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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Trick Questions)

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

 
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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Trick Questions)

 
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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Trick Questions)

 
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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #26 “Ten Questions on Romans 10” (A Study of Romans 10)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 10 each day this week.

1. What is your heart’s desire when it comes to the salvation of others? (v. 1).

2. How do people today seek to establish their own righteousness? (v. 3).

3. What does it mean to “submit to God’s righteousness”? (v. 3).

4. What are the two kinds of righteousness, according to vv. 5-9?

5. What is this bringing Christ down concept? (v. 6).

6. What are the two steps that lead to salvation? (v. 9).

7. Define the terms “believe,” “justified,” and “saved” in v. 10.

8. What are the critical four steps concerning salvation in vv. 14-15?

9. How does the testimony of nature fit into Paul’s argument in this chapter? (v. 18).

10. How does God treat Israel in His program of redemption? (vv. 19-21).

What questions do you have as you read this chapter?

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2021 in Romans 10

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #23 “That Sin Might Become Utterly Sinful” (A Study of Romans 7)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 7 each day this week.

“That Sin Might Become Utterly Sinful” (A Study of Romans 7)

I am fascinated by verse 13 which says, “so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.” This section (Romans 7:7-13) has much to say about God’s LAW: the law is not sinful; the law makes us aware of what sin is; apart from the law sin was “dead”; the law caused sin to spring to life and led to the Apostle’s “death”; the very commandment intended to bring life brought death; the law is holy and God’s commandment is holy, righteous, and good; and it is through the commandment that sin might become utterly sinful. Whew!

We also learn a great deal about SIN! We don’t naturally know what sin is without the law; the law’s commandment against coveting helps us understand what coveting is; sin is personified: it seizes opportunities afforded by the commandment to produce in us every kind of coveting. Sin springs to life when the commandment came. A second time Paul says sin seized the opportunity and deceived me and put me to death. He then says, “in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. Wow. There’s a lot I don’t understand there!

How about you? As you read Romans 7, what is one truth that you take away from this text?

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2021 in Romans 7

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #22 “Ten Questions on Romans 6”

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 6 each day this week. One way to study a chapter in the Bible is to ask a lot of questions. Here are ten questions worth pursuing in this sixth chapter:

Ten Questions on Romans 6:

1. What are the questions Paul asks in this chapter?

2. What expressions are used to show our union with Christ?

3. What is meant by the “old self”?

4. What are the commands in this chapter?

5. How do we serve as instruments of righteousness?

6. What does it mean to no longer be under the law but under grace?

7. How are we to understand “the pattern of teaching” (v. 17)?

8. What does it mean to be a slave of righteousness?

9. How have we been set free from sin (v. 22)?

10. What is meant by “eternal life” in verse 22?

Thank the Lord today for your ability — and mine — to ask good questions of the biblical text — and to look for answers!

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2021 in Romans 6

 

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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Questions about God)

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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

You gotta love Calvin’s dad. He has a sense of humor. When he doesn’t know an answer to Calvin’s question — he makes one up! Aren’t you glad we don’t have to make up answers to life’s biggest questions?

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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“It’s Fine. I’m Fine. Everything’s Fine!”

But what if it isn’t? What then?

I’m convinced that with most people not everything is fine. And if they just had somebody they could talk to, they just might share where life isn’t so fine.

Christian — are you willing to be that safe listener? The older I get the more I’ve convinced that we need to spend more time and energy listening rather than telling.

Please don’t misunderstand me. The gospel needs to be shared. And that usually involves words! But listening, really listening, opens the door to sharing the gospel.

I love the blind singer Ray Charles’ statement when he says, “Most people take their ears for granted,” says blind singer Ray Charles. “I can’t. My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity. They show me what my eyes can’t. They tell me 99 percent of what I need to know about my world. Because of my ears, I can communicate naturally and freely with people everywhere. I don’t have to find an unnatural way of expressing one of the most basic human instincts God has given us.”

Are you and I using our ears as God intended? Would you try an experiment with me this week? Ask five questions (that are non-threatening) of one of your unsaved friends — and let them tell a bit of their story! Here are some questions that I’ve found helpful.

How long have you been retired (if they are)? What hobbies are you engaged in? Please tell me a bit about your family. I’m sorry to hear about the divorce you went through — that must have been painful. What’s the best part of your job (if they are employed)? The worst?

I asked an almost 80-year-old tennis player the other day the following questions: “Steve, how long have you lived in this area?” [“About 20 years.”] “Really. Have you been able to find a good church?” [“No. We’re not religious.”] A little while later I said to him, “You know, Steve, I’m not really into religion.” [“You’re not?!”] “No. You see, I think religion is spelled D-O. It’s all about what you DO. And the problem is you never know what the quota is.” [“Hmmm.”] “I’m into Christianity and Christianity is spelled D-O-N-E. It’s about what God has done for us.”

I wish I could tell you that the conversation ended positively, but Steve said, “Tell me why so many ‘Evangelical Christians voted for TRUMP!!??” I then just let him rant a bit. But I listened.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2020 in listening

 

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