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THIS & THAT and Favorite Quotes of the Week

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  • What’s Wrong with Dressing Immodestly for Attention?In this episode of the “Ask Pastor John” podcast, John Piper answers the question Can you help me know how to cultivate beauty in my heart and in my faith in God alone?”
  • Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability. Jon Bloom writes “Our irritability never has its roots in the soils of righteousness. It springs out of the soil of selfishness and springs up fast, like the sin-weed that it is. We get irritated or easily provoked, not when God’s righteousness or justice is scorned, but when something we want is being denied, delayed, or disrupted.”

  • How to Evaluate Your Life for “Fillers” and “Drainers”.David and Shona Murray write “Managing our energy consumption is as important as managing our money and our time.”
  • How to Help Your Children Read the Bible.David Murray writes “Earnest Christian parents want to help their children learn to read, understand, trust, and love the Bible. But most of us find this to be a significant, even daunting, challenge. The Bible is big and complex enough to intimidate adults. How do we help our children get to know the most important book ever assembled and begin to develop habits of enjoying it daily?”
  • Themes (or Challenges) for Reformed Christians in 2018. Tim Challies shares three themes that he predicts will prove important for Reformed Christians in 2018.
  • Tim Keller on a Biblical View of Friendship. Randy Alcorn shares this messages from Tim Keller on Proverbs 17:17.
  • The Mistake Both Rich and Poor Make. On this episode of the Gospel Coalition Word of the Week, listen to this sermon from Dan Doriani on Luke 12: 13-21.
  • Is Suicide the Unforgiveable Sin? Nicholas Davis writes “Suicide is certainly a sin—because it robs a person of the sanctity of life and the full time given to them by God alone. Family and friends of a believer who has committed suicide should never worry about whether their loved one is in heaven. Thankfully, even suicide is not greater than the body and blood of Jesus—broken and shed for the forgiveness of all our sins.”
  • Why Falling Out of Love Never Justifies Divorce. In this episode of the “Ask Pastor John” podcast, John Piper responds to the question “What would you say to someone who has ‘fallen out of love’ with their spouse, and why that’s no grounds for divorce?”

  • Ask Ligonier: A Place for Answers. Nathan Bingham introduces “Ask Ligonier” where you can ask your questions online as they arise, confident that our team will work quickly to provide clear, concise, and trustworthy answers.
  • Faith and Repentance. Sinclair Ferguson writes “Repentance and faith are two essential elements in conversion. They constitute twin graces that can never be separated. As John Calvin well reminds us, this is true not only of the beginning but of the whole of our Christian lives. We are believing penitents and penitent believers all the way to glory.”
  • What is the Gospel? Robert Godfrey writes The church needs to preach the gospel in both its broad and narrow senses. The Greek word for gospel has given the English-speaking world the word evangelism.
  • The Dangers of an Oversimplified Gospel. John MacArthur writes “But the gospel is not a message that can be capsulated, abridged, shrink-wrapped, and then offered as a generic remedy for every kind of sinner.”
  • The Doctrines of Grace: By His Grace and for His Glory. Steven Lawson writes “This is why the doctrines of grace are so desperately needed in our churches. They give glory to God alone. They define salvation as being all of God. When salvation is correctly perceived in this way, then—and onlythen—God receives all the glory for it. Only sola gratia produces soli Deo gloria.”
  • Theocracies are Terrible. Russell Moore writes “Theocracies are terrible, because the god behind them is the root of all the horrors of the present age: a depraved humanity pretending to be divine.”
  • The Intelligence of Christian Faith. Scott Sauls writes “Saturating our minds with the Bible’s truths and promises makes us wiser and builds up our ability to see God, people, the world, and ourselves with accurate clarity. As the Psalmist writes, “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99).”
  • Russell Moore on How to Teach About the Kingdom of God. In this episode of Nancy Guthrie’s helpful “Help Me Teach the Bible” podcast, she visits with Russell Moore. In their discussion, Mooreexplains what the kingdom is, how teachers often teach it wrongly, and what it may cost us to confront the comfortable with the Bible’s teaching about God’s kingdom.
  • Moralism is not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think It Is).Albert Mohler writes “Far too many believers and their churches succumb to the logic of moralism and reduce the Gospel to a message of moral improvement. In other words, we communicate to lost persons the message that what God desires for them and demands of them is to get their lives straight.”


Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

  • There is nothing more foolish than to think you have life under control when it is not controllable. Tim Keller
  • It is God’s purpose that guarantees the final perseverance of the saints, the final glorification of His people. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter. Charles Spurgeon
  • The essential secret of godliness is Christ. Sin is precisely Christlessness; all attempts at self-improvement and moral reformation without him are sin. Only through knowing and relying on him can we become like the living God and share his vitality. Michael Reeves
  • More
  • America needs its next Abraham Lincoln and the closest I’ve seen in 15 years is Ben Sasse. Os Guinness
  • Most heretics try to mask their heresy by using orthodox language to convey it. C. Sproul
  • Real friendship happens when we move toward the people we are most tempted to avoid. Scott Sauls
  • When I am afraid (not if), I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3. Scotty Smith
  • Trials are God’s unannounced exams to see how we are doing in the school of faith. Steven Lawson

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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