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Habits of Grace

Habits of Grace by David Mathis (Crossway, 2016)

Three areas to develop spiritual discipline:

HEAR HIS VOICE (WORD)

HAVE HIS EAR (PRAYER)

BELONG TO HIS BODY (FELLOWSHIP)

Mathis

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What if God Designed Marriage…

…to make us holy more than to make us happy?

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas0310242827m

Quotes

“There is much in Christian history that has unofficially considered married believers to be ‘second-class Christians’ who compromised their integrity.” (p. 21)

“It’s easy to love God, because God doesn’t smell. God doesn’t have bad breath. God doesn’t reward kindness with evil. God doesn’t make berating comments. Loving God is easy, in this sense.” (p. 41-42)

“We must never be naive enough to think of marriage as a safe harbor from the Fall…. The deepest struggles of life will occur in the most primary relationship affected by the Fall: marriage.” by Allender and Longman (p. 53)

July Giveaway

Taking God Seriously: Vital Things We Need to Know by J. I. Packer9781433533273m

“Like many people, I first discovered what it meant ‘to take God seriously’ through reading J. I. Packer’s books. It is thus an honor and a delight to be asked to write a commendation for his latest work, a basic catechetical plea for sober, modest, thoughtful and orthodox theology. In a church world dominated by Barnum and Bailey circus antics and the brash triviality borrowed from the world around in the name of ‘engagement,’ Dr. Packer remains a truly engaging and gentlemanly advocate for those old paths which are ever fresh.“
– Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

To enter the giveaway, answer this question: what about the Christian faith matters most to you?

Published by Crossway Books, 2013

For Philippines residents only.

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Resurrection Sunday Giveaway

Recovering the Gospel

The Gospel’s Power and Message by Paul Washer

Recommended by – Phil Johnson, Executive Director, Grace to You9781601781956m

“Style-conscious evangelicals have done a lot of tinkering in recent decades to try to make the gospel seem more appealing or more palatable. All the sharp corners have been carefully sanded off and the message made as small as possible. It has then been wrapped in thick layers of foam so that no one can ever be hurt or offended by it. In The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer unwraps the gospel and displays its various facets in all their vivid glory. This book is a thoughtful, poignant reminder that the message Christ commissioned us to proclaim is neither spongy nor trivial. Nor can it be improved by human revision. The gospel may be a stumbling block to some and seem like foolishness to others—but to those who are called, it is the power and the wisdom of God.”

To join the giveaway, write something about the gospel in the comment section.

Published by Reformation Heritage Books, 2012.

Retail: $20.00

Congratulations to Janus for joining the giveaway.

Dialogue with Popular Culture

Why is there a disengagement with culture?9780525952701m

“One reason is a “thin” or legalistic view of sin, where sin is seen as a series of discrete acts of noncompliance with God’s regulations. You pursue Christian growth largely by seeking environments where you are less likely to do these sinful actions or to encounter others who have done them. Sin can essentially be removed from your life through separation and discipline. This view of sin comports with a lack of understanding of the thoroughness and richness of Christ’s gracious work for us. For without an understanding of grace we will believe we must (and can) earn our salvation. But to accomplish that we will need a view of sin that is easier to conquer through conscious effort.

If we have a thin view of sin, we will feel safe if we remove from our view anything that could tempt us to commit actions of overt sexual immorality, profanity,….

Another cause of disengagement is a thin, or intellectualistic, view of common grace….”

Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. 192-3.

The Gospel’s Power and Message

by Paul Washer

Endorsements9781601781956m

“In these days of insipid, man-centered, ear-tickling preaching, we need Sons of Thunder who fear God and faithfully preach His word without fear of consequences. My friend, Paul Washer, is one such man. May God use this book to reach the lost and to glorify His name.”

– Ray Comfort, author, Hell’s Best Kept Secret and The Way of the Master

“Style-conscious evangelicals have done a lot of tinkering in recent decades to try to make the gospel seem more appealing or more palatable. All the sharp corners have been carefully sanded off and the message made as small as possible. It has then been wrapped in thick layers of foam so that no one can ever be hurt or offended by it. In The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer unwraps the gospel and displays its various facets in all their vivid glory. This book is a thoughtful, poignant reminder that the message Christ commissioned us to proclaim is neither spongy nor trivial. Nor can it be improved by human revision. The gospel may be a stumbling block to some and seem like foolishness to others—but to those who are called, it is the power and the wisdom of God.”

