Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.

Jacob Riis

Guaranteed to Stop Hiccups

One of the most uncomfortable events in life is a case of the hiccups. I hate them with such a passion.

I don’t get hiccups terribly often, but I get them often enough that I’ve been able to try every way imaginable to stop them.

Lots of the techniques for stopping hiccups works: holding your breath, drinking water, drinking water upside down, having someone tickle you, having someone startle you. The problem is, I’ve never found any one technique to work consistently. Sometimes holding my breath would work and sometimes it wouldn’t.

There is one technique that I have found that so far has stopped a case of the hiccups 100% of the time I’ve tried it.

I simply take a deep breath, as deep as I can take until I can’t inhale anymore air, then I raise my arms above my head to make a little more room in my lungs and I gulp mouthfuls of air into my lungs, over and over, effectively stretching my lungs and stretching my diaphragm. When it becomes too uncomfortable to gulp anymore air, I hold the breath as long as I can. If I start coughing and lose the lungful, I just repeat the process until I’m able to hold the breath for a short time.

So far, this has worked every time I’ve exercised it.

Next time you have the hiccups, give it a try and let me know if it works for you.

Do Infants Who Die Go to Heaven?

My wife has a friend who recently lost a child, still-born I believe. In the aftermath, an article written by Dr. Albert Mohler (from 2009) about whether or not infants who die go to heaven, was posted on Facebook. Shelly read the original article from Dr. Mohler’s website to me the other night.

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There are many places Dr. Mohler went off the rails, but the first is when he makes the statement about Ambrose: “His first error was believing in infant baptism, and thus in baptismal regeneration. Baptism does not save, and it is reserved for believers – not for infants.”

If God Told Me to Kill My Son

In Genesis 22 we read of how God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. It sounds like the beginning of a terrible story, but God intervenes, stops Abraham from killing Isaac and provides a ram to take his place and they all lived happily ever after.

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photo credit: jaci XIII via photopin cc

When discussing this passage, the question often asked is: could you take the life of your only son? Could you have the faith of Abraham?

What is the Purpose of Sanctification?

In Christendom there is a constant ongoing battle between it’s members. Christians love to argue about everything: denominations, politics, Scripture meanings; but one ongoing debate from the very beginning (Remember Peter and the Judaizers? Galatians 2) is whether or not the law of God still stands. At either end of the pendulum swing stands anti-nomians and pietists.

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An anti-nomian is one who, by definition, is against the law of God. We live in an age of grace and are not held accountable to the law anymore is the typical anti-nomian mantra.

Giving an Account to God on a Bad Day

I was watching a promotional video for a leadership conference taking place in Atlanta later this year, and one sound bite from one of the speakers was something that you frequently hear from many a pulpit on any given Sunday: “At the end of your life, you will give an account…”

I personally can’t think of a more horrifying thought.

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This is often used in conjunction with the equally terrifying phrase, “God looks at the heart.” I really don’t want God looking at my heart. It’s dark in there.

Most of us, if ever called to describe ourselves think, “I’m a good person, I don’t insert evil act here or insert heinous thought here”. But the truth is, we are evil. At our core, we are dark miserable sinners in need of a perfect Saviour.