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

8 Free Must-See Christian Films During Community Quarantine

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Since we have all the time in the world at home we should spend it wisely. I got inspired with an article from Reformed Prespectives which listed down Christian films that are fantastic and free. So I listed some of my own favorite films online that never made it to their list. It’s a mix bag of 8 free films nevertheless it’s worth binge watching during the pandemic. All of them are available for free on Youtube as of this posting.

Unpopular – Hosted by Emilio Ramos and produced by Red Grace Media, this 30 minute film explores the message of Christianity that is the gospel. With interviews with the likes of James White and Paul Washer, the film unravels the the unpopular message of the gospel to the world. Unpopular is a great tool to inspire and equip Christians to proclaim the offensive but much needed gospel to this sin filled world.

How to Answer The Fool – Thanks to Jeff Durbin and Sye Ten Bruggencate, they took presuppositional apologetics to street level. This film will explain the method and apply it practically on the real people down the street. The film ends with a heated conversation. How to Answer The Fool is your first dip to presuppositional apologetics and will drive you to find more about it.

Through the Eyes of Spurgeon – A real treat for Christians is this documentary that is now available online. Directed by Stephen McCaskell, documentary filmaker with works like Luther and the upcoming Puritan and Epic, this is his debut film. This film explores the man who eventually became the Prince of Preachers. Through the Eyes of Spurgeon presents Spurgeon as you never have seen before.

Leonard Ravenhill Biography: In Light of Eternity – If I ask you who are, in your opinion, the most influential preachers in the 20th century, will Ravenhill make the cut?  This 9 year old documentary produced by I’ll Be Honest shows the life and ministry of Ravenhill . In Light of Eternity‘s running time is 15 minutes but it’s filled to the brim with interviews and sermon clips from Ravenhill that it will stir your soul.

Don’t Waste Your Life…Sentence – John Piper’s book, Don’t Waste Your Life created a big stir to a new generation of Reformed believers. That book sprang T-shirts, ballers, sermon jam videos, and a rap song from Lecrae promoting the message not to succumb to the American dream but to live for Christ. And this documentary, Dont Waste Your Life…Sentence, inspired by the book, is about inmates of Angola prison who were changed by the gospel. Get a glimpse of how they strive to live according to the gospel in this eye opening film with clips  of John Piper preaching  at that prison.

Yembi Yembi: Unto the Nations – Journey along with these ordinary missionaries as they reach out an isolated tribe called Yembi Yembi. Watch as these men of God live, survive, teach, and translate the Bible for a tribe that haven’t heard of the gospel on Papua New Guinea. The finale of Unto the Nations will tug your heart but I won’t give any spoilers.

Robber of the Cruel Streets – George Muller’s name is synonymous with the word “prayer”. He is an inspiration to countless Christians who wants to depend on the Lord’s provision. This bio film produced by Christian History Institute, presents this man of prayer as he fully surrender his life and ministry to God. Robber of the Cruel Streets captures Muller’s heart for God and the orphans of the streets of London.

George Whitefield Documentary – What better way to introduce an influential 18th century preacher than by another influential Christian from  the 20th century, Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In this vintage, 15 minute film produced by MLJ Trust, Lloyd Jones explores the life and times of George Whitefield and how he became instrumental to God by preaching the gospel to his generation.

So that’s my list. What’s your favorite film? Please comment below and let us discuss it.

 

The Freebie Round-Up #36

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It’s such an honor to be mentioned for the third time on Tim Challies blog. His March 14 A La Carte  featured my 6 Ways to Learn Logic Online With Zero Budget which helps Christians learn logic and logical fallacies and how it’s an effective tool for apologetics. Praying that serves a the believer as he or her engages to this unbelieving world. Thank you again Tim for featuring me.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your 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.

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*Read: 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free *

FREE hymns musicsheets and MP3 – Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church has some music sheets and mp3 for free download that can see used in various ministries of the church.

