Before You Bash Quiboloy, Ask Yourself These Questions First

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Apollo Quiboloy is all over the place. This religious teacher, who hails from Davao is making the headlines because of the recent scandal his church had committed in the US. You might know him with his infamous proclamation as the appointed “Son of God” or his friendship with President Rodrigo Duterte. However he became a household name (and tons of memes) because of his claims of stopping an earthquake.

This popular leader have lots of questionable beliefs and practices that obviously raises questions. It’s easy for us believers to dismiss Quiboloy as a false teacher. We might not be a leading apologist but with a simple reading of the Scriptures we can easily detect what is wrong with Quiboloy. But how about these warning signs of unbiblical beliefs that we might find inside our churches and its leadership? How about blind spots that go unchecked? What if these are not grounded in biblical soils but on shaky man made traditions? What if these undermines what is a healthy church? What if your are trapped in a cult?

This article aims not to promote, side step or justify Quiboloy. Nor create a sort of hypocrite fallacy that will turn the spotlight to our very own flawed leaders. We ought to submit ourselves (including Quiboloy) over the Word of God. Also we ought to expose biblical errors from cults to the church that we belong to. That is the duty of every believer and to people who are seeking the truth. Our very aim as we search and submit to the authority of the Bible is, by the power of the Holy Spirit, convict us from our errors ,repent and do what is right.

Some of the questions here are obvious red flags and some are not. The point of these question is for us to go examine ourselves first and prayerfully ask our church leaders about it.  Before you call a church a cult or someone a false teacher,  through these questions, better do some research first. And I mean do lots of research. Calling a church a cult or it’s leadership false teachers is a very sensitive issue. There is no perfect church nor flawless church leaders.  However, if the Scripture says the opposite of what we deemed to believe as biblical specially on major doctrines then we should comply to what has been delivered once to the saints. If these questions gives you some hint, then its time to pray, examine and talk with your leaders.

If you did a quick scan of this article, you’ll find that it provides no apologetics to the beliefs of Apollo Quiboloy and his church,  Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name. If you need that kind of article, let me refer you to this post by Got Questions.

Sothe next time you bash Quiboloy, look at your own church and go through these questions:

Do they exalt themselves above or equal to Jesus?

How do they view the Bible?

Do they teach things that are unbiblical?

Do they claim titles that are not prescribed to church leaders?

Do they had claims or prophesies that didn’t came about?

When it comes to issues that are gray areas,do they show grace or are dogmatic about it? 

What are the determining factors they employ when dealing with gray matters in church and ministry?

Do they use the pulpit to attack personally  people in and out the church? 

Are they parroting teachings from questionable teachers and pastors?

What are the distinguishing factors between the leadership and lay members of the church?

Do they exhibit humbleness and servant like leadership through their positions?

How do they react when given special treatment because of their position?

How do members view and treat the immediate relatives of the church leaders? 

Do they emphasize more on being loyal rather than following what the Bible says?

Do they emphasize more on the well being of the leaders rather the welfare of the church members? 

Are they transparent in their ministry specifically in financial aspect of the church?

Do they fellowship with other churches that doesn’t belong to their group?

How do they react and treat members who disagree with their views?

How do fellow members treat you when you have disagreement or airing your opinions with your church leaders?

How do they view people who are in different churches, fellowships or denominations?

Do they encourage you to ask questions especially  uncomfortable ones?

Do you feel intimidated or loaded with inhibitions when asking questions pertaining the leaders of the church?

Are you discourage to read books or listen to sermons that are not from your group?

May these questions give us digilent to our spiritual well being and uphold the Word of God.

 

 

How To Create A Digital Rack Full of Christian Magazines on Zero Budget

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You might think that this blog is all about books. With all of those book reviews, book quotes post and freebie round ups, you’ll conclude that it’s all books. But actually this blog is not all about books. If you ask me it’s all about reading. I love reading and writing about what I read. I’m not bound to books. I read  (and collect) comic books and children’s books. I read and follow blogs.  I advocate reading to people whenever I’m given an opportunity. So this blog is all about reading and not all about books.

Loving different reading format makes me think that not all will appreciate one format, specifically books.  I believe people will read something for sure but not my favorite format. For this I know some of you folks out there, books are not your turf. Maybe you just love to read something short, with attractive photos and lots of variety of topics covered. I think you might be into reading magazines. If you’re that kind of person then this post is for you.  And I know you don’t want to pay not a single dime for it, don’t you?  Well this post is really really for you lol.

