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

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2022 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2022 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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Risk and the Cause of God (A John Piper Sermon)

What a great challenge to us to risk our lives for the cause of Christ and not waste our lives! After listening to this sermon, you might want to read Piper’s book Risk Is Right.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2020 in risk

 

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A Letter of Martin Luther During a Plague

In a letter to Rev. Dr. John Hess, found in Luther’s Works, Volume 43 p. 132, as “Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague,” Luther writes:

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2020 in plagues

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 71)

Psalm 71

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-6-17-42-am
    let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
    turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
    to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
    my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
    you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
    I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many;
    you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
    declaring your splendor all day long.

Do not cast me away when I am old;
    do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
10 For my enemies speak against me;
    those who wait to kill me conspire together.
11 They say, “God has forsaken him;
    pursue him and seize him,
    for no one will rescue him.”
12 Do not be far from me, my God;
    come quickly, God, to help me.
13 May my accusers perish in shame;
    may those who want to harm me
    be covered with scorn and disgrace.

14 As for me, I will always have hope;
    I will praise you more and more.

15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
    of your saving acts all day long—
    though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
    I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray,
    do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
    your mighty acts to all who are to come.

19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
    you who have done great things.
    Who is like you, God?
20 Though you have made me see troubles,
    many and bitter,
    you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
    you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor
    and comfort me once more.

22 I will praise you with the harp
    for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
    Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy
    when I sing praise to you—
    I whom you have delivered.
24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
    all day long,
for those who wanted to harm me
    have been put to shame and confusion.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in refuge

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (safety)

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Is it possible to be too safe? In our dangerous world, such a question sounds ludicrous. But for the follower of Jesus, there are priorities that are higher on God’s list than our personal safety.  And sometimes our efforts at total safely wall us in from what God wants us to do.

Mark Buchanan wrote a very helpful book a few years ago with the Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 6.08.13 AMchallenging title Your God Is Too Safe.  The book is subtitled “Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Can’t Control.”

I had a student recently who thought I was picking on her and her poor English grammar.  I emailed her and told her I pick on all my grad students for their poor grammar and was not singling her out.  She emailed me back:  “Are you trying to hurt my feeling?”  (she meant “feelings”).

What makes us Christians think that God is never going to put us in situations where our “feeling” will be hurt?  Or our reputations?  Or our physical well-being?  Explain that kind of God to those heroes listed in the Foxes Book of Martyrs.

P.S. Mark has also written a book with the captivating title Your Church Is Too Safe.  Haven’t read it yet.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in safety

 

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Psalms of My Life! (Psalm 16)

Psalm 16
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1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.

5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
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9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 4)

Psalm 4[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

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    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[b]?[c]
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and[d] do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
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Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in the Psalms

 

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