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About Dr. Larry Dixon

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

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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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 27)

Psalm 27
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1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.

4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.

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above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.

7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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TIme for a Great Cartoon! (significance)

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 9.08.12 PMMan suffers from two equally fallacious mental tendencies:  (1) to see ourselves as the center of the universe, to deify ourselves, to use all our energy to manipulate circumstances and others to focus on us, or (2) to see ourselves as insignificant, as pawns in an infinite cosmos, of no ultimate value to anyone.   Both self-deification and self-denigration are equally sinful.

The Bible teaches that we are made in the image and likeness of God, that we are invited into His family to become co-heirs with Christ, that our lives matter greatly.  Though fallen, we are redeemable and can find forgiveness and cleansing for our wrong-doings.

The greatness of the universe is a commentary on the bigness of God and the smallness of man who seeks to take God’s place.  But the Bible says we are of great value to God.  Calvin, as he gazed up into the vast expanse of the universe, should have worshiped not himself or the creation, but the Creator, don’t you think?

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in significance

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 26)

Psalm 26

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Vindicate me, Lord,
    for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the Lord
    and have not faltered.
Test me, Lord, and try me,
    examine my heart and my mind;
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
    and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

I do not sit with the deceitful,
    nor do I associate with hypocrites.
I abhor the assembly of evildoers
    and refuse to sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,
    and go about your altar, Lord,
proclaiming aloud your praise
    and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

Lord, I love the house where you live,
    the place where your glory dwells.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
    my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
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    whose right hands are full of bribes.
11 I lead a blameless life;
    deliver me and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;
    in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (worry)

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 8.08.21 AMHow do we determine what really matters?  We are notoriously over-concerned about minutiae and under-concerned about the deepest issues of life.  The real question is:  How do we ascertain the deepest issues of life?Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 7.39.22 PM

For the follower of Jesus, the answer is quite simple.  God has revealed His values in His Word, the Bible.  And we don’t have to worry about what He has revealed to us; we simply need to pursue His heart and HIs mind with all our strength.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in values

 

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