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


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  • Blessed Even in the Worst. Nancy Guthrie writes “To be blessed is to be joined to Christ so securely that we have an ever-increasing sense that we are being kept by and for God.”
  • 5 Popular Lies About Family Discipleship. Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin write “As you think about what family discipleship isfor your household, here are five critical reminders—five lies we’re tempted to believe—about what family discipleship is not.”
  • Why Mentoring Is Better Than Asking Alexa. Melissa Kruger writes “We need one another in the Christian life. Take the time to pursue older believers. Seek their wisdom, enjoy their presence, and invite their pursuit. Life is better when we grow together.”
  • Grace-Fueled Obedience Is Absolutely Necessary for Christlikeness. Steven Lawson writes “Many who profess Christ today emphasize a wrong view of grace that makes it a free pass to do whatever they please. Tragically, they have convinced themselves that the Christian life can be lived without any binding obligation to the moral law of God.”
  • The Surprising Ministry of Encouragement. Ray Ortlund writes “Encouragement is what the gospelfeels like as it moves from one believer to another. The ministry of encouragement, therefore, isn’t optional or just for people with a knack for it.”


  • Being charitable and gracious and speaking the truth in love to those you disagree with isn’t liberalism, it’s Christianity. Burk Parsons
  • Living in the Spirit means a daily commitment to please Christ and not to please self. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Give more functional power over your heart to the One who will never remember your sins against ou (Heb. 8:12), than to those who choose never to forgive you. Scotty Smith
  • People don’t reject the Bible because it contradicts itself; they reject the Bible because it contradicts them. Following Jesus and following Scripture are inseparable endeavors. Scott Sauls
  • Because of Jesus—there is always hope, even in the darkest moments of your life. Tim Keller
  • That baby in the manger had a tree in his future, not beautifully decorated, no, this tree would be stained with his blood. Paul Tripp
  • If you want to know the lessons you need to learn the most, pay attention to the verses in Scripture that you don’t underline. Scott Sauls
  • Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. Charles Spurgeon
  • God doesn’t accept me just as I am, he loves me despite how I am, he loves me just as Jesus is. David Powlison

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.

2 thoughts on “THIS & THAT: A Weekly Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

  1. Still believe COVID-19 Vaccines haven’t proved their safety yet. From the PhD specialist I listen to and trust are saying to wait. Some vaccines have caused autoimmunity diseases. Be prayerful about whether to take the vaccine or not.

    • Thanks for your thoughts and for reading, Brenda. People will differ on the vaccines. Not everyone will want to get it, and we don’t know what the long-term side effects may be. I for one, will get the vaccine as soon as it is available. Blessings, Bill

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