Saturday, November 30, 2013

Somebody Help Me!

About a month ago I read how Google Plus would help my blog reach more people so I clicked on the thingamabob and kept blogging. A few days ago my "Recent Comments" widget was disabled and my comment boxes changed. I'll find my own comment giving the title of the post but, I haven't heard from some of my old CC friends in a while so I'm a little concerned. I don't feel I have the control I used to have. (A lot of this is certainly my own ignorance - I hope.)
How do things look from your side of the cyber fence?
I would love to hear from someone who is NOT on Google Plus, just to know I'm still being seen by others.
Would you be so kind to drop a line or two and let me know if there is no difficulty in commenting OUTSIDE of Google Plus?
Any suggestions would be appreciated as well. It's obvious I don't know what I'm doing most of the time but I would like to know if I made the right move. Thanks a lot.

Arminian Antics #120


Friday, November 29, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Save Room for Dessert on Thanksgiving!


Sola Bootstrapa Bomb Squad

A special thanks goes out to Rummy BonDebo of Pittsacoma, New Jersey, who sent in this ad found in the latest issue of "Arminian Angst Magazine". Rummy included these excerpts from the course:

"The Benny Finney is a most effective technique. Follow these steps and you will stop a Calvinist in his tracks. (1) As the Calvinist starts to answer your question start honking your nose. (push your nose and loudly say, "HONK! HONK!") (2) If this doesn't deter his ranting, then honk HIS nose!"

"The Elvis Wesley is a method that is easy to learn and easy to apply to any troublesome situation. First, you accuse Mr. or Ms. Calvinist of cosmic treason. Second, as they try to defend themselves, start singing "You're Just the Devil in Disguise" and start shaking violently. Third, fall to the ground and start foaming at the mouth. This will look bad for the Calvinist. When he or she leaves (this might take a while) then jump up and say, 'I've got me mind back!' Always works."

"The Nigel Pettibone Smite Method is the last resort. If the person remains calm and collected after the Benny Finney and the Elvis Wesley then bop the person over the head with your cane! Every time they start to complain, bop 'em again! Eventually they will get the message that they will not win the debate. Who needs debates anyway? WE don't that's for sure!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Update on my Son - in his own words

Hellooo friends! Just wanted you to know I'm still alive and kickin'. The tube in my lung was removed via my rib cage yesterday and I'm still pondering whether or not to show the video footage. It's definitely easier to breathe now so that's nice -- whew . We still don't know the exact cause of my DAH but a lot has been ruled out, including any sort of auto immune syndrome. The latest hypothesis is environmental exposure to something (???). I continue to be the mystery case of the year...
Quick update: I'm out of the hospital and at home with my family. Gonna get some rest now.

Hug your loved ones and cherish the moment. This is a great week (in the U.S.) to remind ourselves to be thankful for the great and small things, the people in our lives, and life itself.

I'm thankful for your love and support. It made all the difference.

-David

My son has to change his lifestyle and slow down considerably. The doctors want him to eliminate as much stress as possible. Please continue to pray for him to recognize God's merciful hand in his life. He is giving all the accolades to medical science. We usually debate these issues but, this time I have chosen not to engage him because of his weak condition. Sometimes we just have to rely on prayer knowing that God is working behind the scenes. I am praying that God crowds into his thoughts every day and breaks down his philosophy of scientism.
Thank you CC readers for your prayers. My wife and I are packing right now for the flight home. The weather here in Dallas is freezing and the roads might be a little treacherous. Hopefully, our plane will not be delayed. We have a 12 hour waiting period in London, then on to Kuwait.

Thoughtful Moments


Friday, November 22, 2013

Requesting Prayer for my Son

My son, David Eddings, is in the hospital with Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage, a rare, but serious and potentially life-threatening, complication of various conditions. Early recognition is crucial for treatment and survival.
My wife and I flew into Dallas to be at his side. Many prayers have gone up for David and I would ask the readers of Calvinistic Cartoons to take a moment and lift him up in prayer for both spiritual and physical healing. At this point in his life, David is embracing atheism. He has told us that he is humbled by the many prayers and well-wishes he has received thus far. 

