The Freebie Round-Up #31

ejl8205I made two wrong assumptions in blogging. One is an old post wont make a good comeback and the second is readers are not interested in a worn out topic. I’ve updated and added more content to a few old blog post in the past months and I see that those assumptions are wrong. I underestimate old post and it turns out they garnered lots of views and shares from other social media. I learned my lessons well. Thank you Lord for showing me this. Praying that those old post serves the Christian community well. Now I’m updating another one and I hope to finish it today.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your 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.

FREE mission magazine “Glad Tidings” – The Women’s Mission Society of Canada is doing something for the gospel and they want you to know it.  You can know more about in this free magazine containing uplifting articles and news about WMS.

FREE seminary journal – Detroit Baptist seminary offers their journal for free in digital format. Whether you’re a prospective student, seminarian, pastor, missionary or scholar, you’ll find something worth your time in this freebie.

FREE e-book “Lessons from Nehemiah” – How could I miss out this book that was posted in 2010? Anyways, Aaron Armstrong still offers this free e-book about the faith of Nehemiah.

FREE conference messages “Redeeming the Gift” – A not so well known conference but I think you’ll be bless with the messages here including some from Tim Challies. Download for free and please do share with others because it focuses on sexuality.

FREE Scottish theological classic e-books – This is a gem of link because it has some of the rare and out of print books by the likes of Adam Gib, Samuel Rutherford etc., that you can enjoy for free.

FREE checklist and guides for children’s ministry –  Gospel Centered Family has a free download sections that has 3 checklist and guides that are useful in ministering children.

FREE slides lectures on Romans – St. Columba’s Free Church of Scotland made these slides on some chapters on the Book of Romans free to use.

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

Freebie Round-Up #30

Freebie Round-Up #29

Freebie Round-Up #28

Freebie Round-Up #27

Freebie Round-Up # 26

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The Freebie Round-Up #17

The Freebie Round-Up #16

The Freebie Round-Up #15

The Freebie Round-Up #14

The Freebie Round-Up #30

kqkfcelI’m thankful for Tim Challies for mentioning me on his Ala Carte last January 29. It made my stats (visits, views and sign ups) spike up for a couple of days not just on The Freebie Round-Up #29 but to other postings on my blog.  Hoping I’ve served many believers with freebies that they can freely use personally and for the ministry.  Also I’ve updated and added some content to my 2016 post, renamed How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library Without Breaking the Bank, which garnered more than 100  views. Again I’m hoping some Christians will be bless by it.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your 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.

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FREE One on One study on the Gospel of Mark – A 14 session study of the Gospel of Mark for a one on one setting at a coffee shop or at home, Bruntsfield Evangelical Church offers this resource for free.

FREE “Journal of Theology” of Mid-America Reformed Seminary – This annual magazine is filled with articles and book review from Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Click this link to access the archive of past issues, read  and download them for free.

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FREE “Bible Study Resources” from St. Helen’s BishopgateDownloadable free studies of a couple of books of the Bible for personal and small group use.

FREE e-book “More People to Love” by Benjamin Vrbicek – From the author of “Don’t Just Send A Resume”, Vrbicek is offering his other book for free by simply signing up for his e-mailing list. Once you do sign up, you’ll receive an e-mail with a few more free e-books. That’s way so cool! Just scroll down till you find the subscription box.

FREE e-book “New Testament Greek for Laymen” by Michael A. Merritt – If you want to study NT Greek here’s something that will help. The Daily Dose of Greek is an excellent site for beginners who wants to know the language of the New Testament. This free book is now part of their growing resource page that will assist you achieve that goal.

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FREE e-book “Philippians for You” by Steven J. Lawson – Lawson is a great expositor preacher and getting this book for free is such a blessing for those people who are looking for solid exposition of the Letters to the Philippians.

FREE audiobook “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan – Christian Audio’s freebie of the month dishes out the classic book by John Bunyan. Nuff said!

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

Freebie Round-Up #29

Freebie Round-Up #28

Freebie Round-Up #27

Freebie Round-Up # 26

Freebie Round-Up # 25

Freebie Round-Up # 24

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The Freebie Round-Up #17

The Freebie Round-Up #16

The Freebie Round-Up #15

The Freebie Round-Up #14

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.”

 

The Video Round-Up #2

eilvkznThis week I found some brand new artist with their cool songs that kept ear occupied. They are recommended from not the mostly likely places you can find music but I’m glad they did.

First off is from Tim Challies blog. If Challies recommends something specially a band who am I not to check it out.  And the CityAlight is pretty good. Not another Hillsong clone but if you check their lyrics its totally soaked biblically. Read the full article here.

