About Me

What should I say? I hope by reading my blog you come to learn who I am. I always want Christ first in my life. I want to consistently show the fruit of the spirit in my life. I want others to be blessed by what I go through and learn from it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Awesome Young People

"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

I work with some pretty amazing people. It certainly takes a special kind of person to go out week after week with Coastlands Consultants but I am thinking specifically of the young people I get to go out with. Don't get me wrong, I love the whole team, but I have been particularly amazed by the barely 20-somethings I get to minister with.

I often get to see them display a maturity far past what I displayed at that point in my life and they are so committed to following Christ and His lead in what they do, I sometimes just think about how blessed I am to minister alongside them. These guys are the kind of people I wish I was at that age.  

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

He Chose Me

"I waited patiently for the LORD;
   he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
   out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
   and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
   a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
   and put their trust in him."
Psalm 40:1-3

I was reading this Psalm this morning and I thought that it was a very descriptive picture of what happens when we are saved. Whether we know it or not, and I know some people that might be offended by me saying this, we are stuck in a slimy, miry pit, before Christ saves us.In many ways, it's beautiful, what happens to us. I love to think about it because it shows a picture of a loving God, one who would descend into the miry pit to get us.

I follow the reformed way of thinking, to put it very simply, in the debate of predestination vs. free will, I side with predestination. I hate to say it that way because sometimes those of us on that side can get a bad rap, we are thought of as uncaring, unhappy and even sometimes morose. Those of you who know me, know that doesn't describe me even a little bit. I think that those Calvinists who are angry and unhappy just don't get it. It's not that we believe in an uncaring God, one who arbitrarily decides to punish some and make them go to Hell, it's that we all deserve Hell, and God has elected to save some of us. Personally, I find it slightly overwhelming when I think that God chose me.

I know some of you who read this don't agree with me, and you might take offense at what I've written and I'm sorry if I offended you, but this is what was on my heart today.

It's been a while since I ended an entry with song lyrics, but today I think I will, and you'll probably figure out why.

God bless you!

Jesus, Lover of my soul,
Jesus, I will never let you go
You’ve taken me from the miry clay
You've set my feet upon the Rock, and now i know

I love you, I need you,
Though my world may fall, I’ll never let you go
My Savior, my closest friend,
I will worship you until the very end