using it’s interactive part but it will confuse you a bit. It works better in e-book format.

 

There you have it. Books that I read and enjoyed in 2018. Tune to this blog for more book quotes, book reviews and author interviews. Till next time, here’s for a new year of reading books!

 

 

 

The Freebie Round-Up #20

8lxjf1qHad a great time over “Excelling in Relationships” counseling seminar by David Meengs and Student Missionary Outreach. Charity Baptist Church hosted the seminar last Saturday and it was amazing. I’ll be posting here soon the seminar notes for everyone to read. Anyways, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

FREE Special Edition 20th Year of 9 Marks Journal – Titled ‘Essentials” this free special edition gathers the best of the best articles that graced 9 Marks Journal for the past 20 years. Enjoy it on different digital formats.

*New 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 e-books from John MacArthur, Douglas Wilson, R. C. Sproul and Matthew Harmon – Cross-Point Books collects 4 freebies in one post. Enjoy while its still free.

FREE e-book “Tale of Two Adams” by Chris Caughey –  The problem of us and this world all boils down in the tale of two Adams. Grab this freebie and let Chris Caughey discuss major doctrines through Genesis all the way to Revelation.

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

FREE e-booklet “From Agender to Ze: Glossary for the Gender Identity Revolution”  – This is a must have for Christians who engages on gender issues. This free e-booklet collects the terms and language to better understand who we are dealing.

FREE e-book “A Serrated Edge: A Brief Defense of Biblical Satire and Trinitarian Skylarking” by Douglas Wilson – As if we had enough of Wilson, here’s another one from him.

FREE Live Event hosted by Anchored North – Click here to register to this free event titled Evangelism Power Hour, that aims to teach how to reach the next generation with the gospel.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 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 Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book.  

FREE e-book and audiobook  “The Problem with Seminaries” by Gary North – Gary North points out the crisis facing seminaries today. In this free e-book he discuss how humanism infiltrates the seminaries and how to find solution.

 

 

Live It Well Conference (Day 2 Notes)

cbqx3ijHere are my notes on the second day of Live It Well Conference with guest speaker Tim Challies. Click here for Day 1 Notes.

(I enjoyed the messages from Tim Challies and had fellowship with friends who also attended Live It Well. Thank you Higher Rock Conference for bring Tim here in the Philippines and looking forward for more conferences.)

Session 5: Live in Freedom

Romans 8: 1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

We live in 3 kinds of culture:

  • shame
  • fear
  • guilt

These 3 can be seen when Adan and Eve sin against God.

Your standing on God or man depends on the level of honor/out of fear/ guilt or innocence.

Fear and Guilt

  • every time you break the law of God

Romans 8:1 

  • one group is facing condemnation but they are not condemn.
  • the group that is not facing condemnation is now in Christ.
  • their is still condemnation to the group that is not in Christ.

What can I do to be “in Christ”? 

No. There is nothing you can do.

Jesus takes your righteousness. Your fear and guilt are removed by trusting in Christ.

“The guilty can be made innocent. The innocent cannot be guilty.”

Tim sites examples on the burden we carry from his mother’s testimony (which in that point Tim got emotional) and Pilgrim’s Progress.

Many Christians live feeling the burden of guilt and that God will somehow punish them.

Question: Where does these burden comes from?

Answer: They are bringing those burdens back to them.

Remember:

  • The gospel didn’t stop the moment you trust in Christ. Its just the beginning.
  • God didn’t demand two payments of sin. It’s already paid. Not just on sins you have done but what you are doing and what you will be doing. Let go of the guilt.

 

Session 6: Live to Die

Ecclesiastes Chapters 11 and 12 

(Addressing growing old and a much wiser Solomon addressing the youth.)

v. 5 – Acknowledge man will die

v. 6 – Remember your Creator

v. 7 – We will return to dust

Chapter 11: 7- Chapter 12

Who will you be then?

Godliness just doesn’t just happen.

Who you are today is who you’ll be in old age. You have to make it today to be committed to be joyful/godly today.

Be joyful and holy today.

v.9 – Rejoice with your youth

3 Joy Enhancers According to Ecclesiastes 11: 9 

  • Enjoy life but acknowledge that youthfulness will come to an end. Savor life. We have one opportunity to live a life well.
  • Enjoy life but acknowledge of a coming judgment. Live with boundaries. Know what to avoid and what to pursue.
  • Enjoy life but acknowledge the vanity of it. Life is a vapor. Nothing will last forever.

