The Quotable Round-Up #22

Here are the freshest quotes from your favorite Christian authors. May this bring encouragement to you throughout the week. Enjoy!
“Seeing, then, that Christ has gloriously arisen, being raised by the power of the Father, there is no room left for doubt respecting the perfection of the satisfaction, the full payment of the price of redemption; of the full discharge of which, the Father has given us such indubitable testimony.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

“For though Christ’s human nature, which was the instrument in the obedience and sufferings, was finite, yet this does not lessen the value of the satisfaction, because it derives its perfection from the divine person of Christ, to which all his actions must be attributed; as he is the person who obeyed and suffered.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

“Though a death of infinite value was due for every individual sinner, yet such a death as Christ’s is quite sufficient for the redemption of the whole elect world.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

“God didn’t simply wind up the universe, letting it largely run by itself. The universe isn’t like that. Instead, nothing would continue to exist—the universe, the angels, you—if God did not continually sustain it. Nor would anything in the universe do anything without his causing it, either directly or indirectly.” —Mitch Stokes, A Shot of Faith in the Head

“Christ did not suffer eternal death but a death of three days only, and yet he fully paid the debt of everlasting punishment which we owed. His, which was one of finite duration, was equivalent to an everlasting death suffered by us, because of the infinite dignity of his person. His were the sufferings not of a mere man, but of the true God, who purchased the Church with his blood, (Acts 20:28). Hence what was deficient in duration is supplied by the divinity of the sufferer, which gave infinite importance to a temporary passion.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

“The warfare view of science and religion has seeped into the soil of Western civilization, poisoning our water. It doesn’t matter that modern research has shown, for example, that the scientists involved in the development of modern science during the 1600s were Christians. Never mind that Newton, the culmination of the Scientific Revolution, was a devout Christian who wrote far more on theology than all other subjects combined. The cleanup is going to take a long time.” —Mitch Stokes, A Shot of Faith in the Head

“Justice and mercy kiss each other. Justice is exercised against sin as imputed to Christ, and mercy, free and sovereign mercy, is shown to sinners. The pardon granted to us is entirely of grace, while full satisfaction is demanded of the surety. Nothing is demanded of us, full payment having been made by Christ.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ


Book Review: The Wiersbe Bible Commentary by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe

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Finally a Bible commentary you will actually read! Wait what?! We “read” commentaries? Of course for us “reading” a commentary might mean checking a Bible verse in a Matthew Henry and see that it (especially if we are preparing a Bible study or sermon) agrees with what we think the verse means. But to actually “read” it as in get the book, find your reading spot and spend an hour absorbing the commentary is another thing. Rarely do we do that. But with the “The Wiersbe Bible Commentary” you can enjoy it as if it’s a regular Christian book.
This commentary collects his popular “Be” series that are less technical, easily accessible and easy to understand. Well when we say Weirsbe dropped the theological jargons and can be appreciated by anyone it doesn’t mean its has no depth in content. In the contrary it covers a lot of grounds including biblical principles and apologetics. “The Wiersbe Bible Commentary” is relevant and up to the challenges of this current generation.

This is the zenith of Wiersbe’s work all bound in two volumes, now locally published with a gorgeous cover and a very affordable price. If you’re a newbie in using commentaries, this commentary is a great start. If you’re a pastor who wants a sharable resource to the congregation, this one is the best. If you’re a fan of his “Be” series which you collect by going to Booksale or receiving it as a Kindle freebie over David C. Cook now it’s the time to own a physical copy. Guarantee it won’t collect dust in your bookshelf.

Book Review: Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson

This book reminds me of my time in graduate school. Our professor is teaching us the topic about conflict in the business setting. I learned a lot in that subject but still I find myself wanting. What was left out in the discussion is the biblical principle of conflict. This book handles the topic from the root, causes and solution and many many more. Sande is an expert on this area and few authors do take on this sticky issue.

This small book is dripping with biblical principles that it’s not just another “run of the mill” relationship book. Taking the subject of conflict opens up others issues like forgiveness, disagreement, admission and restoration. Those are sensitive issues attached to conflict. However, “Resolving Everyday Conflict” answers them head on with the gospel and God honoring intentions. Truly this is a unique book that you’ll pick up.

“Resolving Everyday Conflict” endeavors us response to conflict with a biblical perspective. After reading this you’ll gain godly insights on conflict that will lead you to see that it’s on just ending the problem but creating a unity and harmony among the people around you.

