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THIS & THAT: A Weekly Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • What is the Will of God for My Life? R.C. Sproul writes “If you want to know the will of God in terms of what God authorizes, what God is pleased with, and what God will bless you for, again, the answer is found in His preceptive will, the law, which is clear.”

  • The Best Way to Find God’s Will for Your Gifts. Jon Bloom writes “So if we conceive of the purpose of our lives as primarily an individual pursuit of happiness, it’s no wonder we can find discerning where God wants us to invest our lives illusive and perplexing.”
  • Did You Know That Charles Spurgeon Struggled with Depression? Michael Reeves writes “It comes as a surprise to some that Charles Spurgeon had a lifelong battle with depression. His reputation as a famed and powerful preacher, his cheery wit, and his cigar-smoking manliness might lead us to imagine there could never be a chink in his Victorian Englishman’s armor. It shouldn’t be a surprise, of course: being full of life in a fallen world must mean distress, and Spurgeon’s life was indeed full of physical and mental pain.”
  • 10 Things You Should Know about Charles Spurgeon. Michael Reeves, author of the new book Spurgeon on the Christian Life, shares these helpful things about the great preacher.
  • Don’t Be Afraid of Trying and Failing. Randy Alcorn writes “Nick (Foles) was an early success in the NFL, followed by injury and being traded and becoming a backup. Most of us aren’t professional athletes, but career disappointments and personal failures in family relationships and whatever we do are just some of the many ways we become disillusioned.”
  • Do You Still Want to Be Like Mike? Matt Smethurst writes “In the world, status is tethered to performance. It’s the same in the gospel. The difference, however, is that our status as believers is not tethered to our performance, but Christ’s. Only the gospel can offer the resources to combat our pride, expose our emptiness, and flood our hearts with peace.”
  • It’s Not Conversion Therapy; It’s Just Conversion. Denny Burk writes “This kind of opposition is not a new thing in the world, but it is something that we perhaps have not experienced in our culture to this degree until now. In any case, we need to be ready because God is in the business of turning enemies of the faith into friends of Jesus. That is what he did for Saul of Tarsus. That is what he did for Jackie-Hill Perry. That is what he did for me. And that is what he can do for anyone—including the ones jeering at Perry’s witness on Harvard’s campus.”
  • What is the Unforgiveable Sin? David Mathis writes “If you do fear you’ve committed some “unforgivable sin,” or even that your heart has already reached such a state of hardness, God does offer you hope. If you worry about unforgivable sin, then most likely you are not there. Not yet. Hearts with settled hardness against Jesus and his Spirit don’t go around worrying about it.”
  • What Every Christian Must Affirm About the Universe’s Origins. In this three-minute video, Albert Mohler answers what things must be affirmed by every Christian when it comes to the origins of the universe.

  • Francis Chan and Adam Wainright. On this episode of the Sports Spectrum podcast Francis Chan and Adam Wainright sit down at a recent conference in San Antonio, Texas with host Jason Romano to discuss their unique friendship, what Adam is learning from Francis’ teaching, why it’s important to use your platform to share the Gospel, and what is breaking Francis’ heart in the church.
  • How the Transgender Narrative Perpetuates Stereotypes. Nancy Pearcey writes “At the heart of the transgender narrative is the destructive idea that your mind can be “at war with your body.” It sets up an opposition between the body and the self, estranging people from their basic biological identities as male and female. Kids from kindergarten and up are being taught that their psychological identity has no connection to their physical self.”
  • Is Jordan Peterson the Champion We’ve Been Looking For? In this lengthy article, Joel McDurmon writes “Yet Peterson is commanding huge audiences of largely young men. While we obviously need a clear warning in the church that his foundations and teachings lack quite a bit, the nature of his appeal speaks volumes about what is missing in our own house. But for all of this problem, the main lesson Christian leaders need to take from this is to see where all the young men are flocking to gain wisdom and insight into practical living and every area of life while Christian leaders are missing the boat in virtually every way a boat can be missed: intellectually, spiritually, apologetically, culturally, as well as in terms of business, opportunity, community, dominion, etc.”

  • What Does It Mean to Abide in Christ?  Sinclair Ferguson writes “The exhortation to “abide” has been frequently misunderstood, as though it were a special, mystical, and indefinable experience. But Jesus makes clear that it actually involves a number of concrete realities.”
  • The Missing Word in Our Modern Gospel. Kevin DeYoung writes “There’s a word missing from the presentation of our modern gospel. It’s the word repent.”
  • The Significance of Genesis 3:15. Derek Thomas writes “With the possible exception of John 3:16, no verse in the Bible is more crucial and definitive than Genesis 3:15: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

  • Those who do not think about their own sins make up for it by thinking incessantly about the sins of others. S. Lewis
  • God has promised to meet all our needs, not all our greeds. Steven Lawson
  • You are under qualified for the job of master and commander of your own life. Tim Keller
  • Are you a child of God? The only condition is the utter, absolute recognition of your desperate, helpless need, and of what he was done and what he can do for you and in you-what he will do if but ask him to do it. Ask him now. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Everything is so little to God, that if he does not care for the little, he cares for nothing. Charles Spurgeon
  • Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God. John Knox
  • There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. John Calvin
  • One of the greatest sins for which we need to ask forgiveness is not believing God has forgiven us. Burk Parsons
  • Man was never meant to be a god, but he is forever trying to deify himself. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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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