Book Review “The Cross in Four Words” by Kevin DeYoung Richard Coekin, and Yannick Christos-Wahab

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As Christian publishers rushes to print books relevant to this trying times, sometimes the real message might get lost. Yes, I praise those publisher for helping churches and ministries with biblical answers and they are doing a good job. However,  we almost miss something that is more important than COVID19 or the racial crisis.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Unstuck” by Tim Lane

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Woohoo!  Another book done this week and it’s only Thursday! Tim Lane’s Unstuck was satisfyingly good. Now what do I do next? Should I write a review or go straight to another book? Please let me know at the comment section.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book I’ve just finished, Unstuck by Tim Lane published by The Good Book Company. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Whether your struggle is with worry, addiction, discouragement, anger, fear, or anything else, starting with who you are in Christ is foundational—because God’s compassion and grace toward us always comes before his wise and loving commands.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Unleash the Word” by Karen Soole

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Last Sunday we had a simultaneous worship service. Members who can attend physically at church was able to listen (audio only) to the livestream of our pastor as well as those who can’t, they watched his sermon at home. So we started 9:30 AM not the usual 8:30. Thanks to a sister who was able to go out with her son and travel to the city. She set up the equipment so we can have our worship service. Thank God it went smoothly.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Unleash the Word by Karen Soole published by 10 Publishing. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Our Bible studies can be a place where we help one another to dwell richly in the Word and begin to teach and admonish one another.”

“The dynamic nature of group Bible study is its strength; God’s Word is being taught in a relational way.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “19 Pastoral Thoughts on Covid-19” by Conrad Mbewe

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Happy Lord’s Day!  This is my second week on not being able to come to church because of our enhanced community quarantine. Three weeks ago is my last opportunity to preach and my wife wasn’t with me. But thank God the church is still having services and our pastor gave an online message as well. Later I’ll be check it out.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the booklet, 19 Pastoral Thoughts on Covid-19 by Conrad Mbewe published by Evergreen Publishers . If you like these quotes, please download the book by clicking here.

“In our current global crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic, this thought cannot be too far away from our minds: “Has God sent this as a plague upon humanity?” The politically correct answer is, “No, because he is a loving God. He cannot cause the kind of global panic, suffering and death that we are seeing from this pandemic.” However, the biblically correct answer is, “Yes, because he is a God who makes well-being and creates calamity.” God is in sovereign control of all things—including viruses.”

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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 “Where is God In A Coronavirus World?” by John Lennox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Our Good Crisis” by Jonathan K. Dodson

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Is there questions that have been nagging in your mind? Are you looking for answers but it seems Google is not your friend? Then head over a blog post on finding answers for your questions. You’ll be surprised that there are six ways to help you find answers and it’s free.

Anyway, here’s some quotes from the book, Our Good Crisis by Jonathan K. Dodson published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Moral or ethical failure is often behind the crises that put us up in arms or down in the dumps. A failure of morals,
not nerve, lurks behind scandal and injustice.”

“The seed of every crisis exists in every one of us. No one is immune. But  if we can get a handle on our moral turbulence, we can ­contribute not only to our own good but also to the good around us.”

“The sermon opens with a series of declarations—beatitudes—that call for goodness. Beatitude is a strange but compelling word.  It comes from the Latin word beatitudo, which is a translation of  the Greek word makarios, meaning blessed, favored, or flourishing. The Beatitudes show us eight ways to live a blessed life (or nine, depending how you read Matthew 5:10‑12). “

” the Beatitudes is plural not singular—the poor, those who mourn, the humble, the merciful. Every subject is plural, which means Jesus isn’t calling just individuals to the character of the kingdom; he’s calling a whole community—the church—to be poor in spirit. “

“The kingdom of heaven is breaking into this world through God’s people. If you are already a citizen by the grace of God, live like it! Don’t settle for the kingdom of self.”

“When we are honest with God about our sins, forgiveness and comfort come rushing in. When we get beneath the routine busyness of life and discover we aren’t as noble or moral as we thought, mourning in the presence of the Comforter guides us to a better version of ourselves.”

” With Christ, the greatest and humblest of beings mystically indwelling us by faith, we don’t have to assign ourselves weight. We don’t have to conjure a lovely idea of the self. Instead a glory outside us comes to live in us: Christ in us, the hope of glory. Jesus secured this glory for us through his debt-paying death on the cross and his mighty resurrection: his injury for our reward, his obedience for our disobedience, his righteousness for our unrighteousness. It hardly seems fair. That’s grace! “

“Today insisting on exclusive allegiance to Jesus as the one true God and Savior of humanity is also radical. It’s a declaration of war against the cult of expressive individualism. It’s unpopular
to denounce the self, but it isn’t enough to confess Jesus as Lord. His lordship must be visible. It isn’t enough to have great theology about Jesus and claim him as your king. It isn’t enough to
say he is the God and there is no other. Rather our allegiance to him must be evident in our character and action. We must care for the poor, practice righteousness, seek purity, and make
peace with others. The Beatitudes of Jesus must define us. “

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 “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New and Upcoming Podcasts This 2020

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It seems to me that, everyone had a certain goals from the previous years that been in the basement of ideas. It’s  brewing for so long then simultaneously set it on 2020 to launch it. 2020 feels like having a new leaf for some to set an “out of the comfort zone” projects. It’s like starting a new beginning. And podcasting is not exempted.

Of course there is nothing magical with the year 2020. Nor will it bring good fortune to these newbies on the podcasting universe. But having new and upcoming podcasts will give us new choices to listen to and eventually new favorites.

Kevin Halloran posted something last January of 3 newish podcast and encourage me to post my own list. So here’s my list of new and upcoming podcasts you might want to check out:

The Disrupters – A collaboration between Christianity Today and Inter Varsity Press.  The focus of this podcast is to lay down disruptions and how it affects the church. It will be a mix bag of guest and will be hosted by Fr. Esau McCualley. You can read more about it on this article.

TGC Q & A – A new addition to  TGC podcast network, the podcast invites two council members to answer a specific question. So you wont get one but a collaborative answers that hits some angles most Q and A podcast don’t. The podcast is already on the roll with few episodes so please do check it out. By the way, podcast is one of the ways you can find answers for your pressing questions. There are five more on an article I wrote last year. 

Pardoning Grace – I just saw this on my Facebook feed and I dont have any idea of what this podcast will be. I like surprises and I know you like it too. But based on my Facebook friend Jason Boothe who is a pastor and uploads his preaching over Youtube and him being a blogger, I think it will be a discussion on theology. So to clarify I might reach out to him but this podcast will be good. So keep our eyes over the FB page of this podcast for further updates.

Anchored North/ Virality Podcast – Anchored North went viral because of the Love is Love video. From there, they constantly making video tracts and eventually a podcast. They use multimedia as a tool for evangelism to reach this generation. This 2020 they will relaunch the podcast with the aim to spark evangelistic conversations. You can find updates from them by joining the FB group.

I know this is a shortlist but I would like to encourage you guys to post in the comment new and upcoming podcasts you might have stumble upon. Happy listening!