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Ye Old Funk

In a bit of a funk. Work is crazy. Don’t know how to take classes but I need to take some next semester. Could someone slow the world down a bit?

 Things are good but I haven’t been able to write anything for a while.

 One diversion I am enjoying: Fantasy Hockey. Something about reading about the different players and looking at the schedules and numbers and such is relaxing.

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Items to Test When Buying a Used Car

Bought a used van. We had a mechanic check the engine and main structural unit. He gave us a list of things, some of which the dealer agreed to fix.

Some things that have come up that you need to check that might be easy to forget: Continue reading

Richly, Col 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”

From zhubert (http://www.zhubert.com/study?root=πλουσίως) I see four places total where this word is used. It might be translated “opulent,” which give me images of an Arabian prince with a gold plated mansion. Here are the uses:

  • Col 3:16 We are to let the word live in us richly
  • 1 Timothy Those who are rich in this world need to look to God, not their riches. God richly provides everything for our enjoyment.
  • Titus 3:6 The Holy Spirit has been given to us richly through Jesus
  • 2 Peter 1:11 We ought to work toward a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of Jesus.

Facebook Is Evil

It sucks your time, like a vampire sucking a little baby dry, without remorse. Sure it gives you all these little interactions with friends far and wide. That is good. But you have so little control over your page, so little control over layout, and you would have to check it all the time to be truly connected. Bah! In my day, people sent email, the way the good Lord intended. If He’d have wanted us to use Facebook he would have implanted little screens in our palms… oh… well… perhaps the next generation of tech babies will have that! Bah!

Trusting the Lord

It is one thing to criticize the Children of Israel’s responses to a crisis as we sit in comfort. It is another to face an unknown situation yourself and and keep trusting the Lord.

It Is a Process (Col 3)

Our Christian walk, our taking off and putting on, is a process. It may begin with an event, but it is not a one-time event. Continue reading

These Are the Days of Elijah

I like the song, “These Are the Days of Elijah” but didn’t understand it. I don’t like singing what I don’t understand. I was surprised to find the depth of thought that Robin Mark put into it here: http://www.robinmark.com/index.php?section=24. The references to “Brethren” and “Gospel Halls” sounds like Plymouth Brethren to me. He is playing a little fast and loose with the idea of typology, but still, the thoughts have merit. I appreciate the song more for reading its story.

“Put to Death the Sinful, Earthly Things Lurking Within You” (Col 3)

How do you put sinful, earthly things to death? When someone is put to death, they are tried, found guilty, condemned, and executed. Man, this post is dark! But how do we put sinful, earthly things to death. I suppose one reason why I return to my sins is that I don’t try them and find them wanting. I cling to them and expect that this time they will give me the fulfillment they have always failed to deliver in the past.

 How do you put earthly, sinful things that lurk inside you to death?

Paragraphs Make a Document

I learned by example to do “word studies” on isolated words. I put “word studies” in quotes, because the studies contained just about every word study fallacy D.A. Carson decries in “Exegetical Fallacies.” This is a basic point, but one lost on many church-goers: Words make sentences, sentences make paragraphs, and paragraphs make a document. If you want to study a document, you usually need to decompose it to its constituent paragraphs and see how the pieces fit together.

What Do These Items Have in Common?

from Col 3:5-9 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=58&chapter=3&version=51):

…sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie …

What do these items have in common?