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This Is Personal | Season 2 Episode 6

This is an unusual episode of Now Is the Time, I share with you a few personal things that are on my mind including a bunch of books that I’m reading now.


About this episode

I’m not going to write a lot about this episode here, you’ll just have to listen to find out what I’m talking about. I will, however, include links to things I mentioned in the podcast below.

What I’m reading

Free books

Congratulations to TC and Mary who won last week’s free books!

This week I’m giving away 2 copies of “Practical Religion” by J.C. Ryle. This is a classic book rich in theology and sound Biblical practice. The quote in the image above I took from this book.

*To enter simply leave a comment on this post and share it on your favorite social network!

I’ll announce the winner next week!


  • Pray for several of our refugees who would like to be baptized
  • Pray for strength in the spiritual battle
  • Pray for special wisdom in directing our church in matters of teaching
  • Pray for our missions conference next month August 26-28
  • Pray that we would get the needed rest regularly

Links to recent articles

What You Should Know About Demons

Recently our church has been confronted with some unbiblical teaching about the nature of demons and their relation to Christians. When some strange teaching starts to blow through the pews it can be dangerous and often the temptation of a church leader is just to tell them to “STOP IT!” While this may be necessary at …

Charles Spurgeon’s Advice to New Missionaries

You need to read this letter if you’re a missionary or a pastor of a missionary! Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote the letter to a new missionary to north Africa named Patrick. It appears that he may have been the first missionary from the Pastor’s College Missionary Association. As a missionary myself I found the content to be …

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children! My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • Powerful quote from that book, it sounds like a great read!
    I’m honored to win the other book, thank you. I look forward to reading it.
    I’ll listen to your pod cast when I have a “kid free moment ” 🙂
    Thanks again

  • George Esler

    Hey Caleb! I really related well to the point you made about reading up on various views that are different and possibly even opposite to the view that one may hold. Ive found that its really helped me out with my theology. Right now im looking into various views of hell. Mostly Annihilationism in contrast to the traditional view of hell. I do agree though that books are a great way to be mentored and to grow as Christians

    Right now now I’m reading John Stott’s “The Cross of Christ” Its really helped me to understand the theology and importance of the cross.

    • Good job George, keep reading and keep stretching your mind, it will benefit you in the long run!

  • Excellent reminder about prayer and the utter failings of anything else to change this fallen flesh. I also agree with you about writing as a Christian. When we write, our Father is present. Period.

  • Great pod cast. Like you, I enjoy writing about the things God is revealing to me or putting on my heart. It’s why I started my blog.
    I write in a journal for each of my boys. I tell about the ways they are developing as well as the prayers I’m praying for them and how much I love them. I hope that they will read the journals one day and see how loved they are.

    I agree that blessings are not meant just for us, we are to share them.

    Thanks for the links to the books you’re reading, I love reading and often read more than one book at at time. It’s a great way for me to learn.

    And I’ve been seeing an increase in Spiritual Warfare going on in the lives of Christians I know as well in my own family. Satan is on the move but our God is greater!