RSS

Tag Archives: brokenness

The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Life)

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!

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 16, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

Tags: , , ,

Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 102)

Psalm 102

A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

Hear my prayer, Lord;screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-6-43-57-am
    let my cry for help come to you.
Do not hide your face from me
    when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me;
    when I call, answer me quickly.

For my days vanish like smoke;
    my bones burn like glowing embers.
My heart is blighted and withered like grass;
    I forget to eat my food.
In my distress I groan aloud
    and am reduced to skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl,
    like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake; I have become
    like a bird alone on a roof.
All day long my enemies taunt me;
    those who rail against me use my name as a curse.
For I eat ashes as my food
    and mingle my drink with tears
10 because of your great wrath,
    for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.

12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;
    your renown endures through all generations.
13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
    for it is time to show favor to her;
    the appointed time has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
    her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
    all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion
    and appear in his glory.
17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;
    he will not despise their plea.

18 Let this be written for a future generation,
    that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
19 “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,
    from heaven he viewed the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners
    and release those condemned to death.”
21 So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion
    and his praise in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms
    assemble to worship the Lord.

23 In the course of my life he broke my strength;
    he cut short my days.
24 So I said:
“Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;
    your years go on through all generations.
25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
    and they will be discarded.
27 But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.
28 The children of your servants will live in your presence;
    their descendants will be established before you.”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 11, 2017 in weakness

 

Tags: , , , ,

Time for a Great Question: “What Is WRONG with You?!”

My wife Linda and I sell books on Amazon.  We ship out about 10-15 books per day.  Most of our sales are straightforward.

Occasionally, we have to deal with the “20% crazy factor.”  This refers to those Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 6.28.51 AMcustomers who complain or send their book back and write things like, “No longer needed” or “There was writing on one page” or “I ordered the wrong textbook.”  We (mostly) cheerfully refund their money.  Without arguing.  Without criticism.

But one customer was so incensed with her purchase (the book had some highlighting in it which we accurately described in its listing) that she wrote us an email that simply said, “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?”

Now, we could have gone into a lot of detail as to what is wrong with us, what is biblically wrong with her, etc.  But we didn’t.  We simply refunded her money.

It did remind me of the great Tozer quote you see above.  ‘Cause we are all broken. And there is a LOT that is wrong with us!

 
3 Comments

Posted by on December 2, 2016 in sin

 

Tags: , , ,

Time for a Great Commercial: State Farm and Nothing Going Wrong!

The real question is — will there be State Farm agents in the New Heavens and the New Earth?  We all long for a world without tornadoes, house fires, disasters.  The Bible in fact says that creation itself groans (in its fallen state), looking forward to the redemption of God’s universe!

I’m grateful for insurance companies.  But they can’t undo the fall, that act of rebellion committed by our first parents which plunged the universe into a broken condition.  Only Jesus can re-create and mend what man has fractured.

We don’t live in a nothing-going-wrong world.  And our present condition reminds us of our need of a Savior!

Your thoughts?

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 29, 2016 in a fallen world

 

Tags: , ,

Time for a Great Quote! (Piper on what is a real Christian?)

“A Christian is not a person who believes in his head the teachings of the Bible. Satan believes in his head the teachings of the Bible! A Christian is a person who has died with Christ, whose Screenshot 2016-01-09 07.11.00stiff neck has been broken, whose brazen forehead has been shattered, whose stony heart has been crushed, whose pride has been slain, and whose life is now mastered by Jesus Christ.”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Christian (definition of)

 

Tags: , ,