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The Joy of Unit-Reading #21 (the Minor Prophet Zephaniah)

We continue in our journey of reading 65 (of the 66) of the books of the Bible in one sitting.  This is called unit-reading and today we are looking at the minor prophet Zephaniah.

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Zephaniah continues the theme of the Day of the Lord.  Many warnings are given about God’s wrath — and promises are made that the Lord will restore a remnant of His people.

The Christian life is to be an active one of seeking the Lord, drawing near to Him, delighting in His love for us!

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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (simple truth)

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The pure, sweet truth.  Or a vile, contemptible lie.  At least in Calvin’s world he recognizes that truth can be known.  How one goes about knowing the truth,  however, for Calvin, is completely a matter of chance!

Christians affirm that “one’s heart cannot rejoice in what one’s mind rejects as false.”  There are good and sufficient reasons for holding to the Christian faith.  Evidences can be examined; alternative viewpoints can be critiqued; conclusions (some tentative, some firm) can be drawn.  The process is something like this:

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As you examine the many facets of biblical Christianity, aren’t you grateful for the abundance of facts that warrant your trust in Jesus? We don’t commit intellectual suicide when we choose to follow the God of the universe! That’s a conclusion for which we need no coin-flip!

Your thoughts?

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in truth

 

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Paul Copan on Dawkins, Evil, and Religion

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in apologetics

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #20 (the Minor Prophet Habakkuk)

We continue in our journey of reading 65 (of the 66) of the Screenshot 2016-01-10 07.47.11books of the Bible in one sitting.  This is called unit-reading and today we are looking at the minor prophet Habakkuk.

I am impressed with the honesty of Habakkuk, accusing the Lord of not listening.

But my prayer is what closes this short book:

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,  yet I will rejoice in the Lord,  I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

How about you?  Do you value the gifts more than the Giver?

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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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Happy Groundhog’s Day! (My birthday)

Today is my 66th birthday.  Really.  I am so grateful for the Lord’s goodness to me over the years (okay, the decades!).  I am very thankful for my wife Linda of almost 45 years, for my two children Brian and Amy, and for my/our six grandchildren!  I praise the Lord for my son-in-law Thom (who is a youth pastor in NC) and for my daughter-in-law Julie who is a terrific mom!

Yes, I’ve seen the movie Groundhog’s Day.  I personally think that any warm, subterranean creature who ventures out of his cave to prognosticate about the weather deserves to have his day declared a national holiday!  I thought you’d enjoy this Fiat commercial which features the little critter!

My two youngest grandsons!

My two youngest grandsons!

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Groundhog's Day

 

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Invite Me to Your Church! Let’s Talk THEOLOGY!

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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in theology

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #19 (the minor prophet Joel)

Today we plow along in our journey of reading 65 (of the 66) of the books of the Screenshot 2016-01-07 07.01.42Bible in one sitting  And we are looking at the Old Testament “minor” prophet Joel.  Some of the longer books may take an hour or two.  Unit-reading is reading straight through a book of the Bible at one sitting.

Joel has much to say about . . . LOCUSTS!

Size relative to a paper clip:

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A plague of locusts is a devastating natural disaster. These infestations have been feared and revered throughout history. Unfortunately, they still wreak havoc today.

Locusts are related to grasshoppers and the two insects look similar. However, locust behavior can be something else entirely. Locusts are sometimes solitary insects with lifestyles much like grasshoppers. But locusts have another behavioral phase called the gregarious phase. When environmental conditions produce many green plants and promote breeding, locusts can congregate into thick, mobile, ravenous swarms.

Screenshot 2016-01-07 07.07.41Locust swarms devastate crops and cause major agricultural damage and attendant human misery—famine and starvation. They occur in many parts of the world, but today locusts are most destructive in sustenance farming regions of Africa.

The desert locust is notorious. Found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, they inhabit some 60 countries and can cover one-fifth of Earth’s land surface. Desert locust plagues may threaten the economic livelihood of one-tenth of the world’s humans.

A desert locust swarm can be 460 square miles (1,200 square kilometers) in size and pack between 40 and 80 million locusts into less than half a square mile (one square kilometer).

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Like the individual animals within them, locust swarms are typically in motion and can cover vast distances. In 1954, a swarm flew from northwest Africa to Great Britain. In 1988, another made the lengthy trek from West Africa to the Caribbean. From http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/locust/

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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