I wrote already a post on how to create a digital library of free books, so this time I’ll share you on how to create a digital rack with free magazines. I hope this will help you appreciate reading and eventually appreciate reading books.

Like my post on creating an instant digital library free, you’ll need an e-book reader. I’ll post it again here my favorite e-reader apps that, like those digital magazines are also free.

Kindle – Some tablets and phone have this app on default but you can get one for free over the Apple Store or Google Play. After downloading, create an account over Amazon. This is useful not just in opening e-books but also when you stumble upon a free ebook over Amazon (or getting a free e-book alert in your e-mail that I’ll share later) .

UB Reader – Another free app that is so versatile because it reads almost all digital format of a book.

Moon Reader – Basically it’s like the UB Reader and  but if you go for the paid one, its a totally different story. I highly recommend you get the its premium app.

If you want have a more detailed treatment in using and reading ebook, you might want to check this excellent article by my friend Elijah Abanto. How to Read an E-book is an excellent article that includes how to’s and reviews of different reading apps not feature here on this post.

And now the magazines!

But before that, I have to tell you something. You can actually subscribe or request a sample some of the magazine on the list, free of charge. Yes free physical copy delivered in your mailbox! Isnt that awesome?

 So on with the list!

Eternal PerspectivesThe ministry of author and Bible teacher, Randy Alcorn. Aside from it’s ministry updates, it also features encouraging articles that tackles doctrines and the Christian life. You can subscribe to physical copy of this quarterly magazine for free.

The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth – This periodical is published bi-monthly that provides solid biblical truth for every member of the family. You and your family will surely find something encouraging and enjoyable through its 48 page.

Christian History MagazineLearn about Christianity and Church History through this magazine. Lot’s of well research articles and great photographs you’ll love learning by going back to this time machine of a resource.

9 Marks’ Journal – A quarterly magazine that focuses on church and ministry topics. Every issue contains relevant, insightful and helpful articles. You need an e-mail to receive the files.

The Gospel MagazineThis is probably the oldest and longest running Christian magazine in the planet. It’s been in circulation since 1766 and that’s so so old. Enjoy the latest issue or dive in with it’s massive past issues that will keep you occupied for 100 years or so.

Light Magazine – This magazine is part of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the roster’s article contributes are superb. You’ll find this magazine a worth while read.

Reformed Perspective – The magazine is a paid subscription but you can get all the contents by free download. The magazine aims to promote reformed theology in every area of the Christian life to help learn and think biblically.

Theology – Every issues has a specific topic that affects Christians. The articles are very interesting and you’ll want to download it immediately  (and of course, read it!)

Current Magazine – This is the magazine of The Free Presbyterian Church of North America. It’s published quarterly and contains articles, Bible lessons, testimonies and news.

The Wicket Gate Download the current issue and back issues of this magazine. The magazine contains interesting lectures, stories, sermons from Dr. Nick Needham and W. J. Seaton.

Salt Shakers MagazineThis eye catching magazine is geared for Reformed youth of Singapore however everyone in the planet can download and enjoy the content.

ink Magazine Robert Plummer personally recommend this and I think this is a great resource. Receive this free magazineby postal (UK residents only) and by e-mail (worldwide). Tyndale House UK publishes this magazine that offers thought-provoking articles about the language, history and cultural context of the Bible.

Hope you like reading these magazine over your mobile or tablet. If you know other downloadable and free Christian magazine, please comment it on the section below.

The Freebie Round-Up #63

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I’ve been asking for prayers for a specific thing that I haven’t yet reveal to everyone following this blog. But now I think this is the right time to have the big announcement. So here it goes! I will be working for Lifeway Philippines (yes there will be a Lifeway Philippines!) that will acquire writers for their upcoming blogging platform. The blog will cater to local pastors and ministry leaders. We are now having weekly meeting to meet certain goals one step at the time. So again I need your prayers for this new job ( I still have my day job and I,m not quitting) that Lifeway will be use by God to spread the gospel. For my part, please pray for my decision makings and people I will meet. Also may this job financially assist my small family.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And 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.

FREE “Salt Shakers” Magazine – This eye catching magazine is geared for Reformed youth of Singapore however everyone in the planet can download and enjoy the content for free.

FREE journal “Vox Reformata” – Another free resource from Asia or should I say Australasia is this annual peer reviewed journal from the Australasian Journal for Christian Scholarship.

