Resilience Is Not Enough

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We Filipinos has this enduring relationship with resilience. In every crisis that came to this country, be it a typhoon or earthquake, we are known to manage to rise above these challenges. We can, in any circumstances, put up a smile and show the world that despite these challenges we have hope. Resilience sparks this hope in every Filipino heart. Over and over again as crisis comes and go, Pinoys are resilient.

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The Freebie Round-Up #79

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Before we go to the freebies, kindly pray for the comfort of Greg’s family. His dad passed away recently. And because of COVID19, they need to secure a travel pass to see the remains which is now in the province. As you may not know, Greg is a friend and conference buddy. The last time we got together was May last year during the ESV talk by Dane Ortlund. So please lift them up with your prayers to the Lord.

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 course “Six Views of Creation” from Credo Courses –  Get the audio, video, slides and handout all for free for self study or for Sunday School setting.

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Printed Copy of “Coronavirus at Si Cristo” by John Piper, Now Available!

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After almost a month of the digital release of the Filipino version of John Piper’s latest book Coronavirus and Christ, Treasuring Christ PH is now making the printed or physical copy available for churches to order. It’s one thing to have it on a digital format and it’s another to have it in paperback. As we all know not everyone likes digital formats of books or own a gadget to read it, a physical copy is the best thing you can have.

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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 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. “

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 Quotable Round-Up #117

zlhzkl3Have you watched “American Gospel”? We’ll I did this week and it was excellent. The documentary really nailed the prosperity gospel. It’s 2 hours and 19 minutes full of moving interviews and clips that will open your eyes to the deception of this movement. Here’s some quotes from the film and if you want to get copy of it click here.

“The ultimate gift of the gospel is not these all other things, it’s God Himself. God is both the giver and the gift.”
— Trevin Wax

“If someone doesn’t have the right view of the gospel, they don’t have the right view of anything.”
— Paul Washer

“There’s an assumption that unbeliver’s are seeking after God. When in reality, they are seeking after a God of their own choosing.” — Anthony Wood

“The prosperity gospel is exactly like marrying someone for their money.” — Sean Demars

“The reason why people teach that it’s always God’s will to heal and if it doesn’t the problem is them, is because that’s a good way to manipulate people. Prosperity theology means money.” — Costi Hinn

“One of the quickest way to spot a counterfeit gospel is to ask the question, ‘Who is this gospel about?’ Is this gospel or good news primarily about you and your personal happiness or is it a message about God.” — Trevin Wax

“In terms of biblical Christianity, Christianity is about dying.” — Michael Horton

 

The Freebie Round-Up #16

2njbdw7Its Reformation Week! What better way to celebrate its 501 th year than to have some freebies for you. Dont forget to share this stuff to others. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE “Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation” by Michael Reeves – Luther really changed the world and influence countless individuals. This free resources captures the essence of the movement written as an evangelistic resource by Michael Reeves made possible by Desiring God.

FREE audio download of “Science and the Bible” by Rob Bowman from Credo Courses – Final day to get the audio format of the lecture, so be use to download it NOW!

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE e-book “Everyone’s a Theologian” by R. C. Sproul – This free resource is a primer for systematic theology that is a must read for every Christian discussing the Bible.

FREE e-book “Practical Christianity by A. W. Pink –  one of the newest title Monergism has released, Pink expounded the Scriptures to teach the believers on applying it in their lives.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE e-book “Commentary of 1 Thessalonians” by Todd Braye – a collection of 27 sermon manuscripts intended for Filipino pastors now free to download.

FREE 3 e-books about John Calvin from John Piper + free video from Desiring God – A fitting freebie for October 31 celebration, Desiring God offers these e-books and a video absolutely free.

FREE 3 e-books on Martin LutherA biography and two books written by Luther, these will keep you busy till the 31st .

The Digital Round-Up # 17

zkorsnzHello there! Here’s “The Digital Round-Up” to give you some of my favorite freebies, articles and everything in between. What do you think of it? Eclectic? Weird? Interesting? I just want to know. So please, please, please do me a favor and post your comments about this post at the comment section. Thank you and God bless!

FREE “The Greatest Fight” by Charles H. Spurgeon – The Prince of Preachers has something to say to the 21st century pastor and teachers. Grab this free book to know his urgent message.

Government: Mandate of Justice, Not Religion – “A pastoral reflections on the purpose of government…not to promote religion, but to pursue justice.” – Noel Espinosa

A World Without Any Common Sense – Trevin Wax states that in the public square “we have a hard time finding “common ground” because there is no “common sense” regarding what’s at stake.

Extremely Early Testimonies to the Deity of Christ– As news of an artifact that will be unveiled soon that has proof that Jesus is God, there are a much earlier proof from the church fathers that the deity of Jesus is not what the Da Vinci Code or Jehovah’s Witnesses believe.

People Are Basically Good – This post is part of the series “Ten Lies the World Believe” from Grace to You blog.

The good news: Filipinos are still reading books– That’s indeed a good news specially for me who is a literacy advocate.

The Grim Conclusion of the largest-Ever Study of Fake News –  Did you know that false information spreads faster that true information. Well let this very comprehensive study tells you and lots more.  It’s a long read but it has the meat on the subject of fake news.

The History of the AltaVista –  Remember AltaVista? Its a pre-Google search engine that was born in the 90’s when the internet is just in its infancy. For me its the first website I log into in my first internet experience. More than a nostalgic trip, this article recounts how an internet giant rise and fall.

Love Jesus More Than You Love Anything – John Piper