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February 25, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is CBD Reformed—you know them by now, I’m sure. They are giving away a prize package that contains 3 books by 3 authors you know well, I’m sure.

  • Think by PiperThink by John Piper  – Retail Price $19.99
  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan – Retail Price $14.99
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – Retail Price $13.99

Additionally they are offering a 4-day sale (February 25 – 28) on the following three products:

Anyone is invited to take advantage of those deals, regardless of whether you enter the giveaway or 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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February 22, 2011

Today you’ve got a rare opportunity to own (win) a little piece of history and what must be the most unique thing I’ve given away through this site. Rare Document Traders has offered me a sermon manuscript page from a Charles Spurgeon sermon preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on Sunday, September 22, 1889. This is an exclusive offer to the readers of Challies.com and it won’t last long. The page is heavily amended by the Prince of preachers himself before the sermon went to the printers.

It comes with the sermon manuscript page, as well as a printed page giving the sermon text itself and title, a picture suitable for framing and a certificate of validation and authenticity from Spurgeon’s College in London (see an example). I recently purchased one of these myself as a gift, so can attest that it’s genuine.

Let me explain just a little bit. When Spurgeon preached, someone would immediately transcribe the sermon. That transcription was passed to Spurgeon who would often make a few changes to it before sending it off to be printed and distributed. Here is how it happened:

At the Tabernacle a shorthand writer was always in attendance to take down the sermon as delivered…

The sermon, written out in longhand by the reporter, was taken to C. H. Spurgeon’s house, and early on Monday morning he commenced to revise it, first of all glancing at the number of folios to see whether the discourse were longer or shorter than usual, whether he would have to cut it down or write some additional matter to bring it to the required length. On one occasion, at least, the preacher was found by the servants at work upon the manuscript as early as four o’clock in the morning, and sometimes, when he had preaching engagements in the country on Monday (necessitating an early departure), he has been compelled, on Sunday night, after returning weary from the day’s labors at the Tabernacle, to begin revising the shorthand writer’s manuscript then. The work could not be left till Tuesday, and C. H. Spurgeon used playfully to remark that the earth itself would cease to revolve if the sermon did not come out every Thursday morning.

After the preacher had made the alterations and corrections which he considered necessary upon the manuscript, he used to hand it over to his private secretary for the verification of quotations, the proper punctuation of the matter, etc., and when about a third was ready, a messenger would take that installment post-haste to the printers, returning later for the remainder. By this time it was usually late in the afternoon, for the work was done thoroughly, and after tea the preacher had to hurry off to the Tabernacle for the weekly prayer meeting, which was sometimes followed by another engagement.

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What you can win today is one of those pages—a page written out by the shorthand writer and then amended by Spurgeon. It looks a little something like this:

Spurgeon Page

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 Thursday at noon.

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February 18, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is Crossway, a company we all know well, I’m sure. Crossway has 3 new books for you to win—or for 5 of you to win at any rate. Which is to say that 5 people will win all 3 of these books:

Practicing AffirmationPracticing Affirmation is one that looks particularly interesting to me. Here’s a description:

It happens in marriages, parent-child relationships, friendships, workplaces, and churches: Communication falters, friendships wane, teenagers withdraw, marriages fail, and bitter rifts sever once-strong ties. Christian communities are no exception. Why do so many of our relationships suffer from alienation, indifference, and even hostility?  

Author Sam Crabtree believes that often at the heart of these breakdowns is a lack of affirmation. He observes in Scripture that God grants mercy to those who refresh others, and in life that people tend to be influenced by those who praise them. Crabtree shows how a robust “God-centered affirmation ratio” refreshes others and honors God.

Practicing Affirmation sounds a call to recognize and affirm the character of Christ in others. When done well, affirmation does not fuel pride in the person, but refreshes them and honors God. All who are discouraged in relationships will find wisdom and practical insight in this book.

Again, there are 5 prize packages to be won. So what are you waiting for?

