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

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  • How Do We Pray Without Ceasing? Ligon Duncan provides some tips for us on what praying without ceasing means.
  • Blessed are the Sad. Check out pastor and seminary professor Zack Eswine’s series on finding hope amid depression and anxiety.
  • The Importance of What We Do in Secret. Derek Thomas writes “According to Jesus, it is what we do in secret that matters most.”
  • Accepting “No” as God’s Will. R.C. Sproul writes “The prayer of faith is a prayer of trust. The very essence of faith is trust. We trust that God knows what is best.”
  • 9 Ways to Guard Your Personal Relationship with God. David Murray writes “Like all healthy and satisfying relationships, our relationship with God needs time and energy. But giving time and energy to our relationship with God actually increases free time and energy because it helps us get a better perspective on life and order our priorities better, it reduces the time we spend on image management, and it removes fear and anxiety.”
  • To Those Who Send ‘Good Thoughts’. Nancy Guthrie writes about how she responds when she reads that someone is sending her “good thoughts”.

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  • How to Know If You’ve Made an Idol of Politics. Joe Carter offers these helpful thoughts on the place we put politics in our lives.
  • American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story. Brian Welk writes “Lionsgate has greenlit and is fast-tracking a biopic based on the life of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner from the writer of Friday Night Lights, and the directors, writers and production banner behind the faith-based hit I Can Only Imagine. I’m really looking forward to this film about one of my favorite all-time athletes.
  • From Pitcher to Planter. I was encouraged with this story about Dan Naulty, former major league baseball pitcher, who is now planting a church in Michigan.

  • What is the Difference Between Sin, Transgression, and Iniquity? From falling short of the mark to crossing the line, the Bible describes sin in a multitude of ways. In this video from one of Ligonier’s live events, R.C. Sproul and Sinclair Ferguson call attention to the only One who is able to pay our immeasurable debt before God.
  • Should Christians Attend Alcohol Anonymous? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “What potential role can social programs play in really helping to bring genuine change to the Christian life?”  
  • Ask Ligonier Live with Robert Godfrey. On February 18th, Dr. Robert Godfrey was the special guest on an Ask Ligonier live event as he answered biblical and theological questions live online.
  • How Can I Deepen My Understanding of My Own Sinfulness? The Word of God is a mirror that causes us to see ourselves as we really are. From one of the Ask Ligonier live events, H.B. Charles explains how regular Scripture reading and prayer help us to recognize our sinfulness and our need of God’s grace.
  • Is All Sin the Same to God and Therefore Punished the Same in Hell? Randy Alcorn writes “The widely stated notion “all sin is alike to God” is not grounded in Scripture. Yes, all sin is bad, separates us from God, and is deserving of God’s wrath. All sin crucified Jesus, and He freely offers His grace because no sin is beyond the reach of God’s grace. But it’s a myth that every sin is exactly the same to God.”
  • Is Addiction a Sign That Someone Is Not a Christian? We all fall into certain sins. The question is, are we truly repenting? From one of the Ask Ligonier live events, Burk Parsons helps understand how to take steps toward repentance and accountability to escape patterns of addiction.
  • If “No One Seeks for God,” Why Did Paul Call His Listeners to Seek God? Left to ourselves, we will never seek after God. Why, then, does the Lord command people to seek Him? From one of Ligonier’s Ask R.C. events, R.C. Sproul helps us reconcile these biblical truths

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

  • You cannot judge God by your calendar. God may appear to be slow, but he never forgets his promises. Tim Keller
  • We are not called to balance grace and truth, arriving at a pitiful equation of 50 percent of each. We are called to practice 100 percent of grace and 100 percent of truth. Love of God and love neighbor calls for nothing less. Rosaria Butterfield
  • A cheap Christianity that offends nobody, requires no sacrifice, and costs nothing—is worth nothing. J.C. Ryle
  • If grace is obligated it is no longer grace. The very essence of grace is that it is undeserved. R.C. Sproul
  • Nothing is too big for God to handle, and nothing is too small to escape His attention. Jerry Bridges
  • Biblical leadership is quick to repent of wrongs, slow to accuse others and hungry for reconciliation. Wisdom from above sows seeds of peace. Michael Horton
  • If I was not a Calvinist, I think I should have no more hope of success in preaching to men, than to horses or cows. John Newton
  • Our good works do not go up to God for our reimbursement, but out to others for their refreshment. God is thus glorified. Michael Horton
  • We only fully grasp the gospel when we understand, as Paul did, that we are the worst sinner we know. 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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