FREE e-book “Vicarious Atonement through Christ” by Louis Berkhof – From the vast number of free e-books that Monergism is releasing, I choose this one although I want to put all of them here.

FREE e-book “Truths You Can Trust” from the SBTS faculty – This is an interesting resource on theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Faculty. Contributors to this volume are R. Albert Molher Jr., Thomas Schreiner, Stephen J. Wellum, Donald S. Whitney and more. With those names who doesn’t want to download this free book?

FREE e-book “Delights and Discipline of Bible Study” by Warren W. Wiersbe – This is Faithlife’s free e-book of the month featuring prolific author and Bible teacher, Warren W. Wiersbe. I haven’t encountered this book but it looks promising. Go to the Faithlife website to create a free account to download this resource.

FREE e-book “1 Samuel For You” by Tim Chester – Another prolific writer and another free e-book of the month, 1 Samuel For You helps you discover what it means to follow Jesus. Thank The Good Book Company for the generosity.

FREE webinar “Tactics Q and A with Greg Koukl” – The Colson Center presents apologist Greg Koukl, author of “Tactics” with this free webinar. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot.

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 #62

Freebie Round-Up #61

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Freebie Round-Up #59

Freebie Round-Up #58

Freebie Round-Up #57

Freebie Round Up #56

New and Upcoming Podcasts This 2020

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It seems to me that, everyone had a certain goals from the previous years that been in the basement of ideas. It’s  brewing for so long then simultaneously set it on 2020 to launch it. 2020 feels like having a new leaf for some to set an “out of the comfort zone” projects. It’s like starting a new beginning. And podcasting is not exempted.

Of course there is nothing magical with the year 2020. Nor will it bring good fortune to these newbies on the podcasting universe. But having new and upcoming podcasts will give us new choices to listen to and eventually new favorites.

Kevin Halloran posted something last January of 3 newish podcast and encourage me to post my own list. So here’s my list of new and upcoming podcasts you might want to check out:

The Disrupters – A collaboration between Christianity Today and Inter Varsity Press.  The focus of this podcast is to lay down disruptions and how it affects the church. It will be a mix bag of guest and will be hosted by Fr. Esau McCualley. You can read more about it on this article.

TGC Q & A – A new addition to  TGC podcast network, the podcast invites two council members to answer a specific question. So you wont get one but a collaborative answers that hits some angles most Q and A podcast don’t. The podcast is already on the roll with few episodes so please do check it out. By the way, podcast is one of the ways you can find answers for your pressing questions. There are five more on an article I wrote last year. 

Pardoning Grace – I just saw this on my Facebook feed and I dont have any idea of what this podcast will be. I like surprises and I know you like it too. But based on my Facebook friend Jason Boothe who is a pastor and uploads his preaching over Youtube and him being a blogger, I think it will be a discussion on theology. So to clarify I might reach out to him but this podcast will be good. So keep our eyes over the FB page of this podcast for further updates.

Anchored North/ Virality Podcast – Anchored North went viral because of the Love is Love video. From there, they constantly making video tracts and eventually a podcast. They use multimedia as a tool for evangelism to reach this generation. This 2020 they will relaunch the podcast with the aim to spark evangelistic conversations. You can find updates from them by joining the FB group.

I know this is a shortlist but I would like to encourage you guys to post in the comment new and upcoming podcasts you might have stumble upon. Happy listening!

 

 

5 Fake News About Jesus Found in the Bible

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Fake news had been a household name in this social media saturated culture. In the past you can get fake ID’s, fake flowers, fake eyelashes etc., But never would we imagine a day there are fake news. This kind of news has only one agenda, that is to deceive people.

In the Bible, there are somewhat instances that are similar to fake news in our times. They are aim to blur Christ, His identity and works. Isn’t that what fake news are for? Here are five of them that talks about Jesus:

Jesus’ resurrection is a hoax. Disproving the bodily resurrection of Christ is not just a product of modern times. Before the Passover Plot or The Da Vinci Code made such claims, the people who conspire in crucifying the Lord concocted another conspiracy.

“While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.” – Matthew 28: 11-15

The fake news spread of the alleged resurrection hoax. However, the Christian message caught fire and out spread the lies that the opponents of Christ are trying to assimilate. The resurrection of Christ is where the Christian faith hinges. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15: 14:

“…and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.”

Jesus is just another Old Testament prophet. As Jesus ministry gain prominence, people started speculating who He really is.

