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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 letsplaychess.com. Please check out the ten books I've written. "The heart cannot rejoiced in what the mind rejects as false!"

Psalms of My Life (Psalm 54)

Psalm 54

For the director of music. With stringed Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 6.25.40 AMinstruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”

Save me, O God, by your name;
    vindicate me by your might.
Hear my prayer, O God;
    listen to the words of my mouth.

Arrogant foes are attacking me;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    people without regard for God.[c]

Surely God is my help;
    the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them.

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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My Son Brian’s Comedy Debut at the Comedy Zone

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in comedy

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 53)

Psalm 53

For the director of music. According to Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 6.01.44 AMmahalath.[b] A maskil[c] of David.

The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

God looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.

Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on God.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    where there was nothing to dread.
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    you put them to shame, for God despised them.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!

    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon (certainties)

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What are the CERTAINTIES in your life? Our tastes change over time, don’t they? I grew up as a picky eater — until I met my wife-to-be. Then I learned the discipline of a “no-thank-you helping.”

If you made a list, like Calvin, of the matters about which you are absolutely certain, what would be on that list?  Hopefully, truths about the Lord and His character would top your list.  What am I certain about Him?

1.  He is the unchanging, perfect, merciful, holy God of the universe.  Any theology that compromises one of His attributes is out of court from the start.

2.  Man (you and I) is totally depraved.  By “total depravity” Christians Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 7.21.02 AMdon’t mean utter depravity.  We are not suggesting that man is as evil as he can possibly be, but that every aspect of man’s make-up (intellect, emotions, will, personality, priorities, body, etc.) has been tainted by sin.

3.  Life can be meaningful when you and I are in a proper relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

4.  The Bible indeed is God’s Word — and can be trusted, engaged with, and applied to every issue in life.

What are some of YOUR certainties?

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 52)

Psalm 52

For the director of music. A maskil[b] of David. Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.09.22 AMWhen Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
    Why do you boast all day long,
    you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,
    your tongue plots destruction;
    it is like a sharpened razor.
You love evil rather than good,
    falsehood rather than speaking the truth.[c]
You love every harmful word,
    you deceitful tongue!

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
    they will laugh at you, saying,
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    who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
    and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Time for a Great Quote! (John Piper on a thirst and hunger for God)

“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 6.17.48 AMglory of God,it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”
John Piper, A Hunger For God

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in hunger for god

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 51)

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 11.42.29 AMWhen the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
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    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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