Why I Write These:
These are written in honor of my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.
Godly thought of the day:
Joshua 21:13 says: “So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (a city of refuge for one accused of murder).”
Notable to me was the fact that Levites were given all the cities that were cities of refuge. Perhaps an early forerunner to the notion that people need to flee to a place of grace to escape from the wrath that they have stumbled unwittingly into.
And who is there to help them find that grace and ensure that they properly secure the means of that grace? The priests. Let this be a call to us that we ought to be people who are where we are needed. Let us be a public place calling out to those who have stumbled into descending wrath and who, when they realize the blood on their hands, run to that place of refuge. They clearly know what it is and the priests are standing ready to receive all who are ready and desperate for reprieve.
That’s our job. We must be clearly marked out and easily found for those with blood on their hands. And we must be ready to do our job and take those people in and give them the hope that is theirs in Christ. This, Christians, is our task.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Board games with the ABF tonight was super fun! Got to spend time with a decent amount of people from church, and I really enjoyed that.
Hardest part of my day:
Had a really heavy conversation today with a new believer (at least, he is a new believer as best as I can discern. His faith needs to endure, but it seems genuine). He and his wife are in a hard place. It’s heavy topics. I hope they can find Christ and see how He drags even the worst of us out of the pit.
Favorite moment of the day:
Had a guy that I do some brief work tell me that I am “sharp, adaptive, and refreshingly honest.” That was kind of cool. I didn’t expect that and it was cool to hear that. It’s nice to hear some positive things about your life. Sometimes sanctification is such a messy, arduous business that I get caught up in where I know that I’m not making the progress I ought to.
Occassionally hearing a good word about where your life might be going right is helpful. I appreciate that and it’s a good reminder that I ought to give people a positive word when I can so that when I need to give criticism, they are properly received to hear it.
What was the weather like today?:
Beautiful. Couldn’t ask for better. Sunroof open kind of driving. 🙂
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Ended up cancelling a few meetings today. While I don’t necessarily think today is unfaithful, I’ve just realized that I’ve been cancelling a lot lately. I need to be careful that doesn’t become a trend for improper reasons and make sure I’m a man who sticks to my commitments.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 13-15
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – Great stuff! He is talking about how pastors must be fully immersed in the power of the church as well, not found outside of it. They are to be recipients of the general work of the church towards each other. He finally said a truth that hit me square between the eyes. He said, “Pastors cannot give very well that which they do not have in the first place.”
Essentially, Tripp is making the case that if a pastor is himself not living out and being ministered to through the power of God’s people living out God’s word, then that very same pastor will very likely have a hard time giving that thing in any effective or convincing way.
Churches must stop propping up pastors above or outside the rest of the body.. Rather, they must immerse their pastor within himselves. Surround him. Ask him what he needs to continue bringing the word faithfully, and speak to his very soul because our pastors are sinners who desperately need our daily attentions.
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.
On the Incarnation by Athanasius – No reading for this tonight.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – Reading this tonight.
What was for dinner?:
Lots of finger foods from Haley Wheelis, some desserts, and a few drinks! TGreat food and fellowship at our monthly event as we played games.
Song of the day:
When You Called My Name by Newsboys – “When you called my name, I didn’t know what that word really meant.” I so often wonder about this. I have been called. I have very little doubt about that at this point. But my goodness, sometimes I feel so small, which the song references. I am caught up in a call I frequently had no idea was going to sweep me up in its current. I love it, but it is so much bigger than me. I am in awe of it sometimes.
Quote of the day:
“Caleb Eaves: Who is UMBC? Mario Moore: You’re starting to ask the right questions.” — Maro Moore
Let this day be documented in my journal. Virginia a 1 seed in the March NCAA basketball championship lost to UMBC, a 16 seed. The first time something like this has ever occurred. It is history. Wow. My mind was blown. This is epic sports history. I don’t regret that I was playing board games while it went down, but do regret somewhat that I didn’t watch it.
Prayer of the day:
God, help me to love my pastors who minister to me and help me to remember that what they teach me is to lead me to minister to them well in Christ. Help me to be a man who keeps my word well, and does not easily let that go. Help me, ultimately, to be a man desperate for your refuge, Christ. I need you and you are so gracious to provide a place where the wrath of the blood of my hands will not find me.