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”—Matthew 16: 13-19

As the passage indicates, knowing Christ is not dependent on popular opinion but it’s how God disclose it to someone. God has the last say on the identity of Christ.

False Christ in the end times. Before His second coming, we will hear fake news of a fake Christ and lots of them.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” – Matthew 24:23- 28

 As you can see, many will claim as Christ and deceive many even the true Christians. As we all know, there are couple of these fakes all throughout history and will continue till the true Christ comes. And that’s no fake news!

Jesus is a drunkard and a glutton. Accusations to deter Christ character abound in those time. Because He meet people in need of the spiritual physician, He often invited to parties that the religious crowd calls sinners.

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”—Matthew 11: 18-19

While the religious group look at the peripherals, Jesus points them to the fruit of their actions which shows the wisdom. The ministry approach of Jesus and John doesn’t fit the box these religious crowd had set up but in truth what they did wise.

Jesus didn’t came in the flesh. If in our modern times some people had a hard time believing in the deity of Jesus, in apostle John time, they had it the opposite. They don’t want to believe that God the Son came to the world as a human being. So before Arius made headlines centuries later, these people are causing quite a stir over the church of God with their fake news.

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.” – 2 John 1: 7

The last apostle, John the Beloved, wants to set the record straight that those who teach these are false teachers. These teachers are into Gnosticism and they are polar opposite with the Christian message.

 

The Freebie Round-Up #61

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Been hacking something for a while that I will launch in February 2020. It’s an out of my comfort zone thing so I have no experience in doing it. In fact, it’s giving me a hard time making one but still I’m enjoying the process. Please include me to your prayer.

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 “Discourses on Prayer” by Thomas Boston – The latest edition to the ever growing free e-books from Monergism this e-book is from the Puritan Thomas Boston tackling prayer on the basic level.

FREE Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Calendar printable, ornaments and reading plan- Based on the book by Sally Lloyd Jones, these free downloadables are updated for 2019 for your kids.

FREE e-book “The Bible Handbook of Difficult Verses” by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell  – The father and son apologist tandem goes to explain and gives assurance to believers when encountering difficult Bible verses. Download this free e-book from FaithLife by creating a free account (so you can read and save the e-book).xcmxluu

FREE e-book “C. S. Lewis: A Profile of Faith” from C. S. Lewis Institute- A free e-bookthat commemorates the life of this Christian giant with essays from different authors including Dr. Philip G. Ryken.

FREE music with videos, lyrics, chord sheet – 20 Schemes Equip provides music for the church to sing. All free and visit often for more updates.

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FREE e-book “Why Sex is the Best Argument for Creation” from Is Genesis History? From the makers of the documentary Is Genesis History?  come this free ebookthat collects the best essays on creation.

Free e-book “The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Accepting the Challenge to Confront the Enemy” by Warren W. Wiersbe- Available till December 13, this is David C. Cook freebie of the week.

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 #60

Freebie Round-Up #59

Freebie Round-Up #58

Freebie Round-Up #57

Freebie Round Up #56

 

3 Things To Consider To Have A Balanced View of the Holidays

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Time and time again, we Christians go into a dispute over how we consider the holidays and everything that goes along with it. So I’ll address three issues here for I consider them as the most common that spills over social media. In this way we can give a balanced view of the holidays and enjoy it for God’s glory.

Ground it with facts and real history.  What does a history lesson got to do in celebrating with the holidays? It is to save faces and our testimony as a Christian that is. Whenever the holiday  comes, there are Christians that have some objections to some holidays. They will post their rant over Facebook for everyone to read. Whether it’s the use of the word Xmas or the practice of having Easter eggs, to the date of December 25, all seems to be a big pagan conspiracy that will keep Christians and unbelievers blinded by Satan. 

Sadly some so-called pagan origins of different holidays and traditions that comes with it are standing on faulty speculations, conspiracies and a whole lot of sensationalism. Although some believers meant it with all honesty, well being honest is not enough, even if your pastor told it . Honesty AND a healthy dose of facts with a well researched history will do the work.  Let’s throw in the hat some logic to add sense and dispel conspiracies. Do you love truth and want to please God? Get the facts straight! 

Have a biblical view of drinking and eating. You cannot separate holidays without sharing a hearty meal with your love ones.  That completes our holiday experience of being together. So how can we have a biblical view of drinking and eating? One common thing to do is to do it for the Lord.