The Quotable Round-Up #17

A useful hack to give yourself the 20 minutes time to read (which according to studies is essential) is reading while riding a public transport. If you’re not planning to take a nap on a bus, it will be cool if you can pull out a book or Kindle. But be sure you won’t miss your destination! Lets continue our discussion next week but before we wrap up here are our weekly quotes:
“Do you know what the Spirit-filled life is? It is living every moment as though you are standing in the presence of Jesus Christ!”
–John MacArthur Jr.
“The Spirit-filled life is nothing more than living in the conscious presence of the indwelling Christ.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“You say you do not know what God’s will is,but I’ll tell you what it is.Above all it is that you know Christ and then that your neighbors hear about Christ.That is His will.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“If I want the words of eternal life, there’s only one place I can go to get them to the One who gave His life, that we might live.”
— R. C. Sproul

“It is at the Word of God that you and I are rescued from spiritual nothingness and made alive to the things of God.”
— R. C. Sproul

“What many people call “psychological problems” are simple issues of idolatry. Perfectionism, workaholism, chronic indecisiveness, the need to control the lives of others—all of these stem from making good things into idols that then drive us into the ground as we try to appease them. Idols dominate our lives.”
— Timothy Keller

“Changing the world can be a way of actually avoiding the opportunities we have every day, right where God has placed us, to glorify and enjoy him and to enrich the lives of others.”
— Michael Horton, Ordinary

The Quotable Round-Up #16

In a recent article, 20 minutes of reading a book everyday makes a big difference in one’s life. If you don’t have the time to read why not include in your quite time. Instead of a devotional book, you can finish it with a book that can meet your spiritual need. A chapter will do. Currently I’m reading “God at Work” by Gene Edward Veith which has been profitable to me. I hope you will try it to and see the impact of it on your life. Lets continue the discussion next week on how to give 20 minutes of your daily time in reading and as promised your weekly dose of quotes:
“Everything, in all its exquisite and intricate details-things that others may consider trivial but are important to us-is governed by the overruling hand of God.”
–Derek W.H. Thomas
“Through highs and lows, better and worse, richer and poorer, sickness and health, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, when Christ becomes your all. A gospel-shaped life fills every space it takes with unconquerable faith and unfailing love.”
–Matt Chandler
“God wants us to offer ourselves to Him, turn from the ways of the world, and be transformed. Then we will have something, better than special revelations and words about the future-we’ll have wisdom.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“God’s Word is living and active. When we read the Bible, we hear from God with a confidence we find in no other book and from no other voice. We ca read the Scriptures knowing that this is what the Holy Spirit says.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“Wisdom is knowing God and doing as He commands. Foolishness, on the other hand, is turning from God and listening to yourself.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“God never assures us of health,success,or ease. But He promise something better: He promise to make us loving,pure,and humble like Christ.In short, God’s will is that you and I get happy and holy in Jesus.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“The most important issues for God are moral purity, theological fidelity, compassion, joy, our witness, faithfulness, hospitality, love, worship, and faith. These are His big concern. The problem is that we tend to focus most of our attention on everything else.”
— Kevin DeYoung

Book Review: 1001 Quotes, Illustrations, and Humorous Stories by Edward K. Rowell and Leadership

Preparing a sermon is hard labor sometimes. You have to pray for it, study the Bible, and dig to other resources to strengthen your message. Not to mention finding the right title for it (which if I’m struggling with it, I can’t move on writing the entire message itself). Also adding to that a need for quotes, stories and illustrations to make your message interesting. Whether it is to keep your listeners from falling asleep or a take home story or quote that will leave a lasting impact, you might want to have a reference book for it. Not that we discount the Holy Spirit that will work into the hearts of your pew by using your sermon, but an added “garnish” to the already appealing message you have prepared.

Enter  1001 Quotes, Illustrations, and Humorous Stories by Edward K. Rowell and the editors of  Leadership magazine. This awesome resource is well organized in three sections, Quotes, Illustrations, Humorous Stories and Pastors to Pastors. If that’s doesn’t make it user friendly already, they thrown in an Index to further assist you in your specific sermon, lesson or speech. Plus a “Date used” in every entry that you can jot the date to remind you that already have used it.

Although the entries of this 400+ page book seems to cater Western audiences, there are plenty of entries that can be understood by anyone, so you don’t have to fret that you can’t use this book. In fact the “Quotes” chapter has various words of wisdom from distinguished personalities. This is my favorite section that collects quotes from Christian giants (Spurgeon, Tozer, John Wesley, Martin Luther), to political figures (Napoleon, Woodrow Wilson, Abraham Lincoln) to authors (T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, Albert Camus) that will sure grab your listeners attention. The “Quote” section will be, I think the most used part of the book, because people love quotes. The “Illustrations” sections delivers “speech block” cure which includes interesting anecdotes, newspaper clippings and stories. “Humorous Stories” doesn’t just provide funny lines or stories but cartoons that will put a smile to your listeners. The last section “Pastors to Pastors” is quite short but still dishes out the good stuff if you’re engaging with your fellow colleagues.

“1001 Quotes, Illustrations, and Humorous Stories” is a quick, easy and useful reference book that will add some spice to you sermon, lectures or articles. Use this book as an effective springboard if you don’t have time to research or read something in the internet. Be sure that it’s near your study table.

