I just love this cartoon! And it makes sense, particularly the first dialogue bubble. I mean, how many of us have calendars that read all the way to 2642?
Today is the last Sunday of 2012. I will be leading a Bible study based on the Heidelberg Catechism, Questions 127 to 129, and afterwards will be preaching on 2 Timothy 2:1-8. Here’s the Catechism Q&A:
Question 127. Which is the sixth petition?
Answer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”; that is, since we are so weak in ourselves, that we cannot stand a moment; and besides this, since our mortal enemies, the devil, the world, and our own flesh, cease not to assault us, do thou therefore preserve and strengthen us by the power of thy Holy Spirit, that we may not be overcome in this spiritual warfare, but constantly and strenuously may resist our foes, till at last we obtain a complete victory.
Question 128. How dost thou conclude thy prayer?
Answer: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever”; that is, all these we ask of thee, because thou, being our King and almighty, art willing and able to give us all good; and all this we pray for, that thereby not we, but thy holy name, may be glorified for ever.
Question 129. What does the word “Amen” signify?
Answer: “Amen” signifies, it shall truly and certainly be: for my prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart that I desire these things of him.