Resilience Is Not Enough

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We Filipinos has this enduring relationship with resilience. In every crisis that came to this country, be it a typhoon or earthquake, we are known to manage to rise above these challenges. We can, in any circumstances, put up a smile and show the world that despite these challenges we have hope. Resilience sparks this hope in every Filipino heart. Over and over again as crisis comes and go, Pinoys are resilient.

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The Freebie Round-Up #79

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Before we go to the freebies, kindly pray for the comfort of Greg’s family. His dad passed away recently. And because of COVID19, they need to secure a travel pass to see the remains which is now in the province. As you may not know, Greg is a friend and conference buddy. The last time we got together was May last year during the ESV talk by Dane Ortlund. So please lift them up with your prayers to the Lord.

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 course “Six Views of Creation” from Credo Courses –  Get the audio, video, slides and handout all for free for self study or for Sunday School setting.

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Printed Copy of “Coronavirus at Si Cristo” by John Piper, Now Available!

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After almost a month of the digital release of the Filipino version of John Piper’s latest book Coronavirus and Christ, Treasuring Christ PH is now making the printed or physical copy available for churches to order. It’s one thing to have it on a digital format and it’s another to have it in paperback. As we all know not everyone likes digital formats of books or own a gadget to read it, a physical copy is the best thing you can have.

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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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Book Review: “Where is God in A Coronavirus World?” by John Lennox

i1mfulp This pandemic has caused alot anxiety for people. Many are driven inside their homes for weeks. Locked with them are fears, doubts and questions. What will happen if me and my family gets this deadly virus? When will this pandemic end? Some also might ask spiritual questions. Is this virus judgment for our sin? Why is this world full of pain and suffering? Where is God and what is He doing to take this COVID19? Thank God there are Christians who heed the call of God to give answers from His Word. One of those resources is this book from John Lennox, Where is God in A Coronavirus World?

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Where is God In A Coronavirus World?” by John Lennox

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Happy Lord’s Day! Are you already missing the physical gatherings every Sunday? Like you I miss it too. So let’s keep on praying for this pandemic to pass. Also we Christian should let our light shine by extending a helping hand to others during this tough times.

Anyway, here’s some quotes from the book, Where is God in a Coronavirus World? by John Lennox published by The Good Book Company. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“When life seems predictable and under control, it is easy to put off asking the big questions, or to be satisfied with simplistic answers. But life is not that way right now—not for any of us. It is not surprising that, whatever your faith or belief system, the big questions of life are breaking through to the surface, demanding attention.”

“Your worldview will make a difference to how you react to disasters like the coronavirus pandemic, and to earthquakes or tsunamis. “

“Beware of anyone who interprets pain caused by natural evil as a divine punishment. But equally, beware also of anyone who says that God has nothing to say through this pandemic, particularly to Western societies that have largely turned their back on him as culturally irrelevant.”

“justifiable outrage against natural or moral evil presupposes a standard of “good” that is objectively real and independent of us, so that we expect others to agree with us in condemning certain things. These standards are “transcendent”—that is, they exist above the level of individual opinions.”

“God is not taken aback by the coronavirus; he can work for good even in the evil of it, and his plans will not be thwarted by it, although in situations like the present crisis it can be very hard for us to take this on board. At the same time, we are responsible for our own responses to the crisis and to each other—for he has given us that freedom.”

“a Christian is not so much a person who has solved the problem of pain, suffering and the coronavirus, but one who has come to love and trust a God who has himself suffered.”

“Here is the problem with our natural response to God’s future judgment: we welcome God’s intervention only so long as it is an intervention in the lives of others and not in ours.”

“The coronavirus is evidence that both our relationship with creation and creation’s relationship with us are disordered; and that this is not an accident.”

Book Review: Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper

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Everyone in the this planet are affected with the coronavirus. Everyone will feel fear, anxiety, pain and even lost in the midst of this chaos. Everyone is looking for relief and escape from this global threat. Counting the odds nor endless entertainment doesnt help. The soul is looking for something solid to hang on to. This hope is beyond this deadly virus. It comes from God and His Word. That’s what Coronavirus and Christ comes in.

It seems fitting that a Christian voice should resonates in our hopeless situation. I’m glad  that voice is John Piper. He quickly wrote a reply to the rest of us as we questioning what God is doing in this crisis. I know there are lots of Christian writers who wrote or will be writing to comfort people through blogs, videos and books. But nothing beats a trusted pastor like John Piper to deliver a biblical message on our predicament.

