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Giveaways

Free Stuff Fridays Updated
June 10, 2016

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Good Book Company who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away a set of the God’s Word For You series (11 books in total) to 3 different winners.

God's Word For You is a series of expository guides which walk you through books of the Bible verse-by-verse.

These flexible resources can be used for reading, for feeding and for leading: read them simply as a book; use them to feed on God's word as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions; or use them as you prepare to lead small-group Bible studies or teach in your church.

Every title is written by a trusted Bible teacher—so you can rely on the God’s Word For You series to give you accurate exposition and insightful application of the text.

The God’s Word For You series continues to grow, but so far it encompasses:

Gods Word For You

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
May 27, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Missional Wear which also sponsored the blog this week. They are offering 5 prizes this week with a bonus!

Five winners will receive a $50 Gift Certificate towards any purchase. The bonus is open to everyone and they are giving away a completely FREE sticker, all that you need to do is go and claim it! Adorn your car, computer, or other personal items with this awesome 3 inch outdoor durable vinyl decal featuring John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon. They have 500 of these to send out, so hurry over to Missional Wear before this offer expires! *US addresses only.

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Father's Day

Skip the neckties and barbecue sets this year and find unique gifts that any Reformed dad or grad will love. Missional Wear offers a large selection of apparel, coffee mugs, pint glasses, posters, and much more. Get $10 off your $50 purchase for a limited time using the code: CHALLIES

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
May 20, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Made to Flourish which also sponsored the blog this week. There will be 5 winners this week and each of them will receive a fantastic package of books (and a DVD) related to work, to vocation. Here are the titles:

  • For the Life of the WorldGod at Work by Gene Veith. "Unpacking the Bible’s teaching on work, Veith helps us to see the meaning in our vocations, the force behind our ethics, and the transformative presence of God in our everyday, ordinary lives."
  • Work Matters by Tom Nelson. "Striking a balance between theological depth and practical counsel, Tom Nelson outlines God’s purposes for work in a way that helps us to make the most of our vocation and to join God in his work in the world. Discover a new perspective on work that will transform your workday and make the majority of your waking hours matter, not only now, but for eternity."
  • Flourishing Faith by Chad Brand. "In Flourishing Faith, Dr. Chad Brand examines key issues of the history and theology of political economy: work, wealth, government, and taxation with its various implications. Brand then explores the philosophy of how government relates to political economy and highlights how Baptists have contributed. Insightful, provocative, and generous."
  • The Pastor’s Guide to Fruitful Work and Economic Wisdom by Various. "This Pastor’s Guide lays out a vision for our daily lives. Discipleship is not reserved for Sundays and service projects; it is faithfully lived in everyday actions in jobs, homes, and communities. Pastors, yours is a wonderful and difficult calling. This book is designed to equip you to serve your people in profound and tangible ways."
  • What’s Best Next by Matt Perman. "By anchoring your understanding of productivity in God's purposes and plan, What's Best Next will give you a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you do."
  • For the Life of the World (DVD resource). "For the Life of the World: Letters to Exiles is an invitation to explore the scandalous and beautiful story of God’s plan for the whole world. It starts with this key question: what is our Salvation FOR? How does it affect every part of our existence?"

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
May 13, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Biblical Eldership Resources which also sponsored the blog this week. They are offering 5 prize packages this week, which means there will be 5 winners, each of whom will receive the following three products:

  • Biblical EldershipBiblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch. "With over 200,000 copies in print, this comprehensive look at the role and function of elders brings all the advantages of shared leadership into focus. Beginning with the four broad categories of eldership (leading, feeding, caring, and protecting), Biblical Eldership explores the essential work of elders, their qualifications (including why qualifications are necessary), their relationships with each other, and each of the biblical passages related to eldership. Written for those seeking a clear understanding of the mandate for biblical eldership, this full-length, expository book defines it accurately, practically, and according to Scripture."
  • Biblical Eldership: Study Guide by Alexander Strauch. "Trying to organize a discussion around the complete text of any full-length book can be unwieldy, and Biblical Eldership is no exception. Now, with the help of this discussion guide, the elders at your church can review the principles of the book and personalize them to your setting in a few manageable sessions. By capturing the major points and themes of Biblical Eldership in one-page summaries with discussion questions, the Biblical Eldership Discussion Guide will help you bridge the gap between understanding and application."
  • Christian Maturity: Based on the Qualifications for Elders (includes a self-evaluation and two laminated cards).

I consider Biblical Eldership a must-have resource for pastors and church leaders, so I'm excited to be able to give away these prizes!

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
May 06, 2016

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary. Three people will win a set of resources for a 10-person Bible study on how to read all of Scripture in light of Christ. Each winner will receive a copy of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, a copy of Vern Poythress’s Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God, and ten copies of Seeing Christ in All of Scripture, a book by Westminster faculty.

ESV Gospel Transformation Bible
The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel-illuminating notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. 

Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation
Every time we read the Bible, we’re reading in the presence of God. How should this incredible truth shape how we read? Moving quickly from principle to practice, Vern Poythress helps us rethink how we interpret the Bible by showing us the implications of entering into God's presence as we study. 

Seeing Christ in All of Scripture
Interpreting the Bible can be a challenge. Seeing Christ in All of Scripture is designed to help people understand the beautiful, Christ-centered structure of the Bible. This concise compilation of essays by Westminster faculty provides a unique and practical tool for personal or group Bible study.

Click here for a free PDF of Seeing Christ in All of Scripture to preview the book.

Westminster Seminary Giveaway

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
April 29, 2016

This week's giveaway is sponsored by FamilyLife who also sponsored the blog this week. There will be 5 winners and each will receive their choice of Passport2Identity for Young MenPassport2Identity for Young Women, or Passport2Purity. They will also receive a $10 gift card to help with the cost of their getaway.

Passport2Identity for Young Men – A weekend getaway kit for you and your teenage son. Guide your son to independence through dependence on Christ with the help of Passport2Identity for Young Men. Seasoned contributors like Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine, Crawford Loritts, and many others guide your discussions and help your son learn to become a man. 

Manhood

Passport2Identity for Young Women – A weekend getaway kit for you and your teenage daughter. Guide your daughter to independence through dependence on Christ with the help of Passport2Identity for Young Women. Seasoned contributors like Barbara Rainey, Jen Wilken, Courtney Reissig, and many others guide your discussions and help your daughter learn to become an authentic woman.

Womanhood

Passport2Purity - A life-changing getaway with your preteen. Your child begins the journey into adolescence in a world of sexting, bullying, online stalking, and moral defiance. Innocence is under attack, and you cannot win the battle with a single awkward talk or a strict set of rules. The primary defense for your child is a strong relationship with you and with God.

Purity

FamilyLife has developed Passport2Purity® (P2P) to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead. Through the shared listening experience, object lessons, and guided conversations of a P2P weekend getaway, you can set your son or daughter on a journey of moral integrity—and strengthen the bond between you.

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
April 29, 2016

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary. Three people will win a set of resources for a 10-person Bible study on how to read all of Scripture in light of Christ. Each winner will receive a copy of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, a copy of Vern Poythress’s Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God, and ten copies of Seeing Christ in All of Scripture, a book by Westminster faculty.

ESV Gospel Transformation Bible

The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel-illuminating notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. 

Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation

Every time we read the Bible, we’re reading in the presence of God. How should this incredible truth shape how we read? Moving quickly from principle to practice, Vern Poythress helps us rethink how we interpret the Bible by showing us the implications of entering into God's presence as we study. 

Seeing Christ in All of Scripture

Interpreting the Bible can be a challenge. Seeing Christ in All of Scripture is designed to help people understand the beautiful, Christ-centered structure of the Bible. This concise compilation of essays by Westminster faculty provides a unique and practical tool for personal or group Bible study.

Click here for a free PDF of Seeing Christ in All of Scripture to preview the book.

Westminster Seminary Giveaway

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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. If you are viewing this through email, click to visit my site and enter there.

Free Stuff Fridays Updated
April 22, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Zondervan and features books by Michael Horton. There will be 3 winners this week and each of them will receive the following books:

  • Core Christianity. For many people, words like doctrine and theology cause their eyes to glaze over, or they find them difficult to understand and struggle to see how they are relevant to daily life. But theology is far from boring; it is the study of God and should lead to awe and wonder as we better understand who God is and what he has done for us. In Core Christianity, author, pastor, and theologian Mike Horton tackles the essential and basic beliefs that all Christians share. What is core to the Christian faith? In addition to unpacking these beliefs in a way that is easy to understand, Horton shows why they matter to our lives today.
  • Pilgrim Theology. In this book, Michael Horton guides readers through a preliminary exploration of Christian theology in "a Reformed key." Horton reviews the biblical passages that give rise to a particular doctrine in addition to surveying past and present interpretations. Also included are sidebars showing the key distinctions readers need to grasp on a particular subject, helpful charts and tables illuminating exegetical and historical topics, and questions at the end of each chapter for individual, classroom, and small group reflection.
  • Ordinary. Pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it’s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace. Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it’s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.
  • The Christian Faith. Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus and will be viewed as one of—if not the—most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. Professor Horton views this volume as "doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated." It is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians.
  • For Calvinism. Michael Horton invites us to explore the teachings of Calvinism, also commonly known as Reformed theology, by showing us how it is biblical and God-centered, leading us to live our lives for the glory of God. As a companion to Roger Olson’s Against Calvinism, readers will be able to compare contrasting perspectives and form their own opinions on the merits and weaknesses of Calvinism.
  • A Place for Weakness. In A Place for Weakness, Horton exposes the pop culture that sells Jesus like a product for health and happiness and reminds us that our lives often lead us on difficult routes we must follow by faith. This book offers a series of powerful readings that demonstrate how, through every type of earthly difficulty, our Father keeps his promises from Scripture and works all things together for our good.