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Some Satire from the Babylon Bee! The Bible . . . or . . . God Speaking?


BOSTON, MA—According to sources, local man Steve Harrison fervently prayed Thursday that the Lord would speak to him and make His will for the man’s life clear, all while sitting literally three feet away from God’s Word as revealed in the Bible.

“Father God, if you would just, speak to me Father God,” Harrison prayed as God’s prophetic word made more sure sat just on the other end of the table at which he was seated.

“If you would just show me your plan for my life, and just reveal your truth to me, Father God,” he continued, somehow missing the fact that God’s truth had already been perfectly revealed to him in the Scriptures. “I just really need you to speak to me personally, Lord.”

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that a frustrated Harrison eventually gave up on trying to hear God’s words and resigned himself to just reading the Bible instead.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Bible

 

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Colossal Truths from the Letter to the Colossians! The Work of Prayer (1:9-14)

Some of you know that I have been doing an email Bible study with my friend Frank in New Jersey the last few months. We’ve gone through Ephesians, then Philippians, and now the wonderful epistle of Colossians. We commit ourselves to read through the same chapter every day for a week, and then share a couple of thoughts with each other. Is there someone you care about who is geographically distant from you with whom you could do a similar Bible study?

We’ve just about finished going through Colossians, but I want to review some of the incredible truths I’ve been exposed to there. So, today’s post begins a series of reflections on the truths we need from this very practical letter. Let’s notice this morning, from chapter one, Paul’s labor of prayer for these believers. Paul writes:

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Prayer is hard work, isn’t it? I don’t mean routine, memorized, thanks-for-the-food kind of prayer. But deep prayer. Prayer that lays out your heart as you focus hard on the needs of others. Please notice how meaty Paul’s prayer is for these Christians. What does Paul desire for them?
1. He longs that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will (v. 9).
2. He wants them to live a life worthy of the Lord (v. 10).
3. He prays they will please the Lord in every way (v. 10).
4. He would love for them to bear fruit in every good work (v. 10).
5. His desire is that they would grow in the knowledge of God (v. 10).
6. He wants them to have great endurance and patience (v. 11).
7. He desires that they would give joyful thanks to the Father (v. 12).

Wow! That is a profound, practical, get-to-the-point prayer drenched in specificity! What would my life, what would your life be like, if we had others praying that pointedly for us? Is there someone for whom you could labor a bit this morning in prayer — and pray for one of those seven profound characteristics? Then do so. Right now.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

BOREDOM! A Babylon Bee Satire!


FORT WAYNE, IN—According to sources close to local boy Michael Jacobs, the 8-year-old kid reported he was “bored” after school Monday, even though he was surrounded by more luxuries and abundant resources than even royalty had just 100 years ago.

“There’s nothing to do,” he said, his eyes glazing over as he stared at a mountain of electronics, games, and entertainment devices specifically designed to ensure he stayed engaged at all times.

Jacobs also reportedly pointed out that there was nothing to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and YouTube, even though kings and queens of ages past who felt lucky to go to a playhouse from time to time would have been flabbergasted at the sheer number of entertainment options available to him. The boy browsed through the catalogs of various streaming services on one of the family’s eighteen streaming devices before declaring every single show that catered to his exact demographic was “lame.”

Sources claim Jacobs’ parents then suggested he play one of the hundreds of video games he had accumulated over the years, but the youth reportedly replied that he would need to acquire a new game if he was to remain entertained for more than a few minutes.

“Those games were exciting when I first got them, but now they’re just boring. Uggggh, there’s nothing fun around here,” he told them, according to witnesses.

At publishing time, Jacobs had wandered over to the cupboard and stared miserably at a larger quantity and variety of foodstuffs than princes of past centuries ever could have dreamed of, and declared there was “nothing to eat.”

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Finding Deep Joy in a Sad, Shallow World (A Study of Philippians) Part 18 JOY and Contentment!

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.” (Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember) As we conclude our study of the term JOY in Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, we are looking at his sixteenth (and last) use of that term this morning.

