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:

Freebie Round-Up #53

Freebie Round-Up #52

Freebie Round-Up #51

Freebie Round-Up #50

 

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “To Fly To Serve” by Adrian Reynolds

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It’s the mid week and I hope you’re enjoying God in everything you are doing. Maybe you’re at the office busy (like my wife) or at home (like me taking care of our baby daughter). God is the God even in the mundane. If fact, the ordinary can be extraordinary when you do it for the glory of God.

Anyways, here are 8 favorite quotes from Adrian Reynolds book To Fly To Servepublished by 10 Publishing. My book review can be read by clicking this link.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by clicking to 10 Publishing.

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“Remember, your role as speaker is to get from the page of the text to the heart of the hearers.”

“…any Bible speaker in any setting must be prayerfully dependent on the power of the Spirit in their preparation and delivery, beforehand and afterwards. Only when he is at work will anything happen.”

“You can start badly, and even finish badly, but still deliver a good talk overall. However, if the middle section’s content is not there, even the best introduction and sparkiest ending will leave your hearers cold and empty.”

“Your task, as pilot of this Bible talk, is to get the truth from the page of the Bible to the heart of your hearers. Get that bit wrong and your Bible talk is not a Bible talk at all.”

” those of us who are piloting the Bible talks are doing so in complete and utter dependence on The Company: in our case, the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit.”

“With careful and prayerful preparation, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, the talk you are about to give may have exactly the same effect, or even better, than if Piper, Keller or Roberts was standing in front of your audience.”

” a Bible talk is not over until listeners are left thinking about what the main teaching and application is for them personally.”

“A Bible talk is easiest, let’s be honest, if your listeners are all in the same boat. But in most normal churches and settings that’s unlikely to be the case. You’re more likely to be speaking to a mixed lot.”

 

 

 

 

 

Pinoy Preacher List #7

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Here we are on our seventh installment of this series. If you miss out the five other list, they’re provided at the end of this post.

Isidro Dadula – Pastor Boy shepherds Molino Grace Grace Church at Bacoor, Cavite. His sermons can be access on their church Youtube Channel.

Bob Amigo – At the heart of NCR is Higher Rock Christian Church. HRCC is known for the Higher Rock Conference which brings sought after conference speakers to the Christian Filipinos. HRCC is pastored by Bob Amigo. You can access his messeges from their church website.

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Jurem Ramos – Pastor Jurem U. Ramos is the Senior Pastor of Soli Deo Gloria Church, Davao City. Pastor Jurem is known for the radio program The Shepherd’s Voice which airs on 702 DZAS on the AM band. You can listen or watch to his sermons at their multi media ministry website.

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

Pinoy Preacher List #1

Pinoy Preacher #2

Pinoy Preacher List #3

Pinoy Preacher List #4 

Pinoy Preacher List #5

Pinoy Preacher List #6

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.

Book Review: “To Fly To Serve” by Adrian Reynolds

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Getting this book and starting to read it I was puzzled on what this book is about.  The word Bible talk didn’t help me grasp what To Fly To Serve  is all about. In my mind I thought this book, is about sparking a talk about the Bible while on board a plane. I also thought this book is about how pilots or crews can live up being a Christian in their profession. Well it took me a couple pages before I realized that its not striking a spiritual conversation on a plane nor Christians in the workplace. To Fly To Serve is book about sermon or message preparations that will make an impact to your listener.

To Fly To Serve Reynolds is so spot on in trying to convey the message of the book. Using how airlines works all through out the book is a very creative, unique and it makes it easy to digest in the mind. Reynolds really nailed it and manage to glue you till the end of this book. Reading it at the initial pages you might not connect on what Reynolds is talking about, but you’ll get the hang of it as you read further.

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To Fly To Serve is focus on how to deliever your message and not about the content of your sermon. Reynolds provides the step by step and also the ups and downs in preparing a good message that will stick to your hearers.

A quick guide on how to prepare for preaching or teaching in the ministry, To Fly To Serve is a great resource for Christians. This short book definitely will decluter the preparations of a message that sometimes we find complicated and messy. Both seasoned and novice will benefit from this book.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

Pinoy Preacher List # 6

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We are on our sixth installment of this series and I hope some of you already check out the sermons of some previously featured preachers. If you miss out the five other list, they’re provided at the end of this post.

