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September 02, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Reformed Fellowship. Reformed Fellowship, Inc., is a group of believers in Jesus Christ who are committed to promoting the historic Christian faith as it is expressed in the Reformed confessions. We subscribe to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confessions, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confessions. We publishing books and Bible study guides, as well as a bi-monthly journal, The Outlook. For a limited time, an e-version of The Outlook is available free of charge. We also have curriculum materials for catechism instruction, including the new Life in Christ series for grades 5 through 8. You can visit their website at reformedfellowship.net to learn more.

Reformed Fellowship, Inc. is offering five prizes, each of which will contain a copy of the following two books:

  • Meeting Jesus at the Feast: Israel’s Festival and the Gospel by John R. Sittema 
  • But for the Grace of God: An Exposition of the Canons of Dort by Cornelis P. Venema

Meeting Jesus at the FeastHere is a word about Meeting Jesus at the Feast:

This book aims to tell you more about Jesus. Much more. By unpacking and explaining the ancient feasts, it aims to give modern people a fuller vision of the good news of God, reveal just what it means that Jesus is the Messiah, and explain how and why his coming changed the world.

For the feasts, commissioned twelve hundred years before Jesus came, were celebrations about him. First, they anticipated his coming. Then they defined his life and ministry. In fact, you cannot really comprehend what it means that Jesus is Messiah without knowing something about the feasts. All the significant moments in his ministry (both his earthly ministry and his ministry from heaven’s throne after the ascension) were divinely structured around them.

You can learn more about But for the Grace of God right here.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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August 26, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed, a company that regularly sponsors these giveaways. This week they are offering 5 prizes, each of which contains the following 3 books:

  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas - Retail price $29.99
  • Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe by Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears  - Retail Price $22.99
  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper -  Retail Price $13.99


Bonhoeffer MetaxasHere’s a bit of information about the one that may interest you the most. “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy is the first fully comprehensive biography of Bonhoeffer in more than 40 years. Written by best-selling NY Times author Eric Metaxes, he presents both sides of Bonhoeffer’s life, as theologian and as conspirator drawing them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.”

“Presenting a deeply moving narrative, using previously unavailable documents—including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and first-hand personal accounts, Metaxas reveals dimensions of Bonhoeffer’s life and theology never before seen. Furthermore, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safety of America for the lion’s den of Hitler’s Germany, and using extended excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from Bonhoeffer’s Cell 92, we are allowed to see for the first time the full story of Bonhoeffer’s passionate and tragic romance.”

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (August 26 – August 29) on the following three products: 

Anyone can take advantage of those sales, regardless of whether you enter the giveaway and regardless of whether you win the giveaway.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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August 19, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Baker Books, a name that is well-known, I’m sure. Baker publishes many of Michael Horton’s books and today they want to give some of them away. They are offering 5 prize packages and each of the 5 winners will be able to select 2 of the following titles:

The Gospel CommissionThe Gospel Commission is the newest of these titles. Here is a brief description of it:

Many churches in America today want to be powerful, relevant, and influential in personal and social transformation. A plethora of programs for outreach, discipleship, and spiritual disciplines are available at any bookstore and on countless websites. Yet what we need most is a renewed understanding of and commitment to the Great Commission. We assume that we already know the nature of this commission and the appropriate methods of carrying it out.

But Michael Horton contends that it too often becomes our mission instead of God’s. At a time when churches are zealously engaged in creating mission statements and strategic plans, he argues that we must ask ourselves anew whether we are ambassadors, following the script we’ve been given, or building our own kingdoms with our own blueprint.

Pastors and church leaders will value this frank and hopeful next-step exploration of the Great Commission as a call to renewed understanding and good practice.

Each winner will also receive a copy of John Stott’s Through the Bible, Through the Year devotional, which Baker’s just released in paperback.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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August 12, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Good Book Company they have another great offer for you. The brand new edition of Christianity Explored has been described by Michael Horton as “the best resource for group and personal evangelism available”, and today we are offering 5 free starter packs sets, each worth $99. Each set includes all you need to start a Christianity Explored course at your church, in your neighborhood or home: 1 DVD, 3 Leaders’ Guides, 9 Handbooks.

