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THIS & THAT and Favorite Quotes of the Week

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This and That

Christian Living:

  • Pray Like a Child. Listen as Paul Miller, author of The Praying Life, reminds us of how dependent Jesus was on his heavenly Father, even to the point where he said he did nothing on his own. As Jesus prayed then, so must we, coming to God with childlike faith. A special guest is Paul’s mute autistic daughter, Kim.
  • 15 Ways to Fight Lust with the Sword of the Spirit. Kevin DeYoung writes “How in the world, in this world we live in, and with our sex-saturated hearts, can we obey the seventh commandment? Let me suggest fifteen passages of Scripture that can help us fight lust and the temptation to sexual immorality.”
  • Fasting for Beginners. David Mathis writes “Chances are you are among the massive majority of Christians who rarely or never fast. It’s not because we haven’t read our Bibles or sat under faithful preaching or heard about the power of fasting, or even that we don’t genuinely want to do it. We just never actually get around to putting down the fork.

Current Events:

Great Resources:  

  • Tim Keller Sermons. You can listen to nearly 100 of Tim Keller’s sermons free at the Gospel in Life Redeemer Presbyterian Church You Tube site.
  • Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? R.C. Sproul writes “At a practical level, people who are struggling with their assurance of salvation often approach me and ask, “How can I know I am save?” In response, I ask them three questions.
  • Openness Unhindered Part 2. In this episode of the Mortification of Spin podcast, Carl Trueman, Aimee Bryd and Todd Pruitt continue their discussion on Rosaria Butterfield’s latest book: Openness Unhindered, in which they respond specifically to her thoughts on and approach to Christian fellowship and hospitality. I found the section of the book on hospitality of particular interest.
  • Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ. Kelsey Hency writes “In Openness Unhindered, Butterfield sets out to equip and encourage those dealing with sexual temptation, guide unbelievers to Christ’s hand, and rouse believers blind to their own sin. If you come to the book seeking answers about one of today’s most controversial topics, you will certainly find some. But you’ll leave with more than answers. You’ll leave with the hope of the gospel.
  • Five Easy Pieces. Carl Trueman, who I enjoyed a wonderful week of classes on B.B. Warfield a few years ago at Covenant Serminary, gives a brief overview of five new books.
  • NIV Zondervan Study Bible. In this five-minute video, D.A. Carson talks about the new NIV Zondervan Study Bible, which he served as General Editor for.
Truth is Stranger than Fiction ~ As seen in Christianity Today

Truth is Stranger than Fiction ~ As seen in Christianity Today

Church Life:

  • The Mark of Christianity That is Disappearing from Our Worship. Trevin Wax writes about the disappearance of confession from our worship.
  • Every Believer’s Responsibility. In this short video, John MacArthur states that it is every believer’s responsibility to hold their pastors accountable by searching the Scriptures, just as the Bereans did.
  • On Leaving Church. Bill Muehlenberg writes “There are many Christians who have stopped going to church. They have not given up on God, have not renounced their faith, have not denied Christ, and have not become pagans. They simply are no longer going to church. That this is happening is not a matter of doubt, but why this is happening is in fact a difficult question to answer.”
  • Eight Reasons Why We Need the Puritans. My pastor introduced me to the writings of the Puritans years ago via the publishing ministry of my friend Don Kistler. Here’s a good article from Jeff Robinson on why we need the Puritans.
Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

Just for Fun:

  • #‎TRUMPBIBLE. Eric Metaxas writes “Donald Trump recently said the Bible is by far his favorite book, but when asked to share a favorite verse or two, he declined, saying religion was a private thing and he didn’t want to get specific. Many concluded he doesn’t read the Bible. But to silence his critics, Trump today shot off the following “25 of my favorite Bible verses”.  Here’s just a few:
    • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was TERRIFIC. And also YUUUUGE.
    • Look, I prefer Messiahs who don’t get crucified, okay? I mean, I’ve given a lot to his churches. A LOT. Face it, he let us down.
    • A good wife, who can find? I found three.
As seen in World Magazine

As seen in World Magazine

 Favorite Quotes of the Week

  • Before the sun goes down, extend God’s grace to somebody that you’d rather altogether avoid. Scotty Smith
  • Father, so overwhelm my heart with your beauty and grace today it’ll be difficult to complain about anything or criticize anyone. Scotty Smith
  • God is so boundlessly pleased with Jesus that in him he is altogether well pleased with us. Charles Spurgeon
  • If Christ were only a cistern, we might soon exhaust His fullness, but who can drain a fountain? Charles Spurgeon
  • I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes. Charles Spurgeon
  • The Gospel is not good instructions, not a good idea, and not good advice. The Gospel is an announcement of what God has done for us in Jesus. Michael Horton
  • Just be who God has called you to be right where you are, with the people he has called you to serve. Michael Horton
  • All men have offended God’s justice and deserve His judgment. R.C. Sproul
  • If God ceased to exist for a second the universe would perish with Him. R.C. Sproul
  • If it were left to us, we would all fall away from the faith and perish. R.C. Sproul
  • There is no such thing as a great man of God, only weak, pitiful, faithless men of a great and merciful God. Paul Washer
  • Pray earnestly for a deep sense of your own insufficiency.” It’s a God-given gift. John Newton
  • It is evil to be enslaved to good things. John Piper
  • Don’t make yourself more miserable than you have to be. If God wanted you to feel guilty all the time he wouldn’t have sent Jesus. Kevin DeYoung
  • Self-loathing is self-worship. Andrew Peterson
  • You can never be righteous without being redeemed, you cannot worship without being redeemed and righteous. Ravi Zacharias
  • Don’t love Jesus just for what he does, love him for who he is. Tim Keller
  • Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. Francis Chan
  • We are great sinners, but Christ is an even greater Savior. Steven Lawson
  • Legalism gives us a temporary feeling of security based on self, the gospel gives us assurance of our eternal security based on Christ. Burk Parsons
  • The root and source of sin is unbelief and turning from God, just as the source and root of righteousness is faith. Martin Luther

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.

One thought on “THIS & THAT and Favorite Quotes of the Week

  1. Just a personal comment, I wish the Blue Grass Baptist Church was in this area! Scotty Smiths prayers are sure pertinent to many. More reasons why Donald Trump does not deserve my vote if nominated.
    Always so much of importance to read

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