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The Quotable Round-Up #45

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Happy New Year guys! Here are some of the quotes from the book “Awe” by Paul David Tripp. If you enjoy these quotes, please feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“It’s wrong not to be in awe of what God created, but it’s even more deeply wrong when you can look at created glory without remembering God.”

“It is hard to accept that God knows better than we do.”

“Once awe of God is lost, the loss of a heart to obey isn’t far off.”

“Your admission of awe amnesia is a confession of your continuing need of your loving Redeemer.”

“Here’s the reality: most people who are angry with God are angry with him for being God.”

“If you’re not living in awe of God, you are left with no higher agenda than to live for yourself.”

“Awe of self, worship of self, underlies every form of self-destructive living.”

Comicbook Review: MA-I Book 1: Si Lakan by Arya Chelabian and Faye Villanueva

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Starting this week we will check out a comicbook published by Kawangis Komiks an imprint of Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM). This 5 part series are written and drawn by the dynamic husband and wife tandem of Arya Chelabian and Faye Villanueva. A 5 part book of what they call a Pinoy Manga is something that will First stop is Book 1 of the series is “Si Lakan.”
“Si Lakan” introduces us to the world of MA-I on which the adventures in the series will unfold. Also we will meet our hero of the story, Lakan. Lakan is an adventurous young man who stumbles upon MA-I. His grandfather, Apo Sulatn forbids him to go to MA-I because that place is dangerous. And indeed the next day, going back to MA-I proves the dangers it possess as Lakan and Apo Sulatn got into trouble.
In a few pages this book it already got me hooked! Its action, drama and humor sucked me into reading till the end. It’s a fast phase read for me but the way the story reveals its self amazed me. The adventure story presented in this book is a staple in anime or manga (yet we don’t get tired of that kind of story, right?) The artwork has its high and lows but then again how it blends with the story as it unfolds in every panel is impressive. The tandem of Arya and Faye is awesome. They can really convey the demands of every panel. If you’re a bit conscious on the Pinoy culture thing in this comicbook, don’t worry. You can pick up that stuff along the way as you read it. In fact you can skip the explanations and just dive in to the story. The spiritual stuff is OK but I expect more in the succeeding books.
As an opening salvo of the series, “Si Lakan” delivers the action, the humor and the culture that will hook and entertain you. A good read whether you’re a traditional komiks or manga fan.

Book Review: Signal Number 3 by Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan MD and Jether Amar

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A story that is so near to the heart of every Filipinos who experience typhoon. Yani and his family depicts how Pinoys going through the storm and how they survive with hope in their hearts. Tito Dok didnt just gave a informative guide for kids (and adults) in preparing for the bad weather but injects suspense which makes this book a page turner. Jether Amar captured the drama as he renders his talent in this book.

Kids will be challenged with this book as they learn to prepare for a typhoon and see what they can expect in the aftermath. Holding on to God in the midst of a calamity is also highlighted in this book.

Teachers Can Make an Impact
I once read a T-Shirt that somewhat reads “Teacher’s Makes Impact to a Student for Eternity”. Indeed, teachers does have that ability. They are the ones that build up a person that will also make an impact to others. Do you remember your teachers in elementary and high school? What kind of teachers do you remember that really did influenced you? Is he the kind one or the terror you dont want to attend the class? Who every he or she is, you should be thankful because of that teacher, you were able to read this article.
Speaking of teachers, Galatians 3:24 states that the law (specially the 10 Commandments) is a teacher (schoolmaster or tutor in other Bible translations) that leads us to Christ. Without this law we will not know that we sin against God (Romans 7: 7-13). Have we examined ourselves in the light of the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20). Are you good enough for heaven? Have you lied? Took something that doesnt belong to you? You’re a thief if you have done that. Have you been angry with someone? According to Matthew 5, Jesus says thats murder. Thats only 3 of the 10 Commandments which is enough for God to punish us. And the punishment of our sins is eternity in hell.
The 10 Commandments of God serves as a mirror to see our filthiness (sins) and it also says that we should come to Jesus to wash us clean. God is holy and we cannot come to Him because of our sins. But being merciful, God made a way so that we can come to Him by sending Jesus Christ to save us (Juan 3:16). Doing good works, being charitable, having baptized and being a member of a church wont make us righteous to God. If we insist in doing that to be accepted by God, we are like a criminal trying to bribe a good judge. Only through the blood of Jesus Christ he shed in Calvary can wash our sins. Why not repent and trust in Jesus today (Efeso 2:8-9, Romans 10:13) and receive His free gift of salvation? Call on Him today and He will save you.

