8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Our Good Crisis” by Jonathan K. Dodson

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Anyway, here’s some quotes from the book, Our Good Crisis by Jonathan K. Dodson published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Moral or ethical failure is often behind the crises that put us up in arms or down in the dumps. A failure of morals,
not nerve, lurks behind scandal and injustice.”

“The seed of every crisis exists in every one of us. No one is immune. But  if we can get a handle on our moral turbulence, we can ­contribute not only to our own good but also to the good around us.”

“The sermon opens with a series of declarations—beatitudes—that call for goodness. Beatitude is a strange but compelling word.  It comes from the Latin word beatitudo, which is a translation of  the Greek word makarios, meaning blessed, favored, or flourishing. The Beatitudes show us eight ways to live a blessed life (or nine, depending how you read Matthew 5:10‑12). “

” the Beatitudes is plural not singular—the poor, those who mourn, the humble, the merciful. Every subject is plural, which means Jesus isn’t calling just individuals to the character of the kingdom; he’s calling a whole community—the church—to be poor in spirit. “

“The kingdom of heaven is breaking into this world through God’s people. If you are already a citizen by the grace of God, live like it! Don’t settle for the kingdom of self.”

“When we are honest with God about our sins, forgiveness and comfort come rushing in. When we get beneath the routine busyness of life and discover we aren’t as noble or moral as we thought, mourning in the presence of the Comforter guides us to a better version of ourselves.”

” With Christ, the greatest and humblest of beings mystically indwelling us by faith, we don’t have to assign ourselves weight. We don’t have to conjure a lovely idea of the self. Instead a glory outside us comes to live in us: Christ in us, the hope of glory. Jesus secured this glory for us through his debt-paying death on the cross and his mighty resurrection: his injury for our reward, his obedience for our disobedience, his righteousness for our unrighteousness. It hardly seems fair. That’s grace! “

“Today insisting on exclusive allegiance to Jesus as the one true God and Savior of humanity is also radical. It’s a declaration of war against the cult of expressive individualism. It’s unpopular
to denounce the self, but it isn’t enough to confess Jesus as Lord. His lordship must be visible. It isn’t enough to have great theology about Jesus and claim him as your king. It isn’t enough to
say he is the God and there is no other. Rather our allegiance to him must be evident in our character and action. We must care for the poor, practice righteousness, seek purity, and make
peace with others. The Beatitudes of Jesus must define us. “

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Sickness” by J. C. Ryle

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I’m going through some free e-books some publishers are putting online to help us make sense of what is happening in this world. John Piper quickly wrote a book about it which I throughly enjoyed. Now in this post we have a book from a 19th century preacher to read and help us reflect through this pandemic.

Here’s some quotes from the book, Sickness by J. C. Ryle published by Matthias Media. If you like these quotes, get the book by clicking here.

“Sickness is often one of the most humbling and distressing trials that can come upon a person. It can turn the strongest person into a little child, and make him feel like “the grasshopper [that] drags itself along” (Eccl 12:5). “

“…believe that God allows pain, sickness, and disease, not because he loves to trouble us, but because he desires to benefit our heart, and mind and conscience, and soul, to all eternity.”

“Sickness helps to make us think seriously of God, and our souls, and the world to come.”

“Many a creed looks fine on the smooth waters of health, which turns out utterly unsound and useless on the rough waves of the sickbed. The storms of winter often bring out the defects in a man’s house, and sickness often exposes the gracelessness of a man’s soul. Surely anything that makes us find out the real character of our faith is good.”

“One supreme duty which the prevalence of sickness places on us is that of living always prepared to meet God.”

“How shall we learn to bear sickness patiently, when sickness comes to our turn? We must lay up stores of grace in the time of health. We must seek for the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit over our unruly moods and attitudes. “

“By permitting suffering, he tests whether Christians have any feeling. Beware, lest you be weighed in the balances and found wanting. If you can live in a sick and dying world and not feel for others, you have yet much to learn.”

“I earnestly beg all sick believers to remember that they may honour God as much by patient suffering as they can by active work. It often shows more grace to sit still than it does to go to and fro and perform great exploits. I urge them to remember that Christ cares for them as much when they are sick as he does when they are well, and that the very discipline they feel so acutely is sent in love, and not in anger. “

Book Review: Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper

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Everyone in the this planet are affected with the coronavirus. Everyone will feel fear, anxiety, pain and even lost in the midst of this chaos. Everyone is looking for relief and escape from this global threat. Counting the odds nor endless entertainment doesnt help. The soul is looking for something solid to hang on to. This hope is beyond this deadly virus. It comes from God and His Word. That’s what Coronavirus and Christ comes in.

