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THIS & THAT and Favorite Quotes of the Week

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Courtesy of World Magazine

Courtesy of World Magazine


  • How an Affair Really Begins. Tim Challies shares the 6 “e’s” that Tommy Nelson uses to describe the “ease” with which people fall into extra-marital affairs.
  • 3 Telltale Signs You Are a Foolish Christian. Our friend Kevin Halloran writes “I don’t consider myself a fool, at least not very high up there on the “foolishness index” Scripture provides in the book of Proverbs. But reading Ephesians 5:15-21 tells me something different.”
  • A Prayer for Days When We’re Feeling Weary. Here’s another wonderful prayer from Scotty Smith.
  • Enjoy Your Possessions Before They Possess You. Tony Reinke shares four things that will help us rightly enjoy the gifts God has given us.
  • Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? Albert Mohler writes “In a time of cultural conflict, the enemy of our enemy may well be our friend. But, with eternity in view and the gospel at stake, the enemy of our enemy must not be confused to be a friend to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
  • Four Indications You Have an Untrustworthy Team Member. Eric Geiger writes “An untrustworthy team member can spoil and corrupt the collective character of a team. One team member can adversely impact the whole, can adversely impact the culture of the team you lead. Here are four indicators of an untrustworthy team member.”
  • Satan’s Subtle Art of Destruction. Burk Parsons writes “I offer the following thoughts to the end that you would not be outwitted by Satan, or be ignorant of his schemes, as you fix your eyes on Christ, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:1).”
  • Do You Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian? In this short article, R. C. Sproul writes “How can we consistently and persistently absent ourselves from that which He has called us to join—His visible church? I offer a sober warning to those who are doing this. You may, in fact, be deluding yourself about the state of your soul.”
  • Adoption. Noel (wife of John) and Talitha Piper talk about adoption in this 12-minute video.


Photo of the Week ~ Ben Carson

Photo of the Week ~ Ben Carson


Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

Favorite Quotes of the Week

  • Before my secret meeting with the Pope I asked him to come wearing white if deep down he agreed with the Reformation. Pretty crazy. Kevin DeYoung
  • You’ll never be a mature Christian until you understand that God remembers his promises and forgets your sins. Kevin DeYoung
  • Careful. Our desires are like fireworks. They can light the night sky with beauty and wonder. But misused they can burn down a neighborhood. Zack Eswine
  • You want to do large things famous & fast. But most things that truly matter need small acts of overlooked love over a long period of time. Zack Eswine
  • When the gospel is at stake, everything is at stake. R.C. Sproul
  • To call a Christian a theist is roughly equivalent to calling the space shuttle Atlantis a glider. R.C. Sproul
  • Today, the chief ministry of the Holy Spirit is to take the work of the Son and bring it to fruition in us. R.C. Sproul
  • When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head. Charles Spurgeon
  • Our hope in Christ for the future is the mainspring and the mainstay of our joy down here today. Charles Spurgeon
  • As long as we think we are not that bad, the idea of grace will never change us. Tim Keller
  • Power, approval, comfort, and control are meta-idols that hold sway over our daily lives. Tim Keller
  • Jesus smashed two of the rich young ruler’s assumptions: Christianity is something you can ADD and something you can DO. Tim Keller
  • When we watch Jesus, we are watching God respond to human suffering. Paul Miller
  • He was prepared to be humbled…is there any room for pride in our own lives? Mark Jones
  • If you are in Christ, you are fully and completely forgiven for all your sin—past, present and future. Matt Chandler
  • The rule of the gospel is, that when we see our brother under any difficulty, we should be ready to bear the burden with him. Jonathan Edwards
  • Obedience and faithfulness is what God is calling us to. Bob Smart
  • Can you have any greater assurance that you are praying the will of God than when you are praying the Word of God? Don Whitney
  • The stress that some of us feel – it’s a lack of faith, it really is. Francis Chan
  • For Christians especially, identity is determined far more by the Gospel than it is by our sexual feelings. Michael Horton
  • There are many roads that lead to hell, but only one way to go to heaven. Steven Lawson
  • In Christ, God’s face shines out, full of grace and gentleness to us poor, unworthy sinners. John Calvin
  • There is no higher human state than to hunger and thirst for righteousness, and for that desire to be satisfied. Robert Yarbrough

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. Tammy Pence's Amazon Author Page

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

  1. Thank you for these updates Bill. So glad there was a review to read rather than having to watch the PP videos. I couldn’t have watched them.

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