Steampunked #25


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

FREE Wiersbe A to Z Guide from Amazon Kindle

C is for Christmas turned out to be very different than I expected, but it was not a disappointment! I had expected a light, easy read that I could quickly translate into the elementary classroom. What I found was an extensive and, at times, profound resource that dug deeper into the Christmas story than I had seen before. There are many places where Scripture is explored in new ways and at the end of each entry the authors send you on a journey of further study in the book. While this is not a book that can easily be read in one sitting, it is a resource that I will refer to over and over again throughout the Christmas seasons to come. I recommend it for Sunday school teachers, pastors or any others who want to dig deeper into the characters, events and true meaning of the birth of Jesus.
Click HERE and start reading in seconds!

Queen Kong


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

FREE Book for Kindle Peeps

Steve Farrar has written another biblical and practical winner. I have read all of Farrar's books and this practical exposition on the first 6 chapters of the Book of Daniel does not disappoint. A good friend of mine recommended I read this book because we are both going through a tough time - much like Daniel - feeling like aliens in a foreign land, fearful or our countries direction, and having our faith tested in the fire.

Desperate times sometimes make us desperate, but the reality is that God is still on the throne and sovereign over all and uses his own people through their courage and convictions as thy take a stand for Him. Farrar writes, "In a nutshell, Daniel displayed True Courage by: Fearing God more than man; Trusting God with his future; and Realizing God's governance over all events.

Farrar develops these themes throughout the book with many excellent illustrations, examples, and applications of how genuine courage is derived from fearing, trusting, and realizing God's sovereign rule over the universe and our individual lives.

The book of Daniel is a tremendously encouraging book for our own times, and Farrar does a phenomenal job of showing its relevancy and numerous applications from its exposition of it, so that we can overcome our fears, worries, anxieties, and become strengthened because we have an all omniscient, omnipotent, and sovereign God who will give us the courage and grace we need sufficiently for each day - as he did for Daniel several thousand years ago. I highly recommend this book as one that will better equip you to be a courageous man or woman of God in these difficult days.

Review written by David P. Craig


Grab a copy HERE.

CC is 5 Years Old Today!

Five years! In Calvinistic blog years that equals 25!! (We Calvinists multiply everything by 5) That's 33 in dog years. It seems like only yesterday (plus 5 years) that I began this daily challenge. It's been fun and rewarding. I only hope that I can continue this for another 33 dog years before my mind fizzles out. Thanks to all who have stopped by and especially those who have been regular readers. I appreciate, more than you know, those who comment now and then. Before you go, sit down and have a piece of cake.

By way of congratulations, I am posting this letter I received from a CEO of a very large company:

"Congratulations on your 5 long years. Your blog, Calvinistic Cartoons is hilarious, engaging and also poignant. It may just be the greatest blog I've ever seen...namely, because I never have time to look at ANY blogs. Your blog is packed with wit, humor and theological truth, as you mentioned in your email...but this is a factory that makes oatmeal. I honestly have no idea why you sent us your link. Good luck, though."

Letter from Tobias Kon-Tiki, CEO of the Quaker Oats Factory, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Just for Laughs #277

An arresting comment might be in order

Monday, November 11, 2013

FREE BOOK for All Who Kindle

Relentless Love: Unfolding God's Passion, Presence, and Glory by Thom Gardner, is a once-in-a-lifetime book.
If you read his book devotionally, and pause to reflect as he asks you to after each chapter, your perception of God's mercy toward you can transform your relationship with Abba Father into something beautiful and your experience
with others will change as well. Gardner says "Mercy causes us to stick like glue toward each other." He says "Love is not really love without mercy." Read about how Jesus literally became the mercy seat, and His encouragement for us to give out mercy generously, even extravagantly, "because our Father owns the candy store." God spoke to Thom and told him mercy is like the honeysuckle bush that grew on his property. It not only smells good, but it relentlessly spreads (even under fences) and takes over the whole yard!

