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  • How Do I ‘Wrestle’ in Prayer? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper addresses the question In Colossians 4:12, Paul affirms Epaphras because he is always ‘wrestling’ or ‘struggling’ in prayer for the church of Colossae. What does it mean to wrestle in prayer? Who is the wrestling against? And how do I — and all of us — learn to wrestle in prayer ourselves?”
  • Crucial Texts for Our Hardest Battles. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the questions What are your favorite verses for when you fight the enemy hardest? What are your go-to verses?
  • Is God More Honored or Dishonored in the World? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “How does this enormous weight of non-God-glorifying acts stack up against God’s desire to be glorified? I realize that God ultimately requires nothing from us, but how can he be satisfied if, quite possibly, there have been far more God-dishonoring acts across the span of human history than God-glorifying ones? How does the philosophy of Christian Hedonism answer this imbalance?”
  • What’s the Center of Our Holiness? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Is the key to personal sanctification more about ‘looking to Jesus,’ as Hebrews 12:2 says? Or is it more about being united ‘to him who has been raised from the dead,’ as Romans 7:4 puts it? Or is it mostly about ‘beholding’ Christ’s glory, as 2 Corinthians 3:18 puts it? Or is it more about just obeying and doing the ‘work of faith,’ as 2 Thessalonians 1:11 says?”
  • What Happens to God’s People After They Die? What happens to God’s people after they die? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Derek Thomas discusses the intermediate state for Christians prior to the resurrection of the body.

  • The Lord’s Prayer Teaches Us How to Pray Every Other Prayer. In this short video, Kevin DeYoung tells us “The Lord’s Prayer is a model for us. It’s not the only prayer that we ever pray, and Jesus is not telling his disciples (or telling us), You just have to say this one prayer with these words. It’s a very short prayer, but it really is a model. And it helps us to pray every other kind of prayer.”
  • What is Covenant Theology? In this short video, Derek Thomas provides a brief description of covenant theology.
  • The 2023 Gospel Coalition National Conference will be held in Indianapolis September 25-27, 2023. The theme will be For All of Life, For All the World: Hope in Life for Pilgrims from the Book of Exodus. Speakers will include John Piper, Ligon Duncan, David Platt and many more.

  • Secularism, Secularization, and the Collapse of Christian Ireland – A Conversation with Crawford Gribben. On this episode of the Thinking in Public podcast, Albert Mohler visits with Crawford Gribben, professor of history at Queen’s University in Belfast. His most recent book, The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland, chronicles the history of Christianity in Ireland and is the topic of this episode.
  • Q&A with Alistair Begg. Watch this Question & Answer session with Alistair Begg from the recent Basics Conference.
  • New Covenant Seminary App. Recently, Covenant Seminary completely redesigned their online Resources experience to provide a better access to the biblical and Reformed courses and conferences you enjoy. Here you can find 1,000+ hours of free training in the Bible, theology, and ministry. In addition, they have released a brand-new iOS + Android app.

  • If salvation, A to Z, is God’s doing, his calling, his plan, his action and his work, then he deserves all the glory, all the time. Tim Keller
  • Christians don’t actually believe in the power of prayer – we believe in the power of God, and that is why we pray. Burk Parsons
  • Suffering can refine us rather than destroy us because God himself walks with us in the fire. Tim Keller
  • The best way to love someone is to serve their best interest, even at your own expense. Tim Keller
  • When truth gets into a hymnbook, it becomes the confident possession of the whole church. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Evangelism isn’t a fish on your car, a cross around your neck, or your personal testimony. It’s not counsel, advice, or inspirational therapy. It’s telling people the good news about all God has accomplished through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Burk Parsons
  • I’m not afraid of failure; I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter. William Carey
  • You will not always understand why God brings something into your life, what you can understand is that he is wise, loving, good, kind and full of grace. Paul Tripp
  • We should let Scripture interpret us more than we interpret Scripture. Tim Keller

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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