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

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2022 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2022 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2022 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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VANISHING PROBLEMS (Part 4)

Friends:

In our last few posts we have talked about the Nationwide commercial about vanishing deductibles. We asked, “Wouldn’t it be great if all our difficulties vanished like the problems depicted in that commercial?”

We then began looking at 2 Corinthians 12 for Paul’s response to his problems.  That text reads:

We noticed the principle that God has the power to do what He needs to do to keep us humble and trusting Him.  We’ve also seen that we can ask the Lord to take away our thorns, but we cannot demand that He do so. He is sovereign over our lives. 

Let’s notice one additional lesson from this text today and it is this:  There are reasons for our trials and difficulties, sometimes simply that God’s power is shown in our weaknesses.  We sometimes rebel against weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties simply because we don’t see the purpose of them.  They appear to us as interruptions — barriers to keep us from getting where we want to be.  But what if they aren’t barriers, but stepping-stones divinely placed in our path to make us more like Christ?

Questions:

1.  What is the 1st weakness, insult, hardship, persecution, or difficulty that immediately comes to your mind that God has allowed in your life?

2  You are certainly free to pray that God would take that away.  But what if He wants to use that for His glory?  Will you pray, “Lord, please give me grace to bear that challenge so that Christ will be glorified in my life”?

 
 

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VANISHING PROBLEMS (Part 3)

Friends:

In our last post we talked about the Nationwide commercial about vanishing deductibles. We asked, “Wouldn’t it be great if all our difficulties vanished like the problems depicted in that commercial?”

I then posted the Apostle Paul’s extensive testimony about his “thorn in the flesh” described in 2 Corinthians 12. Let’s look at that text again and make a few more observations:

We noticed last time the principle that God has the power to do what He needs to do to keep us humble and trusting Him.

Let’s move on to a second lesson from 2 Corinthians 12.  And it is this:  We can ask the Lord to take away our thorns, but we cannot demand that He do so. He is sovereign over our lives.  (to be continued)

Questions:

1.  Have you asked the Lord to take away any weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, or difficulties in  your life?

2  How have you responded when He did not remove from your life what you asked for?

 

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VANISHING PROBLEMS?

TV commercials crack me up!  After watching the video above, please permit me a few comments.

Wouldn’t it be great if all our annoyances, all our difficulties, just disappeared?

I thought about this the other say when I was reminded of what the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:

We’ll talk about this great text over the next several blogs, but a couple of questions for right now:

QUESTIONS:
1. Why don’t we have Paul’s perspective on our difficulties, weaknesses, etc.?
2. How did God use Paul’s challenges in his life — theologically?

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in 2 Corinthians 12

 

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