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September 06, 2013

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Rare Document Traders. They offered me an amazing prize this week! It is a sermon manuscript page from a Charles Spurgeon sermon preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on Sunday, May 5, 1889. 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 for a friend, 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.

(source)

August 30, 2013

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is in all Stephen Miller affair. Stephen serves as worship leader at The Journey Church in St. Louis and has recently released a new album and a new book. There will be 5 winners this week and all 5 of those winners will receive a copy of each:

  • Worship Leaders We Are Not Rock StarsWorship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars (the book)
  • All Hail the King (the CD)

In Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars, Miller “exhorts his fellow worship leaders to make Jesus the center of all their efforts. He teaches how to do this with scripture, teaching, prayer, story, and song. In all, Miller’s call for worship leaders is to lead worship, whole-hearted and whole-minded exalting of God, rather than making a spectacle out of it.” (learn more)

All Hail the KingAll Hail the King is a collection of songs—some new and some old—set to contemporary worship music. Songs you may recognize include “Crown Him with Many Crowns” and “O for a Thousand Tongues.” (learn more)

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.

August 23, 2013

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by my friends at CBD Reformed. As they always do, they are offering a prize that includes some great books. There will be five winners this week, and each of the winners will receive the following:

  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul – Retail Price $14.99
  • The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story by D.A. Carson – Retail Price $16.99
  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller – Retail Price $16.00

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering the following three products at special low prices for the next few days:

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.

August 16, 2013

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Banner of Truth. They are giving away some excellent prizes this week. There will be five winners, and each of the winners will receive three books.

The first two books are new releases, while the last one has recently been re-typeset and brought back into print. Silent Witnesses is a classic Banner biography/theology title and the last two are excellent resources for understanding and fostering the work of the Spirit in the Christian life. It’s a great prize!

Silent WitnessesSilent Witneses: Lessons on Theology, Life and the Church from Christians of the Past, by Gary J. Williams. (Clothbound - Retail $24). In this book Garry Williams writes about Christians of the past for Christians of the present. He describes both famous and less well-known figures and movements from church history, from the fourth century through to the twentieth: Augustine of Hippo, the Council of Chalcedon, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, Nicholas Ridley, John Calvin, Anne Bradstreet, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, and John Laing. As their lives are sketched and their writings expounded, they serve as silent witnesses to the essentials of the Christian Faith, to the challenges of Christian living, to the work of the pastor, and to the life of the church. At the end of the book, after their stories have been told, a final chapter makes the case for a Christian view of history itself.

Faith Shaped LifeThe Faith Shaped Life, by Ian Hamilton (Paperback – Retail $11). The Christian Life is a faith-shaped life. Faith is the instrument that unites us to Christ, but it is also the reality that shapes how we live in union with Christ. From beginning to end the Christian lives by faith. The aim of this book is to flesh out what it means to ‘live by faith’. The chapters are intentionally brief and packed with biblical teaching to encourage and challenge both younger and older Christians; and above all to point us relentlessly to Jesus Christ ‘the founder and perfecter of our faith’.

Work of the Holy SpiritThe Work of the Holy Spirit: An Experimental and Practical View, by Octavius Winslow (Paperback – Retail $12). The contents of this book cannot occupy a position too prominent in our Christianity, nor can it be a theme presented too frequently for our contemplation. All that we spiritually know of ourselves, all that we know of God, and of Jesus, and his Word, we owe to the teaching of the Holy Spirit; and all the real light, sanctification, strength and comfort we are made to possess on our way to glory, we must ascribe to him. 

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.

August 09, 2013

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Wretched. Wretched is a ministry that features Todd Friel—Todd Friel on radio, television and in various other media. He is occasionally joined by fun people like R.W. Glenn, and rather boring people like myself.

Drive By TheologyToday Wretched is giving away copies of a couple of their Drive By audio series. This series is just about right for people who have just a few minutes here and there, people who commute, or people who have a short attention span. It is conversational in tone, but deep in content.

  • Drive By Church History. This is a series of 47 short lectures that will introduce you to the key people and events in church history. It features Todd, R.W. Glenn, Peter Hammond and Steve Lawson.
  • Drive By Theology. This one features 48 lectures that will teach you bibliology, theology proper, anthropology, soteriology and ten other cool words that will impress people at a potluck.

Here’s the deal. If you want physical copies sent to you, you can choose which of the two series you would like to receive. If you prefer downloads, you can have both of the series.

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.

August 02, 2013

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by ChristianAudio. ChristianAudio always gives away a free book every month and this month it is an especially good one: Basic Christianity by John Stott. Today you’ve got an opportunity to win even more good and free books!

There will be 5 winners today, and each of the winners will receive the following 3 audiobooks:

  • Stop Asking JesusStop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear (learn more)
  • The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul (learn more)
  • Galatians for You by Tim Keller (learn more)

I have read and reviewed all three of those books in the past and recommend each of them. Greear’s book is ideal for someone who is looking for assurance of salvation, Sproul’s for someone who wants to be challenged by the glory and holiness of God, and Keller’s for someone who wants to mine the riches of Galatians. 

