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The Digital Round-Up #4

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aslvob2Howdy partners! I bring you the new and improved “The Digital Round-Up”. This curated post will featured my personal picks. This is a random collection favorite article, freebies, quotable from my social media, videos and anything I find interesting. So I hope you enjoy this post and if you have something I want to feature on this post, please feel free to comment below.

Free stuff from CCEF – Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation offers pastors free resources in tackling the six basic struggles.

Fast Food – a promotional comic for Mercedes Benz (and also for the upcoming Justice League movie) featuring Batman and Flash.

Asia’s Least and Most Stressful Cities – Check out this list of least and most stressful cities according to a recent study (Hint: Manila is 4th)

Throwback post: 5 Vital Verses Catholics Should Read from the Catholic Bible

How to Stop the Spread of Fake News

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The Digital Round-Up #2

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aslvob2Howdy partners! I bring you the new and improved “The Digital Round-Up”. This curated post will featured my personal picks. This is a random collection favorite article, freebies, quotable from my social media, videos and anything I find interesting. So I hope you enjoy this post and if you have something I want to feature on this post, please feel free to comment below.

Al Mohler’s new ebook – Titled “Gathering Storm: Religious Liberty and the Right to be Christian” is a free download that tackles the hottest issue of the day.

Another free ebook from David Platt – His new ebook “The 4 Marks of a True Disciple” is free and also entitles you for a free membership account to MyVerge which you can access more free ebooks.

I’m Currently reading – “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green. My first from him and my first fiction after reading some Christian books. Here’s two quotes from the book:

“You think you’re the painter, but you’re the canvas.”

“True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice in the matter.”

Would Like to Recommend – an online seller of brand new and pre-loved CD’s with discounted prices. Been his buyer for months now and I’m totally satisfied. Now you can complete your collection just by dropping by CD’s Atbp.

Drain the BermudaTriangle – We have been for years intrigued by this mysterious place. Now using the latest technology, watch as it uncovers the hidden mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

5 Confidence Boosters for 2016 (and 4 Ways to Thank God for It) Part 2

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Continuing last weeks list of confidence boosters that are God given, here are numbers 3 to 5. Next week we will conclude it with 4 ways to thank God for these awesome confidence boosters
3.) On God’s Word
A voice says, “Cry!”And I said, “What shall I cry?”All flesh is grass, and all its beautyOr all its constancy is like the flower of the field.The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it;surely the people are grass.The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
– Isaiah 40: 6-8
The Bible is not a catalog of do’s and don’ts. It is the God’s Word. And since its from God, it is dependable. As we glance back to the verse, we can see that His words will stand forever. Man’s words may falter but the message of the Bible will not. Therefore it’s dependable.
4.) Proclaiming the gospel
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news;Or O herald of good news to Jerusalem lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah,”Behold your God!”—Isaiah 40: 9
We have confidence that in sharing the love of Christ to others our labor will not be in vain. All of it is gain even if we face rejection. We don’t however gain anything if we don’t tell the gospel and lose the rewards God will give to us. The gospel is powerful because it came from God. For those who accept the gospel it is an eternal blessing. Rejecting this message of love leads to eternal condemnation.
5.) In God
“Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”—Isaiah 40: 10-11
One might complain that the God of the Old Testament is one unloving God. But Psalms 23 dispels that notion. And so are these verses. God is shown as a compassionate shepherd that tends His sheep. He “tends”, “gather the lambs in his arms”, “carry them in his bosom” and “gently lead those that are with young.” Its one thing to get a confidence boost on the promises of God in His Word and its another thing to lean to God Himself. The God of eternity to eternity gets personal with His elect. Getting personal has been a reputation of God. He has done that when he walk this earth 2,000 years ago. He will do it again soon.
(to be concluded next week…)

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.

Comicbook Review: The Book of God by Ben Avery and Javier Saltares

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Finally Kingstone Comics hits the Philippines shores. These graphic novels are one-shot stories in high quality trade paperback. Content and artwork are great. CLC Philippines is a genius in bringing these Christian comics to the Philippine market.

The first book I read is “The Book of God”. The comic tackles the history of how we got God’s Word. Now the history of the Bible in a comicbook format is very risky thing to publish. Will the reader get bored or confused with the content? Will the artwork suffer considering it cant convey thilling action scenes? Will people tkae this book seriously considering its in a comic format? Despite the stuff you can throw to bog down this comic, all I can say this book is a runaway!

Reading this graphic novel clears all my inquires about the history of the Bible.  Ben Avery is a master storyteller that puts something that can be technical and will consume a thick volume to tackle topic in a comicbook. He brings the scholarly stuff to the hands of an average joe. He didnt withdraw in discussing the Apocypha books, canon and the Bible versions which may leave the readers having information overload or distaste to read more. The artwork is not a visual eye candy but helps also explain certain aspects of the story that words cant.

“The Book of God” connected the important pieces of the history of the Bible in a format that is accessable  and enjoyable. If I had to choose between a book with the same topic discussed in this comic, I would chose this graphic novel. For the new and the seasoned believers you’re in for a ride of your life. Its an oddessey through history filled with information that will equip you and fall in love with God’s Word. I highly recommend this comicbook.

Leading Kids to Christ: Delighting Grace Interviews EvanTell

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We are on the last four months of the year and having a blog theme about children is quite a challenge. Now we will focus on another aspect of this theme which is sharing the gospel to children. So I asked Sarah Bowler of Evantell to tell us something about child evangelism.

Delighting Grace: How important is child evangelism?

