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

 

Book Review: Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath

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In Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life,  McGrath brings out the two of the greatest thinkers of our time on the table and (objectively) scrutinize their beliefs focusing only on the meaning of life.  I love how McGarth presents these extraordinary gentlemen in this book. Both Oxford fellows (including the author), both had a landmark book and both experienced atheism and Christianity. This adds the level of thrill in diving in to this brief book. And I have to say, I got really hooked.

Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life is not the usual apologetics book. It’s a short and accessible book for atheist, Christians or anyone who both wants to know Dawkins and Lewis in one sitting. It’s serves as a springboard for other bodies of work these two intellectual giants have dished out (or to books of McGarth on the topics). There are lots of superb books that have great treatment with these gentlemen but if you want a starting point, this is the book for you.

By reading this book, I think you have gotten to the core or the most important part of any book that discuss these authors and their view of life. Peak inside the minds of these brilliant thinkers and how their views influence the world.  Pick up this book and you’ll surely love it!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

(InterVarsity Press provided the digital copy for this review)

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life” by Alister McGrath

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During our open forum for our laymen and women fellowship with the theme, Passion for God, I had a chance to share something about reading that leads to pursuing God. I wrote it down and explained it for about 10 minutes. If youre curious on what I shared to our fellowship, I’ll put it live here as a post on this blog soon.

Anyways, here’s Alister McGrath’s latest book, Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Lifepublished by InterVarsity Press.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at Amazon or InterVarsity Press. Stay tuned to the review of this book.

“Lewis thus invites his readers into the Christian way of seeing things and to explore how things look when seen from its standpoint – as if to say ‘Try seeing things this way!’ If world views or metanarratives can be compared to lenses, which of them brings things into sharpest focus? Clues, taken by themselves, prove nothing; their importance lies rather in their cumulative and contextual force.”

Dawkins attributes his loss of any religious faith to two factors. The first was his growing realization that ‘Darwin provided the magnificently powerful alternative to biological
design which we now know to be true.’ This is a recurrent theme in Dawkins’s later writings: Darwinism offers an ex­
planation of what is observed in the biological world that is superior to belief in a creator God. The second factor is his belief that there is an ‘elementary fallacy’ within any argument from design, in that ‘any god capable of designing the universe would have needed a fair bit of designing himself.’ Darwin’s idea of gradual complexification from a ‘primeval simplicity’ seemed to make a lot more sense to him.”

“Christianity possessed the literary form of a myth, which for Lewis meant a story with deep imaginative appeal, conveying a set of ideas. Yet there was
a critical difference between Nordic myths and the Christian myth: only the latter was true. Pagan myths represented an imperfect grasping towards the truth, a goal finally attained in Christianity. “

“Christians take the view that believing in God helps us make sense of the world, offering a larger framework or big picture into which fits what we observe and experience. Dawkins argues that this involves adding an unobserved and intrinsically complicated entity – God – to the inventory of the universe. Science is about keeping things as simple as pos-
sible – which is one reason why Dawkins prefers atheism to Christianity. It seems a simpler and neater idea. “

“For Lewis, belief in God was neither a distraction from life nor a spurious means of finding consolation. Discovering God was about discovering his own true identity and recalibrating his reason and imagination in the light of this new way of seeing himself and the world. God is neither an object within our universe nor a mere abstract philosophical idea.”

” To have faith in God is not primarily to
give intellectual assent to an idea about God but to step into a greater picture of our world and become part of it.”

“In terms of their intellectual precariousness, both atheism and Christianity reflect the epistemic limits of human beings, who show a tendency to want to believe more – whether that belief is religious or secular – than the evidence actually warrants.”

“Like many readers of The Selfish Gene I often find myself wondering whether Dawkins’s optimistic conclusion isn’t
actually contradicted and subverted by the arguments that precede it. In some ways his analysis echoes the ethos of the Enlightenment: once you have understood something, you can master it. But can we master ourselves in this way? What if our genetic inheritance affects our will, so that we can recognize the hidden influence of our genes, while then discovering that we cannot break free from their influence?”

The Lion, The Witch and The Logic

Last week I’ve brought 3 books of the Chronicles of Narnia series. Now I’m half way in C.S. Lewis “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”. The book so far unfolds lots of action and adventure that’s truly exciting. Not only it’s filled with that but some of the ideas from C.S. Lewis. For those who don’t yet know, C.S. Lewis wrote books on Christian apologetics (defense of the faith).  His works especially “Mere Christianity” is the most quoted because of its irrefutable arguments. Books after books on apologetics they include his famous argument when the deity of Jesus Christ is scrutinized. It great that you can find it also in his own fiction works. Let’s see if you recognize this line:

“Logic!” said the Professor half to himself. “Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies and it is obvious that she is not mad For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”

Familiar? Well let’s turn to his classic “Mere Christianity” for a clearer view:

“Either this man was, and is, the Son of God or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit on Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

In other words, if some is making an incredible claim, check if the evidence points to the truth. Then you must decide: is he telling a lie, or is he simply insane or is he telling the truth. As for the case of Jesus Christ, as Lewis points, Jesus may either be liar, lunatic or Lord.

