6 Ways to Fall in Love With Christ Part 3

Now we are at the last two ways on how to grow to love our Savior. Let us all pray and desire to have this in our Christian life.
Give
“Come, my beloved, let us go out into the fields and lodge in the villages; let us go out early to the vineyards and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love. The mandrakes give forth fragrance, and beside our doors are all choice fruits, new as well as old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.” Song of Solomon 7: 11-13

True love is not just taking but giving. Love is not meant to be just words. It is also can be shown in action. Its shows how the extend of the affection you have for that someone special. Self sacrificing is deep love. The more you show less of self and more of the interest of others is your priority the more you know love. Do you love Christ enough to sacrifice your time, money and talent? You love the Savior because of His sacrifice for you on the cross and now it’s time to give it back by giving.

Beautify
“What is your beloved more than another beloved, O most beautiful among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved,that you thus adjure us?
My beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand.His head is the finest gold; his locks are wavy, black as a raven. His eyes are like doves beside streams of water, bathed in milk, sitting beside a full pool. His cheeks are like beds of spices, mounds of sweet-smelling herbs. His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh. His arms are rods of gold, set with jewels His body is polished ivory, bedecked with sapphires.Hebrew lapis lazuli His legs are alabaster columns, set on bases of gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” Song of Solomon 5: 9-16

Make Christ look good to others. Don’t just be satisfied that you’re the only one that is looking at His beauty, make others look at Him. Share the gospel and live out the gospel every day is the way to make Jesus look good.

The Quotable Round Up #13

As I have said last week, the recently concluded Manila International Book Fair proves that Filippinos love books and spirituality. It’s a great venue to share the gospel and let Christ shine. Although that is the case, I also observe that majority of teens and young adults go for romance and anime themed books. Adults are more geared towards anything spiritual. With this observation, I think Christian publishers should further strengthen their reach for teens and young adults. I hope and pray they produce more books that are gospel driven. Now for our weekly dose of quotes:
“Every believer is called to ministry. We’re called to see that all of the tasks of the kingdom take place-that the poor are ministered to, the gospel is proclaimed, the Word of God is taught, and worship takes place.”
–R. C. Sproul
“A means of grace is a tool or instrument that God uses to strengthen and nurture us so that we grow in conformity to Christ. We don’t always think about service as a means of grace, but we grow as we serve. The more we are able to serve in the kingdom of God, the more Christ like we become.”
–R. C. Sproul

“We know that God is not restricted to the building, but we are aware that this is a sacred hour that God has set apart and declared to be a holy time of visitation between Himself and His people. So we leave worldly cares and concerns for a while and focus on God. We come to hear a word from God, and it is the pastor’s responsibility to make sure what we hear from the pulpit is the Word of God, not pop psychology. The power is in the Word, for it is the truth.”
–R. C. Sproul

“The primary reason to be in church is to worship the living God, and for this we must bring a sense of reverence and adoration for His transcendent majesty.”
— R. C. Sproul

“Once we believe into Christ and embrace Christ, then we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who is, in reality, Christ in us. So the mystical union is that once we are born of the Spirit and are given the gift of faith and move into Christ, then we are in Christ and Christ is in us.”
–R. C. Sproul

“The whole basis for our relationship to God is grace. It is not something we earn or deserve or purchase. It is a gift.”
–R. C. Sproul

“The atoning death of Christ gave us a new, freer kind of access to the Father. Christ won for us peace with God and the end of estrangement.”
— R. C. Sproul

