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Like a Child
Posted on December 31, 2008

Mark 10:13-16 (NASB95)

13 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.

14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

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You're kidding, right, Paul?
Posted on December 26, 2008

You may remember I referred to Philippians 2 a couple of days ago. You know the passage. It is the one where Paul exhorts us to do several things that seem virtually impossible. You know, things like being united in spirit, intent on one purpose, regarding others as more important than ourselves, looking out for other’s interests, have the same attitude that Christ did, that is to do all the above to the point of death. I don’t know about you but when I read that it reads like a hyperbole like a great preacher exhorting the folks in the pews to live the life. But, we really can’t do that, really.


A really effective tool in Bible study is to observe repetition. It is like the teacher in the front of the class when they used to stomp their foot to let you know something was going to be on the test. The interesting thing here is that Paul uses repetition to provide solid examples to back up the “hyperbole”. Look at the chart here. Note that in 4 Paul tells us the readers not to look out for their own interests but for the interests of others; in verse 21 he states that Timothy will do that in regard to the Philippian believers. In verse 7 he states that Christ emptied Himself; in verse 17 Paul says he is poured out for the Philippian believers. In verse 8 Paul states that Christ was obedient to the point of death; in verse 27 he states that Epaphroditus was serving to the point of death in his work for the Philippian believers.

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A Question
Posted on December 24, 2008

I need your help. Some things happened this week that made me begin to think through some issues on which I do not think I have a great handle.


It started with a computer issue. The details are not important. Dell dispatched a company to come fix the computer. I have a service agreement that provides for onsite service within 24 hours. I was told Monday that the technician would come on Tuesday. Later that afternoon I got a call from the technician. He asked if Wednesday or Thursday would be better for me. I told him that was not the deal, he explained that his boss wanted him to work in Beaumont and he couldn’t get to me. I told him that was not his problem and I would talk to Dell. After emailing Dell, he called back and told me he would be there at 11AM on Tuesday.

Category: Spiritual Life

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The Test
Posted on December 16, 2008

A couple of weeks back we got our “economic stimulus package” check. Within a day or so we got a bill from the IRS for about the same amount as the check. I am not a fan of the IRS. My experience with them has been that they will basically reinterpret the rules to their advantage. They do not like me because in all (7) of the audits we have been through they have ended up owing us money. At any rate, the bill really angered me. It was for something that I thought was already taken care of, coupled with it representing a week or so of our expenses it spelled some relief. I was really mad.


The next morning I was praying through this situation and reading through my usual array of devotional books. I ran across this: “If you really believe that God gave you all you have and that His resources are without limit, then you will have no problem investing your time and wealth in acts of extravagance to His glory. Just as He does not need your efforts to make you rich, so too He does not need your wealth to execute His plan. Biblically you give to God, not to people; you give to the poor, and any other cause, because God wants you to, and for no other reason.” (Walt Henrichsen – Thoughts From the Diary of a Desperate Man. Day 338).

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The knot at the end of the rope
Posted on December 04, 2008

This morning in Psalm 10 I read, ‘Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” Doesn’t it feel like that sometimes? In the midst of the stuff we go through the daily junk we have to deal with; and even in the most difficult times, times of betrayal by friends, loss of loved ones, deep relational crises it seems that we are alone on an island. That is one of the things I love about Psalms, they do not sugar coat or brush over the reality of our experience with God.


The thing that struck me this morning was the Psalmist gave us the means to weather these storms. After cataloging the reality of the wicked people with whom he was dealing, he ends with, “The Lord is King forever and ever; nations have perished from His land. O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.” In the midst of the darkness, the light is that God is sovereign. He does see. He does know. He will act. He has demonstrated over and over in Scripture and our experience that He is faithful. 

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