Category Archives: God

Making Plans

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans,” is an old aphorism often attributed to Woody Allen. But’s it probably older than Allen. Its origins may be from an old Yiddish proverb.

This morning as we’re preparing to check-out of the house we’re renting in Temple Terrace, I recalled when we arrived we were going to attend the Florida College Lectures. Then a student contracting the measles forced the school to cancel lectures. Something unheard of. Plans altered. Continue reading

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Does God Harden People’s Hearts?

Does the sovereignty of God override a person’s personal decisions?

Our Bible reading this week covers the first 15 chapters of Exodus that describe Israel’s descent into Egyptian slavery. The birth of Moses. God’s call for him to lead Israel out of Egypt to the promised land. And God’s message to Pharaoh “Let my people go.”

As God predicted, Pharaoh refused and the 10 plagues were brought upon the Egyptians before the King finally relented and allowed them to leave. Challenging our thinking about the character of God are the passages that say, “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” Continue reading

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God is Still on the Throne

Sunday afternoon I tuned in to catch the second half of the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints football game.

I’m a fan of Drew Brees and expected to see a Saints victory and an all-pro performance by Brees. Instead, I saw a thrilling Vikings overtime win with embattled Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throwing the game-winning touchdown Continue reading

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How Close Are You To God?

 

Have you heard about the old couple, Jeb and Mabel, riding along in their car one day? Of course, Jeb’s driving. And Mabel’s on the passenger side.

Mabel begins to reminisce when they were younger and how much in love they were. “Remember, those Sunday afternoon drives we used to take together, Jeb?

“You know,” Mabel continued, “we used to sit real close together when we when out for a drive.” Continue reading

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“In God We Trust”

Beginning this month the state of Mississippi will begin issuing license plates with the national motto: “In God We Trust.” Other states offer a specialty plate with the motto, but the Mississippi plate will be the standard plate issued to all drivers.

“I was proud to sign legislation in 2014 that added the United States National Motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ to the Mississippi State Seal,” Governor Phil Bryant wrote in May. “Today, I am equally delighted to announce that it will adorn our new Mississippi license plates.” Continue reading

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Is There A God?

On Tuesday a book by Physicist Stephen Hawking was released entitled, Brief Answers to Big Questions. This posthumous work (Hawking died last March) covers many major issues including his disbelief in God.

According to CNN the book was not finished when he died so his family and friends used his notes to complete it.

“Do I have faith?” Hawking writes. “We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God. No one created the universe, and no one directs our fate.” Continue reading

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Attributes of God From A-Z

Yesterday, as Norma Jean and I toured the National Museum of Archaeology  in Athens and viewed the artifacts of the great thinkers and philosophers of Greece and Rome, it occurred to me that with all their intellectual acumen, most did not truly know Jehovah God.

Yesterday’s post discussed Paul’s sermon revealing to the Epicureans and Stoics “The Unknown God” as Jehovah God. Many mocked the apostle’s message. Regardless, God has revealed Himself to us. Continue reading

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