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The Perfect God

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 17, 2021

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.  Psalm 18:30  NIV Perfect – Perfection is one of God’s attributes listed by Thomas Aquinas.  The list also includes omniscience, omnipotence, eternal, immutable, etc.  I’m sure you’re familiar with the ideas even if you don’t know the theological…

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The Elite

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 16, 2021

Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”  Daniel 4:29-30  NIV By my mighty power – “Life is not as fate designs,…

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Once More, with Feeling!

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 15, 2021

To the woman He said, “I will greatly increase your sorrow and your conception – bring forth children in pain.  And your desire is for your husband, and he does rule over you.”  Genesis 3:16  (translation SRI) Greatly increase – It’s been several years since I published my book about the Hebrew view of woman…

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The Fall

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 14, 2021

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20  NASB Evil good – The history of Mankind, as the rabbis note, is a nightmare.  Empire after empire followed the path falsely attributed to Alexander Tytler:…

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Divine Pain

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 12, 2021

For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.  2 Corinthians 7:10  NASB Sorrow – A few days ago we investigated a Greek word in Luke 18:23.  That word was perílypos .  It comes from the root lýpē.  We noticed that Greek…

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13.3%

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 11, 2021

casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.   1 Pet 5:7  NASB (1995) Anxiety – “Anxiety disorders are present in up to 13.3% of individuals in the U.S. and constitute the most prevalent subgroup of mental disorders.”[1]  A startling statement, don’t you think?  43 million people in the USA alone.  Upon reflection,…

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Hebrew Science Fiction

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 10, 2021

Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”  Exodus 3:13 NASB Name – I’ve often wondered why…

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Ground to Dust

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 9, 2021

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:17-18 NASB Crushed in spirit – Gristmills.  Coffee grinders.  Rock crushers.  When you read this verse, do you feel the pressure?  Are you being ground to dust by the weight…

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In Much Wisdom

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 8, 2021

And the Lord is the one who is going ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not desert you or abandon you. Do not fear and do not be dismayed.  Deuteronomy 31:8  NASB Dismayed – Dismayed?  Do you know precisely what that means?  I’m guessing that most people don’t.  We have a general idea.  It’s something…

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Waiting for Godot

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Mar 7, 2021

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Matthew 5:4 NASB Mourn – Samuel Beckett’s play raises a critical question for humanity.  It does so with a kind of dramatic insanity.  “Vivian Mercier described Waiting for Godot as a play which ‘has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued…

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