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THIS & THAT: A Gathering of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • Do I Have to Stop Shopping at Target? Courtney Reissig writes “We all must recognize it’s not our job to compel people toward our position when Scripture doesn’t. You might feel free to shop at Target, but if your friend in Bible study doesn’t, it’s not your job to change her mind, and vice versa. It’s your job to love her and not to do anything to cause her to stumble—which could mean not inciting a debate about the merits of Target shopping.”

  • Not Dead Yet: Fighting Nine Fears of Old Age. In this message, John Piper states “I have nine fears we will walk through together, and I’ll give you biblical antidotes for those fears. These antidotes will work through faith, and without faith they won’t work. But by faith they will work, and fear will be overcome, and we will go to be with Jesus in due time without walking in fear during our last season.”

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  • One of the more loving things Jesus did was preach about hell and the wrath of God. Burk Parsons
  • People desperately search for the things that only God can give them while at the same time they are fleeing from Him. R.C. Sproul
  • Jesus will always exceed our expectations. He will be more than what we can ask for or even imagine every time. Tim Keller
  • Prayer, no matter how, where or when, is never considered an interruption by your Heavenly Father. Paul Tripp
  • It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter what your background is. It doesn’t matter what the world thinks. Your capital is the grace of God, not your children, not your bank account. Tim Keller
  • If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name, it ought to be his last. Charles Spurgeon
  • In Christ the penalty has been paid. God’s wrath has been fully exhausted on His Son. We Stand before Him as if we had never sinned. Jerry Bridges
  • Repentance is not verbal only. It is always demonstrated consistently in a life over time. And true repentance is a process that requires time and more time to be made evident. Diane Langberg
  • Prayer is simply too great a privilege for any Christian to ignore and too great a necessity for any of us to neglect. Alistair Begg

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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