Every joy in this world points out to the Creator. Enjoy it as a gift.

Chapter 12

Remember Him today.

v. 4- Metaphor of a crumbling body of an old man.

What pleasure or passion God’s want you to pursue?

Who will you be in old age?

 

Session 7: Live to Share the Gospel

Jonah 4 (Jonah’s reaction with God sparing Nineveh)

What if the Book of Jonah ended in Chapter 3? or Matthew ended in Chapter 27?

It would be a different book.

Beholding God in Jonah 4

God’s characters displayed in the last chapter of that book:

  • patience
  • sovereign
  • compassionate

Patience

v. 1-3 – Jonah’s anger with the people of Nineveh repenting

v. 4-6 – God’s response to Jonah

Do you reflect God’s patience to your life?

Does that patience extends from you to others?

Sovereign

v.11 – God is sovereign even if you don’t understand it.

Do you love God for being sovereign?

Jonah love God’s sovereignty when it is in favor to him.

Jonah loves God’s sovereign when God rescued Him with a fish and when God gave him the plant. But Jonah didnt see God’s sovereignity when God spared Nineveh.

Do you love God’s sovereignty when it gives you the good? Remember Romans 8: 28?

Compassionate

v. 11 – Do you reflect the compassion of God?

God is a God of compassion. God extends that compassion to you when He saved you. Will you extend that compassion to others?

The soul is precious. The one thing you can take to heaven is souls.

How do we express that compassion of God?

Share the gospel.

Session 8: Ask Me Anything 

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5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder

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The term Biblicist has a broad definition. However in this article, I’ll address the Biblicist as a Christian who claims to be neither Calvinist or Arminian and believes that the Bible alone is the only and final authority. You can find them in some fundamental, independent or Bible Baptist circles . They encourage us to be one rather than choose the two, because for them, the Biblicist stand is the biblical one. While it might look noble and virtuous, however by testing the Biblicist position with these five questions, you’ll be surprise that it won’t hold water.

Are you just ignoring the issue?

Some believers just don’t want to be caught in this controversial topic, so they use the position as a trump card to dismiss it. Rather than look at it as an opportunity to have a meaningful discussion and to hear both sides of the issue, they resort it by saying that they are a Biblicist. Well this is not merely an exercise of choosing which side. It’s a question on who or what is biblically sound.

Are you just ignorant of the issue?

Yet some doesn’t have any clue of the matter.  So they jump on the bandwagon to fellow Christians who holds the Biblicist position without thinking it over.  However, the first question and this one doesn’t solve the issue, rather it leads to further anti intellectualism that is so prevalent in this group.

How do you define the Biblicist view?

Whenever I hear someone explain what a Biblicist is, some automatically quote 1 Timothy 3: 16-17, then declare that their belief is on the Bible alone in matters of Christian living, ministries and doctrine.   If by defining Biblicist meant that you adhere to  Scripture alone as the final authority, then a Calvinist can also be called Biblicist (Remember the 5 Solas include Sola Scriptura). In fact,  looking at their theological richness biblically and historically, Calvinism fits in that category. And please don’t appeal on the catechisms or confessions and view it as equal to Scriptures. You’ll end up misrepresenting the Reformed view.  I cant speak for the Arminian but I believe they will also appeal and say that the Bible is their final authority. So by that they are also Biblicist.

What are the basic doctrines a Biblicist adherent to?

As a Calvinist I can point out the doctrine of grace through the TULIP acrostics. As for the Arminians, well I’m not sure but as I check out the web, some might sum it up with the acrostic DAISY (Diminished Depravity, Abrogated Election, Impersonal Atonement, Sedentary grace and Yieldable Justification) although our Arminian friends might disagree. So how about our Biblicist friends? What doctrinal points can they show that is neither Calvinistic or Arminianistic? If they claim to be neural from both and scriptural at the same time, then they have to present something distinct  from the two.

Which brings us to the last question….

Are you just a closet Arminian? 

When push becomes a shove, a Biblicist will try to defend their position against a Calvinist. As they defend their position, you’ll notice that their counter arguments are similar with what an Arminian. Sure, they might not believe in losing ones salvation (neither some Arminians), however by looking on what doctrines they stand you can easily say that their defending Arminianism. They might say they don’t but in reality they are.

