8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman” by Holly Beers

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After Christmas I’m back with my final reads for 2019 and this decade. I’ll be working on with the review that will be posted soon.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman by Dr. Holly Beers published by Inter Varsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering here.

“Paul, you insult me! Surely no educated man in Asia could believe such nonsense! You say that the one true god of the world has appointed this man Jesus as judge over all of us and that his resurrection is proof of this?”
Paul’s response was equally passionate. “Yes! And the appropriate response is repentance, which means giving up our own agendas and priorities and living as this god created us to live!”

“The tone of Paul’s response caught Anthia’s attention, though she missed the end of the sentence because she could no longer hear. “Sometimes our eyes cannot see what is true. The one true god of the world has seated Jesus at his right hand in the heavenly realms. Jesus is lord over . . .” As Eutaxia had explained, Paul didn’t sound angry or superior. He sounded . . . excited. Joyful”

“Iarine just smiled and touched her arm. Iarine smiled, a thoughtful look on her face. “Yes, I’ve heard about all of it, and I know Paul.” She paused. “We have joined the Way,” she said, looking at Anthia directly. “We are now part of
the group of people throughout the world who prepare for and participate in the true god’s rule. Our allegiance is with Jesus, who is this god in human form. Jesus comforts, heals, restores,
and makes it possible for people of different tribes and peoples to come together as brothers and sisters.” She paused again, then added, “He also judges, as the true sovereign should.”

“Wait,” Linus insisted. “This Jesus is the first new human? I thought he was a god. Didn’t Paul say that he is healing only through the name and power of Jesus?”“He is both, apparently,” Zotike answered, and her husband nodded from his place next to her. “We’re not sure if Jesus is like the emperor, or if his ‘man-ness’ and ‘god-ness’ work differently,” she added.”

“When I was finally close enough, I
told him about Euxinus. I begged him to heal our son, and told him that while I couldn’t pay him, I would be willing to trade services at our fullery if he needed anything laundered.” Lampo
shook his head in disbelief. “Paul didn’t want money. He said that he isn’t healing in his own power; he is healing in the name of a man named Jesus, and Jesus heals as a demonstration of the kind of lord he is. He is a ruler who heals and restores; those are the
priorities of his kingdom.”

“The true god of the world,” declared Paul, “is the one who created all things, including humans. That god sent Jesus as the new man to show all of us how to truly live, and those who commit to Jesus and honor him with their lives will be raised into resurrected bodies as he was.”

“Priscilla took advantage of the silence, adding quickly, “Friends, I don’t want us to lose sight of the bigger picture. Jesus
is the true savior, the true lord, and these healings and exorcisms are a demonstration of that. He calls us to respond and commit to his lordship with our lives.”

““How?” Anthia questioned. “How does Jesus create a new humanity and unity among people?” “Paul talked a lot about the peace and reconciliation that Jesus
brings, peace that overcomes hostility between different peoples.” 

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Week in the Life of a Slave” by John Byron

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Though it’s a dark providence that we are going through in my extended family, my father in law is improving. Good to see that his hemoglobin is going up. Despite having kidney failure, he was able to attend church and was able to thank the church for their constant prayers and encouragement. Thank you for praying for him and can I request another prayer item from you? My father (the biological one) will undergo surgery. Please pray for strength and financial support for him. Most importantly, may God use this surgery to get to know God and be saved.

Anyways, here are 8 favorite quotes from John Byron’s book A Week in the Life of a Slavepublished by Inter Varsity Press.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at Amazon or at the IVP’s website.

“Brothers and sisters? You consider these people your family?”“Oh yes, that is how we often refer to one another. God is my Father, and all these my siblings in Christ. I assumed you were a believer too,” Eutyches said, “but I see you are not.”

“Jesus became a slave to save us, Nympha. He commanded that we become slaves to one another. If we follow his example, humbling ourselves and becoming slaves to our brothers and sisters in the Lord,…”

“We worship a God who became a slave and died a slave’s death in order to save all of humanity, including slaves,” Archippus replied gently.”

“You understand the difference between slavery and freedom in a way that many do not. I suspect that your new life in Christ has helped you to appreciate freedom from a variety of types of slavery, including from that of sin.”

“Indeed,” answered Archippus, “there are some who wonder whether Philemon’s generous gifts and support are the result of his love for God or a desire to attain honor among the more prominent Christian citizens. I, for one, think his generosity is real and comes from God.”

” Paul looked at the slave and asked, “Tell me, Onesimus, do you worship the God of heaven and his son Jesus? Were you not in attendance at the gatherings in Philemon’s house?”

” Paul’s message was not merely
about another god. It included the claim that the Jewish God was the only true god and that Artemis and all the other gods of the empire were in fact not gods at all.”

“Nympha,” Archippus replied, “when the church gathers in your home to worship, we don’t come before the Lord as Jews and Gentiles or men and women. We are all one in Christ. It
should be the same for those born free and those who were not. In Christ, there is neither slave nor free, and this is how it should be when we meet and gather to eat together.” 

