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Coram Deo ~ Living Life Before the Face of God 8.5.2014

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Upcoming Releases

The fall always features the release of several new books and albums. Below are a few upcoming releases that you may have an interest in:


  • You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan – August 26
  • The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper – August 31
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel by Jan Karon – September 2
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard – September 23
  • The Upper Room: Jesus’ Parting Promises for Troubled Hearts by John MacArthur – October 1
  • Untitled book on John Owen by Sinclair Ferguson – October
  • Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton – October 7
  • Gray Mountain: A Novel by John Grisham – October 21
  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller – November 4
  • Untitled biography of George H. W. Bush by George W. Bush – November 11.
  • Updated edition of The Reformation Study Bible in the English Standard Version (ESV) – Early Winter

And here is a book scheduled for release in early 2015:

  • It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News by Tullian Tchividjian – January 1


  • Anchor by Colton Dixon – August 19
  • In Motion: The Remixes by Amy Grant – August 19
  • 20 by Jars of Clay – August 19
  • Anomaly by Lecrae – September 9
  • Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong by King & Country – September 16
  • Christmas album (title to be determined) by Michael W. Smith – September 30
  • Love Ran Red by Chris Tomlin – October 28

Movies (films that I want to see)

  • Boyhood
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • The Good Lie
  • Interstellar
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb


I’m Currently Reading

Movie Reviews:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, rated PG-13
  • Get on Up, rated PG-13
  • America: Imagine the World Without Her, rated PG-13

Music Review:   Sovereign – Michael W. Smith

 Book Reviews:  

Integrating Faith and Work



  • John Piper has authored a new e-book titled The Marks of a Spiritual Leader. You can download it FREE here: You can read the related article from Desiring God “Own Your Own Desperation” here:
  • Each month Christianaudio offers a FREE audio book, announced on the first day of the month. Anna and the King written by Margaret Landon is the free audiobook of the month for August. From their website: “This poignant story of Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam has captured the fancy of millions worldwide through not only the book, but the play The King and I. Wonderfully narrated by Anne Flosnik and nominated for a prestigious Audie Award in 2013, it is certainly one of the most entertaining audiobooks we have given away”. To download your copy, go to:
  • Speaking of FREE e-books, Ligonier Ministries continues to add books to their Crucial Questions series, which are free in e-book format. There are now 20 books in the series. Check out all of them here, including three new ones:
  • George W. Bush has written a biography of his father, George H.W. Bush. It will be published November 11. According to the publisher, the book will cover the elder Bush’s whole life and his influence on his son, from George W.’s “childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father, and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term presidency.” Read more here:



God’s Hall of Fame

This crowd on earth
They soon forget
The heroes of the past.
They cheer like mad
Until you fall
And that’s how long you last.

But God does not forget
And in his Hall of Fame
By just believing in his Son
Inscribed you’ll find your name.

I tell you, friends,
I would not trade
My name however small
Inscribed up there
Beyond the stars
In that celestial hall.

For any famous name on earth
Or glory that they share
I’d rather be an unknown here
And have my name up there.

— Unknown




I will kneel in the dust
at the foot of the cross,
where mercy paid for me.
Where the wrath I deserve,
it is gone, it has passed.
Your blood has hidden me.

Mercy, mercy,
as endless as the sea.
I’ll sing Your hallelujah
for all eternity.

We will lift up the cup
and the bread we will break,
remembering Your love.
We were fallen from grace,
but You took on our shame
and nailed it to a cross.

Mercy, mercy,
as endless as the sea.
I’ll sing Your hallelujah
for all eternity.

May I never lose the wonder,
oh, the wonder of Your mercy.
May I sing Your hallelujah?
Hallelujah, Amen.
[repeat 3x]

May I never lose the wonder,
oh, the wonder of Your mercy.
May I sing Your hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Amen.

I will kneel in the dust
at the foot of the cross,
where mercy paid for me.

 5 loveThe 5 Love Languages Book Club Week Six  

Tammy and I completed week six of our summer book club reading Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to a Love that Lasts last week. We covered the final love language, physical touch. Here are a few passages we discussed:

• Physical touch can make or break a relationship. It can communicate hate or love.
• To the person whose primary love language is physical touch, the message will be far louder than the words “I hate you” or “I love you.”
• That does not mean that all touches are created equal. Some will bring more pleasure to your spouse than others. Your best instructor is your spouse, of course. After all, she is the one you are seeking to love. She knows best what she perceives as a loving touch. Don’t insist on touching her in your way and in your time. Learn to speak her love dialect. Don’t make the mistake of believing that the touch that brings pleasure to you will also bring pleasure to her.
• Love touches may be explicit and demand your full attention such as in a back rub or sexual foreplay, culminating in intercourse. On the other hand, love touches may be implicit and require only a moment, such as putting your hand on his shoulder as you pour a cup of coffee or rubbing your body against him as you pass in the kitchen.
• Once you discover that physical touch is the primary love language of your spouse, you are limited only by your imagination on ways to express love. Coming up with new ways and places to touch can be an exciting challenge.
• Try new touches in new places and let your spouse give you feedback on whether he finds it pleasurable or not. Remember, he has the final word. You are learning to speak his language.
• All societies have some form of physical touching as a means of social greeting.
• There are appropriate and inappropriate ways to touch members of the opposite sex in every society.
• Within marriage, however, what is appropriate and inappropriate touching is determined by the couple themselves.
• Counselors’ files are filled with records of husbands and wives who are trying to grapple with the emotional trauma of an unfaithful spouse. That trauma, however, is compounded for the individual whose primary love language is physical touch. That for which he longs so deeply—love expressed by physical touch—is now being given to another. His emotional love tank is not only empty; it has been riddled by an explosion. It will take massive repairs for those emotional needs to be met.
• If your spouse’s primary love language is physical touch, nothing is more important than holding her as she cries. Your words may mean little, but your physical touch will communicate that you care.
• Crises provide a unique opportunity for expressing love. Your tender touches will be remembered long after the crisis has passed.
• Pete is only one of many individuals for whom physical touch is the primary love language. Emotionally, they yearn for their spouse to reach out and touch them physically. Running the hand through the hair, giving a back rub, holding hands, embracing, sexual intercourse—all of those and other “love touches” are the emotional lifeline of the person for whom physical touch is the primary love language.
• The chapter ends with a “Your Turn” section, where the author asks that you “Recall some nonsexual “touching times” that enhanced intimacy between the two of you. What made these times special?”

Next week we will cover chapter nine – Discussing Your Primary Love Language. Won’t you join us?


I appreciated this cartoon from World Magazine:
World Magazine Cartoon

Regeneration by RC Sproul

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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