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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • 4 Ways Not to Be a Jerk Online. Matt Smethurst shares four ways to be a faithful Christian online.
  • Rest in God’s Faithfulness, Not Yours. Paul Tripp writes “He can be trusted even when you cannot. He will be faithful and good even when you’re not. He will do what is right and best even when you don’t. And he is faithful to forgive you when convicting grace reveals how unfaithful you have been.”
  • Your Neighbor is Not a Virus. Daniel Darling writes “So as we venture back into what we think will be normalcy, as we slowly pull back our masks, as we move a little closer to our friends, as we once again engage in the healthy habits of human life, let’s try to see others, not as potential risks to our physical and spiritual health, but as people crafted in the image of the Almighty.”
  • Every Other Hope Will Disappoint. Paul Tripp writes “From the smallest concerns to the grandest ones, our lives are shaped, directed, motivated, and frustrated by hope.”

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  • Favorite Quotes of the Week

  • How Should We Approach “Living in the World But Not of the World”? Christians must regularly remind themselves that this world is not their home—at least, not yet. From one of the Ask Ligonier events, John MacArthur encourages us to reorient our perspective in this fleeting life around the promise of the life to come.
  • How Do I Serve Dying Unbelievers? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question How do I care for a lost person on the brink of hell, especially when their abilities to understand the gospel and respond in faith may be limited, and when the timing will likely feel inappropriate to the family?”
  • How Concerned Should We Be for The Lack of Truth Taught in The Church? We are living in a period of church history when a startling number of professing Christians have little concern for the truth. From one of Ligonier’s Ask, R.C. Sproul appeals to every believer to pursue and contend for the revealed truth of God.
  • What Must I Do to be Saved? There is only one way to be saved from our sin and reconciled to God. From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Robert Godfrey plainly states how we receive the salvation that is found in Jesus Christ alone.
  • Is it Sinful to Pray for a Larger Income? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “I do not believe prosperity preachers who claim God wants all Christians to be very wealthy. However, is it a sin to pray for God to give me enough money to enjoy a comfortable life? Or are we Christians meant to embrace and welcome only loss and suffering? Is there any place for praying for, and seeking out, greater degrees of material comfort?”
  • Why Are There So Many Versions of the Bible? Greg Gilbert offers this helpful article in response to a question you may have had.
  • When People Say, “Everything Happens for a Reason, “How Do I Respond Biblically? Sometimes we hear people say, “Everything happens for a reason.” How should we respond in a biblical way? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson provides insight.

  • The Way Home: Scotty Smith and Russ Masterson on Pastoring in This Season. On this episode of The Way Home podcast Daniel Darling is joined by pastors Scotty Smith and Russ Masterson. They talk about the pressures and burdens on pastors in this season, and also discuss how pastors can find hope, comfort and strength in the Lord, and their new book Searching for Grace: A Weary Leader, a Wise Mentor, and Seven Healing Conversations for a Parched Soul. Read my review of the book here.
  • What Makes Charles Spurgeon Relevant Today? In this short video, Michael Reeves states that the touchtone of Charles Spurgeon’s life and ministry was undoubtedly looking to Christ.

10 Favorite Quotes of the Week

  • There is no greater freedom than to live inside of the purpose for which you were created and recreated in Christ Jesus. Paul Tripp
  • You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need. Tim Keller
  • Trusting Jesus is not a leap of faith, it’s falling into his rescuing arms and resting thereupon him forever. Burk Parsons
  • This side of eternity, your faithfulness track record will be spotty, but your Savior’s will be perfect in every way. Paul Tripp
  • You are a great sinner, but He is a greater Savior. Charles Spurgeon
  • A cheap Christianity that offends nobody, requires no sacrifice, and costs nothing—is worth nothing. J.C. Ryle
  • If you tell yourself that your sin is not a big deal, then you’re also telling yourself that God’s grace is not that important. Paul Tripp
  • Let us be more bothered by our sin than our suffering. Burk Parsons
  • We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us. R.C. Sproul

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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