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Why I fell

My favorite theologian, Calvin & Hobbes, explained why I fell last week.

  • I didn’t stick the landing
  • I wasn’t wearing my “prepared for anything” helmet and cape (which some good friends gave me years ago.) Seems I need to find and unpack it.) 😉

Thank you Dave and Gary & Tricia for adding humor to my life.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2017 in Calvin and Hobbes

 

Grace Notes

Being surrounded by negativity, it is far too easy to adopt the mindset of our culture. We can play the “It’s not fair!” card or become consumed by worry about what might happen.

Considering what we are bombarded with, it’s no wonder we feel as bad as we do.

To change our mindset, we have to make a conscious choice as to what we feed our minds. We must shift our attention from woe to worship, from pity to praise, from complaining to confidence, and most importantly, from me to God.

Praise plays a key role in this process. Praising God for the past helps us trust him for the future. Moses provides an excellent example of this principle in his song in Exodus 15:1-21.

Moses states his theme in verse 1: “Praise God, he won!” The song contains three stanzas—“See what God did” (2-6); “See who God is” (7-11); and “See what God will do” (12-18). The theme is repeated in the chorus (19-21).

Following the destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea, Moses led Israel in praising God (1). When God does something great, he deserves to be praised. Often this praise comes in the form of a song, something you see throughout the Old Testament.

The three stanzas of Moses’ song focus on God—what he did in the past, who he is, and what he will do in the future. In the first 18 verses, Moses refers to “the Lord” at least 45 times. It demonstrates that praise is focused on God, not on us.

In the opening stanza, Moses acknowledges God’s strength and it leads him to praise (2-6). In the middle stanza (7-11), Moses moves from history to theology, from describing the victory to exclaiming his wonder about God. He uses metaphors and word pictures to help describe God’s attributes and actions (8, 10). In the final stanza (12-18), he moves from proclaiming his wonder about what God did in the past to a statement of confidence and trust in what God will do in the future. God not only brought his people out of Egypt, but he will bring them in to the Promised Land.

The song concludes with Moses’ sister, Miriam, picking up a tambourine and leading the chorus. Considering that Moses wrote this song when he was 80 years old and Miriam played the tambourine in her 90’s, who says seniors can’t learn new songs and lead in worship!

This passage challenges me to consider three probing questions: (1) What can I praise God for today? (2) What does this tell me about God’s character? (3) What do I need to trust him for tomorrow? Praising God for the past helps us trust him for the future.

This is the synopsis of a message preached at First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA, on August 20, 2017. It is part of a series of sermons on the life of Moses. Please click on the link to download a copy of the sermon notes.

 

 

Is it summer yet?

I could use a summer vacation.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Calvin and Hobbes, Summer

 

How much character do I need?

How many of us agree with Betty’s husband, Bub? How many of us opt for Calvin’s approach? We may agree that adversity builds character, but we would much rather gain character the easy way. We give mental assent to James 1:2–4

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

We just wish the process could be easier and less painful.

 
 

What have I talked myself into?

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I think I’ve had some of these conversations with myself. 😉

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Calvin and Hobbes, Fun

 

Resolutions for a New Year

Humorous New Years’ Resolutions from my cartoonist friends. Some are new and others are worth repeating.

Brewster Rocket

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Baby Blues

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Calvin & Hobbes

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Baby Blues, Calvin and Hobbes, Fun

 

Foiled by Kryptonite

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I know just how Calvin feels. Some days, your personal Kryptonite just won’t let you get off the ground. 😉

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2016 in Calvin and Hobbes, Personal growth