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THIS & THAT: A Weekly Roundup of Favorite Articles, Cartoons & Quotes

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  • 5 Dangers of Money. Paul Tripp writes “Money matters, but God’s grace matters even more. It alone provides both the strength and the freedom we will continue to need until the dangers of money are no more.”
  • What Does It Mean to Abide in Christ? Sinclair Ferguson writes “In a nutshell, abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles!”
  • God Invites You to Delight Yourself in Him. Randy Alcorn writes “To delight in God is to be happy with Him and in Him. To do that, we must cultivate our relationship with Him just as we do with other people by spending time with Him, bowing our knee before Him as our Lord, and also spending time with Him as our friend. That’s how we get to know Him, by learning and meditating daily on what’s true about Him.”
  • What’s the Purpose of the Spiritual Gifts? In this two-minute video, Michael Horton provides a helpful perspective on the spiritual gifts. When we understand the gifts and their purpose, we can more easily understand how God has uniquely gifted each one of us.
  • Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person. Here’s a helpful (and convicting) article from Kevin DeYoung.
  • How Do We Become Spiritually Mature? John MacArthur writes “We know that sanctification is a divine work through the Word by the Spirit of truth. So, we must plead with the Spirit that He would mold and shape us into the image of Christ, through the truth, from one level of glory to the next.”

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Thinking Theologically

  • Calvinism 101. On this episode of the Crossway podcast Kevin DeYoung unpacks Calvinism, discussing the famous five points summarized in the TULIP acrostic, the problem with cage-stage Calvinists, and the one question he’d ask Arminians to consider.
  • The Suffering and Glory of Psalm 22. Robert Godfrey writes “This psalm is not only the experience of every believer, but it is also a very remarkable and specific prophecy of the sufferings of Jesus.”
  • What is the Gospel? Scott Sauls writes “The hard news of the Gospel is that the universe and everything in it is wearing down all the time, and we are more sinful and broken than we realize. The freeing news of the Gospel is that God, through the person and work of Jesus, plans to restore both the universe and his people to their original beauty and glory.”
  • The Garden of Eden, Legalism, and Antinomianism. In this brief video clip from the 2017 Ligonier National Conference, Sinclair Ferguson discusses the relationship between Satan’s lie in the garden and legalism and antinomianism.
  • The Unstoppable, Global Gospel. Enjoy this talk by Tim Keesee from the 2019 Gospel Coalition National Conference.

  • Reading the Bible Upside Down: Why the Pope Changed the Lord’s Prayer. John Piper writes “All I want to do here is point out how the Pope’s reported rationale reveals an approach to Scripture that undermines its authority. His approach is to do what you might call a hermeneutical headstand. He turns things upside down.”
  • Stop Praying “Be With” Prayers. Alistair Begg writes “Search the Scriptures, and you won’t find a prayer recorded that just asks God to “be with” his people. The prayers of the saints have far more weighty, far more spiritual concerns.”

Biblically Speaking

  • The Battle for Biblical Truth. John MacArthur writes “In the face of ever-changing cultural trends, the church needs to boldly proclaim the eternal relevance and evergreen applicability of the Word of God.”
  • Piper and Charles on Scriptures They Turn to When Discouraged. Every Christian deals with discouragement. The question for each of us is not whether discouragement will come, but where we will turn when it does. Watch this seven-minute video of John Piper and H. B. Charles Jr. discussing their own favorite Bible passages for battling discouragement.
  • Get Out! Tim Keller on the Exodus Story. Tim Keller writes “If you’re a Christian, you’ve already crossed over. God has dealt with sin and death, and all of your other problems are merely flea bites in comparison. That’s how you deal with your flea bites—by not looking at them as massive problems. Look at what God has already done for you.”
  • Verses That Changed My Life (John Piper). In this episode of the Crossway podcast, John Piper reflects on key verses that have had a huge impact on his life—passages that helped him trust God in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, understand Paul’s message in the book of Romans, and grasp the connection between our joy and God’s glory.

DOUG MICHAEL’S CARTOON OF THE WEEK

  • Whatever you’re aiming for, Jesus is better. Bob Goff
  • Nothing but God can satisfy the heart of man. George Whitefield
  • The only works of righteousness that serve to justify a sinner are the works of Christ. R.C. Sproul
  • Bitterness arises in our hearts when we do not trust in the sovereign rule of God in our lives. Jerry Bridges
  • Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before. John Owen
  • Dear person who reads theology: If your reading is causing you to look down on other believers, you’re doing it wrong. “It is the goal of good theology to humble us before the triune God of majesty and grace. Michael Horton
  • How we treat God’s name reflects how we feel about Him. R.C. Sproul
  • Let your Christianity be so unmistakable, your eye so single, your heart so whole, your walk so straightforward that all who see you may have no doubt whose you are and whom you serve. C. Ryle
  • You cannot have union with Christ unless you are truly converted. And you cannot have union with Christ if you have made an identity out of anything else, including your sexuality. Rosaria Butterfield

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Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 39 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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