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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • Glorify God With Your Body: How Exercise Serves the Christian Life. David Mathis writes “Although we welcome the charges to meditate, study, and be still in God’s presence, we also encounter the teachings of Jesus, Peter, James, and Paul, one after another, who send us moving into gospel-informed, faith-fueled lives of meaningful activity.”

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  • Spirit-Powered Discernment. John MacArthur writes “God’s Word is where you will learn the principles for discernment. It is there you will learn the truth. Only there can you follow the path of maturity.”
  • Do For Others What Has Been Done For You. When we understand how our Master has served and cared for us, how can we be unwilling to serve others in His name? In this brief video, Sinclair Ferguson reflects on Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples.
  • Good Bible Reading Requires Humility. John Piper writes “The first step in reading the Bible in the power of another is to begin with humility. It begins with the renunciation of pride. It begins with a real sense of how depraved and distorted our minds are, and how readily our hearts desire other things more than we desire God.”

  • Should We Watch For Signs From God? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to this question from a pastor “How do we wisely lead people into God’s all-encompassing providence, especially those who will be tempted (more than ever) to draw out signs from all of life’s circumstances?”
  • When the Wrath of God was Poured Out for Our Sins, was the Son of God Separated from the Trinity? When Jesus experienced God’s wrath on the cross, He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ( 27:46). From the 2016 Ligonier National Conference, Michael Reeves helps us understand what Jesus meant.
  • Will Christians Receive Rewards in Heaven? Will God’s redeemed people receive rewards in heaven? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Derek Thomas addresses an important biblical teaching that is avoided by many people today.
  • Do Angels Walk Among Us Today? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “My question is about Hebrews 13:2— ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’ I’ve read this text often and wondered what it means. Does it mean angels are walking among us in human form right now, and we are unaware of them?”  
  • What Book of the Bible Can I Study to Help Me in Evangelism or Apologetics? Is there one book of the Bible that can especially help us present the gospel to a friend or defend our faith against critics? From an online youth conference hosted in partnership with Reformation Bible College, Stephen Nichols puts forward the book he would choose.
  • Will God Really Praise Us? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “I was watching one of your 2017Look at the Bible videos, the one titled ‘To the Glory of God Alone.’ I was really confused with something you said near the end of the session, at the 15:47 mark. There you said that we will be praised and glorified. I was stunned. I had never heard that before. What did you mean that we will be praised and glorified? Isn’t this for God alone? If not, what Bible verses would help this make sense to me?”  
  • What Attribute of God Do You Think is Most Neglected Today? We must be intentional about studying and proclaiming all the attributes of our glorious God. From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Steven Lawson considers which divine attributes tend to be neglected today by many professing Christians.

  • What Does It Really Mean to Take the Lord’s Name in Vain? Kevin DeYoung writes “The way to see God’s glory is to hear his name. To know the name YHWH, the merciful and gracious one, is not to merely know something about God; it is to know God himself.”
  • Did Jesus Say He’d Return within His Disciples’ Lifetimes? Craig Blomberg writes “As believers in the internal consistency of Scripture, we’re often troubled when we read passages that seem to contradict other texts. For example, three times in the New Testament Gospels, Jesus makes a solemn prediction that at first glance seems like he thinks his second coming will take place before all his first followers have died (Mark 9:1; 13:30 10:23). This would obviously be a problem had Jesus predicted such a thing—both for historical and theological reasons.”
  • What is the Value of Studying Systematic Theology? Randy Alcorn writes “I think it’s impossible to teach theology without teaching worldview, and impossible to teach worldview without teaching theology, and in particular, systematic theology.”
  • What are Justification and Sanctification? Guy Waters writes “Both justification and sanctification are graces of the gospel; they always accompany one another; and they deal with the sinner’s sin. But they differ in some important ways.”

Other Links of Interest 

  • Why America is Not a Christian Nation. In this short address from the new TGC Talks series, Michael Horton explains why there is no such thing, in the new covenant, as a “Christian nation” apart from the worldwide body of Christ.

  • When people don’t adhere to the historic orthodox confessions and creeds, they must make up their own creeds, and that always leads to heresy. Burk Parsons
  • Prayer acknowledges that God knows better and wants better for you than you could ever want for yourself. Paul Tripp
  • Truth without love really isn’t truth. Love without truth really isn’t love. They have to be together. Tim Keller
  • The chief end of prayer is not to bend God’s will to ours, but ours to his. Scott Sauls
  • Either you rest in God’s wise and loving control or you fight for control. Pray that you would be rescued from trying to do what only God can do. Paul Tripp
  • Trust is accepting what God sends into your life whether you understand it or not. Tim Keller
  • Whatever you live for actually owns you. You do not really control yourself. Whatever you live for and love the most controls you. Tim Keller
  • Godly living means a Godward focus in everything you do, wherever you are and whoever you’re with and there’s powerful grace for this. Paul Tripp
  • If God always makes the first move and finishes what He starts, would He then leave the middle up to us? Grace carries us all the way through. The green pastures, the still waters, the rod and staff, the oil—all of these are provided by our Shepherd. He will not leave you wanting. He provides abundantly for your needs and cares for you in seasons that are frightening. Gloria Furman

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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