Labels

These coke bottles are from the early 1900's. The one on the right has its original label while the one on the left has a reproduction label. Both bottles came from the same year but one had its label added later. To Coke enthusiast there is great significance to both labels as they both tell very unique stories. Labels tell us lots of stuff. If the Coke bottle says "cherry" on it you know it's not a normal Coke but a cherry flavored one. When it comes to food and drinks and many other things, labels are very important.

But what about in Christian life? Is it alright for us to have labels? Labels like Baptist or Methodist, amillennial or premillennial, Calvinist or Armenian. I think the answer is yes. You'll hear people say things like, "I don't like to put labels on my beliefs." What motivates this type of statement? I think it is one of two things. First it is motivated by the division these labels can bring and rightfully so. No one likes division. Historically, where there is division in the church, labels are involved. There is healthy division (the Reformation) and there is unhealthy division (carpet color). Healthy division, though unfortunate, is necessary. Ecclesia semper reformanda est is one of the basic tenets of the protestant reformation meaning "the church must always be reforming." Usually, labels come out of healthy reform and therefore should not cause us frustration over them.

For example, early in church history we see the Creed of Nicaea which dealt with a division in the church. On one side you had the teachings of Arius who said Christ was not at creation but was a created being. On the other side you had those who believed Christ was fully God and fully man. The Creed of Nicaea stated Arianism as heresy and gave a firm definition of the Godhead. Obviously there were those who disagreed and would continue to teach Arianism but out of this division came a strengthened theology for the church as a whole. This reform, or correction of error, is one of many that has taken place throughout the history of the church and for the greater good.

There are obviously times when brothers and sisters in Christ allow labels to cause strife. This is unacceptable. Differing views on creation, atonement, etc., as long as they are not heretical, should not cause strife. Because others have become hostile over labels does not mean we should avoid them.

Second it is motivated by a lack of understanding. Simply put, if a person does not understand what a label means, they want to avoid any discussion of it. Ignorance is bliss and to live in a blissful, division free church is ideal but not reality. There are divisions in theology and those divisions are healthy as they make our faith stronger. 2 Timothy 2:15 say, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." Clearly we are charged to know the truth of God's word. It is our responsibility to know what scripture says about creation, redemption, end times, etc. When we come to our conclusions on what scripture proclaims we will find these conclusions are nothing new. Great theologians who have gone before us have come to these very same conclusions. These conclusions have a label tagged to them simply because the dead guy wrote about it first. So if your findings in scripture line up with Luther and people call you a Lutheran, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is something to be proud of.

The broadest form of label would have to be denominations; churches who historically have stood on particular beliefs. A person will most likely join a church that holds similar beliefs. The beauty of any denomination is there are numerous beliefs inside them. This is nothing to be afraid of or ashamed of or something to cause strife. I would argue that denominations are a healthy form of Ecclesia semper reformanda est.

To conclude this post I would like to address two final thoughts on labels. First, I don't think they are something to avoid or be ashamed of because we see them in scripture. John the Baptist, John the son of Zebedee, Herod the tetrarch, and Jesus the Messiah. All were significant to tell who the person was. More specifically though we see labels used as warning markers against false teachings. Philippians 3:2-3, Acts 15:10-11, Galatians 2:12, Ephesians 2:11-12. If anything, even in scripture, we see labels bringing clarity to the truth.

Finally, the greatest label we carry is that of Christian. The name Christian means "little Christ." Our ultimate objective as the redeemed is to adhere to that label. If we love any other label more than the label of Christ, we are walking down a slippery slope. Never should we desire to see more Calvinist or more Baptist. Our ultimate agenda is to see lost found in Christ. The banner we wave is that of Christ and Christ alone. Let us all strive to fall more in love with him every day. If we pick a few labels on the way, good.

