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May 15, 2015

It is time for a new Free Stuff Fridays, and this week’s giveaway is sponsored by our friends at Banner of Truth. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive the following 3 books:

You Must ReadYou Must Read: Books That Have Changed Our Lives by Various. Have you ever wondered what influences have shaped the preachers, teachers and authors you respect? You Must Read brings together more than thirty well-known Christian leaders and gives them the opportunity to talk about a book that has made a lasting impact on their lives. Their personal narratives and recommendations of the literature that has moulded and matured them combine to produce a book full of interest from start to finish. Contributors include Joel R. Beeke, Alistair Begg, Jerry Bridges, Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., John MacArthur, Stuart Olyott, R. C. Sproul , Derek W. H. Thomas, Geoffrey Thomas, and many others. (more information)

Korean PentecostThe Korean Pentecost, by William Blair & Bruce Hunt. In 1977 the Trust published this remarkable account of the first 60 years or so of the modern church in Korea (mainly North Korea). William Blair (1876–1970), in his first term of missionary service, was at the centre of the great revival of 1907, and his account of this and the events leading up to it forms the first part of the book. Blair includes a thrilling description of how the gospel first came to Korea. The account is then taken up by his son-in-law, Bruce Hunt (1903–92)—born in Pyengyang, now the capital of North Korea—who shows how the revival was followed by a baptism of suffering under the Japanese and Communists. During his forty-eight years of missionary service in Korea, Hunt personally knew many of the Korean Christian martyrs. (more information)

Christ Set ForthChrist Set Forth by Thomas Goodwin. Addressing, from an exposition of Romans 8:34, the pastoral problem that many believers stray in their faith by looking into their own hearts for signs of grace instead of looking away from themselves to Christ, Christ Set Forth is primarily a book written to encourage Christians. ‘Turning to nearly any page in this volume, readers will be rewarded with a remarkably pastoral theology of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.’ (Michael Horton) (more information)

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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.

May 08, 2015

It is time for a new Free Stuff Fridays and this week’s giveaway is sponsored by Rare Document Traders. There will be 3 winners this week: The grand prize winner will receive a sermon manuscript page from a Charles Spurgeon sermon, while two other winners will receive a letterpress print of the five solas.

The grand prize is a sermon manuscript page from a Charles Spurgeon sermon preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on Sunday, May 5, 1889. The page was heavily amended by the Prince of preachers himself before the sermon went to the printers. It comes with 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. It will look something like this: 

Rare Doc Print

Two other winners will receive a Letterpress 8×10 Print of the Five Solas.  This specialty piece was printed the old-fashioned way with an original 1960′s Heidelberg printing press.  Letterpress is the oldest form of printing. It is an entirely hands-on process which requires a lot of time and careful craftsmanship. The method used for letterpress printing leaves an impression on the paper which can be seen as well as felt and has slight variations from piece to piece because of its manual nature.

5 Solas

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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.

May 04, 2015

Sponsored

This sponsored post was prepared by Marty Sweeney of Matthis Media.

Trellis and VineAs evangelicals we have a clear sense of what we want our church to be from reading our Bibles: a vigorous, growing band of disciple-making disciples of the Lord Jesus, abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Cor 15:58) and not neglecting to meet together to encourage each other (Heb 10:25). Many of us have read books like The Trellis and the Vine, challenging us to pursue such a biblical vision. (You might also like to read this excellent article on what church is for.)

Yet we struggle to establish that type of Spirit-filled culture in our fellowships, despite preaching our hearts out week-by-week and praying for fruit in people’s lives.

I want to encourage you to keep preaching and praying your heart out.

But I also want to urge you to take a moment right now to choose 12 Christians in your congregation to invest in as disciple-making disciples. It almost doesn’t matter which 12. Don’t overthink this step. Just choose 12. 

