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 “Sickness” by J. C. Ryle

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I’m going through some free e-books some publishers are putting online to help us make sense of what is happening in this world. John Piper quickly wrote a book about it which I throughly enjoyed. Now in this post we have a book from a 19th century preacher to read and help us reflect through this pandemic.

Here’s some quotes from the book, Sickness by J. C. Ryle published by Matthias Media. If you like these quotes, get the book by clicking here.

“Sickness is often one of the most humbling and distressing trials that can come upon a person. It can turn the strongest person into a little child, and make him feel like “the grasshopper [that] drags itself along” (Eccl 12:5). “

“…believe that God allows pain, sickness, and disease, not because he loves to trouble us, but because he desires to benefit our heart, and mind and conscience, and soul, to all eternity.”

“Sickness helps to make us think seriously of God, and our souls, and the world to come.”

“Many a creed looks fine on the smooth waters of health, which turns out utterly unsound and useless on the rough waves of the sickbed. The storms of winter often bring out the defects in a man’s house, and sickness often exposes the gracelessness of a man’s soul. Surely anything that makes us find out the real character of our faith is good.”

“One supreme duty which the prevalence of sickness places on us is that of living always prepared to meet God.”

“How shall we learn to bear sickness patiently, when sickness comes to our turn? We must lay up stores of grace in the time of health. We must seek for the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit over our unruly moods and attitudes. “

“By permitting suffering, he tests whether Christians have any feeling. Beware, lest you be weighed in the balances and found wanting. If you can live in a sick and dying world and not feel for others, you have yet much to learn.”

“I earnestly beg all sick believers to remember that they may honour God as much by patient suffering as they can by active work. It often shows more grace to sit still than it does to go to and fro and perform great exploits. I urge them to remember that Christ cares for them as much when they are sick as he does when they are well, and that the very discipline they feel so acutely is sent in love, and not in anger. “

8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Beyond the Big C” by Jeremy Marshall

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Beyond the Big C by Jeremy Marshall is a nice diversion from reading Write Better which I’m at the half way point of it. I usually do this to reboot my mind and when I’m through with it, I’ll go back to the main book I’m reading.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Beyond the Big C published by 10 of Those. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering here.

“I am convinced that God has allowed cancer to happen to me for his own reasons which I don’t understand at the moment. But I am also convinced that when I meet God face to face, everything will fall into place and I will see how he used me (and all his children) for his own glory.”

“God’s answer to suffering and pain is not theological truths, useful though they can be, but the humanity, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This means that, if we are Christ’s, we are never alone.”

“Cancer is the great disrupter –changing, complicating and sometimes even breaking relationships. Cancer (and death in general) is awful not only because it makes communication difficult and painful, but because, ultimately, it will end communication completely.”

“Being a Christian is not an insurance policy against disaster: if anything, it’s perhaps the reverse. Crucially, suffering and cancer is not a sign of God’s displeasure – because we are not accepted or protected by God on the basis of how good we are.”

“When I first had cancer, I didn’t go to the doctor because I didn’t know I had it. In the same way, the biggest danger is thinking something like ‘well, I never did anyone any wrong’. Even if that’s true (which I very much doubt), our biggest wrong is not against each other – but against God.”

“The amazing message of the Christian faith is this: that while, by nature, we are rebels against God, God came into the world as a human being and died on a cross for us. He did this not while we were his friends, but while we were his enemies; not while we loved him, but while we hated him.”

“For the Christian, death has lost its sting. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, those who trust Christ have nothing to fear for our bodies in death, for they will be changed: we will rise again, wonderfully remade in the image of the Lord. All of the pains and suffering of life will be gone.”

“God’s ultimate ‘treatment’ is not a philosophy or theology or morality – but a person. When nothing else makes sense, and nothing else is left, Jesus is there and he will hold us fast: if we will only trust in him.”

Book Review “On My Way To Heaven” by Mark Ashton

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On My Way To Heaven is a semi autobiographic/ meditation on death. In this book, Ashton draws on what he was experiencing (having a terminal cancer) and from Scriptures. You might expect their are lots of sad moments in this book but as you read it, you’ll find encouragement and hope not as Mark Ashton fights cancer but laying down his sword and bowing to his Lord and Savior as the only hope he had in this life and to the next.

Let’s be honest. Death is an uncomfortable topic and a taboo in some culture. But the problem is that its a reality we have to face. Mark Ashton opens up in this book (or booklet) with all honesty of the struggles he endure  during his final months on this world.

I like the end part of the book which is a sort of letter to his loved ones. Let me quote it here:

In dying, I want to say to those I have loved and to those who have loved me: “Don’t magnify me — remember the reality: I was someone who sometimes got you cross, and irritated you, and let you down, and disappointed you, and hurt you.

This letter was extended to the prayer which is in the end of the book.

