The Quotable Round-Up #110

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It’s been a thrilling ride being part of a book launching team. I’m on my second book launch and it’s amazing to connect with the author. Not only that I get to meet some like minded folks and enjoy the perks of belong to one. But one awesome thing about it is that I can read the book first before any other readers can. So if you want to join one keep your eyes peeled to your favorite author as he or she rolls out his latest releases.

As part of the Humble Calvinism book launch team, enjoy this special treat from Delighting Grace. It’s a collection of quotes from the book authored by Jeff Medders.  Pre-order the book on Amazon or add it to your wish list by clicking this link: https://amzn.to/2LfH2CV

“A head-only grip on unconditional election makes pride and predestination into frenemies. We know pride is a sinister enemy of Christians, but when it comes to disagreements over the doctrines of grace, somehow we welcome pride in as our friend and ally. We need to end our friendship with pride. Frenemies no more.”

“Predestination is the backstory of your faith in Christ. Ephesians 1 reminds us of God’s end goal of election: the praise of his grace.”

Any version of Calvinism that lacks zeal for the lost is a counterfeit. Real Calvinism runs on a Great Commission passion for the glory of God and the joy of all people in Christ the Lord.”

“Believers will not—cannot!—“un-believe.” Will there be doubts? Certainly. Will we sin? Yes. Will there be periods of backsliding into sin and a belittling of God’s grace? Probably. But prodigals eventually come home. Sins that have already been covered by the blood of Jesus cannot be uncovered.”

“Discipleship is about denying ourselves as our own Lord and Savior, picking up our cross of death to self, and following Jesus as Master. And the proof is in perseverance; a continued discipleship with Christ, as new creations in Christ, is God’s will for his saints.”

 

 

Book Review: Humble Calvinism by Jeff Medders

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Humble Calvinism is a call for all Calvinist to bow down to humility. As believers of the doctrine of grace, we have the tendency to puff ourselves in front of Arminians and sadly to unbelievers. Rather that have that attitude and because we have the biblical truth, we must clothe ourselves with utmost humility that the God of the doctrine of grace may magnified through a holy attitude. Medder’s didn’t have to take the readers any where else to see humility. He points them to the 5 points of Calvinism itself as the basis of such attitude. The 5 points screams meekness for the believers and Medders gladly discusses it in every chapter.  You can feel that every points or TULIP acrostics pounds you back to earth and makes you gaze up to look upon God’s goodness.

J. A. Medders is such a wordsmith that he nails every points at the same time ignites your mind of the readers. The opening chapter already grabs our attention. He is an effective communicator that you should not let him escape from your radar. In Humble Calvinism, he really did a fine job getting those words that sometimes are hard for us to come up with.  In fact, you can pick up lots of one liners in the book that you can post on your social media that will strike your friends.

This book reminds me of Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher and Graciousness by John Crotts.  I would like to add throw in the mix  Joshua Harris Humble Orthodoxy. All books are faithful reminder that we should lay down our arrogance and handle the doctrine with care. Each books have their own way on conveying the cage stage problem.

Isn’t a coincidence that this book will be released this year as we celebrate the 400th year of the Synod of Dort and 10th year of the “Young, Restless and Reformed” movement? Let it be a constant reminder that in any time in history, Christian should be reminded of the grace of God that saved us sinners. Humble Calvinism an antidote for the cage stage and a refreshing water to the dreary Christians who are tired of seeing Calvinism as a dry, lifeless slab of stone but a living, active energy that is contagious.

Pre-order the book on Amazon or add it to your wish list by clicking this link.  Also check out some awesome quotes from the book by following this link.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

The Quotable Round-Up #109

qak86riI read in a post that “book polygamy” or reading multiple books at the same time loses focus of the intent of accumulating ideas and thoughts ? For me I disagree.  It’s more productive because it can cover lots of books and given having a rest time for each books, it has an advantage. I’m currently reading two, one is for book review and the other is for my self-study. Both have been beneficial to me considering the one has a deadline to meet.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book by Nancy R. Pearcey, Love Thy Body.  Order the book on Amazon by clicking this link.

“The biblical view of sexuality is not based on a few scattered Bible verses. It is based on a teleological worldview that encourages us to live in accord with the physical design of our bodies. By respecting the body, the biblical ethic overcomes the dichotomy separating body from person. It heals self-alienation and creates integrity and wholeness.”

