The Digital Round-Up # 22

myptv2kHey folks! Prepare for another round of the “The Digital Round-Up” as we serve you interesting articles, freebies and videos. And if you’re enjoying this stuff, please do tell us on the comment section. So buckle up and enjoy the thrill.

FREE “Psalm 139” by Charles Spurgeon – an excerpt from the Treasury of David also by Spurgeon,  its send the message to readers of God’s intent to overthrow the power of darkness and shows the sovereign God over evil.

Heidelberg Catechism in Tagalog – I never knew that this beloved catechism has a Tagalog version. I read it and it pierced my heart.

Smart phones and Reading Habits – Make sure on what we are scrolling on a screen is healthy to our minds and not just scrolling us to our deaths.

Two extremes to be avoided in preaching –  Not gonna spoil to you what are the two extremes but this is a great article.

25 Things God said to the church – The church through out the centuries shows her flaws and all however God still loves the church and here’s what He said about it.

Top Five Logical Fallacies in the Social Justice Movement – Knowing these false logical arguments we can see the factual than the emotional zeal of the movement.

Seeking Revelation in Bourdain’s Parts Unknown –  The beauty of diversity Anthony Bourdain discovered are appetizers for something more in God’s plan of redemption.

 

 

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The Digital Round- Up (Freebie Edition #4)

q5fmhucBooyah! Freebie fanatics unite! Here we are again for another freebie edition of “The Digital Round-Up”. So gather up and delete some space on your gadgets and make way for these free stuff that will help you walk with God.

FREE audiobook “Reset” by David Murray. Free on the month of April, this book deals with being burnout in the ministry. Read by David Murray himself, youll enjoy the book (and his Irish accent too).

FREE ministry materials from Paris Reidhead teaching ministry.  Reidhead is most known for his sermon “Ten Shekels and a Shirt” has a ministry that gives free books and CD’s derived from his sermons. I suggest you get “Ten Shekels and a Shirt” in CD and “A Reidhead Reader”.

FREE “The Essential Jesus” by Tony Payne. This freebie has been on Kindle for so long. Basically this is the Book of Luke with cultural and historical background to make it easy for you to understand the Gospel.

FREE 16 ebooks by B. B. Warfield. This is an awesome treat for us Reformed that we can download and learn from B. B. Warfield. Thank you Monergism!

FREE “Core Christianity 101” Student Edition. This freebie come with a free e-mail updates from Core Christianity. This student edition tackle some basic difficulties in the Christian faith all in 10 lessons.

FREE “Essential Reading on Preaching”. This free download features alumni, faculty and staff of SBTS to guide you in preaching God’s Word.

FREE 250+ sermon and lectures from Tim Keller’s church. Spanning 28 years, this free resource from Redeemer Presbyterian Church covers lots of topic that will truly equip believers.

FREE “How To Answer A Fool” (full film) Sye Ten Bruggencate. Finally its free and online.

 

The Quotable Round-Up # 60

paper_zpshrjhwlqwHey people its a new again and heres your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book”Preaching Killer Sermons” by Lane Sebring. If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“When you do not adequately prepare your sermons, you ensure you will deliver an aimless sermon. Lack of preparation leads most preachers to ramble, to preach longer than they should, and to struggle to define and clearly communicate the point of the sermon.” — Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“The people who fill your church every week are desperate—in some cases even dying—to be inspired. They are eager to be given a sense of hope and reassurance that life can be lived better. When you lack passion you reinforce the feeling some of your people have: “There is nothing in this for me.” — Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Nothing will hinder our ability to improve as a preacher more than thinking we have nothing more to learn.” — Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Every sermon needs a purposeful objective. If you have not clearly defined the objective for your sermon, you will not know whether you have hit it. The objective is not the same as a main point. Your point(s) should correspond to your objective, but your objective rises above your point to another level. The objective is what your sermon does, while your point is what your sermon teaches.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Sermons must have all three of these elements to be effective. Information without inspiration is boring. Inspiration without application is useless. Here is a simple equation to make sense of it all: Information + Inspiration + Application = Killer Sermon.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Consider the people you are speaking to and factor in their specific life-stages, needs, educational levels, backgrounds, and preferences. Communication is about the listener, so you should avoid having a one-size-fits-all approach to sermon structure.”– Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

“Begin your sermon by presenting a problem and helping everyone see they have a stake in it. You want to make every listener know that your sermon is going to be helpful and add value to his or her life. Perhaps they should be interested regardless, but this is not usually the case.”- Lane Sebring, “Preaching Killer Sermons” #preachingkillersermons #lanesebring #preaching #sermonprep

5 Confidence Boosters for 2016 (and 4 Ways To Thank God For It) Part 3

The best way to thank a gracious God is through our godly actions that will make a difference in our lives and to others. Here are 4 of them that will not only thank God but cultivate a grateful heart towards Him.

