8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “The Sermon on the Mount: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached” (Trevor Bates)

Happy Easter! May the hope of the risen Christ be always in your hearts as we start another week as living testimonies for our Savior.

Now here are my favorite quote from the book The Sermon on the Mount: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached by Trevor Bates. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.

“The Preacher of the Sermon on the Mount cares for those to whom He preaches, and He loves them. This means that He moves toward them, and they see His tender love and care. What is the response of seeing such tender love and care? They follow.”

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Pinoy Preacher List #9

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After 10 months, Pinoy Preacher List is back! Many things happened specifically as we go through this pandemic. Pastors who once didn’t want to post videos, stream their Sunday services through Zoom and FB Live are now availing these techie innovations to reach out their congregations. And I hope this series can feature all of your online messages for other folks to watch.

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Book Review “The Cross in Four Words” by Kevin DeYoung Richard Coekin, and Yannick Christos-Wahab

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As Christian publishers rushes to print books relevant to this trying times, sometimes the real message might get lost. Yes, I praise those publisher for helping churches and ministries with biblical answers and they are doing a good job. However,  we almost miss something that is more important than COVID19 or the racial crisis.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “The Cross in Four Words” by Kevin DeYoung Richard Coekin, and Yannick Christos-Wahab

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Just finished a book this Tuesday!  Yay! How about you? What are you reading today? What do you do when you finish reading one? Are you almost done reading it or are you just starting a book? Please let me know.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, The Cross in Four Words by  Kevin DeYoung Richard Coekin, and Yannick Christos-Wahab published by The Good Book Company. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“This is what makes the gospel such good, good news. God does not primarily save us from the brokenness of the world; he primarily saves us from himself. He is angry and he cannot abide sin, and yet in his grace he provides a substitute.”

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The Freebie Round-Up #70

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We are in the halfway mark of the translation of the book of John Piper. Some havent yet submitted their chapter and some are undergoing editing. My last chore was translating the introduction video of the book which will be added as the Taglish or Tagalog subtitles. Please continue to pray for us to complete this project.

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 ebook “Christianity and Liberalism” by J. Gresham Machen– This is the latest free offeringfrom Mongerism available in epub, .mobi and .pdf formats.

FREE Bibe Study “Eschatology 101: An Exploration of the Christian’s Hope”- This free 12 week Bible lessons is presented by Reformed Youth Ministry to give not just for the curious but also clarity and hope for the youth.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “19 Pastoral Thoughts on Covid-19” by Conrad Mbewe

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Happy Lord’s Day!  This is my second week on not being able to come to church because of our enhanced community quarantine. Three weeks ago is my last opportunity to preach and my wife wasn’t with me. But thank God the church is still having services and our pastor gave an online message as well. Later I’ll be check it out.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the booklet, 19 Pastoral Thoughts on Covid-19 by Conrad Mbewe published by Evergreen Publishers . If you like these quotes, please download the book by clicking here.

“In our current global crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic, this thought cannot be too far away from our minds: “Has God sent this as a plague upon humanity?” The politically correct answer is, “No, because he is a loving God. He cannot cause the kind of global panic, suffering and death that we are seeing from this pandemic.” However, the biblically correct answer is, “Yes, because he is a God who makes well-being and creates calamity.” God is in sovereign control of all things—including viruses.”

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Disruptions From the Old Normal

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As my Facebook feed fills with news, memes, and rants about the COVID19, I quickly turn to check my e-mails. It also has tons of e-mails pertaining to the pandemic, but there are some exemptions. One of which is reminding me of something that is so important we might miss it out?

What might we miss in the midst of a global crisis?

Lent! We might forgot it’s still Lent. We are in the Passion Week. Also don’t forget, Easter. Easter pointing to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of the Christian message.  Will we miss this out in the midst of fear and anxiety? Will we miss it out because it belongs to the ‘old normal”?

As the so called “new normal” takes over because of the virus, we might temporary forget the “old normal” along with its holy disruptions like Lent. Let add also Sunday worship, prayer meetings, devotions and Bible study as disruptors of the “old normal”. But aren’t we already neglecting, forgetting or down playing these “disruptions” of the “old normal” even before this “new normal” came in?  Did the fire of these holy disruptions became cold as we progress in our Christian life?

