The Freebie Round-Up #70

5upqmvf

We are in the halfway mark of the translation of the book of John Piper. Some havent yet submitted their chapter and some are undergoing editing. My last chore was translating the introduction video of the book which will be added as the Taglish or Tagalog subtitles. Please continue to pray for us to complete this project.

Anyways, 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 ebook “Christianity and Liberalism” by J. Gresham Machen– This is the latest free offeringfrom Mongerism available in epub, .mobi and .pdf formats.

FREE Bibe Study “Eschatology 101: An Exploration of the Christian’s Hope”- This free 12 week Bible lessons is presented by Reformed Youth Ministry to give not just for the curious but also clarity and hope for the youth.

Read More »

8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Carpe Diem Redeemed” by Os Guinness

4y7ydvg

Hello guys! I would really appreciate it if you’ll include a friend of mine in your prayers. Greg my conference buddy, is going through a trial with his father who will undergo surgery. Please uphold him and his father in their dark providence and may they focus on Christ as their ultimate comfort in this life.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from book by Os Guinness, Carpe Diem Redeemed, published by 10 of Inter Varsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at IVP.

“God’s providence overarches history and reins in human pretentions, but under providence, however small and insignificant we seem, we humans are significant agents for either good or ill. Thus those who respond to God’s call, who come to know God and walk with him, become entrepreneurial partners with him in advancing his purposes in the world. We are never more than junior partners, of course, but providence ensures that history has a purpose and a point.”

“Relevance is at the heart of the message of Jesus. The gospel is good news, indeed the best news ever. It addresses our human condition appropriately, pertinently, and effectively as nothing else has, does, or can—and in generation after generation, culture after culture, and life after life, all across the world and down through time. It is of course possible that Christians make the gospel irrelevant by shrinking or distorting it in one way or another. But in itself the good news of Jesus is utterly relevant, or it is not the good news it claims to be.”

“Under the twin truths of God’s sovereignty and human significance, time and history are going somewhere, and each of us is not only unique and significant in ourselves, but we have a unique and significant part to play in our own lives, in our own generation, and therefore in the overall sweep of history.”

“Providence is the ultimate check and balance, the final moral limit to human power.”

“Seizing the day or redeeming future time is rising to life within a powerful matrix of truths that sets out an entire way of life in which the ideal of carpe diem can come to its highest fruition. God calls us in the flux and flow of time and history, and the gift of being able to seize the day flowers from a way of life that weaves together three principles: “Walk before God,” “Read the signs of the times,” and “Serve God’s purpose in your generation.”

“A life of faith is the story of the truths Christians believe but are embodied in human form. Each such life adds its support to the voice of the Bible as the grand story of a thousand smaller stories of God’s breaking into the experience of human beings in real life.”

“Clarity of faith is essential, loyalty to truth is all-important, and truth claims must always be set out as cogently as possible. But the multilayered reality of truth comes into its own in the visible, audible, and tangible reality of a life lived by faith.”

“End” in the Bible is sometimes seen as finis, in the Latin sense of conclusion, full stop, period, or ending, but the Bible also sees “end” as telos, in the Greek sense of goal, purpose, culmination, or climax. Both “end” as conclusion and as climax and culmination are always at work in history, and as much so today as ever. We must remember both, appreciate how they are linked, and live our lives with a firm grasp of both truths.”

 

 

Precious Gems Found in the Book of Revelation

bvlksyq

There are lots of things going on on The Book of Revelations that you might missed the main focus of this book. The wrath of God, the number 666, bottomless pit, Armageddon etc. are the enough to keep us busy when we read Revelation. Of course, all of that, all the chapters and all verses that compose this book are important. However there are verses that should be highlighted that points us to the goal of the Apostle John in writing this book. The goal of this book is encouraging persecuted believers that God is in control. In my meditation of Revelation and highlighting some verses, its such a blessing that in those passages, I can see the main goal set by the book.

