The Freebie Round-Up #69


Happy Monday! Do you miss waking up early and going to work? I know this because my wife is staying home because of the pandemic. But the good news is that she has more time for me and our daughter.

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 “Behold I Come Quickly” by Davideo Engelsma and Andrew Lanning- This free book discusses the end times with a scholarly and reformed treatment of “dispensationalism”.

FREE ebook “A Practical Treaties of Fear” John Flavel – A 123 page free book on with a much needed message  for this pandemic to overcome fear victoriously.

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New and Upcoming Podcasts This 2020


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!



The Freebie Round-Up #62


It’s the first month of the year but it feels we need a year ender special. A death of a celebrity basketball star, Taal volcano erupting and a deadly virus. In these times, we need to humbly seek God for His guidance.

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.

Free e-book “Knowing God the Father” family devotion from  David C. Cook – Free till the end of the month is this devotional for the family from David C. Cook.

FREE e-book “Unstuck” by Tim Lane  – It’s there free ebook of the month and by simply signing up in the link you can have this free from Good Book Company. xcmxluu

FREE collection of devotionals from Log College Press- What better way to start the year by having a devotional book during your quite time. Log College Press uploaded some free devotionalsfrom unknown Presbyterian preachers that you might want to use and enjoy.

FREE “Book of Romans” ESV digital journaling  – Because of the tremendous benefits of journaling, Crossway is releasing it’s online digital journal. So to give us a sample, the have a Book of Romans for free.


FREE e-book “The CSB Study Bible” from Logos Software – For those who love study Bibles here’s something free for you. If you have a Logos app or atleast an online free account you can download this for free.

Free audiobook”Competing Spectacles” by Tony Reinke- I was part of the book launch team of this book last year and I’m glad it’s a free audiobooks for the month of January on Christian Audio. I have a book review and selected quotesfrom this book that I hope you’ll check it out.

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 #61

Freebie Round-Up #60

Freebie Round-Up #59

Freebie Round-Up #58

Freebie Round-Up #57

Freebie Round Up #56


Book Review: A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman by Holly Beers


Before you get into this review, I would like to encourage you to check out my post of some of the favorite quotes from this book.

A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman presents the life a woman (or women) ancient Ephesus named Anthia. It opens with the death of her friend after giving birth. Then the story  shifts to her own pregnancy as she experience it going through her daily life, her dealings with society and eventually her encounters with the Christians. It’s part of a series which I haven’t check all of it yet but I read A Week in the Life of a Slave, which safe to say it goes along with that kind of story.

However unlike A Week in the Life of a Slave, the social and cultural details in this book are very impressive (kudos to Dr. Beers!). A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman has a great emphasis on food, clothing and everyday life in Ephesus that you’ll feel that you’re living with these people. Social and economic status are also included in the story however, the detailed life of characters here are strong. The treatment of women and children in this society will grab your hearts and how Christianity turned their world upside down will spark a fresh appreciation to the reader. Stay also with this book as it mentions slavery, honor and shame culture and pagan gods.

Now for the rants. As much I enjoyed reading the culture and biblical backgrounds going on with this book, the later part became fillers for the story. The thing is, the book started strong then in the later chapters it became uninteresting because of the fillers. Fillers that are fascinating in itself but unnecessary to the story. So skip it and it won’t disrupt the story. Then the names of the characters are quite confusing especially women starting with the letter “E”. Finally the anti-climatic ending which it’s not a big let down but I think it would be better if its something else.  It could end with the healing of the main character, finally meeting Paul or book burning on Ephesus which will leave the reader stunned. The author has couple of ways to end this book memorably but settle for something soft.

 A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Roman is a good read with a strong initial premises but had a bumpy ride towards the end. Read it more for cultural backgrounds that will help you understand the Bible.

My verdict:

4 out of 5

(InterVarsity Press provided the digital copy for this review)

The Freebie Round-Up # 52


Controversy spilled over a transgender woman who was not allowed by a janitress to enter a women’s bathroom. So news outlets picked it up and its all over media. Then the SOGIE Bill is on the spotlight again. Please pray for the us Christians who stands against this bill that will trample our religious and academic freedom.