The Quotable Round-Up #103

hbyjrfcIt’s already December and as that Christmas song goes “…its beginning to look like Christmas.” Are you excited for Christmas? We’ll I do! I’m not really looking forward for the gifts but the opportunity to share the gospel to my family and relatives. And I hope you already have something to give to someone that is not just meaningful but has an eternal value in it. Why not give a book? How about this booklet from Tim Challies Set an Example? I’ll give you 7 awesome quotes to consider buying this.

“…this is your challenge as a young person in the church today. You are to have faith, faith that is rooted and grounded in God as he reveals himself through the Word. Fill yourself with the Word. Be a man or woman of the Word. Devote yourself to Scripture. As you do this, your faith will grow, and as your faith grows, so too will your faithfulness.”

“The deepest faith leads to the most faithful Christian living.”

“Your church needs you to be an example of a Christian marked by love, a Christian who displays inner transformation by outward actions. Your church needs you to serve Christ by serving his people, the people he bought with his blood.”

“Each of us has a comfort zone. Each of us has a group of people who make us comfortable and other groups that make us uncomfortable. Within the church, our love needs to extend beyond any comfort zone.”

“You, too, are called to love. You are called to love the people in your local church and to serve as a model of what it means to love them well, to love them creatively, to love them thoroughly, to love them even—especially!—if they are hard to love.”

“The love we extend to others is the very same love God has extended to us through Christ.”

“Loving others is the kind of challenge that tests the best of men. It is a challenge because of sin—we are sinful and they are sinful, and there is always trouble when sin meets sin. Yet loving the hard-to-love is how we demonstrate our obedience to God.”

 

Book Review: Not By Sight by Jon Bloom

I have been following the Desiring God blog for years now and all I can say that this is one amazing blog. You can read astounding articles in a regular basis which is truly great. Their blogging team is superb. But as you can see, many of us doesnt seem to look forward to articles on Desiring God not written by John Piper. Well I enjoy Tony Reinke’s article however John Piper is always a must read. But that changed when I checked Jon Bloom’s book “Not by Sight”. It was published by OMFLIt here in the Philippines and was launch last September at the Manila International Book Fair however I wasnt interested on the book. Yet recently, I gave ‘Not by Sight” a try and I wasnt disappointed with it.
Every chapter (or devotional entry if you want call it that way) of “Not By Sight” contains a biographic sketch and the biblical lesson. The bio sketch are bite size historical fiction that unveals the essential background of every character. The lesson are brief yet powerful to focus you to the all sufficient God. The bio sketch and the lesson are like two diamonds that are glittering in this book. Both can stand alone but the chapter shines brightest because of these well written parts. This proves that you dont need alot of words to have a spiritual banquet. You can feast on the goodness of God in every short chapter of Jon Bloom’s book.

If you’re using this as part of your morning devotional, you’ll definately look forward every morning for the entries. Wake up to meet James, Joseph, Peter, Martha and the other biblical characters as they walk in faith in different situations that you and I faces.

Notable quotes:
“God will not spare us from all awkward and painful decisions. Neither will he spare us from all wrong decisions resulting from our fallen finiteness, even if they are made in the integrity of our hearts. God has his purposes in all of these. But what we can trust him to do is faithfully give us the correction and guidance we need at the time he deems right.”
“Trusting in Jesus and his word over our perceptions is difficult to learn. That’s why the Lord takes us through so many different faith-testing, faith-building experiences.And when he does, it is never for just our own benefit. He’s displaying his power so others’ faith will be strengthened too.”
“So when you find yourself suddenly moving in a direction you had not planned, take heart; the Great Planner has something much better in mind for you and countless others.”
“God will not spare us from all awkward and painful decisions. Neither will he spare us from all wrong decisions resulting from our fallen finiteness, even if they are made in the integrity of our hearts. God has his purposes in all of these. But what we can trust him to do is faithfully give us the correction and guidance we need at the time he deems right.”
“When the storms of life hit, they almost always appear stronger to us than God’s Word. It is crucial for us to remember that our perceptions can be deceptive. When circumstances strike fear into our hearts, the question we must ask ourselves is, where is your faith?What God wants is for you to trust what he says over what you see.”
Uplifting and encouraging, “Not By Sight” is a must read for every believer. Powerful for those who are going through rough times. Insightful for those who just need some reminder that God is there for them. Get “Not by Sight” at your nearest Christian bookstores or download the PDF format here for free: http://bit.ly/1C8olo2.