In Christ

Interesting

Great conversation. For me, when I finally got serious about studying God's Word from front to back, realized my convictions, and looked for someone who was saying what I was seeing, it was the reformed preachers. As they say in the video, my generation has grown up in a very secular culture. We've seen it creeping into the church, this secularism, and we are tired of it. Reformed theology calls us away from the cultures way of thinking in the church to truly rely on the sovereignty of God. The best part is what Dr. Mohler says at 6:25. If you aren't familiar with him he is the president of Southern Baptist Seminary. What Ligon Duncan says at 7:22 is pretty good too. If your not familiar with lingo like PCA, Acts 29, etc., I encourage you to do some research. Enjoy!

The Perfect Youth Pastor


This is a video they showed us at the Refuge conference a few weeks back. I love it.

Confession Time


I have a confession to make. Rap makes me happy. Now, this isn't something I've completely embraced in my life quite yet because I have been so opposed to it my entire life. I spent the majority of my youth in basketball locker rooms listening to rap. I wanted to like it and found the bass intoxicating but it was so filthy I grew to hate it. Also, basketball is a very rhythmic sport that is more enjoyable when accompanied by music but there is something about playing basketball to DC Talk and Audio Adrenaline (music from my youth) that just isn't right. So I'm bitter. Not just because of the filthiness but because it robbed my childhood and teenage years.

Now you might say, "What about Christian rap?" My response would be, "Did you hear 90's, early 2000's Christian rap?" Can anyone say T-Bone? No thank you. I applaud the attempt but really, "T-Bone". The name alone makes me want to quit my day job and become NateDawg the rapper. Not to mention the guy is white. White people shouldn't rap, period. It's all good though. I've always had country music to keep my soul warm but once again there is something about jamming out to "Low Places" or "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" that just doesn't mesh with the rhythm of the game.

About a year ago, a fellow youth pastor introduced me to the 116 Clique who are a group of rappers out of Dallas. After opening my soul to him about the pains of rap music in my life, he said I needed to listen to these guys. He said, "Not only are they good, they bring the gospel." This was intriguing because I always thought Hip Hop/Rap was a good outlet for the gospel. When done right it is a true art form that packs a message. Unfortunately that message has been sex, drugs, and repeat. So against my better judgement, deep scars and all, I listened to some of these guys. Sure enough they were good and the message was profound. Here are a couple of lyrics from a couple of guys I really like.

"I know it's gonna kill me but I just can't let it go
And the taste so appealing got a grip up on my soul
These honey dip lies mesmerize me
Cries got it crooked figure's twisted all inside me
Fools walk the path I'm on never to be seen again
Sippin' on seduction while we eaten on some secret sin
There's a whisper in my ear and I know I should be over this
But I ain't seein' clear
And I ain't leavin' here unless somebody save me
Walk into my grave lettin' evil enslave me
Evil looks so lovely covered in her lace of lies
And her silky smooth seduction just manipulates my mind
Her fabric of fabrication is fuelin' my fascination
While I'm intoxicated she starts her assassination
Losing all my honor and my years to the merciless
Givin' all my life away but I'm so immersed in this, Killa" -Lecrae

"Yeah I was blinded in the past, like my mind was in the trash
Incapable of doing good or even finding him the task
Was beyond what I could grasp, my righteousness is rags
So He had to do all the work, by His design you do the math
The math, who get's the glory, hey who get's the praise?
Predestined, I was elected, resurrected from the grave
Plus His loved was never based on my past or present state
On anything that I obtained I was a mess but blessed with grace
By grace, I'm in love with Him
He gave me something within
He doesn't love me cause of me nope He loves me because of Him
No He didn't have to save and raise me when I was dead
But He dragged me out the morgue, now the praise of His name is spread
He died for all He would save, it's crazy the Savior bled
Erasing taking my dread, and gave me some grace instead
The kind I wouldn't resist, I came praise be to Him
And I'm confident if I'm in Him Ima make it to the end with eyes open" - Trip Lee

What conclusions have I come to in this? I'm still the same guy, boots, fishin', country music, but I like a little gospel rap. Now you can judge me if you like but don't be shocked to find me driven around town with the bass pumpin'. It's the gospel.