Book Review: Sa Puso at Diwa by Elizabeth Sonto-Mendoza

Another one of those Achilles’ Heels book review, “Sa Puso at Diwa” is a kinder curriculum published by CLC Philippines. This is out of the usual books CLC publishes but as far as I can tell this is one great curriculum. Mendoza is a veteran in writing textbooks with a Christian view so expect that she knows what children should learn and what teachers should teach.
Using methods like reading, writing and singing, “Sa Puso at Diwa” lets you learn different subjects like English, Math, Filipino and Values. The lesson is easy to be taught and easy to be graps. If the content is polish then the over all design of the book is commendable. Although Mendoza should have put some more biblical stuff, she left some crumbs to compliment the nationalistic side of the book.
Both teachers and student will benefit from this curriculum. The essential stuff that kinder level children is presented in this book. Schools should not look further. Here is a kinder curriculum that will be of great use to shape the minds of the students.

Book Review: Willmington’s Guide to the Bible by Dr. Harold L. Willmington

I have to admit there are two of Achilles’ heels when doing a review. One is big bulky books and two reference books. A big bulky book overwhelms me and a reference book makes me unworthy to review such category. Now here comes my greatest fear. One book has both of my weakness. Nevertheless, I will face my fears and give my opinion on this book.

“Willmington’s Guide to the Bible” is a colossal book that claims to be “all in one Bible resource”. Well it is and it should be considering the size of this book. This volume boast 8 books in one.

This reference tool is not a Study Bible meaning it doesn’t include the actual Bible. So you have on one hand on a Bible and the other one the “Willmington’s Guide to the Bible” (and I hope it won’t break your bones). With its bulkiness, you might ask yourself, when was the last time you used a hefty volume like this? It would be nice if this book comes with a CD version so it can be use over a PC. Maybe the size does overwhelm the user but one should not. Aside from the typical content of any reference books about the Bible, this book sure does give you much more. You might just stick with some online and free study Bible, but I tell you the “Willmington’s Guide to the Bible” has its own content you won’t find online. Also it is worth noting, this reference book covers some controversial issues (Calvinism and Arminianism, young earth creationism and old earth creationism etc.,) with a fair and balance look.

Dr. Harold L. Willmington did give us a dream book that carries the essentials in studying the Scriptures. Good for personal study and preachers preparing a sermon, “Willmington’s Guide to the Bible” will add some superb background. Get this excellent reference book at CLC Philippines.

Book Review: The Portable Seminary by David Horton (Editor)

Reference book is not my turf in reviewing books, but “The Portable Seminary” blows me away. Not too bulky of a book, this book packs definitive entries that a true seminary carries.

Some contents here reminds me of “Fast Facts…” apologetics book. Enough information to let you grasp the topic but leaves room for you to crave for more. It gives you an overview of what a seminary teaches without giving all of it away. “The Portable Seminary” is not too technical to read that you might think scholars who live in ivory towers can appreciate. An average Christian joe will like this book. The word “seminary” on the title doesn’t equate as being too boring to read. Nor does it mean it will be a complicated smorgasbord of information you need to digest. Catalogue neatly in one volume, this one will not overwhelm you.  In fact I enjoy this book like any other book I read.

With “The Portable Seminary” you can take the seminary anywhere. It is a very useful reference tool for people who want to get much needed information in one book. This book is user-friendly for everyone. One of the best gift you can give to a seminary students and church workers. But for me, you owe to yourself to have a copy of this essential material to equip you. This wont collect dust on your book shelf. Highly recommended!

Book Review: Getting Into God by Stuart Briscoe

Everything has a beginning and the Christian life is no exemption. That’s why to be a Christian, one must be born again. And like a physical birth, spiritual birth starts with the basic in order to grow. Babies drink milk. So do new believers. Babies crawl then eventually takes small steps. Christians also has to crawl and do some baby steps. “Getting Into God” gives us some guide in order to grow in our newly found faith in Christ.

Briscoe divided this short book into two parts. It might be a familiar territory for some but the treatment of every part of this book comes with freshness that is why it’s a good read. Briscoe gave us a not-so technical approach to the first two chapters of the book. The lion share of the book goes to Part 2 and Part 3 which is about prayer and witnessing respectively. I find odd considering that reading the Bible, praying, going to church and witnessing which are essential for Christian growth should be treated in equal parts n a book. But as you dive in the book, you’ll appreciate what Briscoe did. Every chapter ends with something interesting.

Although this book is geared towards the new believer, it does however give something for seasoned believers. Dip in to this brief boom and you’ll benefit from it. The book ends with a personal Bible study that immediately sets the reader to benefit from God’s Word.

This beginner’s guide is a good tool for new Christians. Practical and insightful, get this book for yourself and someone beginning his Christian walk.