“I’m just trying to make sense of it all.” When we see, hear, think or read about something that defies human logic–the brain wants to kick in and wants to do something, do anything, that will make sense of it to us–so that it becomes more copacetic and saporific for us. After all, that’s the way life should be, right? And that’s how the fight started!
For example, take the above quote from Leslie Weatherhead’s book The Will of God. I don’t know what was going on in his gray matter when he wrote this; and I don’t want to know if there’s more swill like this in there. My hunch is that Weatherhead was trying to make sense of why Jesus was killed. I mean, who in their right mind would leave the perfect eternity and step into time…
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Note: This is a guest post by Dan Cartwright. He’s been a brother who has been iron sharpening iron with us on here and social media for years. I appreciate also his service in the US Army as a Green Beret. His blog can be found here. He also tweets.
Forty Good Soldiers for Christ!
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Oh my goodness, some people in my town done lost their darn minds! We have a fine woman, county commissioner, all talking about how it’s a privilege to be allowed to participate in society. Be grateful you’re allowed to do anything at all, you minions. I’m chuckling here, because the last thing you want to threaten an introvert with is staying away from people and avoiding participating in society.
I happen to be by nature an avoidant extraordinaire. I can’t come out of my room? Oh, be still my heart! Alas, I am also a defiant. Wild horses couldn’t drag me out of isolation, but mandating and demanding it is a whole other matter. Now I must go against my very nature and absolutely refuse to hunker down and isolate. The struggle is real, y’all.
Refuse to hunker. Refuse to play cancel culture. Refuse to divide. Refuse to isolate. Refuse…
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What happened? Can anyone tell me? Please, I need to know! Can somebody, anybody tell me what happened? Isn’t there anyone out here in the Wacky World Web who can explicate and expound to me what happened? Well…I’m waiting! What? No answers?
Oh, maybe I need to delineate what I’m wondering about this morning. What happened to people thinking for themselves and using common sense? The provocation that started this thought happened last week (not that I haven’t been thinking about why people stopped thinking). But I had a moment when this thought simply erupted in a volcanic type moment.
I went by the local Tractor Supply Store to browse for some supplements for the upcoming hunting season. Before someone accuses me of illegal use of baits, in Alabama we can use baits for deer hunting with the appropriate permit; which I have. I always look forward to this time…
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A bit funny, I wanted to write something cheerful, something not related to covid and the total collapse of Western civilization, and I felt the Lord nudging me towards, “the wages of sin are death.” I just laughed! What kind of Monty Python, gallows humor is that?
As if to really drive the point home, someone in a fit of rage on the intertoobz said that very thing to me, as if they were wishing death upon me. My heart kind of broke, not because of the insult, but because of the misunderstanding. Romans 6 is just a beautiful, life affirming, joyous passage, and yet somebody thinks of it as a threat??!
So let me straighten this out.
God is not an employer or a judge paying out vengeance wages according to what you deserve. It is not like that at all. In fact, we are dead to sin and…
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My brother, Jeff and I went to lunch. When we finished and were walking to the car, I commented on the heat.
He said, “Do you see how amazing it is that, no matter how hot or cold it is outside, our bodies keep a 98.6 temperature?”
We had already had a long conversation about God’s hand on us, God’s provision for us, God’s ordering our steps, God’s orchestrating our circumstances.
We find ourselves learning to trust Him, and not to trust our immediate understanding of the trials of life.
But, thinking about this comment, 98.6, I began to think of all the inter-workings of the different systems in my body that it takes to maintain the temperature.
The heart beats moving blood and oxygen. I don’t even have to think about it. It just beats.
The body pushes water out of our body to cool the skin when it…
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Does one have to be “my” age to know about 411? Hopefully not. For readers not familiar with it, it is the number one would call to contact the phone company if you needed information about someone’s phone number. I think it’s still around. If it’s a business, I just use Google. What does this have to do with today’s musings? I am so glad you asked.
