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June 13, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by New Growth Press. They are offering some great resources for parents and their kids. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive 2 sets of the following 3 books. Did you get all of that? It means there will be a set for you and a set for a friend (or your church library):

  • Show Them JesusShow Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids by Jack Klumpenhower. “Millions of church kids are growing up and deciding to leave the church. They listened attentively in Sunday school, made friends, and seemed committed. But one day, they quit. What happened? The Bible says we love God because he first loved us. So if we are not primarily teaching our kids about God’s love for us in Christ, we may miss our opportunity to capture their hearts.  But what does it look like to teach a gospel-centered lesson? Show Them Jesus is an instruction manual for teachers of kids and teens written by a lay Bible teacher with 30 years’ experience.”
  • Gospel Story BibleThe Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski. “As you share these Bible stories together, you and your family will meet Jesus and learn a new, life-changing way of recognizing Christ as the hero of every story. Vibrant illustrations by A. E. Macha, child-friendly discussion questions, and Scripture references accompany each narrative to help you lead your family in exploring the Bible. You will be delighted to discover how easily even a young child can understand the original text of a story that he or she has already come to love. Ideal as a storybook for your preschooler, a devotional for your grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer, or an introduction for the new one.”
  • Long Story ShortLong Story Short by Marty Machowski. “The Bible can seem like a long story for an active family to read, but when you break it down into short sections, as Marty Machowski does, family devotions are easy to do. Long Story Short will help busy parents share with their children how every story in the Old Testament points forward to God’s story of salvation through Jesus Christ. You won’t find a more important focus for a family devotional than a daily highlighting of the gospel of grace. Clever stories and good moral lessons may entertain and even help children, but the gospel will transform children. The gospel is deep enough to keep the oldest and wisest parents learning and growing all their lives, yet simple enough to transform the heart of the first grader who has just begun to read.”

Again, there are 5 prizes to win, so get in on that draw!

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

June 06, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books. They’ve got a pretty incredible group of prizes for you this week. There will be 5 prizes this week, and each prize will include 11(!) books.

  • Gospel AssuranceGospel Assurance and Warnings by Paul Washer. “In Gospel Assurance and Warnings, Paul Washer shines the light of gospel hope as he cautions against the dangers of making an empty profession of faith and carefully explains from Scripture the basis for establishing and maintaining a sound assurance of faith.”
  • Captivated by Thabiti Anyabwile. “In Captivated, Thabiti Anyabwile invites you to set aside your early lessons on politeness and stare (yes, do stare) into the mystery of the cross and empty tomb.”
  • An All Surpassing Fellowship: Learning from Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s Communion with God by David Beaty. “See why M‘Cheyne’s communion with God has encouraged many believers over the years, and be encouraged yourself to seek that same sweet fellowship with the Lord.”
  • China’s Reforming Churches by Bruce Baugus. “While laying out the challenges and opportunities facing the church, the authors argue that assisting this reformation in China should be a central objective of the presbyterian and Reformed mission to China in this generation.”
  • Songs of a Suffering King by J.V. Fesko. “Author J. V. Fesko hopes to awaken the church to the majesty, beauty, and splendor of the Psalms through a devotional exploration of Psalms 1–8.”
  • Heart to Heart:  Octavius Winslow’s Experimental Preaching by Tanner Turley. “By introducing us to this influential preacher of the past, this study shows the significance of Winslow’s homiletic for the church of today.”
  • An Able and Faithful Ministry: Samuel Miller and the Pastoral Office by James Garretson. “Jim Garretson highlights the narrative of Miller’s life and the major ministerial emphases found in his published writings, sermons, and unpublished lecture notes.”
  • The Cultivating Biblical Godliness Booklet Series (which includes 4 volumes: How do I Kill Remaining Sin? by Geoff Thomas; What is a Christian? by Ryan McGraw; How Should Teens Read the Bible? by Joel Beeke; What does it mean to Love God? by Maurice Roberts).

Cultivating Godliness

Again, there are 5 prizes to win, so get in on that draw!

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

May 30, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Moody Publishers and they are offering some great prizes—some of their newest and most popular books. There will be five winners and they will all receive the following three books:

  • When Helping HurtsWhen Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett. “With more than 225,000 copies sold, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.”
  • Missing JesusMissing Jesus: Find Your Life in His Great Story by Charles and Janet Morris. “We put our trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sins, desire to please God with our life, and yet, we often find that something crucial is missing. Our day-to-day experience of faith lacks the vitality we know it should have. We feel like we’re missing something and we probably are. We’re probably missing Jesus. That’s what this book is about-it’s about not missing Jesus. It’s about seeing him big. It’s about having our lives re-centered on the glorious Son of God all over again. Charles and Janet Morris wanted to know what happens when we stop missing Jesus, and now they’re sharing what they’ve learned.”
  • MoodyD.L. Moody – A Life: Innovator, Evangelist, World Changer by Kevin Belmonte. “He burst upon the fusty corridors of Victorian spirituality like a breath of fresh air, regaling one prime minister with his sense of humor, and touching the lives of seven presidents. Who was this man? A sterling philanthropist and educator, D. L. Moody was also the finest evangelist in the nineteenth century-bringing the transformative message of the gospel before 100 million people on both sides of the Atlantic in an age long before radio and television. Thousands of underprivileged young people were educated in the schools he established. Drawing on the best, most recent scholarship, D. L. Moody - A Life chronicles the incredible journey of one of the great souls of history.”