The greatest thing consumed by mercy is the distance between two hearts, as seen in, according to Charles Dickens, "The greatest short story ever written," The Prodigal Son. Gardner does a great job bringing new insight into The Prodigal Son story. For example, learn why the Father called out for his robe to be brought out 'quickly', before the servants could reach his son. (story found in Luke, chapter 15, explanation found in this gem of a book.)

Like a fire on the alter of sacrifice, when we forgive someone, our flesh is burned up. When we extend mercy, we make ourselves weak and vulnerable to the needy. We are surrounded today as much as ever with people who are battered reeds and smoldering wicks-people crushed, flattened, and bent over with just a hint of smoke, but no flame. (Matthew 12:18-21) This book should be in every home in America and every classroom and bible study. More than that, it should be in every heart, read yearly, and passed down generationally.

Put your order in for the FREE book HERE.

Disclaimer: I am posting free books before I have read them. Any views or theological content presented in these books are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Calvinistic Cartoons.

Table Talk

Open this in a new window and sees what ya git.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

FREE BOOK for Kindle Readers

This book offers very wise and biblical to-the-point examples and advice on how to respond to thoughtless criticism in a graceful manner that glorifies and exemplifies Jesus. Specifically, Pastor Stange focuses on how Jesus: did not let criticism stop him from speaking the truth; did not let criticism deter him from fulfilling the Father's will; confronted criticism gracefully and thoughtfully; considered the source of his criticism; examined the motives of his critics; and did the opposite of what his critics wished.


Disclaimer: I am posting free books before I have read them. Any views or theological content presented in these books are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Calvinistic Cartoons.

A "Page" from the Bible (no joke)

There's a lesson here for you and me.
Apply inside.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Again?


These trivia bits are all from the first year of Calvinistic Cartoons. (Then reposted later) But because of an email from Merle Popular, I decided to post a third time for those who refuse to read anything that isn't immediately in front of them. And a special shout out to Fake Coke Can (his real name) for bringing this oldie to my attention. I hope you find a chuckle or two in this collection of incredible trivia. 

It was neither Shemp, nor Curly, that was the original member of The Three Stooges - - - In a rare 1929 film, Ted Healey's original Three Stooges were Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Norman Vincent Peale.

Masi Oka, ("Hiro Nakamura" from Heroes) was born with three arms. The special effects man, Klaatu Waterhoser, has to "screen out" the extra arm for the TV series. Masi has never gone to a Benny Hinn Tent Revival and Healing Kneeling Meeting, nor does he ever plan to.

It has already been stated that our shortest fan at Calvinistic Cartoons is Todd Wilkins at 3 feet, 11 inches. But did you know, the tallest Calvinistic Cartoons member is Vern Dailey, who measures in at a whopping 9 feet, 3.5 inches?


Mensa member, Marilyn Hickey, of television fame, helped to invent the RQ-1 Predator, a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle system.


Enya the Irish singer and songwriter, who is Ireland's best-selling solo artist and is officially the country's second biggest musical export (second only to U2) was married to Edward Bullion Montgomery Face yesterday in a beautiful ceremony atop the slanted roof of the Crystal Cathedral. She will now be known as Enya Face.

Scientists used to believe that no two snowflakes were identical...now they have discovered a treasure chest in Greenland that was full of identical snowflakes. Unfortunately, the snowflakes melted when taken into the laboratory...you'll just have to take my word for it.

Everyone in the Middle Ages believed -- as Aristotle had -- that the planet Krypton would explode eventually.

In the first season of CSI Hogwaller, in the background of one of the scenes, you can see the star, Fritz Montgomery, reading The Mantra of Jabez.


McFarlane Toys, makers of the Benny Hinn healing action figure, announced last night that the earth will end in 2020.

Prairie dogs are not dogs...nor are they prairies.

Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented in 1889, originally had the Westminster Confession of Faith printed on the box.