It seems fitting that a Christian voice should resonates in our hopeless situation. I’m glad  that voice is John Piper. He quickly wrote a reply to the rest of us as we questioning what God is doing in this crisis. I know there are lots of Christian writers who wrote or will be writing to comfort people through blogs, videos and books. But nothing beats a trusted pastor like John Piper to deliver a biblical message on our predicament.

Coronavirus and Christ  is one solid read drench with excellent insights of John Piper and wisdom from the Scriptures. This book penetrates through the issue and present what this world needs to know: God and what this God is doing during this pandemic.

First, Piper introduced this God as the Bible speaks about Him. It’s not the usual “God is love” routine we already read in other books and sometimes abused in Facebook memes. Piper points us to what it means for God as righteous, holy and good. Want to have a solid foundation to where you can find security? Know the God of the Bible.

Then in the later part of the book, Piper shows us what God is doing during this pandemic. Piper gave six that points to reality. These six will surely shatter you. You might be surprised that Christians are involved in God’s actions in this crisis. God intended for Christians as the “frontliners” of the kingdom.

Coronavirus and Christ must is read and must needed resource that everyone should avail. Let this book hit you hard with Christ exalting and God glorifying truth, that will open your eyes to seek more.  I believe after reading this book, you’ll want more of the Bible and books by John Piper. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Freebie Round-Up #67

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Happy Easter everyone! How’s your celebration of Easter in this troubled times?  As for our church, we postponed our yearly sunrise service and we felt sad that we had missed thr sermon and the fellowship after it. We will still have that event once the lockdown is over. We hope it will be soon!

So here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And 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 e-book “Sickness” by J. C. Ryle- This free e-book from Matthias Media will help you biblically make sense of sickness and sufferings through the eyes of this 19th century preacher.

FREE  videos and devotional downloads for kids– Teaching your kids about the Bible during stay home time. New Growth Press has a great serving of free videos, curriculums and devotionals geared for kids to point them to Christ.

FREE lecture video and downloadable notes- Theocast has a free video lecture running one and a half hour, on the history of  spiritual discipline which includes a downloadable lecture notes.

FREE discussion guides – Doxa Church offers a bunch of free discussion guides on various topics and books of the Bible.

FREE “New City Catechism” curriculum  – This freebie help you jump start in teaching 8-11 year olds kids on doctrines from the Bible.

FREE e-book “Read Slow” from Westminster Bookstore– A free collection of 15 favorite chapterson reading complied by Westminster Bookstore because they want some thing to offer.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper

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Do you enjoy checking out different links of articles, deals, promos, videos, audio or perhaps grab some freebies? Then head over my post of a big list of curated content post from various Christian blogs. I know you’ll enjoy discovering great content from other blogs.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper published by Crossway. If you like these quotes, you can download the book for free on PDF, mobi, epub and audiobook format or pre-order the print version by clicking here.

“…playing the odds is a fragile place to put your hope. Odds like 3 percent versus 10 percent, youth versus old age, compromised health versus no history of disease, rural versus urban, self-isolated versus home meeting with friends. Playing the odds provides little hope. It is not a firm place to stand.
There is a better way. There is a better place to stand: a Rock of certainty rather than the sand of probabilities.”

“…knowing that the same sovereignty that could stop the coronavirus, yet doesn’t, is the very sovereignty that sustains the soul in it.”

“The coronavirus was sent, therefore, by God. This is not a season for sentimental views of God. It is a bitter season. And God ordained it. God governs it. He will end it. No part of it is outside his sway. Life and death are in his hand.”

“God’s meticulous sovereignty—whether we live or die—serves his holiness and righteousness and goodness and wisdom. In Christ we are not his dispensable pawns. We are his valued children.”

“Neither Satan nor sickness nor sinful man is sovereign. Only God is. And he is good—and wise and sovereign.”

“confidence in the face of death has emboldened Christ’s people for two thousand years. The truth of God’s wise and good sovereignty has been the stabilizing power for thousands of Christians in the sacrifices of love.”

