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Wednesday
Nov242010

November of Thanksgiving 24

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I‘m hoping that you’ll all remember that these daily thanksgiving posts don’t stop after American Thanksgiving Day, but go on through the entire month of November. If you can spare the time, please keep posting your thanksgiving.

Today I’m thankful for my health. I’m at the age where I’ve lost a few people close to me to illness, and others my age—or even younger—have struggles with various health problems. So far, I’ve escaped, except for my pesky occasional knee-hip pain, which, when it occurs, can be endured quite well with a sporty knee brace and ibuprofen. I am very, very thankful that I am still strong and healthy. Every day of good health is a good gift to be appreciated with a thankful heart.

Others thanking God today:

Update 9pm PST:

What are you thankful for today?

Do you want to participate, too? You’ll find instructions here for the ways both bloggers and nonbloggers can join in the thanksgiving.

I’ll add new links to this post this evening.

If I’ve missed your post or messed up a link, please tell me. If you miss a day or more, you’ll need to send me the link to your next thanksgiving post.

Tuesday
Nov232010

A Catechism for Girls and Boys

Part I: Questions about God, Man, and Sin

9. Q. Who is God?
    A. God is a Spirit, and does not have a body like men.

(Click through to read scriptural proofs.)

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Tuesday
Nov232010

November of Thanksgiving 23

You can get this button from Lisa of Lisa NotI’m thankful for forgiveness of sins. I’m thankful that the record of debt that stood against me with its legal demands has been set aside—nailed to the cross (Colossians 2). I’m thankful that Christ came and lived and died and rose again so that I could have my sins forgiven and my record of debts cancelled.

Others thanking God today:

What are you thankful for today?

Do you want to participate, too? You’ll find instructions here for the ways both bloggers and nonbloggers can join in the thanksgiving.

As more people participate, it gets more likely that I’ll make mistakes in my posting, so if I miss your post or mess up a link, please tell me. And remember, if you miss a day or two, you’ll need to give me a heads up on your next thanksgiving post.

Monday
Nov222010

Called According to Paul: 1 Corinthians 7

I want to put this old series of posts in the favorite posts section on the right sidebar, so I’ll be reposting them from my previous Blogger blog one by one over the next few weeks. An explanation of this series of posts can be found here. You’ll find another post in this series here.

Not Herman Ridderbos.

In this post, I’m looking at the use of the word call in 1 Corinthians 7, verse 15-25. I’ve quoted the passage below and italicized call each time it’s used:

But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. Wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife?

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity. For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God (1 Corinthans 7:15-25 ESV).

In all of these usages of called, it is a sort of shorthand for “became a Christian” or “first believed.” This would make it a similar usage to 1 Corinthians 1:24 where it is a parallel for “being saved”. When people are called in the way Paul uses the term in this passage, they are saved. This is a call that results in believing.

This is also an individual call. It goes out to individual people in various circumstances. We saw the individual nature of the call in 1 Corinthians 26-28 (…not many wise…not many powerful….), too, but it is even clearer here.

[When I first posted this, Kim (Hiraeth) suggested that in the first use of the word call in this passage, the sense may be more “appointed”, as in “God has appointed you to peace.”]

Monday
Nov222010

November of Thanksgiving 22

This is youngest son shoveling the big dump of snow we got over the weekend. I’m thankful for snow. There’s nothing more depressing than grey days and a grey landscape. Snow brightens things up, and protects the plants, too.

Plus, youngest son and youngest daughter still get excited when it snows. The both love getting out in the snow: my son to walk the dogs in the forest and my daughter to ski.

Yes, snow is God’s provision for us. We need snow and I’m thankful for it.

Others thanking God today:

Update 9pm PST:

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What are you thankful for today?

I’ll be back later this evening to add any more thanksgiving posts I find (or that you point me to). As more people participate, it gets more likely that I’ll make mistakes in my posting, so if I miss your post or mess up a link, please tell me. And remember, if you miss a day or two, you’ll need to give me a heads up on your next thanksgiving post.

Do you want to participate, too? You’ll find instructions here for the ways both bloggers and nonbloggers can join in the thanksgiving.