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.”

8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Will You Be My Facebook Friend?” by Tim Chester

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I got something on my mind for my blog that is pretty cool. But I dont want to announce it yet. I need prayers from you guys for this and I hope and pray it will bless everyone and glorify God.

Anyways, here are 8 favorite quotes from Tim Chester’s updated book Will You Be My Facebook Friend?published by 10 Publishing. . If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by clicking to 10 Publishing or Amazon link.

“On Facebook you do not have a conversation, you have an audience. Your life takes place on a stage and you are your own playwright, creating or recreating yourself through your words.”

“Technology is good. But it readily gets perverted by our sin, and used for selfish ends.”

“What is Facebook’s product? It is you. You are its product, delivered in large quantities to advertisers! “

“many of us find social media so compulsive is that on social media I can recreate my world through my words to gain approval.”

“On Facebook I receive approval and I bestow approval. The result is that many people constantly check their Facebook page because this is where they receive affirmation.”

“Here is the test of whether you are facing this danger: Is your Facebook self more attractive or successful than your real-world self?”

“Some of us have little time for community life and missional endeavour because we are spending too much time on Facebook or watching television or surfing blogs. “

“The Bible is the true Facebook, the book in which we see God’s face. Prayer is the ultimate instant messaging. The church is the real social network.”

 

8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Raising Your Kids in a ‘You Can Do It!’ World” by Paul Tautges

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Howdy! Time really flies and its already the middle of June. Hope you have read lots of books already and still on tract with your reading challenge (if you have one). As for me, I’m a bit slow due to my daddy duty, preparing for materials for our youth small group and graveyard work. Still I’m pressing on to flip some pages. Also bought some MP3 audiobooks of some fictional works so I can listen it on my car while driving to work and coming home.

Anyways, here are 8 favorite quotes from Paul Tautges book Raising Kids in a “You Can Do It!” World, published by 10 Publishing.  I wrote a review of this book yesterday so please do check it out. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by clicking to 10 Publishing or Amazon link.

“every kid’s greatest need is to be redeemed by the grace of God, and renewed to the image of Jesus Christ.”

“before we get too gung-ho about directing our children to follow Jesus, we should take careful inventory of our own relationship with God.”

“what every child really needs is to be regularly confronted by two costs: (1) the cost God paid to make salvation free for sinners, and (2) the cost of discipleship. “

“A significant marker on the road to raising kids to walk humbly with God is the integration of the Word of God into every area of life. “

“Knowing God, and how He is intimately acquainted with us, stabilizes our souls. “

“God never intended us to read or study the Bible for intellectual benefit alone. Instead, He breathed it out of His mind so that we may know Him, so that our hearts would be born anew and our lives progressively transformed into the image of His Son.”

“Our own growth in Christ directly hinges upon our appetite for the Word. “

“to fear the Lord is to be in such awe of Him that it produces a desire to worship and obey Him by living within His authority structures (home, church, school, government, employment). “

Live It Well Conference (Day 2 Notes)

cbqx3ijHere are my notes on the second day of Live It Well Conference with guest speaker Tim Challies. Click here for Day 1 Notes.

(I enjoyed the messages from Tim Challies and had fellowship with friends who also attended Live It Well. Thank you Higher Rock Conference for bring Tim here in the Philippines and looking forward for more conferences.)

Session 5: Live in Freedom

Romans 8: 1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

We live in 3 kinds of culture:

  • shame
  • fear
  • guilt

These 3 can be seen when Adan and Eve sin against God.

Your standing on God or man depends on the level of honor/out of fear/ guilt or innocence.

Fear and Guilt

  • every time you break the law of God

Romans 8:1 

  • one group is facing condemnation but they are not condemn.
  • the group that is not facing condemnation is now in Christ.
  • their is still condemnation to the group that is not in Christ.

What can I do to be “in Christ”? 

No. There is nothing you can do.

Jesus takes your righteousness. Your fear and guilt are removed by trusting in Christ.

“The guilty can be made innocent. The innocent cannot be guilty.”

Tim sites examples on the burden we carry from his mother’s testimony (which in that point Tim got emotional) and Pilgrim’s Progress.

Many Christians live feeling the burden of guilt and that God will somehow punish them.

Question: Where does these burden comes from?

Answer: They are bringing those burdens back to them.