“Calamities are God’s previews of what sin deserves and will one day receive in judgment a thousand times worse. They are warnings. They are wake-up calls to see the moral horror and spiritual ugliness of sin against God.”

“What God is doing in the coronavirus is showing us—graphically, painfully—that nothing in this world gives the security and satisfaction that we find in the infinite greatness and worth of Jesus. “

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Progress” by Adrian Reynolds

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Are you carving some spiritual habits while quarantined at home? If you want to pursue to be a good reader, you need to find good materials that you can read on. I have articles about creating a digital library full of books and also setting up a rack of digital magazines. All of these resources are free.

Here’s some quotes from the book, Progress by Adrian Reynolds published by 10 of Those. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Most of those going into ministry set themselves the goal of making early academic progress, predominantly measured through exams or supervision. Fewer apply the same rigor to their godliness, but even supposing some do, this desire to progress is quickly lost in the maelstrom of ministry.”

“The godliness of a gospel worker is therefore worked out in how he or she relates to others alongside relating to God himself. We must not ignore one at the expense of the other. This also means that active participation in the life of the church is implied.”

“It is not enough, then, to make some progress, although that is a really good start. Our aim is to grow more and more into the likeness of our Saviour, so – depending on his grace and strengthening – we want to keep progressing in those areas where we are weak.”

“The man or woman who hides himself away, investing everything in loving God but giving nothing to love others is, ultimately, a fraud (as is, so it happens, the pastor who claims to love others but is cold towards the Lord).”

“The stakes could not be higher. Gospel ministry is a high calling which demands much. But it is also a glorious calling with the great privilege of seeing men and women bow the knee before Christ Jesus.”

“Our identity as gospel workers is very often wrapped up in our teaching ministry. An admission that we need to keep making progress, therefore, seems remarkably close to an admission of failure.”

“supernatural appointment and human endeavour are natural companions. In fact, they are both necessary if progress is going to happen.”

“Progress also means cultivating and seeking opportunities to demonstrate love to others and doing so more and more. “

The Freebie Round-Up #66

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The corona virus is now a pandemic and people are getting scared. However we should fight fear with take care of ourselves and pray for this infectious virus. So we should stay home for the moment and consider doing productive even at home. And there’s no better way to stay at home and download some great Christian stuff.

So here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And 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, some publishing companies regular freebies, 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 of this round-up.

FREE 3 Volume Collateral Bible- If you think the 20th and 21st centuries produce great chunks of Bible based resources, think again! Download these massive (100 plus MB) free 3 Volume of the Collateral Bible for that will aid you as you study God’s Word.

FREE “Tiberian Pronunciation Tradition of Biblical Hebrew” – Our next massive freebie is this highly scholarly level resource on the Biblical Hebrew. Download it here for free.

FREE “The Sermons of Charles Spurgeon” Vol. 1-4- The last massive freebie on this round up is this 4 volume collection of 800 sermons by the Prince of Preachers. Mongerism is dishing out something that are biblical as well as monumental like this one.

FREE “Lexham Research Commentary of Genesis 1-11” – This month’s free ebook from Logos Software. Get this important title by clicking here.

FREE “The Life of Christ” course – In case you missed this one, its now back in the list. Study the life of Christ through Luke’s gospel and once signed up you’ll immediately receive lesson one. 

FREE e-book “If You Can Ask God One Question” by Paul Williams and Barry Cooper– The Good Book Company is bringing the good stuff (no pun intended). This is the March free book offeron their website.

FREE course download “Is God A Moral Monster?” by Paul Copan– This is great question answered by a great apologist, Credo courses is offering this course for free. This digital pack includes slides, PDF workbook, audio and video of the presentation.

 

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10 of Those free ebook weekly

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By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

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Book Review: Thank God for Bedtime by Geoff Robson

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A theology book about sleep?

Really now?!

Are you serious?!

And if there is such, why should I care or even pick up that book?

We just don’t think much about sleep because we just do it.

But if you think about it, sleeping is something we all do. And does the Bible said whatever you do do it for the Lord. That certainly includes sleep.

Picking this book to read and review is out of curiosity. Sure there is also a book about sleep and I have a audiobook on rest by David Murray, but being specific with the topic about sleep will be a walk in a park for me. However, Thank God for Betime  isn’t just about putting your head on a pillow at night. It’s making most of God by sleeping and beyond it.

