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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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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5 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Share Copy/Paste Post on Facebook

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Have you seen friends posting on their wall, a long response to the latest issue only to find out in the end of status, it’s a copy/paste post? Copy/paste post are pre-made opinionated response on Facebook that are pass along by a friend from another friend with uncomfirmable source. It’s making rounds in Facebook because it’s easy to share without typing their own response to the issue. It presents a relatable content that Facebook users find it irresistible not to share.

However, this kind of scheme earns a red flag because of it potential harm in the social media landscape. We already have fake news and troll armies, and copy/paste post has a possibility to wreck havoc. So here’s five reasons why we should not share this kind of content.

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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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Book Review: “Conspiracy Theory” by Doug Van Dorn

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Reading a book about conspiracy theory in the midst of the pandemic might be weird for some. However, when you open your Facebook, scroll a bit and you’ll see some stuff that are made for X-Files or The Twilight Zone?  Conspiracy theory didn’t take a day off in a world fighting against a virus. Instead they are having a field day into our favorite social media. I’m glad that an author, in the midst of the pandemic (which might be weird for some) wrote something to keep people sane about it and offers biblical insights on handling conspiracy theory.

From the book cover and interior design you might dismiss that the author is into UFO or X-Files (or you might hear it’s theme as you read the book) . However, Conspiracy Theory by Douglas Van Dorn, is not a book just trying to dazzle you with aesthetics of the book but lacks content. You might be concern that this book maybe full of conspiracy stuff that will turn you off. Well its not.  The content here is really really good. I don’t know if there is another book out in the market that has this kind of subject, but  you can’t go wrong in picking up Conspiracy Theory.

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Book Review: “Where is God in A Coronavirus World?” by John Lennox

i1mfulp This pandemic has caused alot anxiety for people. Many are driven inside their homes for weeks. Locked with them are fears, doubts and questions. What will happen if me and my family gets this deadly virus? When will this pandemic end? Some also might ask spiritual questions. Is this virus judgment for our sin? Why is this world full of pain and suffering? Where is God and what is He doing to take this COVID19? Thank God there are Christians who heed the call of God to give answers from His Word. One of those resources is this book from John Lennox, Where is God in A Coronavirus World?

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