Done that? Ok, here’s step 2…

Provide those 12 people with a biblical vision of what life is for—what it means to be a follower of the Lord Jesus—in not just theoretical but quite practical terms. That is, at a level that impacts their life decisions, both big and small. And then give them practical help in developing their competence and confidence to be able to carry out that biblical vision, exercising the gifts that God has given them for disciple-making (yes, including evangelism).

That’s all there is to it.

What’s that? You want some ideas on Step 2? Fair enough. Actually, I’ll give you two options.

Option 1: The “I’m stretched to the limit; I have no time to add anything to my schedule” option

Order a copy of each of these three books for your 12 people: 

(Save money with the 3-book bundle.)

Then say something like this to each person you’ve selected: 

“Hey Beau, if I give you 3 books I’d really like you to read, would you do me a big favor and join the small team of people I’ve asked to read them for me? The books are free and are yours to keep, so there’s no deadline—just as soon as you can manage. All three books are less than 100 pages and are really quick and easy to read. And as you finish each book, I’d like you to grab me at church the next Sunday and tell me what you found good about it. That would be really encouraging to me if you could do that.”

(By the way, It’s important that they read the three books in the order they are listed above.)

That’s it. That’s Step 2, Option1.

Option 2: The “I’m busy, but I think I can find the time to meet with my 12 people in a group context once a week” option

The second option is this: invite them to join a 10-week group to do The Course of Your Life with you. This is a bigger commitment, but the shared nature of the course makes for a more powerful impact on participants and more momentum for your church.

If you’re not familiar with The Course of Your Life, here’s a video…

Maybe, in God’s kindness, you’ll end up with a team of disciple-making Ninjas in your church!


Got questions? Give me a call on 1 866 407 4530 and we can share ideas. And please let me know how it all goes.

Marty Sweeney
Old North Church, Canfield
Matthias Media (USA)

May 01, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at CBD Reformed. And as they always do, they are offering a pretty good prize package. There will be 5 winners this week and each winner will receive the following 3 products:

  • Women of the WordTreasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman - Retail price $10.99. “Refocus your vision of motherhood! Encouraging moms to pursue a vibrant and ever-growing relationship with Christ, even when disappointment sets in and the dirty laundry is still waiting to be washed, Furman recasts the experiences and tasks of everyday life, showing women how they can treasure Jesus more deeply no matter how busy they are.”
  • Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin - Retail Price $12.99. “We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. How can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible? Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.”
  • ESV Compact Bible, Imitation Leather, Lilac - Retail Price $24.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (May 1 - 4) 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.

April 24, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Christian Statements, sister company to Missional Wear. They are offering 5 prizes, each of which is a $50 gift certificate to their store.

LogoChristian Statements offers a variety of decor products with a focus on scripture verses, inspirational phrases and quotes from your favorite theologians! They are ideal for making a statement in your home, church or place of business.

Vinyl Wall Statements
Our classic vinyl series is the best way to get a classy hand-painted look without the cost or hassle! At Christian Statements will find the largest selection of scripture and bible verse wall decals that can each be configured to your size and color preferences. If you want something even more personalized, we will gladly design you a custom decal!

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Peel and Stick Wall Decals - NEW!
Peel and Stick Wall Statements will transform your space in literally seconds - simply peel and stick! Our Peel and Stick series is printed on the highest quality woven material offering vivid colors, easy application and the durability to be repositioned whenever needed. Perfect for kids rooms, nurseries, and almost any wall that needs a little love.

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Prints
The prints collection was born from our desire to display timeless scriptural truths in unique and attractive ways. All of our prints come in a variety of popular framing sizes and are printed on high quality material using eco-friendly inks.

Finally, Mother’s Day will be here soon on May 10th, so don’t miss this chance to save 20% through the end of this month using coupon code LOVEMOM.

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.

April 17, 2015

As was mentioned yesterday in our interview with Church Plant Media, they are excited to be doing a free website giveaway to a pastor who regularly reads Challies.com. The giveaway includes a free responsive church website ($1,000 value), plus no monthly fees for the life of the site ($600 annual value). Features of this giveaway include a free responsive design, 24/7 usage of their Content Management System, regular upgrades and feature releases to core system modules, hosting at Rackspace and Amazon S3, and toll-free telephone and online support from their knowledgeable Support Team. It also includes “radius-protection” which means no other church within a 10 mile radius of your church can have the same design.

