The Freebie Round-Up #70

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We are in the halfway mark of the translation of the book of John Piper. Some havent yet submitted their chapter and some are undergoing editing. My last chore was translating the introduction video of the book which will be added as the Taglish or Tagalog subtitles. Please continue to pray for us to complete this project.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. If you’re 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.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE ebook “Christianity and Liberalism” by J. Gresham Machen– This is the latest free offeringfrom Mongerism available in epub, .mobi and .pdf formats.

FREE Bibe Study “Eschatology 101: An Exploration of the Christian’s Hope”- This free 12 week Bible lessons is presented by Reformed Youth Ministry to give not just for the curious but also clarity and hope for the youth.

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The Freebie Round-Up #63

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I’ve been asking for prayers for a specific thing that I haven’t yet reveal to everyone following this blog. But now I think this is the right time to have the big announcement. So here it goes! I will be working for Lifeway Philippines (yes there will be a Lifeway Philippines!) that will acquire writers for their upcoming blogging platform. The blog will cater to local pastors and ministry leaders. We are now having weekly meeting to meet certain goals one step at the time. So again I need your prayers for this new job ( I still have my day job and I,m not quitting) that Lifeway will be use by God to spread the gospel. For my part, please pray for my decision makings and people I will meet. Also may this job financially assist my small family.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if you’re 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 “Salt Shakers” Magazine – This eye catching magazine is geared for Reformed youth of Singapore however everyone in the planet can download and enjoy the content for free.

FREE journal “Vox Reformata” – Another free resource from Asia or should I say Australasia is this annual peer reviewed journal from the Australasian Journal for Christian Scholarship.

FREE e-book “Vicarious Atonement through Christ” by Louis Berkhof – From the vast number of free e-books that Monergism is releasing, I choose this one although I want to put all of them here.

FREE e-book “Truths You Can Trust” from the SBTS faculty – This is an interesting resource on theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Faculty. Contributors to this volume are R. Albert Molher Jr., Thomas Schreiner, Stephen J. Wellum, Donald S. Whitney and more. With those names who doesn’t want to download this free book?

FREE e-book “Delights and Discipline of Bible Study” by Warren W. Wiersbe – This is Faithlife’s free e-book of the month featuring prolific author and Bible teacher, Warren W. Wiersbe. I haven’t encountered this book but it looks promising. Go to the Faithlife website to create a free account to download this resource.

FREE e-book “1 Samuel For You” by Tim Chester – Another prolific writer and another free e-book of the month, 1 Samuel For You helps you discover what it means to follow Jesus. Thank The Good Book Company for the generosity.

FREE webinar “Tactics Q and A with Greg Koukl” – The Colson Center presents apologist Greg Koukl, author of “Tactics” with this free webinar. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot.

By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

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

Freebie Round-Up #62

Freebie Round-Up #61

Freebie Round-Up #60

Freebie Round-Up #59

Freebie Round-Up #58

Freebie Round-Up #57

Freebie Round Up #56

Book Review: Will You Be My Facebook Friend? by Tim Chester

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I came to know this book late and there are lots of changes in the social media landscape that I believe that wont accomodate thid book in the discussion of social media and the gospel. But I’m glad it got updated and with that it had an appeal to me to read it.

Before you grab this book (or should I say booklet), let me say two things:

One, dont be fooled by the title. It’s not a light hearted “How To” book on using social media as a Christian. Far from it. It’s an examination on the effects of social media and why it undermines our view of self, others, the gospel and God. If youre not in to that kind of thing, don’t get this book. However if you really care about the state of spirituality soaked in social media frenzy, pick this up.

Two, don’t be fooled on how brief this book. It didn’t cover all about social media in light of the gospel but it does deliver some good points for Christians to ponder. It’s enough to drive a believer to be awaken by the message it wants to send. Get a big book with the same theme, peel out the extras and squeeze out the essentials and you’ll get this book. If you dont have time to read books on the same topic, Wil You Be My Facebook Friend?, will give you readily accessible and quick read.

Between 2013 and 2018 there are lots of things that has changed in social media. Like what I have said earlier, I’m glad they revised this book. Some of it were mention in this booklet in tidbits not comprehensively because of the brevity of it. Nevertheless this is a good primer for people who want to grasps how social media and the gospel meet in the crossroad of the Christian life. Getting this book will give you a quarter or half start when you want to access another book with the same subject.

My verdict:

4 out of 5

8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Will You Be My Facebook Friend?” by Tim Chester

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I got something on my mind for my blog that is pretty cool. But I dont want to announce it yet. I need prayers from you guys for this and I hope and pray it will bless everyone and glorify God.

Anyways, here are 8 favorite quotes from Tim Chester’s updated book Will You Be My Facebook Friend?published by 10 Publishing. . If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by clicking to 10 Publishing or Amazon link.

“On Facebook you do not have a conversation, you have an audience. Your life takes place on a stage and you are your own playwright, creating or recreating yourself through your words.”

