The Freebie Round-Up #83

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One of my friend, Marc Daniel, sent me some goodies and one of them is St. Augustine’s Confessions. Really appreciate the gift and our friendship. I’m already reading it with my daughter in her morning devotional.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies for the week. 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 e-book “Understanding Intelligent Design” by William Dembski and Sean McDowell – This the free ebook of the month from Faithlife/Logos, is this free compact guide on Intelligent Design.

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The Freebie Round-Up #76

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During my self quarantine, my father in law passed away. So sad that I wasn’t able to go to wake nor his burial last Saturday. However, I’m thankful for the years we have spent through victories and losses. His faithfulness to God as a believer and a deacon is truly inspiring to me and others. Thank you, Papa Terry. Till we meet again!

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 MP3 hymns and music sheets- Hymn House provides free re-tuned and freshly arranged hymns for personal and corporate use.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Place Like Heaven” by Samuel Miller

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I was hesitant to post quotes from this booklet that it might spoil the content. I already wrote a review on this book and it made to my 2019 best reads. A friend who is beginning to read Reformed books is considering to read a large volume on the Canons of Dort that I have to share the link of the review. Also it revived the idea to include some of my favorite quotes to further help someone looking for a resource about that momumental event. So here it is, finally after a year.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Place Like Heaven by Samuel Miller published by Log College Press . If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“…the Synod of Dort had, undoubtedly, a species of importance peculiar to itself, and altogether pre-eminent. It was not merely a meeting of the select divines of a single nation, but a convention of the Calvinistic world, to bear testimony against a rising and obtrusive error; to settle a question in which all the Reformed Churches of Europe had an immediate and deep interest. “

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “19 Pastoral Thoughts on Covid-19” by Conrad Mbewe

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Happy Lord’s Day!  This is my second week on not being able to come to church because of our enhanced community quarantine. Three weeks ago is my last opportunity to preach and my wife wasn’t with me. But thank God the church is still having services and our pastor gave an online message as well. Later I’ll be check it out.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the booklet, 19 Pastoral Thoughts on Covid-19 by Conrad Mbewe published by Evergreen Publishers . If you like these quotes, please download the book by clicking here.

“In our current global crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic, this thought cannot be too far away from our minds: “Has God sent this as a plague upon humanity?” The politically correct answer is, “No, because he is a loving God. He cannot cause the kind of global panic, suffering and death that we are seeing from this pandemic.” However, the biblically correct answer is, “Yes, because he is a God who makes well-being and creates calamity.” God is in sovereign control of all things—including viruses.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day” by Thomas Brooks

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I would like to grab this opportunity to ask for your prayers. The president declares that our province (Batangas) is high risk and would go to an extended enhanced community quarantine till May 15. Please pray that the case of COVID19 here in our place will go down and people would cooperate with the government. As for us Christians, uphold us to God for encouragement and spiritual strength.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day by Thomas Brooks, published by Chapel Library. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“It is the greatest wisdom in the world to do every day what a man would do on a dying-day, and to be afraid to live in such a state as a man would be afraid to die in.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Sacred Endurance” by Trillia J. Newbell

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I’m doing a giveaway tomorrow so stay tuned on this blog. This raffle is exclusive to Philippine residents only. What am I giving away? Watch out my big reveal and enjoy the SPURGE! This giveaway is sponsored by Lifeway.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Sacred Endurance by Trillia J. Newbell published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes please get the book by clicking here.

” There’s nothing and no one who compares to our God. And this truth provides strength to our hearts. Our flesh may fail, our hearts may fail, but we will endure because God is the strength of our heart.”

“Troubles are part of the Christian life, but we’re instructed to take heart. How do we keep our hearts from being troubled? We believe and trust in God.”

“So how do we fight for truth and love in a world of hurt and rage? One way is to be subversive. We need fighters, but not the kind that burn down the nation. We need people willing to keep doing good. Yes, overthrow the culture with good. We need warriors willing to do good to their neighbors—as Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor.”

“Endurance that lasts can come only out of motivation marked by grace, faith, love, and God’s glory. Accompanied by the right motivations, living by grace sounds a lot like freedom, doesn’t it?”

“You and I are going to get this wrong again and again. We’re going to turn our anxious thoughts to inadequate things to give us security. We’re going to be tempted to lean on our own understanding. That’s because we have a battle with sin. But God, being rich in mercy, has given us a way of escape through his Son. And God doesn’t condemn us for our weakness; instead he invites us to come to him.”

“Our motivation comes out of our faith in a God who will never fail us. All others in our life might, but not the Lord. To fail us would go against his very character. So to be motivated by faith is to be motivated by the very character and trust­ worthiness of God.There is no foundation as sure as him.”

“The world tells us to follow the motivations of our hearts—in other words, to do whatever we want. In contrast, Scripture gives us boundaries that aren’t meant to stifle us but instead to help us to walk in the freedom of Christ.”
“The Christian life is a race that will have an end. One day we’ll be complete in glory and with Christ. We’ll receive a prize when this race is finished.But until that time, we must learn to run, endure, persevere, and finish.”