In this accessible volume, Geoff Robson shows us how important sleep not for us but for God. If you think there is nothing to talk about sleep biblically then you got it wrong. Finding rest through sleep is more than being unconscious for a few hours but it’s deeper implications of it in how to view God.  The Christian life is surprisingly plenty things to do but we shouldn’t take sleep out of the equation. Robson address sleeping, our lack of it and oversleeping that affects us believers in dealing with God and our neighbors’ that we should love.  It also has it takes on social media, productivity and laziness to name a few, which are integral in understanding why we or we don’t push the snooze button.  However, Geoff Robson is also cautious to what this book is not addressing which might be sensitive to others who would pick up this book.

Thank God for Bedtime is an engagingly precise and clear message of how this God given gift should be viewed and gives utmost importance. Robson wrote a book the unfolds to the reader like flowing water. Easily reach out and take a drink. You’ll easily be immerse by the topic and be refreshed by giving you a new perspective on sleep. You won’t be disappointed with this book. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

(Review copy of this book was provided by Matthias Media)

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Thank God for Bedtime” by Geoff Robson

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Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Thank God for Bedtime by Geoff Robson published by Matthias Media. If you like these quotes please get the book by clicking here.

“God has been alert, fully functioning, and perfectly attentive for every single nanosecond of history. What’s more, not
sleeping has never caused him to become anything less than perfect for even a moment. I get grumpy and irritable when I have to wake up half an hour early; God has never slept, yet
remains utterly flawless.Stop and ponder that for just a moment longer: God. Never. Sleep.”

“God never disregards his people—not for a second—and our ways are never hidden from him. Why? Because he simply never gets tired. He never sleeps.”

“If you wake up tomorrow morning still trusting in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, it’s because God has given you the gift of ongoing faith in Jesus.”

“Declaring that God is good, even in a seemingly chaotic world, is more than wishful thinking; it’s a historically-based, cross-centred trust in God’s character. The only thing better than knowing all the answers is knowing that God knows all the answers and that, somehow, through it all, he’s working for good. “

“Every day, God gives us the gift of being able to climb into bed and leave everything in his hands. Sleep is incredibly humbling—and therefore incredibly glorifying to the God who never sleeps. God does not expect us to be super-human. He expects us to work hard, and he graciously gives us responsibilities to meet”

“We were never meant to eat the toxic bread of anxious toil. So God invites us to rest, to trust him to provide for us, and to receive the delightful gift of sleep.”

“God cares much more about our character than about our competencies. He cares much more about our works being good works—works done in holiness, in love for others—than about the sheer volume of works we accomplish.”

“Because we are whole beings, our sleep is complex and multifaceted. The more we understand the physicality of the good things that happen when we sleep, the more we’ll be driven to seek it, and to praise God when we find it.”

The Freebie Round-Up #65

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Guys, you have 1 day before we pick the winner for the Spurgeon Giveaway. If you haven’t join the contest, enter by clicking this link. Open to ALL PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS ONLY. Prize for this giveaway is sponsored by Lifeway US.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. I have a bunch of live events you can watch for free. And 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.

FREE research paper “The Rise of Religious Freedom and How It Shaped the Political Theology of the United States” – This is an interesting free 14 pages research workthat deals with the development of both history and theology of the church on religious freedom.

FREE “Preaching and Teaching” bundle- Wordsearch Bible is giving away a free 80 volume digital library so you can jump start preaching and teaching God’s Word.

FREE live event “Enjoy Today, Own Tomorrow”- Nancy Alcorn will speak on this free online conference. If you missed it, you can view each speakers presentations till March 19.

FREE family tip sheets – Dwell at Home offers these free downloadable “5 Ways Series” to help the spiritual growth of your family.

FREE infographics from Christ the Cure  –If you enjoy their podcast, you’ll love these free infographics that they created. They gather it in one place and according to them they will upload more of it soon.

FREE e-book “The Keys to Spiritual Growth” with John MacArthur– Crossway presents this classic book for a limited time without any survey to signup for free.

FREE course download “The Resurrection of Jesus” by Gary Habermas– Just in time for Easter, Credo courses is offering this course for free. This digital pack includes slides, PDF workbook, audio and video of the presentation.

By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

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