“Technology is good. But it readily gets perverted by our sin, and used for selfish ends.”

“What is Facebook’s product? It is you. You are its product, delivered in large quantities to advertisers! “

“many of us find social media so compulsive is that on social media I can recreate my world through my words to gain approval.”

“On Facebook I receive approval and I bestow approval. The result is that many people constantly check their Facebook page because this is where they receive affirmation.”

“Here is the test of whether you are facing this danger: Is your Facebook self more attractive or successful than your real-world self?”

“Some of us have little time for community life and missional endeavour because we are spending too much time on Facebook or watching television or surfing blogs. “

“The Bible is the true Facebook, the book in which we see God’s face. Prayer is the ultimate instant messaging. The church is the real social network.”

 

The Freebie Round-Up #24

z8GyXA7It’s two weeks to go and its Christmas day! All of us are busy and I know some of you are stressed out. We had our 2nd wedding anniversary yesterday and we had a movie date (the usual things me and my wife do). Also please pray for I will speak at a youth fellowship this Wednesday. May God’s Word touch the hearts of our church youth group. Anyways, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

FREE “Cornerstone Worship” mp3 and chord charts –  From Tim Chester  church these music are download ready for your music ministry. Some are written by Tim Chester himself.

FREE all digital downloads of “Church History” – A perfect gift from Credo Courses. You can download the digital video, audio, PDF workbook and keynote/power point of of their “Church History” Boot Camp. This freebie is one day only so grab it now.

FREE New Philosophy Course by e-mail –  Sign up with this brand new course from 1517 Academy and you’ll learn about philosophy through the Christian lens.

FREE e-books on Counseling Ministry – Biblical Counseling Centers offers free 5 e-books that can help your church establish a counseling ministry. Would You Be a Good Counselor?, 5 Practical Worksheets, 5 Mistake Church Makes, 5 Things Church Needs and 4 Reasons Why Lay Counseling is Effective can be a valuable resource for believers who want to counsel.

FREE downloadable guide “Devotions for Christmas” – A free guide meditating on the Incarnation of Jesus, Fuller De Pree Center offers this freebie for this coming holiday.

FREE “You Are Exalted” EP by Hope Goodin – Another music freebie that you shouldn’t miss is this EP from Cross to Crown Ministries. It’s their first venture into the world of music recording and they hope all will enjoy their music.

FREE e-book “Answers to Pastors FAQs” by Warren W. Wiersbe – a comprehensive book loaded with advice from pastor to a pastor. David C. Cook offers this by signing up through e-mail.

The Quotable Round-Up #27

Enjoy these awesome quotes from the book “Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission”  by authors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis:

 

“We have become outsiders just as Jesus was an outsider. We are marginal in our culture because Jesus is marginal. The cross is the ulti­mate expression of marginalization and to follow him is to take up our cross daily. It is daily to experience marginalization and hostility. Being on the margins is normal Christian experience.”–Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The doctrine of election, God’s choice of us, is never intended as an indulgence. Its purpose is always mission.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The mes­sage of the Old Testament is the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. Jesus sets the pattern: suffering followed by glory. We suffer hostility and marginalization just as he did. Indeed Jesus suffered the ultimate marginalization: he was pushed out of the world onto the cross.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

 

“Trying to match the world begs the question, If the church is like the world then why bother with the church? The more we become like the world, the less we have to offer. Certainly we want to avoid unnecessary offense and an off-putting experience, but what will draw people to church is always going to be what is different about us.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The Christian community demonstrates the effectiveness of the gospel. We are the living proof that the gospel is not an empty word but a powerful word that takes men and women who are lovers of self and transforms them by grace through the Spirit into people who love God and others.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The church may never outperform TV shows and music videos, but there is nothing like the community life of the church. There is nowhere else where diverse people come together in the same way. There is nowhere else where broken people find a home. There is nowhere else where grace is experienced and God is present by his Spirit.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

 

Book Review: Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

This book is a sort of sequel to “Total Church” with the same authors. This is a sort of “the rubber meets the road” kind of book. Picking up this book you’ll dive immediately to the subject. Not that you need to get “Total Church” to understand this (which I haven’t read also) but as you can see this book can be categorized with those “church engaging the culture” books that are already out in the market. Yet this book even if you read similar stuff does have some great insights and some gems in it. This book uses 2 Peter as main text drawing some principles.

The book opens with a discussion of Christians are in the marginalized in society and culture. Along with that are other things to consider as a church reaches out in this culture were tackled in the first chapter. The rest of the chapters carry Chapter 1 to further emphasize the role of the church, the challenge and the response to a culture we once knew. This is a short book but straight to the point, engaging and practical. The book concludes with the challenge for Christians to reach out despite of how the world treats us, live and breathe the gospel every day, reinforce us through Scriptures who we are in the eyes of God and how to live beyond mediocre Christianity.

My verdict 3 out of 5.

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