On My Way To Heaven is powerful memento mori that dying is certain and so as the hope we have in Christ. This booklet maybe short but the impact to the reader won’t be exhausted. Will I recommend it for someone who is grieving over someone who recently died? Yes. How about someone who is dying? Yes. If you want someone to turn their eyes to Christ in the midst of this crisis, get this book. Short, biblical, honest but gentle, this book is truly something.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “On My Way To Heaven” by Mark Ashton

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It’s July and at the very first day of the month rain came to kill the dry spell of the past months. Rainy day has come and expect book sales and fairs here and there.

Anyways, here are 8 favorite quotes from Mark Ashton’s book On My Way To Heavenpublished by 10 Publishing. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by clicking to 10 Publishing or Amazon link.

“…for a Christian believer, (death is) not bad news but good; it was not the end of the story, but the beginning.”

“Having the pleasure taken out of so many of life’s joyful experiences reminds us that they were all a gift to us in the first place. I never had a right to them. They never belonged to me. And I need to remember the Giver. “

“When we talk about the hope of healing and the relief of physical pain, our contemporaries love it and they flock to our ‘healing services’ with high hopes. But when we talk about glory lying beyond the grave and our sure hope of eternal life, they are brought up short and are forced to face their own eternal destinies.”

“Having the pleasure taken out of so many of life’s joyful experiences reminds us that they were all a gift to us in the first place. I never had a right to them. They never belonged to me. And I need to remember the Giver. “

“Every one of us will face up to God to answer for our lives, and every one of us will hang our heads in shame as we realise that we have to be condemned for the way we have lived in God’s world as if it was our own world. “

“It is my relationship with him that can take me through death and which is the only hope we have of eternal life. “

“My death may be the event with which my physical life on earth ends, but it will also be the moment at which my relationship with Jesus becomes complete.”

“Our salvation is not the record of our deeds on earth, but the intervening action of a loving God, who has saved us despite who we are and what we’ve done. And, if he can save us, then he can save anyone!”

 

 

Book Review: The Future of Everything by William Boekestein

vtd0plnEnd times is such a sticky topic that leaves people ignoring it. And Christians are giving it a bad name through books. Books are notorious in that it they present the last things as a conspiratorial that brings paranoia to people or a dry academic one that no one wants to read.

The Future of Everything brings out the true purpose of end times by providing a very practical and personal approach on this sticky topic. Like evidential apologetics books, I also skip these kinds of books because for me it will consume my reading time, I find it boring and go into a never ending debate over the millennium. The Future of Everything is not that kind of book (thankfully). This book will reinforce your need study the last things, examine yourself in light of eternity and ignites a zeal to work for the coming Kingdom now.

I’m completely sold out with the personal eschatology section. This is my favorite part of this great book. Boekestein placed it in the early part of the book which I’m glad he did. It’s like taking the reader to look at the microscopic view first then on the next section, Boekestein lets the reader peek at a telescope to see the big picture of  the end times.

Death and dying in an eschatology book are rare but in this book the author did  something penetrating to the reader. For me this is the highlight of this section that really get readers come to terms on how the end times and their personal end times (death) intersect.

Part 3 is where the general presents the discussion about the millennium and Christ return. This is the primer part of the book. The Future of Everything is more than a primer it an action book that will drive you to toil for the Kingdom while there is time (Part 4 discusses that).

William Boekestein did an outstanding job in every section of this book. I’m very satisfied with what he want to deliver in this book. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Quotable Round-Up #112

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It’s the last month of the first quarter of the year. How’s you reading list? What books are you reading now? If you’re on the reading challenge of Goodreads it’s great. As for me I’m lagging ahead with a couple of books to read to catch up according to them. I hope I’ll do some fast reading next time.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from William Boekestein book The Future of Everything. If you enjoyed these quotes, please do purchase the book by clicking this link.

“No one is ready to die who is not entrusting their eternity to the eternal Son of God.”

“God doesn’t give us prophecy so that we can build elaborate time lines or speculate on the precise manner in which God will keep His word. He speaks about our future so that we will live faithfully in the present. He speaks to the contemporary audience to develop in us a robust vision for the end.”

“Every election cycle tempts us to either embrace the incoming leaders as messianic manifestations of God’s salvation or cower before the new regime as a sure sign of the end of the world as we know it. A balanced eschatology assures us that our current leader is neither our savior nor one of the riders of the apocalypse, nor was the previous leader, nor will be the succeeding leader.”

“Studying the last things is like getting to the end of a novel; the entire story begins to make sense. Abraham Kuyper noted that every other division of theology “left some question unanswered, to which eschatology should supply the answer.”

“God invites us to meditate on the future, not to speculate or altercate but to better share His perspective on this life and the life to come. And this is how we should study the topic. The way Scripture and the church’s historic confessions teach eschatology is much more like gazing upon a dazzling sunset than analyzing and describing the chemical properties of the sun.”

“Speculative eschatology is a sign of biblical illiteracy and spiritual immaturity. When it comes to the end times, we need to put childish ways behind us and listen to what God says.”

“Eschatology, the study of the last things, is a fancy word for something we all already do. All of us think about the end.”