Of course there are lots of lessons you can derive from this book and in any books of the Bible.  I’m highlighting a few of them here and hoping that, as you study this you’ll find more.  Also we should remember that although these are great verses, they are meant to be read in context to get the full meaning and impact. Lastly, have a desire to read God’s Word daily.

God’s Sovereignity

“For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.”– Revelation 17:17 NASB

Perseverance of the Saints

“Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’  “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.” — Revelation 14:12‭-‬13 NASB

“I know that you have persevered and endured hardships for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary.” –Revelation 2:3 CSB

“Because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” — Revelation 3:10 CSB

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’ — Revelation 2:11 NASB

Glorious Future of the Believer

“…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” — Revelation 1:5‭-‬6 NASB

“Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” — Revelation 20:6 NASB

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them ,” — Revelation 21:3 NASB

True Worship 

“us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”
Revelation 19:7 NASB

“Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” –Revelation 19:10 NASB

The Power of Prayer 

“Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.” — Revelation 8:3‭-‬4 NASB

 

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

wziihq0

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.”

 

Prophecy Mongers

This month marks the 1st anniversary of the failed (and false) prophecy of Harold Camping.  As you would recall, he made a declaration that May 21 will be the end of the world and the second coming of Christ. The media got into the frenzy and social media got wind of this it became viral. Then as you know it, it failed. The problem is, not just the followers of Camping got a bad rap on this audacity, but those Bible believing Christians. All of us, in the eyes of unbelievers a bunch of nut case.

So we got the lesson or did we? I hope so. It’s not just the lesson of falling into a belief of some prophecy but getting crazy over it. What I mean to say is for those people who are into a never ending unwarranted speculation over end times. They are the Christians who looks at the headlines even in tiny bits and try to shove it to the Holy Writ. Eisegesis galore. Or those people who are constantly looking for conspiracy stuff or symbols about the 666 or the identity of the Anti-Christ or what have you. Worst they would tell it to public (rather speak of the gospel that saves) or make websites of their bogus claims.

Yes I would say some of them are true and sincere followers of Christ. Yes, I have some prophecy and end times ministries that I love and respect. And Yes I believe in rapture, 7 years tribulation, anti-Christ etc. In addition I also believe that Christians are entitled to speak on behalf what the Bible teaches and live for it so believers can see our testimony. Im talking to those Christians who are being over the top in presenting prophecies and those Christians who are scared of it. However speculations and fear won’t bring edification through the body of Christ and an exceptional Christian lifestyle that will get unregenerated individuals consider Christ, but will only bring shame and embarrassment to Christianity. Speculations that won’t help bring others to Christ but endless rabbits trail. So please if you’re a Christian handle biblical truth with reverence and care for others.

For us Christians we should remember the following:

  1. The last book of the Bible, Revelation, in context is not spook us out but to encourage us. Address to Christians scattered because of the ongoing persecution, the apostle John (being exiled because of it) it primary purpose of this entire end times vision is, over all tell believers throughout the ages that God is still in control. God is not blind to the suffering of His redeem but as He unveils future events, He is pointing out that no matter what; Christians win because God wins in the end.
  2. Since we know these end times (as it was written in the Bible) we must will our strength preach the Gospel. We don’t want our friends or family suffers in the tribulation so let’s reach them with the gospel.  Read my interview with Nathan Jones of Lamb and Lion Ministries to get more insight of this.
  3. If properly use, prophecy can be use to prove the Bible is the Word of God to answer skeptics. Like what Nathan Jones in this blog interview, it is the best apologetics.
  4. Finally lets heed on what the late Herb Vander Lugt RBC senior research editor (and one of my favorites over RBC’s Discovery Series Booklets) wrote:

I started a more careful reading of the Old Testament prophets and began to see that God certainly does have an earthly program for Israel. I also saw that Israel and the church are distinct entities. Before long, the prophecies of the Old Testament began to come alive. The Word of God became more vital and real to me. As a result, I grew spiritually. I became more conscious of the promise that Jesus is coming again. My conduct improved and my desire to win others to Christ grew.

