So I was watching a video online this morning and I saw something familiar. Small world…

I thought I’d just throw out some random things just to get them out there.

  • We finally ordered high-speed internet so Jamie and I will actually be able to use the internet at the same time, and it won’t be over the Cricket network. Right now, we use a Cricket USB modem. Can’t wait for high-speed.
  • Even though I have been off for the summer from my teaching job, I really need a vacation. I have to get out of this town! haha.
  • I am somewhat excited to get back to teaching. I am looking forward to finding new and exciting ways to share the gospel with elementary-age children. If you didn’t know already, I am a worship leader and a full-time tutor at a Christian school. I run a chapel service every Wednesday that is truly a blessing to me and I hope to all the kids as well. I’m allowed to preach and lead worship! What an amazing privilege. Last night, I couldn’t sleep because I felt like God was giving me all these great ideas for things to do during the services. Ever feel like God is giving you these amazing ideas, but you know that you can’t do them on your own and you can’t do them without a great deal of resources? That’s what I feel like now. Not just with my the ministry I do at the school, but with a lot of different things too. I really hope and pray that God enables me to see some of these ideas fleshed out into real life. Do you ever do this though: you’ll have all these ideas and then they just drift into nowhere and they never come to fruition? Like there is a place where all lofty ideas and goals go to die. Hopefully some of these ideas don’t go there! lol.
  • I really have been frustrated lately with … (as I type this I start to realize that God is the one in control so I have to be careful with any frustrations. Ultimately I am frustrated with the way God is doing things so I must repent and instead, offer up prayers to God for him to bring about certain things, but also knowing that it is up to Him and His will to bring about those things and His judgment is perfect and sinless.) Sooooo…. lol.
  • I guess I should say I really pray for things to change. One of things I pray most about right now is for the salvation of one of my best friends who is currently not a believer. Notice I said in the last point that ultimately God is in control. Fully in control. Here is my Calvinism (which I would rather just call biblical thinking) coming out. My friend is blind to the truth of the gospel and Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father draws him.” So if my friend is still blind to God and not able to see Him for who He truly is, because of the blinding effect of inherited and willful sin, I need God to do something. I need God to exercise His free will and break that blindness and choose to show my friend mercy and grace. God in no way has to do that. No one has claim on his mercy or grace. God is not in debt to anyone. That is not how it works. God is free to show mercy and grace to whoever He wills (reference Romans 9:14-18). If you are reading this, pray for my friend. Pray that his household comes to know Christ as did Crispus’ household in Acts 18:8.
  • Did you ever really think about the fact that some unbelievers are so much more kind and selfless than believers and wonder why? I was talking to Jamie recently about this and she made a good point. She said, “they believe that as long as they are good people and they do good to others, then they will be in heaven.” Then I thought, we Christians know we are sinners saved by grace and that we are far from being perfect. For us, it almost seems okay that we are stuck in our sin and remain mean and selfish. Then we think, “well Jesus died for our sins so it’s okay.” The Bible warns us of this terribly dangerous way of thinking. Hebrews 10:26, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” We can learn a lot from non-believers. Although these kind acts may be done in some sad attempt to gain a pleasant afterlife, and in the end find out that all those righteous acts were as filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6), they could honestly be doing some of the good acts that the law lays out, because the Bible says in Romans 2:14-16 “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” God judges the heart, but I have been shown great friendship from certain unbelievers. The experience has led me to thank God for them and also it has motivated me to be better marked by love, for Christ sake.
  • I’m not handy at all but, I put in a pulley system so that Jamie can now hang clothes outside our apartment. Here is a picture of that.

    Makes me want to use it as a rip chord but I know it won't hold me.

    I had so much fun making this it makes me want to make some kind of crazy pulley system. Got any ideas?

  • Well that’s all for now.
  1. Bullet point # 6 = right on.

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