Christianity Explored is ideal as a way of introducing people to Jesus, or as a refresher course for your home group or entire congregation. By focusing on Mark’s Gospel, it allows people to explore the person at the heart of the Christian faith - Jesus Christ. The new edition has been fully revised and updated and there are also editions for young people (CY) and those with English as a second language (English-made-easy) as well as a follow-up course called Discipleship Explored.

Christianity Explored

To learn more about how to run a CE course in your church check out this video.

What are people saying about this new edition? 

“I wish every Church, every Sunday School Class, and every Small Group would use Christianity Explored at least once a year. Then our churches might once again become what they were meant to be: God’s evangelistic society and network of spiritual maternity hospitals where we live in expectation that new Christians will be born. I have rejoiced to see people come to faith in Christ through its ministry.”
Sinclair B Ferguson, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.

“Christianity Explored used to be a great resource for introducing people to Jesus. Now it’s even better. Fresher, sharper, simpler. I love the way the whole course now revolves around Mark’s Gospel, completing the claim that people will meet Jesus from the pages of Mark’s account.”
Tim Chester, Author of Total Church and Pastor of The Crowded House, Sheffield

“Christianity Explored is a tremendous resource for churches who want to reach their community for Christ. It provides a welcoming, accessible, and unapologetically scriptural presentation of the gospel. It also serves as a practical, useable, model to equip and mobilize a congregation for evangelism. This new edition is superbly produced and can be easily used in small or large group contexts.”
Rev. John Currie, Lecturer in Practical Theology and Director of Student Development and Alumni Relations, Westminster Theological Seminary

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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August 05, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is once again sponsored by our friends at CBD Reformed. As they always do, they are offering 5 prizes, each of which will contain 3 great books.

  • Slave MacArthurChristian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem - Retail price $12.99
  • Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ by John MacArthur - Retail Price $22.99
  • Respectable Sins: Confronting The Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges - Retail Price $19.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (August 5 – August 8) on the following three products. Anyone is free to take advantage of these deals:

Remember that, as always, there will be 5 winners and each of the winners will take home 3 books.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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July 29, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is Desiring God, a name you are all familiar with, I’m sure. Desiring God is the teaching ministry of John Piper, and DG would like to give you some of Piper’s best books. They are offering 5 prize packages, each of which contains a copy of the following 3 books:

Think PiperHere is a word about Think, the book you may be least familiar with:

This book will help Christians think about thinking. Focusing on the life of the mind helps us to know God better, love him more, and care for the world. Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practice careful thinking about God. Piper contends that “thinking is indispensable on the path to passion for God.” So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of mind and heart, thinking and feeling?

Piper urges us to think for the glory of God. He demonstrates from Scripture that glorifying God with our minds and hearts is not either-or, but both-and. Thinking carefully about God fuels passion and affections for God. Likewise, Christ-exalting emotion leads to disciplined thinking.

Readers will be reminded that “the mind serves to know the truth that fuels the fires of the heart.”

Remember that there will be 5 winners!

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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July 22, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is Reformation Heritage Books. RHB is a small publisher, but one that consistently brings us a powerful combination of treasures from the past combined with some of the best of contemporary writing. Today RHB is giving away 5 prizes today, each of which is two complete sets of the 3-volumes series called Puritan Treasures—one for you and one for your church library (or another good cause). 

The Fading of the FleshHere is a description of the 3 books:

