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THIS & THAT and Favorite Quotes of the Week




  • Will You Wrestle with God? Jon Bloom writes “What do you really need from God right now? What blessing do you want from him? How badly do you want it? There are times when God only releases his blessings on us after a season of prolonged and even painful wrestling with him.”
  • Is Jesus Arrogant? Musings on Exclusivity. Zack Eswine writes “Jesus sounds narrow minded and arrogant. He suggests that we locate God through no other way but His. This kind of exclusive claim disgusts many of us.”
  • May I Split My Giving Between My Church and Another Ministry? In this episode of the “Ask Pastor John” podcast, John Piper states “I think it is a good rule of thumb to start your giving by tithing to the local church and then giving over and above elsewhere. But that is not a rule or a mandate.”



Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

                       Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week


  • You are required to believe, to preach, and to teach what the Bible says is true, not what you want the Bible to say is true. R.C. Sproul
  • The first object of the Christian is to glorify God, and the next object is to make other people happy. Charles Spurgeon
  • The purpose of prayer is not to get God aligned with us but to get us aligned with God. Scott Sauls
  • Always be killing sin or it will be killing you. John Owen
  • Let the Lord Jesus but enter your souls, and you shall find peace which the world can neither give nor take away. George Whitefield
  • God is Father to the Christian. He is not Father to anybody else. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Genuine and earnest prayer proceeds first from a sense of our need, and next, from faith in the promises of God. John Calvin
  • Sin is not just doing bad things. It is taking good things and making them ultimate in your life. Tim Keller
  • The gospel never was, isn’t, and never will be about the “victorious Christian life.” It’s about the victorious Christ. Scotty Smith

Sinclair Quote 3

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.

2 thoughts on “THIS & THAT and Favorite Quotes of the Week

  1. Love this quote:
    “The gospel never was, isn’t, and never will be about the “victorious Christian life.” It’s about the victorious Christ. Scotty Smith”

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