Here are the three requirements to qualify to get the free website:

  • You must be a pastor who loves the gospel and reads this site regularly (or at least occasionally).
  • You must affirm, endorse, and commit to uphold Church Plant Media’s Gospel Agreement.
  • Any pastor can enter their church, but keep in mind that the spirit of the giveaway is that it goes to a church that couldn’t otherwise afford it.

This giveaway is open to anyone in the world who meets the criteria above. We are planning to keep the comments open to facilitate this giveaway from today (April 17) until Sunday night (April 19). Church Plant Media will select the winner on Monday, April 20, and I’ll announce the winner at that time.

Please answer these 5 questions in the comments below:

  1. What is your name, your church name, and your affiliation?
  2. How long have you pastored and how often do you read this blog?
  3. How old is your church and what is the average number of weekly attendees?
  4. What is your favorite church website design style from Church Plant Media, and what do you like about it?
  5. How would a free website benefit your church?

To learn more about Church Plant Media, check out my recent interview with them.

CPM

April 10, 2015

It’s time for another Free Stuff Fridays, and this week the sponsor is Lifeway. Lifeway is offering a prize package based around David Platt’s new book Counter Culture (which I’ve reviewed here). There will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive a Counter Culture Bible Study leaders’ kit, plus 4 copies of the book. In other words, they will receive all they need to help lead other people through the book and its contents. Here is a description of the book:

David Platt believes that the truths of the gospel should compel us to a contrite, compassionate, and courageous personal response to social issues in the culture. Using biblical foundations, practical illustrations, and personal exhortations, this study is a pointed yet winsome call for readers to faithfully follow Christ in countercultural ways. There will be a cost. There will be a reward. Do Christians in the contemporary church have the courage to counter the culture?

The leaders’ kit includes a small-group Bible Study Book, DVD teaching from the author with six 30-minute sessions, and the book on which the study is based.

Counter Culture

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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.

April 03, 2015

It’s time for another Free Stuff Fridays, and we’ve got a great one for you this week. This week’s sponsor is Christian Focus and they are giving away some of their new and noteworthy books. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive all of the following books:

HeavenHeaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin Smith. What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours. “I’ve never read anything like this! This compelling first-person account from a heavenly perspective helped me understand and appreciate what Jesus endured on the cross and why he did it.” (Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition)

SpurgeonSpurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine. Christians should have the answers, shouldn’t they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, ‘the Prince of Preachers’ experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eskwine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather ‘a handwritten note of one who wishes you well. “The river of life often flows through sloughs of despond. Charles Spurgeon knew that well… Ditto Zack Eswine in this unusual, refreshing, sensible book… Read it, and take it to heart.” (David Powlison, CCEF Executive Director)

Tough TopicsTough Topics 2: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions by Sam Storms. Countless people are worried, angry, fearful and just plain confused when it comes to some of the more perplexing issues that life poses and the Bible provokes. Tough Topics 2 provides solid and scriptural answers to 25 such questions. Sam Storms seeks to tackle frustration by looking deeply, not superficially, at what Scripture says, deriving clear and persuasive explanations for these thorny matters. “Sam Storms tackles difficult questions in Tough Topics 2 like only a seasoned pastor can… This is a great book to use as a resource or to read straight through.” (Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church)

KnoxJohn Knox: Fearless Faith by Steven J. Lawson. John Knox is one of the most colourful figures in church history and his impact is still felt around the world. The real story of Knox surpasses the best fiction novels. Five hundred years after his death, Steven Lawson seeks in this book to ignite our faith for Jesus through Knox’s story. If you think of Knox as the dull Presbyterian, prepare to think again. Let this seminal figure in the history of the Scottish Reformation inspire you to stand firm in your faith and let God impact your spiritual life. “Steven Lawson, himself a bold preacher, has given us a biography of Knox that inspires similar courage. In this day of jellyfish, may God use this book to raise up more Christians like Knox!” (Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)