Where did your beliefs come from?


Psalm 1:1-4 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.”

Why do you believe the things you do? What has caused you to have the convictions you have? Throughout the Psalms and Proverbs we see things as very black and white. Either you serve man or you serve God. Either your thoughts are driven by the flesh or by the Spirit. Either you believe the foolishness of the world or the truth of God. Your beliefs and convictions have come from one of two places; the culture or the gospel. It is very easy to let the culture characterize our convictions in the church. The culture says success is in numbers. Hope is in possessions. Love is in tolerance. Joy is in fame. These types of convictions seem to be in contradiction to the teachings of scripture but they drive our ministries. We give away free stuff to fill our pews, teach on the best way to prosper, open our doors to all lifestyles, and seek the renown of men. What is the cost; those who say “Lord, Lord” but who He does not know.

The one who is blessed in Psalm 1 is he who does not walk by the standards of men but delights in God’s law. This word “delight” speaks of all that makes God’s chosen happy. It is more than his pleasure, it is his chief desire. Is our chief desire God’s law? This is more than just love and devotion to God's word but is total obedience to it. If we are to be successful as a church, our focus should never be on the pride of men but on the glory of God. Let us delight in His law and trust in His authority over us as the body. Here we will find stability like a tree planted by streams of water.

Matt Chandler on Healing



This is just a short clip compared to all the good stuff he's said since he got cancer but this one spoke to me the most. God forgive me for not pursuing You, my family, and my ministry with this as my focus. Teach me to number my days.

People of the Flesh


1 Corinthians 3:1-9 “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.”

Division in the church is rooted in selfishness. Here Paul is dealing with a group of people who are completely wrapped up in their own personal agenda, who they like better, and it is causing division. How unfortunate it is for churches to be full of selfish church goers. "We come for ourselves", they say. He calls them "people of the flesh" and rightfully so. The purpose of the church is not self gratification but God glorification.

It seems the specific issue for the church at Corinth is numbers. Notice who Paul attributes growth to; God. Maybe we would grow like the early church did if we realize it is not about us, get out of the way, and allow God to work freely among us. This growth, the type of growth we see in Acts chapter 2, is healthy biblical growth. The church is producing numerous bible believing Christ followers. They are radically on fire for the gospel and know how to handle its truth with passion and confidence. They are experiencing quantity growth and quality growth. We fail so miserably at this in the church because our growth models are based solely on quick fix quantity goal. "How can we get people in the doors?" Maybe our growth models need to be based on the gospel and its proclamation. People will come if we stop hiding behind attractive facades and proclaim unashamedly the gospel of Christ. Or will they? What if people don't come? Most likely people won't come initially but the churches throughout modern history who have had the greatest legacies are the ones who have been faithful to gospel proclamation. We are not responsible for the response but for the proclamation of truth.

The conclusion in this is selfishness. Selfishness, selfishness, selfishness. It is time that we stop looking to ourselves and looking to Christ. Are we more concerned with self gratification or Christ glorification? What are we doing as individuals to bring Him glory in the Church?

The Bible On Parenting


Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

The book of Proverbs makes “the way we can go” very simple for us. We can either follow the way of the fool and the wicked or the way of the wise and the righteous. The command in this verse is “train.” Obviously the child is the one receiving the actions and the parent is the one performing it. What are we to train our children in, “the way they should go.” The way they should go is the way of wisdom and righteousness.