Sarah Bowler: Studies indicate that as many as 85% of all Christians came to faith between the ages of four and fourteen. That’s a powerful testimony to the importance of children’s evangelism and shows that to be a children’s worker is a high calling.
Additionally, those who come to Christ as children have the blessing of living their whole lives with the joy and peace that come from knowing Christ, as well as the opportunity to influence many others through the course of a lifetime.

Delighting Grace:  Is there an appropriate age that we can say this is the right time we can share the gospel?

Sarah Bowler: All children vary and may come to an understanding of the gospel at different ages, so there is not a particular age that is the so called “right time.” Some will understand the gospel at a much younger age than others.
Try to ascertain where a child is spiritually and begin from where they already are in their understanding. For instance, with young children or children who have not heard any of the gospel before, I often begin by telling them how much God loves them. I might start by giving specific examples such as how God created the world we live in or gives us food to eat. As their understanding grows, you can then take it to the next level by talking about the way God showed he loved us most—by dying for us.

Delighting Grace:  Is it hard to evangelize a child?

Sarah Bowler: On one hand, it is encouraging to know that the gospel message by which we are saved is simple enough that we can explain it to a child. However, children’s evangelism should be approached cautiously, because children can easily be confused by unclear gospel presentations, not understand what they are doing, and thus not actually trust Christ as Savior.

Delighting Grace: What if this kid is the only member in his family that received Jesus. Do you think the kid will have issues to his family because of what he did?

Sarah BowlerYes, it is possible that there will be some hard issues to face with a child’s family, particularly in countries that may be more harsh toward the gospel. I will say, though, that I’ve heard manymore positive stories in which a child who trusted Christ then went on to lead his or her whole family to Christ.
Recently, one of our EvanTell employees visited his home country of Vietnam on a missions trip to work with children and equip believers in evangelism. On a previous trip, he had helped lead some children to Christ. This time many adults in that same village came to listen to the gospelon his return trip because they had witnessed the testimony of Christ at work in the lives of those children.

Delighting Grace: What are the different ways to share the gospel to children?

Sarah Bowler: One of my favorite tools is the Good News Wristband (http://bit.ly/Z7kj2k), which is a gospel bracelet with 5 colors that each correspond to a Bible verse and specific part of the gospel message. Talking about what each color means is an easy way to share the gospel. I also love that it is easily adaptable. If I don’t have the bracelet, I could use construction paper, crayons, or colored beads to tell the same story.

Another fun tool is our CrossTalk tract (http://bit.ly/1rMRSUm), which unfolds in the shape of a cross as you read through the gospel message.
There are several good methods out there, but the key thing to any gospel message is that it contains three things: (1) Our sin separates us from God; (2) Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead; and (3) We must trust Christ alone for salvation.

Delighting Grace: If a kid comes up to you and say “I want to share Jesus to my friends. Can you help me?” what will you tell a child if he wants to share the gospel?

Sarah Bowler:  First, I would offer encouragement and let them know what a great thing it is to share Christ with their friends. Then, I’d probably go over a simple way they could share Christ, perhaps using one of the techniques above.</em>

As you talk with the kid, ask questions while you share your method to make sure that he or she is understanding what you are saying and also has a clear understanding of the gospel message him or herself.

Delighting Grace: If a Christian wants to reach out to kids for Christ, how do they start?

Sarah BowlerI’d suggest taking EvanTell’s free online Seedlings Training for children’s evangelism(http://bit.ly/1tu2CGX). Seedlings is great for anyone who is a children’s worker in a church, or simply knows children (grandparents, parents, caregivers, etc.)

Delighting Grace: Thank you for your time Sarah. Last question: How can we learn more about your ministry or receive evangelism materials?

Sarah Bowler: You can find out more about our ministry by visiting evantell.org or following one of our social media outlets: twitter.com/EvanTell, facebook.com/evantell, pinterest.com/evantell.mTo purchase materials, visit our evangelism warehouse—http://act111.christianbook.com/.

Recap “15 Days/15 Books” Part 2

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imageBefore I round up the 5 children’s book reviews in this book campaign, I would like to say something to our online friends. First, a thank you for reading the reviews and following me the blog. May you be bless by the review and the gospel message that goes along with it. Second, an apology if I’m posting too much in your little space over Facebook and making it look like spam post. Please bear another 5 days (?) and this is all over. Please pray that this blog will make an impact to people specially the gospel.

So before I tell you a good news, lets take another look at the 2nd batch of book reviews:

The White Shoes by Grace D. Chong and Sergio Bumatay III
http://tinyurl.com/m2n9q3t

Boom Bang Clang by Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides and Robert Magnuson
http://tinyurl.com/myndoxv

What’s in Jochebed’s Basket? by Beng Alba and Ingrid Camille G. Tan
http://tinyurl.com/kfeybot

Bakit Hindi Naka-lipistik si Nanay? by Grace D. Chong and Kora Dandan-Albano
http://tinyurl.com/lqtzrbe

So You Want to be a Scientist? by Elizabeth Ong and Harvey Ong
http://tinyurl.com/p6z8b3b

As I have said I have a good news. Creation Ministries International has a special concern over the Philippines in terms of educating us with creation science. They will be opening a Philippine based organization called Philippine Creation Network (PCN). They will be providing resources either free or low cost to reach out Pinoys. Not only that they will be speakers that will be send to hold seminars. Still in the works though but please include them in your prayers. Also I would like to contribute in PCN by offering my blogging skill. If God willing, this organization will help spread the creation science and the gospel. You can check CMI website, http://www.creation.com for more info. Till next post guys!