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THIS & THAT and Favorite Quotes of the Week

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  • Teach Your Children about the Happy God. Randy Alcorn writes “What if our children and grandchildren learned from childhood that to know God is to know happiness—and to not know Him is misery that propels us to search for happiness where it can’t be found?”
  • The Great Parental Freak Out. Kevin DeYoung shares four things parents should stop freaking out about.




  • 4 Ways Christian Respond to Culture. Steve Graves writes “When it comes to taking a position on culture, Christians, in my experience, tend to fall into one of four groups.”
  • Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age: the Church as a Moral Minority. Albert Mohler writes “The church must awaken to its status as a moral minority and hold fast to the gospel we have been entrusted to preach. In so doing, the deep springs of permanent truth will reveal the church to be a life-giving oasis amidst American’s moral desert.”
  • Cheerleaders for Christ. Emma Green writes “The cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas, have been painting Bible verses on the banners they hold up at football games for nearly four years. Ever since, they have been embroiled in the high-profile legal battle those banners sparked.”



  • Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs. R.C. Sproul writes “We need to listen to the wisdom of God so that we can cut through the many distractions and confusions of modern life. But, as with the entirety of the Word of God, we need to be zealous to learn how to handle the book of Proverbs properly.”
  • Spirit-Empowered Preaching. Steven Lawson writes “Throughout his preaching ministry, Lloyd-Jones was consciously aware of his complete dependence upon the Holy Spirit to ensure the effectiveness of the sermon.”
  • Abandoning Christ’s Gospel. John MacArthur writes “The gospel Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow Him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer.”
  • How Did You Become Reformed? In this new seven-minute roundtable, Trip Lee (hip-hop artist and pastor of Cornerstone Church in Atlanta), Alex Medina (creative director at Reach Records), and Jemar Tisby (co-founder of Reformed African American Network) tell us how they came to embrace Reformed theology.
  • Common Misconceptions about Calvinism. Cole Brown writes “I confess that I hate — and I mean really, really hate — the label Calvinist, not because I have any shame over believing in the oft-controversial doctrines of grace. Rather, there are so many misunderstandings about what Calvinism actually is — both from those who are critical of Calvinism, and from those of us who say we believe it.”
Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

                  Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week


  • The Bible is one book, by one author, with one subject-the Lord Jesus Christ. Alistair Begg
  • Do you believe it honors Jesus more to trust him to forgive the sin you are about to commit, than to trust him for the power not to do it? John Piper
  • We find no rest for our weary bones unless we cling to the word of grace. Martin Luther
  • If we’re more obsessed with the insanity of this election year than preoccupied with the occupied throne of heaven, let’s get that fixed. Scotty Smith
  • The Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible. L. Moody
  • If you belong to Jesus, you will keep company with those who wear the uniform of the cross. Charles Spurgeon
  • Religion says, ‘I obey; therefore I am accepted.’ Christianity says, ‘I’m accepted, therefore I obey.’ Tim Keller
  • Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God. William Carey
  • We actually are saved by works, but not by our works, rather by the finished work of Jesus Christ. Steven Lawson

Jerry Bridges Quote

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. My husband has been saying “none of the above” for years!

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