Reading Highlights: 12/3/2013 – 12/21/2013

“How you regard the written Word of God (The Holy Bible) reflects on how you regard the Living Word (Jesus Christ)… The way you honor the Word of God is how you honor Jesus Christ… How you love The Bible is how you love Jesus Christ” – Dr. David Jeremiah

So I’ve been MIA. Two weeks were spent in Taiwan/HK without a computer, which was actually pretty nice! In that time, my new app, Santa’s Gizmo released! Good times! Download it and share, please!

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I kinda wish my HIIT / Cardio looked like this:

Reading Highlights: 11/01/2013 – 11/12/2013

“I find in Scripture that most of the great appearances that were made to eminent
saints were made when they were busy.” – C. H. Spurgeon

I’ve been MIA for a little because of an iPhone app I’ve been developing! It will hopefully be released soon. Anyways, here are some good reads!

Technology:

Christian:

  • A Pentecostal in (General) Support of the Strange Fire Conference – “The most hurtful thing about that conference is not the broad generalizations, sweeping condemnations, or lack of distinctions. For me as a Pentecostal the most hurtful thing about the Strange Fire Conference is my knowledge that far too many of the criticisms are true.” A great article I appreciated / via Dr. MacArthur
  • FREE KINDLE BOOK: The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon (Long Line of Godly Men Profiles) [Kindle Edition] Steven J. Lawson – Free, on Spurgeon, by Steve Lawson. ’nuff said.
  • One Vital Lesson From Doug Phillips’ Resignation – “Here’s a Christian man who built a much-loved ministry out of promoting Christian marriage, Christian leadership, Christian family, etc… And this morning so much of what he built now lies in ruins, with many Christians he helped (and I include myself and my family in this) demoralized and depressed at the fall of a man in the one area that he went to war with our culture on.” This is a very vital warning to all those in ministry and very convicting to stay humble! / via Challies
  • Why I Married A White Girl – I love Trip Lee’s music and I’ve read is book. Man of God! And I love this quote: “My main preference was that my wife be godly, and Jessica was. So I wifed her.” Haha, I hope to wife my significant other soon! I have the same preference: a godly woman. Mine happens to be Chinese like me, but that’s not the reason why she caught my eye. It was her Christ-likeness! / also via Challies.
  • Strange Fire Review by Dr. Tom Schreiner – I haven’t received my copy of the book yet, but from the conference, I’d probably agree with Dr. Schreiner. I also very much respect him as one of the top NT theologians of our age and I love the short amount of time I’ve spent with the man. One of the most humble teachers and scholars I know!
  • 5 Differences Between Catholic Theology And The Gospel – Pretty important differences. / via Challies (you can see I had a Challies splurge today to catch up)

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Reading Highlights: 10/7/2013 – 10/24/2013

“Remember that according to the Bible, the heart is not primarily the emotions but rather the seat of our fundamental commitments and trusts, and therefore it is the control center of the whole life. So to preach to the heart means to go right for the commanding commitments of people’s lives that drive their desires, thinking, feeling, and action.” – Tim Keller

Technology:

  • TestFlight – I’ve been busy writing an app with my bro, so when beta testing time comes around, this is a super useful tool to push out betas to our beta testers!
  • AnkiDrive – So this came out. Looks pretty cool, but expensive.

Christian:

  • Add a Word, Ruin a Christian Book – Pretty hilarious
  • The Porn-Free Family – Good post by Challies, with even greater insight through all the comments on practicalities of the issue.
  • I Hate Porn – “Pastors, if you are addicted to porn, you are disqualified, and you are killing your church!”
  • 20 Tips For Personal Devotions In The Digital Age – I found this article super practical!
  • Fulfilled Prophecy: Evidence for the Reliability of the Bible – yep [:
  • The Art and Science of the Humblebrag – Great blog by Challies, and something I’m definitely guilty of, as I imagine many believers and those in ministry are. Thanks for calling this out, Challies! Satire was very appropriate here.
  • Strange Fire Conference Audio – Whether you agree or disagree with continuationist belief, it is important to humbly study the posits and Biblical expositions of both sides. It will give you a more valid voice in the discussion!
  • Mark Driscoll’s Call to Resurgence – A great review of the book by Challies. This is the book that Driscoll passed out and had claimed was confiscated at the Strange Fire Conference. I love Driscoll’s preaching, but some of the more recent actions puts up yellow flags on his leadership; namely the pride. It’s a good reminder for us to all look at our pride, especially if in ministry and in the public eye.
  • How to Be Better Bereans – Three part series by Kevin DeYoung
    • Part 1 – 1. Listen to the Sermon With an Open Bible, 2. Don’t Rush On From the Word of God to the Rest of Your Life, 3. Get In the Word as a Way of Life
    • Part 2 – 4. We Must Approach the Bible With Eager Expectation, 5. Be Prepared to Study the Word Deeply, 6. Be Confident That You Are Able to Study the Bible and Discover the Truth of God’s Word, 7. Recognize That Some Things Which Claim to Be From the Bible Are Not
    • Part 3 – 8. Test Difficult Doctrines Against the Scriptures Before Simply Discarding Them, 9. Be Humble Enough To Take the Bible At Its Word No Matter Who You Are, 10. Give the Bible the Final Say In Every Matter On Which It Means to Speak