FREE e-books from Two Journeys – This ministry offers a handful of books ranging from Bible study questions to Scripture memorization plan.Physical copies are available for purchase but the digital ones are free.

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*Read: 5 Reasons Why Your Sermon is Boring (And 5 Ways to Fix It)*

FREE seminar message – Featuring Ligon Duncan, Derek W. H. Thomas, Michael Krueger and others, Twin Lakes Fellowship posted the seminar Doers and Commends for free download.

FREE e-books on the history of Presbyterianism – Want to look back to the rich history of the Presbyterian church? Then download these free ebooks which includes works by notable figures like Charles Hodges and J. Gresham Machen.

FREE e-book “Primer on Pietism” – Theocast is making this e-book free so that those new listeners wont be lost in the discussion once this topic is up.

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*Read: How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library Without Breaking the Bank*

FREE music sheets and MP3 – Another batch of music resources now this time it’s from Christ Church Downtown of Moscow, Idaho. They have a vast collection of free music sheets and mp3 hymnals that you can prayerfully use in your church.

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*Read: Debunking A Myth: Delighting Grace Interviews Zigfred Diaz*

FREE e-book “Habits of Grace” – Of course Desiring God offers free e-books but this great book by David Mathis, is now available in various digital format for free. So you wont get the usual PDF that you might have problems viewing on your e-book reader but also epub and mobi format that wont strain your eyes from reading.

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

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How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library Without Breaking the Bank

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Previously I posted on my Facebook an article from Tim Challies blog that made theology geeks everywhere shout for joy. The title of the article is “A Secret Way to Kick-Start Your Theological Library” in which he gave tips on how to create a digital library without breaking the bank. Tim listed links of free downloadable theology journals from different seminaries or organizations. He even  includes a link on how to use Evernote to save and catalog those fine resources. I already checked those journals and I can attest that they are great resources considering that they are free. So if you don’t want to buy expensive theology book, this article will give you the best alternative.

I do however have my own tips on how to create a digital library of Christian books. Like what Tim Challies gave in his article, it won’t hurt your wallet. In this way, you’re digital tablet will turn into a Christian library that will enhance you Christian walk and create a habit of reading.

But first you need to have an e-book reader. Here’s some that I recommend:

Kindle – Some tablets and phone have this app on default but you can get one for free over the Apple Store or Google Play. After downloading, create an account over Amazon. This is useful not just in opening e-books but also when you stumble upon a free ebook over Amazon (or getting a free e-book alert in your e-mail that I’ll share later) .

UB Reader – Another free app that is so versatile because it reads almost all digital format of a book.

Moon Reader – Basically it’s like the UB Reader and  but if you go for the paid one, its a totally different story. I highly recommend you get the its premium app.

Now to dig to some free books….

Desiring God– This website has almost all John Piper’s book for free download. I recommend you download Don’t Waste Your Life, Spectacular Sins, Five Points and Finally Alive.  Aside from books written by John Piper, there are books by Tony Reinke, Jon Bloom and David Mathis that are worth reading.

The Gospel CoalitionSome basic Christian doctrines are featured here. Books that are author by Kevin DeYoung, Tim Keller and others that guarantees that it will be an awesome read.

C. Sproul’s “Crucial Questions Series” – These booklets are free forever and it’s from R. C. Sproul. Nuff said! Come back for often because they add new booklets in the series.

Also if you sign for Ligonier Ministries e-mail update, they might have a free e-book offer (scroll down below to find the e-mail upate box). Don’t forget to create a free account so you can save the free ebook (or audio or video offer) on their site for later enjoyment.

D. A. Carson – A theologian and an prolific author, Carson generously has a couple of free books uploaded in the internet. Haven’t read all of the books in the list but Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor is a great read.