Remember:

  • The gospel didn’t stop the moment you trust in Christ. Its just the beginning.
  • God didn’t demand two payments of sin. It’s already paid. Not just on sins you have done but what you are doing and what you will be doing. Let go of the guilt.

 

Session 6: Live to Die

Ecclesiastes Chapters 11 and 12 

(Addressing growing old and a much wiser Solomon addressing the youth.)

v. 5 – Acknowledge man will die

v. 6 – Remember your Creator

v. 7 – We will return to dust

Chapter 11: 7- Chapter 12

Who will you be then?

Godliness just doesn’t just happen.

Who you are today is who you’ll be in old age. You have to make it today to be committed to be joyful/godly today.

Be joyful and holy today.

v.9 – Rejoice with your youth

3 Joy Enhancers According to Ecclesiastes 11: 9 

  • Enjoy life but acknowledge that youthfulness will come to an end. Savor life. We have one opportunity to live a life well.
  • Enjoy life but acknowledge of a coming judgment. Live with boundaries. Know what to avoid and what to pursue.
  • Enjoy life but acknowledge the vanity of it. Life is a vapor. Nothing will last forever.

Every joy in this world points out to the Creator. Enjoy it as a gift.

Chapter 12

Remember Him today.

v. 4- Metaphor of a crumbling body of an old man.

What pleasure or passion God’s want you to pursue?

Who will you be in old age?

 

Session 7: Live to Share the Gospel

Jonah 4 (Jonah’s reaction with God sparing Nineveh)

What if the Book of Jonah ended in Chapter 3? or Matthew ended in Chapter 27?

It would be a different book.

Beholding God in Jonah 4

God’s characters displayed in the last chapter of that book:

  • patience
  • sovereign
  • compassionate

Patience

v. 1-3 – Jonah’s anger with the people of Nineveh repenting

v. 4-6 – God’s response to Jonah

Do you reflect God’s patience to your life?

Does that patience extends from you to others?

Sovereign

v.11 – God is sovereign even if you don’t understand it.

Do you love God for being sovereign?

Jonah love God’s sovereignty when it is in favor to him.

Jonah loves God’s sovereign when God rescued Him with a fish and when God gave him the plant. But Jonah didnt see God’s sovereignity when God spared Nineveh.

Do you love God’s sovereignty when it gives you the good? Remember Romans 8: 28?

Compassionate

v. 11 – Do you reflect the compassion of God?

God is a God of compassion. God extends that compassion to you when He saved you. Will you extend that compassion to others?

The soul is precious. The one thing you can take to heaven is souls.

How do we express that compassion of God?

Share the gospel.

Session 8: Ask Me Anything 

No notes taken.

 

Live It Well Conference (Day 1 Notes)

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Here are my notes on the first day of Live It Well Conference with guest speaker Tim Challies. Click here for Day 2 Notes.

Session 1: Live It Well

Question: How do we live out what the Bible says?

Example: How do I live out the Great Commission on work or school?

Westminster Shorter Cathechism states:

What is the chief end of man?

 “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

But HOW?

There were a great deal of books a few years ago on the theme of being radical in the Christian life.

What need does these books addressing?

Significance,being radical, hoping to spark our lives etc.

But in 1 Thessalonians 4, being ordinary is enough!

How does it look like being an ordinary Christian?

How can we live our lives pleasing to God?

In 1 Thessalonians 4,

1.) sexual purity

2.) loyalty/ loving one another

3.) industrious/live peacefully/mind you own affairs

Sexual Purity

Be a Christian that is sexually pure.  The way we handle our sexuality shows if we are following God.

v. 3 Sanctification- do we want to be holy?

Why? Because it stuns and stops Christian growth

Negative – Avoid sexual immorality

Positive- put sin to death, pursue righteous and what is holy, control desire.

v. 6 we see the warning

Loyalty/ Loving People (v.9)

1.) Love taught by God shown through the cross. Is your church committed on the cross of Christ?

2.) The primary love of the Christian is to love other Christians. How do you express love to the local church?

Industrious (v. 11)

Aspire to work peacefully, mind your own affairs.

Be content to be unnoticed.

Session 2: Live In Christ

Mark 5: 1-20 – Jesus encounters a demon possessed man.

Have you been set free?

The man is demon possessed. We are possessed by the power of sin. Jesus comes to our world to free the oppressed.

Angels and demons exist. They know Jesus is the Son of God (He is God Himself). The demon is terrified.

