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THIS & THAT: A Gathering of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • A Time for Courageous Love. Rosaria Butterfield writes “I believe there are three reasons for our divided churches. And these three reasons have unleashed five lies that many evangelical churches have embraced.”
  • God is Working Even When We Can’t See It. Russ Gehrlein writes “The people that God loves through us are divine appointments. There is always purpose in every single encounter we have. We may or may not see it right away. We may not see the impact of our faithful work for 30 years or more. We may never see or hear about it. But do not forget that God’s work is never wasted, and neither is your work done for His glory.”
  • The Tolerance Jesus Will Not Tolerate. Kevin DeYoung writes “Christians cannot be tolerant of all things because God is not tolerant of all things. We can respect differing opinions and try to understand them, but we cannot give our unqualified, unconditional affirmation to every belief and behavior. Because God doesn’t. We must love what God loves.”

  • Does Science Contradict the Biblical Doctrine of Creation? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Stephen Nichols considers the role of science in understanding the world that God made.
  • I Don’t Feel God’s Love – What Can I Do? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question Is there anything I can do to help God help my dad? We’re not in the best living situation, and though we’ve prayed, we haven’t found a new place to live. I am actively pursuing the Lord in my mornings, and I am trying to lead my dad here, yet he still struggles with his faith. Just last night he said he doesn’t feel God’s love for him as his son. Life is hard for him right now, and God feels distant. What can I say and how can I pray for a dad who does not feel God’s love?”
  • How Can Christians Apply Matthew 7:6? How should Christians apply Jesus’ command in Matthew 7:6 not to “give dogs what is holy” or “throw your pearls before pigs”? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Robert Godfrey provides an example from the ministry of Christ.
  • Why Should We Learn About What God is Doing in Other Regions of the World? Jesus Christ is building His church around the world. From the 2023 Ligonier National Conference, Voddie Baucham speaks on the importance of having a global perspective about the Lord’s work in advancing His kingdom.
  • Is Something Wrong with Me if I Don’t Feel God’s Presence in My Suffering? Is there something wrong with us if we seem to feel God’s absence, rather than His presence, in our suffering? From Ligonier’s 2023 National Conference, Sinclair Ferguson offers counsel to help us in our darkest hours.
  • What Does it Look Like to Glorify God? How can we know whether our lives and our behavior are glorifying to God? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Steven Lawson explains that the truth goes deeper than our actions.
  • Even if Our Faith is False, Aren’t Christians Happier People? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Christian Hedonism seems to say that our deepest longings in this life can only be satisfied by God, and it’s only in him that we can be truly happy. If God makes us happier than people who simply pursue the world, why does Paul say we are to be pitied most of all men if there is no resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:19)? Even if Christ was not resurrected, isn’t our life, now, more satisfying than the life of the non-Christian?”
  • What Does Piper Mean by “Satisfied”? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “You have spoken about being satisfied in God thousands and thousands of times in your life. But I cannot find any reference in your works to where you have defined that term. To you, what does it mean to be satisfied?”   

  • The gospel teaches us we are unworthy. We are saved by grace, not by worth.  Sinclair Ferguson   
  • Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and realizing of the gospel in our souls. John Owen
  • We do not become righteous by doing righteous deeds but, having been made righteous, we do righteous deeds. Martin Luther
  • Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will defend itself. Open the door, and let the lion out! I believe that would be the best way of defending him, for he would take care of himself; and the best ‘apology’ for the gospel is to let the gospel out. Charles Spurgeon
  • We too often worry about tomorrow because our focus is on tomorrow and not on our God who is sovereign over tomorrow. Burk Parsons
  • Everything is necessary that God sends our way; nothing can be necessary that he withholds. John Newton
  • We’re most Pharisaical when we create laws around God’s laws and try to make our own preferences, suggestions, and habits the obligatory standards for all. Burk Parsons
  • Our good works are a result of our acceptance by God, not a means to acceptance. They are our response to His love, not a means of securing it. Alistair Begg
  • We have permission to approach His throne at all times – in midnight’s darkest hour or in noontide’s most burning heat. Exercise your right, believer, and enjoy this privilege. It does not matter what your need is, for there is abundant supply in Christ. 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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