What is entertainment? Entertainment is not wrong. Living one’s life for entertainment is wrong and a waste of one’s life. I believe it was Norman Cousins who said, “If and when American society collapses, historians of a future date will look back and say, ‘They entertained themselves to death!” Your thoughts?
I’m not sure it could be said any better about our present political climate! When debates are embarrassing to the entire country, when political opponents can’t say anything nice or kind about the other person, when we are fed a steady diet of misinformation and ad hominems, we are smack in the middle of an “enmity sells” environment. That’s why we Jesus-followers are commanded to pray for our leaders!
Happiness. It’s our “inalienable right,” right? I’ve been working on a study of the word “joy” in the book of Philippians — and will soon inflict it, I mean, share it on this blog. I pray that your joy will surpass any kind of shallow happiness this world can inflict on you today!
I’ve posted this one before, but it’s too good to not give it another chance to be seen! Sometimes life DOES seem unbearably tragic. Because IT IS! There’s a lot of misery in the world. And that’s why people need the Lord, right? One day He will make all things new. And all who know Him through Jesus will be “in order, bright and perfect”! Praise the Lord!
Reading is sooo under-rated! In an article entitled “Read My Lips,” David McCullough makes the important point that “Nothing ever invented can give you a bigger life than a book.” He continues, “We’re being sold the idea that information is learning, and we’re being sold a bill of goods…. The greatest of all avenues to learning – to wisdom, adventure, pleasure, insight, to understanding human nature, understanding ourselves and our world and our place in it — is in reading books.”
But getting to know the God of the Bible brings the greatest wisdom, adventure, pleasure, insight. Beginning to study His nature is the key to understanding ourselves and our world and our place in it. How sad it would be to spend all of one’s life reading books but miss THE BOOK!
Friends: A small group of serious Bible students will be completing our study of the book of Job (entitled With Friends Like These . . . Job’s Friends and Religious Foolishness) on Sunday, October 18th. We’ve gone through study questions and have discussed the entire book of Job. But we’re ready for our next study together.
That next study will be my short book Saved! Rescued from God, by God, and for God. It is available on Amazon here. I will send a pdf version of it to any who email me and ask to be included in the study.
The book has seven chapters plus an epilogue — so we will meet for eight Sunday nights. I’m not sure when the course will start (maybe in a couple of weeks) and we will meet every other Sunday night when the course starts. We will have a one-hour Zoom session to discuss the assigned chapter. There is no charge for the course, although gift cards to Outback are welcome! Join us? If so, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your intention.
Our latest book, Unlike Jesus: Let’s Stop Unfriending the World, has just been released. This is a call to becoming a friend of sinners like the Lord Jesus was! You can order this through Amazon or directly from me (send $10 [which includes shipping] to my address).
Dr. Larry Dixon
117 Norse Way
Columbia, SC 29229 Cell: 803-201-9745