Again, there are 5 prizes to win, so get in on that draw!

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

May 23, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Baker Publishers. They are offering a collection of new books that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. There will be five winners and they will all receive the following three books:

  • Grounded in the FaithGrounded in the Faith by Kenneth Erisman. “The greatest challenge for the twenty-first-century church is the lack of training in biblical and doctrinal knowledge. We are raising up generations of Christians who often have little idea what they should believe and why they should believe it. Grounded in the Faith takes up that challenge with twenty-four low-prep, in-depth sessions that will ground believers in the basics of their faith. This field-tested guide to growth in the Christian faith covers important topics such as justification, overcoming temptation, sanctification, evidence for the inspiration of the Bible, the value of prayer, the guidance of God, the Trinity, the uniqueness of Christ, and the attributes of God.”
  • Luke by R.T. France. “The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By keeping the discussion in each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes allow pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage; sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text; and full-color images.”
  • The Gospel According to Daniel by Bryan Chapell. “Often we read the book of Daniel in one of two ways—either as a book about a heroic man whose righteousness should inspire us to keep the faith, or as a roadmap to the end times that can, through careful study, tell us the day and hour (or nearly so) of Christ’s return. Both, says Bryan Chapell, are sadly missing the bigger picture—that God is the hero of this story, and he is in the midst of his unrelenting plan to rescue his people from their sin and its consequences. Pastors, teachers, and any Christian who wants to learn how to faithfully understand the book of Daniel without getting derailed by hero worship or prophetic mysteries will value this grace-centered approach.”

Also, Baker has a message for bloggers: If you like free books and want to review more great books like these, check out the brand new Baker Books Bloggers program. Visit www.BakerBooks.com/BakerBooksBloggers and sign up today!

Again, there are 5 prizes to win, so get in on that draw!

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

May 16, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. As they always do, they will be giving away 5 prize packages, and each of them will contain 3 great books:

  • Reason for GodBeing a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur - Retail price $14.99
  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller - Retail Price $16.00
  • The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul - Retail Price $14.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (May 16 - 19) on the following three products:

Again, there are 5 prizes to win, so get in on that draw!

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

May 09, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Banner of Truth. They are offering five great prize packages this week. Each of them contains four books, two on Roman Catholicism and two that are new releases. Here is the list:

WebsterSalvation, the Bible & Roman Catholicism by William Webster. “Why are there Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches? Is there any reason why a disagreement about doctrine which took place almost 500 years ago should continue to divide people today? In Salvation, The Bible, and Roman Catholicism William Webster explores the answers to these and other questions as he plainly and equitably guides the reader through major doctrinal differences. In doing so he appeals both to authoritative Roman Catholic documents and to the Bible.”

RomeFar From Rome, Near to God by Richard Bennet. “This book contains the moving testimonies of fifty priests who found their way, by the grace of God, out of the labyrinth of Roman Catholic theology and practice into the light of the gospel of Christ. But this is not a narrowly polemical work, nor is its relevance limited to the ongoing controversy between Rome and the churches of the Reformation. The love and concern felt by the former priests for those they left behind, and their fervent desire that they too should experience the joy and peace of salvation in Christ are seen throughout.”

HeidelbergThe Heidelberg Catechism (Gift Edition). William VanDoodewaard writes, “The Heidelberg Catechism follows the pattern of the Epistle to the Romans. It opens with the question ‘What is your only comfort in life and in death?’, and then examines the realities of human sin and misery (Rom. 1-3:20); salvation in Christ, including faith and repentance (Rom. 3:21-11:36); and the Christian life of thankful obedience in response to God’s grace in Christ (Rom. 12-16). The catechism stands as a faithful testimony to the ancient Christian faith in its scripturally derived shape and content, and further expressed in its exposition and application of the Apostles’ Creed, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer.”

SpurgeonChrist’s Glorious Achievements by C.H. Spurgeon. Michael Reeves writes, “If you have never read anything of Spurgeon before, this book is for you, and a treat awaits you. If you want to press in to know Christ better, to know all he is for you and what he has done for you, read this.”

Again, there are 5 prizes to win, so get in on that draw!