Jeff Uriarte – Further down south in Cagayan de Oro, we find Pastor Jeff. He pastors Grace Reformed Church. He happens to be a blogger too and his blog is in Cebuano dialect. You can read his blog post in this link. And of course, his sermon videos can be access on the Facebook Page of their church.

Kim Javier Lapiz – Another preacher from CDO is Pastor Kim who pastors Jiteh Reformed Church. You can access his messeges from the church Facebook Page.

Edilberto Agquiz – Back to my home city here in Batangas City, we find our last preacher on this installment. Pastor Bobet shepherds the newly established Batangas Reformed Baptist Church. You can watch his preaching (and other preachers) by clicking this link.

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

Pinoy Preacher List #1

Pinoy Preacher #2

Pinoy Preacher List #3

Pinoy Preacher List #4 

Pinoy Preacher List #5

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.

Pinoy Preacher List # 5

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In this special installment of this series, Delighting Grace list down pastors who are bloggers. They might not have online sermons but writes entries on a blog to share their insights.

Zigfred Maceren Diaz – Pastor Zigfred is the senior pastor of The Master’s Community Fellowship based in Cebu. He is the admin of a FB group, Baptist Theological Forum. He was featured in this blog as he tackles some Baptist erronious belief in his paper. He blogs at Life Hacks for Polymaths.

Enriqueto Alleje Sabio – At the heart of Metro Manila, Pastor Entiqueto leads Sovereign Mercy Evangelical Church. He works as an artist with his wife at MMS Music and Arts studio and also a technical director over Fun Guys Studio, a game development company. You can read his post on Sovereign Mercy Evangelical Church and on Reformed Exegetes Society.

Jezreel Notarte – Pastor Jezreel shepherds Way of Life Baptist Church. He blogs his sermons notes, thoughts and experiential learning over his blog.

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

Pinoy Preacher List #1,

Pinoy Preacher #2, 

Pinoy Preacher List #3

Pinoy Preacher List # 4 

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.

Pinoy Preacher List #4

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This is Delighting Grace fourth batch of Pinoy preachers you should read, listen or watch. Please consider praying for this series that it might widen the ministry reach of these preachers and lift up God’s name everywhere.

Rene Maramara – Pastor Maramara is the pastor of a Reformed church in Manila, Sovereign Grace Church.  His preaching can be accessed at Sovereign Grace Church Manila Facebook page and on Youtube.

Jorge L. Gumop-as – Pastor Jorge pastors a church down south of Metro Manila, Sovereign Grace Christian Church of San Pedro. He’s a graduate of Grace Ministerial Academy.  He has sermons on SGCC Facebook account and  on Youtube.

Ryan Ermac – Lastly, further down south of the Philippines, is Cebu where Pastor Ryan shepherds Apologia Gospel Church.  Ryan is a licensed chemical engineer from the University of San
Carlos and is finishing his Master’s in Theology, Major in Pastoral Studies at the Cebu Graduate School of Theology. You can watch his Cebuano/ English sermons here on Youtube.

If you have miss out the previous installments Pinoy Preacher List #1Pinoy Preacher #2 and Pinoy Preacher List #3.  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 Quotable Round-Up #117

zlhzkl3Have you watched “American Gospel”? We’ll I did this week and it was excellent. The documentary really nailed the prosperity gospel. It’s 2 hours and 19 minutes full of moving interviews and clips that will open your eyes to the deception of this movement. Here’s some quotes from the film and if you want to get copy of it click here.

“The ultimate gift of the gospel is not these all other things, it’s God Himself. God is both the giver and the gift.”
— Trevin Wax

“If someone doesn’t have the right view of the gospel, they don’t have the right view of anything.”
— Paul Washer

“There’s an assumption that unbeliver’s are seeking after God. When in reality, they are seeking after a God of their own choosing.” — Anthony Wood

“The prosperity gospel is exactly like marrying someone for their money.” — Sean Demars

“The reason why people teach that it’s always God’s will to heal and if it doesn’t the problem is them, is because that’s a good way to manipulate people. Prosperity theology means money.” — Costi Hinn

“One of the quickest way to spot a counterfeit gospel is to ask the question, ‘Who is this gospel about?’ Is this gospel or good news primarily about you and your personal happiness or is it a message about God.” — Trevin Wax

“In terms of biblical Christianity, Christianity is about dying.” — Michael Horton