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I Will Show You No Favor

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This is a startling passage that sends a good bit of fear and trembling through the thoughtful reader. It certainly says something unsettling and uncomfortable about God, and makes me never want to be on the receiving end of such words:

1 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 2 “You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place.” 3 For this is what the LORD says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers: 4“They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.”

 5 For this is what the LORD says: “Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity from this people,” declares the LORD. 6 “Both high and low will die in this land. They will not be buried or mourned, and no one will cut themselves or shave their head for the dead. 7 No one will offer food to comfort those who mourn for the dead—not even for a father or a mother—nor will anyone give them a drink to console them.

 8 “And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink. 9 For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Before your eyes and in your days I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in this place.

 10 “When you tell these people all this and they ask you, ‘Why has the LORD decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the LORD our God?’ 11 then say to them, ‘It is because your ancestors forsook me,’ declares the LORD, ‘and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law. 12 But you have behaved more wickedly than your ancestors. See how all of you are following the stubbornness of your evil hearts instead of obeying me. 13 So I will throw you out of this land into a land neither you nor your ancestors have known, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’ (Jer.16:1-13)

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

July 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Posted in Duenes, Theology

Evil Men Do Not Understand Justice

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“Evil men do not understand justice; but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.” (Prov. 28:5)

This went through me like a shot!

I have a good friend who just finished his first year of law school at Notre Dame. He told me, “The most important thing your first year is your faith.” Nothing could be more true, and the Scripture above proves it. I will give my best efforts towards understanding the law in my studies this year, but the most important and fruitful labors I will exert will be toward greater love for and understanding of God’s Word, and richer communion with the Truine God Himself. Without this, I could get straight A’s in my law classes, but I would be an evil man, and therefore I would “not understand justice.” No, it is in seeking the Lord that I will understand justice “fully.” That is my aim. Christ is my banner. The Scriptures are my treasure and guide. The Spirit is my sustenance. The Father is my All.

-D

Written by Michael Duenes

July 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Back in the Basement

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I’m taking another 8-10 day hiatus to spend some time with my folks and family in a little resort here in SoCal before heading back to Topeka next week. Then it will be unpacking, looking for a mini-van, and generally getting my game-face on for law school. I hope to keep blogging while in school, but we’ll play it by ear. Thank you to you, my loyal readers, all 12 of you.

-D

Written by Michael Duenes

July 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Posted in Duenes

Happy Anonymous Father’s Day

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Looking forward to another great film from The Center for Bioethics and Culture called Anonymous Father’s Day. Here’s a little taste. The film is about two-thirds complete, so look for it to debut this coming fall.

-D

Written by Michael Duenes

July 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Musings on the Transition IV – Summer 2011

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Black political commentator, Larry Elder, said today that blacks were overwhelmingly against same-sex “marriage” and tended to be pro-life. But then he went on to say that blacks voted some 95% Democrat. If that’s true, and I have no reason to disbelieve it, then there’s obviously some calculus factoring in to black voting that utterly overwhelms the marriage and abortion issues. I find it curious, however, since if the abortion rates among American blacks keep up – an abortion rate that is enabled and furthered by the very Democratic politicians blacks are continually voting for – there won’t be any American blacks around to vote for anybody.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that being a law student is going to be the toughest academic and professional challenge I’ve ever encountered. The sheer sum of material I will have to memorize causes not a little fear and trembling. I will have to be disciplined in my learning habits with fresh rigor. This fact also helped me see how easy it is to be intellectually lazy. I have prided myself on being a continual learner, but I have not held myself to a disciplined approach to my learning. I’m glad this will have to change, and I hope that some of the new habits I’ll have to acquire will stay with me throughout my life.

My 95 year old grandma has been visiting us quite often during our brief stay in L.A., and I’m so grateful for her life. I’ve been thinking that I’d like to write a tribute to her before she passes away. I think this would honor her more than saying something at her funeral. It’s hard to fathom her not being around, for she has always had a significant presence in my life. She is still possessed of a keen mind, and you don’t often get to sit down and chat with someone who can remember stories from the 1920s and 30s. I know she won’t live forever, and I never know how many more visits with her I’ve got. I’m glad to be having these just now. What a precious gift of God.

I saw a video today of a segment of Bill Maher’s program. The guests he had on were describing violent and perverse sex acts they’d like to do with Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. It’s filth, straight up. And Maverick’s owner, Mark Cuban, is sitting there yucking it up as these men are talking about what they’d like to do sexually with the aforementioned politicians. But you’re not going to hear any public denunciations from Democrats or liberals. You’re not hearing anyone talk about the “coarsening effect” this has on our political culture. I’m guessing the New York Times won’t be printing a scathing editorial about it. The silence is deafening, and this is true because we’re not talking about politics. Something far worse is afoot.

-D

Written by Michael Duenes

July 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Duenes, Reflections