Mongerism – Now if you’re into classic stuff from authors, preachers or theologians, get your fix here. Features A. W. Pink, J. C. Ryle, Martin Luther, John Calvin and some unfamiliar but great personalities that are waiting for you to discover. And you’ll be the first to know their latest e-books by subscribing to their e-mail alerts.

Log College Press If past American Presbyterian works are your thing, go to their website and dive in to old but great books. I have interviewed LCP here on my blog and they listed some must read free books. They also sell books in digital and physical format.

Wany more free reformed e-books? Click on this link for other links.

Try free e-mail subscriptions…

E-mail accounts exist not to just to log you on your favorite social media accounts, but to receive e-mails (duh!?). Make use of it by subscribing to these e-mail list. Be warned though that you should be cautious to some of the free books they post (specially Gospel E-Books) . Dont forget to put on your discernment caps on.

Cross-Points – Just by signing up, you’ll receive a massive list of free e-books. Plus you’ll receive some free, great deals and discounte e-book alerts.

Crossway – From time to time, Crossway gives away free e-books on special events or through surveys. Sign up to their e-mail updates and enjoy their stuff.

David C. Cook – This big publishing company caters to books of Warren Weirsbe and John MacArthur. As much as they give out other books, those author I mentioned are worth it to sign up because DCC occasionally gives their ebooks for free.

10 of Those – This UK based publishing company gives away free e-book weekly once you sign up to their mailing list.

The Good Book Company – This book company has a “Free Book of the Month” worth checking out.

Gospel E-Books – Excellent site for daily discounted e-books. Sometimes they include freebies.

Faithlife – Like The Good Book Company, they have a free e-book of the month that you might want to try.

Other ways to get free e-books…

Sign up for a book blogging program- If you’re a blogger or have accounts on Amazon or Goodreads, why not sign up for a blogging program? Publishers do need promotions from bloggers that’s why they will give away free e-books (or sometimes physical books) in exchange for a review of their available titles. One good example of this is from Crossway books.

Another is Tulip Publishing. It’s a small non-profit publishing that is commited to Reformed theology. You can enroll or find additional information by clicking here.

Join a book launching team – Your favorite author sometimes need a helping hand in launching his book. So keep your eyes peeled on Twitter or Facebook on his or her latest post. I suggest you follow up and coming authors. What so neat about this is that you can get to read in advance the book and have a digital copy first.

Now for some shameless plug…drum roll please!!!

Follow my blog of course specifically the Freebie Round-Up because sometimes it has free e-books for your digital library.

I hope you like this post. If you benefited on this post, why not share your story by commenting below.

 

 

Book Review: Not By Sight by Jon Bloom

I have been following the Desiring God blog for years now and all I can say that this is one amazing blog. You can read astounding articles in a regular basis which is truly great. Their blogging team is superb. But as you can see, many of us doesnt seem to look forward to articles on Desiring God not written by John Piper. Well I enjoy Tony Reinke’s article however John Piper is always a must read. But that changed when I checked Jon Bloom’s book “Not by Sight”. It was published by OMFLIt here in the Philippines and was launch last September at the Manila International Book Fair however I wasnt interested on the book. Yet recently, I gave ‘Not by Sight” a try and I wasnt disappointed with it.
Every chapter (or devotional entry if you want call it that way) of “Not By Sight” contains a biographic sketch and the biblical lesson. The bio sketch are bite size historical fiction that unveals the essential background of every character. The lesson are brief yet powerful to focus you to the all sufficient God. The bio sketch and the lesson are like two diamonds that are glittering in this book. Both can stand alone but the chapter shines brightest because of these well written parts. This proves that you dont need alot of words to have a spiritual banquet. You can feast on the goodness of God in every short chapter of Jon Bloom’s book.

If you’re using this as part of your morning devotional, you’ll definately look forward every morning for the entries. Wake up to meet James, Joseph, Peter, Martha and the other biblical characters as they walk in faith in different situations that you and I faces.