Book Review: Getting Into God by Stuart Briscoe

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Everything has a beginning and the Christian life is no exemption. That’s why to be a Christian, one must be born again. And like a physical birth, spiritual birth starts with the basic in order to grow. Babies drink milk. So do new believers. Babies crawl then eventually takes small steps. Christians also has to crawl and do some baby steps. “Getting Into God” gives us some guide in order to grow in our newly found faith in Christ.

Briscoe divided this short book into two parts. It might be a familiar territory for some but the treatment of every part of this book comes with freshness that is why it’s a good read. Briscoe gave us a not-so technical approach to the first two chapters of the book. The lion share of the book goes to Part 2 and Part 3 which is about prayer and witnessing respectively. I find odd considering that reading the Bible, praying, going to church and witnessing which are essential for Christian growth should be treated in equal parts n a book. But as you dive in the book, you’ll appreciate what Briscoe did. Every chapter ends with something interesting.

Although this book is geared towards the new believer, it does however give something for seasoned believers. Dip in to this brief boom and you’ll benefit from it. The book ends with a personal Bible study that immediately sets the reader to benefit from God’s Word.

This beginner’s guide is a good tool for new Christians. Practical and insightful, get this book for yourself and someone beginning his Christian walk.

Book Review: What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? by David Platt

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It’s a coincidence that this book was published by OMFLit in time of David Platt being the new president of the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention. With the caliber of Platt, the IMB will never be the same and I looking forward for developments on it.

“What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me?” tackles what it means to be saved and the cost of following Christ which is both essential for a Christian. It maybe a short book but it has an engaging impact like any David Platt book. His message here is somewhat a combination of his “Radical” and John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life.” Also it is a sort of “prequel” of “Radical” and “Follow Me” which “….Follow Me?’ can be categorized as evangelistic while the latter (longer) books are for discipleship. Although it’s evangelistic, yet it tackles snippets of discipleship. As you read the book and how those aspects of evangelism and discipleship mix in, you’ll see that David Platt is a gifted writer.

OMFLit should be praised for publishing this book and how affordable it is. You can buy this in multiple copies to be given to new believers and unbelievers alike. If OMFLit can do it to other books like “For Your Joy” by John Piper or the Francis Schaeffer classic “The Mark of the Christian”, it will be pretty awesome. But as for now, “What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me?” they have published a book that if every Pinoy Christian will read, it will trail blaze us to a new level of loving and following Christ.

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr

Book Review: May Powers Ka To Be #SuperEpic by Mighty Rasing

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Fresh from the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) comes a book from a prolific blogger, Mighty Rasing. You may know him as host of the “Happy Yuppie Podcast” (that addresses young professionals) and Family Matters over DZAS. And as you listen or follow him over his social media outlets, you’ll find his wisdom practical and indispensable. So it’s high time for him to release a book.

“May Powers Ka To Be #SuperEpic” is quirky book that is a cross between the Harris brothers book “Do Hard Things”, a pinch of John Maxwell, biblical principles, pop culture and some geekiness blended in Taglish (Tagalog-English) language. In the midst of it all, it has a vision and a heart of a youth worker that sees Pinoy youth’s that can make an impact to the society.

Reading this book, you’ll it will equip you to know and use your hidden “powers”. Every chapter has this reference over Marvel/DC superheroes (which made the fanboy in me happy). By doing this, Mighty’s book is not just another ‘How-to” book but an accessible and entertaining read. The principles he gave in this book really sticks to the mind and heart of his young and not so young (like me) readers.

“May Powers Ka To Be #SuperEpic” is a great book that is a must read for every Christian youth. I’ve already shared this book to my young people and I got a lot of positive feedbacks. Get this book if you want to have powers to make a mark in this society.

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr

 

Words of Discouragement Part 5 (Isaiah 36 and 37)

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We are now in the conclusion of our topic discouragement. Last week we saw how Hezekiah took this matter by consulting the right people and coming to God for help. Now lets watch what God did for Hezekiah and his kingdom.

“Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.”Isaiah 37:36-38

This is the result of the right move done by Hezekiah v