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  • How Do the Sacraments Help Us?C. Sproul writes “When joined to the Word of God, the sacraments strengthen our faith, further our sanctification, and assure us of the Lord’s unwavering faithfulness to us—His forgetful and often unfaithful people.”
  • Why Culture Matters. People of faith differ on how much concern we should pay to the culture at hand, questioning what good can we really do engaging in a broken world. Can we really make a significant difference? Watch this just under twenty-minute talk on why culture matters from Tim Keller.
  • One Way Nominal Christians Are Worse Than Non-Christians. Eric Metaxas writes “Like the people of Jerusalem in Ezekiel’s time, nominal believers today don’t even live up to the standards of their unbelieving neighbors. And now, as then, that’s an embarrassment and a tragedy.”
  • Having a Jesus Heart for Children. Kelly Needham writes “In every season of life, all of us encounter children—whether our own, or a friend’s, or nieces and nephews, or neighborhood kids. It’s important we have a Biblically-informed view of them.”
  • Six Biblical Methods for Handling Stress. Elizabeth Moyer writes “These biblical practices help recalibrate our spiritual response to stressors that disrupt equilibrium in our lives.”
  • Homophobia Has No Place in the Church. Nick Roen writes “Simply put, homophobia means a fear of homosexuality and, more specifically, homosexual people. And while it is not the same as loving, biblical opposition to certain behaviors or beliefs, this fear-based attitude often leads to unhelpful stereotypes, prejudice, and even cruel mistreatment. So let’s call a spade a spade. Homophobia exists, and it has no place in the church.”
  • What is True Love? John MacArthur writes that the love we are called to walk in is first pure and then peaceable.

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  • R.C. Quote1God’s sense of timing will always confound ours. His grace rarely operates according to our schedule. Tim Keller
  • When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. Martin Luther
  • We are not reborn because we believe. We believe because we are reborn. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Unless Christ’s righteousness is imputed to you here, you must hereafter be satisfying the divine justice in hell. George Whitefield
  • There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence. John Calvin
  • One ray from the throne of God is better than the noonday splendour of created wisdom. Charles Spurgeon
  • The thing about a democracy is that a nation usually gets the leaders it deserves. Kevin DeYoung
  • Where the gospel advances, the devil will rage. Michael Reeves
Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

                      Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

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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