Notable quotes:
“God will not spare us from all awkward and painful decisions. Neither will he spare us from all wrong decisions resulting from our fallen finiteness, even if they are made in the integrity of our hearts. God has his purposes in all of these. But what we can trust him to do is faithfully give us the correction and guidance we need at the time he deems right.”
“Trusting in Jesus and his word over our perceptions is difficult to learn. That’s why the Lord takes us through so many different faith-testing, faith-building experiences.And when he does, it is never for just our own benefit. He’s displaying his power so others’ faith will be strengthened too.”
“So when you find yourself suddenly moving in a direction you had not planned, take heart; the Great Planner has something much better in mind for you and countless others.”
“God will not spare us from all awkward and painful decisions. Neither will he spare us from all wrong decisions resulting from our fallen finiteness, even if they are made in the integrity of our hearts. God has his purposes in all of these. But what we can trust him to do is faithfully give us the correction and guidance we need at the time he deems right.”
“When the storms of life hit, they almost always appear stronger to us than God’s Word. It is crucial for us to remember that our perceptions can be deceptive. When circumstances strike fear into our hearts, the question we must ask ourselves is, where is your faith?What God wants is for you to trust what he says over what you see.”
Uplifting and encouraging, “Not By Sight” is a must read for every believer. Powerful for those who are going through rough times. Insightful for those who just need some reminder that God is there for them. Get “Not by Sight” at your nearest Christian bookstores or download the PDF format here for free: http://bit.ly/1C8olo2.

Tony Reinke on the Difference between Scripture and Man-made Literature

Author and blogger Tony Reinke made an insightful distinction between the Bible and man-made literature in his book “Lit! A Christian Guide in Reading Books”. Reinke writes:

Scripture is the ultimate grid by which we read every book. Scripture is perfect, sufficient, and eternal. All other books, to some degree, are imperfect, deficient, and temporary. That means that when we pick books from the bookstore shelves, we read those imperfect books in light of the perfect Book, the deficient books in light of the sufficient Book, and the temporary books in light of the eternal Book.

Man-made literature may be inspiring, but it is not divinely inspired—not in the way Scripture is inspired. Man-made literature may be empowered by the Holy Spirit to embody biblical truth,

but it’s not breathed out by God. Man-made literature may contain truth, goodness, and beauty, but it is also fallible, imperfect, and of temporary value.

 

(Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books Copyright 2011 by Tony S. Reinke Published by Crossway pg. 26)

John Piper on God’s Honeymoon

Writing on how God draws pleasure in doing well to His people, Pastor and author John Piper puts it in a great illustration:

“Sometimes we joke and we say about the marriage “the honeymoon is over.” That’s because we are finite. We can’t sustain a honeymoon level of intensity and affection. We can’t foresee the irritation that comes with long term familiarity. We can’t stay as fit and as handsome as we are then.  We can’t come up with new things to keep the relationship that fresh. But God says His joy over His people is like a bridegroom over a bride. He is talking about honeymoon intensity and honeymoon pleasures and honeymoon energy, excitement and enthusiasm and enjoyment. He is trying to get into our hearts what He means when He rejoices over us with all His heart. And add to this with God the honeymoon never ends. He is infinite in power and wisdom and creativity and love. And so He has not trouble sustaining a honeymoon level of intensity. He can foresee the future quirks of our personality and He decided to keep what is good for us and change what isn’t. He will be as handsome as He was and see to it that we get more and more beautiful forever. And He is infinitely creative to think of new things to do together, so that there will be no boredom for the next trillion ages of millenniums. “

(“The Pleasures of God” by John Piper copyright 1991, 2000 Desiring God Foundation published by Multnomah Publishers Inc.)

The Quotable John Piper

I love John Piper and I hope you love him too. For more of him check out Desiring God.Here are some of his quotes posted at my Tumblr blog, One Battle at a Time. Enjoy!!!

