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About Dr. Larry Dixon

Seminary professor, teaching systematic theology and other topics. Grandfather, wicked tennis & table tennis player, loves playing chess on Please check out the ten books I've written. "The heart cannot rejoiced in what the mind rejects as false!"

Time for a Great Hymn: E.M. Sangster – “Saved me from Myself!”

1 You ask me, brethren, how I know that Jesus is divine:
The rather ask how I know that yonder sun doth shine;
Then rather bid me tell you how I know that billows roll,
Or winds sweep on from north to south!
Why, friends, “He saved my soul,”

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Let the chorus roll!
Glory, glory to Jesus,
Because “He saved my soul.”

2 A wand’rer from my Father’s house, he took me by the hand;
A mariner on raging seas, he guided me to land;
A weary, storm-tossed man, he came, and made me like a child,
As hungry to receive the truth,
As gentle and as mild.— [Refrain]

3 He saved me! saved me from myself, and saved me from my sins,
And here, just in that precious truth, my paradise begins;
I know that Christ the blessed One is Man, and is Divine,
I know because—oh! brethren, hear!
“He saved a soul like mine.”— [Refrain]

What great lyrics on the deity of the Lord Jesus.  But I was moved by his line, “He saved me!  saved me from myself!”  Can you say “AMEN!” to that?

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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in deity of Christ


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (the afterlife)

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Don’t you love how Watterson brings up the most critical questions of life (and the afterlife) in his characters?  Several important theological points occur to me from this cartoon:

1. At least Calvin is thinking about the afterlife.  How many in our culture give little to no thought about life after death.

2.  As Hobbes looks around, he sees a beautiful creation that is to be enjoyed.

3.  Hobbes seems perfectly content to lie back against the tree and enjoy the present, good world.  He has no thoughts or worries about a next life.

4.  Calvin, who is always behaviorally challenged, worries about future judgment/rewards.  He wants to know for sure if he is going to be rewarded for his behavior, implying that if there is no judgment, he doesn’t need to be good.

How clear the Bible is about the afterlife.  And he has placed that wondering about eternity in the heart of man.  The central question is not, “How good or bad have you or I behaved?”, but “What have we done with Christ?”

Your thoughts?

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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in the afterlife


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The Joy of Unit-Reading #9 (the book of Obadiah)

We are on a journey of unit-reading 65 of the 66 books of the Bible.  By “unit-reading,” we mean reading through the book at one sitting (I’m not sure the book of Psalms is meant to be read that way).  The overall theme or focus of many of the books of God’s Word will be readily seen when one sits down (with a strong cup of coffee or two) and reads straight through the book.

Today’s book is the one-chapter book of OBADIAH (I’m running Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 6.23.49 AMout of shorter books!).  Here’s a couple of notes I took on this prophecy against Edom:

The book of Obadiah — a challenge to man’s pride. 3- “Who can bring me down to the ground?”
15- “The day of the Lord is near for all nations.  As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”
15-21 “But on Mount Zion will be deliverance. . . . The Lord has spoken. . . . And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.”

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 6.24.07 AMThe Lord promises to judge the Edomites — and to bring prosperity to His people Judah.  He is a God who keeps track of sins (“your deeds will return upon your own head”) and means what He says (“The Lord has spoken”).  I need to keep both those truths in mind — today!


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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in obadiah


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (sin nature)

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 6.41.49 AMAgain Watterson has hit upon a fundamental tenet of biblical Christianity — without meaning to!  Are human beings basically good (as our culture insists) or basically evil (as the Bible indicates)?

This isn’t the whole truth, for the Bible teaches that we’ve been made in the image and likeness of God.  We are actually capable of incredibly loving acts.  We are not just sinful.

But I’m intrigued by Calvin’s statement:  “I’ve tapped into Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 8.51.30 AMsome primeval well of the human psyche.”  He makes a snowball and immediately thinks how he can use it (probably to hurl at Susie!).

He seems a bit shocked at his own diabolical plans.  May God help us stop being shocked at our own proclivity to do evil things.  And may He replace that shock with a realization that we need Him and His Word, especially when we really come in touch with part of our real selves!

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Posted by on November 21, 2015 in sin nature


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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 137)

Psalm 137

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    when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars
    we hung our harps,
for there our captors asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
    they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
    while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
    my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks.

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Posted by on November 20, 2015 in book of Psalms, Psalms


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (unconditional surrender)

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 5.41.11 AMUnconditional surrender.  The expression itself conjures up images of defeat and failure.  However, what if the One to whom we give unconditional surrender is the Very Best Master of the Universe, One who loves us with an everlasting love?  What does unconditional surrender look like then?

I’ve been teaching my four-year-old grandson the meaning of the word “UNCLE!”  We wrestle on Grammy’s freshly-made bed, tickling, poking, thumping, and grabbing each other amidst screams and laughter.  When I get exhausted, I cry “UNCLE!”, and he knows he’s defeated me.

"Ready to surrender?"

“Ready to surrender?”

All of us need to cry not “UNCLE!”, but “FATHER!”, giving in to the God who lovesus.  But we sometimes keep wrestling against Him, refusing to surrender.

The Christian life is a constant challenge to unconditionally surrender to the God who loves us and wants the best for us.  Surrendered recently?



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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in surrender


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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 136)

Psalm 136

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His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea asunder

Do you have a hard head sometimes too?

Do you have a hard head sometimes too?

His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.

17 to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


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