A Little BirdA Little Bird Told Me: Everyday Expressions from Scripture by Timothy Cross. “The writing is on the wall”, “a drop in the ocean” and “from strength to strength”. Just some of our everyday expressions which find their roots in the Bible! People quote biblical expressions without even knowing that they are doing so. Historically, the influence of the Bible has been so great that it has permeated the very fibre of the English language. Timothy Cross in this enlightening and Scripture rooted book reveals the origins of these sayings and considers their meaning.

In DefenseIn Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care by Amanda Bennett & Sara Brinton. Designed as a practical resource for Christian families and churches, the book empowers and inspires Christians to reform international adoption and orphan care. In Defense of the Fatherless casts a powerful vision for the end of the orphan crisis, inviting Christians to protect and provide for orphans and widows in response to God’s mercy. “…will challenge, convict and fuel a conversation that is much needed today for the church to move forward in international adoption and orphan care passionately, wisely, and ethically.” (Jason Kovacs, Cofounder of Together for Adoption)

Mea CulpaMea Culpa: Learning from Mistakes in the Ministry by Kyle McClellan. Kyle McClellan has gone into a church “with guns blazing” and he was quickly fired. He has experienced the disappointment of unmet expectations and left because of this. He has pastored a destructive church that chewed him up and spat him out. He has felt the pull of the bigger and better church trying to woo him away. He has faced the burnout and fatigue that many pastors experience that causes them to bail. Read this book. Learn from him. Receive the essential lessons from a wise, broken man who has lived it, possesses the scars from it, owns the T-shirt and yet by the grace of God still stands. “Learn from Kyle’s missteps, but even more, embrace the God of grace to whom he gives testimony.” (Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church)

Enter the Draw

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.

March 27, 2015

It’s time for another Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Crossway, and they are offering a family pack, of sorts. There will be 5 winners and each of them will receive the following 3 books:

  • FurmanThe Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love by Gloria Furman. “In this encouraging and often humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors’ wives a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance—whether it’s late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations about how they spend their time, or complaints about their husbands’ preaching. Filled with life-giving truth from God’s Word, this book will help pastors’ wives joyfully treasure their Savior, love their husbands, and serve their churches.”
  • Dangerous CallingDangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul Tripp. After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture. Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy—an environment that actively undermines the well-being and effectiveness of our church leaders and thus the entire church body. Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today.”
  • A Loving LifeA Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships by Paul Miller. “How do you love with no love in return? How do you love when no one notices or cares? Best-selling author Paul Miller tackles these tough questions at the heart of our struggle to love head-on. Drawing from the book of Ruth, A Loving Life offers the help we need to embrace relationship, endure rejection, cultivate community, and reach out to even the most unlovable around us as we discover the power to live a loving life.”

Enter the Draw

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.

March 20, 2015

For those who are counting, this is the 300th edition of Free Stuff Fridays. Do the math, and that means readers have won somewhere around 4,500 books. Not bad! This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. And as they always do, they are giving away a pretty good prize package. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive the following 3 books:

  • KellerJesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Timothy Keller (Retail Price $16.00). “An insightful and revelatory look at the life of Christ by the man Newsweek called ‘a C.S. Lewis for the 21st century.’ Join Keller as he explores the Gospel of Mark; demonstrates how the story of Jesus is cosmic, historical, and personal; and encourages you to re-examine your relationship with God. Previously published as King’s Cross.”
  • Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer (Retail price $12.99). “Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom!”
  • Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter, Edited by Nancy Guthrie (Retail Price $12.99). “In Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, editor Nancy Guthrie draws from works and sermons of twenty-five classic theologians and contemporaries to bring you and your family into an experience of the passion of Christ. Combining the victory of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and Scripture, she draws you to the cross throughout the Easter season and beyond.”

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (March 20 - 23) on the following three products:

Enter the Draw

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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