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Reading Highlights: 9/26/2013 – 10/1/2013

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Reading Highlights: 9/12/2013 – 9/25/2013

“I’m interested instead in what leads Miley Cyrus or the midriff-baring girl up the street to believe that in order to prove her adulthood, she must become an object of male sexual consumption. And I’m interested in how the church can offer her an alternative.” – Tish Harrison of Christianity Today

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I have a number of blogs started that I still need to finish up and post… Gotta stop slacking. The major reason why is that I’m spending a lot of time writing an app. I feel like I need to read Kevin DeYoung’s book, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

Reading Highlights: 8/31/2013 – 9/11/2013

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful — that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs

Technology:

Christian:

  • As the Towers Were Falling – Getting emotional listening to this account of someone who was next to the plane’s wing on the 81st floor, and God spared his life. We remember 9/11/2001 today.
  • The History of Christianity in 25 Objects: King James Bible – A nice concise history of this great work [:
  • Farewell, NIV – Another via challies. A good explanation on why the drastic changes to the NEW NIV has caused lots of churches and organizations to drop the NIV altogether. Mistranslations, and inaccurate rephrasing, along with the issues already existent in the TNIV. Sad day… I grew up on the original NIV before Zondervan did the bait and switch.

Bodybuilding:

  • Perfect Morning Macros – An ideal and scientific suggestion for breakfast macros: 30-40g protein, <30g low-glycemic carbs (I would probably add some high-glycemic carbs still), 20g fat.
  • 10 Ab Training Mistakes You Need To Stop Making! – “The core has a front and a side, but it has a back, too. A lot of people neglect the lower back muscles (erector spinae), so make sure to train them just as you would with every other muscle.”
  • Supplement Time: Timing Is Everything – This is a great article for basic timing of when to take your supps.

Reading Highlights: 8/20/2013 – 8/28/2013

“Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.” – Jonathan Edwards

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The Citizens – mp3 Album for $5.00!!

This is a great album which I thoroughly enjoy! Pick it up!

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Here is one of their great songs!

Lyric Video of that song:

 

And How to Play it:

Reading Highlights: 8/07/2013 – 8/19/2013

Technology

Christian

  • Satan’s Lies About Singleness – In light of the shear amount of dating talk I’ve heard this weekend from the young adults in my church community, I thought this was a great article to exhort and encourage those struggling with singleness with a good article. Pursue godliness and God will be your joy, a million times over in comparison. I still sympathize nonetheless!
  • What Will Be the Cost to the Church? – A great article on what the current culture within the church will do to the church with so many men and women with addiction to porn. One topic I’m passionate about in helping men conquer this sin by the power of the Holy Spirit through falling madly in love with the Creator of all things good
  • Sermons Are Not For Liking – In talking about the purpose of a sermon: “Sermons are for listening, they are for discerning, they are for applying, but they are not for liking.”
  • You can now assign yourself gender in DC? – Apparently legislation in a Washington DC is allowing you to choose to put whatever gender you want on your birth certificate and get a new certificate disregarding your biological genetic makeup… so a dude could do it just to go into girls locker rooms… and you can change it as often as you want…
  • How Should We Respond to Homosexuality?  – This is a two-part broadcast from a Christian minister who himself experiences homosexual attraction. He lives for Christ and has died to his own passions for King Jesus and explains the failures of the Christian community to love the gay community, and how to do so well. “Author and counselor Joe Dallas calls on the church to reach out to the gay community with a message of grace that is compassionate, consistent and clear.” Download links:

Bodybuilding

Reading Highlights: 8/03/2013 – 8/06/2013

“As a grace of God, zeal cannot be earned or bargained for, but must be given; as a grace of God, it must be asked for by prayer humbly offered in the name of Christ.” The basic reason we are not more zealous is that we have not asked the Lord for a greater measure of zeal, perhaps because we do not believe that he can or will give it to us.

– Tim Challies

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