The study of Bible prophecy can be just a mental exercise—but so can a study of the attributes of God or any other aspect of Bible doctrine. The secret for success is our relationship with God. If we love the Lord, view the Scriptures as His message to us, and desire above all else to know Him more intimately and serve Him more perfectly, we will grow through the study of prophecy.

(Understanding the End-times, 2004 RBC Ministries pp. 70-71)

 

I think what Vander Lugt said nails it. End times prophecy will be coming soon but Christians should anticipate it not with hysteria but praise. Let’s all look forward for Christ imminent return with gladness and joy as we serve our God and others!

The Glorious Hope in Prophecy: Nathan Jones of Lamb and Lion Ministries talks to Delighting Grace

It’s our joy to interview Nathan Jones of Lamb and Lion Ministries. Nathan serves as the Web Minister of this prophecy ministry which is lead by Dr. David Reagan. You can check their magazine, articles, and products over Lamb and Lion Ministries. But before you go there, enjoy this interview first:

Delighting Grace: So tell us Nathan, what is prophecy and why is it important?

Nathan Jones: Prophecy, specifically Bible prophecy, is the study of God’s word concerning future events as foretold in the Bible.

Sometimes we look at Bible prophecy that has already been fulfilled, like when Jesus came the first time to earth in fulfillment of 300 general and 109 specific prophecies. Other times we are looking at Bible prophecy as it is being fulfilled today, like Israel becoming a nation again and the Jews returning to Israel as Isaiah 11:11-12 and Ezekiel 37 and other verses said would happen. And, we also look at Bible prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled, like the 500 verses concerning Jesus’ Second Coming.

The gift of prophecy is not the same today as it was when the Apostle John completed Revelation. Today, people with the spiritual gift of prophecy have a passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ’s salvation with others in the time we have left. They also can discern what the Bible is talking about concerning the end times. They cannot predict what the future is, as God has already given us a full account of what will occur in the Bible.

Delighting Grace: We know the trademarks of cults are false prophecies. Why do they employ prophecies and how did they eventually fall to error?

Nathan Jones: We once interviewed James Walker of Watchman Fellowship. His whole ministry is about dealing with the cults. He was actually a fourth generation Mormon until he studied and realized that Mormonism is a cult. James listed four ways to define a cult:

1. They add to God’s Word with new Scripture.

2. They subtract from who Jesus is.

3. They multiply the requirements for salvation.

4. They divide their follower loyalty.

When it comes to prophecy, cults love to make predictions. I’d say the reason being is that prophecy unites people towards a common goal, and Satan knows how to use false predictions to twist people into keeping their focus away from the one true God.

According to Deuteronomy 18:21-22, a true prophet could be discerned from a false prophet based on the accuracy of their prophecies. A prophet of God will always be 100% accurate.

Cults are formed around false prophets who use Christian terminology to sound Christian, but then redefine the terms to fit their own man-made theology. Cults are easy to spot in that they deny the Trinity, the virgin birth of Christ, that Jesus is divine as the Son of God, the resurrection of Christ, and promote a works-based salvation. They espouse prophecy and predict times that seldom result in fulfillment. They place man on God’s throne, promising man’s eventual rise to deity which is Satan’s old lie from the Garden of Eden.

Satan and his cults best method of leading people astray is to take a lie and wrap a little truth around it.  “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Mat. 7:15).

Delighting Grace: A follow up question: are their guidelines to interpret prophecy correctly without ending up like the Jehovah’s Witnesses or Harold Camping?

Nathan Jones: Yes, for one, stick to the Bible and a literal interpretation. Cults love to make extra-biblical prophecies. Stick with the prophecies found in the Bible and not on any prophecies made by man today.