Book Review: Get A Life…Online by Mighty Rasing

Fresh from #SuperEpic” Mighty Rasing delivers another book about a subject he really really knows. Social media is going leaps and bounds. Then it got out of control (sort of). And what better way to sort it all out by reading “Get A Life…Online”.
This book packs lots of meat to enhance you digital life. It has everything for the novice to the hardcore netizen. Mighty not only wrote a book that is readable because its Taglish but grasp the Pinoy context of being online. He knows the Pinoy culture, ethics and behavior that affect how we use social media. He tackled topics like useful apps, how share your talent online, how to use social media for a good cause. The serious issue of privacy and cyber bullying were discussed. All of these topics and much more for a 75 pesos book!
I enjoyed reading because knows well the online culture of Pinoys or making much of social media but also he shared his personal experiences of being a netizen. For someone who’s been there as one of the popular new media practitioner, stories of failures and success is inspiring to people who wants their voice be heard.
This great book helps us understand and engage the online (and also offline) life for every Filipino. If you love “#SuperEpic” then you’ll love this one too. Embrace the digital explosion Pinoy style with “Get A Life…Online”.

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 3

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Now we come to Part 3 of our study and now we shall at the positive. We have seen the “gloom and doom” of a life apart from our Creator. This week we will now look at the God’s laid out plan for an extraordinary life. By that I mean the Christian life.
Let’s be honest, some of us may not be living in this kind of plan. We may be spending our lives on what we have studied last time. But it’s not too late. God is the God of second chances. Let us repent and desire to walk on what God has set.
Now let us dive in God’s Word to see the extraordinary plan He gave to us believers.
Life Near to God: Past, Present and Future
Past: 2 Corinthians 5: 17-18
Corinthians 5:17-18 ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
This is a familiar verse that shed light on what happens to a person who became a Christian. In verse 17 we are “a new creation” and “the old has passed away.” Meaning our old self is connected with our past is now gone because we are “in Christ”. God in His goodness, cancels our past and gave us the now which is new. He gave us a fresh start. Looking at verse 18 we read that “All of this is from God…” Our past though colorful it maybe, we are apart from God. In that we should be grateful. We should be filled with thankfulness for what He has done. We are now to set an extraordinary life that is provided solely by God.

(To be continued next week…)

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 2

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Ecclesiastes gives us the blueprint of a life that excludes God. King Solomon did mentioned God in this book, but clearly Ecclesiastes narrates an earthly view of life. Let’s see that life that we shouldn’t walk on to.
Life Apart from God: Past, Present and Future
According to Solomon, a man centered life is a cycle of vanities. A life that is worthless, trivial and pointless. The past, present and future of this kind of life are connected with those words. If we think about it, this is the life that won’t guarantee you anything. That my friend is the life without God.
Past: “What has been…” vs. 9. Some of us may have graduated and that’s an achievement for us. Some of us may recently been hired and it’s a life changer for us. If we look at this excluding God’s perspective, it’s a vicious repetition of man. Yes it brings us joy. Yes it gave us a sort of milestone. We even may contribute to society. But Solomon said it bluntly it’s just a natural cycle which the end will be nothing.
Present: “See, this is new”? vs. 10. We may have that “Eureka” moment as if we found the fountain of youth but as Solomon stated over and over Ecclesiastes “there is nothing new under the sun.” What we have is a repackaged of things of the past. This is a present life that is connected with the past which we already knew that is useless. Do we live like what Solomon has described?
Future: “of later things yet to be…” vs. 11. This is the dead end street for all of us according to Solomon. No guarantee of a better future. Life is just life like what it was in the previous. Worst, we are doomed to be forgotten as if we didn’t exist at all. Even much worst, no life beyond this life. We are spiritual beings and God imprinted to our hearts eternity. But this earthly perspective of life doesn’t make mentioned this important thing that separates from animals. How sad this life can be apart from God.
(To be continued next week…)

