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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • You Need Christ to Put Your Sin to Death. Dane Ortlund writes “None of us is ever in neutral. Right now, every one of us who is in Christ is either killing sin or being killed by sin. Either getting stronger or getting weaker.”
  • Do This Breathing Exercise for Healthy Christian Living. In this short video, Dane Ortlund states “Just take this idea of inhaling. When you are reading Scripture, you’re taking in oxygen into your spiritual lungs, so to speak. It’s filling you up and it’s helping you to be healthy. You take it in, but at the top of your breath (once you’ve inhaled) you then exhale. And, that’s really what prayer is.”
  • 10 Things You Should Know about Marriage. Paul Tripp shares these ten items from his book Marriage: 6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make.
  • Trusting in God Through Suffering. Derek Thomas writes ““Though he slay me, I will hope in him” (Job 13:15). Job’s famous words summarize the posture we should have toward God when we suffer. Further instruction on how to maintain this posture comes from a surprising source: Elihu.”
  • Praying the Lord’s Prayer Specifically for a Person or Situation. Kevin Halloran writes “One of my favorite prayer practices is to simply pray the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13) for something specific. It could be a spiritual battle I’m going through or a person.”

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  • What Does it Mean That We Are “Justified by Faith, Not Because of Faith”? It is not the quality of our faith that saves us but the quality of the Redeemer in whom we have faith. From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Derek Thomas warns Christians not to measure their assurance of God’s grace by the intensity of their faith.
  • How Do I Stop Rooting My Joy in My Circumstances? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question Recently, I have been feeling more and more that my happiness depends on the circumstances around me. Will you please offer me biblical guidance on how I can root my joy in Jesus instead?”
  • My Boyfriend is Spiritually Lethargic: Should I Still Marry Him? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question I am in a serious relationship that is headed toward marriage with a man who became a Christian. But he seems to take Christ a lot more casually than I do. I have shared with him my desire to build a Christ-centered family and have frequently tried to point him toward Christ. He agrees. But from his actions, it doesn’t appear that Christ is truly number one in his heart. Am I still obeying Christ by continuing this relationship when my boyfriend is less spiritually vibrant? Would that make us unequally yoked?”
  • How Do I Grow in the Fear of God and Decrease in the Fear of Man? The more our minds are consumed by the majestic holiness of God, the less we will be intimidated by mere men. From Ligonier’s 2021 National Conference, Steven Lawson and Derek Thomas consider the importance of cultivating the fear of the Lord.
  • Why is it Important for Christians to Affirm “Sola Scriptura”? The ultimate authority of Scripture is the foundation that upholds every doctrine we believe. From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Stephen Nichols explains the significance of affirming the principle of “sola Scriptura.”
  • How Do We Prepare for the Second Coming? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “How do I prepare for the second coming of Christ properly? What can I expect? What is to come? What should I be doing now as I eagerly await his return?”
  • What Distinguishes Reformed Theology from the Doctrine Held by Other Christian Groups? Watch as Robert Godfrey explains that being Reformed involves much more than a rejection of Arminianism.

  • The Four Americas and Our Current Social Crisis: A Conversation with George Packer. On this episode of the Thinking in Public podcast, Albert Mohler visits with George Packer, author of numerous books. His most recent book, Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal is the topic of this episode of Thinking in Public.
  • A Continuing Reformation: Pittsburgh 2021 Conference. You can now watch all of the messages from the recent Ligonier Pittsburgh 2021 Conference: A Continuing Reformation. Speakers were Burk Parsons, Stephen Nichols, Derek Thomas and Steven Lawson.
  • WORLD Opinions. Timothy Lamer writes “WORLD Opinions is a bold new undertaking for WORLD News Group. Under the leadership of editor Albert Mohler and managing editor Andrew Walker, WORLD has brought together some of today’s best Christian thinkers and writers to offer “unapologetic opinion in the defense of truth,” as Dr. Mohler calls it in his introductory column.”
  • Always Ready Youth Conference. All messages from the September 18 Always Ready Youth Conference are now available to watch for free. Designed for Christians between the ages of 12 and 18, this event provided an overview of key issues in apologetics and equipped students with answers to some of the most common attacks on the Christian faith. Among the speakers were Burk Parsons and Stephen Nichols.

  • God’s gift of his Son is your eternal guarantee that he will provide everything you need between the “already” and the “not yet.” Paul Tripp
  • Do you realize that it is only in the gospel of Jesus Christ that you get the verdict before the performance? Tim Keller
  • Our calling, shared with every Christian, is to see how and where and to whom we can serve as bondservants. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Religion: I obey God in order to get things from God. Gospel: I obey God to get God –to see his beauty only. Tim Keller
  • Our sins are many, but His mercies are more: our sins are great, but His righteousness is greater: we are weak, but He is power. John Newton
  • When we focus on self, we see nothing. When we focus on others, we see the specks in their eyes. When we focus on Christ, we see the logs in our own eyes. Burk Parsons
  • The sabbath is about restoring the diminished. It’s about replenishing the drained. It’s about repairing the broken. It’s NOT just an off day. Tim Keller
  • To pray “in Jesus’ name” isn’t a magic phrase. It is a declaration of humility as we approach God because of His life and work. Tim Keller
  • The real test that I believe that God is love is that tragedies don’t separate me from the conviction that God is love. Sinclair Ferguson

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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