I praise churches and pteachers that make much of these troubled times to go to technology to continue their services and Bible study. Some even had a digital communion. I’m glad believers are still pushing these holy disruptors of the “old normal” to the “new normal”. Truly it’s a fascinating time we are in. Of course, the “new normal” brought up by the pandemic drives people to seek God and it is a good thing. But what if after this ordeal and a new “new normal” sets in, will we further push the old “old normal” holy disruptions? How will the the holy disruptors thrive in the new enviroment?

Some of us are following the church liturgical calendar. Our church is not big on Lent but we do have a tradition of gathering for Lord’s Supper during Good Friday and a sunrise service on Easter. It’s a good thing to have these kinds of events that sort of nudging us to remember God in the “old normal” aside from the weekly Sunday service and Lord’s Table.

We might miss out Lent. We might miss Easter. We might miss out other things because of the pandemic.  Including His second coming. Impossible? Go check Luke 18:8.

So what should we do? What can we accomplish on both the “new normal” and “old normal” and supercedes these and everything that will come our way? I have a suggestion. Make these disruptions intentional! In reality, everything that distracts us whether it’s a holy pursuit or indulging in sin, for better or for worse, didn’t come to us unexpectedly. Nor does it came as an accident. We want to be distracted. We intent to be distracted.

We should thank God that He uses days, weeks, people, places and even virus outbreaks to remind of His grace and mercy. These gifts allows us to strengthen our Christian life. Whether its Lent or COVID19, we should be thankful for that reminder.  God is the God of the “old normal” and the “new normal”. His holy disruptions will go on with Him. The only question is: will we pay attention to these distractions?

Pinoy Preacher List #8

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After a couple of months hiatus, this series is back for it’s eight (and hopefully not the final) list of Filipino preachers and their sermons. If you miss out the other seven installment, they’re provided at the end of this post.

Xley Miguel – Xley leads Christ’s Heritage Church located at Libis, Quezon City. You can watch his sermons over YouTube and connect with their church by visiting its FB page.

Lance Filio – Down South of Manila is Zion Cornerstone Reformed Church at Imus Cavite. Rev. Lance Filio pastors the church. For more information about the church, head over to their FB Page. To listen to Rev. Lance’s sermons with transcript, you can access them at their church website.

Ramil Corpus – Back in Manila specifically at Old Sta. Mesa is Ramil Corpus. He pastors Sola Scriptura Christian Church. He also writes and translates articles for an apologetics website, GotQuestions. He has a weekly FB live program called, Narrow Gate which tackles doctrines and other biblical topics. Find the latest episode by check their FB page.

If you have missed out the previous installments here are the links:

Pinoy Preacher List #1

Pinoy Preacher List #2

Pinoy Preacher List #3

Pinoy Preacher List #4 

Pinoy Preacher List #5

Pinoy Preacher List #6

Pinoy Preacher List #7

Would you like to help me grow this list? If you know pastors or preachers who are Calvinistic or Reformed and has sermons online, please do e-mail me at nitoymgonzales@gmail.com.

The Freebie Round-Up # 54

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My heart is grieving at a local hospital pedia ward. Lots of children are crying in pain because of dengue. That’s yesterday when I picked up my father from the hospital because he was discharged after an operation. I remember I was teaching God’s providence on our small group as I pass the pedia ward. That really bothers me. Please pray for these children that God may have mercy on them.

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 e-book “The Soul’s Conflict with Itself” by Richard Sibbes –  Newly published by Monergism, this free e-book, Richard Sibbes reflects on Psalms 42: 11.

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FREE e-book “What Time is Purple?” from Living Waters– Get this digital copy of a new evangelistic booklet from Living Waters. And if your from the US they are offering mass copies for you to give away for free. 

FREE online event from David Platt – Something Has to Change is a live simulcast from David Platt’s church and you can sign up for free updates to watch in online. You can also attend in person to that event.

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FREE e-book “A Theology of The Office” – I’m not familiar with that hit TV show but Think Christian provides this free e-book picking the best episodes and characters that made mentions of God and some view of theology.

FREE webcast “Is Biblical Greek Study Still Relevant to the Church Today?” – This free webcast featuring Bill Mounce is over, but you can still register and watch the replay.  And as added bonus, they have some downloadable freebies.

FREE e-book “Life in the Wild” by Dan DeWitt– This is the free e-book of the month offer from The Good Book Company. 

FREE webinar from  CSB – Learn the history, translation philosophy and everything in between on this CSB free webinar with an Q and A from Brandon Smith. For US attendees you’ll get a free Bible.

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:

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

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Freebie Round-Up #52

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Freebie Round-Up #50