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THIS & THAT: A Gathering of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • Why You Should Take Drastic Measures against Sin. In this short video, John MacArthur tells us “When our Lord talked about sin, he was very serious.”
  • The Priority of Purity. John MacArthur writes “Incredibly, many churches today proudlyignore the sin in their midst in the name of tolerance, unity, and love—proving only that they have no true understanding of what the Bible means when it talks about unity and love.”

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  • On Sibling Rivalries. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “In Genesis it seems that every family dynamic was affected by jealousy or envy between siblings. Cain and Abel. Jacob and Esau. Rachel and Leah. Joseph and his brothers. Just to name a few. What are gospel implications of this recurring plot theme in the Bible? And, seeing that many of these broken relationships are the result of favoritism or passivity by parents, what lessons can we learn as fathers and mothers today?”
  • Should God’s People Tithe Today? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Stephen Nichols discusses the kind of generosity that should mark the life of a Christian.
  • Learning to Forgive Family. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the questionMy family struggles to forgive each other, and it’s been this way for years. They argue along the line that ‘even Jesus was harsh with his enemies, so why should I forgive my enemies?’ How would you answer them? In dealing with hurt in the past, what is the difference between Jesus dealing with his enemies like the Pharisees, contrasted with what God expects from us in dealing with our own family members who have sinned against us?”
  • What Does It Mean to Serve God? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “I was discussing the phrase ‘serve the Lord’ with a fellow believer the other day, and I was wondering if you could clarify something for us. All over Scripture, we are told to ‘serve the Lord.’ In Psalm 100:2, it says to ‘serve the Lord with gladness.’ Deuteronomy 10:12says, ‘Serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.’ Joshua says, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’ (Joshua 24:15). And Paul in Romans 12:11 also tells us to ‘serve the Lord.’ But then, in Mark 10:45, Jesus says, ‘The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.’ Christians throw around the phrase ‘serve the Lord’ so often, but I’m not sure I know what that phrase means. Can you clarify this for me?”  
  • Is Conversion Necessary for the Salvation of the Elect? Since God has predestined His people for salvation in Christ, is their conversion even necessary? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Derek Thomas reminds us that we cannot ultimately separate election from its goal.
  • How Can I Encourage Without Flattering? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Can you explain to me the difference between flattery and encouragement? We are called to encourage one another, but also to not puff one another up in pride. How can I know which one is which?”

  • The Resurrection is a giant receipt stamped across history saying your debt has been paid for and you don’t have to pay it ever again. Tim Keller
  • Happy are they who die in the Lord; they rest from their labors, and their works follow them. Their quiet repose will never be broken until God shall rouse them to give them their full reward. Charles Spurgeon
  • You either worship the Creator or you worship a created thing, but there is no possibility of not worshiping or serving anything, in spite of the fact that plenty of people say they don’t worship or serve anything. It’s impossible. Tim Keller
  • Perhaps it’s not such a bad thing to come to the end of your rope if at the end of your rope you find a strong and willing Savior. Paul Tripp
  • A life spent in communion with God is the only life worth living. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ. Robert Murray McCheyne
  • Your hope is not based on how well you are doing, but on what Jesus has done for you. Paul Tripp
  • God’s purpose for you is to conform you to Christ’s image, to glorify Himself through you, and to use you for the spread of the gospel. Alistair Begg
  • In the final analysis, it’s not whether you know Jesus that matters; it’s whether Jesus knows you. R.C. Sproul

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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