Free E-Book Alert – Where Only God Could Lead: The Life Story of Don Sisk

The life story of Dr. Don Sisk reads something like a novel with surprises at every turn. In truth, it is simply the story of walking by faith. It is a record of the faithfulness of God in a surrendered life.

Even in hindsight, it’s difficult to wrap your mind around the magnitude of what God has allowed Don Sisk to accomplish in six decades of ministry. From a tiny, rural town to a worldwide ministry with eternal impact, the Lord has led Don and Virginia Sisk step by step on paths of faith.

These pages speak to the divine work of God—in a life and through a life. They speak to the providence of God to lead a man from the mountains of Kentucky, to the orient, to travel the globe, and to the backside of the desert—and to bless him and make him a blessing every step of the way. They speak to the ways of God in blessing a husband and a wife who are faithful to each other through over sixty years of marriage, faithful to their family, and faithful to their God.

In short, these pages tell a record of God’s grace developed in and channeled through a man yielded to follow wherever God leads.

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Let me give a quick, embarrassing story about Dr. Sisk.  I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Sisk preach several times while in college.  He is a man I respected.  I believe somewhere at some time he signed my Bible.  But, I had never really “met” the man, yet.

After college, my friend Joe Marshall has completed his missionary training with Baptist International Mission Inc. (BIMI).  He asked me to attend the ceremony and then help him move his stuff up from Tennessee to Massachusetts.  I was happy to do it, and I was excited about the chance to see Dr. Sisk at the BIMI headquarters.

Well, on the flight down, things got a little bumpy.  I brought very little clothing and was dressed up in shirt and tie for the event as I would be taken there right from the airport and then heading back home that night.  Sure enough, the woman sitting next to me was drinking orange juice and spilled the entire thing all over me.  I had not chance to change and nothing to chance into.

So, I had to show up with orange juice stains all over my pants.  I did get the chance to speak with Dr. Sisk for a few minutes.  I hid behind a folding chair the entire time trying to hide the mess.  Hopefully he never noticed, but I’m pretty sure my face gave away my embarrassment.


Book Review – Good and Angry by David Powlison

Title: Good and Angry:  Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining and Bitterness
Author: David Powlison
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publishing Year: 2016
Pages: 246
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

This is one of those books that I’d like to say I read for a friend…  But, anger is an issue that has been in my family probably as long as it has been in existence.  So, it easy to excuse it away.  Not only does it come natural, it just seems right.  Getting angry, at its core, is a fight against injustice, so of course I’m going to get angry.  But, in the past few months the Lord has been convicted me of this sin that pushes away others and builds up my own pride.  With all of this in mind, I was excited about the chance to review Good and Angry for all of you.

I was disappointed in the book.  It’s not what I thought it would be.  I was looking for some practical tips of how to control the rage that sometimes bubbles up within me.  I was looking for ways to keep myself under control when everything inside of me wants to be out of control.  This was not that book.

Yet, what I found was that while this was not the book I wanted, it was indeed the book I needed.  Good and Angry taught me that my whole concept of anger needed to change.   For so long I have viewed anger as some sort of foreign entity that somehow resides in my body and from time to time surges up.  I was looking to control and force.  Yet, now I am coming to understand that anger is not something merely within me, it is me!

Powlison writes, “Usually angry people and those who give them advice focus on only one part of what is going on in anger.  And, curiously, the part they focus on is not you.  Anger becomes something that is happening to you or in you.  You deal with “it,” or harness “it,” or liberate “it,” or manage “it,” or rid yourself of “it.”  But you are not intrinsically responsible for “it.”  “It” is going on inside of you, but you aren’t doing it… One key to getting anger straight is to understand that when you are angry, you are doing something.  Anger is not an “it.”  Anger is not just one part of you.  Anger does not “happen” to you.  You do anger.”

That one little paragraph changed my entire perspective on anger and how I deal with my sin.  This entire book is a game-changer.  Very few books blow me away, but this one did for sure.  Good and Angry breaks apart the DNA of anger and helps us to see it at a basic level which then allows us to see its cause and core.  Then, Powlison takes on a journey to see anger not as a problem, but as an attribute of God meant for good.  Yes, anger can be a good thing when put in the right perspective with the right motive.  Anger does not have to lead to sin, though we are so accustomed to only think of it from that perspective.  Actually, patience and mercy may flow from the angry heart.