We all need to be INFORMED. The issue is, who or what is INFORMING you? I came across this recently:
People want to be INFORMED–but alas, they make one of these mistakes; or both. They get their INFORMATION from the wrong places. Or, they process that INFORMATION the wrong way. There are three ways for processing INFORMATION from any and every source.
One way is to rely on how we feel about the information. Gee whiz! What the what? Blech! Arghhhh!…
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This is a series on the attributes of God.
The Grace of God Part 6: Common Grace Part 2: God’s Temporal Blessings
Review: We have been looking at common grace for the third week. First week we looked at the His common grace in restraining sin with the second week we looked at God’s common grace at restraining His wrath.
Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as it manifest as common grace. We will see God’s common grace manifest in temporal blessings. We will then draw implications of this doctrine to apply to the Christian life.
Recap of the definition of Common Grace
- John Murray: “Every favour of whatever kind or degree, falling short of salvation, which this undeserving and sin-cursed world enjoys at the hand of God.”
- My definition: The unmerited favor of God that both the saved/elect and nonsaved/non-elect…
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Apologetics Sermon Illustration #67: Bible in context and Florida man flies banner as marriage proposal mistaken for racism
Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up. I just recently refuted an alleged contradiction; see my “Was Enoch the sixth or the seventh from Adam?” There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory verses in the Bible fail to a word in the context of authorial intent. But if one fail to recognize authorial intent, then a word in someone’s sentence can be taken out of context to mean something else so then a skeptic can easily assume there’s a Bible contradiction when there are none. Are there any examples of this error to get the point across to a skeptic of their foolish methodology and mistake?
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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.
Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 6:33. Here is my translation:
“ζητεῖτε δὲ πρῶτον τὴν βασιλείαν [τοῦ θεοῦ] καὶ τὴν δικαιοσύνην αὐτοῦ, καὶ ταῦτα
But Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and this
πάντα προστεθήσεται ὑμῖν. ”
all he will do to you
Here are some observations:
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Listen to the talk at the hair stylist or barber shop. Apparently there is. Listen to the conversations in the break room. Apparently there is. Sit down at the local liars table at the diner or fast food joint. Apparently there is. Listen to the words just about anywhere there are 2 or more people (yes, this includes the local church). Apparently there is. Someone reading this is thinking right now, “What is he talking about? A boatload of hopelessness? A superabundance of stupidity?” While this may seem to be true, it’s not what’s bouncing around in my mind–and my heart. It’s the answer to this question found in The Bible–a couple of times.
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
Genesis 18:14 (NLT)
Apparently it’s too hard for The Lord to change, much less use, the POTUS. Apparently it’s too hard for The Lord to change our culture. Apparently…
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This is a series on the attributes of God.
Session 35: The Grace of God Part 4: Common Grace Part 1: God’s restraint of sin
Review: We have been looking at the grace of God for the fourth week. First week we looked at the grace of God in the Old Testament. The second week we look into the Grace of the God in the New Testament specifically, (1) God’s grace is an attribute found in all three members of the members of the Trinity, (2) and the grace of God seen in salvation of sinners. The third week we looked at the grace of God in the New Testament specifically (3) God’s grace and sanctification (4) and God’s grace in ministry.
Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as it manifest as common grace. We will provide definitions, note the two…
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I thought this post of Pastor Randy’s called “It’s Right There In The Bible! NOT! Part5” was really good. The whole series is good, but this particular post is about forgiving and forgetting and it contains some much needed wisdom.
I’ve spent a great deal of time studying Judas in the Bible, in part because I’ve needed to walk through a whole lot of forgiveness. That is a really amazing tale, a great story with so many huge revelations waiting for us! For me, I really needed to understand how Jesus managed His expectations of others. He knows who Judas is and what Judas would do. In many ways He even trusted Judas……to be Judas. So often our wounds come from expecting something from people that they just can’t give, or else trying to change them in our minds into someone they are not.
