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January 23, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Scripture Memory Kids. There will be 5 winners this week and each of the winners will receive a copy of both of the Scripture Memory Kids CDs. Here is what they say about their albums:

There is just something about music that makes memorizing easier and that is at the heart of what we do here at Scripture Memory Kids ™ .  Our fun and lively Scripture Memory CDs help kids, of any age, memorize God’s Word in an exciting and effective way.

Scripture Memory Kids also provides lots of fun, free downloads intended to further assist people in memorizing God’s Word. You can check some of those out here.

In addition, for the next seven days Scripture Memory Kids is offering a 25% discount at the Scripture Memory Kids store, exclusively for friends of Challies.com, when you enter the discount code challies2save at the time of checkout at ScriptureMemoryKids.com.

 

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All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

 

January 16, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at Crossway. Crossway is giving away 5 prizes this week, which means there will be 5 winners. Each of the winners will receive the following 2 books: 

  • New Morning MerciesNew Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp. “Mornings can be tough. Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren’t enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel. Forget ‘behavior modification’ or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.
  • ESV Journaling Bible. “The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.”

These are two excellent resources to help you know and apply God’s Word every day.

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All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

 

January 09, 2015

It is time for a new Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is 10ofThose, and they are offering some great prize packages. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive the following items:

  • FriendshipUnbreakable by Andrew Wilson. Andrew, in his clear and often amusing way, shows us clearly that the Son of God loved and trusted the Word of God - and if anyone sets out that the Bible is trustworthy, authoritative, good, helpful and powerful… then it’s Jesus Himself!
  • Enjoy Your Prayer Life by Michael Reeves. Sadly, most of us struggle to set aside time to pray. But, fear not, this is not another book that will pile on the guilt, simply saying pray better and more often.
  • The Word One to One. This is an evangelistic resource that walks you and friend through John’s Gospel.
  • True Friendship by Vaughan Roberts. This is a bestselling book on friendship in Proverbs.
  • Forgiveness by J Marsden, a fabulous little book on what forgiveness really looks like.

10ofThose has created a partnership with Matthias Media, bringing their resources to this side of the Atlantic.

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All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

 

January 02, 2015

I love beautiful design. Though I’m no longer a web designer, I still find myself crawling around the Web at times, looking for examples of beautiful and inspiring design. I came across just such a thing a few years ago in the NeuYear calendar. It begin its life as a Kickstarter project and, once fully funded, came to life. I ordered one as soon as I could and can testify that it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. I’m all about clean and minimal design and this calendar is just that.

NeuYear

After I ordered a calendar, Jesse Phillips, the entrepreneur behind the project, got in touch to say that he has been known to hang around my blog and that he’d love to give away some calendars to the readers of the site. I’ve done that the past few years, and I’m doing it again today. The NeuYear is now available in various forms, and you will be able to choose the one you want—paper or dry erase, Sunday-first or Monday-first, color or grayscale.

TallWhat’s special about the NeuYear calendar? First, it’s big, which means you can see the whole year at a glance. Second, it’s gapless, which means that it’s more of a year-by-week than a year-by-month kind of calendar (which appeals to me since weeks are more meaningful to my workflow than months). Third, it’s beautiful; it’s just a great design. And fourth, it’s 2 calendars in 1 since the one side has the calendar in horizontal format and the other has it in the vertical format.

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All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

 

December 26, 2014

Friday is here, and it brings a brand new edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Andrew Case. He writes unique books, which is saying something when hundreds of thousands of new titles are being published each year. He writes books of prayers—prayers that are drawn almost entirely from Scripture. Each book is targeted to a very specific readership and contains prayers uniquely suited to that type of person. There will be 5 winners this week, and each winner will receive these 3 books: Setting Their Hope in God, Water of the Word, and Prayers of an Excellent Wife.

Setting hopeSetting Their Hope in God is a practical prayer-book designed to help parents intercede for their children consistently and biblically. Here’s a blurb I wrote as an endorsement: “As a father, I continually feel inadequate to the task of praying for the three precious children God has entrusted to me. I understand that I need to pray and I genuinely want to pray. Yet I am so often lost when it comes to knowing how. In Setting Their Hope in God, Andrew Case turns to the ultimate prayer book, the Bible, to craft prayers for parents who want to see their children turn to the Lord, to live for the Lord, to honor him with their lives. I am convinced that this book will prove an indispensable resource to many mothers and fathers as they seek to hold up their children before the throne of grace.”