– Phil Johnson, Executive Director, Grace to You

“I am profoundly thankful for the courageous clarity of The Gospel’s Power and Message by Paul Washer. Christians today seem to have the false impression that the gospel is all about us—a wonderful plan for our lives; a means of finding peace, joy, or personal fulfillment; the way to get to heaven. Those blessings (and many more) are aspects of every true gospel-believer’s birthright, of course. But they are not the point or the main objective of the message. The gospel is about God and His eternal glory. That is where it starts, and that is where it takes us in the end. Preached rightly, the gospel convicts and humbles every human heart. It underscores the exceeding sinfulness of our sin. It rebukes even our most laudable works of righteousness. The gospel is simple enough for a child to grasp, but its truths are inexhaustible. “In short, the gospel is the best of all good news and the most important message anyone has ever proclaimed. Paul Washer strikes all the right notes in this powerful, biblical study.”

– John MacArthur, Pastor-teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA; author, The Gospel According to Jesus

“The word gospel is on the lips of many these days, but few truly understand its essential content, depth and nature. In this outstanding volume Paul Washer masterfully opens up from the Bible the heart of the gospel, giving us an invaluable resource for our lives. This book is a wonderful gift to the church and like no other that I have seen on this subject. It should be read by every Christian but especially those who labor in the ministry, for it will greatly assist them in being faithful proclaimers of God’s good news message to a lost and fallen world.”

– Rob Ventura, Pastor, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, RI; co-author, A Portrait of Paul

Giveaway for Parents

And also to everyone else including those who wish to be parents some day.

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick

From the publisher: In Give Them Grace, parents will learn how to connect the benefits of the cross–especially regeneration, adoption, and justification–to their children’s daily lives. Chapters address topics such as our inability to follow the law perfectly, God’s forgiveness and love displayed at the cross, and what true heart obedience looks like. Fitzpatrick and Thompson also discuss discipline, dealing with popular culture, and evangelism as a way of life. Parents will find this book a great resource for raising grace-filled, Jesus-loving kids.

Published by Crossway, 2011. Retail: $14.99

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We Become What We Worship

A Biblical Theology of Idolatry by G. K. Beale

Excerpt:

That Paul intends to present Romans 12:1-2 as the antithesis to Romans 1:18-28 is apparent from the use of terms used oppositely or the use of actual antonyms.

Their bodies would be dishonored among them. (Romans 1:24)

Present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God (12:1)

This combination of words together with the ideas they express occur nowhere else in Paul’s writings, which enhances an intentional link between the two passages. First, in Romans 12, Paul is exhorting Christians to present their “bodies” in religious “service” to God instead of participating in an idolatrous liturgical “service” in which “their bodies” become dishonored because they present their bodies immorally to others of the same sex….

InterVarsity Press (2008), 217.

2012 Giveaway #2

God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity by Kelly M. Kapic with Justin Borger

God So Loved, He Gave us an amazing book. In it Kelly Kapic deftly moves from our being recipients of all God’s generous gifts through Christ to our being stewards of God’s gifts as we share them with others. This book is both encouraging and challenging. It should be read attentively and prayerfully.” Review by Jerry Bridges, Author, The Pursuit of Holiness

Published by Zondervan, 2010. Retail: $19.99

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Congratulations to Marion for joining the giveaway.

2012 Giveaway #1

It is the second week of January, and I’d just gone through a few chapters of Tchividjian’s book Jesus + Nothing = Everything. What can I say? I am literally blown away by the magnitude of God’s grace as found in the gospel. Tullian truly writes about the gospel and he understands it very well.

An excerpt may help when he talks about the “secret of maturity”:

The gospel’s secret of maturity is this: we become more spiritually mature when we focus less on what we need to do for God and focus more on all that God has already done for us…. We actually perform better in life as we grow in understanding that our relationship with God is based on Christ’s performance for us, not on our performance for him. (185)

Published by Crossway Books, 2011. Retail: $18.99

Draw Date: February 10, 2012 (for Philippine residents only).

COMMENTS CLOSED.

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