“Worship is the end in itself because it is the final end for which we are created.”–John Piper

 

“Worship is feast.”–John Piper

 

“Worship is an end in itself because we glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”–John Piper

 

“Worship is authentic when affection for God arises in the heart as an end in themselves.”–John Piper

 

“Happiness in God is the end of all our seeking.”–John Piper

 

“Faith has in it element of valuing embracing, Prizing, relishing Christ.”–John Piper

 

“We ask God to do us through Christ what we can’t do for ourselves—bear fruit.” –John Piper “Desiring God”

“There is no true joy without faith.”–John Piper “Desiring God”

“The faith that starts our life in Christ and by which we go on living comes from hearing the Word of God.” –John Piper “Desiring God”

“Pursuing joy in God and praising God are not separate acts.” –John Piper “Dangerous Duty of Delight”

“The mark of love for God is willing, joyful obedience, not begrudging obedience.”—John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“When the world loses its powerful attraction because of the new birth, God and his holy will become attractive.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“Faith breaks the enslaving spell of the world’s allurement. In that way, faith leads us into obedience with  freedom and joy.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“Loving God means admiring and valuing and treasuring and desiring him with such ardency and authenticity that his will is our delight and is not burdensome.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“If you don’t love God, you can’t do anybody any ultimate good.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“The most immediate and decisive work of God in the new birth is that the new life he creates sees the superior value of Jesus over all else (2 Cor. 4:4, 6).” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“Love starts with God. And if anything we feel or do can be called love, it will be because we are connected with God by the new birth.” —John Piper, “Finally Alive’

“God touched the blind eyes of self-love and gave her an irresistible view of his own glory in the face of Christ.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“That is, regeneration (or new birth) must precede the pursuit of happiness in God.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“Therefore regeneration is the foundation of true virtue.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“Our passion for God’s glory is the work of God’s Spirit granting us participation in God’s own delight in God.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

‘God is glorified both by being understood and by being delighted in.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“To love God passionately is to love truth passionately.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our concern with God.”—John Piper, ‘God’s Passion for His Glory’

“Christ and his grace win. That is very good news for those who belong to Christ.”—John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Rootless emotionalism that treats Christianity like a therapeutic option will be swept away in the last days.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Christianity begins with the conviction that God is an objective reality outside ourselves.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Remember what we have seen about God’s permission: Whatever God permits, he permits for a reason. And his reasons are always infinitely wise and purposeful.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

“The ultimate aim of the eternal plan was that praise might be as intense as possible for the glory of God’s grace. And the apex of that glory is in the death of Jesus.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Wimpy worldviews produce wimpy Christians.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Grace through the free gift of righteousness leads to the triumph of life, and all of that through Jesus Christ.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“All that came into being exists for Christ—that is, everything exists to display the greatness of Christ.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“When we renounce the designs of the devil and trust the power and wisdom and goodness of God displayed in the humble triumphs of Jesus Christ, we fulfill God’s purpose in letting Satan live a little longer. We glorify the infinitely superior worth of Jesus.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“Maintaining the joy of faith in the face of horrific evil does not hap­pen by coasting. It happens by conquering.” —John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ

 

“The infinite glory of Jesus makes him infinitely valuable and infinitely satisfying”—John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“Deeper than knowing God is being known by God.”—John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“The only kind of faith that matters in the end is saving faith.”—John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“Faith saves because it receives Jesus.” —John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“Loving God is most essentially treasuring God-valuing him, cherishing him, admiring him, desiring him.” —John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“In all my rejoicing in everything, there is a central rejoicing in God.” —John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

“Every joy that does not have God as its central gladness is a hollow joy and in the end will burst like a bubble.” —John Piper, “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”

 

 

What’s your favorite John Piper book? Please post it on the comments.

