Eat This Book: Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper

12 03 2010

Everybody got excited with this book. Not just because we gave it for free but the central theme of this book. Its rarely we see a subject about salvation dealt this way. So we gave Fifty Reasons… book five reasons why we like this book:

  1. It answers the “Why” questions. Everybody wants answers to why questions. Fifty thought provoking answers drawn from the New Testament. Some are common, some are very intriguing. John Piper opens those common answers then expounded with clarity and those intriguing answers, that we often miss, were given the magnifying glass treatment for us to zero in and intimately know more.
  2. The theme is about salvation and we only say “Wow. Jesus did all that!” You will never look at Christ redemptive act the same way again. It tackles also justification, sanctification and future glorification.
  3. An easy to read book. Because every reason or (God’s purpose as the book calls it) acts like a chapter which is just 2 pages long. You can actually finish this 127 pgs book in 1 day or so. Done in sort of a “countdown style”, you want to read it until you get to the “Top 50”.
  4. Not only is it a Christian living book but also an evangelistic one. It represents the gospel within those reasons. It mentions salvation by faith alone and eternal security to name a few.
  5. It’s not just a Christian living or evangelistic book but you can use it as a devotional book. Those fifty reasons can be use in a fifty day devotionals. Every chapter starts with Bible verses. Talk about usefulness.

My Top Five Favorite Reasons (and must read reason):

  1. Reason #5 To Show the Wealth of God’s Love and Grace for Sinners
  2. Reason #7 To Cancel the Legal Demands of the Law Against Us
  3. Reason #22 To Bring Us to God
  1. Reason #28 To Free Us from the Futility of Our Ancestry
  2. Reason #37 To Call Us to Follow His Example of Lowliness and Costly Love

Quotables:

“Imitation is not salvation. But salvation brings imitation. Christ

is not given to us first as model, but as Savior. In the experience

of the believer, first comes the pardon of Christ, then the pattern of Christ.” pg. 92-93

“When all is said and done, God is the gospel. Gospel means

“good news.” Christianity is not first theology, but news.” pg. 62

John Piper’s “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die” will give the reader a better understanding of Jesus Christ of why He came to die. Powerful read for everyone who seeks more depth on why God send His Son for us.

This book is available for FREE to ANY one in Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas City campus Please contact leaders and advisers of ROCK campus ministry for your copy. Also you can download this book FREE (PDF format) by clicking here:

http://www.desiringgod.org/media/pdf/books_pojc/bpojc_all.pdf

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R.O.C.K. List 10 Tips to Pass the Board Exam

6 02 2010

There are something to cheer about in the beginning of February. Lyceum of the Philippines University is on number 2 ranking in the recent Nursing Board Exam. Also R.O.C.K has members who are board exam the passers. One of them is Ruel De Castro a Christian and original member of the pre-ROCK campus ministry. Congratulations Ruel! May God bless you as a registered nurse. After giving us his testimony at our Soul Fuel, asked him to jot down this list to provide you insight and advice on how to pass the exam:

  1. Prayer- very powerful tool. Tutulungan ka nito na maging calm and relax during the exam at maiiwasan yung pagiging ngarag o kabado.
  2. Be positive-it will attract positive energy.
  3. Believe to the power of God- Dapat we will always put in our mind that God has a good plan for us. Just have faith.
  4. Review your past lesson- Manganda kung everyday nagbabasa ka ng pakonti-konti ng mga past lesson to refresh your mind at para hindi mo sila makalimutan.
  5. Gumawa ng sariling abbreviation o acronym about sa topic kung saan mas madali mo silang maalala, it can be a jingle, ABC, poem o kung saan ka mas comfortable.
  6. Bawasan ang puyat o kung may bisyo wag muna magbisyo habang papalapit na ang exam. (Better yet drop the vises—editor:-))
  7. The night before the exam, matulog ng maaga at gumising ng maaga para pag nagstart ang exam gising na ang diwa mo at mas madali ng gumana ang utak.
  8. Pag magrereview,, konti lang ang ilas na gamit o yung materials na aaralin kasi once na madami nakatambak tatamdin ka lang mag-aral.
  9. It is best to study sa umaga para fresh pa at hindi overloaded ang utak. Huwag din isabay ang pagaaral sa panonood ng TV.