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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February 11, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s sponsor of Free Stuff Fridays is Shepherd Press and they’ve got a really good prize for you to win. Well, for 5 of you to win at any rate.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, they want to give you the audio from the recent Shepherd Press Authors’ Conference where the topic was “Rejuvenating the Gospel in Your Marriage and Family.” This includes both plenary sessions plus all six breakout sessions along with the bonus authors’ round table session. The plenary sessions feature Dave Harvey and Tedd Tripp speaking on Marriage. The breakout sessions include subjects such as empty nesting, redemption in relationships, how day-to-day talk affects your marriage and family, wisdom for husbands and fathers, and so on.

But there is more. Each winner will also receive five books:

That’s quite a prize package—an entire conference’s audio along with 5 great books (I’ve read them all and can vouch for each one of them). And all you need to do to be entered is put your name and email address in the form below.

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.

February 04, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays giveaway is sponsored by Revive Our Hearts, the ministry of Nancy Leigh DeMoss. ROH is giving away 5 prize packages, each of which contains 4 books:

  • Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free
  • The Companion Guide for Lies Women Believe
  • Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free
  • The Companion Guide for Lies Young Women Believe

If these aren’t books you will read yourself, I know there is someone you could give them to who would benefit from reading them.

Lies Women Believe

In Lies Women Believe, a book that has sold over half a million copies, “Nancy Leigh DeMoss addresses forty common lies that enslave Christian women today, and helps women begin to walk in freedom and true joy. This book is a must-read for any woman who longs to be free.” Lies Young Women Believe “will give girls aged 13-19 the tools they need to identify where their lives and beliefs are off course—the result of buying into Satan’s lies about God, guys, media, and more. Nancy Leigh DeMoss teams up with youth author Dannah Gresh to speak to teenage girls about the top lies they believe. They then equip young women in the skills and the truths of Scripture that overcome those lies.” Both books comes with a companion guide.

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.

January 28, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

Today’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is once again CBD Reformed. CBD Reformed is always giving away great prizes and today is no exception. Today they are even giving away a book that everyone wants but no one can find—Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith. Each of five winners will receive a package of 3 books that includes:

Here’s a description of The Christian Faith:

Prolific theologian Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on The Way represents his magnum opus and will be viewed as one of-if not the-most important systematic theologies since the final volume of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics.

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 towards Christ and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians. Features of this volume include:

(1) a brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine; (2) surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions; (3) substantial interaction with various Christian movements within the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions, as well as the hermeneutical issues raised by postmodernity; and (4) practical tools for learning such as charts, sidebars, questions for discussion, and an extensive bibliography, divided into different entry levels and topics.

Additionally, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (January 28 – 31) on the following two products:

Anyone is free to take advantage of these special deals.

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.

January 21, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

There are some anniversaries that we remember with joy; there are other anniversaries that we remember with grief and out of grim necessity. Such is the case with tomorrow’s 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is Ligonier Ministries and Ligonier is offering prize packages based around a book that R.C. Sproul wishes he hadn’t ever had to write.

There will be 5 prizes this week—4 smaller prizes and 1 grand prize.

Abortion R.C. Sproul4 winners will each receive a copy of R.C. Sproul’s book Abortion, recently reprinted in a brand new edition. The grand prize winner will receive:

Here is a quick summary of the book: “In this book, Dr. R.C. Sproul employs his unique perspective as a highly experienced pastor-theologian and a trained philosopher to provide well-considered and compassionate answers to the difficult questions that attend termination of pregnancy. Dr. Sproul strives for a factual, well-reasoned approach informed by careful biblical scholarship. He considers both sides of this issue in terms of biblical teaching, civil law, and natural law. This edition includes a new foreword by Dr. George Grant and has been updated to reflect developments in the issue. Appendixes provide further background on the issue of when life begins and list sources for pro-life resources.”

This will be a great collection of resources to keep for your own use or to consider donating to your church library.

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.

