MEGA List: Book Giveaways – Blog Recommendations – New Years Exercise

Hello, and happy Friday, dear friends. Welcome back to another MEGA list, I wish I had more information for you on the episodes for next weeks podcast. Unfortunately that’s still sort of up in the air at the moment, so we’ll just surprise you. One thing I also wanted to mention to you, especially if you follow me on social media, is that I’ve started a new project. I’m going to be taking books in the public domain and reading through them with my followers bit by bit each day. We’re currently reading through The Life and Diary of David Brainerd. I considered posting here each morning as well, I don’t particularly like to post more than once a day. Perhaps I could pick one day a week where I post what we’ve gone through so far? I’d love to hear what you all think, and what book you’d like to read through with me next. Speaking of books…Copy of Jonathan Edwards.PNG


Review:

Our partners over at P&R Publishers sent us over a book to review and giveaway. Everyday Prayer with John Calvin by Donald K. McKim, which uses Calvins writings and commentaries to discuss his views on prayer. These short readings include Calvin’s prayers, as well as questions and prayer points to help strengthen your own prayer life. It’s a beautiful little book, that I recommend to all at any age, and particularly to anyone currently reading through Calvin’s Institutes. The giveaway will be run throughout this weekend, starting today, with the winner announced on Monday. All my readers who like, or comment, here on the blog will automatically be entered into the contest. Below is a picture of the book, I promise most of my Christmas decorations have been put away now, but they made for a pretty backdrop before they went into storage.

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Have you all put your trees away yet? I had a strange excitement as I was putting things away this year. For the first time since we’ve been traveling my hubby announced we would be keeping all our decorations from here on out. Usually we purchase a few little things, get a tree, and then donate it all at the end of the season. This year is, Lord willing, the last year we’ll be traveling as much as we have been. Due to that, we’re holding on to everything, including all the unique things we purchased at the Christmas resale/antique shop in town. As I packed them all away, carefully wrapping them, I felt much more excited, and far less sad, then I usually do at this time of year. Kayliegh announced this was the best Christmas yet, which made that all the more sweet.

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Recommendations:

As far as recommendations go, I have a blog series, a shop, and an instagram page to recommend. I’m sure you’re all well aware of Elizabeth Prata’s blog The End Times. Before the end of the year she wrote a series explaining why Jen Wilkins is such a dangerous teacher. I highly recommend this series, as its eye opening and informative. The shop I want to recommend today is Vintage Vinyl Kreations, where a dear sister-in-Christ is creating beautiful items, made to order. The last recommendation I have for you is an Instagrammer whose work as been featured at Kirklands. @Imperfectdust is her instagram handle, I hope you’ll be as blessed by her posts as Becca and I have been.

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Suggestions:

There is always a renewed interest in getting thin this time of year, well thin for women, buff for men. I’m always so frustrated to see the stores fill with pointless exercise equipment, overly priced work out clothes, and powdered protein. These are usually set near magazines with extremely edited figures wearing similar work out clothes. Can you call it clothes if it resembles the size and shape of under garments? Either way, my suggest is that you ignore all of that. If you want to get healthy take some small steps, manageable goals, change one bad habit, like our friend over at ExCatholic4Christ did last year. I hate to see so much money wasted on unachievable goals, which cause folks to become discouraged. Getting healthy is a great goal, the stores and magazines do not help, and I’ve tried those protein powders when I was young and in need of better nutrition, they’re awful. Thats it, thats my suggestion, I hope you’re all doing well in the New Year. If you missed it, Becca and I did a New Years special, you can catch it on Youtube here. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Two Episodes and Major Technical Hiccups

Hello, dear ones! This has been a trying week, with multiple technological issues our two episodes for this week trickled out. On Tuesday, instead of Monday, part 2 of our interview with the FriendlyCalvinist finally dropped on podcasts platforms. It took 12 hours to figure out the issue on YouTube, but eventually, on Wednesday, the video was available. In the last portion of this interview we get more into how Christians should behave on Social Media, discussing why those in the Reformed community ought to avoid the ‘cage stage’. Today we’ve dropped our New Years Spectacular, in which we discuss our favorite things from 2019, and list what will be coming in the next couple months. Hopefully there will be no issue with the YouTube video this time.

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You can find both of these episodes on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Podbean, Stitcher, and Youtube. We’d love to hear what you’d like us to cover in this new year, friends. Also, if you’d like to have your blog on our podcast as a shoutout, let us know. We love to point our listeners to Biblically sound blogs! Below is an outline for both episodes, with timestamps for todays episode. As always, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

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2019-2020 New Years Spectacular

Introduction and Silliness

1. Shout outs: Timestamp – 10:30

a. Nancy from Gospel Coalition helping Lo

b. Honorary friends – Kathy & Sarah

c. Mentor Deena and her daughter

d. Kara

e. Tami and Gina

f. Lys from Instagram

g. Cave to the Cross

h. Vintage Vinyl Kreations

2. Favorites of 2019: Timestamp –  22:50

a. Lauren’s Favorites

i. Becca 

b. Becca’s Favorites

i. Lauren

ii. The Podcast

iii. All of our wonderful guests!!!

iv. Church

3. Social Media and Family Members: Timestamp – 27:30

4. Favorite Episodes: Timestamp – 47:25

5. Upcoming: Timestamp – 56:40

a. Our testimony videos!

b. G3 Conference

c. Lauren and Becca Meet up!!!!!

d. Monthly Women’s Teaching check in: Timestamp – 1:03:20

i. Maybe with Lo?

ii. Just a quick clip?

iii. Blog post?

iv. All the above? lol

e. The Bar Podcast!

f. Doreen Virtue

g. Some friends from church

h. Podcasters and weekly posts by them

i. Through the Narrow

j. MERCH: inktale.com/tulipshoneyhun

k. Melanie Brooke: https://www.melaniebrooke.net/writings

5. Shenanigans: Timestamp – 1:11:28

a. Becca

i. What was the funniest thing that happened to you in 2019?

b. Lauren

i. Worst baby name you’ve ever heard? Baby talk the answer.


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Are Friendly Calvinists an Endangered Species? Part 2

Questions from Instagram

@afterthecross7

Martin Lloyd Jones said, “the Christian Faith is ultimately not only a matter of doctrine or of understanding or of intellect, it is a condition of the heart.” I completely agree with this statement and it becoming clear since joining Instagram that many are cold hearted in the way they speak to unbelievers and believers alike. The love has grown cold . Being that we understand total depravity and that unbelievers are hostile towards God; do you think it’s important for Calvinists to be checking their heart more than they are? And their approach? I’m seeing too many “intellectual” conversations minus the Gospel.

@Reformed.valleyofdry.bones

How do you manage your devotional/studytime throughout the day? I mean there is so much to do and so many distractions, how do you manage to set aside time to sit and read God’s word, how do you get the most out of that?

@Rph2go

What is Molinism, and what is its supposed advantage over Calvinism, and Arminism?

@razareforma

From which pedal of the TULIP is the friendliness derived from?

@Mortification.ofthe.flesh

What is your favorite cookie?

1. What are you currently reading and studying?

2. What books, sermons/teachings, devotionals, movies, music would you recommend?

You can find the Friendly Calvinist on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/friendlycal