10.  Pumasok sa review center para maupdate sa mga bago, at types ng paexam ng mga BoN.





Discipleship: A Deeper Love for Christ–an interview with Life Changing Discipleship (LCD)

24 01 2010

Like a newly born baby, a new believer needs help for him to grow. A new Christian should desire to mature and be useful for God’s purpose. He needs discipleship. Its a big word for many. But we need it to have deeper love for Christ. So we asked Ptr Elmer Quilas of Life Changing Discipleship (LCD) about Discipleship.

ROCK Ministry: Hi Ptr Elmer . So tell us what is Discipleship?

Elmer Quilas: Discipleship is the unveiling of God’s heart in the Word into the hearts of God’s children.

ROCK Ministry: Wow. Its what God’s want for his children. How important is discipleship especially to the new believers?

Elmer Quilas : It is very important because the Bible needs to be read and heard, it needs to be grasped or understood, also it needs to be acted upon and lived out in obedience and another thing which accomplishes the great commission is that the Bible needs to shared with others.

ROCK Ministry: Does it take a lot of time? Does it have to be one on one? Does it have to be a pastor member approach?
Elmer Quilas : 30 minutes or so each week will work. Discipleship is a process of growing a new believer to maturity. Consistency will play a great deal in the entire process. As a common saying says, “one apple a day takes the doctor away.” 30 minutes of sharing one’s life to another when accumulates in time matures a believer.
We cannot be effective to all but we can always be to someone. Since human personality is so complex, I believe that the Spirit of God uses people according to how a person can be best effective in sharing. God is using our experiences, culture, education and other things so the one discipling can clearly relate to his disciple.

RM: How can busy student and professionals benefit with discipleship?

EQ: Discipleship is a personal relationship developed. Flexibility can be applied. It doesn’t require permanent place only common place, doesn’t require permanent time only common interest, and it doesn’t require all of my time only common commitment.

RM: I read somewhere that discipleship can be easy if we establish first a relationship. whats your comment on that?

EQ: I strongly believe that relationship comes first in many cases of effective discipleship. It it true that I have to sell myself first before my product it is also true in effective discipleship.

RM: OK. How do you start discipleship?What are the necessary tools for it?

EQ: I always approach discipleship in the light of the Lord’s life how He first chooses people. In Matthew 4:18-22 account, Jesus saw the people, He called them and they followed Him. In John 12:32 account, Jesus draws people. You disciple people you attract.

RM: Do you recommend self discipleship or a person can just pick up his Bible or buy a Christian book?

EQ: I believe that every child of God is accountable for every action he makes. I cannot discount the benefits that Christians get through personal reading and devotions. The Bible is strongly expressing the benefits you get when you become like Joshua who was a disciple of Moses, Elisha who received the double portion of Elijah’s power, and in the New Testament Timothy whom Paul claimed to be his son in the faith. Nonetheless, before the apostle Paul’s execution, he told Timothy to “Take Mark” which implies a son and father relationship. I would say that great men of the Bible are the product of great mentoring and nurturing.

RM: Any message for those students who wants to be discipled?

EQ: A musician will learn under another musician because he wants to emulate him. There is something about his playing that the student desires. We become followers of Jesus because we love Him and desires to become like Him. This is the all-encompassing goal of a disciples’ faith.

RM: Please tell us about LCD, you and your church.

EQ: LCD is a ministry that hold retreats, seminars, trainings and Bible Studies that helps the youth, family and individuals discover their potentials and develop it. Through our series of meetings, we encourage them to use their God given potentials not only for their personal benefit but also to others.
I am Dr. Elmer C. Quilas, Senior Pastor of Gateway Christian Baptist and Ministries Inc. Our purpose is to love God and to love people. Our vision is to evangelize and make disciples. And our goal is to make every believer a leader

RM: Thank you Pastor for your time and God bless!

If you want to reach Pastor Elmer Castillo Quilas, Life Changing Discipleship Network (LCD) check his blog: http://lcdnetworklifesmart.blogspot.com/ or search his ministry and name at Facebook.





