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

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Just finished a book this Tuesday!  Yay! How about you? What are you reading today? What do you do when you finish reading one? Are you almost done reading it or are you just starting a book? Please let me know.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, The Cross in Four Words by  Kevin DeYoung Richard Coekin, and Yannick Christos-Wahab published by The Good Book Company. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“This is what makes the gospel such good, good news. God does not primarily save us from the brokenness of the world; he primarily saves us from himself. He is angry and he cannot abide sin, and yet in his grace he provides a substitute.”

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Book Review: “Amaze Them With God” by Kevin DeYoung

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So who remember the book Don’t Call It a Comeback by Kevin DeYoung? Well I do remember it but not something that made an impact to me or to others. I dont think it made waves or became a bestseller. Nor some of my Reformed friends ever mentioned or recommended it. I think it never rings a bell with you too. It was published in 2011 and the young, the restless and the Reformed is at its peak. So Reformed books and blogs (like mine) where in abundance and a book like Kevin DeYoung’s Don’t Call It a Comeback might get lost and end up in a pre loved bookshops.
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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Amaze Them with God” by Kevin DeYoung

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As I’m writing this post, this is my 8th day of self quarantine. Work has been toxic that I might as well take a break. So for precautionary measure, I took the 14 days quarantine and hoping I’ll be swabbed test next week. So guys please do pray for me.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the booklet, Amaze Them with God by Kevin DeYoung published by 10 Publishing. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

The evangelical church needs to stop preaching the false gospel of cultural identification. Don’t spend all your time trying to figure out how to be just like the next generation. Be yourself. Tell them about Jesus.”

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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 “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. “

Book Review: Essentials by Lee McMunn

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It’s great that McMunn starts his book with the Trinity unlike the usual gospel presentation. At first you might think it’s a short book about doctrine, but it’s not. Essentials is an evangelistic book . Essentials is giving a step by step explanation of the gospel. And as I have said McMunn started this book with the Trinity and ends with an invitation to have a relationship with God. Essentials is a presentable evangelistic tool because of appealing title, chapter title and cover image.

There are downsides in book. First, in chapter 3 which illustrates how Jesus rescues. Although the context is answering the question “So why didn’t he save himself? Why did Jesus stay on the cross?” an illustration of a kid drowning is not the biblical way to represent humanity submerged in sin. Total depravity points us that we are not drowning but dead at the bottom of the river.  Second the sinner’s prayer at the last part of the book, which is for me unbiblical. Decisionism is not part of the gospel message.

Essentials is a good book but has problematic issues. If for not those issues, I would have graded this book a bit higher.  Still you can benefit reading it for yourself and use some parts of it for your personal evangelism.

My verdict:

3.5 out of 5