Although the Bible condemns excessive drinking or drunkenness, it doesn’t prohibit drinking in itself. Many will object with this (and get bashed) however the Bible made it clear and we shouldn’t teach what is beyond what is already revealed.  Let us not put our own teachings against those already been instructed in God’s Word. So Christians go ahead drink, if you can handle alcohol and be moderate in drinking.

Some good Christians I know view drinking as evil, but resorts to eating to make up for not indulging to it. So they turn to eating as a way of consolation over something they consider prohibited by the Bible. Like excessive drinking, excessive eating is prohibited in the Bible. Both falls to the word, gluttony. The Bible declares it sinful. So we should have a moderate way of feasting that will connect us with our family, have fun and glorify God.

It’s an opportunity to get some rest and honor God through it. Although some holidays here in the Philippines are not geared for Christians like fiestas or Ramadan, it is not something for Christians to be guilty of if it feels like those non working holiday are like making us observing those events. Rather drag ourselves to still go to the office (if possible) and seek consolation of having a double pay, we should rest and don’t feel bad about it. It’s beneficial to the physical and spiritual well-being. And God will be honored with your rest. That goes also to churches and ministries that have employees or workers. Don’t let your workers get caught in traffic because of the religious parade just because you don’t want to observe the holiday.

Another thing, churches and ministries should consider not grabbing the opportunity for holding some activities and programs during holidays. Rather that to rest and be with the family as a blessing, churches will likely have an event for believers that could have been set on other time or day. Let us keep in mind in those family gatherings, God might use your members to reach out his loved ones.

I hope this article brought some clarity on what we should do with the holidays. Believers should be reminded that these are not doctrinal errors but a matter of preference that Christians has as freedom to agree or disagree without being legalistic. In these non essential things, may we show grace to one another as Christ showed grace to us sinners. Isn’t that what a popular holiday in December is all about?

Book Review: Carpe Diem Redeemed by Os Guinness

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Before you dig in with this review, I would like to invite you to read my favorite quotes from this book by clicking this link just in case you missed it.

Carpe Diem Redeemed is a book of kaleidoscopic convergence of different topics pertaining to time. From history, atheism, purpose, salvation, significance, truth to culture, wars, philosophy, anti-intellectualism, chronological snobbery, nostalgia, destiny all came together under one book and was handled with superb care by Guinness setting a path to the God of the Bible who has superior clarity of what it means of making much of our moment. Sure this is one endeavor that is monumental however Guinness gave us the lenses of an intellect and another is for the average Joe.

The Introduction is a bit intimidating because of the multiple quotes from prominent persons which has something to do book. Then again it serves as some appetizer of sort for the reader. It gives you the thought that whoever you are, time is essential to you. Another is that it lets you know that this small volume is filled to the brim of biblical insights on time.

As you step into the ever first chapter, you’ll find how old school Os Guinness in writing (and I think that’s why the book cover looks like something from the 80’s or 90’s cover design). The chapters are large even in this small book and the insights from Os feels like your reading an editorial.  There are lots of going on as he unravels his thoughts in the subject matter that are one point engaging then in another you’ll get overwhelm you’ll get lost along the way. In those places I suggest to keep on reading till you get back to the path. Also it will be beneficial if you’ll read this in a slow pace and consider re-reading if you miss out something from this book.

Don’t expect Os Guinness to throw bullet points about time management that easy. He did give some ways to redeem the moment but it’s sandwiched in between. Those takeaways are at “the eye of the storm” of the book, as Guinness unfolds what it really means for a Christian to seize the moment.

I like the way he incorporate his life with his family as Christians in China in this book. You won’t put down this book without being moved or into tears with his story. It’s a fascinating read as you near the end of this book.

Carpe Diem Redeemed is a short read but be prepare as Guinness shares his intellectual and biblical insights that will floor you. Redeeming the time never had this intellectually satisfying taste. So dig in and feast on this great book.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

(InterVarsity Press provided the digital copy for this review)

 

5 Reasons Why Preachers Should Listen to Audio Bibles

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In the age where apps rule, you’ll find dozens of Bible apps that offers instant access to God’s Word. With those Bible apps comes with features that are truly useful. Some offers Greek translations, multiple translations, devotionals, commentaries, videos and more. In short, there is plenty of stuff a Bible app can offer. But let us consider a special feature that may or may not be included to your favorite Bible app. If it’s not available, one simple search at Google and you’ll find online audio Bibles you can listen online for free. But you might ask, why should I try listening to the audio version of the Scriptures?

