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:
Acts 8:36 says: “As they traveled along the road, they came to some water adn the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?“”
This is a notable event because something about the way that Philip shared the gospel meant that people knew that real, first act of setting themselves apart from the world was to get baptized. That was their response to an authentic reception of the Holy Spirit. Philip made this clear.
Let us not be poor disciplers. Let us make disciples of all the nations, baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey all the commands given us.
To do less or more than those 3 things is to err. We bring people into God’s chosen people in a way prescribed by our Lord. Let us not deviate from it.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Mary Lou Evans’ funeral was today. It’s always good to gather with the body and see how Christians do not fear death like all else do.
Most notably, I realized that one thing John Mueller said that struck me was that while we celebrate the Lord risen tomorrow on Easter, Mary Lou is seeing the Lord for eternity.
We’re to be jealous of her. Death is a gift because it comes with release and the promise that Christ is the resurrection and the life. Mary Lou grieves no more. Let us carry on then and join her some day.
Hardest part of my day:
My afternoon just got eaten up with lesson planning. I want to ride a bike, get out and do something with people, or watch a movie when friends invite me. But this week has been a lot of lessons to get organized.
It’s an abnormally busy week with these things. But it is hard sometimes to sit down and keep plodding. But I also need to learn to be disciplined at it. Sometimes serving the Lord means you don’t get that Saturday afternoon the rest of the world gets. While they’re enjoying their best life now, we’re preparing for our best life then.
So it’s worth giving up, I just sometimes need help remembering that.
Favorite moment of the day:
It was good to work out this morning. I felt so good after I left! My back and legs are sore, but that means I’m working to keep them strong. It felt faithful to work out. I like that.
What was the weather like today?:
Overall, a bit cloudy, but also had bright spots in it. It started raining late this evening, but has been a not unpleasant day.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I felt boisterous again today watching basketball at Guy Wilcox’s house. I don’t know that I was being mean, but I may have been. I was starting to get sarcastic and I had to hold myself in check again a few times. I don’t want to be that. I want to be one who builds up and asks questions and seeks the good of others.
Now, we were watching basketball and having a good time. I don’t think we have to make that moment overly spiritualized, but I do think I need to keep a close eye on my tongue and make sure that Jesus is being Lord over it even in simple times where I am enjoying life.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 8-11
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this today.
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – I started this today. I’m not very far into it, but the introduction already has me nervous. I’m realizing that I think Luther viewed himself too much as a barbarian and incapable of being a gentler soul. I know that, sometimes, we must speak directly and clearly and boldly against heresy.
But he’s sarcastic and combative and not very gentle. I would rather that he be straightforward and gentle while still firm and unrelenting where need be.
Perhaps this first impression will not be true, but I cannot help but think that it will be and it makes me not overly eager to read him.
What was for dinner?:
Um. A bit of chips and spinach dip. Chicken with green beans and sweet potatoes. A few cookies. And a beer while I watched the game. Fortunately, I worked out this morning and didn’t eat too much earlier in the day. So I think it wasn’t a complete loss for the day.
And I ate green beans. That’s not normally something I take in!
Song of the day:
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted by Fernando Ortega – Still reveling in this song. I particularly was finding myself focusing on the fact that some of the lyrics say that “many wounds were raised to wound him. None would interpose to save him. But the deepest stroke that pierced him, was the stroke that Justice gave.”
That’s some deep lyrics. Both in how the disciples and the world stood by and did nothing. I partake in that. I would have also done nothing in this moment. But also that, despite my own failings, this was a moment of Justice that laid Jesus low into the grave.
But it would turn out that Justice was served and the sacrifice accepted! That’s what we get tomorrow!
Quote of the day:
“Though she wasn’t perfect, she was made perfect by the perfecting work of Christ.” — John Mueller
Our pastors at UBC do such a good job of crafting sentences that stick in the mind. I really appreciated this one by John at Mary Lou’s funeral. It was a simple way to use a repetitive word with multiple variants to create a powerful point and I was appreciative of him and his work!
Prayer of the day:
Lord, for one more night we look at your body laid low in the grave. We see Justice being doled out on you and all wrath being bore out by your shoulders. But Lord, that’s not the end of the story and tomorrow, tomorrow we will gather and we will proclaim the truth of your resurrection. But for tonight, let us recognize the fact that you died a death we deserved and while we saw you hanging on that shameful cross, we did not life a hand to object. We allowed you to do it, and we are humbled that you are in the grave bearing our death. But Lord, we know that’s not the final act. We praise you knowing that there’s more to this prayer that we get to add tomorrow!