8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Being a Small Group Leader” (Richard Sweatman)

Got my Huawei tablet fixed and I turned it into a reading gadget. I’ll tell you all about it on an upcoming post.

Here’s some quotes from the book, Being a Small Group Leader by Richard Sweatman published by Matthias Media. If you like these quotes, consider supporting the author by purchasing the book by clicking this link.

“It’s important as Christians and leaders that we don’t just know about God; we must actually know God. Our knowledge must be part of a genuine relationship with him.”

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The Freebie Round-Up #37

xtjrb6cYesterday I lifted my 1 week “reading a book break”. Had to go a short sabbatical to unclutter my mind and focus on important things. Now fully charged to do some digital chores and more reading.

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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*Read: 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free *

FREE gospel tracts – Truth and Grace has two gospel tracts that you can download, print and pass out. You can go click this link for the free tracts.

FREE Bible study guides – I tried to check one of these freebies from College Park Church and it’s awesome. They have a handful of them for free.

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*Read: 5 Reasons Why Your Sermon is Boring (And 5 Ways to Fix It)*

FREE Old Testament Survey – Jason DeRouchie offers these OT survey initially a Sunday School lessons he gave for 2 years. Now its available for free in a bulky download or you can have it book by book.

FREE MP3 and PDF Hand-outs – As part of Crossway Community Church “Difficult Issues Series” Andy Naselli delivers a message on suffering and the presence of evil. You can listen and follow it on these free mp3 and hand-outs available on his blog.

FREE digital songbook – I discovered Wendell Kimbrough during my short sabbatical and I find his music engrossing. You can find him in every music streaming platform. But for now he is offering a digital songbook of his songs for free.

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*Read: How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library Without Breaking the Bank*

FREE e-book “Five Points of Calvinism” – Written by Herman Hanko and David J. Engelsma, this book is free to download in various digital formats thanks to the British Reformed Fellowship.

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*Read: Debunking A Myth: Delighting Grace Interviews Zigfred Diaz*

FREE Powerpoint of “Issues that Divide” and digital audio and video of Revelation – Lastly we have two from Credo Courses you can download. Download  “Issues that Divide” and “Revelation” for free. Better create an account so you can save your orders for later use.

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

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The Freebie Round-Up #32

4rlcevaIt’s so encouraging that I got mentioned for the second time by blogger Tim Challies. His last weekend Ala Carte made me so happy. It’s totally a humbling experience. That’s why I’m praying and if God willing venture to more ideas that will serve Christians with relevant resources.

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 Bible Study, Zechariah “The Lord Remembers” –  It’s a rarity to see a Bible study of the Book of Zechariah but I’m glad Equipping Eve posted this freebie. Aside for the novelty this study utilizes John MacArthur’s sermons.

FREE guide “30 Days of Prayer: A Heart Fully Devoted to God” – Desiring to know more about God is the duty of every Christians. This guide will lead you to a challenge for praying for it for 30 days. Download this guide with access to a Facebook group and two introductory videos all for free.

FREE devotional “Finding Freedom from Anxiety” – From blogger Lara Dentremont this is free 5-day devotional to help you cope anxiety by focusing on the five attributes of God.

FREE members only access library from “Whole Magazine” – Get tons of freebies like screen lock images, e-books, Scripture plans and more by signing up to their free members only access library.

FREE access to the resource library of “She Shall Be Called” – If you enjoyed the Whole Magazine freebies, then prepared for some more from She Shall Be Called.   Lockscreens, study materials, worksheets, and more can be download for free.

FREE devotional “Rooted” by Jasmine Holmes – Failing from expectations? The get this 5 day devotional that will point your to find your identity on Christ and defeat fear and shame of failing. Just sign up and you’ll get the freebie.

FREE journal “Kerux: A Journal of Biblical Theology “ – Check to the archives of all the issues of this journal that prints biblical-theological materials. Enjoy the free digital downloads of journal from 1986 to the present.

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

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The Freebie Round-Up #12

bpwe5qaHowdy! Time for some freebies that will complete your week. Delighting Grace insures your maximum satisfaction by bring free stuff that you can use to help your personal growth and the ministry that you are apart of. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE “How to Study The Bible Boot Camp” from Credo Courses – This perfectly crafted for small groups and Sunday school lessons contains 4 lessons with 45 minutes each. Enjoy the free digital video download.

FREE “The Wiersbe Bible Study from David C. Cook – Titled Daniel: Determined to Go God’s Direction, challenge us to have a laser sharp focus on God and not to compromise to what the world demands.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now, 7 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 Book, 3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE 6 e-books from Tony Carter’s East Point Church – If you love Anthony Carter’s book Blood Work, you’ll definitely want to check other stuff provided free by East Point Church.

FREE e-pamphlets from Crete Protestant Reformed Church14 pamphlets to be exact, covering various topics from a Reformed perspective.

FREE 10 Myths About God video lessons by e-mail from Credo Courses – Another freebie from Credo Courses, these lessons that list the 10 myths about God, are delivered everyday by e-mail.

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

FREE Resources Library Access from Reformed Mama – Access tons of resources on catechisms and teaching materials for kids just by signing up to Reformed Mama’s mailing list.

And finally one non-Reformed freebie:

FREE “The Last Words of the Martyrs” by Jeff King – An excerpt to an upcoming book this free e-booklet presents gripping stories of  Christian martyrs as they pay the ultimate price following Christ .

