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A Quick Update

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Wow. It’s hard to believe that tonight will mark a full week since arriving in Crozet, Virginia. It’s been one fast, crazy busy week. My apologies for not updating in a while, but it’s only been today that things have slowed down a bit. Waiting until the kids are asleep to write might not work too well- I fell asleep last night on the floor in Gracelyn’s room!

God has continued to provide for us since moving here. Though my support network remains at 62%, we have been blessed to be treated to several meals, many were brought to us, and Sarai and I won a Walmart gift card last week. Please continue to pray that God will increase our support network. Though we don’t yet know what it will look like, I know that God will take care of us.

Last Thursday night we had our weekly community groups. Currently there are two, but with my arrival a third one (and even a soon-to-follow fourth one!) is in the works for later this month. We spent some time in fellowship and prayer, and then we had a great discussion about what it means to go from “being darkness” to being “light,” as Paul talks about in Ephesians 5:7. As our vision is to see a community group on every street of every block within every community here in Crozet, it’s exciting to see them growing rapidly.

This past Sunday was our Sunday gathering, and it was a great time of worshiping God in song, giving, and preaching. It was surrealistic, standing before fifty-odd people as a new elder on the LJC eldership team. I’m looking forward to presenting the Word this Sunday as Walt and I are alternating weeks. I was appreciative of his offer to let me begin preaching on the 12th, but then I discovered that the first verse of my text is Ephesians 5:22. Nothing like beginning a preaching ministry on such a cultural hot potato!

Please continue to pray for my family, for CBT, and for LJC as we progress in this transition. Leaving is never fun, and saying goodbye is always difficult.

What a day. As perhaps could be expected, it was a good but rough one. There was a sadness when I was finished with Sunday School this morning, knowing that I had just taught my students for the last time. After church this morning Pastor Tim decided to treat the fam to lunch, but as God would have it, someone else paid for all of our lunches! The afternoon was spent packing the rest of my office, cleaning up the youth room some, and doing some office chores. After that I met with the ordination council who gave their approval to my ordaination to the Gospel ministry. Following the ordination service we had a farewell fellowship where we said way too many goodbyes and received way too many gifts. My church family here helped us greatly.

Sorry this is so short, but it’s almost 3 AM and I need to figure out whether or not I’m getting any sleep before the packing begins again. We’re getting the U-Haul in five hours or so…hard to believe it’s time.

You ever run into someone who wants to lose weight, get in shape, and live a healthy lifestyle, yet the majority of their food is harmful and eaten in large quantities? Oftentimes they’ll simply quit eating to jump-start the process. Makes sense, right? No bad food going in, weight will come off…right?

Eh. Not the best idea. You body needs nutrients and energy. It’s not about not eating food that’s bad, but rather it’s about replacing bad food with good food. Successful Christian living is the same way.

One of the aspects of my work is helping students to overcome temptations of all sorts, whether it’s related to immorality, or substance abuse, or rebellion. Just last week I had a student in my office whose life was submerged in all three, and he asked me the secret to not doing bad things. I told him that is wasn’t simply about removing things from his life that are bad or potentially bad for him, but rather he needs to be more consumed with God and learn more about God, and as he does there will be less room in his life for the garbage.

We all know that sin begins in the mind, where we consider the action before taking action, and rather than merely chasing away harmful thoughts in our head, Paul gives the Philippians an amazing technique for growing ever closer to God. This is what he says: “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

So next time you’re doing battle mentally, don’t just stop thinking about non-Godly things; take the opportunity to think on the right things.

Quick Catchup

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

My apologies for the absence, but life has been crazy the past few weeks. Sporting events coupled with extra activities at church coupled with event planning leaves me finding it ever so easier to neglect writing. But no fears- I’ll get back on it soon!

A Word of Explanation…

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

So it’s no secret that this blog has really shifted gears over the last six months. What began as a doctrinal defense of sound theology morphed into devotional-type thoughts from each chapter covered, and now it is little more than a question or two each day- usually controversial in nature. The primary reason for this is that as of late, it’s all I can do to stay awake up until my head hits the pillow. Prior to Gracelyn’s arrival, I had the time at night to read and write at whim. Now I’m happy if I have time to think about what I read, much less write about it. So to keep me in the word, and to keep your gears turning, I’ll continue to post questions daily. Sometimes they’re no-brainers, sometimes they’ll be brain fryers. Happy reading!

Psalm Six: Bad Days.

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

David was having one. But he was still trusting in God’s goodness. Like today, as my daughter was born. 🙂 gotta crash now.

1 John Two

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Read it!