FERVR posted on Instagram a fresh post titled 5 Christian Songs You Need to Know. The list includes a favorite of mine, DreamsDreams is the opening song from River & Robots latest album Discovery.  River & Robots is a superb band, blending acoustic and electronic sounds with smooth vocals of Jonathan Ogden. Going back to the list, some are fresh faces and some are already established but I think you’ll find something to enjoy even its just a short list.

And finally, Southern Seminary uploaded a video (actually audio and some visuals) of  Boyce Vocal Band, a travelling worship team from Boyce College with their rendition of the hymn, Blessed Assurance. It’s a pretty awesome cover of the old hymn and I give a thumbs up. For more of details of Boyce Vocal Band (and more stuff from them ) and the Institute for Biblical Worship, follow this link.

Live It Well Conference (Day 2 Notes)

cbqx3ijHere are my notes on the second day of Live It Well Conference with guest speaker Tim Challies. Click here for Day 1 Notes.

(I enjoyed the messages from Tim Challies and had fellowship with friends who also attended Live It Well. Thank you Higher Rock Conference for bring Tim here in the Philippines and looking forward for more conferences.)

Session 5: Live in Freedom

Romans 8: 1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

We live in 3 kinds of culture:

  • shame
  • fear
  • guilt

These 3 can be seen when Adan and Eve sin against God.

Your standing on God or man depends on the level of honor/out of fear/ guilt or innocence.

Fear and Guilt

  • every time you break the law of God

Romans 8:1 

  • one group is facing condemnation but they are not condemn.
  • the group that is not facing condemnation is now in Christ.
  • their is still condemnation to the group that is not in Christ.

What can I do to be “in Christ”? 

No. There is nothing you can do.

Jesus takes your righteousness. Your fear and guilt are removed by trusting in Christ.

“The guilty can be made innocent. The innocent cannot be guilty.”

Tim sites examples on the burden we carry from his mother’s testimony (which in that point Tim got emotional) and Pilgrim’s Progress.

Many Christians live feeling the burden of guilt and that God will somehow punish them.

Question: Where does these burden comes from?

Answer: They are bringing those burdens back to them.

Remember:

  • The gospel didn’t stop the moment you trust in Christ. Its just the beginning.
  • God didn’t demand two payments of sin. It’s already paid. Not just on sins you have done but what you are doing and what you will be doing. Let go of the guilt.

 

Session 6: Live to Die

Ecclesiastes Chapters 11 and 12 

(Addressing growing old and a much wiser Solomon addressing the youth.)

v. 5 – Acknowledge man will die

v. 6 – Remember your Creator

v. 7 – We will return to dust

Chapter 11: 7- Chapter 12

Who will you be then?

Godliness just doesn’t just happen.

Who you are today is who you’ll be in old age. You have to make it today to be committed to be joyful/godly today.

Be joyful and holy today.

v.9 – Rejoice with your youth

3 Joy Enhancers According to Ecclesiastes 11: 9 

  • Enjoy life but acknowledge that youthfulness will come to an end. Savor life. We have one opportunity to live a life well.
  • Enjoy life but acknowledge of a coming judgment. Live with boundaries. Know what to avoid and what to pursue.
  • Enjoy life but acknowledge the vanity of it. Life is a vapor. Nothing will last forever.

Every joy in this world points out to the Creator. Enjoy it as a gift.

Chapter 12

Remember Him today.

v. 4- Metaphor of a crumbling body of an old man.

What pleasure or passion God’s want you to pursue?

Who will you be in old age?

 

Session 7: Live to Share the Gospel

Jonah 4 (Jonah’s reaction with God sparing Nineveh)

What if the Book of Jonah ended in Chapter 3? or Matthew ended in Chapter 27?

It would be a different book.

Beholding God in Jonah 4

God’s characters displayed in the last chapter of that book:

  • patience
  • sovereign
  • compassionate

Patience

v. 1-3 – Jonah’s anger with the people of Nineveh repenting

v. 4-6 – God’s response to Jonah

Do you reflect God’s patience to your life?

Does that patience extends from you to others?

Sovereign

v.11 – God is sovereign even if you don’t understand it.

Do you love God for being sovereign?

Jonah love God’s sovereignty when it is in favor to him.

Jonah loves God’s sovereign when God rescued Him with a fish and when God gave him the plant. But Jonah didnt see God’s sovereignity when God spared Nineveh.

Do you love God’s sovereignty when it gives you the good? Remember Romans 8: 28?

Compassionate

v. 11 – Do you reflect the compassion of God?

God is a God of compassion. God extends that compassion to you when He saved you. Will you extend that compassion to others?

The soul is precious. The one thing you can take to heaven is souls.

How do we express that compassion of God?

Share the gospel.

Session 8: Ask Me Anything 

No notes taken.

 

Live It Well Conference (Day 1 Notes)

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Here are my notes on the first day of Live It Well Conference with guest speaker Tim Challies. Click here for Day 2 Notes.