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 1

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Introduction
What kind of life are you living now?
This is the question that we will tackle in this series “Living the Extraordinary Christian Life”. Why extraordinary? Because living the life that God has set out to us is extraordinary. In this study we will compare the life lived apart from God and the life near to God.
As we read our passage on Ecclesiastes, we can see the dim life well painted by the observation of Solomon. A life without God. An earthly perspective on living. Words like redundant, boring, meaningless and hopeless can best describe these writings. All over the book, we can read “under the sun” and “vanity” over and over again. Solomon lays down what is life that is fleeting. Further observation we can see that it doesn’t made mentioned life beyond here on earth. A dead end street and nothing more.
Is this the kind of life we have now? Do we want to have this kind life that most people on this planet have? We are not talking about a life that is free of pain and problems. We will discuss a life that endures all of these and goes way beyond what Solomon has set in Ecclesiastes. Nor we are venturing in a fatalistic life that we shuts reality. We are here to look at the extraordinary life that will count God and men. An extraordinary life that is eternity bound. And this extraordinary life is the Christian life. I hope and pray that through this study we will be encouraged to fix our eyes on Jesus and hold on to the precious promises of God.
To end part one of this series, let us turn to the Scriptures and read Colossians 3: 1-4. These passages are connected in this study and may this penetrate in our hearts to pursue God:
Colossians 3:1-4 ESV If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(To be continued next week…)

The Quotable Round Up #7

What book are you reading today? Are you enjoying every bit of it? If you don’t have anything to read at this moment let “The Quotable Round Up” gives you ideas on what books or topics to read. We have a variety of quotes from different authors. I hope you’ll check it every Tuesday and enjoy these gems. So here’s our quote platter to feast upon:
“Overstating the importance of the word of God in the life of the Christian is impossible. A direct correlation exists between a person’s intake of the Scripture and his conformity to the image of Christ.”
–Matt Rogers
“The forgiveness that comes as a result of faith in Jesus is a means to the greater prize that we can know God and can possess perfect peace with God, which was present in the garden and was destroyed by sin. So, the entirety of the Christian life revolves around growing in an intimate knowledge of this great God that consumes our whole person.”
–Matt Rogers
“Those who refuse to bow to what God has revealed in His Word always cavil with the notion that a sovereign power governs all things. Only those who have learned the grace of submission can appreciate the beauty of divine sovereignty. We recognize its truth and respond in gratitude once we have experienced the grace of the gospel. God sets His love upon us and predestines us.”
–Derek W. H. Thomas
“Only Jesus can give us the right spiritual taste buds when it comes to our pursuit of holiness. Moralism won’t cut it.”
— J. A. Medders
“It is not enough for us simply to accept a biblical truth; we must apply it personally in everyday life.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe

 

“Justification is the act of God whereby He declares the believing sinner righteous in Jesus Christ.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe
“The ultimate purpose of our salvation is the glory of God.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe

The Quotable Round Up #4

Guys its another Tuesday and you know what it means. It’s “The Quotable Round Up” time! Like we do every Tuesday we deliver 7 quotes from todays (and I hope yesteryears) Christian leaders. Today we present to you quotes from John MacArthur and David Platt. Enjoy!

“Our fellowship with God is not meant to wait until we are in heaven. God’s greatest desire, and our greatest need, is to be in constant fellowship with Him now, and there is no greater expression or experience of fellowship than prayer.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“For if this gospel is true, then we must spend our lives and mobilize our churches for the spread of Christ’s love to unreached people groups all around the world. Jesus has not given us a commission to consider; he has given us a command to obey.”
–David Platt

“Since the ultimate purpose of our salvation is to glorify God and to bring us into intimate, rich fellowship with Him, failure to seek God in prayer is to deny that purpose.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“We who know the gospel have been given the greatest gift in all the world. We have good news of a glorious God who has come to deliver men, women, and children from all sin and all suffering for all time. Therefore, we cannot —we must not —stay silent with this gospel. Gospel possession requires gospel proclamation.”
–David Platt

“Continual, persistent, incessant prayer is an essential part of Christian living, and it flows out of dependence on God.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“While the human body has many parts—a head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, teeth, arms, legs, fingers, toes, and internal organs—they don’t all have the same function. That analogy beautifully illustrates the relationship of individual believers to the entire body of Christ. We constitute one body, yet we have different roles that complement one another.”
— John MacArthur Jr.

