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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

On Target Hermeneutics : Delighting Grace Interviews Matt Rogers and Donny Mathis

You got to love being a subscriber of David C. Cook free e-books. Not only do they fill your Kindle app but they sometimes gives out great books. One of them is Seven Arrows to which I was intrigue to what this book is all about. As I check the content, the book is about hermeneutics, the proper interpretation of Scripture. Finding it very useful for the church, I set to find the author and give it a proper promotion here. So I connected with Matt Rogers and Donny Mathis, authors of Seven Arrows to talk about hermeneutics and much more:
Delighting Grace: What is hermeneutics and why is it important?
Matt Rogers: Hermeneutics is quite simply the technique of interpretation. We employ these techniques in every day life as we try to understand what people are saying to us in conversations or in the emails that we read. If understanding a conversation or an email is important to us, then understanding what the Holy Spirit inspired authors are trying to teach us should be even more important! Evangelical Christians claim that the Bible is inerrant and infallible, meaning that everything that it claims with regard to matters of fact and matters of truth are, in fact, true, but the pathway to understanding and knowing those claims begins with a proper method for interpreting the inspired text.

In 2 Timothy 3:15, Paul exhorts Timothy to study to present himself to God as an approved worker, who rightly interprets the word of truth. While this exhortation was made specifically to Timothy, I believe that every Christian, because we have all received God’s Spirit, is called to the same task of seeking understand what God is teaching through his word so that we can receive it, believe it, and live it for his glory. In writing Seven Arrows, we want to give our brothers and sisters in Christ some simple, practical tools to make their reading of Scripture more enjoyable, fruitful, and life-changing.
Delighting Grace: People might say that hermeneutics is not for me, that’s for pastor or theologians only, what is your response to that line?
Donny Mathis: The idea that “normal Christians” are not supposed to concern themselves with matters of theology or hermeneutics seems to be a gesture towards humility. It appears that most people are trying to say that deep matters of theology and of the Bible are for the professional, trained pastors and not the common man or woman. We certainly recognize that there is an important place for godly, trained theologians and pastors to aid the church in discerning matters of theology or biblical interpretation. Their role, while important, need not render the rest of the church passive, however.
The irony of this claim is that while it seeks to demonstrate humility it is, in fact, impossible. Anytime anyone reads the Bible they are doing hermeneutics. Anytime anyone speaks about God they are doing theology. Sadly, they may be practicing inadequate hermeneutics or espousing foolish theology, but they are doing these things nonetheless. Since we cannot read the Bible without seeking to understand its meaning (hermeneutics) or talk about God without some theological underpinnings, it would make sense for us to want to do these things well.
This is our task in writing Seven Arrows. Since people are going to be reading the Bible (we hope) and seeking to understand and apply its meaning (again, we hope), then we want to aid them in doing this well. Without a clear plan for properly reading the Bible it is easy for our good intentions at spiritual disciplines to either discourage us because we don’t understand what we are reading or lead us into inadequate or false theology because we misunderstand what we are reading.
Delighting Grace: There are lots of Study Bibles out there and of course Matthew Henry’s commentary is in the public domain so why do I have to know the proper interpretations when I can get them from those Christian giants?
Donny Mathis: While we as a Christians should be thankful for all of these resources that are available to us in this digital age, they are not a substitute for each of us reading and seeking to understand the inspired text ourselves. First, the only text with no errors is the Bible. No matter how helpful the study notes in our Bible are or the commentary that Matthew Henry gives can be, they all have mistakes! And, we will all make mistakes because we are not perfect either. I am, however, confident that the same Holy Spirit who inspired the Scriptures will bless our efforts to understand the Bible with more depth and clarity by making the truth contained in the Scriptures come alive for us.
Delighting Grace: When certain passages in the Bible are interpreted properly, is there an instance that there is no practical applications? How do we deal on those verses or chapters?
Matt Rogers: The whole of the Scriptures are written to help us see, understand, know, and worship the one God, revealed in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For this reason, each passage of the Scriptures is going to play some role in pointing us to that end. Clearly, there are some passages of Scripture that may not have a clear application – meaning the passage does not come right out and say; “now you should go and do this or that.” But simply because a passage does not make the application clear does not mean that it is void of application entirely.