There is no sane parent who desires for their child to go the way of the fool. So why would the writer have to command us to train our children in righteousness? Because our sinful parenting worldview tells us to raise good citizens rather than righteous Jesus followers. If our kids grow up, get a good job, find success, get married, provide us with grandchildren, and stay out of serious trouble, we feel our job as parents has been successful. Is this the standard God sets for us; good old boys who are successful and stay out of trouble? No. The standard God sets for us is perfection (1 Peter 1:15) and we as parents are called to teach our children this way. So often we are complacent as parents and are satisfied with successful children who go to church once a week. Don’t misunderstand me, we need to equip our children with the tools they need for success but are we majoring in career preparation and minoring in eternity preparation?

Jesus said in Mark, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Our churches are full of children and teenagers who are swamped by extracurricular activities with the objective being to gain the world. Then we spin our heads as evangelical parents wondering why our kids go to college and the last priority on their list is finding a local church to join. The things we emphasize most on our children are the things they will emphasize most on theirs. What do we emphasize most in our kids week? Homework time or bible study time. Activities time or church time. TV time or family worship time. Busy time or stillness time. Don’t forget the consequence in the verse. “When he is old, he will not depart from it.”

This Changes Everything, Again


So I was at the Apple store today. Trust me it was not by choice, I'm a PC. Anyway, Morgan's computer had a big crack in it and was still under warranty. So she had to take it to the Apple store and the closest one is in Fort Worth. (Side note: there are Best Buy Geek Squads all over the place for PC users) As I was sitting in the car waiting with Lela watching all the people walk into Apple with their Starbucks fru fru drinks, girl pants, and v-necks (girls and guys), I noticed the iPhone 4 slogan and was intrigued. "This changes everything, again."

Before I go any further I must say this has been very sarcastic. I don't hate Apple people or fru fru drinks, just guys in girls' clothing. I've got an iPod and I'm really excited about the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte's return. Nor do I hate or have strong feelings toward iPhone users. My wife, brother, in-laws, and entire church staff have one. There is simply great truth to this slogan. Apple is fantastic at marketing and the slogan captures so well the iPhone phenomena. The truth is there will always be a newer, better device, that will "change your life."

1 Peter 1:24-25 says, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass whithers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever." People will camp out for days to get the latest gadget and the slogan says it all; this will only satisfy you for awhile. Unfortunately the church has been sucked into this type of lifestyle. We consume stuff that is fleeting and call it the blessing of God. All the while the eternal word of God takes a back seat to what we deem as truth. We have no idea how to handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) but can spend hours navigating through our numerous gadgets. I saw a tweet this week that said, "The godly man is more preoccupied with his Bible than his electronic devices." Is our time consumed by things that are fleeting or by things that are eternal.

"How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish." Psalm 1

Ministry Is Tough

My dad always said, "Ministry would be really easy if it wasn't for the people." I've only been doing this for five years but something I've learned is the thing that will discourage you the fastest is people. The average life span of a student minister is three years and the leading cause of fall out is burn out. I realize "burn out" can be related to many things, especially with the challenges student ministry faces today, but the majority of hurt comes from people. This week has been one of those that makes you questions, "Why am I doing this?" It is impossible to please every single person that walks in the doors of the church and it is vital to ministry that you stand firm in your convictions. But when your convictions seem to be unpopular, you start to doubt them.

I am determined to have a quality based ministry and not a quantity one. Jesus seemed to know something about quantity when He said this is Luke 13. "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from." When quantity becomes our objective we fill our pews with people who will knock on the door but will not be let in. The pressure to be about quantity is constantly overwhelming, especially when people start to leave.

This weekend I've found myself questioning this calling and these convictions. In fact as I started to write this post the fire was fueled, but I can't help but think back to my first church. Early on in that ministry my convictions were not popular and I felt the pain of loosing numbers. But when I left six months ago after four short years of ministry the quality was there. I only had a handful of students when I left but they were true Jesus followers.

My post tonight is a reminder to me. It's not about me. God has longterm plans for the ministry He has called me to. The pleasure of the Father trumps man's. Popularity is common. Moses wasn't always popular Exodus 17:1-4. David wasn't always popular 1 Samuel 18:6-9. Elijah wasn't always popular 1 Kings 18:22. Jesus wasn't always popular Matthew 13:57.

