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Lydia Brownback. Finding God in My Loneliness.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, February 28th 2017.  174 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster |Amazon

Do you struggle with loneliness?  If so how do you handle loneliness biblically?  This book is a great resources for anyone going through the trial of being lonely.  I have not heard of the author Lydia Brownback before I read this book so I did not had any expectation in the beginning but when I finished the book I realized I was quite impressed and edified by the content of this book.  The work was refreshingly biblical and I am glad that the author is one of the senior editors at Crossway

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Gene Getz. The Measure of a Man: Twenty Attributes of A Godly Man.  Ventura, CA: Regal, August 9th 2004. 256 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I have seen this title a few times in different setting and I thought I give this a read.  Since I did not know what to expect I must say half way through the book I discovered I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it.

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how-do-you-combat-the-love-of-money

The last few Sundays we have featured posts tackling the sin of the love of money.  I thought I share them all in one post as a table of contents.

The first post is important because if one doesn’t realize they have the love of money, they aren’t going to see the importance of how one combat one’s love of money.  The second and third posts deals with fighting against the love of money in terms of what to put off and what to put on instead, respectively.

Here are the posts:

How do you tell if you are a lover of money?

How do you combat the love of money? Part 1

How do you combat the love of money? Part 2

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what-does-it-mean-that-an-overseer-must-be-above-reproach

1 Timothy 3:2 teaches that an Overseer must be above reproach.  The passage says “An overseer, then, must be above reproach” (2a).

But what does “above reproach” mean?

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too-big-to-fail

I begin first with an analogy from the physical realm.  There’s a business idea out there that some businesses out there are “too big to fail.”  There’s even an investopedia definition of this economic term:

Too big to fail” is the idea that specific businesses, such as the biggest banks, are so vital to the U.S. economy that it would be disastrous if they went bankrupt. The government would provide bailouts to protect creditors against losses and enable managers to retain their high wages and bonuses.

Of course the idea of “too big to fail” is a dangerous mentality for those in the leadership of these big businesses, because there is less incentive for them to do the right thing and more incentive to take irrational risks because there’s always a safety net of the American tax payer.  In the end we pay for these business mistakes instead of the businesses and the business leaders.

This leads to a corollary that there are some people who are “too big to jail.”  For instance, recently Green Party’s candidate Jill Stein have pointed out how Hillary was ‘too big to jail’ in email case.  This isn’t just with Hillary Clinton, its been true with other federal government bureaucrats too.

I believe many Christians believe there’s something wrong with the mentality of “too big to fail” and “too big to jail” in the examples mentioned.  But when it comes to the spiritual realm of Christians, some have adopted the very mentality that they reject in other sphere.

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Lou Priolo faithfulness review

Lou Priolo. Faithfulness: No More Excuses.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 30th, 2016. 48 pp.

This is an excellent resource on Christian living using biblical principles and God centered motivation.  I realize the term “faithfulness” can be rather broad and my only real critique of this book is that it might have been better titled “Responsibilities” or something along that line so readers understand right away what the book is about.  I totally enjoyed this book and found it immensely practical and helpful.  Even for those who would say they are quite responsible would benefit from this book as the beginning of this work made clear that the more one grows in responsibilities, the more one sees one’s shortcoming and need for grace for improvement.  With such an introduction I was compelled to read this all the way through.

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grace or legalism

In another forum someone asked a good question about what are the signs one might know they are walking more of an attitude of legalism rather than by God’s grace.  I think this is an important question Christians should think about.

Here’s my quick reply:

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Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 states:

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

We begin first with looking at the two commands then ask with what shall we carry out the commands.

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I really enjoy Paul Washer’s sermon today during the Shepherd’s Conference.  That was Christ Centered Preaching!

I wasn’t really able to take much notes but here’s one quote that I was edified with:

Paul Washer study quote

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Note: Currently the book is not in stock with Amazon but Grace Books do have this book on sale.

Sanctification The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness Riccardi

Michael Riccardi. Sanctification: The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness.  Sun Valley, CA: Grace Books, 2015. 78 pp.

This is a short book on sanctification by Michael Riccardi, the pastor of local outreach at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Senior Pastor.  It is true that you shouldn’t just a book by its cover—nor by its size.  While it is only 78 pages long, the content of the book is packed with biblical truths that would sanctify readers.  Riccardi’s chief purpose in the book is to argue that beholding the glory of Christ is foundational and the motivation that fuel Christian sanctification.  His thesis is well argued and for the last two weeks since reading the book it has left me renewed and in awe of Christ’s glory and it’s connection with our sanctification.

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The Transforming Power of the Gospel Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges.  The Transforming Power of the Gospel.  Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, December 22nd 2011. 192 pp.

I finished this book four days before the death of the author, Jerry Bridges.   Upon finishing this book I thought to myself, “I’m glad that such a saint is alive and with us.”  Of course Jerry Bridges has been promoted to glory and in heaven.  I am glad that by God’s grace and providence He ordained Jerry Bridges to author this book.  This book has become one of my favorite book on how the Gospel fuel our sanctification and currently is my recommendations to those struggling with holiness.

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doctrine of sanctification

Do you know the three P’s of Christian Sanctification?  And why should it matter for the Christian life?  Is it mere “theologizing?”

Sanctification can be broken down into positional, progressive and perfected sanctification.  Each of these can be understood temporally as past, present and future respectively.

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labts

Los Angeles Bible Training School (LABTS) is a school that according to its website “exists to bring glory and honor to God by coming alongside of local churches to train the people of God in the word of God to do the work of God.”  If you are in Southern California and are looking for great lay training in the Bible I highly recommend the school.

Every year they have a men’s conference.  Here is the audios for this year’s conference for men:

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God's Way of Holiness Horatius Bonar

I don’t know how long it will be for free but Chapel Library has made available for free their edition of “God’s Way of Holiness”by Horatius Bonar.  I know there’s so many free electronic books out there these days but I thought I shared this since I’m downloading it myself and moving aside other books I have scheduled to read so as to make room to read this for the sake of my walk and devotional life.

Here’s a link to the Amazon page, be sure to click on Kindle.

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Worldview dilemmas blog series veritas domain Here’s the round up of our series on Worldview Dilemmas in the Movies and Comics.  I plan to have perhaps one or two more posts after the Shepherd’s Conference that is going on this week.

Principles

Film Reviews

Graphic Novels Reviews

Free Movies Online

Book Reviews

Speaking Out

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