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September 25, 2012

It was ten years ago today that I began this web site and I think the occasion must call for some kind of a celebration (click here for some reflections on the past ten years). The way I tend to celebrate around here is with a giveaway. So here goes! There are going to be three winners in this giveaway and each of them can choose one of three prizes. Here’s what I’ve got for you:

Each of the winners will be able to choose which of these they would like to receive.

Gathering entries for a giveaway like this is actually a little bit more difficult than you might think, so I’m going to use a program developed for just that purpose. It allows you to simply sign up by inputting your name and email address (all your information will remain confidential) and, if you like, to earn a couple of extra entries by sharing news of the giveaway.

(If you are reading this on the main page of my site, just click “Keep Reading” to enter.)

September 21, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday comes to you courtesy ChristianAudio. “The vision of ChristianAudio is to shape Christian hearts to think and do right. We believe in publishing and selling products which will promote spiritual growth by inspiring Christians to think about God, themselves, and the world.” Today they are giving away five prize packages, each of which will contain three audiobooks:

Fearless and Wherever I Wind Up are both books that have recently appeared on the bestseller lists. Meanwhile, here’s a description of John MacArthur’s book:

Worship is so much more than what is sung or played in church on Sunday morning. John MacArthur takes you step by step in a discovery of who and how to worship. From the existence of God and His attributes, to instruction on the right and wrong ways to worship God, MacArthur never strays from teaching and explaining what the Bible says. This book makes it Biblically clear that worship is all about how we prioritize and live our daily lives to honor and glorify God. Make worship your ultimate priority!

There are five prizes to win!

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.

September 14, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday comes to you courtesy of Matthias Media. One of Matthias Media’s most exciting new products is called The Course of Your Life and they will be giving away 5 Leader’s Guides + the DVD and a copy of the workbook, a $60 value. In other words, they’ll be giving away all you need to run the course yourself.

The Course of Your LifeThe Course of Your Life is essentially a framework to help you apply the word of God to people’s lives prayerfully and intensively. The subtitle is ‘a personal revolution’, and that’s what the course seeks to do—to revolutionize hearts and minds by focusing on the central and profound issues of who God is, what he has done in Christ, what his extraordinary plans are for the world and for us, and how that generates a whole new agenda for the course of our lives: to be a disciple-making disciple of Jesus.

There are five packages to give away, which means that there will be five different 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.

September 07, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday comes to you courtesy of CBD Reformed. There will be five winners this week, and each of the winners will receive a package containing the following three books:

  • The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller - Retail Price $14.00
  • Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur - Retail Price $22.99
  • Living By The Book by Howard and William Hendricks - Retail price $18.99

Twelve Unlikely HeroesTwelve Unlikely Heroes is the newest book from John MacArthur. Here’s what the publisher says about it:

At first glance it may seem easy to put Bible heroes on a pedestal, and to think, They were specially chosen by God and had unique gifts and abilities. How could I possibly be like them? However, the reality is that the Bible figures we admire were human, with strengths and weaknesses just like us.

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, best-selling author and teacher from Grace to You ministries, John MacArthur takes a closer look at several of these saints to show how God’s glory shines all the clearer through their imperfect stories. You’ll get to know the lives and times of Joseph, Jonathan, Esther, James and many others. In doing so, it will become clear how their stories apply to our lives today, and reveal the true Hero behind every witness.

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (September 7 - 10) on the following three products:

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.

August 31, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is a little bit different than the standard Friday fare. This week’s sponsor is Edgar’s, a shop at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Edgar’s, Southern Seminary’s retailer of all things class, is located in the Honeycutt Campus Center, across from Founders’ Café. Edgar’s, the namesake of Southern Seminary founder E.Y. Mullins, carries suits and blazers, silk ties, dress shirts, and Fossil bags and accessories, watches, fine writing instruments, notebooks and stationery, and other accessories.”

Safari PenSpeaking of fine writing instruments and notebooks, that is exactly what they are giving away. There will be five winners this week and each will win:

  • A beautiful Lamy safari fountain pen (along with an extra pack of five ink cartridges).
  • A large Leuchtturm notebook which is designed to be fountain pen friendly.

“The world famous Safari writing instruments are popular for their modern style and dependability. Their weight and contoured gripping section allow you to use them for hours and hours, and you will!” As for the notebook, “The Leuchtturm1917 journal has all of the great features found in your Moleskine and a whole lot more. Not only does the Leuchtturm journal have the classic good looks and standard features of the Moleskine notebook, it also has numbered pages, an index and labels for the front and spine of the journal. The last 8 sheets are perforated for easy removal and fit nicely into the folder on the inside of the back cover.”

