Archive for November, 2010

I was asked the following in an interview recently: “What does it mean to be educated?” After clarifying that the interviewer actually meant “well educated” I directed him to Psalm 119:97-100 and Proverbs 1:7:

“O how I love Your law!  It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine. I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, because I have observed Your precepts.”

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

His summary question caused me to think of all that might be needed to be “well educated”: “Is it possible to have a large amount of schooling but not be well educated?”   I have made some small additions to what I responded to him but essentially here is the graph I came up with then to answer his question and explain what I considered “well educated” to mean:

x-axis: study includes both depth (specialization) and breadth (number and variety of subjects);  study may be acquired through schooling, tutoring, or self-study      
y-axis: experience involves interaction with the surroundings and skills training and practice                  
z-axis: moral training begins with God’s Word and proceeds to thought application to all of life events         
x and y axes begin a zero and may be positive however z-axis factors may either be positive or negative; factors are multiplied together.

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Yeh, you read it right, rap! You’ll need some bling, yo, ’cause this rap involves some “great and magnificent promises” says II Peter 1:4, “so that you may become partakers of the divine nature…” Yeh, that’s rich!
Begins within the trinity
In the far past eternity
Love expressed to infinity
Through interactive Deity

The Ultimate Love Story told
Love eternal never grows old
Reject it and your life will fold
Receive it for a new life bold

A story of marriage lovely
Of promises kept totally
Same and discontinuity
All patterned with typology

Father loves Son eternally
Loves rebellious humanity
Loves His people distinctively
Loves sinners that they might be free

God loves all providentially
He loves so sacrificially
Perfectly and perfectingly
His own want holy living see

God chooses to love us freely
Because God loves His Son you see
It benefits both you and me
Bring God much honor and glory

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As I sought to choose hymns for the evening service at church I desired to choose one that suggested the text, II Peter 2:1-9.  I struggled to pick a song that spoke anything signifcantly about judgment. My wife said so simply, “Who wants to sing about that?”  Well, of course she is right, but people of the church did not always fear to sing about death and the consequences of rejection of Christ.  Having laid the foundation for strong faith in chapter one, remembering what makes for salvation and godly living, Peter sets out in chapters 2 and 3 to guard the believers against two threats to strong faith:      one within the church, namely false teachers, and the other outside the church, namely, mockers.  Early in chapter 2 reminds me very much of Jude who says in verse four of his short epistle, “Certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation.”  If their judgment is so certain, I wonder, why should we even discuss it?  It is a warning to others for God says through Ezekiel, “Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?” ‘Say to them,”As I live!,” declares the Lord God, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?”‘” (33:10-11)  The following poem comes in lieu of the hymn that I did not find:

From hell to save my Savior came
To raise the dead and heal the lame
He taught of His Father full breadth
Of both eternal life and death


Second coming differs from this
Bought ones ascend to heaven’s bliss
While those who refused life in Him
Face an eternity that’s grim


Saints, pray and preach to your last breath
Hold them back who stagger to death                      Prov.24:11
O, Sovereign Lord lend us Your aid
Show us ones whose sin debt is paid


O, Sinners heed Christ’s pleading call      Ezek.33:11,Rom.10:13
Of rescue that goes out to all
Call for mercy with all your might
Escape your end of flame and fright


Jesus is the Savior and Judge
On His justice there is no smudge
Receive from Him payment for sin
Or ever hurt without, within

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Overflows from the Heart

"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart…" Matthew 15:18


Pointing to the One who made, saved, and sustains