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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Treasure!)

“There’s treasure everywhere!” So true. We can get so discouraged by the brokenness of our world that we forget the treasure that’s everywhere. The blessing of a family, the fellowship of God’s people, the freedom to read and study God’s Word, the technology that lets us touch the lives of others when we can’t touch others, the freedom to examine our priorities during a pandemic, the hope of the gospel for those who see their need of forgiveness and peace with God, the passion of pursuing God’s truth, etc.

What are some TREASURES that you are finding in your life?

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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What Christmas Gifts Are YOU Thankful For? (A short video)

Having recently returned from Africa where the electricity is uncertain and the water is undrinkable (for Westerners), I am very grateful for all we have here in the States. And a job. And a car. Wow! You?

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2019 in thankfulness

 

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Counting Your Blessings! (Time for a Great Cartoon)

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2018 in blessings

 

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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 3 Part 2)

Continuing on with our study of this letter to the Galatians, we are now in chapter three, looking for major themes.  We’ve seen the theme of the biblical place of rebuke or correction (vv. 1-6)

Paul now moves to an Old Testament illustration of salvation by faith.  The theme is justification by faith (vv. 6-9).

We are told that Abraham “believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness” (v. 6).  This exact expression is given three times in the New Testament (in Rom. 4:3; James 2:23; and here in Gal. 3:6).  But what is the background to that statement?

The Old Testament context is Genesis 15 when God promises old Abram that he will have a son who is his own flesh and blood. God then promises that Abram’s offspring would match the number of the stars in the sky. We are then told that “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness” (v. 6). God then established a covenant with Abram to seal His promise (vv. 8-21).

How does that OT story relate to the issue of justification by faith?  It is clear here in verse 8 that to be “blessed” through Abram means to be justified by faith!  Scripture “announced the gospel in advance to Abraham” (v. 8).  The issue in Galatians in not primarily legalism or Judaism or circumcision.  The issue is:  how is one justified before God?  And the answer is FAITH!

In our next post we will see more specifically HOW Christ brought about justification.  But my question today is:  Aren’t you glad for the blessing of justification you have received through Abraham, the man of faith?

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Galatians

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord: Psalm 128

Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

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    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in blessings

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 23)

Psalm 23

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The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Psalm 23

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 21)

Psalm 21
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1 The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.
How great is his joy in the victories you give!

2 You have granted him his heart’s desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips.[b]
3 You came to greet him with rich blessings
and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
length of days, for ever and ever.
5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
6 Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord;
through the unfailing love of the Most High
he will not be shaken.

8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
your right hand will seize your foes.
9 When you appear for battle,
you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
and his fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
their posterity from mankind.
11 Though they plot evil against you
and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
12 You will make them turn their backs
when you aim at them with drawn bow.

13 Be exalted in your strength, Lord;
we will sing and praise your might.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Psalm 21

 

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Lessons I’m Learning in the Loss of My Teaching Position (Part 2 of 4)

Friends:

Many of you know that I have been teaching theology and other Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 8.24.12 PMsubjects at Columbia International University for about 19 years.  That chapter in my life has now come to an end.
Because of declining enrollment in the seminary and the need to get Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 8.15.35 PMthe budget in line with our upcoming accreditation visit, I and nine other CIU employees were let go:  four faculty and six staff.  It was a sad day when we each learned that our contracts would not be renewed for the coming year.

But God is faithful — and we are keeping a list of how He is meeting our needs!

I grew up as a baby Christian on the hymn “Count your blessings — Name them one by one — Count your blessings — See what God has done!”  Linda and I are counting our blessings and trying to stay alert in noticing the specific ways in which the Lord is answering our prayers.  Here are three of our recent blessings:

1. He gives us friends to encourage and strengthen us in our present trial.
2. He provides opportunities to serve Him and use whatever gifts He has given us (I’m in my first week of teaching a survey of Bible doctrine to lifers at a local prison).
3. He helps the two of us to get more serious in our prayer life together.

My prayer for today: “Lord, help me to get better at my spiritual math, counting the blessings You are bringing my way. Forgive me when I allow wrong thoughts to camp on my front porch — thoughts that I have been abandoned, discarded, devalued, not worth fighting for. Remind me of Your presence and incredible concern for me and my family. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2016 in blessings

 

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