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.

August 24, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by P&R Publications. They are offering up five prize packages, each of which will contain 21 different titles—a brand new book and two series of booklets. Each of the five winners will receive:

Gospel TreasonResources for Biblical Living is a series of excellent 32-page booklets, the kind of booklets you want to read yourself and then keep on-hand to give away. They address issues such as grief, discontentment, fear, selfishness, and the like. Each issue is handled carefully, biblically and with a view to overcoming that issue through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The new Gospel for Real Life booklet series is meant for counseling. The initial six titles look to issues like cutting, borderline personality, anxiety, and so on. Counselors will find them invaluable resources.

Gospel Treason is perhaps best described in this endorsement: “Brad has thought a lot about the insidiousness of idolatry in today’s culture. He has done a thorough job of showing us how modern day idols are both offensive to God and grace robbing to the believer. This book will cause you to consider your own heart in terms of what you really want and live for. It will also help you to minister to others who are suffering or caught in sin that hinders them from the freedom we have in the gospel.”

Five winners will receive all of those titles…

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.

August 17, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is all about Bible study for small groups and individuals. This week’s sponsor, The Good Book Company is offering 5 of you a chance to win a collection of all 33 Good Book Guides.

“The format is very user-friendly and the content is rich and accessible.”
—Justin Taylor, author, blogger and and VP of Editorial at Crossway

The folks over at The Good Book Company see their mission this way, “God’s growth process for individuals and churches starts with us clearly hearing God’s voice in Scripture. Therefore, our aim here at The Good Book Company is to produce resources which put the Word of God in the driving seat, helping ordinary believers open up the Bible for themselves. Whatever your age or stage in life, we offer practical, Bible-centered books and resources that will help you and your church family build your lives on the gospel of grace and serve the Lord better day by day.”

Good Book Guides

The missional direction of The Good Book Company directly applies to the purpose of their Good Book Guides:

The aim of these Good Book Guides, as with any profitable Bible study, is to enable us to:

  • understand the meaning of a Bible passage.
  • fit the passage into the ‘big picture’ of God’s total revelation in His Word, so that we can understand what it means for us now, living in the light of Jesus and His gospel.
  • apply what we have learned in depth, to ourselves, individually and as a church, so that we can work towards practical changes in all aspects of our lives.

The range of Bible study guides have authors such as Mark Dever, Tim Chester, and Justin Buzzard among many others. And, coming early 2013, Timothy Keller.

5 winners will be awarded complete sets; however, The Good Book Company is offering to double the amount of winners to 10 if they can achieve 2,000 “likes” on their Facebook page by next Friday.

They are currently offering 55% off any bulk orders of 10 or more of their Good Book Guides, through the end of September. If you’re interested in trying a few you can enter the discount code: chgbg and get 25% off each one, today only.

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.

August 10, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is one you’re going to like. It is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books and features some great books by Simonetta Carr. Carr has authored a set of Christian biographies for young readers and today I am giving away five sets of all five of the books she has written so far. That includes:

  • Lady Jane GreyAugustine
  • Athanasius
  • John Owen
  • John Calvin
  • Lady Jane Grey

This means that there will be five winners and each of the winners will receive the entire set.

August 03, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed and, as they always do, they are giving away five prize packages. Each of five winners will receive the following three books:

  • Dont Waste Your LifeThe Book of Isaiah, 3 Volumes by Edward J. Young - Retail price $95.00
  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper - Retail Price $13.99
  • Mere Christianity & The Screwtape Letters, 2 Volumes in 1 by C.S. Lewis – Retail Price $29.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (August 3 - 6) on the following three products:

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.

July 27, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Kress Biblical Resources, a publisher that exists “ to provide solid, biblical resources for those who have set their hearts to study God’s Word, to practice it, and to teach it.” They are offering up five prize packages and each package will consist of the following books:

Pursuit of Prodigals is a helpful little book that serves as a short primer on the importance and practice of church discipline.

For nineteen hundred years, the Church practiced the discipline and restoration of prodigals, but in the last fifty years, it has been replaced by apathy, fear, and tolerance. This brief primer is prayerfully offered as an appeal to return to this distinctive, as well as to instruct and encourage shepherds who are textually bound and not so faint of heart. After all, should we not fear most the day of our accounting before the Chief Shepherd? In Pursuit of Prodigals was written as a call to faithful shepherds and for the edification of the Church.

Again, there are five prize packages to win, so you probably ought to go ahead and enter. If you would like to purchase In Pursuit of Prodigals, you can do so at 25% from Friday until Monday. Click here to take advantage.

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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