Eat This Book: Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

2 12 2009

THE GLAM: I’ve been contemplating on how I wasted my years as a Christian in those time I was young. I should have done this and that. It’s like that milk commercial “growth gap” years. With the use of paper dolls as illustration, it shows that between a certain age you have a gap of no growth. If by judging that I can say: Yes I truly wasted it. Maybe you have done it too.

The book “Do Hard Things” by the Harris twins, Alex and Brett (younger brothers of Joshua Harris author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye) does not provide salt for your wounds but insights and a message that its not too late or early to do for the glory of God. Filled with heroic stories, humorous anecdotes and biblical insights from rebelutionaries (as they call themselves) to combat low expectations and wrong culture upbringings that stops teens and young adults to do hard things. Mind you, this not a Alex and Brett show. In the first part its there stories how they amazingly started the rebelution and finish off with ordinary teens stories of what they have done. As they say, this is a different kind of teen book. They should change the title to “Christian Teen Counterculture Made Easy” (well thats every uncool title, please pardon me). Because it is easy to do hard things when your in God’s team.

The part that really hit me are the the Kidult and The Myth of Adolescence (check the link at the end of the review to read the excerpt). The twins thought this book really hard. This not the usual dos and donts for teens. It changes the way you look at things we do for God a great way. Every pages shouts to you “Doing hard things is cool!”. In God’s family your enlisted to be rebelutionaries, but will you heed the call to go out of your comfort zone?

If you think this book is geared to Western readers only, think again. You’ll find in the midst of rebelutionary, stories of three Christian Pinoy teens who done the hard things. Now your worry about getting lost is dropped and you dont need a Penaflorida to inspire you. Just be as ordinary as yourself and you can move the world with the gospel. Prepare to do hard things. It starts by obeying God’s will and putting it to action. Teens (and adults too) the book really has an impact. Its an engaging and easy read. This book calls you stand up, fight back and be cool.

Taste Test: Read articles included in the book originally posted from The Rebelution blog:

My First Shower Nearly Killed Me

The Myth of Adolescence Part 1

The Myth of Adolescence Part 2





A Devotional Life: An Interview with Ed Wrather of Burning Bush Devotional

16 10 2009

Devotional time is a time spent with God and enjoying His word. So how does one get started and put it on his or her busy schedule? These and more when R.O.C.K Ministry talked to Pastor Ed Wrather, writer of Burning Bush Devotional.

1. First things first what do you mean by devotional? Why do we need to spend time with it?
A devotional is a tool that can be used to inspire you spiritually. One definition from dictionary.com is “used in devotions.” A devotional writing may be used in a time devoted to your Lord. I try to include three elements in my devotional writings: Scripture; a story; relevance of the Scripture and story to our lives; and a call to action in some way.

2. How does Bible study differ from devotional time?

I think of devotional time as time spent with a friend drawing closer to my Lord, listening for His voice. In study of the Scriptures we may be more analytical of each word and verse. When we are studying the Bible we are focused and if the Lord has something else to speak to us about it may be harder for Him to communicate. When you are having a devotional time of reading the Bible or a devotional writing, listen for the small, still voice to speak, even if it is about something completely unexpected.

3. How does one prepare to have a devotional? How do students have devotional squeezed in their tight schedule or busy life?

A devotional time in the United States is often called a “quiet time.” It can be hard to find time with a full schedule to actually have the ideal quiet time every day or even to find a quiet place. A short devotional writing can be helpful to facilitate a few quiet moments with the Lord, especially in busy times.

4. So now, a student wants to spend time with devotions, how does he or she start? Does he or she have to buy popular devotional books or just a Bible?

There are a vast number of great devotional writings available for free on the Internet. If you have access to the Internet you can even read the Bible there too. Biblegateway.com is a great resource, and I use it nearly every time that I write a devotional. Radio Bible Class at rbc. org does have some free resources in several translations. They publish the “Our Daily Bread” Devotional, which is perhaps the oldest continuously published devotional.