As we question the so called Biblicist position, we can see that rather untangling themselves from the issue they further thrown into confusion.  Rather side stepping the issue why not confront it. Try studying it, checking the Scriptures and praying for it. By then we will really understand and know the issue.

7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free


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Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano once said “History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’ Well it depends on what history we want to welcome. Its either mistakes or victories of the past that will be knocking at our doors.  However we can anticipate the comeback when we look at history. Christians should study church history. Here’s 7 ways to learn church history without breaking the bank. Of course, nothing can beat having a seminary training about church history and I highly encourage you to do so. However, for those who can’t go to a seminary or even buy a book in church history, this list can be a good place to know about this important subject:

1. Get church history daily/weekly in your inbox – Christian History Institute offers a daily  It Happened Today sort of a”this day in history” thing simply by subscribing to their e-mail list (scroll down to the bottom till you find the subscribe box.)

Christianity.com offers an e-mail newsletter which you can choose on either daily or weekly church history. Click here to subscribe and scroll down to click the church history newsletter offer.

Also you can check out Christianity Today’s Church History which gives you free weekly e-mails simply by subscribing.

2. Listen to a podcast – Aside from the cool Cranberries intro, this weekly podcast on church history hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a slice of church history and discusses how God works to events, people and places and how it’s relevant to our time. 5 Minutes of Church History is non technical in approach and because it’s brief, you can easily tuck it to your podcast listening list.

Another podcast that is like Dr. Stephen Nichols is Christian History Almanac. Presented by 1571, this daily podcast is 5 minutes hosted by Dr. Dan van Voorhis. Aside from the stories, every episode ends with a cool prose and poetry.

However, if you want a more lengthy (15 minutes or so), go check Today in Church His-Story It’s a weekly peek to the halls of history hosted by Dr. Andrew Smith. If you head to their website you’ll see past episodes that will invigorate your knowledge about church history.

For kids who wants to learn about important figures of church history, they can check out a podcast from Rebel Alliance Media. Click here for the latest episode of Fathers of Faith for Covenant Kids.

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3. Watch lectures over Youtube – Ryan Reeves church history lectures are superb. If you check his Youtube channel, you’ll see his 64 k subscribers and some of his 20-30 minute videos had been viewed 500 k times. Very impressive. His videos consist of pictures and notes for viewers to catch the important words, names and events. The audio and images are great. Ryan Reeves  Historical Theology for Everyone is a must watch!

If you want, however, to see an actual lecture, you can also check Dr. Nathan Buzenitz Historical Theology and Carl E. Trueman’s lectures on The Reformation both presented in The Master’s Seminary.

Lastly, this seminar series by Berean Baptist Church of Queensland is a must watch if you want to know about Baptist History.

4. Listen to a Sunday School series – Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church, gives a series simply titled Church History, in engaging and exciting way, considering the dread of studying historical stuff.  The audio quality is good and you can feel the churchy setting to were this series is given.

Moving to Sermon Audio, I would like to recommend two Sunday School series that tackles church history. First is from Brian Borgman,pastor of Grace Community Church Nevada, A Survey of Church History . Love the audio quality and how Borgman articulate the teachings which are not intimidating. Last one is from Dr. James White Church History Series .  If you know James White, his debates and podcast, you’ll find this at par from what he dishes out. The audio quality is not that good but if you like what you hear and like White you’ll gonna stick around for this series.

5. Download a Seminary app – Reformed Theological Seminary has an app that you can download in various app stores for free. The lecturer is Dr. S. Donald Fortson and you can access these lectures on i-Tunes U from your i-phone and i-Pad.

6. Sign up on an online seminary level course – You can check out audio lectures of Ancient and Mediaval History and Reformation and Modern History courses at Covenant Theological Seminary. You have to create an account to access it complete with downloadable MP3, transcript and study guides. You can check other seminaries that has church history courses by clicking here.

7. Dowload e-books on Church History – If your’re not into the audio and video lectures, you can download free e-books on church history. A simple search on Mogernism.com yields some books that you can check out.

So thats my list, so what’s yours? Kindly comment in the comment section on what should be added on the list. By the way, I would like to thank Dead Men Community, TCB Family and the Baptist Review Facebook Groups for giving me some of what has been included on the list. It really helped me to write this article and gave me ways to self-study Church History.