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.


Free audio teachings on “The Book of Romans” by C Michael Patton- Credo Courses is giving this digital audio download of this teaching for free. Make sure you have an account with Credo Courses (which is also free).


FREE sample of “Contemplate” Bible Magazine- Get a free sample digital copy of Contemplate, the Holy Bible in magazine format with beautiful photographs.

FREE e-book “Sermons Upon the Eight Chapter of Romans” by Thomas Manton- Monergism has this superb streak of giving out free e-books this past weeks. So I have to pick out only one for this weeks freebie post.


FREE live stream of Sing 2019 with free 20 songs download-  Dont miss this conference with awesome line up of speakers by signing up this live stream notification. Once signed up, you’ll receive 20 songs free.

FREE audiobook of  “Spending Ourselves in Christ” – As a “thank you’ for supporting Grange Press, they’re making their new audiobook for free download. To support this small press, please sign up with their email list.

FREE e-book “Love the Least (A Lot)” by Michael Spielman – From the founder of is this free ebook. If you want a physical copy, you have to shell some cash.

FREE e-book “The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Jeremiah” – On this week’s David C. Cook’s free e-book is the Bible study series of Warren W. Wiersbe titled Jeremiah: Taking A Stand for the Truth. Get it while it’s still free.

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 #51

Freebie Round-Up #50

Freebie Round-Up #49

Freebie Round-Up #48

Freebie Round-Up #47

Freebie Round-Up #46

Freebie Round-Up #45

Freebie Round-Up #44

Freebie Round-Up #43

Freebie Round-Up #42

Freebie Round-Up #41

Freebie Round-Up #40

The Rebel’s Dictionary: Snoremon

The Rebel’s Dictionary injects humor and satire to made up words. TRD’s goal isn’t to poke fun on individuals or use these words to label a person or entity.  By using funny words as jump off point, TRD aims to discuss issues concerning Christians, the church and Christianity at large. At the end of every entry, TDR includes biblical and practical answers. 

The Rebel’s Dictionary Entry #2

Snoremon (noun) – refers to a sermon that induces sleep to the hearers. It might not be the message itself that pushes the snooze button to the listener because of the different factors involve. It might be the way the sermon is delivered or the length of the sermon (commonly in long messages). Regardless, because of a snoremon, rather than becoming a worship service, the Sunday program becomes a sleep over fellowship.


Reality Check: The problem with snoremons is a two way street. It’s not just the pastor’s part but also the pew. A pastor may do the best of his skills to craft and deliver a sermon.  However he can’t control the listeners in other weak areas he or she might have. The best solution is a pastor should diligently polish his messages and the listeners should be a diligent receiver of the message.  Here are some tips that might will help you fight snoremon:

Book Review: Preaching With Passion by Alex Montoya (The book is available at PCBS)

5 Reasons Why Your Sermon is Boring (and 5 Ways to Fix it)

5 Essential Things to Prepare Before Sunday Service 

If you’re a member consider praying for you pastor and for yourself 

Church members should consider practicing this to avoid falling asleep.

Desiring God: Listening to the Word Preached 



The Quotable Round-Up #111


The travelling book sale is here in the Philippines for it’s second year. Big Bad Wolf serves every Pinoy bookworms craving for some thing to read. If I have the time and budget I might have visit it.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from Flip Michaels book Five Half Truths. If you enjoyed these quotes, please do purchase the book by clicking this link.

“To be confronted with the wh ole truth about the love of God is to become aware of who God really is. Yet, many go about their days without any sort of God-awareness. Is this you? It will be evidenced by the decisions you make, the priorities you place—how you choose to live your life. Remember, we live out our view of God every single day. The knowledge of God is foundational to everything you and I do.”

“..Scripture will never contradict Scripture. Reading this Book (or any book for that matter) in its true context will always help to bring clarity. Often verses are cherry-picked with no regard for the author’s audience in an attempt to misappropriate them and abuse God’s Word. Again, this tactic is an easy one to refute. Read your Bible.”