“According to the body/person dichotomy, just being biologically part of the human race (the lower story) is not morally relevant. Individuals must earn the status of personhood by meeting an additional set of criteria—the ability to make decisions, exercise self-awareness, plan for the future, and so on (the upper story). Only those who meet these added conditions qualify as persons.”

“The problem is that many people treat morality as a list of rules. But in reality, every moral system rests on a worldview. In every decision we make, we are not just deciding what we want to do. We are expressing our view of the purpose of human life.”

“In a Christian worldview, everyone who is human is also a person. The two cannot be separated. This view avoids the radical devaluation of human life. From its earliest stages, the body participates in the human telos, and thus shares in the purpose and dignity of the human person.”

“In the biblical worldview, sexuality is integrated into the total person. The most complete and intimate physical union is meant to express the most complete and intimate personal union of marriage. Biblical morality is teleological: The purpose of sex is to express the one-flesh covenant bond of marriage.”

“Scripture treats body and soul as two sides of the same coin. The inner life of the soul is expressed through the outer life of the body.”

“In Gnosticism, the highest deity would have nothing to do with the material world. By contrast, the Christian message is that the transcendent God has broken into history as a baby born in Bethlehem. The incarnation is genuinely physical, happening at a particular time and in a particular geographical location.”

The Freebie Round-Up #31

ejl8205I made two wrong assumptions in blogging. One is an old post wont make a good comeback and the second is readers are not interested in a worn out topic. I’ve updated and added more content to a few old blog post in the past months and I see that those assumptions are wrong. I underestimate old post and it turns out they garnered lots of views and shares from other social media. I learned my lessons well. Thank you Lord for showing me this. Praying that those old post serves the Christian community well. Now I’m updating another one and I hope to finish it today.

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.

FREE mission magazine “Glad Tidings” – The Women’s Mission Society of Canada is doing something for the gospel and they want you to know it.  You can know more about in this free magazine containing uplifting articles and news about WMS.

FREE seminary journal – Detroit Baptist seminary offers their journal for free in digital format. Whether you’re a prospective student, seminarian, pastor, missionary or scholar, you’ll find something worth your time in this freebie.

FREE e-book “Lessons from Nehemiah” – How could I miss out this book that was posted in 2010? Anyways, Aaron Armstrong still offers this free e-book about the faith of Nehemiah.

FREE conference messages “Redeeming the Gift” – A not so well known conference but I think you’ll be bless with the messages here including some from Tim Challies. Download for free and please do share with others because it focuses on sexuality.

FREE Scottish theological classic e-books – This is a gem of link because it has some of the rare and out of print books by the likes of Adam Gib, Samuel Rutherford etc., that you can enjoy for free.

FREE checklist and guides for children’s ministry –  Gospel Centered Family has a free download sections that has 3 checklist and guides that are useful in ministering children.

FREE slides lectures on Romans – St. Columba’s Free Church of Scotland made these slides on some chapters on the Book of Romans free to use.

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The Freebie Round-Up #30

kqkfcelI’m thankful for Tim Challies for mentioning me on his Ala Carte last January 29. It made my stats (visits, views and sign ups) spike up for a couple of days not just on The Freebie Round-Up #29 but to other postings on my blog.  Hoping I’ve served many believers with freebies that they can freely use personally and for the ministry.  Also I’ve updated and added some content to my 2016 post, renamed How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library Without Breaking the Bank, which garnered more than 100  views. Again I’m hoping some Christians will be bless by it.

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 One on One study on the Gospel of Mark – A 14 session study of the Gospel of Mark for a one on one setting at a coffee shop or at home, Bruntsfield Evangelical Church offers this resource for free.

FREE “Journal of Theology” of Mid-America Reformed Seminary – This annual magazine is filled with articles and book review from Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Click this link to access the archive of past issues, read  and download them for free.

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FREE “Bible Study Resources” from St. Helen’s BishopgateDownloadable free studies of a couple of books of the Bible for personal and small group use.

FREE e-book “More People to Love” by Benjamin Vrbicek – From the author of “Don’t Just Send A Resume”, Vrbicek is offering his other book for free by simply signing up for his e-mailing list. Once you do sign up, you’ll receive an e-mail with a few more free e-books. That’s way so cool! Just scroll down till you find the subscription box.

