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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 (Television)

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2021 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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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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FOCUS! Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus in a Near-Sighted World (Part 5)

My optometrist friend says he doesn’t understand atheists. “If they only knew what I know about the human eye,” he says, “they would abandon their atheism in a New York minute!”

But one writer says, “The human eye is a highly evolved structure of our anatomy and has many coexisting and interdependent elements.” Evolved?

Let’s think about some fun facts on the eye:  The eye is the second most complex organ in our body (after the brain). Our eyes are made up of more than 2 million operational parts which can process 36,000 bits of information per hour! Human eyes are capable of focusing at 50+ things at any given second. Human eyes have the fastest lens known to mankind. They are way faster than any known camera lens. While camera lenses take a few seconds to focus on objects at different distances, human eyes can adjust focus almost instantly without any noticeable lag.

Human eyes are the only organs in whole body that NEVER rest. Their performance never alters even with non-stop functioning. However, the muscles controlling the eyes and eyelids need rest. It is because of this that eyes blink.
There are 107 million cells in a single eye that are sensitive to light. This means that there are 214 million photosensitive cells in two eyes.

The eye muscles are the strongest in our body; We blink 25,000 times a day; the human eye is an incredible organ that can distinguish over 10 million different colors. And — last fun fact — no human in this world can sneeze without closing eyes.

The sentence that struck me the most in the above description of the human eye was “Human eyes are capable of focusing at 50+ things at any given second.” In this post we want to think about how we lose our FOCUS on the Lord Jesus due to the many distractions in the world.

We all suffer spiritually from a condition we might call a kind of ADD — Attention Deficit Disorder. We are deficient in directing the primary attention of our lives toward the Lord Jesus. And it is a disorder. We come into life broken, needing salvation, and desperately lacking the fundamental determination to orient our lives around the Creator.

THREE DISTRACTIONS: Let’s think about the first of three distractions this morning. We know from Scripture that our three enemies are the world, the flesh, and the devil. How does the world distract us from focusing on the Lord Jesus? Easy. It throws at us enticing, pleasing, captivating visuals that are often hard to turn away from.

Babysitting three of our grandchildren the other day, I decided to put on a cartoon for them. They were mesmerized! They could not take their eyes off that show. And we adults are no better.

You need to know that I’m not anti-entertainment. But it’s hard to give our attention to Jesus when our eyes are glued to that rectangular object that gives off a blue glow.

May I ask you this morning — How much television do you “watch”? I’m reminded of Norman Cousins’ statement when he said, “When and if American civilization collapses, historians of a future generation will sneer, ‘They entertained themselves to death.’” (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2020 in attention

 

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Who Do You Know? (Time for a Great Cartoon)

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in relationships

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (no afterlife?)

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Great question! What if this is the only life one gets? One must applaud Calvin for at least thinking about the question — and then doing something about it! Watching TV in the middle of the night should not be our choice, but it’s one response to the brevity of this life.

If God has indeed “put eternity into the heart of man,” it is quite reasonable that Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 6.58.25 AMnothing in this world thoroughly satisfies us, fulfills us, completes us. That’s one reason, it seems to me, why so many marriages fail. Many think that they have found the perfect complement to their life and wake up one day to realize that no other finite human being can “fulfill” their deepest needs. That place has a reservation sign on it that says “GOD.”

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in afterlife

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (television’s addiction)

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How interesting that Hobbes’ logic — that Calvin could do many other things than simply veg in front of the TV — collapses and he joins Calvin watching the nothingness before them!

If you’re at all like me, you’ve discovered that TV is often nothing more than Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 7.30.59 AMbubblegum for the brain.  It can anesthetize us from the critical practice of thinking about what we are seeing and hearing.  I Thessalonians 5 says, “21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)

There’s a great message by Dr. Al Mohler on THINKING which is found here.

Don’t let television tank your thinking!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in thinking

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (relationships)

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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If your Bible is dusty on the outside . . .

DUSTY BIBLEHow critical is it that we read the Word of God?  Many Christians, I would suggest, are not functionally illiterate (those who can’t read), but voluntarily illiterate (they can read, but choose not to).

The horseback rider circuit preacher and FirefoxScreenSnapz370evangelist John Wesley once said:  “It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading.  A reading people will always be a knowing people.”

What have you been reading these days?  My stack of books that I want to read is pretty high.  I recently read Greg Viehman’s book The God Diagnosis.  This is a fascinating description of how this medical doctor examined the evidence for Christ and came to Him by faith.  You can find Dr. Viehman’s book here.

John Piper doesn’t have a TV set in his house!  He writes in Don’t Waste Your Life:

Television is one of the greatest life-wasters of the modern age. FirefoxScreenSnapz371And, of course, the Internet is running to catch up, and may have caught up. You can be more selective on the Internet, but you can also select worse things with only the Judge of the universe watching. TV still reigns as the great life-waster. The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that is a problem. Just the ads are enough to sow fertile seeds of greed and lust, no matter what program you’re watching. The greater problem is banality. A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels. . . .

Questions:

1.  What books are you reading right now?

2.  If you were brutally honest, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being you are a monk living in a cave without electricity and 10 being one who has his TV on 24 hours a day), where would you rate your TV habit?

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in television

 

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