Take the first chapter of the book of Matthew for example. The vast majority of this passage is a list of names and hard to pronounce names at that. What do we make of this text? We know, by virtue of Paul’s claim in 2 Timothy 3:16 that this text is God-breathed and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. This is true even though the text does not make the application immediately apparent.
This is where the Seven Arrows helps tremendously. If I simply read that text and said, “What do I do?” I’d likely be confused and assume that the passage was irrelevant. But if I ask the preceding four questions then I would know that the passage is written to connect Jesus birth with the promise made to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament – namely that there would be a man who would one day sit on the throne of David who would fulfill God’s promises to Abraham by defeating Satan, sin and death. The application then is clear – I should worship a God who keeps His promises to His people and trust that Jesus is the very Son of God.
Delighting Grace: Among Christians what do you think is the most misinterpreted passage in Scripture?
Donny Mathis: Wow. I am not sure how to answer this question. Many passages in the Bible are consistently misunderstood because we do not take the time to figure out how the author is using the passage in his larger argument or whether he is writing in a literal way or figurative way like you would do in a poem. I guess the passage where the misunderstanding frustrates me the most in Philippians 4:13. In this verse Paul explains that he can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me. At least in America, this verse has become a kind of mantra to be repeated so that you can do things that you would not ordinarily be able to accomplish, but in the context of the passage, Paul is not presenting a mantra that will help someone accomplish a superhuman task. He is explaining that he has learned through the hardships and blessings that he has received to be content in every situation because he knows that God has a plan and is teaching him through times where he has abundance and through times where he has very little. In the end, Christ strengthens Paul for every step in his journey to fulfill the calling that God has placed upon his life, and Christ will do the same for us.
Delighting Grace: What is that verse and chapter in the Bible that truly bless you when applied hermeneutics and you got that “Eureka!” moment.
Donny Mathis: One of the GREAT things about the Bible and about having a strong technique for reading it and applying is that those “Eureka!” moments happen almost every day, and the next one is often better than the last because we are continually being stunned by God’s grace and goodness to us. So, this question is REALLY difficult to answer. Let me give just one example.
A few years ago, I was studying the best way to interpret the parables of Jesus and learned that these stories were generally constructed to teach one main point and were not allegories where every line had some type of secret meaning. (I learned these principles in A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible by Robert Stein.) So, like most good stories what happens at the end is EXTREMELY important for understanding the point that Jesus was making. This fact became stunning to me when I realized that the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) ended with a confrontation between the gracious Father and the older son who refused to go into the party that the Father was throwing because his younger son was dead and is now alive and was lost and is now found. The way that the parable ends with the older son standing outside of the party meant that the main point of the story was not the forgiveness that the younger son had received from the father. This fact caused me to read the whole chapter all over again, and I realized that all of the parables in this chapter were directed towards Pharisees, tax collectors, and sinners and that they built on one another. Each of the parables demonstrates the rejoicing of heaven that takes place when a sinner repents, but the central point of the final parable is directed towards those who despise the fact that God is gracious to sinners. In the end, the Parable of the Prodigal Son is both a rebuke and an open-ended invitation to the Pharisees and scribes (and to all others like them). As a result, the prodigal was not the son that I had always thought that it was!
Delighting Grace: Tell us about your book Seven Arrows. What is it all about and the processes of writing it. Hows you’re team up with Donny Mathis?
Matt Rogers: I remember listening to a preacher teach a familiar passage on the radio while sitting in my green Ford Ranger pickup in the parking lot at Furman University. I had read the text numerous times since my conversion due to my seemingly insatiable hunger for God’s word. Yet, hearing this skilled pastor proclaim the Scriptures faithfully brought out a depth of meaning and beauty that I failed to see when reading the Bible alone.
Honestly, I was stunned and frustrated. Why hadn’t I seen that? What was he doing that allowed him to notice nuances and complexities of the Scripture that I did not? Would it require a seminary degree, perhaps even a PhD, to be able to read the Bible, understand its meaning, and apply it to my life?