FREE e-book “New Testament Greek for Laymen” by Michael A. Merritt – If you want to study NT Greek here’s something that will help. The Daily Dose of Greek is an excellent site for beginners who wants to know the language of the New Testament. This free book is now part of their growing resource page that will assist you achieve that goal.

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FREE e-book “Philippians for You” by Steven J. Lawson – Lawson is a great expositor preacher and getting this book for free is such a blessing for those people who are looking for solid exposition of the Letters to the Philippians.

FREE audiobook “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan – Christian Audio’s freebie of the month dishes out the classic book by John Bunyan. Nuff said!

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The Quotable Round-Up #108

sbj9yhrDecluttering expert, Marie Kondo struck a nerve to some bookworms because she suggest that we should minimized our books into just 30.  Whoa! As you know, we book readers are book collectors too and we like to display it on a bookshelf for everyone to see. But to downsize you collection to 30 books, we’ll that’s heresy. LOL. Well, I think she has a point. Let me suggest it this way. We can shrink it to 30 books to the ones you usually use and are important in studying the Scripture. The rest should be kept in a box tuck in an attic and if like what she said “doesn’t spark you joy” any longer, you can donate it to your church or public library. Better yet, give it to a friend in need.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book by J. I. Packer, Finishing Our Course With Joy. Order the book on Amazon by clicking this link.

“As seniors’ powers of body, memory, and creativity grow less, so their conscious focus on their hope of glory should grow sharper and their meditations on it grow more joyful and sustained. As this happens, passion to continue being of use to God and his people, in holiness, love, and what Scriptures conceives as neighborliness, should and will intensify, to the very end.”

“We humans are hopers by nature. Hope motivates, energizes, and drives us. It is natural to us to look ahead and long for any good things that we foresee. That is how God made us. It was always in his plan that we, his embodied rational creatures, should live our lives in this world looking forward to, and preparing for, something even better than we have known already.”

“Maintaining zeal Godward as our bodies wear out is the special discipline to which we aging Christians are called.”

“…to think of Christian retirees as exempt from the twin tasks of learning and leading, just because they do not inhabit the world of wage and salary earning any longer, and for aging Christians to think of themselves in this way, as if they have no more to do now than have fun, is worldliness in a strikingly intense and, be it said, strikingly foolish form.”

“Lifelong learning, both of the truths by which Christians are to live and of the way to live by them—also of how these things are taught in Scripture and how they are misstated, misunderstood, and misapplied in the modern world—is every Christian’s calling.”

“The Bible’s view is that aging, under God and by grace, will bring wisdom, that is, an enlarged capacity for discerning, choosing, and encouraging.”

Book Review: Sunny Side Up: The Breakfast Conversation That Could Change Your Life by Dan DeWitt

afdnawgI don’t usually include the sub title of a book on the title of a book review post for the reason of brevity. I think it’s enough to put the main title because it’s already striking. However in the case of Sunny Side Up, I don’t want people to get into confusion on what the book is about. You might think of it as a cookbook or those mushy generic devotionals that includes food or beverages on its title? Well it’s not. Definitely it’s about breakfast but I don’t know if they had eggs that morning. Kidding aside, what I can assure you is that Sunny Side Up is a life changer book.

The premise of Sunny Side Up is the Gospel of John, chapter 21 were Peter encountered our risen Lord. That morning talk made a difference in Peter’s life. And from that the author looks at other places in the Bible were this lowly fisherman, a denier of Christ turns into a person God want him to be. After reading this book, you’ll have a place for the apostle Peter in your heart like never before as he stumbles on issues of pride, love, following God and forgiveness that we, as believers also mess up too. Good thing God is there to pick us up.

This short book (about a short moment with Jesus and Peter) really hits every wall that hinders us to give our all to God. Truly this awkward conversation in an unusual setting shakes what we consider mundane sins to us. It’s amazing that Jesus, the Creator will have a stopover before going to heaven with a mess up fisherman named Peter. He wants also you to dine with Him. Read the book and prepare to be challenged.  If this is the breakthrough of the apostle Peter, it will also be yours.

My favorite chapter is “Cracked Eggs”. It’s the chapter about forgiveness. I know we all struggle with it and this chapter really pierced my heart and almost moved me to tears. I’m really thankful to the author for this part of the book.

