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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Being Cool)

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Posted by on June 14, 2022 in Calvin & Hobbes


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

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Posted by on May 18, 2022 in Calvin & Hobbes


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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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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 44)

Psalm 44

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We have heard it with our ears, O God;
    our ancestors have told us
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.
With your hand you drove out the nations
    and planted our ancestors;
you crushed the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.
It was not by their sword that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
    and the light of your face, for you loved them.

You are my King and my God,
    who decrees victories for Jacob.
Through you we push back our enemies;
    through your name we trample our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,
    my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory over our enemies,
    you put our adversaries to shame.
In God we make our boast all day long,
    and we will praise your name forever.

But now you have rejected and humbled us;
    you no longer go out with our armies.
10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
    and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold your people for a pittance,
    gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
    the scorn and derision of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads at us.
15 I live in disgrace all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame
16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned back;
    our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
    you covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face
    and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
    our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us;
    rescue us because of your unfailing love.

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Posted by on October 5, 2016 in quid pro quo


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Time for a Great Quote: Tozer on God’s Wounding Us!

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How has the Lord hurt you? If Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful,” why do we think the Lord will never wound us? A God who never hurts us out of His love is a God who really does care about us.

It would be great if you responded to this post by sharing how the Lord has hurt you with purpose!



Posted by on June 13, 2016 in wounds


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Time for a Great Quote: John Piper on the Passion of the Preacher!

Preachers must have a passion to produce people whose satisfaction in God is so solid, so deep, and so unshakable that suffering and death – losing everything this world can give – will not make people murmur or curse God, but rest in the promise, “In His presence is fullness of joy, at His right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psm. 16:11).

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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in preaching


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Time for a Great Quote: Tozer on God’s Bigness!

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in doctrine of God


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What We Do Not Need to Know (Dr. Lindsay Hislop)

Our church is going through the Gospel of John and several of our congregation are writing short devotionals to challenge us in our faith.  Here is a very provocative one from one of our elders, Dr. Lindsay Hislop:

What We Do Not Need to Know
I dropped out of college in Florida and went to work. Then there was a year Screenshot 2016-02-24 06.43.43of Bible college and marriage and kids. At age thirty-five I came to Columbia with the family to start college again. Five years later I began teaching, and six years after that I finished my formal education. That is when, looking back on the wonderful support of Pam and the sacrifices of our kids along with her, I wrote these words: “If God had shown us the way beforehand, we may not have set out on it; in His goodness He did not, and we did, and He saw us through.” God in His grace does not show us the future.

Beginning in John 13 and going through His prayer in chapter 17, Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure. They needed to understand that He would leave them. In 13:36 Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?” And in 14:5 Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus had just said, “I am going to prepare a place for you.” And, of course, from our Monday-morning-quarterback position, we know what He meant. But imagine the puzzlement of these men with none of the advantages we have. They were about to embark on the great adventure of beginning to plant the church around the world, and they had no idea of what lay in their paths.

God graciously hides the future for two reasons. First, if we knew the roadblocks and detours we will face, we may be afraid to go on with the journey. Will we face illness or injury, conflict or confusion, trial or trouble of any kind? The Lord knows, and graciously we do not. These are the things that teach us to walk by faith, and we need the spiritual exercise they bring. These are part of the “all things” that God causes to work together for our good.

But there is another reason: if we knew the blessings that lie ahead of us, we may fall into complacency. We may just rest on the Lord with no exercise of faith and never grow to maturity. Like a child with no exercise we would become weak and listless. The blessings will surprise us in their time, but we need to look for them by faith. We need to pay the price of the field not knowing the value of the treasure that lies buried there.
God is gracious, and graciously He keeps us in the dark about what we do not need to know.

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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in the future


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“Life’s Lemons” – a sermon by Pastor Biggers at The Lamb’s Church


I really appreciated this sermon.  My cousin attends this churchScreenshot 2016-02-02 15.21.10 in Haw River, NC.  Comments welcome!

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Posted by on March 22, 2016 in trials


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (Secret of Happiness)

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Our lives are made up of a multitude of “moments,” aren’t they? Some are pleasurable, some — not so much. You may have heard the story of an elderly sister in Christ who was asked the question, “What is your favorite Bible verse?” She thought about her life and the many deep waters the Lord had taken her through, and she said, “My favorite verse is ‘And it came to PAST!”

Are you going through some moments now that you wish would become the past? I was greatly encouraged the other day by reading through the book of Lamentations. In the midst of all of his legitimate complaints, Jeremiah writes —

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions [mercies] never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”

My problem is that I sometimes live on what a Screenshot 2016-01-28 05.51.36preacher called “stale mercies.”  When I was a kid, every morning was an adventure of reading the cereal boxes when we had breakfast.  Sometimes they were fascinating; sometimes they held the promise of a prize at the bottom.  My brother and I would occasionally fight over which cereal box each of us got to read.

I think we Christians have had too many breakfasts of God’s “stale mercies.”  His mercies are NEW every morning, waiting for us, reminding us of His compassions and His greatness.

Your thoughts?

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Posted by on March 6, 2016 in happiness


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