Now, as a pastor of a local church who writes and preaches regularly, I hear people ask me that question. They share how the word has challenged, convicted, and spurred them on to spiritual maturity. And for that I am thankful.

I am also scared. I am afraid that I may subtly create a chasm between the average member of the church that I serve and me. I am frightened that they may depend on me for too much. I am scared that this may produce passivity in them, thinking that somehow I am doing something that they will never be able to do for themselves. And, I am convicted that my God-given role is to equip God’s saints for the work of the ministry, which most certainly means that I have a responsibility to teach them to feast on God’s word for themselves (Eph 4:11-16). What they do with their Bible will shape the trajectory of their lives.

Lifeway Research has found “reading the Bible is the best predictor for spiritual maturity.” Ed Stetzer writes:

“Perhaps what evangelicals need most right now is a strategy for biblical literacy. We need to reengage the biblical narrative and immerse ourselves in consistent (or daily, if that’s your thing) study. It will help us be more gracious and winsome in the way we communicate. It will help us have a clearer view on controversial issues. It will help us to understand and communicate a clear gospel as laid out in the Scriptures — a gospel of the cross and of the Kingdom. The Word of God is essential to where we are right now.”

 This reality became clear for me during the first year following the planting of a church in Greenville, South Carolina in 2010. God saved a young man in our congregation, and he was filled with questions. Like most new Christians, he wanted to know God deeply and asked me to help him. We met over breakfast once a week and talked about life and faith. Each question led to another series of questions and a quest deeper into God’s word.

His passion was great for the 90 minutes or so that we were together each week. But what was he doing for the rest of the week? I knew that he was reading his Bible, but I also knew that he did not have a plan. He did not know where to start, what to read, or what to do while he was reading. This led to mounting confusion and doubt on his part.
I knew that I had to develop a plan to help him read his Bible effectively. But this could not be just any plan. It could not be overly academic. My friend, while filled with spiritual vitality, was not a theology student. He’d never read the Bible before on his own, much less heard the word “hermeneutics.” If I gave him a thick book of theological “do’s and don’ts,” I knew that it would only heighten his insecurities with God’s word.
I also did not want to give him some other author’s reflections on the Bible. Don’t get me wrong. Devotional guides are necessary and helpful tools for the church. However, my friend needed to start with the Bible rather than training himself to depend on someone else to do the work for him. If I simply handed him another devotional guide I would be doing the same thing that I wanted to avoid in my preaching – I would be teaching him to depend on a middleman to help him read the Bible.

Finally, I wanted to avoid giving my friend something overly simplistic. I knew there were Bible reading methods available, but I could not find one that would actually give them a map for reading that could be used with any passage of Scripture. Sure, they could note things they observed about a Bible passage and how that passage affected their lives, but I wanted him to be able to dig deeper for himself – to not simply scratch the surface but to be able to mine the gem that is God’s word. I also wanted my friend and those who would come after him to have an ordered plan so that they would not just be asking random questions about the Bible but asking good questions and asking them in the right order. This type of tool would allow him to study the Bible on his own for the rest of his life.

I doodled on a dinner napkin the questions I ask when reading a passage of Scripture, and I used directional arrows to illustrate my meaning. Little forethought went into the doodle other than years of personal Bible reading and reflection. I never intended these simple doodles to go beyond than that breakfast table. But they have. Disciples of Jesus are hungry for simple, practical tools to aid them in knowing God and making him known. I have watched disciple-makers in our church use these Arrows to help a new believer grow in faith and understanding. I have watched teenagers read the Bible for themselves and unearth deep and profound truths of God’s word. I have watched missionaries in other countries translate and use these Arrows to aid in mission to unreached parts of the world for the first time. I have seen other churches take these Arrows and use them to shape a disciple-making culture in their church, proving that it is possible for normal church members to be faithful in the tasks of studying the Bible and disciple-making.