Sunny Side Up is slated to be released on February 1. By then one month of 2019 is already over, but still it’s not too late to read it to start your year right. Celebrate love, humility, being a servant, following Christ and forgiveness in a fresh way from a breakfast conversation.

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Freebie Round-Up #29

d4mxnqqHello guys! Monday is the start of a new work week and it’s a perfect time to apply what we have learned yesterday’s worship service. Are you excited to do it? Praying that God’s grant you grace to live out His Word today. I hope with these freebies, you’ll find something to kick start a Monday with God. 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.

FREE “Bible Basic” online classes – Riverview church prepared this free online class that includes 1 hour long video and 2 hand outs on how to study the Bible.

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FREE Conference video and audio of “Your Life in Christ” – Dr. Con Campbell of Covenant Hope Church of Dubai have a couple of conference materials that are free to download.

FREE printable checklist, discussion guides and illustrations for kids – Whether it’s children or teachers that you want to evaluate, Jack Klumpenhower has some freebies that could help. Includes salvation summary, post discussion guides and more!

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FREE e-booklet “What It Means to be Reformed” from Faith Alive – It’s an interesting question that people should ponder. This free booklet address this question and other issues surrounding this topic.

FREE access to Union Theology resources – Tons of video, audio and articles if you sign up for free to get full access including lectures from Michael Reeves.

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FREE “Current” magazine – This is the magazine of The Free Presbyterian Church of North America. It’s published quarterly and contains articles, Bible lessons, testimonies and news. Check this link to read all their magazines for free. 

FREE e-book “Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms” from IVP Press – Glad IVP Press is now in the freebie game (and I hope) they’ll continue to be generous. This free ebook is a valuable reference that contains over 300 terms clearly and concisely defined.

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The Quotable Round-Up #107

falwffcSomeone ask me if I can have a copy of a book that I own. I know this sister in Christ is a single mom and making ends meet with here kids. Rather give her a e-book copy or tell her it’s available at a Christian bookstore, I’m happy to give it away to her. So I plan to give a book this coming Sunday. This got me thinking. Am I willing to give up books for someone who really wants one? Am I ready to empty my bookshelf for a fellow Christian. I know some of you bought books that are rare and expensive but books are still books. You can still but it and own it again. Also it’s much better to keep in mind that someone may be in need of a book. So I must consider buying an extra book when I go to the bookstore in that way if someone ask me one I have something to bless that person.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book by Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood  Defining Deception. Order the book on Amazon by clicking this link.

“If personal experience becomes our final guide to truth, no one is left who can discern what is a gift of God from what is a Trojan horse attack from the devil, or from what is a lie from within our own heart.”

“False teachers are good communicators who understand how to manipulate feelings without directly addressing the need for individuals to pursue holiness. To do this they use highly stylized preaching and engaging music content that promises people immediate pleasure and prosperity-be it emotional or physical.”

“It isn’t uncommon for someone questioning the unbiblical practice inside these mystical-miracle churches to be threatened with the three C’s: cancer, curses and catastrophic events. Any of these tragedies” may happen to you” if you dare to speak out against an anointed leader. When you are living under a leader who uses these tactics, it feels a lot more like you are a member of a mafia than a biblical ministry.”

“In prosperity gospel circles, the love of money is prevalent and such love is unapologetic. It can actually be a form of competition to see who God is blessing the most!”

“The past century of Pentecostal/ Charismatic history is absolutely heart-breaking. Millions have lived and died under the guile of false teachers and millions more continue on the path of destruction. Christians need accurate information so they can make informed decisions with regards to the misleading miracles and exercise discernment with any teacher who claims to have a heritage from these teachers. Furthermore, true believers need to be prayerful, faithful, and resilient in reaching out to those caught in this net of deceit.”

“True New Testament miracles always pointed to the person of Christ. Therefore, if the glory of God and the Good News of Christ aren’t clarified or enhanced by a supposedly extraordinary act, it isn’t a miracle of God. Yet, if it’s not of God, then who is it from?”

“The Bible doesn’t say anywhere that Gospel power is evidenced in monetary gain, a life without sickness, Twitter followers, or responses to an altar call. In fact, the Bible depicts the life of those faithful to the Gospel as likely to lead to poverty, abuse by authorities and persecution.” 

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!