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  • The Most Accessible Person in the Universe. In this short video, Dane Ortlund states “All you have to do, actually, is collapse in order to get into the heart of Christ.”
  • 4 Pieces of Advice for Stressed Out Christians. In this short video, David Murray states that “the first thing you have to do when you feel burnt out is to be honest and then seek help. You can’t fix this on your own.”
  • Handling Our Differences Redemptively, Not Destructively. Scotty Smith writes “Trying to wrap my head and heart around the divisiveness that has marked so much public discourse lately, I spent some valuable time pondering three messy relational scenarios described in the New Testament. Each situation highlights how we, who are perfectly loved by Jesus, don’t easily handle our differences very well.”
  • Holiness Means More Than Killing Sin. Sinclair Ferguson writes “Sanctification is not merely the process of overcoming our sin; it is, ultimately, becoming like the Lord Jesus.”

  • How Should We Approach Friends We Disagree with Theologically? How should we address fellow Christians whose theology differs from ours? From one of Ligonier’s online events, Sinclair Ferguson, Burk Parsons, and Derek Thomas consider how to handle doctrinal disagreements in a manner that honors God and His truth.
  • How Can I Resist a Critical Spirit? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “What does the Bible say about a critical spirit? What is a critical spirit? I assume holding high expectations is not the same thing as having a ‘critical spirit.’ So, when do high expectations become sinful judgmentalism? And how can I fight against this tendency of focusing mostly on the failures of others?”
  • How Can I Know I’ll Go to Heaven? Albert Mohler responds to this question at an Ask Anything Live event at Western Kentucky University.
  • How Can I Serve My Disabled Friends? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the questions We see Jesus heal people with physical disabilities in the Gospels. So, should we pray for similar healing? If not, how should we encourage our friends with disabilities with the truth that they are made in the image of God? And will individuals in heaven still have their disabilities?”
  • As We Develop a Relationship with God, Is It with The Father, with Jesus, Or with The Holy Spirit? As Christians develop a relationship with God, is that relationship being developed with the Father? Or is it a relationship with Jesus or with the Holy Spirit? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Robert Godfrey discusses how we relate to our triune God.
  • What is Apostolic Succession? Do Protestants believe in it, or is it only a Roman Catholic idea? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Robert Godfrey articulates how this subject gets to the heart of the Reformation.
  • Is Violent Crime Under God’s Providence? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Does God allow sin to roam unchecked? Does the Bible say anything about God allowing such awful sin to happen, and why?”
  • How Does the Second Coming of Christ Change How We Live Now? In this short video, Ligon Duncan answers this question.
  • Does Righteous Anger Kill Our Joy? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper addresses a question about the value or danger of righteous anger in a believer’s life.

  • 8 Ways the Doctrine of Eternity Clarifies Our Values. In this excerpt from his new book Do You Believe?: 12 Historic Doctrines to Change Your Everyday Life, Paul Tripp writes “The doctrine of eternity is an enormous help when it comes to our struggle of values, because it teaches us what is truly valuable and worth living for. Eternity blesses us with ultimate values clarification.”

  • Where is God When Your Dog Dies? Robert Yarbrough writes “God cares when your dog (or cat, or horse, or other dear pet) reaches life’s end. And he cares for you as you grieve.”
  • Ligonier Detroit Conference: Stream for Free. You can stream for free all of the sessions from the recent Ligonier Detroit Conference, which had the theme of Blessed in Christ. Speakers included Stephen Nichols, Derek Thomas, Robert Godfrey, Burk Parsons and Michael Reeves.
  • The Way Home: Kevin Halloran on Prayer. Kevin Halloran joins Daniel Darling on The Way Home Daniel writes “Kevin is a thoughtful theologian, and he has a great book out called When Prayer is a Struggle. He talks about why prayer is a struggle, why we should press on, and how God can help us better communicate with him.”
  • The Same Jesus, Yesterday, Today, and Forever. Listen to Kevin DeYoung’s session from the 2021 The Gospel Coalition National Conference titled “The Same Jesus, Yesterday, Today, and Forever.”

  • We are more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe, yet more loved and accepted in Jesus than we ever dared hope. Tim Keller
  • Repentance is a characteristic of the whole life, not the action of a single moment. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Kneeling in time of prayer is a sign of humility. John Calvin
  • Had Jesus come with a sword to destroy all evil–there would have been no one left afterwards. Instead, he came not with a sword in his hands, but with nails in his hands. He came not to bring judgment but to bear it. Tim Keller
  • May his mercies give you hope when things around you don’t seem hopeful. Paul Tripp
  • At the core of our faith lies this belief that almighty God humbled Himself to serve us and die for us. At the root of our calling is a command to imitate Him by serving one another. Francis Chan
  • You don’t have to struggle to find your way in life, because God’s Word provides you with the ultimate road map, so that by his grace, you may be what you were designed to be, do what you were created to do and go where he wants you to go. Paul Tripp
  • The gospel isn’t advice, instructions, threats, or warnings. It isn’t our response to the gospel: not our repentance, faith, or obedience. It’s not our story or our testimony. It is the good news of victory of all God has accomplished for us through Christ by the Spirit. Burk Parsons
  • Prayer is resting in God as your Father as you surrender to him as your King. Paul Tripp

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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