Water of the WordWater of the Word is a practical prayer-book designed to help husbands intercede for their wives consistently and biblically while Prayers of an Excellent Wife is the equivalent book for wives. Of the former, Bruce Ware says “Andrew Case has provided an ingenious and glorious tool for Christian husbands, one that has the potential of binding husbands and wives ever closer together while these prayers seek more intimate relationship between their wives and their God. By employing themes, principles, promises, and pleas from Scripture itself, Case has crafted hundreds of rich and meaningful prayers that any and every Christian husband can pray for his own wife.” And of the latter, Mary Mohler writes “Prayers of An Excellent Wife provides a template that if used properly will indeed produce excellent wives who faithfully and passionately pray God’s word for their precious husbands.”

Enter to Win

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

 

December 12, 2014

Friday is here, and with it a new edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s giveaway is sponsored (again!) by CBD Reformed. They are offering 5 prize packages this week, which means there will be 5 winners. Each of those winners will receive the following 3 items:

  • Crazy BusyCrazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung - Retail Price $11.99. “ ‘I’M TOO BUSY!’ We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us. Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all. That’s why award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his newest book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots. Highly practical and super short, Crazy Busy will help you put an end to ‘busyness as usual.’”
  • A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson – Retail Price $19.99. “ ‘God doesn’t demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately,’ says D. A. Carson. The apostle Paul found that spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father. A Call to Spiritual Reformation investigates the Epistles to see what lessons Paul taught in his ‘school of prayer.’ Christians today can still achieve the confidence Paul enjoyed by following his life-shaping principles and searching for a deeper devotional experience.”
  • Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists by R. Albert Mohler Jr. - Retail price $15.99. “A leading Christian intellectual explores the newest strain of atheism, its foremost thinkers, the cultural conditions that have bred it, and how Christians should respond. Something has changed in American culture. What for years was a little-regarded belief system-atheism-has now gained a large, and increasing, national hearing through the writings of ‘new atheists’ such as Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens. Wanting to both inform and equip serious-minded Christians regarding this cultural shift, R. Albert Mohler Jr. explores the environment that has bred the ‘new atheism’ while also introducing readers to the movement’s four leading thinkers and the contours of their arguments.”

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (December 12 - 15) on the following three products:

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All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

December 06, 2014

For some reason this week’s Free Stuff Fridays never posted. So we’ll make it a Free Stuff Saturdays and run it through to tomorrow.

This week’s giveaway is sponsored (again!) by CBD Reformed. They are offering 5 prize packages this week, which means there will be 5 winners. Each of those winners will receive the following 3 items:

  • Romans 1-7: The Gift of God by Timothy Keller - Retail Price $8.99
  • Fundamentals of the Faith by John MacArthur - Retail Price $11.99
  • ESV Compact Bible - Retail price $24.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (December 5-8) on the following three products:

Enter to Win

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

November 28, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff is sponsored by CBD Reformed. They are offering 5 prize packages this week, which means there will be 5 winners. Each of those winners will receive the following 3 items:

  • True BeautyTrue Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre - Retail price $15.99. “What is true beauty? Whether it’s age-defying makeup or the latest diet fad, our culture continually tells women that beauty consists of flawless skin and a supermodel figure. In True Beauty, Carolyn Mahaney and her daughter Nicole Whitacre direct us to the truth of God’s Word, where we encounter an entirely different—and refreshingly liberating—standard of beauty. Offering a path to freedom from the false idols that society, the Devil, and our sinful hearts so often create, this encouraging book will help you exchange the temporary glamour of pop culture for the unfading beauty of godliness.”
  • God Is Great: A Toddler’s Bible Storybook by Carolyn Larsen - Retail Price $11.99. “In God Is Great, Carolyn Larsen and illustrator Caron Turk provide a wonderful resource for children ages five and under by presenting seventeen Bible stories in an understandable and fun way. In simple language, Larsen describes what God has done in the story of our world, beginning with the creation account and moving through the Great Commission. As children learn about the ways in which God has shown his greatness in the past, they will also learn about his character and how he is still great today.”
  • IdolsIdols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick - Retail Price $13.99. “Many people desire to live godly lives but feel trapped in habitual sins. They trip over the same bad habit, embarrassing weakness, or sinful slavery they wanted to be free of years ago. This book reveals that idolatry lies at the heart of every besetting sin. If you think of idols as stone statues in far-off lands, think again. Idols are the desires, longings, and expectations we worship instead of the true God.”

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (November 28 - December 1) on the following three products:

Enter to Win

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

November 21, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff is sponsored by this week’s blog sponsor—Reformation Heritage Books. They have just released a great new product in the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible, and they are eager to get a few of them into your hands. So there will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive a genuine leather KJV Study Bible.