(Review copy of Sacred Endurance was provided by InterVarsity Press)

Book Review: A Place Like Heaven by Samuel Miller

eoem3usI requested this book (or booklet) from Log College Press not only to share some quotes or do a review, but also get to know the Synod of Dort. As you might not know this year marks the 400th year of the event. It’s worth celebrating because how the church stood up and defend the doctrine of grace against Arminianism.  I have been exposed to it on a lecture of Ryan Reeves on Youtube and it’s excellent. And after reading  A Place Like Heaven, all I can say that it shares the impression I have with the Ryan Reeves video. It’s excellent!

A Place Like Heaven is a primer booklet that explores Synod of Dort. The booklet tackles the events that leads to the synod, during the deliberation and the aftermath of this ecumenical gathering with a American Presbyterian perspective. It ends with some defense on the doctrine of grace. The title of this work came from one of the moderators of the synod describing it as a “place like heaven’. The title might sound like a devotional book but that doesn’t discount the weight of what has been examine in this booklet. I think it lightens up a bit by putting an encouraging tone to the book.

Though this is a primer, you’ll praise Samuel Miller for his remarkable writing that which makes this booklet accessible and clear. At first you might have some inhibitions  reading this, although short it’s written in an 18th century English. However as you read on, you’ll get the hang of it. The content is actually engaging and what you might dismiss as a Smithsonian relic, this booklet is really good. Whenever you start reading it, it grabs your attention and for me this is not a boring read. Miller ends this booklet by answering some arguments against the doctrine of grace.

For a 48 page booklet, I can’t believe I learned a lot about Synod of Dort. Sometimes I ask myself if this is really a primer because it really covers lots of areas of the event. Not that it gave all that is to know about the Synod of Dort but the content of this is enough for you to appreciate that important event. Once you read this, Log College Press books will be on your reading list.  A Place Like Heaven is a great addition for your Synod of Dort resources. Please don’t miss out on this book. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

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 Quotable Round-Up #110

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It’s been a thrilling ride being part of a book launching team. I’m on my second book launch and it’s amazing to connect with the author. Not only that I get to meet some like minded folks and enjoy the perks of belong to one. But one awesome thing about it is that I can read the book first before any other readers can. So if you want to join one keep your eyes peeled to your favorite author as he or she rolls out his latest releases.

As part of the Humble Calvinism book launch team, enjoy this special treat from Delighting Grace. It’s a collection of quotes from the book authored by Jeff Medders.  Pre-order the book on Amazon or add it to your wish list by clicking this link: https://amzn.to/2LfH2CV

“A head-only grip on unconditional election makes pride and predestination into frenemies. We know pride is a sinister enemy of Christians, but when it comes to disagreements over the doctrines of grace, somehow we welcome pride in as our friend and ally. We need to end our friendship with pride. Frenemies no more.”

“Predestination is the backstory of your faith in Christ. Ephesians 1 reminds us of God’s end goal of election: the praise of his grace.”

Any version of Calvinism that lacks zeal for the lost is a counterfeit. Real Calvinism runs on a Great Commission passion for the glory of God and the joy of all people in Christ the Lord.”

“Believers will not—cannot!—“un-believe.” Will there be doubts? Certainly. Will we sin? Yes. Will there be periods of backsliding into sin and a belittling of God’s grace? Probably. But prodigals eventually come home. Sins that have already been covered by the blood of Jesus cannot be uncovered.”

“Discipleship is about denying ourselves as our own Lord and Savior, picking up our cross of death to self, and following Jesus as Master. And the proof is in perseverance; a continued discipleship with Christ, as new creations in Christ, is God’s will for his saints.”

 

 

The Quotable Round-Up #104

xRHiMKgMerry Christmas to all! As I was creating this post, I’m in the middle of doing the laundry! LOL. Not so Christmasy activity isnt? But hey later this day me and my family will go out and celebrate the holidays. In the meantime, enjoy this special treat from Delighting Grace. It’s a collection of quotes from the book Humble Calvinism by Jeff Medders.  Special because it’s from a pre-release copy and schedule to be out on March 2019. Pre-order the book on Amazon or add it to your wish list by clicking this link: https://amzn.to/2LfH2CV

“Many of us who love to love the “doctrines of grace” have not grown in showing grace. We have not become more gracious, kind, tender, and compassionate. And that can only mean one thing: we actually don’t know the doctrines of grace.”

“A doctrinal disconnect between the head and heart fires up the production line of idolatry.”

“Calvinism in the head will puff you up. Calvinism in the heart will build others up.”

“Knowing the five points, the debating points, and the handy Spurgeon quotes in your head and not your heart will puff you up.”

“Heart Calvinism helps us love the Lord our God with more than just our mind but with
our heart, soul, and strength too. Heart Calvinism moves us to love our neighbors—all of them, not just our fellow Calvinists—as ourselves. Head Calvinism means we will become the kind of people who thrive on theological self-righteousness—the very people who received the harshest words from Jesus.”

“More than merely loving Calvinism, we need a loving Calvinism. We don’t need less Calvinism; we need real Calvinism—one that resides in our hearts rather than merely lodging in our heads.”

“We must see Christ in our Calvinism. If we don’t, throw the tulips out; they are worthless.”