3 Essential Things That Matter In Life

Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. (2 Timothy 4:11-13 KJV)

Change is something constant to us. From people to the current news to the weather, we cant escape change. In the life of the apostle Paul change is unavoidable. Writing to his last letter to Timothy, we can observe that winter is coming and it will make his prison condition worst. And also we should not forget his impending execution. A very bleak future for apostle to the Gentiles. Despite of these predicaments, Paul shows till the very end what really matter in his life. And for us Christians, may these 3 essential things be ours too and take hold of it like Paul did:

1.) Relationships– that includes not only family and friends but your spiritual family and of course your personal relationship with God. Verse 11 Paul is talking not just friends but people involved in his ministry. In the end of his life, the brethren still matters to him. Friend, who are you with today? Are you investing quality time with people who cares for your spiritual well being? Are they building you spiritually or pushing you away from God?

2.) Contentment – Paul told pastor Timothy to “bring the cloke” or winter coat because winter is coming. This is a man who is waiting for his execution. But why didnt ask for more from Timothy? Well he could ask for sumptuous food, fine clothes etc. to give him comfort, after all his days are numbered. It wouldnt hurt if Paul will have a bit of Why didnt do that? Here’s the key:

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffe need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:11-13 KJV)

Paul learn to be content with God’s grace. He draws his strength from his Savior. His completeness in life is Christ. Life is not about the pursuit of having more or having less but dependancy towards God.

3.) Word of God – verse 13 “bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. ” The books or scrolls can be parts of the Old Testament or his letters that are inspired. In any rate it pertains to the Bible. If you’ll gonna live in a secluded island for the rest of your life, what three things will you bring? Probably you will pick food, clothes and other amenities. I remember someone answered question. He will bring all his Beatles records to the the island because that is enough for him. Christian, the Bible matters to Paul. So it is to us. It not just give us direction, guide or rules in living but the very life itself:

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 KJV)

Knowing from the Scriptures the new life God wants to give to us, Paul despite his coming death, he is putting his life to what God has promised. May we Christians seek these important things. You dont have to live it out at the very end, we should start now!

Book Review: What Shall This Man Do? by Watchman Nee

Since being a new Christian I (like others) has this sort of an appetite to find his or her own niche in the ministry. We try and try various things to know what we will do in the ministry. But still their is hanging question to me: What is the will of God for me? How do I fit in the kingdom of God? What can I do for the church?

“What Shall This Man Do?” provides a biblical perspective on your calling from and your place in the ministry. This book draws up bio sketch from leaders used by God in three areas of the ministry namely evangelism (Peter/Way), teaching (Paul/Life) and discipleship/mentoring (John/Truth). The book tackles not just what they have done in the ministry but also how did God revealed their place in the ministry which is crucial to a believer. Nee calls the Christians not just to know his place in the ministry but to have a personal knowledge of God in their life.

Please bear in mind that this book (or collection of writings) were from the pre-WW2 times. This doesn’t mean that its irrelevant for our time but still strikes the very heart of the believers inquiry on his place in the ministry. Pure and raw, far from books coming out today with all those strategy stuff that you can dismiss it as business management book rather a Christian book. This volume resembles like those vintage books of the late J. Oswald Sanders, which is meaty with biblical insights that you wont crave for quick fix.

Finally a book that will answer your question, “How can God use me?” Watchman Nee’s book “What Shall This Man Do?” will give refuge for that question and much more so that you can built and carry God’s calling to your life.

5 Fearless Escapes Mentioned in the Bible

next suspense story to indulge is not in cinemas but in God’s Word. Let us check some heart stopping escapes recorded in the Bible:

  1. 1.     Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 14: 15-31). After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues the Israelites. Bad decision! With God’s power, Moses (not Chalton Heston!) and his people cross the Red Sea to safety. Truly it is God and God alone saves. How about you, do you trust God alone for your salvation?
  2. 2.    Lot and family flight from Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19: 15-26). Unwilling to cooperate, the angels drag Lot and his family out of Sodom and Gomorrah for God is ready to cremate these sinful cities. God doesn’t want his people even, living in a sinful lifestyle to be judged by his wrath. Will He also save you in his wrath?
  3. 3.    King David escapes Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13-17). Due to a conspiracy inspired by his son, Absalom, King David and his faithful men flee from Jerusalem. This is to preserve the city he fortified and to hopefully to accumulate support throughout the country.
  4. 4.    Peter prison break (Acts 12: 5-17). An angel breaks Peter free from the bondage of prison! He was sleeping between two soldiers, bounded by two chains and has keepers on the door of prison. What an incredible escape done by fervent prayers of believers and the Almighty God.
  5. 5.    Paul and Silas in prison (Acts 16: 25-31). After rescuing a demon possess girl, Paul and Silas was imprison being accused of causing trouble in the city (but in truth they are preaching). God sends an earthquake that opens the prison doors and chains of all prisoners. The prison warden, seeing what just happen tries to commit suicide. But Paul and Silas stopped him. Here the most important question was asked by the prison warden “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Then the apostles replied the most important answer” Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” What an answer! Have you trusted Jesus as Lord and personal Savior?

 

I hope you like this post. Any fearless escape you can add?