6 Books That Helped Me Understand The Bible Better

I saw this question presented at theresurgence.com and got to thinking about what the six books are for me. Surprisingly I was able to come up with six and all six are books I have read within the past three years. Three years ago I got married, lost my dad, and started seminary within three months of each other. At that time I could not see how God would use such drastic life change, among many other things, to help me know Him better through His word. I've said this many times, I would not take back anything that happened three years ago because I have seen God refine me in suffering to draw me closer to Him. These are all books that fell in my lap, helped me understand the Bible better, and that understanding helped carry me through the darkest time in my life. I would also say that in the past three years I have read His word more than the rest of my 22 years combined. As I've read His word, He used these authors to bring better understanding. God in His sovereignty used some random books to bring me to where I am today. Each has given me greater passion for Him, His word, and the lost. My desire for this post is simply to praise God for what He has done in my life.



Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


I realize this is a daily devotional but it is written by a great theologian whom I have grown to love. When my dad past away, this was a part of my daily quiet time. Spurgeon's Christ centered hermeneutic helped me see the redemptive work of Christ throughout scripture. So often in this book he takes little random verses from the Old Testament and connects it to the blood of Christ. Through this book I better understood how every page of scripture echoes the name of Jesus.














Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper


In this, Piper focuses on God's plan for missions. His main thought throughout the book is that missions is for God. I began to see God's heart for the nations throughout scripture and realized that God longs for the nations to worship Him; not for the benefit of men but for the glory of Himself. Not only had I looked at missions selfishly as man centered, but I viewed scripture in the same light. This book helped me better understand God's work to make Himself known throughout the pages of scripture and history.










Finding the Will of God by Bruce Waltke

Waltke presents the question, "Is finding the will of God a pagan notion?" This is actually a book I read in an ethics class at SWBTS but really impacted my view of scripture. He comes to the conclusion that it is a pagan notion and our goal as His followers is not to know His will but to simply know Him. It had become somewhat of an unintentional understanding for me that I needed to understand "what God's will was for my life." This book helped me see more clearly that scripture is the proclomation of truth. Hope is found in truth, not knowing what the future holds.










In My Place Condemned He Stood by J.I. Packer and Mark Dever

This was suggested reading by one of my favorite professors at SWBTS. In our class we were discussing the atonement and he suggested that we read this book. He said, "This book comes from a Calvinist perspective but it is the best book I've ever read on the atonement." Needless to say it drew me toward a more reformed theology because what these two men have to say about the work of Christ on the cross is excellent. After reading this book I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of what Christ had done for sinful man. I understood exactly what total depravity meant and this gave me a clearer understanding of the gospel.












A Journey In Grace by Richard Belcher

After reading Packer and Dever's book and knowing where there theology lies, I told Morgan, "Babe, I think I might be a Calvinists." So to get a better grasp of what this meant, my pastor suggested this book. Now it is a little different from any other book on this list because it is a novel. In it a young pastor goes through a journey that leads him to the same conclusion I came to, I might be a Calvinists. Belcher does a great job of walking through all the controversy that goes along with reformed theology and the infamous five points. I'm still working through these points and believe we will never fully know the beauty of God's grace this side of eternity. But this book answered some tough questions in scripture that helped me understand it better.









Radical by David Platt

If you're familiar with Platt and this book but have not read it, you might assume he simply talks about the Radical Experiment his church is going through. Really this is a theology book. Platt, while dealing with some shortcomings in the American church, walks through different aspects of theology and defines so clearly what scripture teaches on them. Through this he challenges the reader to truly look at scripture as absolute truth. So often we say, "The Bible is inspired by God," but rarely live like we believe it. He challenged me not to just believe the truth but to live the truth.