Coronavirus and Christ  is one solid read drench with excellent insights of John Piper and wisdom from the Scriptures. This book penetrates through the issue and present what this world needs to know: God and what this God is doing during this pandemic.

First, Piper introduced this God as the Bible speaks about Him. It’s not the usual “God is love” routine we already read in other books and sometimes abused in Facebook memes. Piper points us to what it means for God as righteous, holy and good. Want to have a solid foundation to where you can find security? Know the God of the Bible.

Then in the later part of the book, Piper shows us what God is doing during this pandemic. Piper gave six that points to reality. These six will surely shatter you. You might be surprised that Christians are involved in God’s actions in this crisis. God intended for Christians as the “frontliners” of the kingdom.

Coronavirus and Christ must is read and must needed resource that everyone should avail. Let this book hit you hard with Christ exalting and God glorifying truth, that will open your eyes to seek more.  I believe after reading this book, you’ll want more of the Bible and books by John Piper. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Freebie Round-Up #67

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Happy Easter everyone! How’s your celebration of Easter in this troubled times?  As for our church, we postponed our yearly sunrise service and we felt sad that we had missed thr sermon and the fellowship after it. We will still have that event once the lockdown is over. We hope it will be soon!

So here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And 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 “Sickness” by J. C. Ryle- This free e-book from Matthias Media will help you biblically make sense of sickness and sufferings through the eyes of this 19th century preacher.

FREE  videos and devotional downloads for kids– Teaching your kids about the Bible during stay home time. New Growth Press has a great serving of free videos, curriculums and devotionals geared for kids to point them to Christ.

FREE lecture video and downloadable notes- Theocast has a free video lecture running one and a half hour, on the history of  spiritual discipline which includes a downloadable lecture notes.

FREE discussion guides – Doxa Church offers a bunch of free discussion guides on various topics and books of the Bible.

FREE “New City Catechism” curriculum  – This freebie help you jump start in teaching 8-11 year olds kids on doctrines from the Bible.

FREE e-book “Read Slow” from Westminster Bookstore– A free collection of 15 favorite chapterson reading complied by Westminster Bookstore because they want some thing to offer.

FREE curriculum “Why Should I Trust the Bible?”– Timothy Paul Jones latest book “Whu Should I Trust the Bible?” has a free downloadable curriculum so you teach it to your small group. The post includes a playlist for song recommended while using the curriculum.

 

Now for some e-mail list from these publisher:

10 of Those free ebook weekly

Wipf and Stock e-mail subscription

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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 #66

Freebie Round-Up #65

Freebie Round-Up #64

Freebie Round-Up #63

Freebie Round-Up #62

Freebie Round-Up #61

Freebie Round-Up #60

 

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper

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Do you enjoy checking out different links of articles, deals, promos, videos, audio or perhaps grab some freebies? Then head over my post of a big list of curated content post from various Christian blogs. I know you’ll enjoy discovering great content from other blogs.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper published by Crossway. If you like these quotes, you can download the book for free on PDF, mobi, epub and audiobook format or pre-order the print version by clicking here.

“…playing the odds is a fragile place to put your hope. Odds like 3 percent versus 10 percent, youth versus old age, compromised health versus no history of disease, rural versus urban, self-isolated versus home meeting with friends. Playing the odds provides little hope. It is not a firm place to stand.
There is a better way. There is a better place to stand: a Rock of certainty rather than the sand of probabilities.”

“…knowing that the same sovereignty that could stop the coronavirus, yet doesn’t, is the very sovereignty that sustains the soul in it.”

“The coronavirus was sent, therefore, by God. This is not a season for sentimental views of God. It is a bitter season. And God ordained it. God governs it. He will end it. No part of it is outside his sway. Life and death are in his hand.”

“God’s meticulous sovereignty—whether we live or die—serves his holiness and righteousness and goodness and wisdom. In Christ we are not his dispensable pawns. We are his valued children.”

“Neither Satan nor sickness nor sinful man is sovereign. Only God is. And he is good—and wise and sovereign.”

“confidence in the face of death has emboldened Christ’s people for two thousand years. The truth of God’s wise and good sovereignty has been the stabilizing power for thousands of Christians in the sacrifices of love.”

“Calamities are God’s previews of what sin deserves and will one day receive in judgment a thousand times worse. They are warnings. They are wake-up calls to see the moral horror and spiritual ugliness of sin against God.”

“What God is doing in the coronavirus is showing us—graphically, painfully—that nothing in this world gives the security and satisfaction that we find in the infinite greatness and worth of Jesus. “