Here are some of the Bible’s best features:

KJVspreadsheet1vfs A Study Bible to Feed Your Soul …

  • Thoughts for personal and family devotions for every chapter
  • Three dozen articles on how to live the Christian life
  • Guidance on how to experience the truths of the Bible

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A Study Bible to Instruct Your Mind …

  • Thousands of study notes with integrated cross-references
  • Introductions to each section and every book of the Bible
  • Classic Bible text with explanations of difficult words
  • More than fifty articles on key Christian teachings
  • Concordance, color maps, daily reading plan, and more!

A Study Bible to Discover Your Roots …

  • Overview of twenty centuries of church history
  • Ancient creeds, confessions, and catechisms with introductions

Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible Specifications

  • Trim size: 6 ½ x 9 ¼
  • Page font: Bible text font is Minion sized at 9.8, Study Notes font is Myriad SemiCondensed sized at 8.
  • All Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bibles are Smyth Sewn for lasting durability.

KJV Study Bible

Enter to Win

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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.

November 14, 2014

This week’s Free Stuff is sponsored by our good friends Christian Focus. They are offering 5 prize packages this week. Each of the 5 winners will receive all of the following books:

Pleased To DwellPleased to Dwell- A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation by Peter Mead. At the centre of heaven is Christ, lovingly adored as the forever Lord of all. At the centre of Christmas is Christ, frail and cradled in the tender arms of a young mother. How can the two be put together? Heavenly glory and human frailty? That is the real wonder of Christmas. Pleased to Dwell is an energetic biblical introduction to Christmas. It is an invitation to ponder the Incarnation, and a God who was please to dwell with us.

“This book is perfect food for the heart for all of us who long for a richer understanding of the birth of The King!”

—Joseph M. Stowell (President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan)

The Christmas Story - The Bible Version by Carine Mackenzie. In the corner of a stable where the animals usually eat there is a baby in a blanket lying in a box. This baby is the Son of God who has been sent to save.

In this book you will find out who needs saving and how it is that this special Child will do it.

“What parent, Sunday School teacher or Pastor would not want a Christ-centered, Biblically faithful and understandable story written for children that is also well illustrated and well written? Now we have one.”

Harry L. Reeder (Pastor of Preaching & Leadership, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama)

BackchatBackchat - Answering Christianity’s Critics by Chris Sinkinson You wish you had an answer, now you do. Sinkinson tackles dodgy science and Christian urban myths whilst reminding us that Christians are not called to win arguments but hearts. Darwin’s death bed conversion - truth or myth? Is God a moral monster? Is this really the God particle? Is the Bible an immoral book? Who was Jesus?

“When Richard Dawkins came on my radio show, I immediately knew who I wanted him to debate it with… Sinkinson, I can think of none better to provide it.”

Justin Brierley (Journalist and host of Premier Radio ‘Unbelievable’ Show)

New Atheism - A Survival Guide by Graham Veale. This summary of the arguments that dominate the current scene of thought unravels the philosophies behind modern popular and academic culture. Veale, a high school teacher, uses these arguments to motivate readers to stop and to think about their own direction and purpose, and ultimately, through consideration of the crucial questions, to find the vital answers.

“This is a great wee book which is an excellent introduction to and summary of, the current controversy surrounding the New Atheism… Highly recommended!”

David Robertson (Pastor, St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland, Dundee & author of Magnificent Obsession and The Dawkins Letters)

STSystematic Theology Volume 1 - Grounded in Holy Scripture and Understood in Light of the Church by Douglas F. Kelly. “I have written this first volume, thinking of my heritage as both Reformed and Catholic; gladly appropriating crucial insights of the whole people of God over the last two thousand years - Eastern Orthodox, Western Catholic, and Reformation Protestant - as they sought to live out the foundational truths of the inspired Word of God.” Douglas F. Kelly

“Douglas F. Kelly is one of the English-speaking world’s leading Reformed theologians. Here we begin to enjoy the fruits of his labors. What a feast it is.”

Ligon Duncan (Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary)

Systematic Theology Volume 2 - The Beauty of Christ - a Trinitarian Vision by Douglas F. Kelly. Douglas F. Kelly returns to the writings of saints and scholars to exemplify the beauty and the wonder of Christ, the Son of God, in this highly-anticipated second volume of systematic theology. Kelly delves through a treasure trove of Patristics, Scholastics, Reformers, Puritans, and Moderns to recover an Augustinian reverence for the beauty of Christ, to illustrate that the Father and the Spirit are most fully revealed through Him, and to make clear that His coming is the restoration of the universe.

“A joy to witness… a model to which others should aspire.”

(Carl R. Trueman ~ Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Enter to Win

All you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. (If you receive this by email, you will need to visit challies.com to enter.)

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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