Author Archives: Dr. Larry Dixon
What would be their campaign slogans, assuming people would campaign to be the town coroner? “Vote for Enice Prize. We’ll pick you up!”? “Cast your vote for Mortimus Jones. A tisket. A tasket! We’ll pay for your casket!”?
And what are the qualifications to be a coroner? (real research follows):
Local law determines the responsibilities of the coroner. In some areas, coroners are called medical examiners and the person performing coroner duties are physicians within the community. There are some communities that do not require coroners to be physicians and the individual will direct others to perform the necessary medical tests.
Coroners have many responsibilities including directing investigations in order to find cause of deaths that are violent, accidental, or unexplained. The coroner will direct the technologist and physicians who perform tests and autopsies. Additionally, a coroner may perform an autopsy or other test to determine the time and cause of death and complete the certificate of death.
If you’re a believer in Jesus, aren’t you glad He’s taken away the sting of death, that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (see 2 Corinthians 5:8).
How nice to see a commercial that speaks positively about DADS! If your dad is still alive, may I suggest you give him a call and thank him for his love and protection in your life.
If your father has passed on, may I suggest that you take a few minutes and thank God for the positive impact your father had on you?
Not everyone has a protective, loving dad. Isn’t it good to know that you and I have an absolutely perfect heavenly Father who loves us so much He gave His Son for us?
1. What verses about fathers jump out at you from the Scriptures?
2. If you are a father, how are you doing things a bit differently than your father did them?
I’ve been studying the little epistle of Titus recently. Have you noticed how often Paul uses the term “sound” in this three-chapter instruction manual to his young son in the faith? That word “sound” is used in:
1:9, 13; 2:1, 2, 8
ὑγιαινούσῃ (1:9)- encourage others by sound doctrine & refute . . .
ὑγιαίνωσιν (1:13)- Cretans need to be rebuked so they will be sound in the faith and . . .
ὑγιαινούσῃ (2:1)- you must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine!
ὑγιαίνοντας (2:2)- Teach the older men to be . . . sound in faith, in love and in endurance!
ὑγιῆ (2:8)- In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that can’t be condemned!
1. How do we attain “sound doctrine”?
2. As you spiritually diagnose yourself, what aspect of your life would you say is lacking in soundness?
This commercial cracks me up! The daughter is THRILLED with her first car — and then it gets CRUSHED by a monster of some kind! I’ve reproduced the picture of that event below.
That’s one of the reasons I’m so glad to be a believer in Jesus. He has not promised to save us from robbers, thieves, or monsters.
Some Christians suppose that a relationship with Jesus gets them a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, guarantees them a happy and pain-free life, and removes all actual and potential threats from their zip code. That supposition is a lie and comes from the pit.
Here’s how J.B. Phillips put it:
“Frankly, I do not know who started the idea that if men serve God and live their lives to please him then he will protect them by special intervention from pain, suffering, misfortune, and the persecution of evil men. We need look no further than the recorded life of Jesus Christ himself to see that even the most perfect human life does not secure such divine protection. It seems to me that a great deal of misunderstanding and mental suffering could be avoided if this erroneous idea were exposed and abandoned. . . . The idea that if a man pleases God then God will especially shield him, belongs to the dim twilight of religion and not to Christianity at all.” (J.B. Phillips, God Our Contemporary)
1. “What you don’t know can hurt you.” Isn’t it true that what we do know can also hurt us? Can you think of one example?
2. Living in a work of hurt, would you agree with the statement by Pastor Stephen Brown that “Sometimes we can serve God better with our wounds than with our wellness?” Why or why not?