Listening is indispensable as reading and when we appropriately add it in our sermon preparations, it can enhance the skill that we already have. Given the benefits of it (as you will read some below),  rarely we associate the Bible with listening other that hearing it in a sermon or Bible study. So I suggest that you try and make it a habit.

I also provide at the end of this article audio Bibles you might want to check out.

Because preachers should be good listeners too. Aside from being a good reader, preachers should be good listeners also. Audiobooks, sermons, podcast and Christian music are great influence as much as reading. If you’re not into those, better consider trying those out. If your tired of reading its time to plug in the headphones. And while your exploring those resources, you shouldn’t miss a vast number of audio Bibles on the Internet for free.

It’s a different experience to the Word of God.  In listening to an audio Bible you’re not in control (sort of). The speed, accent, tone and emphasis of the reader are not in your hands, that you might consider adjusting. It’s like listening to a sermon but it’s all Scriptures.  Also you can attend to other things unlike sitting down and reading the actual book.   

Preachers might miss out some details in a passage. An audio Bible can give a different angle on how to grasp those passages.While you might have read the chapter or verse of the Bible many times before, being read by someone else for you may give some details to have missed. It really pays to re-read a passage your studying. Listening to it over and over as substitute to re-reading adds a different dimension in picking up what you’re studying. After all, we do have limitations and need all the help we can get. Listening to audio Bible is a great help to us preacher.

For proper pronunciations of words. We Filipinos are good in English whether in speaking or writing. However, there are words (i.e. names and places) that are not familiar to us. Listening to an audio Bible will help us overcome those pronunciations obstacles. In return, we can help our congregation speak those words with confidence.    

To fill in the gaps of our time. Preachers has other important things to do aside from preaching and preparing sermons. Some might have secular work. Some might be  working homebound. Aside from filling with some tunes from Spotify as you do your work, you can listen to audio Bibles. And I believe as you listen to it even as a background, God can move hearts in prompting lessons that will help you be more like Christ or something to preach on Sunday. If God can use it when we are reading the Scripture, He  can do it also when we are inclining our ears to audio Bibles.

Reading is a discipline that we mostly use as preachers as we prepare messages that we will deliver on Sunday mornings. We read, of course first and foremost  Scriptures. Then we go to commentaries, study Bibles, lexicons and other resources to properly understand and handle Word of God.  However, we should not forget another facet of discipline that we can grasp learning and help us in our sermon preparations. And that is listening.

Audio Bibles online that you might like:

Talking Bibles

Bible Gateway Audio

YouVersion

 

 

8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Beyond the Big C” by Jeremy Marshall

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Beyond the Big C by Jeremy Marshall is a nice diversion from reading Write Better which I’m at the half way point of it. I usually do this to reboot my mind and when I’m through with it, I’ll go back to the main book I’m reading.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Beyond the Big C published by 10 of Those. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering here.

“I am convinced that God has allowed cancer to happen to me for his own reasons which I don’t understand at the moment. But I am also convinced that when I meet God face to face, everything will fall into place and I will see how he used me (and all his children) for his own glory.”

“God’s answer to suffering and pain is not theological truths, useful though they can be, but the humanity, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This means that, if we are Christ’s, we are never alone.”

“Cancer is the great disrupter –changing, complicating and sometimes even breaking relationships. Cancer (and death in general) is awful not only because it makes communication difficult and painful, but because, ultimately, it will end communication completely.”

“Being a Christian is not an insurance policy against disaster: if anything, it’s perhaps the reverse. Crucially, suffering and cancer is not a sign of God’s displeasure – because we are not accepted or protected by God on the basis of how good we are.”

“When I first had cancer, I didn’t go to the doctor because I didn’t know I had it. In the same way, the biggest danger is thinking something like ‘well, I never did anyone any wrong’. Even if that’s true (which I very much doubt), our biggest wrong is not against each other – but against God.”

“The amazing message of the Christian faith is this: that while, by nature, we are rebels against God, God came into the world as a human being and died on a cross for us. He did this not while we were his friends, but while we were his enemies; not while we loved him, but while we hated him.”

“For the Christian, death has lost its sting. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, those who trust Christ have nothing to fear for our bodies in death, for they will be changed: we will rise again, wonderfully remade in the image of the Lord. All of the pains and suffering of life will be gone.”

“God’s ultimate ‘treatment’ is not a philosophy or theology or morality – but a person. When nothing else makes sense, and nothing else is left, Jesus is there and he will hold us fast: if we will only trust in him.”