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.

July 26, 2013

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CCEF. CCEF sees Scripture and faith to apply profoundly to the details of life. Their vision is to understand and teach how the riches of the gospel impact each of our lives and our efforts to help others. It also believes the body of Christ is God’s primary context to help and transform his people. CCEF’s desire then is to equip the church to be this kind of transforming community. These resources they are giving away represent a spread of issues on Christian life, growth, and ministry.

They are offering 5 great prize packages this week. Each of the 5 winners will receive the following package of books:

In addition, CCEF is offering readers of this site a 50% discount on their audio resources. This includes conference audio on all sorts of topics like suffering, anger, fear, shame, sex, and so on. It also includes audiobooks and other audio items. Click here to see the resources. Use the coupon code “challies50” at checkout between now and Monday to receive the discount.

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 21, 2013

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at CBD Reformed. They always offer a great prize package and this week is no exception. There will be five winners this week, and each will receive the following three books:

  • Praying the Saviours WayPraying the Saviour’s Way: Let Jesus’ Prayer Reshape Your Prayer Life by Derek Thomas - Retail price $9.99
  • ESV Compact Bible - Retail Price $22.99
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp– Retail Price $11.49

Derek Thomas’ book looks like a good one: “Even in today’s post Christian society the Lord’s Prayer remains widely known. Its beauty is that it can beunderstood by a child, but has tremendously profound lessons for those of us who investigate it more deeply. However, our tendency is to allow familiarity to breed complacency. We can repeat the Lord’s Prayer verbatim, but do we ponder its message and follow its example?”

And, of course, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand is a classic, “a comprehensive treatment in the lives of others, people who themselves are in need of change. In many ways, the church today has more consumers than committed participants. We see church merely as an event we attend or an organization we belong to, rather than as a calling that shapes our entire life. The author explains how his work follows an ‘all of my people, all of the time model.’ If you followed the Lord for a thousand years, you would still need the ministry of the body of Christ as much as you did the day you first believed. This need will remain until our sanctification is complete in Glory.”

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (June 21 - 24) on the following three products:

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 14, 2013

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Revive Our Hearts, which is, of course, the teaching ministry of Nancy Leigh DeMoss. They’ve put together five prize packages, each of which consists of a whole stack of excellent books. Each of this week’s five winners will receive:

  • A Quiet PlaceRevive Our Hearts Trilogy (Holiness, Surrender, and Brokenness)
  • The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings
  • Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy
  • Choosing Forgiveness: Your Journey to Freedom 
  • Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival

Of all of these, The Quiet Place may be the one that is of most interest to many of you. It is a collection of excellent daily devotionals written specifically for women. “Nancy Leigh DeMoss adapts the core themes of her teaching into a format her fans can enjoy daily—366 portions of rich Bible study and practical applications.”

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 07, 2013

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books. They’ve put together five prize packages, each of which consists of five new books. Each of this week’s five winners will receive:

  • A Faith Worth TeachingA Faith Worth Teaching, edited by Jon D. Payne and Sebastian Heck. “In A Faith Worth Teaching, edited by Jon Payne and Sebastian Heck, an array of faithful pastor-scholars celebrate the Heidelberg Catechism on its 450th anniversary with a collection of essays on its dynamic history, rich theology, and fruit-bearing practice that will be an encouragement to pastors and laypersons alike.”
  • Prepared by Grace, for Grace by Joel R. Beeke & Paul M. Smalley “Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley make careful analysis of the Puritan understanding of preparatory grace, demonstrate its fundamental continuity with the Reformed tradition, and identify matters where even the Puritans disagreed among themselves. Clearing away the many misconceptions and associated accusations of preparationism, this study is sure to be the standard work on how the Puritans understood the ordinary way God leads sinners to Christ.”
  • The Life and Times of Arthur Hildersham by Lesley Rowe. “Arthur Hildersham is, to a large extent, a forgotten Puritan. Since Samuel Clarke compiled a thirteen-page account of his life in the seventeenth century, there has been no biography of Hildersham. But during his lifetime, Hildersham was one of the most revered and prominent Puritan figures.”
  • The Best Method of PreachingThe Best Method of Preaching by Petrus van Mastricht. “Dividing the task of preaching into four basic aspects (planning, arrangement, parts of a sermon, and delivery), he gives analysis to show how each is meant to work, gives rules for working through each one, and discusses how each part is to aim at and interact with the affections of the hearers.”
  • Contentment, Prosperity and God’s Glory by Jeremiah Burroughs. “On the surface, it seems unnecessary to instruct someone to be content in times of prosperity. However, times of prosperity and abundance provide some of the strongest temptations to pull our hearts away from God. Jeremiah Burroughs was keenly aware that the riches of this world compete for our affections and challenge our contentment in Christ.”

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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