 

8 Christian Blogs You Should Follow and Read

nternet is not all about FaceBook and Twitter. It is also about blogs. Long before the existence of social media sites, there were blogs. Now blogs has a right of its own in the web as a moving factor in information and resources sharing. Now most of the websites have blogs. Christian leaders has blogs too where they can share their thoughts and readers can comment. They are now appreciating the power of blogs. Now without further ado, I present to you 8 Christian blogs you should follow and read:

1. Tim Challies (www.challies.com)  – “Informing the Reforming” is the tag line of this very popular blog. The main theme of this blog is how Christianity and technology meet. But it didn’t stop there. Book reviews, Booking readings, podcast, articles, social media etc. The Ala Carte is worth waiting everyday.

 

2.Desiring God– (http://www.desiringgod.org/blog) this blog has tons of Christ exalting and God-centered articles from the John Piper and the blog team.

 

3. Ron Edmonson Blog– (www.ronedmonson.com) for interesting tips and advice on being a leader and a pastor.

 

4. Blogging Theologically-(http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/) Aaron Armstrong blogs about 3 things: Jesus, Culture and Theology. Filled will great theological stuff that you’ll actually read and share. Check it out!

 

5.Practical Shepherding– (http://briancroft.wordpress.com/) by Ptr Brian Croft. This blog is not updated but the articles are worth reading and it really is practical.

 

6.Eternal Perspective Ministry (or EPM) blog- (http://www.epm.org/blog/) Randy Alcorn’s blog. He writes about basically everything on Christian Living specially on Sufferings, Family Issues, Stewardship etc.,

 

7. Ministry to Children blog– ( http://ministry-to-children.com/) by Tony Kummer. His mission to this blog is to give 100% free articles and resources for those who are in the children’s ministry. Lots of other interesting stuff to check out like coloring pages, games, vbs, crafts, lessons and more…I enjoy this blog a lot.

 

8. Grace to You blog– (http://www.gty.org/blog)  John MacArthur’s blog resembles like the Desiring God blog but you love the content it offers.

 

So what’s your favorite? Is it included in the list? Your comment is really appreciated.

Book Review: Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper

Still in the theme of “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him” Piper with his uncanny gift of Bible expository make this book another blockbuster. You might have been anticipating that he will write a book about it thinking and how it relates to Christian Hedonism.

Loving God is the most essential in treasuring God. Piper reminds us Matthew 22; 37-39, to love God will all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. Meaning all faculties of our being should be engaged in loving Him. Since this book is about the mind, thinking of God with a deep pursuit to know God should have its depth in understanding not merely making a decision or having good thought.

Piper in the following chapters gives a one-two punch to the culture of relativism. Relativism is not a mark of being free and intelligent, but in God’s eyes it is foolishness and by pride it enslaves us. Surely this book is not only to exhort us to think but an indictment for those who think they are wise. Let’s put our thinking under the banner of humbleness and being God dependent. In the end, Piper puts, that we should make God the end of our thinking. And any out flow or fruit of this God centered thinking should benefit others. All scholarship of men, Piper writes ,must lead to the Creator of the mind.

Before he ends the book, John Piper pleas to the non-thinkers and thinkers. Wow what a great ending! Since one of his advices is to thank those thinkers that made an impact especially in the field of theology, I would like to do it here. Thank you Pastor John Piper for thinking, writing and preaching for the glory of God and inviting us to make most of God in everything we do.

Notable Quotes:

“The infinite glory of Jesus makes him infinitely valuable and infinitely satisfying”—John Piper

“Deeper than knowing God is being known by God.”—John Piper

“The only kind of faith that matters in the end is saving faith.”—John Piper

“Faith saves because it receives Jesus.” —John Piper

“Loving God is most essentially treasuring God-valuing him, cherishing him, admiring him, desiring him.” —John Piper

“In all my rejoicing in everything, there is a central rejoicing in God.” —John Piper

“Every joy that does not have God as its central gladness is a hollow joy and in the end will burst like a bubble.” —John Piper

Published by OMF Literature Inc. the book sells for P 295.00 but since I OMF is giving 20% off promo I got it for 250 pesos.