  • The Fading of the Flesh and the Flourishing of Faith by George Swinnock - The Puritans frequently talked about dying well. That is something we do not discuss much these days, though we should. In this book, George Swinnock presents modern readers with valuable food for thought as he expounds Psalm 73:26, “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Swinnock combines careful explanation with vivid illustration to reveal the futility of earthly comforts and highlight the inestimable comfort, satisfaction, and joy afforded us in Christ. Displaying the relevance of the Puritans for today, you will find this sorely neglected and sobering topic an easy, thought-provoking, and compelling read.
  • Triumphing Over Sinful Fear by John Flavel - To some degree, everyone experiences fear. It impacts the decisions we make and leaves us feeling helpless. John Flavel begins this book by examining various fears and discussing general ways God governs it in this world. He then turns to sinful fear in particular, explaining its causes and disastrous effects. His longest chapter discusses rules for dealing with sinful fear, showing how a proper fear of God is the ultimate remedy for all other fears. This practical book will help you avoid making excuses for sinful fear and encourage you to trust in Christ’s commitment to settle His people’s feeble and trembling hearts.
  • Stop Loving The World by William Greenhill - Live in this world in such a way that people recognize that God is your treasure. Do you live in this world in such a way that people recognize that it is not your treasure? The Puritans were greatly concerned with suppressing worldliness in the church. Today, worldliness is an even greater problem, exacerbated by the fact that so few dare to speak out against it. In this book, William Greenhill provides modern readers with a healthy antidote to our love affair with the world. He explains what it means to love the world, exposes the dangers of cherishing it, shares how we ought to relate to it, and gives encouraging directions for removing our hearts from it. This is a book with a timeless message, demonstrating the relevance of the Puritans for today. By God’s grace, it will help persuade you that the world and all its charms are not what you should live for.

Remember that there are 5 prizes to win (30 books in total!)!

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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July 15, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s sponsor for Free Stuff Fridays is, once again, CBD Reformed, a regular participant in these giveaways. As always, they are giving away 5 great prize packs, each of which contains 3 books. Five winners will each receive:

  • A Meal With JesusA Meal With Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community & Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester - Retail price $14.99
  • Is Hell For Real Or Does Everyone Go To Heaven? by Various Contributors (Tim Keller, Al Mohler, J.I. Packer…) - Retail Price $9.99
  • Desiring God, Revised Edition by John Piper - Retail Price $14.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (July 15 – July 18) on the following three products:

There are 5 prizes to win, go why don’t you go ahead and enter…

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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July 08, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is one you know, I think: Family Christian Stores. They are giving away a great new product that isn’t even available for sale yet—the new ESV Student Study Bible

Study Bible

The ESV Student Study Bible is ideally suited for students who are serious about God’s Word—who want to learn more about what the Bible teaches and how the Bible applies to all of life.

With 12,000 clear, concise study notes, the ESV Student Study Bible provides numerous new features—including nearly 900 “Did You Know?” facts, 120 new Bible character profiles, and 15 new topical articles. It also features a new glossary of key terms, more than 80 full-color maps and illustrations, an extensive concordance, and 80,000 cross-references. These and many other features make it the most comprehensive, colorful, and content-rich student Bible available today. Suited to high school and college students, the ESV Student Study Bible is also a versatile resource for anyone engaged in serious study of God’s Word.

You can read more about it right here.

Family Christian has 5 of these Bibles to give away, which means that there will be 5 winners.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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July 01, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is a brand new one, You know I like to keep you on your toes with these giveaways and this week’s sponsor is, well, just a little bit different. Meet Backbone Threads, manufacturer of “Graphically Insane Christian Shirts.” If you’re over 30 or 40 years old, you may already be thinking of who you could give the prize to if you win it.

Backbone Threads has 8 different t-shirts in their catalog and are giving away 1 of each of them. Kind of. The winners will actually be able to choose whichever one they prefer.

Here’s what you need to know about the company:

We offer Graphically Insane Christian Shirts created for those who stand unashamed for Christ. We have some in-your-face attention grabbers, but offer some more subtle statements of faith as well. Our shirts are super soft, 100% preshrunk cotton fitted shirts. They tend to fit snug, so order a size up if you prefer a looser cut. We offer free and fast shipping and 100% returns for any reason. We donate 10% of our profits to worth Christian organizations, and are accepting recommendations through our Facebook page for new charities.

Backbone Threads has created a coupon code, CHALL2011, which will allow anyone to take 20% off of an order. So keep that in your back pocket if you don’t win the freebie.

Here is a sample of their wares (or wears, I suppose):

Backbone Threads

There are 8 shirts to give away, so there will be 8 winners.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. 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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