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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • Should Our Sexual Desires Determine Who We Really Are? Watch this short video from Carl Trueman, author of Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution.
  • How to Focus in Prayer: 7 Tips. Wondering how to focus in prayer and fight the distraction that derails you? Kevin Halloran, author of When Prayer Is a Struggle shares 7 practical tips for fighting distraction in prayer in this video.
  • How to Offer Correction. Guy Richard writes “Giving criticism is frequently necessary, but if we cannot give that criticism constructively then we ought not to give it at all.

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  • Can We Speak With Angels? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to a question which reads in part “Are angels involved in our daily lives to this degree? Should we expect to hear from an angel? And would it even be possible to have an ongoing dialogue with an angel? Could a believer, claiming to talk with angels, actually be talking to a demon?”
  • What Does It Mean to Have Free Will? Do human beings have free will? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Stephen Nichols and Robert Godfrey bring biblical clarity to the question of human freedom.
  • What Should We Make of Healing Ministries? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to this statement I could attend a healing meeting at a church in my area. I’m in need of healing and deliverance. But I cannot do this until my skepticism is addressed. And if these people, these faith healers, are really doing the work of God, I don’t want to disobey him by my skeptical unbelief.”
  • I’m Too Distracted With Life to Meditate on Christ. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “What do we do when our hearts are too distracted to focus on Christ?”
  • How Would You Persuade Someone That the Sign Gifts Have Ceased? How should we respond to friends who believe the first-century sign gifts continue to this day? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, and Burk Parsons show that Christians now possess something far better than signs and wonders.
  • Where Did Jesus Go When He Died? “Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection? Did Jesus go to Hell?” Bruce Ware answers these questions in this video.
  • Do Christians Still Have Evil Desires? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to multiple questions that can be summarized as “Do Christians Still Have Evil Desires?”

  • What Were the Attributes of Jesus That Drew Sinners to Him? What was it about Jesus that drew people to Him? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson encourages us to read the Gospels with an eye to the Savior’s attributes that attracted sinners.
  • Is Every Sin the Same in God’s Eyes? Kevin DeYoung writes “The Bible simply doesn’t make sense—not the Mosaic law, not the exile, not church discipline, not the frequent warnings of judgment for certain transgressions—if all sins are equally vile in God’s eyes. In fact, life doesn’t make sense if every sin is the same.”
  • God’s Purpose and Pleasure in Your Sanctification. John MacArthur writes “Every Christian should understand that sanctification takes the most strenuous effort, but is nonetheless totally dependent on God’s power. Like many other truths of Scripture, those seemingly irreconcilable realities are hard to understand. Having done all they can, believers are to give God all the credit.”
  • The Role of Corporate Worship in the Church. Watch this short video from Matt Merker.
  • What Does It Mean That “Jesus Descended Into Hell”? In the Apostle’s Creed we confess that Jesus “descended into hell?” Did he actually do so and, if not, what does the creed mean? Guy Waters answers in this short video.

  • 2022 Ligonier National Conference Messages. All of the sessions from the 2022 Ligonier National Conference, with the theme of Upholding Christian Ethics, are now available to watch. Speakers included Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Reeves, Derek Thomas, Michael Krueger and more.
  • America’s Last King?  King George III Reconsidered — A Conversation with Andrew Roberts. On this episode of the Thinking in Public podcast, Albert Mohler visits with Andrew Roberts, one of the most consequential biographers in the English-speaking world today. His books not only tell a story but teach us about leadership at some of the most critical junctures in world history. His most recent biography, The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III, is no exception to this rule and is the topic of this episode.
  • 2023 Ligonier National Conference.  The 2023 Ligonier National Conference will be held in Orlando March 23-25, 2023. The theme will be Stand Firm. Speakers include Sinclair Ferguson, Voddie Baucham, Michael Reeves, Derek Thomas and several more.
  • Unhelpful Advice in Turning Red. Brett McCracken reviews the latest film from Pixar, Turning Red. He writes “In the realm of “advice we give to our kids,” this message is not just bad; it’s criminal. For that reason, my advice on Turning Red is to turn it off.”
  • Shepherds’ Conference Messages. All sessions from the 2022 Shepherds’ Conference, with a theme of Unashamed, are now available. Speakers included John MacArthur, Voddie Baucham, H.B. Charles Jr., Steven Lawson and more.  

  • Think more on God’s love towards you than your love towards Him. Michael Reeves
  • Remember today that when your life seems completely out of control, it still sits under the wise, holy and good control of your Heavenly Father. Paul Tripp
  • We don’t repent in order to get God to love us, we repent because God loves us. Burk Parsons
  • Be thankful, believer, that even in the deepest valleys of life, you will never, ever again walk alone. Paul Tripp
  • It’s hard to throw rocks at anybody if our hands are already holding a basin and towel for washing their feet. Scotty Smith
  • In Jesus, our judgment day was moved from the future to the past. Scott Sauls
  • Prayer is the daily surrender of our perceived control over our lives. Burk Parsons
  • There is ultimately no such thing as unanswered prayer. If the answer at first is “no” or “not yet,” it is because he gives us what we want in ways better than we asked. Tim Keller
  • Your prayers are filed in heaven, and if not immediately answered they are certainly not forgotten, but in a little while they will be fulfilled to your delight and satisfaction. Do not allow despair to make you silent, but continue to present your requests to God. Charles Spurgeon

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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