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  • Jordan Spieth Eagle. The 21-year old golfer has already won the first two legs of the Grand Slam (the Masters and U.S. Open). See this 106 yard shot he holes for an eagle in the third round of last week’s John Deere Classic.


  • Sherlock Christmas Special. After a year and a half, there will finally be some new Sherlock to enjoy. A Victorian Christmas special (featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson), will air this year on television and also in select theatres. See the trailer here.
  • Nonsense Karaoke with Chris Pratt. Did you see Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) recently on the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon?
  • If you’re in a rush, just know whatever airport security line I am in, the other lines will always be faster. Eric Geiger
  • Internet is down at home. Drove to Panera. Internet is down at Panera. I think God may be trying to tell me something. Tim Challies
  • The people lining the street for the running of the bulls were probably the same people who thought a dinosaur theme park was a good idea. Kevin DeYoung
  • Only Pixar can make you care about an imaginary friend made of cotton candy who is named Bing Bong. Tim Challies
Beyond the Ark by Doug Michael

Beyond the Ark by Doug Michael

Favorite QuotesFavorite Quotes of the Week 7.12.15

Present Theologians:

  • Foot washing is far more appropriate for followers of Jesus than attempts at life fixing. We serve them, only Jesus changes people. Scotty Smith
  • Doing justice includes not only the righting of wrongs, but generosity and social concern, especially toward the poor and vulnerable. Tim Keller
  • Everyone says they want community and deep friendship. However, because it takes accountability and commitment we run the other way. Tim Keller
  • To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything. Tim Keller
  • The Arminian view makes the final decision of our salvation rest upon a human choice, not upon a divine action. R. C. Sproul
  • For the Arminian, salvation is possible for all but certain for none. In the Calvinist position, salvation is sure for God’s elect. R.C. Sproul
  • It is not the perfection of one’s life but the direction of a life that provides evidence of regeneration. John MacArthur
  • What God requires and what he has done to save us in Christ is evident from Genesis to Revelation. Michael Horton
  • Truth without grace isn’t really true. Grace without truth isn’t really gracious. Scott Sauls
  • Repentance: conviction of our sin, contrition over our sin, confession of our sin, consecration to turn from our sin. Repeat daily. Burk Parsons
  • When your sin is exposed, you will run toward confession and forgiveness or self-righteousness and self-justification. Paul David Tripp
  • If your friends never make you uncomfortable. You don’t have friends. You have fans. Darrin Patrick
  • Churches should evaluate everything they do to determine how it can be done better. Thom Rainer
  • The repentant man rightfully loses trust in himself. He recognizes his self-dependence as the source of his problems, not the solution. Randy Alcorn
  • Only the Gospel goes deep enough to effect real hard change. Everything else is just behavior modification. Jared Wilson
  • There are no freelance Christians; there is no solo-flying to heaven. Alistair Begg
  • Calvin, outside of God’s Word, has been the greatest influence in my life. Ian Hamilton
  • God has chosen us. Our status is not a matter of our worthiness, but of His love. Sinclair Ferguson
  • What matters most isn’t what others think of us, or even what we think about ourselves, but what God has declared to be true of us in Christ. Scotty Smith
  • You cannot talk about evil without assuming a moral framework. Ravi Zacharias
  • Refusing to teach a passage of Scripture is just as wrong as abusing it. Francis Chan.

Theologians from the Past:

  • Right is right though all condemn, and wrong is wrong though all approve. Charles Spurgeon
  • If he be lost, damnation is all of man; but, if he be saved, still salvation is all of God. Charles Spurgeon
  • Man was made in the image of God, and nothing will satisfy man but God, in whose image he was made. Charles Spurgeon
  • Praying without fervency is like hunting with a dead dog. Charles Spurgeon
  • The nearer a man gets to God, the greater he sees his sin. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • If you look at your past and are depressed it means that you are listening to the devil. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • I’ve held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all but whatever I’ve placed in God’s hands, that I still possess. Martin Luther
  • I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word, till soul and body sever. For though all things pass away, His Word shall stand forever. Martin Luther
  • God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance … as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray. John Calvin
  • The greatest test of a man’s character is his tongue. Oswald Chambers

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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