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

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  • More interesting article links
  • Favorite Quotes of the Week from Tim Keller

  • The Source of Spiritual Fruitfulness. It is all too easy to get caught up in how well we’re doing in Christian service while neglecting our communion with the Lord Jesus. In this brief video, Sinclair Ferguson teaches that the vital source of our spiritual fruitfulness is found in Christ Himself.
  • Does Isaiah 65:17 Mean We Won’t Remember Our Previous Lives When We’re in Heaven? Randy Alcorn responds to a question about Heaven related to Isaiah 65:17, “What does it mean ‘the former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind’? Is this speaking about the old earth itself or are we not going to have any memories of the past including family, friends, talents, life?” Read this article and also watch his video response.

  • Keep Your Heart With All Vigilance. H.B. Charles Jr. writes “Proverbs 4:23 consists of an exhortation and an explanation, a command and a reason. The verse begins with a call to keep your heart with all vigilance. Like a soldier defending his post against attack, you must guard your heart.”

10 Favorite Quotes of the Week from Tim Keller

  • There is ultimately no such thing as unanswered prayer. If the answer at first is “no” or “not yet,” it is because he gives us what we want in ways better than we asked. Tim Keller
  • Not everyone is your brother or sister in the faith, but everyone is your neighbor. And you must love your neighbor. Tim Keller
  • God is so committed to your ultimate joy that he was willing to plunge into the greatest depths of suffering himself for you. Tim Keller
  • Religion makes us proud of what we have done. The Gospel makes us proud of what Jesus has done. Tim Keller
  • Jesus came not to accrue power. He came to give power up. Tim Keller
  • Behavioral compliance to rules without heart-change will be superficial and fleeting. Tim Keller
  • Everybody has something, that if they lose it, they won’t even want to live life anymore. That is what you’re worshiping. Tim Keller
  • By exaggerating our own significance, we end up losing it. Tim Keller
  • If Jesus didn’t think he could handle life without knowing the Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can? Tim Keller

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 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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