Birth Control and Abortion

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This is something Morgan and I became aware of a year and a half ago. Needless to say we found out six months later that we were pregnant. My dad actually counseled us to use the pill in our marriage counseling and we had no clue about this. I think believers need to be more informed about this before they make decisions that will impact their bodies in such drastic ways. Also, we need to consider the aspect in all of this of controlling something that scripture speaks of so clearly as a gift from God. Think about it. I don't think this is anything worth dieing over.

They Grow Up So Fast



I was holding Lela earlier this week and was thinking about how much she has changed in the last couple weeks and realized that I already can’t remember what it was like to hold her when she was brand new. I’m not talking about the emotions and feelings I felt when I held her for the first time, I will never forget those, but just the intricacies of holding a new born baby. (couldn’t hold her head up, didn’t move much, could only see things right in front of her, etc.)

Now she is a mover and a shaker. She wants to see and touch everything that is around her. Her interaction with books and little games we play is more intriguing. But she has started something that just melts my heart. She loves to show affection. Before it was amazing to come home to her smile but now it is even better when she reaches for me and gives me kisses. Given, they are extra drooly kisses but still they are kisses. The sweetness of these kisses though is nothing in comparison to the sweetness of His word.

Isaiah 40:6 and 8 “All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

Peter says in his first letter this “word” is the good news that was preached to us and in this we have hope, even in suffering. Do we cherish Christ in our lives like we cherish the sweetest things in life? Do we cherish things in this life more than we cherish Christ? A kiss from my daughter will get me through the week but the word that brought me life will carry me through to salvation.


My Hero?

I've been fascinated recently by Americas new found hero, JetBlue's flight attendant Steven Slater. In my mind it was very clear what this guy did was arrogant and selfish. First, airplanes full of people tend to be tense and unpredictable. In the world we live in today this sort of behavior is irresponsible. Second, this isn't different from any other disgruntled worker who blows up at work, does something stupid, and leaves. But to my surprise, as I watched the news reports, people across America and the world are praising Steven as an American Hero. The more I listened to the reports the more I realized that this should not be surprising to me at all. This is simply the fallen world we live in.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people."

This list is full of characteristics that could be used to describe Mr. Slater's actions. These people who Paul says to avoid are the people we are attracted to. The list is endless of movie stars and athletes who Paul has just painted. These are the people we praise. The truth is the person who Paul describes is me. The truth is the person who Paul describes is each of us. We are all unholy lovers of self. There is nothing different between Steven and me.

Spurgeon says, "Carnal men, unrenewed men, have one nature--a nature which they inherited from their parents, and which, through the ancient transgression of Adam, is evil, only evil, and that continually. Mere human nature, such as is common to every man, has in it many excellent traits, judging of it between man and man. A merely natural man may be honest, upright, kind, and generous, he may have noble and generous thoughts, and may attain unto a true and manly speech; but when we come to matters of true religion, spiritual matters that concern God and eternity, the natural man can do nothing. The carnal mind, whose ever mind it may be, is fallen, and is at enmity to God, does not know the things of God, nor can it ever know them."

But praise be to God that he shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. My response should not have been shock but to pray for the lost to be drawn by God to Himself and be reminded of where He has brought me from. I have my Steven Slater days but find confidence in 1 Peter 1 that God will persevere me to the end. In the midst of my fleshly nature I can put aside the "passions of my former ignorance" and pursue holiness as He is holy. Not in my own abilities but by His blood that ransomed me "from the futile ways inherited from my forefathers."

So I'm Not A Blogger

Those of you who know me know that I am a very simple guy. I don't keep up with all the trends and have a few blogs I read every week. So this is a little uncomfortable for me. But there are times when I have stuff on my mind and say to myself, "I could write a post on this." This will be my simple attempt to write about what's on my mind with no aspirations of gaining any sort of following. My only hope is for this blog to encourage and challenge others for the glory of God.

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14