Anyways, it’s great to know that Lewis intends to share some of his great thoughts even in his fiction works. I just can’t wait to read the next book of the series and find such great treasures.

6 Dead Christians You Should Follow on Twitter

Dead men really tell tales. They can also tweet. Follow these dead saints in Twitter and be inspired with their undying words of godly wisdom, theology and biblical insights. You can discover their works and dig deeper about them by going to their websites, liking their FB pages (if they have one) or by searching it at Google after you follow their tweets.

  1. C. S. Lewis Daily (twitter.com/cslewisdaily)- Clive Staples Lewis, the author know for Chronicles of Narnia, is one of the greatest thinkers in Christian philosophy.  He contributed to Christian thinking books like Mere Christianity, Screwtape Letters, Problem with Pain etc. This Twitter account dishes off his wit and wisdom.
  2. The Essential John Owen (http://twitter.com/EssentialOwen) the “prince of the English divines,” this Puritan pastor is vigilant proclaming doctrine and God. Follow his twitter account and the website http://www.theessentialowen.com for more topics he addresses.
  3. Oswald Chambers (http://twitter.com/myutmost) his most influential devotional is exceptional in terms of finding intimacy with God. Follow it and read it every morning for your devotional time. Oh, by the way purchase the book!
  4. The Daily Spurgeon (twitter.com/dailyspurgeon) The Prince of Preachers gives you a dose of daily quotes and links to his books and sermons.
  5. J. C. Ryle (twitter.com/JCRyleQuotes) I love J. C. Ryle, especially Thoughts for Young Men. Some of his works feels as if its not centuries ago. Very relevant to this age.
  6. The Old Guys (http://www.twitter.com/OldGuyQuotes) Not one. Not two. And not three. But a dozen theologians, preachers, pastors and writers (all dead) all giving day by day insights on theology, the Bible and God.

Any more you could add? Please post it on the comment.

(Originally from my Facebook Notes, 28 August 2011)

7 Important Facts You Should Know About Jesus Christ

Who is Jesus? This is the most important question every human will face. This is something we can’t ignore. We should also remind ourselves, this is a personal question. “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). How about you? Who do you think Jesus is? Let’s go down with the facts:

  1. He is God– Despite whatever the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Da Vinci Code tells you, according to the Bible and church history he is God (Isa 9:6). He has attributes belonging to God.

C.S. Lewis puts it “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.”That is the one thing we must not say.  A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being agreat human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

 

2. He is the promised Messiah– from Genesis (Gen. 3:5) up to the last book of the OT Malachi (Mal. 3:1), God promised His people a Messiah or Anointed to his people the Jews. He will be their Savior and Deliverer. Prophecies after prophecies points to Jesus Christ as the Messiah. And the Messiah is God Himself!

 

3. He will Judge the World– He will be present in the Judgment Seat (for believers Romans 14:10) and Great White Throne (for unbelievers Revelations 20: 11-14). He will judge the world by His standard (2Tim 4:1, Romans 2:16).

 

4. He is the Gospel– I like how John Piper puts it “WHEN all is said and done, God is the gospel. Gospel means “good news.” Christianity is not first theology, but news. It is like the prisoners of war hearing by hidden radio that the allies have landed and rescue is only a matter of time. The guards wonder why all the rejoicing.” The gospel is God Himself and its Jesus. (Romans 1: 16)

 

5. He alone Saves– no religion or good works will ever save you. Salvation is in a person. Salvation is Jesus Christ. Peter preached about Jesus” Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

 

6. He is the only way to God– in this day in age, this statement is narrow-minded. This would mean that Buddha, Mohammed, the Virgin Mary, Joseph Smith, and others claiming being the way to God is false (John 14:5-6).

 

7. He is Coming Back– He is coming soon to defeat his enemies and establish His Kingdom on Earth (Rev. 19:11 and Zech. 12: 7-13:1). And every knee (including Satan, his demons and all people who rejected Him) shall bow down and confess He is Lord (Phil 2:10). He will rule forever. Will you rule along side with Him?

I love to hear your views. Your comments are much appreciated.

(0riginally from my Facebook Notes, September 7, 2011)