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

May 02, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Shepherd Press, a name you know, I’m sure. Shepherd Press is giving away some great books this week. There will be 5 winners and each of the winners will receive each of the following:

  • Assurance DVDCrucifying Morality: The Gospel of the Beatitudes by R.W. Glenn. ”Crucifying Morality walks through Matthew 5:1-12, where Jesus doesn’t prescribe what ought to be in order to experience God’s grace, but describes what is true of people who understand the grace of God.”
  • Assurance: Know You Are Saved DVD by R.W. Glenn, Brian Hedges & Todd Friel. “If you fear that you might not actually be a Christian, join Todd Friel and Pastors RW Glenn and Brian Hedges as they gently lead you through the process of examining yourself to see if you are in the faith. Your Christian walk should be joy filled, not worry laden. Working through this issue can be challenging, but the process is worth the effort as you will know for certain that you are His child.”
  • Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change by Brian G. Hedges. “Christ Formed in You is a book about spiritual formation, the “grace-driven developmental process in which the soul grows in conformity to the image of Christ.” The acid test of all spiritual formation is this: Are you becoming more like Jesus? Are the contours of your character being shaped by his image, formed in his likeness?”
  • Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life by Brian G. Hedges. “In Active Spirituality, Brian Hedges allows us to read someone else’s mail — a series of warm pastoral letters, written to a young Christian, about the paradox of grace and effort in the life of faith. The wisdom in the letters makes clear that it is both: trying and trusting, running and resting, dependence on grace and exerting disciplined effort. This balance is not about getting my doctrine right, but is key to living a healthy Christian life.”

Again, there are 5 prizes to win, so get in on that draw!

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

April 25, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. As they always do, they are giving away 5 prize packages this week. Each of the 5 winners will receive the following 3 books:

  • Prodigal GodThe Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller - Retail price $15.00
  • ESV Compact Bible, Imitation Leather - Retail Price $24.99
  • Crossroads: Navigating Your Calling and Career by Colin Creel – Retail Price $12.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (April 25 - 28) on the following three products:

Again, there are 5 prizes to win, so get in on that draw!

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

April 18, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by a first-time sponsor: Lamplight Prints. Lamplights was founded in 2013 by two women who love Jesus, love His Word, and love their families. As part of their desire to do what Deuteronomy 6 instructs, they wanted to find interesting and attractive ways of placing Scripture in their home. They put together a great and ongoing collection of prints based around Bible verses.

There will be 5 winners this week, and each winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to purchase anything they want from the Lamplight Prints store. Here are just a couple of examples:

Redeemer Lives

Perfect Way

For now, browse the site and enter the draw. If you are one of the winners, I will notify you next week.

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

April 11, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Kregel. Their giveaway is meant to counter How Jesus Became God, a new book by Bart Ehrman. Where Ehrman continues to insist that Jesus was not divine and, in fact, never claimed divinity, these books will give you confidence that Jesus is, indeed, the very Son of God. They are giving away 5 prizes this week, and each prize will contain the following 3 volumes:

  • Putting Jesus In His PlacePutting Jesus in His Place by Robert M. Bowman Jr. & J. Ed Komoszewski. “The central theological distinctive of Christianity—that Jesus is God incarnate—has repeatedly come under fire from adherents to other religions and scholars who interpret Jesus as a prophet, angel, or guru. Putting Jesus in His Place is designed to introduce Christians to the wealth of biblical teaching on the deity of Christ. Using evidence from the New Testament, this book helps readers appreciate the significance of Christ’s deity in a personal relationship with Him, and gives them the confidence to share the truth about Jesus with others.”
  • Jesus the Messiah by Herbert W. Bateman IV, Gordon H. Johnston & Darrell L. Bock. “Few books have sought to exhaustively trace the theme of Messiah through all of Scripture, but this book does so with the expert analysis of three leading evangelical scholars. For the Bible student and pastor, Jesus the Messiahpresents a comprehensive picture of both scriptural and cultural expectations surrounding the Messiah, from an examination of the Old Testament promises to their unique and perfect fulfillment in Jesus’ life. Students of the life of Christ will benefit from the authors’ rich understanding of ancient biblical culture and pastors will find an indispensable help for understanding the unity and importance of the ancient promise of Messiah. This handsome volume will be a ready reference on Messiah for years to come.”
  • A Reader’s Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers edited by Daniel Wallace. “The apostolic fathers (late first century to mid second century) are early and important links to apostolic Christianity, although there is vigorous debate regarding their connection with the normative teachings of the primitive church. This new reference work, designed to be used alongside Michael Holmes’s third edition of the Apostolic Fathers (Baker, 2007) makes these vital writings more accessible by providing students with contextually sensitive glosses of words that occur fewer than thirty times in the New Testament. These definitions are presented in the order in which they occur in the texts, along with the frequency of the word in the book, to facilitate a seamless reading process. This work will spur many students of the New Testament to explore the writings of the apostolic fathers and wrestle with their content, theology, praxis, use of the New Testament, and devotion to the risen Lord.”

Enter to Win

Again, there are 5 prize packages to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.

Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

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