Sunday, January 5, 2020

Mount Vernon





Scenes from this weekend's trip to Mount Vernon

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

be excellent as Christ is excellent


 
All of life is to be lived for the glory of God. Undergirded by moral excellence and godly character, all of our work should be performed with distinction and excellence. Mediocrity and sloppy workmanship never glorify God. Christians must strive for excellence—including, and especially, in pursuing their calling.

Monday, December 30, 2019

God will accomplish His purposes

From p112 of J.D. Greear's new book Above All:

God will accomplish His purposes.
It is the unbreakableness of His promise that is the hope of the church.
Of course, that's no license for complacency. Because while we are sure God will accomplish His purposes, what is not guaranteed is that He'll use us to accomplish those purposes.
It's not like He needs us. Evangelicals would be wise to realize that if God chose to use another group of believers to accomplish His mission, we would not be the first people God has set aside. The Jews' of Jesus day assumed God would never set them aside. God needed them! Right? But Jesus warned them, "The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruit" (Matt. 21:43). 
He gives the same warning to us. 
The grace of God is amazing, but woe to us if we ever take it for granted (Rom. 2:4).
The recent acceleration of Christian leaders falling from ministry is, I believe, God trying to wake us up. He will not allow sin to go unchecked in His church, and if we don't repent, He will take His hand off of us and our children. He will not abandon His purposes, but He will find someone else.

Monday, December 23, 2019

things about downtown dc

Things I will not miss about working in downtown D.C.:
  • paying D.C. prices for things that cost significantly less in Arlington
  • the traffic
  • presidential motorcades that add to the traffic
  • being stuck on the bus in traffic
  • being stuck at the bus stop because the bus can't get to it because of traffic

Things I will miss about working in downtown D.C.:
  • the overwhelming number of good lunch options
  • the overwhelming number of good coffee options
  • working only a few metro stops away from friends, and being able to quickly ride over to their apartments after work
  • walking around the city before work when it's still quiet

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

week before christmas





a few festive week-before-Christmas sights //

+ world's largest light maze
+ gingerbread houses
+ christmas lights
+ quiet weekends in front of the tree

Thursday, December 12, 2019

depression = suffering

In truth, depression is a form of suffering. Thus, all of God’s promises and exhortations that apply to suffering apply to depression as well. This gives great hope to strugglers. In fact, it gives all of the hope of God’s promises. - Dr. Jim Newheiser
A verse for some encouragement:
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. (1 Peter 4:19)
And finally, some truths to remember in the midst of sadness can be found here

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

how will you respond?

Re-constructed excerpts from Hannah Brencher's Advent study, day 10:

Mary’s response is faith, never fear, throughout the entire story. I love that she never questioned her place in the story. She thought it through and asked some hard questions but ultimately her response was, "I am the Lord's servant so I will go wherever he leads me." 

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Another faith giant from the Bible, Moses, had a completely opposite response to God using him in such a big way and I want to emphasize it for one second because there is something there for us today. When God outlined his plans to use Moses, Moses responded by saying, "Who am I that you would use me?" He doubted. He responded out of fear. 

But do you know what God said back to his question? He simply said, "I will be with you."

Not "you are the right one."
Not "you have it what it takes."
But "I will be with you." 

He did not stroke Moses' ego or build up his self-esteem. He pointed back to himself to remind Moses that his power would come through the One who was with him. 

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Every day, I can choose to glorify God for what He's doing or I can script a solo story where everything is left to weigh upon my shoulders. One path leads to peace. The other path? Well, it’s not only a false story but it's also a lonely one. 

In your own story, you will often be faced with the same choice: faith or fear. Faith that God will do it or fear that it's all up to you.

He makes no mistakes. He never gets it wrong. He’s not playing head games with you. He does not spoil his children only to pull the rug out from underneath them. 

He walks with you. He covers you. He goes before you and follows behind you.

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You have a choice though. Every single day. Faith or fear. How will you respond?
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