Church vs. Serial Killer

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The church is a beacon of hope to this world because of the task Christ gave to preach the gospel. As the fruit of the gospel and one of the reason we are saved, we are to do good works to magnify God. We are to extend it to the community. And if we look at church history we find instances that Christians shines. Call it a revolution, but indeed believers turned the world upside down. Through opportunities that God opens to us we can minister go people and share the gospel.

Churches may encounter crisis in like disasters or a pandemic, but how will you respond on a serial killer on the loose? How will you counsel the victim’s relative and most importantly, the whole neighborhood? Matt Horan and Seminole Heights United Methodist Church had a say on this predicament.

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “The Believer’s Paradox” (Arthur W. Pink)

This is the second serving of #ReadingTheClassics on this blog. This is for the celebration of the 504th Protestant Reformation, coming this October 31.

This time I would like to share something from A. W. Pink titled The Believer’s Paradox. Like the previous post, these books are available at Chapel Library for download or you can get it through mail free. My aim is for you to have a taste of what a feast you’ll enjoy when you read the entire book.

“…if you are not plagued with and burdened by unbelief, if you do not humbly confess the same to God and seek His help about it, then are you of all men most miserable.”

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Both And” (Ross Cunningham)

Guys, head over Driven By The Gospel website and check out my freshly translated article from Desiring God, written by David Mathis.

Now here are my favorite quote from the book Both And by Ross Cunningham published by Christian Focus. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.

“To rest only on one truth, at the expense of the other, leads to an impoverished view of God.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “The Everyday Gospel” by Tim Chester

It’s been awhile since I posted quotes from a book. It’s because I’m reading two long books and slowly writing some comicbook reviews. This book I’m featuring today is short, one sitting read and I was able to hack this quick post for our reading pleasure.

So enjoy these quotes from the book, The Everyday Gospel by Tim Chester published by 10 Publishing. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Finding the revelation of God in the everyday does not just mean identifying allegories (‘My heart was dirty until God washed it clean.’). It means having eyes to see God’s active involvement in his world. It means tracing his handiwork in the everyday.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Call to Prayer” by J. C. Ryle

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Hello guys! Kindly lift us to God for a specific ministry work we are into. We are translating a book to Taglish (conversational Tagalog) which is much needed in this trying time. As of now we have a team of less than 10 people translating a John Piper book. We are planning an ebook and audiobook format. It will be for free distribution. Printed copy is not yet considered.  I’ll be blogging the project soon.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Call to Prayer by J. C. Ryle published by Chapel Library. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“that of all the evidences of the real work of the Spirit, a habit of hearty private prayer is one of the most satisfactory that can be named.”

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Book Review: Sacred Endurance by Trillia J. Newbell

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I think perseverance of the saints,  is a candidate for being most discouraging letter in the TULIP acronym.   Christians will be glad that it is found in the end of the popular nickname for Doctrine of Grace. Believers will be more happy the “P” is actually left out.  As if you’re looking for a happy ending, you get this notion that it is not. You might say “With all those talk it all boils down to persevere and I thought God did it all for us?” Christians like me feels like walking on glass everytime someone talks about the letter “P”. I find it discouraging sometimes when I don’t do the “persevering” part for God.

Sacred Endurance answers the call to help Christians struggling on what it means to endure. Newbell lays it here clearly and joyfully that persevering won’t feel like a burden to us. This book is a map that will clear out the fog out of persevering.

 As you read this book, you’ll see Trillia as an encouragement machine. Whenever you’re going down, Trillia will cheer you with her biblical insight and personal stories again and again. She won’t let you down. She’ll be your personal coach pumping you up and shouting “Focus on Jesus!” Page after page you’ll be encourage to endure in any circumstances in your Christian walk. Don’t just pick this book up when your down, get it to help you go on an extra mile with your faith.

Sacred Endurance is a book that will tell you not just the “what’ but the “whys” and the “hows” of enduring. Some of us gets bogged down by the “what” that we dread to ask the “hows” and the “whys.” This is coming from an author that has been through a lot in her family life and not a theologian on an ivory tower. She is coming as a fellow learner that we will meet along the dusty road. After reading this book you’ll find joy to go on and run the Christian race with joy!

 My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

(Review copy of this book is provided by InterVarsity Press)

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: Abide by Warren W. Wiersbe

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I think it’s safe to say that you can’t go wrong with a Wiersbe book. His Bible commentary and Be Series  are a must have for Christians. And having 10 of Those reprinting a Wiersbe book is a great move, not just it will sell but how a believer will really profit from the pen of this great author.

With great clarity and precision, Wierbe unpacks John 15 revealing the “secret” of living for Christ. In John 15, we are told that we are the branches and God is the vine dresser. Wierbe made that pivotal episode in the ministry of Jesus Christ unforgettable, endearing and comforting as he deals with the issue of fruit bearing for the believers. Abide is not a stiff or cold lesson rather a vivid and lively excursion to John’s gospel that will excite believers to get their hands dirty for God.  Every chapter drips with pastoral care only Wierbe can deliver.

 Abide is simple, practical and thoroughly biblical, something you’ll expect to Warren W. Weirsbe. The secret is out! Live for Christ by following and knowing these secrets. This book will push you back to the Scriptures and look at God’s best for His elect. By far one of my best reads from 10 of those and I’m looking forward for more . Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Abide” by Warren W. Wiersbe

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Our church anniversary is on Sunday and other than the New Year or Christmas, this is a good time to reflect the goodness of God to my family through the blessings he extend to the church. Through preaching, teaching and fellowships the church had served us and in return we served the church with our God given possessions and talents. We hope and pray that God will bless this mutual exchange that extend from this side of heaven to the next life.

Anyways, here’s the book by Warren W. Wiersbe, Abide published by 10 of Those Publishing.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at 10 of Those. Stay tuned for more quotes and review of this book.

“The Christian need not have an identity crisis. Jesus tells us who we are and why we are here. We are branches, and he is the Vine. We are here to bear fruit. Once you accept this simple fact, you are on the way to making your life meaningful and useful.”

“If you are growing in holy living, and experiencing victory over temptation, then you are abiding in Christ. The absence of temptation is not a proof of abiding; the presence of temptation and testing is the proof.”

“It is the Holy Spirit who encourages and enables us to abide. He teaches us the Word; He enables us to pray; He reveals our sins; He gives us the inward desire to obey God. “

“God works in, we work out. As we surrender, God works in; as we obey, God works out. Abiding involves keeping in fellowship with the Vine so that God can work in us.”

“The Christian who abides in Christ and shares his life will produce the fruit of holiness. You cannot manufacture holiness. The Pharisees tried to do this and Jesus called them hypocrites.”

“Holiness is nothing else but the beauty and character of God displayed in our everyday lives. Holy living means more than victory over sin; it also means growth in character so that we become more like Jesus Christ.”

“One of the reasons God saved you is that you might bear fruit in this world. You are living in a hungry world where people are starving for spiritual reality.”

“When you yielded to Christ, a living union was formed between you and the Lord. Just as the branch gets its life from the vine, so the believer gets his life from Jesus Christ.”