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (ch. 4)

There is so much here that we can learn from the Apostle Paul! He is JOYFUL that the Colossian believers are able to help him financially, but their assistance gives him the opportunity to talk about contentment.

Notice the intensity of Paul’s REJOICING: “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord”! His rejoicing is not specifically in the material support the Colossian believers are providing for him. His JOY is in the Lord. And he expresses his REJOICING as “greatly.”

Second, notice the context of his REJOICING: Paul has learned a secret, the secret of being content whatever one’s material condition might be! Whether in need or in plenty, Paul has learned something of extreme value — to be content. His contentment is there whether he is well fed or hungry, living in plenty or in want. The critical issue isn’t his circumstances, but where Paul puts his focus — on the One “who gives me strength.”

Contentment isn’t resignation. It isn’t a kind of stoic grit-your-teeth and toughen your way through life. Biblical contentment is JOYFUL trust in the Sovereign One who oversees us in our lack or abundance. That’s Paul’s focus.

Thank you for staying with me for this study. If you think I should take these posts and write a more extensive, but short, book on this topic, please leave me a comment.  Blessings. Larry

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2019 in joy

 

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Welcome to Our Beach Condo on Hilton Head Island!

Linda and I have saved our money over the years and have finally been able to purchase a 3 bedroom 2 bath condo on Hilton Head Island! We are so grateful to the Lord for leading us to this property — and want to use it for Him!

We’ve spent the last several weeks renovating it — changing out furniture, pictures, rugs. I painted one wall a beautiful blue to make it an accent wall. We’ve bought very nice rocker/recliner chairs for the patio (the condo is on the 2nd floor with an elevator just around the corner).

We’ve purchased this as a rental property — and for family and friends to use. If you are interested, let us know and we will provide a reasonable price for you.

Hilton HeadIsland is a beautiful place to visit with miles of paved bike paths. And our condo is just a 10 minute walk to the beach! The VRBO number is 1536128. The picture you will see there shows a hideous rug we’ve gotten rid of. New pictures coming soon!  Blessings. The Dixons

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2019 in condo

 

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Finding Deep Joy in a Sad, Shallow World (A Study of Philippians) Part 17 JOY and Repetition

“The modern philosopher had told me again and again that I was in the right place, and I still felt depressed even in acquiescence. But I had heard that I was in the wrong place, and my soul sang for joy like a bird in spring.”  (G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy). Believing the gospel gets us in the right place — and that should be a place of JOY! As we continue our study of the term JOY in Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, we are looking at his fifteenth use of that term this morning.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ch. 4)

We saw in our previous post that sometimes we simply need to be told what to do. The fourteenth use of the term JOY in this epistle is at the beginning of verse 4- “REJOICE in the Lord always.” But there is often a need that a simple command be repeated, as Paul does here. Apparently, REJOICING in the Lord isn’t always easy — and we need to be challenged twice to take that step and practice that habit of finding our deepest JOY in Him!

They say that repetition is a key to learning — and Paul knows we need to be told more than once that our JOY must be in the Lord! Please notice that there is an immediate effect of our REJOICING in the Lord — such REJOICING impacts our gentleness as we relate to others. Harsh, hard people are tough to live with. A believer who is continually REJOICING in the Lord is, in some sense, softened by the practice. And others will sit up and notice!

Someone named Ernest Dimnet once said, “The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.” How true! How much truer is the value of the repetition of REJOICING in the Lord! It is no little thing.
 

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2019 in joy

 

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Lonely? — Be a Friend of God! (A John Ortberg Clip)

Do you agree with Ortberg that we are often lonely but rarely alone? Could it be that loneliness can be a positive challenge to deepen our relationship with the Lord? Scripture gives examples of those who felt abandoned by God, who were painfully lonely, thinking the Lord had departed from them. If the Lord withdrew a sense of His presence from you, would you miss Him? Would I?

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2019 in friend of God

 

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