Session 1: Live It Well

Question: How do we live out what the Bible says?

Example: How do I live out the Great Commission on work or school?

Westminster Shorter Cathechism states:

What is the chief end of man?

 “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

But HOW?

There were a great deal of books a few years ago on the theme of being radical in the Christian life.

What need does these books addressing?

Significance,being radical, hoping to spark our lives etc.

But in 1 Thessalonians 4, being ordinary is enough!

How does it look like being an ordinary Christian?

How can we live our lives pleasing to God?

In 1 Thessalonians 4,

1.) sexual purity

2.) loyalty/ loving one another

3.) industrious/live peacefully/mind you own affairs

Sexual Purity

Be a Christian that is sexually pure.  The way we handle our sexuality shows if we are following God.

v. 3 Sanctification- do we want to be holy?

Why? Because it stuns and stops Christian growth

Negative – Avoid sexual immorality

Positive- put sin to death, pursue righteous and what is holy, control desire.

v. 6 we see the warning

Loyalty/ Loving People (v.9)

1.) Love taught by God shown through the cross. Is your church committed on the cross of Christ?

2.) The primary love of the Christian is to love other Christians. How do you express love to the local church?

Industrious (v. 11)

Aspire to work peacefully, mind your own affairs.

Be content to be unnoticed.

Session 2: Live In Christ

Mark 5: 1-20 – Jesus encounters a demon possessed man.

Have you been set free?

The man is demon possessed. We are possessed by the power of sin. Jesus comes to our world to free the oppressed.

Angels and demons exist. They know Jesus is the Son of God (He is God Himself). The demon is terrified.

Jesus offers freedom to this man. This man cannot free himself. He needs Jesus.

Have you been set free?

Jesus is powerful. If Jesus can offer freedom from demon possession, he can offer freedom from sin.

Look at v. 15 for the response.

There are two response:

1.) They saw the power of God but not the man who is now OK. They (the people) saw God’s power but they dont want anything from it. “Jesus go away.”

2.)  This man wants to be close with Jesus. “Jesus I want to go with you.”

Jesus response: STAY! (Tell people around you what Jesus had done to you.)

How will you response?

Something to think about:

Pitiful – the man possessed with demons.

Most pitiful – Jesus on the cross with billions of billions of sins.

He can offer freedom. The oppressed are set free!

Have you been set free? The man possessed with demons can now live a life. We cant live the life because of sin.

Session 3: Live in God’s Word

Psalms 19

Canadians has traditions of wishing. Wishing by blowing a birthday cake, tossing a coin in a well and making a wish or wishing on a falling star.

So as the song by Jiminy Cricket:

“When you wish upon a star
Your dream comes true.”

The truth is, wishes are things we want, but we don’t want to work for it.

Almost all our prayers are wishes. Prayers needs to take form of an action.

In Psalms 19, David is praying. He is not just wishing. He has a desire and plan.

David’s prayer (v. 14): 

  • “Let my words of my mouth”- clean mouth/outer
  • “and the meditation of my heart” – clean heart/inner
  • “be acceptable to in your sight” – “Make me acceptable to you”
  • “O, Lord” – depended in God
  • “my rock” – immovable
  • “and my redeemer” – saves/ keeping the covenant

And how will David do this?

Meditate on the two books of God:

1.) Book of Nature (v. 1-6) – Universal (revealed to everyone) but limited purpose (Romans 1: 18). We need to meditate to the beauty and wonder to nature that points to the Creator.

2.) Book of Scripture (v. 7-11) – Recorded Word of God for us. Even more sufficient than the Book of Nature.

7 Great Reasons Why Read the Bible

  • to be saved
  • to be wise
  • to be joyful
  • to have clarity
  • to be clean
  • to be godly

Free from sin and hating sin are the effects of meditating to these two books (v 12-13).

How can you have a clean mouth and clean heart?

Read the Book of Nature and Book of Scripture.

Are you reading those two books?

Session 4: Live in God’s Will

Judges 6 – Gideon and the fleece.

We have this fear. Fear that if we make a wrong choice God will bless us less.

There are two ways in making a choice:

  • God’s way
  • our way

What is God’s will?

How will God guide me today so I can consciously participate in doing His will?

Keep these in mind:

  • God is sovereign
  • God is speaking today
  • God is speaking to you today
  • God speaks clearly

How do we know God’s will?

Through His Son by the Holy Spirit in the Bible. The Bible is enough. God is speaking to you in the Bible.

How can I make a decision that is accordance with God’s will?

  • What does the Bible say about it?
  • What is the wisest choice or choices?
  • What do I want to do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Quotable Round-Up #99

jza5tccHeads up guys! Time for some 7 awesome quotes from a Christian book. This time we shall enjoy quotes from “Advance!” by Tim Challies. If you were blessed by this booklet, please consider getting it on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore! Grace and Peace!