Sometimes I think forgiveness…
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Chuckling here but Mel Wild wrote a really good post called,“Useful Idiots.” You should go read it, there’s a lot of wisdom in it about the world we find ourselves in today. For me it was validating, edifying, reassuring. A lot of this stuff began the year I was born and so I was born right into the religion of Marxism. Yep, it’s a religion! None of this is breaking news to me, it’s been a way of life I’ve been trying to escape and come to terms with for decades.
A bit funny, but the other day I let something slip out under my breath, “good grief, that’s right out of Karl’s handbook.” My mother who is elderly now and not quite the radical lefty she once was, still promptly launched into a defense of Karl Marx and a rebuke of me for not honoring and glorifying the…
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In my last post I tackled the issue of belief vs. acceptance in science, and now I’m following-up with a series on religion and faith in science.
A large number of mainstream atheists, professors and scientists are openly hostile to religion, and they don’t want it creeping into science. As I’ve pointed out before, faith, to these people, is the antithesis of science. Faith implies religion. So they demand that faith and religion be kept separate from science at all costs.
Case in point is the atheist biologist, Jerry Coyne, who states, “Science and faith are fundamentally incompatible, and for precisely the same reason that irrationality and rationality are incompatible. They are different forms of inquiry, with only one, science, equipped to find real truth. . . . Science helps religion only by disproving its claims, while religion has nothing to add to science.”
So we can see the open…
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My first college roommate once asked me, “Do you know why we Arabs hate you Americans?”
I responded, “No, Mohamed, please tell me why you Arabs hate us Americans.”
“After World War II,” he informed me, “you helped rebuild your friends, Britain and France, and that made sense. You also helped rebuild your enemies, Germany and Japan, and that was strange. You helped everyone else in the world—you even helped the Jews get their own country—but you did nothing for us. That’s why we hate you today.”
It seems strange that a young man, born several years after the war ended and the rebuilding was accomplished, should carry a national grudge to the point of hatred. It also seems strange that, in spite of that hatred, he would travel to the United States to take classes in our schools. But Mohamed’s view of the United States reflects a reality found…
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Here’s another one of those things that many people think is there–but it’s ain’t!
Money Is The Root Of All Evil!
This is typically said by those who do not have a lot of it. But the thing is, they use this fake truth to justify their own sense of moral superiority over the rich. The lack of money doesn’t make anyone morally superior; nor does having a lot of money mean that God favors you more than He does others. Let’s look at exactly what the Bible says:
For thelove of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10 NLT; EMPHASIS mine)
See? It’s right there! My point here, as in this whole series, is that we often read –make that misread—The Bible without listening…
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When I began college (a great many years ago), my first dormitory roommate was a young man named Mohamed; he was from the country of Jordan. After we had shared a room for a few weeks and had talked about other things, one day out of the blue he asked me, “We Muslims have great respect for your prophet Jesus; why don’t you Christians have any respect for our prophet Muhammad?”
No one could identify the difference between our two religions more distinctly.
Islam could be considered a Christian heresy, like Arianism and Nestorianism, or like some of the newer developments in Christianity. Both religions believe in one God. Both consider him eternal and unchanging, all-powerful, knowing all things, present everywhere. Both consider him good and holy and merciful and the source of all that is good. Both regard the one God as Creator of all that exists, and both…
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My brain operates on a level different from most. Of course you who know me, have heard me preach, and read my thoughts here on this blog have been aware of this for a long time. I offer no excuses or justifications for the way I process my thoughts. I own it! And with all the humility I can muster, I must say that I am quite proud of it. And I’ve discovered that sometimes God actually uses my “unique” ways of thinking. Who woulda thunk it? Certainly not my critics, or even myself most times.
And this morning, I find that it’s amazing how mortality and the death of my sister, have been churning my thoughts. And though I have an advanced affliction of random thoughts, there is nothing random about this line of thought. It hit me on the morning (perhaps the word should be mourning) after…
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