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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The Freebie Round-Up #73

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Happy Lord’s Day! I was able to attend church and preached during our service. We are five in attendance but praise God it was a wonderful time to learn from God’s Word and have a brief fellowship.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. If you’re 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.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE Presbyterian Almanac and Annual Remembracer of the Church- Log College Press new resource from their free PDF Library are the historic almanac from editor and originator Joseph Wilson. Read all of it the almanac free by clicking here.

FREE courses from Reformed Forum  – There are two courses available from Reformed Forum that you might want to enroll at. The two courses are The Westminster’s Shorter Catechism and Introduction to Covenant Theology. To avail these free courses, you must create a free account on their website first.

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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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The Freebie Round-Up #72

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Happy Lord’s Day! It’s seems everyone is geared to live this new normal. That means to go out like the usual things we do before this pandemic. However, we should not do some hasty and unwise moves. Instead, we still need to be vigilant. We are not yet out of the forest and into the clearings. Let keep on lifting this matter to God.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. If you’re 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.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE downloadable “Theo-Drama and Gospel Centered Counseling”– This interesting 10 page free document from RPM Ministries helps you in counseling by providing biblical promises which is a great encouragement.

FREE “Trials and Sufferings” online courses – Association of Certified Biblical Counselors is giving six free courses on trials and sufferings that will bring comfort to your soul in this trying times. First create a free account before you can use these free courses.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “When Narcissism Comes to Church” by Chuck DeGroat

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Our province is now on GCQ (general community quarantine). This means some establishment will open but we are still required face mask, social distancing and quarantine pass. Those precautions will apply to churches. My wife and I will go to church tomorrow. Although some parts will still undergo ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) because of the numbers of COVID-19 cases. Please continue to pray that God will give us Christians wisdom as we make decisions concerning these changes.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, When Narcissism Comes to Church by Chuck DeGroat published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

” In ministry, pastors use their congregations to validate a sense of identity and worth. The church becomes an extension of the narcissistic ego, and its ups and downs lead to seasons of ego inflation and ego deflation for the pastor. Today social media platforms add to this mix. Because his sense of identity is bound up in external realities, his sense of mission is wavering and unmoored, often manifesting in constantly shifting
visions and programs, frequent dissatisfaction with the status quo, and anxious engagement with staff and members.”
 
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The Freebie Round-Up #71

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Happy Lord’s Day! What things are you thankful for to God this past week? What are the provisions He gave you through each day as we stay home or go out to work as a frontliner? What spiritual insights has God give you as you read and meditate His Word? These questions should always come to our mind so that we can focus on the sweetness of God in this bitter providence.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. If you’re 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.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE Tagalog gospel tract “7 Paraan Para Maprotektahan Ang Iyong Sarili sa Coronavirus ” from NeedGod PH– This is the Filipino version of Ray Comfort’s pandemic tract. The page also includes instructions to print this free gospel tract.

FREE “Christ Centered Bibe Study Guide” from  She Shall Be Called- A new resource from SSBC, this free guide helps you in studying the Bible and see Christ in every page.

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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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