“The Jesus of the three years of public ministry was formed during the 30 years of private obscurity. The 10 percent of his life that was carefully recorded cannot be separated from the 90 percent of his life that was not.”

“The number one priority for young Christians is to advance in character. Life is not over at 30 but just beginning. The teens and 20s are not the time to live a whole life but to prepare for a whole life. In these years, young Christians need to prepare themselves for the rest of life by laying a foundation of godly character that will sustain them for the many years to come.”

“Today, we hear of the importance of following our hearts, of being true to ourselves, of living according to our own standards. The Bible calls us to the exact opposite, to follow God’s heart, to be true to him, and to live according to his standards. Self-approval is meaningless and deadly if it comes at the expense of God’s approval.”

“As a young Christian, you will have many opportunities to serve God by serving his people. Take them! Enjoy them! Make the most of them! Begin even now to use your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.”

“The best use of these years is not to stack up accomplishments for God but to joyfully pursue God through godly character. Yet as I call for young Christians to focus more on character than accomplishment, I certainly do not wish to advocate apathy. This is not a call for low expectations, but for expectations that are rightly focused and properly prioritized.”

“You can prepare by learning Scripture and theology, listening carefully to every sermon every Sunday, being consistent in your personal devotions, and reading good books. God can use every bit of wisdom you have. The fact is, God cannot work with what you do not have, and these years are ideal for preparing yourself to be used by him. Make this a time of preparation.”

“Your teens and 20s will be put to the best and highest use if you make them a time of sanctification. Even when you are a teen or young adult, you can make bold steps in identifying and overcoming sin and equally bold steps in embracing righteousness.”

 

 

The Digital Round-Up (Video Edition # 1)


l3i1bn6Hello guys! So this is a brand new regular post that you will see on Delighting Grace. It’s another extension of the “The Digital Round-Up” now we will cover videos that I have watched and I want to share it with you guys. I feel a bit of a VJ of a music channel in this. Hope you the curated videos and be bless by these.

 

From someone in the TCB Family FB group, I dont know the preacher but he is spot on.

 

Enjoyed Shai Linne music and now in this video he gives an exhortation about the role of creativity in the church.

 

Can’t wait for Tim Challies to come here in November for a conference!

 

Bro. Joseph Mangahas wraps up his message series titled “The Church and Her Workers”

 

Jeff Durbin take on some embarrassing End of the World charlatans.

 

 

 

The Digital Round-Up # 19

q5fmhucHey 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 “Pray For your Church” ebook by Mike Leake. Its a “31- Day Prayer Challenge” that helps families on praying for the church to have focus, encouragement, accountability and challenge. The also created a website for this freebie: http://www.31dayprayerchallenge.com/

Why legalism destroys churches and kills Christians – This article shows us how the law in the hands of a sinner has a devastating effect to us Christians and how rightly using it liberates us to such predicament.

What did Jesus Mean by Gates of Hell? – Michael Heiser carefully explains what this passage in Matthew 16: 17-18 and what it means to the church that Jesus built.

5 Ways to Glorify God This Summer (And 1 Way Not To) – Its a hot summer here in the Philippines and aside from hitting the beach there are stuff you can do to glorify God.

How to Talk to Atheist and Skeptics About Jesus – Michael Horton wrote a short excellent article on sparking a conversation about Christ to atheist and skeptics.

The Christian Sabbath – Theology Check looks on the issue of Sabbath and how it affects the Christian and his day of worship.

10 Bible Verses About the Deity of Jesus – A great list of verses that affirms that Jesus is God.

Tim Challies has a new series on which he looks at  great sermons.

 

 

The Digital Round-Up #11

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Happy New Year to all! May 2018 bring you a more abundant grace from God. Lets focus on Christ as He leads us to this promising year. Here’s a collection of stuff that’s specially curated just for you. And Oh please come back often.

Free ebook: This Momentary Marriage by John Piper – download this awesome book in PDF format free. Check out the whole section of online books that are also free.

The Year in Pictures – Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” presents photos of those people, places and events that went viral in 2017.

Best of 2017 – Pocket app (formerly Read Later) presents the most saved article in 2017 by its users.

15 Signs You Need a Social Media Cleanse – we all need some time off online. Here’s the sign that you need one.

Justice League helps Wonder Woman on the streets of Manila – Wonder Woman is up against Darkseid..on the streets of Manila (Not Tokyo or New York). You can check it out in Wonder Woman #37 with awesome artworks of our very own Stephen Jorge Segovia and Carlo Pagulayan.

5 Most Ridiculous Books to Ever Become Christian Bestsellers – This is my first time to check Tim Challies Youtube channel and this video is very good.