“It is one thing to declare the whole truth, but altogether another to do the heavy-lifting and unpack its meaning. Rhetoric without reason is a poor attempt at persuasion. Simply stated, it is manipulation.”

“The great preacher of old, C.H. Spurgeon, defined this search for truth as ‘knowing the difference between right and almost right.’ Reread that quote. Take notice of the disparity between the two, as it is profound. You might
say, ‘Well, at least you’re close,’ but close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades! No, we must get this right. It is the disparity between ‘the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error’ (1 John 4:6).”

“Semantics has no sway on Scripture. The culture cannotchange this phrase’s meaning. ‘God is love’—but it is a holy love. It is a love that infuses and permeates the entire character of God. His love and holiness are not mutually exclusive attributes. They co-exist, work in tandem, influencing one another. The whole truth is that God is love and holy, holy, holy.”

“Like two sides of the same coin, God’s love not only includes a common grace for all mankind indiscriminately, but also a saving grace specifically for those who come to faith in Christ. This greater love results in a soul being saved from
eternal death and hell.”

“We must consider the full array of God’s love as it is presented in the Bible. The whole truth equates to possessing a right understanding of God. When rooted in Scripture, our thinking on the love of God will move us from the shallow end to the deep end of the pool.”

5 Reasons Why God is Good

zexqjzkChristians in these times of special seasons (Thanksgiving and the coming Christmas and New Year), should look back and see that God is rich in goodness towards His elect. I think you will agree with me that you can’t say that God hasn’t been good to you. And if you list down all those good things that you received from God, it will take a year to thank each blessing. So Psalms 116 list down five of them so we can awe to God’s overflowing goodness.

God hears our voice and petitions (vs. 1-3) – If you take a glance at Psalms 115, we can see that David was mocked by the heathen because of the God he worships. He replied to these unbelievers that their god is an idol (115: 4-8). Neither these idols can speak, hear, smell, touch or walk. Compare them to the God of Israel which is the true and living God. We can read all throughout the Psalms, God hears David in times of crisis. That’s why in Psalms 115: 9 – 11, we see David admonishing Israel to trust this God who hears his voice and supplications. Will you also trust this God that inclines His ear to His precious children?

God response by delivering us (4-5)- It’s one thing that an Almighty God listens to you and declares that act to be good, it’s another thing that He response to your situation. Imagine a God who is not under obligation to save us because of His rich mercy, does something for us. Think about the times God had rescued you in trials and temptations. In doing so, isn’t He worthy to be called good?

God preserves/ upholds us (vs. 6) – David in his exploits, calls unto God, and God acts to deliver Him. But it didn’t stop there. God preserves David. He upholds him. David was brought low but God lifts him up.  Like David we were low. Sins drag us to that low point. However God picks us up. He encourages us. We emerge as victors in these trials we face if we trust the good God of the Bible.

God gives us rest/peace (v. 7-8) – If peace can be bought in the drugstore, I think we’ll be all falling in line to get one. In this demanding and stressful world, who wouldn’t want peace. However God’s peace goes beyond that. Its starts when God saves us (Romans 5:1) and as His elect we can surely call to Him, rescue us and gives us peace. Our daily pursuit in this planet gives us no eternal assurance. Only the Prince of Peace can give that lasting peace even if we are in the midst of chaos.

God gives His favor to us as we walk before Him (v. 9) – Being delivered from sorrow, God wasn’t done with David yet. David wasn’t left after that crisis by himself to figure out what to do next. God brought David back in track with full assurance that God’s favor is on him. Like our earthly father, we do look to them for affirmation on the things we are doing. We want to do what’s pleasing to them with their “stamp of approval”. As we pursue a holy surrendered life to our Creator, God will always give us that “stamp of approval” that we long for. Even if we stumbled, He will make sure He will bring us back again and His favor is upon us. Now isn’t that a good God?

Knowing these five reinforce ourselves to look upon a God of goodness and will desire to cling to Him. My prayer is that we’ll get to know Him more in more as the year’s passes by.