Secondly, take Jesus at His word in Matthew 24:36. When He says concerning His return, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” then that means NOBODY can predict the timing of Jesus’ return. Cults are notorious for predicting the day of Jesus’ return and the end of the world, and they always end up being proven false.

Delighting Grace: I love Lamb and Lion Ministries. You’re a blessing to me. You’re balanced in the treatment of different subjects. You don’t employ over the top sensationalism on prophecy. You just don’t talk about prophecies but also apologetics. How do eschatology (study of prophecy) and apologetics go hand in hand?

Nathan Jones: I’m so glad to hear Lamb & Lion can be a blessing to you. We try to stay away from anything but the Bible, so avoid sensationalism. There’s no need to sensationalize the Bible, for it’s already filled with fascinating wonders.

Eschatology is the best apologetic. There is no book – none – that has any prophecy that has come true other than the Bible. As I stated earlier, Jesus alone fulfilled 300 general and 109 specific prophecies concerning His First Coming.

 

Mathematician Peter Stoner calculated that the probability of just eight prophecies being fulfilled in the life of one person is 1 in 10 to the seventeenth power. That’s 17 zeros! That’d be like filling the entire state of Texas two feet deep in quarters. Mark one and throw it in. Next, drop in a blindfolded man. The odds would be that the very first coin he picks up, that’s the one with the mark. Impossible, right? Well, not if the Bible is truly God’s Word.

That’s the power of Bible prophecy – it proves the Bible is God’s only Word which we can base our faith and life on.

Delighting Grace: How can Christians benefit from prophecy in other aspects of their Christian life say in discipleship or evangelism?

Nathan Jones: Great spiritual riches await anyone who studies Bible prophecy. For one, we know that the Lord can return at any moment to take up – to rapture – those who have accepted Him as Savior to Heaven. How will the Lord find us when He arrives? Will He find us diligently serving Him as were created to do as Ephesians 2:10 says, or will He find us living for ourselves? The study of Bible prophecy convicts us then to live holy and productive lives.

Secondly, by knowing that Jesus is coming soon and that afterwards the world will plunge into the worst time in all of human history called the Tribulation that should motivate Christians to share the Gospel. We don’t want anyone to have to live through the Tribulation, and certainly not go to Hell. Christians need to get out there and give a desperate world the Good News of Jesus Christ. So, Bible prophecy motivates us to evangelize.

Delighting Grace: Your magazine “The Lamplighter” is awesome. I can’t wait to read the next issue. Dr. David Regan’s articles are worth reading. How did your magazine started?

Nathan Jones: It’s great to hear such positive feedback on the Lamplighter magazine. It’s truly a labor of love on Dr. Reagan’s part. The ministry originally produced the publication as a few pages stapled together, and by 1998 began running it in a 20-page magazine format.

 Delighting Grace: Also I’ve noticed how enthusiastic Dr. Reagan in writing and speaking about the subject. How does he influence you being part of the ministry and as a Christian?

Nathan Jones: Spreading the good news about Jesus’ soon return is Dr. Reagan’s passion in life. You can’t help but hear him preach and teach about it and not get excited yourself about the Lord’s soon return. That passion is infectious and has helped so many get excited about our life in Christ.

Delighting Grace: What can we look forward to Lamb and Lion Ministries? I know lots of our readers will be excited to know it.

Nathan Jones: We’re rather hoping not to be here in the coming years, anticipating the Lord’s soon return. The signs of the times show that the time is nearly here.

But, should the Lord tarry, Lamb & Lion Ministries will continue going strong preaching that message until the very last minute through our television show “Christ in Prophecy,” through the Internet, through publications, videos and conferences. We’ve even created a special message called “Jesus Came. What’s Next?” to share the Gospel with those who will be living in a post-Rapture world.

Delighting Grace: Thank you Nathan. More power to Lamb and Lion.God bless you!