While Good and Angry does not offer tips such as counting to ten or punching a pillow, the book is filled with practical tips that will challenge your assumptions and take you the Word of God to see God’s intent and design.  This book was convicting on a deep level, but left me encouraged and inspired to rethink how I approach this entire subject.  I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

Free E-Book Alert – Five Points by John Piper

Grace is the heart of God to do you good when you deserve it least.

But do we really know how deeply we don’t deserve it? Only God can reveal that to us. He does it through the Bible. And when he does, the wonders of his grace explode with brightness as never before.

These Five Points are about how Christians come into being, and how we are kept forever.

  • It reaches back into times past when we were freely chosen.
  • It reaches forward into the future when we will be safe and happy forever.
  • It reaches down into the mysteries of the work of Christ, purchasing the gift of faith for all God’s children.
  • And it reaches into the human soul, glimpsing the mysteries of the Spirit’s work as he conquers all our rebellion and makes us willing captives of King Jesus.

Piper believes that our experience of grace grows with our grasp of God’s gracious work. He invites us to come with him on this quest.

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Free E-Book Alert – The Race of Faith by R.C. Sproul

The quest for glory is highly motivating. How often we will try harder or run farther when glory seems within reach. We are even willing to sacrifice personal comfort for a chance at glory. Repeating “No pain, no gain!”, we will fight to push further. We want our lives to count. We want to be celebrated for pursuing something worthwhile.

There is a reason we experience this deep thirst for glory. In God’s Word we discover that we were created for glory. He formed our bodies and breathed life into us so that we might know the greatness of His holiness and stand in awe of it. Our hearts and minds were meant to be so impressed with God’s goodness, that we would readily worship and obey Him. In this way, we would reflect the amazing glory of God.

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Free E-Book Alert – The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: 1 Peter

Often those with the deepest hurt appreciate grace most. Which may explain why Peter, the apostle who once denied his Savior, wrote a remarkable letter that celebrated the hope and grace found in Christ. Based on Warren Wiersbe’s Be Hopeful, this eight-week of study of 1 Peter contains fresh insights that help connect God’s truth with everyday life.

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Free E-Book Alert – Spirit-Led Preaching: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Sermon Preparation and Delivery

In the words of author Greg Heisler, “Spirit-Led Preaching is a call issued to preachers, pastors, and teachers of homiletics to recover the Holy Spirit for expository preaching in the same way we have recovered the biblical text. . . . My plan for doing this is to recover the doctrine of pneumatology (the study of spiritual beings/phenomena) for our theology of preaching, resulting in a renewed emphasis on the powerful combination of Word and Spirit working together as the catalyst for powerful expository preaching.”

Heisler thoroughly examines how the Holy Spirit illuminates and empowers the preacher, opens the hearts of the hearers, and applies the message to their lives. Indeed, to ignore the Holy Spirit’s role in sermon preparation and delivery would be a considerable oversight.

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Free E-Book Alert – John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology

In celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of John Calvin’s birth (2009), Burk Parsons, editor of Tabletalk magazine and associate minister at St. Andrew’s in Sanford, Fla., has brought together an impressive group of pastors and scholars to reconsider Calvin’s life and legacy. Contributors include Jay Adams, Eric Alexander Thabiti Anyabwile, Joel Beeke, Jerry Bridges, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, D. G. Hart, Michael Horton, Phillip R. Johnson, Steven Lawson, John MacArthur, Keith Mathison, Richard Phillips, Harry Reeder, Philip Graham Ryken, Derek Thomas, Thomas Ascol, and others.

In twenty succinct chapters, these men examine Calvin the man; his work (as a Reformer, a churchman, a preacher, a counselor, and a writer); and his teachings (on subjects as diverse as the Holy Spirit and prayer). What emerges is a multifaceted portrait of a man whose contributions to Christian thought and Christian living were significant indeed, a man whose life, work, and teachings are worthy to be remembered and studied even in the twenty-first century.

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