Jesus offers freedom to this man. This man cannot free himself. He needs Jesus.

Have you been set free?

Jesus is powerful. If Jesus can offer freedom from demon possession, he can offer freedom from sin.

Look at v. 15 for the response.

There are two response:

1.) They saw the power of God but not the man who is now OK. They (the people) saw God’s power but they dont want anything from it. “Jesus go away.”

2.)  This man wants to be close with Jesus. “Jesus I want to go with you.”

Jesus response: STAY! (Tell people around you what Jesus had done to you.)

How will you response?

Something to think about:

Pitiful – the man possessed with demons.

Most pitiful – Jesus on the cross with billions of billions of sins.

He can offer freedom. The oppressed are set free!

Have you been set free? The man possessed with demons can now live a life. We cant live the life because of sin.

Session 3: Live in God’s Word

Psalms 19

Canadians has traditions of wishing. Wishing by blowing a birthday cake, tossing a coin in a well and making a wish or wishing on a falling star.

So as the song by Jiminy Cricket:

“When you wish upon a star
Your dream comes true.”

The truth is, wishes are things we want, but we don’t want to work for it.

Almost all our prayers are wishes. Prayers needs to take form of an action.

In Psalms 19, David is praying. He is not just wishing. He has a desire and plan.

David’s prayer (v. 14): 

  • “Let my words of my mouth”- clean mouth/outer
  • “and the meditation of my heart” – clean heart/inner
  • “be acceptable to in your sight” – “Make me acceptable to you”
  • “O, Lord” – depended in God
  • “my rock” – immovable
  • “and my redeemer” – saves/ keeping the covenant

And how will David do this?

Meditate on the two books of God:

1.) Book of Nature (v. 1-6) – Universal (revealed to everyone) but limited purpose (Romans 1: 18). We need to meditate to the beauty and wonder to nature that points to the Creator.

2.) Book of Scripture (v. 7-11) – Recorded Word of God for us. Even more sufficient than the Book of Nature.

7 Great Reasons Why Read the Bible

  • to be saved
  • to be wise
  • to be joyful
  • to have clarity
  • to be clean
  • to be godly

Free from sin and hating sin are the effects of meditating to these two books (v 12-13).

How can you have a clean mouth and clean heart?

Read the Book of Nature and Book of Scripture.

Are you reading those two books?

Session 4: Live in God’s Will

Judges 6 – Gideon and the fleece.

We have this fear. Fear that if we make a wrong choice God will bless us less.

There are two ways in making a choice:

  • God’s way
  • our way

What is God’s will?

How will God guide me today so I can consciously participate in doing His will?

Keep these in mind:

  • God is sovereign
  • God is speaking today
  • God is speaking to you today
  • God speaks clearly

How do we know God’s will?

Through His Son by the Holy Spirit in the Bible. The Bible is enough. God is speaking to you in the Bible.

How can I make a decision that is accordance with God’s will?

  • What does the Bible say about it?
  • What is the wisest choice or choices?
  • What do I want to do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Quotable Round-Up #97

mov8lgvHeads up guys! time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health” by Don Whitney. If you were blessed by this book, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! Grace and Peace!

“Do you thirst for God? Thirst is a God-planned part of the growth of a soul toward its heavenly home.”

“The reason a person thirsts for God is because the Holy Spirit is at work within him. If you are a Christian, two people live in your body-you and the Holy Spirit. As the apostle Paul explained, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). And the Holy Spirit is not passive within you.”

“Wherever we go, whatever decisions are before us, the way of life should be illuminated by God’s Word. To live otherwise is to walk in darkness.”

“Read the Bible daily and do not close it until you know at least one thing God would have you do in response to your reading. This response might involve something new to believe, a habit to begin or break, a prayer to offer, a conversation to initiate, a letter or E-mail to send, a phone call to make, a spiritual discipline to practice, or something else. Read the Bible for application, not merely for information.”

“Love is the badge and character of Christianity.”

“Jesus came primarily to save sinners forever, not merely to heal their short-lived bodies. His greatest display of love for us was in His death, for through it we experience the love of God unto eternal life. And the most loving thing we can ever do for anyone is give them the words that can lead to immortality in a radiantly glorious body.”

“Delight in imitating God. This is not a mystical platitude or a new ager’s aspiration. The Bible speaks plainly about imitating God by showing love: “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us” (Ephesians 5:1-2).”