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Time for a Great Cartoon! (television’s addiction)

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How interesting that Hobbes’ logic — that Calvin could do many other things than simply veg in front of the TV — collapses and he joins Calvin watching the nothingness before them!

If you’re at all like me, you’ve discovered that TV is often nothing more than Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 7.30.59 AMbubblegum for the brain.  It can anesthetize us from the critical practice of thinking about what we are seeing and hearing.  I Thessalonians 5 says, “21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)

There’s a great message by Dr. Al Mohler on THINKING which is found here.

Don’t let television tank your thinking!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in thinking

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 30)

Psalm 30[a]
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple.[b] Of David.

1 I will exalt you, Lord,Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 7.35.06 AM
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.

4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.

6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7 Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain[c] stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord, I called;

Clothed with joy!

Clothed with joy!

to the Lord I cried for mercy:

9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (TV addiction)

Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 1.46.30 PMPathetic is a generation of children who are growing up mesmerized by their laptops, tablets, and televisions!

We adults set the pattern for the next generation — and we need to rediscover the joy of READING!  We wrote the following post on August 7, 2014 (a quote from John Piper):

Since wisdom is found in the Word of God, we must apply Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 8.33.24 PMourselves in study and meditation to know the Word and do it. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7). Therefore, we must devote ourselves to know and understand the testimonies of the Lord. And here I commend not only faithful Bible study, but also regular reading of great books on theology and biblical interpretation, books that distill the wisdom of the greatest students of the word over the past 1900 years.

Now, I know what you are thinking: I don’t have the time or the ability to get anywhere in books like that. So I want to show you something really encouraging. When this was shown to me about four years ago by my pastor, it changed my life. Most of us don’t aspire very high in our reading because we don’t feel like there is any hope.

But listen to this: Suppose you read about 250 words a minute and that you resolve to devote just 15 minutes a day to serious theological reading to deepen your grasp of biblical truth. In one year (365 days) you would read for 5,475 minutes.Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 8.54.06 PM Multiply that times 250 words per minute and you get 1,368,750 words per year. Now most books have between 300 and 400 words per page. So if we take 350 words per page and divide that into 1,368,750 words per year, we get 3,910 pages per year. This means that at 250 words a minute, 15 minutes a day, you could read about 20 average sized books a year!  (from http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/advice-for-reading-theology-books-even-though-youre-busy)

 

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Psalms of My Life (Psalm 29)

Psalm 29 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 29

A psalm of David.Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 5.18.10 AM

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
    Sirion[b] like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks[c]
    and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 5.21.47 AM
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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My Debut in Stand-Up Comedy!

Some of you may know that my son Brian and I took stand-up COMEDY CLUB PHOTOcomedy lessons together in Charlotte!  What an experience.  I learned a great deal in those sessions — and a bunch more in our performance last Monday night.

There’s a lot of funny out there!  If we will only take the time to notice.

Here’s the link (click on the picture).  I’m open to your comments (be gentle).

 

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in comedy

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 28)

Psalm 28
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1 To you, Lord, I call;
you are my Rock,
do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
I will be like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear my cry for mercy
as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your Most Holy Place.

3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
but harbor malice in their hearts.
4 Repay them for their deeds
and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
and bring back on them what they deserve.

5 Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
and never build them up again.

6 Praise be to the Lord,Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 7.38.33 AM
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.

8 The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (ignorance)

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 7.29.57 AMIgnorance is, it must be admitted, often a “true” answer.  What Calvin misses is that he should know what 5 + 7 is.  Or at least he should be curious about learning such things.

Dorothy Parker, a US author, humorist, poet, and wit, once said,Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 7.57.36 PM “The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.”

How curious are you?  Are you curious about the things that matter most?

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in curiosity

 

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