5. How about you, how do you spend your devotional time? When is the perfect time to do this?

My ideal devotional time, quiet time is to spend an hour or more in prayer, Bible reading, and reading devotional writings in the morning. It is vital to do this on a consistent basis and keep a journal writing down the date, chapters in the Bible read, and if God spoke to you in some way record that too. It is a way of holding yourself accountable and can be valuable, especially if God is calling you to serve Him.
Here is an excerpt from my online testimony. This occurred in 1990 and for years I had been beginning my day with a quiet time when on this particular day God spoke to me:
One night I wrote out a prayer (This is a somewhat dangerous thing to do!) asking that if God really wanted me to preach His Word to reveal that to me in black and white so that I wouldn’t have any doubt. The next morning in my quiet time I turned in the Our Daily Bread devotional guide that I used for some of my quiet time reading to that morning’s selection. The Scripture reading was in Luke chapter 8. Another nice warm devotional thought until I realized that Luke 8 is virtually the same as Mark chapter 5. (God had brought this particular passage of Scripture to my attention six years before.)
Suddenly, I realized that God was answering my prayer that I had written out the night before, “Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published through out the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him (Luke 8:38-39).”
Now I realized that God was trying to tell me something, the same thing that He had tried to tell me before. This time I was going to look into this more deeply. I got down a commentary to see what it would say about this Scripture. The commentary said, Jesus had to leave Gadara, but he left behind a preacher. I opened up the Our Daily Bread devotional guide again to read the devotional thought. That day’s devotion was about a man in South America that was saved and grew in the Lord. This man started a Bible study which eventually grew into a church, and he became the pastor of that church. There it was! For me, it was in black and white, God had called and was calling me to preach His Word.
You can read my entire testimony online at my website theburningbush. net Click on the link on the left side of the page “Journey to Fruitfulness.” I have never had any doubt about God’s call upon my life since that morning in 1990.

6. Let me ask you about Burning Bush Devotional, how did it started?

I began the Burning Bush website in January of 1998 where I posted some of my writings. By May of that year my son and several online friends were encouraging me to begin writing an email devotional, and I began to do that on June 8, 1998.

7. How do you write entries for the devotional? Pastor Ed, you have to do this everyday, do you get tired of it?

I believe that it is part of my call to do what I am doing. Currently, I am resending some older devotionals that I wrote in 2002 and 2003 and using it as an opportunity to rewrite and tweak the meaning to make them better. I wrote a new devotional today, but I do not always have the inspiration to write. At times I can write every day for months and then the inspiration suddenly is not there. It can be frustrating. I never tire of writing only of not always having the inspiration, the ideas that are needed to write. I believe it has to do with the amount of prayer support that I have. Only through God’s power can I write devotionals that have meaning and change people’s lives and that will only happen with much prayer by me and many others. Everyone who prays for me and for the devotional has a part in this ministry. It is one of the greatest joys of my life to write a new devotional which God can use to touch hearts and lives.

8. What do people say about Burning Bush? What is the impact it has to them?

Nearly every time I send out a devotional or post it online I receive some feedback about it. Here are a few comments I have received recently:
“What a great way to end the day!”
“great thoughts Ed- challenged me 2 live better for the Lord many thanks”
“This was wonderful today…God is with us each day”
“THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR GOOD DEVOTIONALS.”
“Thanks Ed, that is exactly what it is all about. I could not have said it better.”
“Well said, Ed. Thanks for sharing this! I’m passing it on, with the prayer
that it will be passed on… and on… and onnnnn.…”
“Your a wonderful blessing to many!!! …Your encouraging words really hit the heart of the matter!!! …God has given you a voice & talent in words to help others!!”
There have been so many people, hundreds of people, maybe more that have written to encourage me to keep writing, and I am thankful for every one of them

9. Please tell me about your ministry, website and how we can get in touch with you?

I am a full-time pastor of a small church in western Oklahoma that has a heart for missions and believes in what I do. The Burning Bush website has been online since January 31, 1998 and you can access the website through these links: http://www.theburningbush.net (The new website)
http://www.theburningbush.org (The old website) or you can use my name, edwrather and add . net, .com or . org
You can email me at edwrather@theburningbush.org
Edwrather@yahoo.com or wrather@dobsonteleco.com
10. Any parting words for those students and professors who might be reading this?

I have never regretted the time that I have spent in serving God, or worshiping God. However, I do have regrets about the years when I did not pursue a closer relationship with my Lord and Savior.

R.O.C.K PICKS: Best online devotionals:
Days of Praise:http://www.icr.org/signup/
Our Daily Bread: http://www.rbc.org/odb/odb.shtml