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

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  • 9 Things You Should Know About Cohabitation in America. Joe Carter writes “A new survey finds that cohabitation is pervasive in the United States, and is increasingly viewed as acceptable by Christians—even if it doesn’t lead to marriage.”
  • Should You Be Mad at Chick fil-A? Russell Moore writes “A corporation is always going to disappoint as a moral model, regardless of whether that morality is left or right, Christian or secular. For our models, we need no franchised, culturally-approved outposts of finance, though we should be thankful when we see such occasionally. We need outposts of the kingdom, following Jesus Christ by faith.”

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  • Cartoon of the Week
  • Favorite Quotes of the Week

  • Truth in a Truthless Age: 2019 Ligonier Southern Ontario Conference Audio/Video. You can watch or listen to all of the messages from Ligonier’s recent Southern Ontario Conference free. Speakers included Albert Mohler, Burk Parsons and Steven Lawson.
  • Can I Know That I’m Saved? Our assurance rests not on the strength of our faith, but on the strength of the Savior in whom we have faith. From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Burk Parsons counsels Christians who may be uncertain about their salvation.
  • God’s Unchanging Character Means He Is Always Good, No Matter Our Circumstances. Randy Alcorn writes “In my understanding of Scripture and my experience, daily happiness in Christ isn’t wishful thinking. It’s based on solid facts: God secured our eternal happiness through the cross and resurrection. He dwells within us, and He intercedes for us. Nothing separates us from His love. And He tells us “Be happy and full of joy, because the Lord has done a wonderful thing” (Joel 2:21).
  • 4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty. Sinclair Ferguson writes “True Christian liberty, unlike the various “freedom” or “liberation” movements of the secular world, is not a matter of demanding the “rights” we have.”
  • John Calvin and the Five Points of Calvinism. Did John Calvin believe the five points of Calvinism? In this brief video clip from his teaching series A Survey of Church History, Robert Godfrey examines the relationship between John Calvin and the five points of Calvinism.
  • Luther Enslaved by Works Righteousness. In this short video clip from his new teaching series Reformation Truths, Michael Reeves examines how works righteousness affected Martin Luther’s perception of God.

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

  • Mercy will live longer than your sin, longer than your temptations, longer than your sorrows, longer than your persecutors. John Bunyan
  • Once a man has the love of Christ in his heart you need not train him to witness; he will do it. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. C.S. Lewis 
  • If you have a small view of your sin, God’s grace will be small to you. Tim Keller
  • Serve God with integrity, and if you achieve no success, at least no sin will lie upon your conscience. Charles Spurgeon
  • God is Father to the Christian. He is not Father to anybody else. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Christians are Christlike; none deserves the name of Christian who is not so in his prevailing character. Jonathan Edwards
  • If Christians try to be relevant and accepted by making up truth on the fly, then the Jesus we speak of will not be the Jesus of the Bible who was full of both grace and truth. He will be the “loving Jesus” remade in our culture’s image, in which we redefine love as tolerance. Randy Alcorn
  • True Gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. Tim Keller

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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