8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Before You Open Your Bible” by Matt Smethurst

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I’ll be sharing quotes from a book that made a ninja move over my reading list. It’s short but a great read and it didn’t get in the way between reading two parenting books.

Here’s some quotes from a 2019 book , Before You Open Your Bible  by Matt Smethurst published by 10 Publishing. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Have you ever wondered why the Bible is so long? One reason is because God is so patient. It’s the long story of his longsuffering. And why has he been so patient? Because he loves us, yes. But even more specifically, because he’s been carefully executing a plan—a plan to share his endless joy with his rescued people, a multitude no one can count (Rev. 7:9.)”

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New and Upcoming Podcasts This 2020

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It seems to me that, everyone had a certain goals from the previous years that been in the basement of ideas. It’s  brewing for so long then simultaneously set it on 2020 to launch it. 2020 feels like having a new leaf for some to set an “out of the comfort zone” projects. It’s like starting a new beginning. And podcasting is not exempted.

Of course there is nothing magical with the year 2020. Nor will it bring good fortune to these newbies on the podcasting universe. But having new and upcoming podcasts will give us new choices to listen to and eventually new favorites.

Kevin Halloran posted something last January of 3 newish podcast and encourage me to post my own list. So here’s my list of new and upcoming podcasts you might want to check out:

The Disrupters – A collaboration between Christianity Today and Inter Varsity Press.  The focus of this podcast is to lay down disruptions and how it affects the church. It will be a mix bag of guest and will be hosted by Fr. Esau McCualley. You can read more about it on this article.

TGC Q & A – A new addition to  TGC podcast network, the podcast invites two council members to answer a specific question. So you wont get one but a collaborative answers that hits some angles most Q and A podcast don’t. The podcast is already on the roll with few episodes so please do check it out. By the way, podcast is one of the ways you can find answers for your pressing questions. There are five more on an article I wrote last year. 

Pardoning Grace – I just saw this on my Facebook feed and I dont have any idea of what this podcast will be. I like surprises and I know you like it too. But based on my Facebook friend Jason Boothe who is a pastor and uploads his preaching over Youtube and him being a blogger, I think it will be a discussion on theology. So to clarify I might reach out to him but this podcast will be good. So keep our eyes over the FB page of this podcast for further updates.

Anchored North/ Virality Podcast – Anchored North went viral because of the Love is Love video. From there, they constantly making video tracts and eventually a podcast. They use multimedia as a tool for evangelism to reach this generation. This 2020 they will relaunch the podcast with the aim to spark evangelistic conversations. You can find updates from them by joining the FB group.

I know this is a shortlist but I would like to encourage you guys to post in the comment new and upcoming podcasts you might have stumble upon. Happy listening!

 

 

The Quotable Round-Up #32

Hello guys! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“If you’re Chinese  and you become a Christian, you don’t become an African Christian. You don’t become a European Christian. You’re a Chinese  Christian. But your Christianity goes underneath your Chineseness. Likewise, it goes underneath your Italianness. It goes underneath your being a nurse or a lawyer. It goes underneath being an  abused child. It goes underneath anything. It goes to the uttermost  foundations.”–Tim Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

We can  know many things and be quite intelligent, but if our knowledge  is not founded upon and encased in the fear of God, then we just  don’t get it”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The fear of God, which is  a huge concept in the Scriptures, is the awe, the reverence, the  honor, and the worship demanded by the majesty of his person,  his power, and his position. This fear is the only proper response  to the God of the Bible. He is, of course, to be before all things in  our hearts, because he is before all things in reality. Therefore, this  fear is supremely rational.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The gracious restoration of a right relationship through  God’s covenant with his people is the story of the rest of the Bible.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“A servile fear is appropriate for  those not belonging to God; a filial fear replaces that servile fear  and then characterizes those who are the people of God.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

“The  fear of God always motivates our living and our doing. The fear  of God is not a contemplation. It is a motivation.”– Paige Brown,  God’s Word, Our Story

Book Review: God’s Word, Our Story: Learning from the Book of Nehemiah by D. A. Carson and Kathleen B. Nelson (Editors)

I’ve just finished reading the Book of Nehemiah as a part of my devotional when I got this book. I have gone through it multiple times for weeks that I’m beginning to jump to Esther.  I told myself “This will extend my knowledge on that book.” Little did I know that “God’s Word, Our Story” will give me a fresh, bold and exciting spiritual insight to Nehemiah. Aside from a leadership principles go-to book and all the skipping chapters because of the list of names, “God’s Word, Our Story” will inspire you to seek and worship God.

Kathy Keller opens the book with what should every Christian (and what Nehemiah did) should understand the Word of God and base his action plan to what has been reveled in the Bible.

In the next chapter, Tim Keller explains the need to understand the big picture that Nehemiah is projecting. For him it is shallow to look at God’s Word like reading stories and finding the moral lesson it brings. He points out that the ultimate story behind Nehemiah and basically every book in the Bible is the redemptive plan of God. Keller drew also from this book of the Bible on how God’s people should harness unity and to work for God who is the main goal of this building of the wall.

Paige Brown’s contribution to this book dwells on the premises of the fear of God. Using part of John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” she discuss the fear of God and how it gives us confidence in facing today’s challenges.

Nancy Guthrie examines the Nehemiah chapters 7 and 8 and shows how this gathering of the Jews represents a future event that will take place in the new heaven and new earth. She further discusses the joy of the people coming to God and God’s joy of having His chosen people come to Him.

Nehemiah 11-12 was discussed by Carrie Sadom, Jenny Salt and Kathleen Nelson. This 3 part talk was centered in different God centered joy.

Lastly, D. A. Carson contributes a rather dark ending to the conference or a book as he points out the failure of the reformed which Nehemiah had undertaken. We can see not only does it affects the people but to Nehemiah himself.

The most prolific writer among all the contributors, John Piper delivers that ultimate story of the Bible is that God make a name for Himself through the gospel and His mercy to His chosen.

 

From all of the contributors in this book, Tim Keller gets away with the cake. Although Piper, D. A. Carson and Nancy Guthrie gave awesome insights, for me Keller is the best.

Though all of the messages collected here the contributor’s points out 1.) Nehemiah is not just a leadership book and 2.) Nehemiah is part of the ultimate story in the Bible, that is God’s redemptive plan for mankind.

Aside from the usual reflection in the end of each chapter, the readers are taught think as an expositor as further explain in the “Introduction” which is a great help for us who wants a deeper understanding of the books of the Bible. And you may or may not know these a collection of talks in a women’s conference (turned into a book) which you might find odd considering the topic of each chapters are not just geared not just for women. I’m not here to stereotype what’s for men or women but knowing this is what TGC brings out; people attending the conferences will really get saturated with the Word of God.

“God’s Word, Our Story” is a highly recommended book for those who want to get more of Nehemiah. This book is also a call for Christians to be expositors. As Kathy Keller and D. A. Carson uses the movie to further illustrate some points in the book, “God’s Word, Our Story”  is best describe as a blockbuster movie.

My verdict 5 out of 5.

Crossway has provided a complimentary copy of this book through the Blog Review Program.

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