In the television show, LOST, the airline that flew the ill-fated flight is called "Oceanic", that same plane has been used before in films such as Wings (1927) and Flying Tigers (1942) and in many other made-for-TV movies such as Lonesome Dove, Return to the Ponderosa, and Davy Crockett.

A little bit of etiquitte for all you who like to entertain guests...the centerpiece for the dining table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.

The most popular first and last name in the world is Winky Pratney!

One of the lead roles for the movie "The Bucket List" originally was offered to George Beverly Shea.

Rome wasn't built in a day, although the contractor told them it would be.

In an Egyptian tomb, archeologists have discovered figures that look amazingly like the Old Fashioned Revival Quartet.

Buck Owens and Wayne Grudem were freshman roommates at Harvard.

No death-row inmate has ever asked for an Egg McMuffin and a Banana Smoothie as his last meal.

Charles Hodge was an avid hunter. On one safari, he bagged 16 avids.

In addition to Post Offices and Immigration Offices, you can renew a passport at Burger King.

Cleveland, spelled backwards, is DNA Level C...which was the level of DNA in A. H. Strong's dog, Misty.

Steven Lawson once believed that ants didn't sleep. Then, one summer day, he stumbled over several ant beds in his backyard.

Einstein taught that space and time are the same thing. He discovered this when he kept showing up three miles late for meetings.

At the height of "Star Wars" mania, John Piper would shop for groceries in a Chewbacca costume.

One-third of explorers who've visited both the North and South Poles developed bipolar disorder.

Goldfish are neither gold nor fish.

Alan Shepard was the only astronaut to leave his wallet on the moon.

Due to a calendar mix-up, there were two years in a row identified as "1963".

Until 1970, the IRS taxed Monopoly winnings.

On April 19th, 2017, the sun will pass between the moon and the earth.

On April 21st, 2017, Phil Johnson will pass between the moon and the earth

Other than man, the elk is the only animal that celebrates birthdays.

The most frequently used word by evangelicals in the English language is "biscuit."

Gary Busey, the actor who has won more Academy Awards than any other, will play John Owen in an off-Broadway play next summer entitled, "Well, I'll be Mortified!"


Dave Hunt's great grandpappy drew up plans for the first novelty set of chattering teeth.

Every Tuesday has been sloppy joe night at the White House for the last 200 years.

Francis Schaeffer is the only theologian to have walked on the moon.

Thomas Watson is thought to be the first to use the phrase "a bad case of the Mondays".

Rhode Island is the only state without an active volcano.

B.B. Warfield died from injuries received from riding a mechanical bull.

On April 14th 1968, Loraine Boettner, at 101 years old, pulled a barge with his teeth as he swam the Mississippi River.

By law, all globes in Australia are displayed upside down.

Most of the delegates at the United Nations, in the summer of 1960, were killed by lawn darts.

Several old photos of Charles Finney wearing "bling" were found in a secret panel at the Moody Bible Institute yesterday. One photo shows Minnie Finney and Charles playing an old version of "Battleship".

Augustine's face was badly scarred from dodgeball.

The very first game on record in U.S. history was Hungry Hungry Hippo played in the streets of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1611.

Tuesday didn't exist on calendars until 1923.

If you notify the flight attendant that it's your birthday, most airlines will let you exit the plane on the inflatable slide.

Christopher Columbus actually had four ships: Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria and "The R.C. Sproul".

Actor Keanu Reeves actually served as the governor of Idaho for a month while filming "The Matrix". He will be starring in, "The Forgotten Spurgeon", where he will be playing both Charles and his son, Thomas.

Hamsters are referred to as "Beefsters" by Muslims around the world.

Before Christ was born, the Christmas Islands were known as "Hanukkah Islands".

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt are the four US presidents whose faces are carved on Mt. Rushmore…but plans are, by 2019, to include a steampunked version of Jonathan Edwards. 

