The Freebie Round-Up #21

8jhreirWe are still having a hangover with the Rivers and Robots last Saturday. My wife and Joan are now hardcore fans of the band (my wife’s music to fall asleep is Jonathan Ogden’s EP and Joan listens to the band while doing the laundry.) I’ll posting our experience next time here on my blog. For the meantime, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

FREE e-book “Angels in the Architecture” by Douglas Wilson – I think this is the last hurrah of Douglas Wilson. Download this freebie and make your Kindle happy.

FREE MP3 messages of R. C. Sproul – Ok Thanksgiving is over but hey it Sproul. Who doesn’t want it? Grab these 2 free messages courtesy of Ligioner Ministries.

FREE Music Resources from Grace Baptist Church – Hymns and songs composed and arranged by Grace Baptist Church where Tom Ascol is senior pastor. Get the lead sheet, chord sheet and MP3 of the music absolutely free.

FREE e-book “Raising Resilient MKs” by Joyce M Bowers –  a collection of essays on handling the needs of missionary kids. It’s interesting that this stuff exist. This e-book is available on PDF.

FREE printable “Isaiah Christmas” Bible reading plan by Tony Reinke –  Join Tony Reinke on a conversation as he dives in the Book of Isaiah this Advent season. Download this freebie and tuck it in your Bibles.

FREE to watch “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris– It’s been a year since Harris set to make this documentary about his best selling book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Now it’s out and you can buy it or watch it for free.

FREE e-book “Did Jesus Really Have to Die?”  by Aaron Armstrong – What a great question and Aaron Armstrong provides the answers in this free short booklet.

Book Review: 11 Indispensable Relationships You Can’t Be Without by Leonard Sweet

Landing on my lap is a book from an emergent author, Leonard Sweet, a “relationship book” with a twist. There are lots of books about relationship that sometimes like what I have said to a blogger friend, a Joshua Harris is enough. Relationship books really sell especially if it’s about love. But just I have said this book is a not the usual.  I can’t even pinpoint what category this book is (Christian Living with Discipleship mix). Nevertheless Sweet delivers a superb book that has eclectic appeal and spiritual message all in one.

With his witty writing style and reference to pop culture, Sweet draws eleven or should I say twelve (oops spoiler!), relationships that you can’t be without. He proposed in this book that your Christian journey is not a Lone Ranger type flight. You need a Tonto as you go on with life. Leonard Sweet derives these “Tonto” from different Bible characters. He lays it all here in this book from the mundane (a mentor/ Jethro, encourager/Barnabas, a true friend/Jonathan) to the quirky (a reject/Zacchaeus, a child/Rhoda, the VIP’s/Lydia, Lazarus, Rich and Poor) which I find very interesting. He blended it all into a concoction that will stick to your mind and heart. Sweet not just zero in to culture but of biblical as well chips of history. In as you read each of them, you will ask yourself “Do I have a Nathan, Jonathan, and Peter/Paul in my spiritual journey?” And with interactive questions in every end of the chapter, it put you thinking caps on and evaluates what you have read.

Sweet’s book although is a great book that we should read, we should also be reminded that Sweet is “culturally liberal”. So we should take it with a grain of salt from the sources to the quotes he puts in his book. Enjoy but be aware.

This book does really raise some great point for me and opened something in my journey as a Christian. Leonard Sweet placed in our hearts that in life we will meet people that we will either impact us or we will make a difference in them. In either way our lives will never be the same. Read this book and seek for those people will change your life.

Joshua Harris on Biblical Conviction

On his down to earth book about theology, Joshua Harris explains what conviction is:

“When I use the conviction, I’m talking about a heart-level, settled belief before God, that doesn’t change with our environment. Conviction is something we believe, not because someone is making us, not because we have to, but because we are convinced it’s what God would have us believe.

Compliance isn’t conviction. Conformity to other people’s standard isn’t conviction. Adapting to a church culture isn’t conviction. Biblical conviction is the result of the study of Scripture, careful thought, discussion, and the search of wisdom. It requires work. It requires the humility to test the result of our choices and change our actions when necessary. Most important it requires a laser focus on God.”

(Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris, pg. 170, Published by OMF Literature Inc. 2010)

5 More Christian Blogs You Should Read and Follow

Here is the sequel to the “7 Christian Blogs You Should Read and Follow”. Some are new discoveries and others are blogs that I keep coming back. The articles are very interesting and insightful. So please check the list and go to the blogs to enjoy its contents.

1. The Gospel Coalition– ( excellent Christian bloggers by themselves, teamed up for TGC blog. Here you can read blogs by Justin Taylor, D.A. Carson, Kevin DeYoung and many more in just one blog. Awesome!

2. Radical Womanhood-( great article with a feminine appeal to different issues on relationships and culture. Well written and very Christ centered the blog burst with a woman’s view on matters that is important to Christians.

3. Simply Heavenly Food-( my next door neighbor in Tumblr. I consider her the Bible Answer Woman of Tumblr. Check out the Q&A post she has. Fantastic response from a sweet Christian lady.

4. Joshua Harris Blog-( you might know Josh by his bestselling books like “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” and “Boy Meets Girl”. But in this blog he shows the others side of him being a pastor and a follower of Christ. Great articles to read although it’s not regularly updated, still the blog is worth visiting.

5. Mormon Coffee-( The blog of Mormon Research Ministry. An apologetic blog with compassion to reach out LDS. Check blog post by I’ve been following Sharon Lindbloom since I subscribe to “Words for the Weary” years ago. I love what they post about Mormonism.

So what’s your favorite blog? Post it here…