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

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  • 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 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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