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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Where Babies Come From)

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2021 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2021 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2021 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2021 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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Seven Critical Challenges for Living in This World (A Study of I Peter 2): Abstaining?

Some of you are aware that I’ve been engaged in a daily Bible reading program with my friend Frank in New Jersey for a couple of years or so. We choose a book of the Bible and read the same chapter each day for a week — then move on to the next chapter after that. Our procedure is quite simple and is explained here.

Well, I’ve started a small group of four men who are doing this kind of daily Bible reading and we’ve worked our way through Philippians and I Timothy, and are now going through I Peter. We drop each other a short email on Sunday about something we’ve learned in our reading together.

In reading through I Peter 2, I believe there are seven critical challenges that Peter gives us that are particularly relevant for us right now in our world. Here’s the third —

What in the world makes us believers think that all our desires have been purified at conversion?! No! We will battle “sinful desires” our whole Christian lives. And we are at great risk if we think otherwise!

This challenge is quite clear that we need to be urged to identify and to abstain from sinful desires. Is this referring to sinful desires outside ourselves? I don’t think so. These desires are at war — with our very souls!

We must take sin seriously, especially internal desires which sneak up on us and do battle against our very spiritual lives!

Today’s Challenge: Which internal “sinful desires” do you need to recognize and abstain from? Come on. Be honest. And, by God’s grace, choose abstinence as your weapon!

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2021 in I Peter 2

 

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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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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Education?)

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Sinful Nature)

What an imagination Calvin has! But it also gives reign to his darker side. Which we all have. And our sins make US, in some sense, a sordid story.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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The Great Invitation (A Study of Matthew 11:28-30) Part 5

Friends: I consider it a great privilege to work on my blog every day. And for the next few posts I’ll be examining one of my favorite passages, Matthew 11:28-30. This is a text worthy of memorization (which I’m very bad at). I want to slowly go through these verses with you and see as much as we can, with the Holy Spirit’s help. Here’s that famous text for us to examine once again:

We’ve thought a bit about the context of this incredible invitation and looked a bit at the Koiné Greek, seeing certain terms repeated with a variety of important implications. In our third post we began outlining the passage. And we noticed that Jesus’ invitation is a qualified one: He invites not all, but all who are weary and burdened.

I. The Great Invitation (v. 28): “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened . . .”

The term “weary” is used 23 times in the New Testament and includes the ideas of working with effort, growing weary, working hard (sometimes to the point of exhaustion).

But please notice a second description of the one being invited to come to Jesus. It is one who is “burdened.” The term there is πεφορτισμένοι.

The form here is the Perfect Passive Participle of φορτίζω, a verb which means “to load, to overload, to cause someone to be weighted down.” It is used only two times in the New Testament (here in Matthew 11:28 as a Perfect Passive Participle) and in Luke 11:46 (three times: once as a Present Active Indicative verb and twice as nouns): Jesus said to the lawyers, “Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear (literally, “you are presently burdening men with burdens”), while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”

One can’t help but think of Pilgrim burdened down with the weight of his sin in The Pilgrim’s Progress. From what we’ve seen so far in this text, this certainly seems to be a gospel challenge, doesn’t it?

Today’s Challenge: Feeling burdened? Weighed down with your sin? Come to Jesus and find that He — and only He — can deal with your sin and give you peace.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2020 in Matthew 11

 

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Imagine a World Without . . .

I think this is a terrific ad! And I agree with the idea of getting rid of cigarettes!

But let’s think about this a bit. Imagine a world without . . . [What would you insert here?]

John Lennon tried to imagine the wrong thing away . . . heaven!

I can think of some big issues: SIN  DECEIT CRUELTY  HARSHNESS  CRITICISM  MISUNDERSTANDING  IDOLATRY  BIGOTRY  RACISM  TEMPTATION  INFIDELITY  ADULTERY  GOSSIP  The list could go on and on . . .

Actually the Bible teaches that one day all sin will be a thing of the past! Won’t that be a great day?

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2020 in sin

 

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