This book is an effort to illuminate the path that the Arrows provide.
The answers to these questions often prompt lengthy, academic resources that are seemingly inaccessible to the modern Bible reader. That doesn’t have to be the case though. I have watched our congregation, The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina, grow under the teaching of men like Dr. Donny Mathis. We have worked diligently to take the simple Arrows that I developed and teach our congregation to be effective Bible-readers.
We pray that the fruit of our labor will produce an army of God’s people who will be unleashed on a disciple-making mission, which will lead to awestruck, life-encompassing worship as they are transformed by God’s word.”
Delighting Grace: Wow thank you Matt. Please invite our readers to check your book, blog and social media accounts.
Matt Rogers: I co-wrote a book titled “Seven Arrows: Aiming Bible Readers in the Right Direction”, with Donny Mathis, which is available on Amazon in print and Kindle format.

I also write for a number of evangelical organizations throughout North America and maintains a blog at http://www.equiptogrow.com. You can also follow on Twitter @MattRogers_. You can follow Donny on Twitter @dmathisii and read posts that Donny makes at http://www.equiptogrow.com as well.

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Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

Book Review: Not By Sight by Jon Bloom

I have been following the Desiring God blog for years now and all I can say that this is one amazing blog. You can read astounding articles in a regular basis which is truly great. Their blogging team is superb. But as you can see, many of us doesnt seem to look forward to articles on Desiring God not written by John Piper. Well I enjoy Tony Reinke’s article however John Piper is always a must read. But that changed when I checked Jon Bloom’s book “Not by Sight”. It was published by OMFLIt here in the Philippines and was launch last September at the Manila International Book Fair however I wasnt interested on the book. Yet recently, I gave ‘Not by Sight” a try and I wasnt disappointed with it.
Every chapter (or devotional entry if you want call it that way) of “Not By Sight” contains a biographic sketch and the biblical lesson. The bio sketch are bite size historical fiction that unveals the essential background of every character. The lesson are brief yet powerful to focus you to the all sufficient God. The bio sketch and the lesson are like two diamonds that are glittering in this book. Both can stand alone but the chapter shines brightest because of these well written parts. This proves that you dont need alot of words to have a spiritual banquet. You can feast on the goodness of God in every short chapter of Jon Bloom’s book.

If you’re using this as part of your morning devotional, you’ll definately look forward every morning for the entries. Wake up to meet James, Joseph, Peter, Martha and the other biblical characters as they walk in faith in different situations that you and I faces.

Notable quotes:
“God will not spare us from all awkward and painful decisions. Neither will he spare us from all wrong decisions resulting from our fallen finiteness, even if they are made in the integrity of our hearts. God has his purposes in all of these. But what we can trust him to do is faithfully give us the correction and guidance we need at the time he deems right.”
“Trusting in Jesus and his word over our perceptions is difficult to learn. That’s why the Lord takes us through so many different faith-testing, faith-building experiences.And when he does, it is never for just our own benefit. He’s displaying his power so others’ faith will be strengthened too.”
“So when you find yourself suddenly moving in a direction you had not planned, take heart; the Great Planner has something much better in mind for you and countless others.”
“God will not spare us from all awkward and painful decisions. Neither will he spare us from all wrong decisions resulting from our fallen finiteness, even if they are made in the integrity of our hearts. God has his purposes in all of these. But what we can trust him to do is faithfully give us the correction and guidance we need at the time he deems right.”
“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.”
Uplifting and encouraging, “Not By Sight” is a must read for every believer. Powerful for those who are going through rough times. Insightful for those who just need some reminder that God is there for them. Get “Not by Sight” at your nearest Christian bookstores or download the PDF format here for free: http://bit.ly/1C8olo2.