January 14, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s sponsor of Free Stuff Fridays is Bob Kellemen of RPM Ministries. Bob is a biblical counselor who has written 5 books and who writes for Discerning Reader, Gospel Coalition, and other ministries.

Bob is giving away 5 prizes. There will be 2 packages that contain Soul Physicians and Spiritual Friends (which together retail for $80). There will be 3 prizes each containing 3 books that together retail at $55.00: God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, Sacred Friendships, and Beyond the Suffering. Here is some information about the books:

PhysiciansSoul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction - The Remedy to Secular Psychology: Everyone talks about biblical counseling but what makes biblical counseling truly biblical? Soul Physicians equips readers to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth by speaking the truth in love. It explores biblical answers to life’s seven ultimate questions. Discover how to understand people, diagnose problems, and describe solutions–biblically.

FriendsSpiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction - Everyone talks about doing biblical counseling, but what does it look like in real life? Spiritual Friends equips readers to develop twenty-two biblical counseling skills. With 1000s of illustrative interactions and 100s of skill-building exercises, it’s a biblically relevant training manual and a relationally practical workbook for relating God’s truth to human relationships.

HealingGod’s Healing for Life’s Losses: How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting - Are you ready for real, raw, honest, and hopeful conversation about suffering, loss, and grief—from a Christ-centered perspective? When life’s losses invade your world, learn how to face suffering face-to-face with God.

BeyondBeyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction - If you love stories of victory snatch from the jaws of defeat; if you have a passion for multi-cultural ministry; and if you want to learn life lessons from the legacy of the heroes of the Black Church, then Beyond the Suffering is the book of choice. Through 100s of first-person narratives  of remarkable men and women, readers learn how to move beyond suffering to the place of Christ’s healing hope.

FriendshipsSacred Friendships: Celebrating the Legacy of Women Heroes of the Faith - Celebrate the incredible stories of over fifty amazing Christian women. Sacred Friendships gives voice to the voiceless as it narrates how godly Christian women have provided soul care and spiritual direction for the past 2,000 years.

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.

January 07, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s sponsor of Free Stuff Fridays is Christian Focus Publications, a name that is familiar to most of us, I would imagine. And they’ve got a great giveaway for the start of a new year. Here’s the ideal way to begin the New Year with devotional readings from the pen of George Whitefield and a timely and much appreciated encouragement to private prayer by David McIntyre both published by Christian Focus. Five people will each win both of these books.

Hidden Life of PrayerThe Hidden Life of Prayer comes highly recommended by men like John Piper and Wayne Grudem. “Private or secret prayer is the life-blood of the Christian. The great men and women of God down through the ages have testified to the effectiveness of this in their lives. Some like Martin Luther, have said that they could not survive a busy day without spending 2-3 hours alone with God. Drawing on the experiences of people like Luther, Spurgeon, Muller, Whitefield and Wesley, the author presses the case for a greater commitment to prayer. His advice may not only transform your life, it could be a catalyst towards a change in the world around you.”

Daily ReadingsGeorge Whitefield Daily Readings is “the first devotional compiled solely from Whitefield’s works and provides an excellent introduction to the spirituality of this eighteenth century evangelical. In this carefully edited edition, Randall Pederson has chosen passages based upon George Whitefield’s letters and sermons that will encourage, inspire and challenge the reader each day. Bible passages are based upon the ESV.”

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.

December 31, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

I guess this is the final Free Stuff Fridays of 2010. I’m glad to say that there will be many more of them in 2011 and beyond. But for now, let’s see what we’ve got to giveaway for today.

HamiltonThis week’s edition of Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. They are giving away 5 prizes, each of which will contain the following 3 great books:

  • God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment by James Hamilton – Retail price $40.00
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis – Retail price $13.99
  • A Portrait of Paul by Rob Ventura & Jeremy Walker – Retail price - $18.00

Additionally, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (December 31 – January 3) on the following three products. Anyone is free to take advantage of these deals:

There are 5 prizes to win, so get your name in ASAP.

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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