  • Flee from idols and false gods

“To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him? An idol! A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains.” Isaiah 40: 18-19

 

Never lower your view on God. We may not worship carved images but we can put an idol aside from God on the altar of our hearts. Knowing that the God of the Bible is the true God flee to the gods of our own devices.  Follow the God of the Bible that gives true and lasting confidence.

  • Incline to His counsel always

“Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge,and showed him the way of understanding?” Isaiah 40: 13-14

 

Remember that human knowledge is limited and changeable. But God’s wisdom stretch from age to age. Seek His counsel that He is willing to give when we come to Him.

(to be concluded next week…)

The Quotable Round-Up #17

A useful hack to give yourself the 20 minutes time to read (which according to studies is essential) is reading while riding a public transport. If you’re not planning to take a nap on a bus, it will be cool if you can pull out a book or Kindle. But be sure you won’t miss your destination! Lets continue our discussion next week but before we wrap up here are our weekly quotes:
“Do you know what the Spirit-filled life is? It is living every moment as though you are standing in the presence of Jesus Christ!”
–John MacArthur Jr.
“The Spirit-filled life is nothing more than living in the conscious presence of the indwelling Christ.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“You say you do not know what God’s will is,but I’ll tell you what it is.Above all it is that you know Christ and then that your neighbors hear about Christ.That is His will.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“If I want the words of eternal life, there’s only one place I can go to get them to the One who gave His life, that we might live.”
— R. C. Sproul

“It is at the Word of God that you and I are rescued from spiritual nothingness and made alive to the things of God.”
— R. C. Sproul

“What many people call “psychological problems” are simple issues of idolatry. Perfectionism, workaholism, chronic indecisiveness, the need to control the lives of others—all of these stem from making good things into idols that then drive us into the ground as we try to appease them. Idols dominate our lives.”
— Timothy Keller

“Changing the world can be a way of actually avoiding the opportunities we have every day, right where God has placed us, to glorify and enjoy him and to enrich the lives of others.”
— Michael Horton, Ordinary

The Quotable Round-Up #16

In a recent article, 20 minutes of reading a book everyday makes a big difference in one’s life. If you don’t have the time to read why not include in your quite time. Instead of a devotional book, you can finish it with a book that can meet your spiritual need. A chapter will do. Currently I’m reading “God at Work” by Gene Edward Veith which has been profitable to me. I hope you will try it to and see the impact of it on your life. Lets continue the discussion next week on how to give 20 minutes of your daily time in reading and as promised your weekly dose of quotes:
“Everything, in all its exquisite and intricate details-things that others may consider trivial but are important to us-is governed by the overruling hand of God.”
–Derek W.H. Thomas
“Through highs and lows, better and worse, richer and poorer, sickness and health, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, when Christ becomes your all. A gospel-shaped life fills every space it takes with unconquerable faith and unfailing love.”
–Matt Chandler
“God wants us to offer ourselves to Him, turn from the ways of the world, and be transformed. Then we will have something, better than special revelations and words about the future-we’ll have wisdom.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“God’s Word is living and active. When we read the Bible, we hear from God with a confidence we find in no other book and from no other voice. We ca read the Scriptures knowing that this is what the Holy Spirit says.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“Wisdom is knowing God and doing as He commands. Foolishness, on the other hand, is turning from God and listening to yourself.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“God never assures us of health,success,or ease. But He promise something better: He promise to make us loving,pure,and humble like Christ.In short, God’s will is that you and I get happy and holy in Jesus.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“The most important issues for God are moral purity, theological fidelity, compassion, joy, our witness, faithfulness, hospitality, love, worship, and faith. These are His big concern. The problem is that we tend to focus most of our attention on everything else.”
— Kevin DeYoung

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 5

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
We are all curious about our future. That’s why we consult fortune tellers, read horoscope and buy good luck charms. We save money and invest for a brighter future. However, there is a much greater thing to look forward to. A life that God has set before us that is more secure.
Life Near to God: Past, Present and Future
Future: Romans 8: 18-19, Eph. 2:7 and 1 Cor. 15: 55-57
Romans 8:18-19 ESV For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
There are things that are in store for us that will eclipse the pain we experience here on earth. Whatever we are going through, persecution or injustice, let this promise of God sooth our wounded soul .
Ephesians 2:7 ESV so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
If we have lived by the sufficiency of God’s grace through hardships, pain and lost considering its enough for us, then there is more in store for us of this grace in the future. If however the overflowing of blessing we achieve in our joyous moments feels like God flooded us and sank us so deep, that verse in Ephesians lets us there is more. The “immeasurable riches of his grace” is waiting for us. That’s how good God is to us.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ESV “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In our very last breath we are victorious. We may have brought victory for ourselves, our school, family and workplace that we can be proud of. We can fill this world with our trophies of success. But that doesn’t compare to the victory beyond here on earth. We didn’t break a sweat in achieving this but rather Christ gave His blood. In death we will leave all of what we have on earth. But praise God as we go to eternity we are victorious. Truly the future is bright for us Christians.
(To be concluded next week…)