“A true child of God won’t be preoccupied with his own plans and desires but the dtermination program of God, revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Quotable Round Up #3

It’s another Tuesday and time for The Quotable Round Up. We serve the best and awesome quotes from your favorite authors. This week lets have some from John MacArthur and J. A. Medders. If in anyway this post encourage you, feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter or on any social media accounts. That way Delighting Grace will be encourage too and post more of these quotes.

“The central function of the church on earth is to reach the lost.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“Prayer focuses on God as the One who supplies. It acknowledges that He is the source of all our physical needs, and it teaches us to live one day at a time in the confidence that He will meet those needs.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“If you want to have that passion in your prayers, you need to realize that the real benefit of prayer is not the changes God may make in your circumstances but the changes He will make in you and in your perception of them.”
–John MacArthur, Jr.

“The cross is the pulpit sermon of God’s matchless love for you.”
–J. A. Medders

“The gospel stands as God’s bouquet of love for you.”
J.A. Medders

“As the blood of Jesus flowed down the cross, it washed away all of our sin stains. Now we are new people in Jesus.”
–J. A. Medders

“To be devoted to prayer is to earnestly, courageously, and persistently bring everything, especially the needs of others, before God.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

My NCBD 2015 Wishlist

As part of NCBD 2015 Blog Tour, I would like to share my wish list of children’s book I want to read. I’m praying that our local Christian publishers and authors will consider this as a challenge as we Christians are called to be the light of this world through the gospel of Christ.
1. Gospel centered children’s book. Now more than ever we need a presentation of the gospel in children’s books in a clear and explicit way. We should indeed have Bible stories, but these stories are not just stories that we can compare to the children’s stories put out by secular companies. They should always point to the cross. Bible stories should point to the big picture: Jesus Christ died for our sins, the salvation God is offering to the fallen humanity and God’s love for His elect. If we dont then we as Christians missed the point. Let’s also not forget fictional children’s stories should carry this theme.

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2. Biographies of Christian missionaries, hymn writers, preachers, theologian, philosophers and prominent figures in Christian history. Would love to see children’s book of John Bunyan, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Fanny Crosby, Jim Elliot, William Carey etc., locally produced in English and Tagalog. I like what Hiyas did with Hudson Taylor. Great story and artwork. This biography books for kids is badly needed today. Kids tend to look for heroes. What better way to introduce them to the real heroes that has made an impact to the word with the gospel.
3. Doctrine. Well this will be a very difficult one for any author or publisher. But it is essential for the kids to know about doctrine. Doctrine like Trinity, Salvation, God, ect., explain to the level that kids will understand. I think this will push anyone out of their comfort zone. Also this will be a challenge and a chance to get to the next level of children’s book.

4. Ethical issues. Another challenging topic for authors. Issues like same-sex marriage, abortion, racism, suicide, mercy killing etc. with a Biblical perspective.
5. A children’s book about books and hymns. An extension of the biographies for kids that I have mentioned in number 2. It would be awesome to read the stories behind great Christian books like Pilgrim’s Progress or hymns like All Is Well, why they were wrote and the impact that it made. I would like to add Reformed catechism and Bible translations.
6. A kiddie journal. Sort of like those books by Keri Smith (Wreck this Journal, Tear Up This Book) in which kids are prompted to do things. That will be super fun! I have a couple of idea. To teach kids to evangelism, the journal should have a page that they can tear containing the gospel message. The book can ask to write down a Bible verse to memorize or ask them to write others life verse on the journal.
7. Evangelistic, gospel tract-like children’s book. A book that contains the gospel that adults or kids can giveaway. It should have balance between having filled with fun activities and a serious tone over Jesus sacrifice on the cross. Handy, pocket sized but a little bit thick, colorful, attractive artwork and it comes with a freebie (well like a pen). Make it so good that its hard for kids and adults to let go of it 🙂 Plus it should be inexpensive. I imagine kids and adults alike eager to hand those evangelistic books to children.