The Freebie Round-Up #17

fpx4utrHello guys! It’s another fun filled weekend and I hope all of your are still energized because of the Reformation Day celebration. May that day always remind us to stand firm on the Scriptures no matter what. Anyways, here are some fresh freebies you can get. Dont forget to share this stuff to others. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE audiobook download “Foxe’s Book of Martyr” by John Foxe – A classic Christian works about how Christians strive through persecution is now free all this month at Christian Audio.

FREE audiobook download “The Things of Earth” by Joe Rigney – Another one from Christian Audio courtesy of  Cross-Point E-books. Click this link to get the coupon code to avail the freebie.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book.  

FREE “Classical Me, Classical Thee” by Rebekah Merkle – A story book about classical Christian school in America written for students. Make your Kindle happy by downloading this free book.

FREE e-booklet  “My Times Are in Your Hands” by Alistair Begg– Drawing from the wisdom of Psalms 31: 15, Alistair Begg, in this free e-booklet, gives the believers 6 truths to cling in times of trials.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE e-book “God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines by SBTS Press – Featuring Albert Mohler, Denny Burk, James Hamilton etc., this freebie tackles the controversial statements of Matthew Vines.

FREE ebooks Protestant Reformation written by 19th Century American Presbyterians – This is one awesome freebie in celebration of Reformation Day! Log College Press collected free excellent biographies and historical accounts of people, places and events surrounding the Reformation.

New must read post: The Quotable Round-Up #100, A Trip to Boosale (Revisited and Updated), 5 Questions A “Bible Only” Proponent Should Ask, 5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder,

FREE e-book “Excellent Preaching: Proclaiming the Gospel in Contexts and Ours by Craig Bartholemew – Get this freebie about preaching just by subscribing to the Lexham Press blog.

FREE audio MP3 of “The 29th Scottish Reformed Conference 2018” – Featuring Steven Lawson this are free audio messages delivered in the recently concluded conference.

Want more freebies? Check these previous round-ups:

The Freebie Round-Up #16

The Freebie Round-Up #15

The Freebie Round-Up #14

A Trip to Booksale (Revisited and Updated)

w9kren8(OK you might be thinking that this blogger is getting old. Having a full article introduction to another article written long ago is just pure sentimentalism. If that’s you and you want to skip all of this, don’t fell guilty not reading this post. Click here to go straight to the updated version of my first ever blog post on Delighting Grace. That will save you some pain 🙂 )

A few days ago I received a message from FB Messenger. Someone read my post and was wondering if she can buy books of a certain author that I have. I don’t recall selling stuff on my blog (which I never do) nor still follow the author since I became a Calvinist. Then it hit me, she was referring to my first ever blog post here on Delighting Grace. I wrote that post 7 years ago and still people are reading it. So I think it over then decided to revisit and updated it for the readers.

I wrote the post on October 2011 because for the love of books and Booksale. I named it after the book about script writing by Ricky Lee titled “Trip to Quiapo” . It was previously posted on another blog that I didn’t want to continue. So the article is a guide on finding Christian books on  popular second hand bookstore here in the Philippines. If your a bookworm you know this store. Well the post garnered 4 views in that year and 31 views for all time. A bit disappointing isn’t?

Many changes happened in my life since I wrote the article. I had a permanent job, got married, had a daughter, had a new church. As a reader I expand my taste by including to my reading list children’s books, non fictions and comicbooks. I extent my love of reading through literacy advocacy with my wife named “Heroes 4 Kids”. I also found maturity in blogging and learn some tricks along the way.

As of now my three go-to Booksale stalls (Citimart Batangas City, Orange PC, and Citimart Bauan) are closed. The only Booksale branch near my place is Robinson’s Lipa (which will take me 23 km. to reach that mall).

So that’s what I can say to a post that is near to my heart. Now I present the updated version of  A Trip to Booksale: A Christian Guide in Finding Christian Books from a Pre-Loved Bookstore. I hope you’ll enjoy and share it to your friends.