 

 

  

Who is God? Part 6

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36

Where is our faith?
Looking at the aspects of God being in control, I want to challenge every Christian (including me) to a question: Where is our faith? Knowing the our Almighty God has a purpose, a will and a plan, should we not depend on Him all the more. Lets open our Bible and see an episode in Jesus earthly ministry:
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Luke 8: 22-25
Where is our faith? Jesus is in control of the storm. He rebuked it. God is in control of everything. Should we not have faith on this sovereign God?
In his book “Not by Sight”, Jon Bloom discussing the same text but on the topic of fear, he points out:

When the storms of life hit, they almost always appear stronger to us than God’s Word. It is crucial for us to remember that our perceptions can be deceptive. When circumstances strike fear into our hearts, the question we must ask ourselves is, where is your faith?
What God wants is for you to trust what he says over what you see.
The Bible has revealed to us that God is in control. He is sovereign and with that we need to trust Him. Failures, disappointments, and discouragements will pull us down but God is in control. We need to trust, depend, and have faith on Him always. Let that be a challenge for all of us as we look on His sovereignity.

Who is God? Part 5

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
For the pass two weeks, we shift gears to dig deeper on what is meant for God to be in control. We will conclude this next week then go back to the main points of this study, but first we will look at the last point of His sovereignity. In knowing who God is in terms of being in control in everything we come to the third aspect of it: God has a plan. Let look at our main text again in that part that mentions God being in control:
“…and through him.”–Romans 11: 36
Plan
“making known[a] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”
Eph. 1: 9-10
Not only does God has purpose and will but He also has a plan. He set out the purpose and will because He has a plan. What we are experiencing right now, is according to His plan.The past, the present and the future is already in His plan. What we have gained as a Christian through Christ, was planned long before everyone and everything has been created. In God’s sight everything is laid bare from beginning to end. Nothing escapes from Him even in the smallest, most irrellevant details in the universe. God’s plan cannot be stopped by anything and anyone. His plan will be accomplished.
If we look at the text we have chosen to study and the surrounding verses, we can see that it talks about our spiritual blessings due to what Christ have gain on the cross. Adding much to much weight to this truth is that God sets all of this in a big picture. That big picture is His plan. Lets read our text more clearly in the Amplified Bible:
Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in [a]Him,
[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
What an awesome plan God has laid to us as a Christian. May we find these truth as a refuge as we live for God in this fallen world.

Who is God? Part 4

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
Meditating in this climatic text of Romans chapter 11, we now turn to another element of God being in control. We discuss last week that He sets a purpose. Now we look at our second point which is His will. But first let view the text which is the basis of our study:
“…and through him.”–Romans 11: 36
Will
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Luke 10: 21-22
In viewing the God’s sovereignty, the will of God is not for the sake that He allowed something to happen. His will is clothed with wisdom and knowledge, that it cant be questioned by man. We might not understand some aspects of it because we cant fully read the mind of God but if its the will of God, it is unquestionable. Yet in His mercy and goodness, we are not left in the dark to know some of His will for us. He has given us enough information that we should be content and make much of His will. When we open the Bible, we can read His will.
As we look at our text, we can find that His will is not just cornered in what He allows but what He also surpress. He is in control for choosing who He will and will not bestow the wisdom He has. Knowing this truth is truly knowing who God really is. With holy astonishment let us bow down to His sovereignty.

Who is God? Part 2

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
We started this lesson to get to know God in just one verse. In this sweaping statement made by Paul, we can see three characters of God. Knowing these characters gives us a view on who God is. Now we will check the first character which is He is the source.
” For from him….”–Romans 11:36
God is the source. Everything came from Him. Everything your eyes can set upon it came from Him. Your five senses that are functioning right now as you read this article has a source. God is the source. Food, friends and foliage He is the source.
John 1: 1-3 tells us and much more:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Now let get personal. God is not a distant cold god. The God in the Bible is not an impersonal force. We can access Him in a more intimate way than just acknowledging He is the source. The Bible speaks that He is a provider. He is a father.
Luke 11: 9-13 compares God to our earthly father:
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for[a] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Who is God? Part 1

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
Introduction
Do you know God? This is one of the essential questions that Christians should have the answer. Because what you know about God changes everything and adds an eternal weight to everything. But where can you find the answer to this question? Well obviously for a Christian it means he or she should pick up the Bible and read certain verses pertaining to who God is. That is our quest in this study. To be able to know God. However, if a Christian will seek which verses that can point him to God, you can find lots of them in the Bible. So we single out one that sums a great deal of who He is. Not that other verses dont matter, but in Romans 11: 36, short it maybe, but the truth that this verse carries about God is massive. So in the following weeks we will seek out to unravel who God is by this verse. Again their are lots of verses that speaks about God and I encourage you to check them out. All are essential. All are truths. After all as 2 Timothy 3:16 states that all Scriptures are “given by inspiration of God.” We will just concentrate on Romans 11:36.
As we look at this verse we can conclude that God can be know for His characters . There are 3 of them in this passage:
1.) for from him
2.) through him; and
3.) to him
In the coming weeks, we will meditate one by one on these three characters. Also we will tackle the right response to these truths presented to us by God as our conclusion.