Painting of Atlantis Goes on Display

This incredible painting by Wassily Tintoretto is on display at the Guggenheim Art Museum in Abu Dhabi. Located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The admission is free if you say the words, "Cotton Adams was a Calvinist". 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Strange Fire Interview

This interview took place shortly after the Strange Fire conference ended. Calvinistic Cartoons reporter, Tesla Alset, conducted the interview with the two pictured above. Apostle Ralph Ringworms and Part-time Apostle Clem Chancey felt an inner urging to crash the conference.

CC: How did you gentlemen like the conference?

Ralph: I liked the first ten minutes. That's when I ran out of popcorn. I tried to locate a microwave so I could pop another bag but couldn't find one anywhere.

Clem: My spirit forced me to fall asleep during the first hour. My body was in on it too. You can't argue with your physical and spiritual when your eyes are heavy.

CC: You two were escorted out of the building today. Could you explain why?

Ralph: I was practicing my freedom of choice by lighting up a Winston. They didn't like that very much. I told them that where there's smoke there's strange fire. ha ha...get it? It's a joke, man. Anyhoot, they grieved my spirit and told me I was welcome as long as I didn't bring in the cigarettes. What has the world come to? Smoking has been in my family for years. Why the Pope himself is voted in by smoke...and camels are mentioned in the Bible!

CC: What about you Clem? What did you do?

Clem: Seems like they don't shine to me interrupting the guest speakers. I had visions I felt needed to be heard. Heavenly visions. Visions with lots of special effects. I hope they include some of my revelations in the John MacArthur book. I had to text Phil Johnson about my last vision 'cause he wouldn't give me the time of day.

CC: Phil Johnson wouldn't give you the time of day?

Clem: Well, he left his watch at home.

CC: Would you mind sharing one of your so-called Heavenly visions?

Clem: Sure thing, brother, One of the visions I had was of a polar bear jumping on a trampoline. This bear was glowing green and white and was singing a new song. A song of unity. A song of love.

CC: That's it?

Clem: That's it! Don't you see? The polar bear symbolizes the cold doctrine of truth without compromise...and maybe the bear is bi-polar too...I dunno...the trampoline means that it's repeated throughout the conference. Glowing green and white is all about envy and purity. The new song is available for free. I wrote it a few weeks ago. I'll be giving them out from the trunk of my car in the parking lot in just a few minutes.

CC: Ralph, would you mind not blowing that smoke in my face?

Ralph: It's holy smoke, my brother. It will ward off diseases. You will be able to be at rest in Zion and you will FEEL the HEAL in your life after I take a few more drags. It's my gift.

CC: Got to go guys, the bus is here. Thanks. Maybe we can continue this interview another time.

Ralph and Clem: We'll be here! We've camped out in the parking lot for the next two months!   

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Brief...


Vintage Movie Poster


Announcing Winner of 7 Million Dollars

Meet Mr. Fonetag Wibblewitz, the winner of the Corky Ad Contest!
Seven million dollars is on it's way to your home. Spend it wisely.
The winning ad was originally posted on March 22nd (entry # 15).
Fonetag found the ad in an old copy of Look Magazine while on vacation.
Congratulations, Mr. Wibblewitz!
There will be another contest next year so keep your eyes out!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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An Antidote to "Take Two Verses and Call Me in the Morning"

Your friend just left his wife. You catch your child posting something inappropriate on the Internet. Someone in your small group is depressed. A relative was just diagnosed with an incurable disease.

When those you know and love experience trouble, you don't want to hand out pat answers or religious platitudes. Instead, you want to offer real hope and help from God's Word. You know it's true, but how does an ancient book, written thousands of years ago, connect with our twenty-first century problems? 

In CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, Michael R. Emlet gives you the tools to connect the Bible to your life and to the lives of your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. You will learn to understand people and God's Word in ways that promote gospel-centered, rich conversations that help you and those you know grow in love for God and others. This book will make the whole Bible come alive to you. Instead of platitudes, you can offer a cup of living water to those who are struggling in this broken world.

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Life in Kuwait #4


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