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 4

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
After we considered the past set by God for us, we shall now look at what He gave us for our present. This plan of God is now a life that we have it all. It’s a How do we now conduct our “now” moment that is an extraordinary life is what we will aim for this week.
Life Near to God: Past, Present and Future
Present: Eph. 2: 12-13 and Romans 5: 8-9
Ephesians 2:12-13 ESV remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
It’s hard to adjust to a new neighborhood. The places, streets and people are unfamiliar to you. People will consider you stranger. It’s an awkward moment. How much more is our standing before God. We according to the verse, “alienated” and “strangers” from anything of God. But praise God, because of the blood of Christ we are brought near to God.
Romans 5:8-9 ESV but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
This present reality is something we can hold on to considering that our past or old self doesn’t bring us any good that will benefit us from here to eternity. This truth is as real as you reading this post this very moment. It is as real, authentic and trustworthy truth. We are now being saved by Christ. This very moment and millions of moments that will come that will be our “now” you are secure with Christ. You can now rest assured that no matter what, God is there.
Which brings us to the question: Are you saved? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Savior? Have you heard about the gospel? It won’t matter all of what we are discussing if we don’t secure our salvation. If you want to learn about the gospel click “The Bad News” page on this blog or click this link. I hope and pray you will make a decision to come to Christ.
(To be continued next week…)

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 3

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Now we come to Part 3 of our study and now we shall at the positive. We have seen the “gloom and doom” of a life apart from our Creator. This week we will now look at the God’s laid out plan for an extraordinary life. By that I mean the Christian life.
Let’s be honest, some of us may not be living in this kind of plan. We may be spending our lives on what we have studied last time. But it’s not too late. God is the God of second chances. Let us repent and desire to walk on what God has set.
Now let us dive in God’s Word to see the extraordinary plan He gave to us believers.
Life Near to God: Past, Present and Future
Past: 2 Corinthians 5: 17-18
Corinthians 5:17-18 ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
This is a familiar verse that shed light on what happens to a person who became a Christian. In verse 17 we are “a new creation” and “the old has passed away.” Meaning our old self is connected with our past is now gone because we are “in Christ”. God in His goodness, cancels our past and gave us the now which is new. He gave us a fresh start. Looking at verse 18 we read that “All of this is from God…” Our past though colorful it maybe, we are apart from God. In that we should be grateful. We should be filled with thankfulness for what He has done. We are now to set an extraordinary life that is provided solely by God.

(To be continued next week…)

The Greatest Need of Man Answered and Settled by God Part 4

Praise is due to you,a O God, in Zion,

and to you shall vows be performed.

 

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

 

When iniquities prevail against me,

you atone for our transgressions.

 

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

 

the one who by his strength established the mountains,

being girded with might;

 

who stills the roaring of the seas,

the roaring of their waves,

the tumult of the peoples,

 

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.

You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

 

You visit the earth and water it;

you greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

you provide their grain,

for so you have prepared it.

 

You water its furrows abundantly,

settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

and blessing its growth.

 

You crown the year with your bounty;

your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

 

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,

 

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy.

–Psalms 65:1-13

Continuing our study on Psalms 65, we turn to another need that God already met for his elect and that is prayer.

Prayer

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

–Psalms 65:5

Often we find ourselves in situation that we are in distress and are in need of help. We go to people that are eager to assist us. They relieve us from our low point and uplifts us. Its not wrong to go to others for help. However there is a God who is much more dependable than man. That God created a way that a mere mortal man and an eternal God can communicate. Well we know the Bible is one of those mode. We always say that in the Bible, God is communicating to man. There is another mode that man is communicating with God. That is through prayer.

But as the text states, God hears our prayers. We might find comfort in the response of people around us but God receives our prayers. Our supplications are met by our God. Prayer creates communication between man and God. In recent times, scientist established the SETI program that aims to send communications to extraterrestrial beings by sending signals to space. Unfortunately, till now, no ET has responded to signals emitted by SETI. Think about prayer and how from earth to the very place where God is we Christians can be heard by God. God established prayer as a mode of communication to Him. Look at the following verses that promises that God answers prayers:

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 1 John 5:14

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. Psalms 145:19

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Now that we have tackled two essential things God gave to man, we should ponder the question: what do these two things bring to my Christian life aside from assurance?  What did God satisfied us with these truth? Come back next week and we will examine it through Psalms 65.