Daily Diary – 4/8/18

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.

Daily Highlights:

Godly thought of the day:

Acts 10:34-35 says: “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.

This is a statement that promotes honor and humility in the same stroke. No person has any special standing before God. All who fear him from any tribe, tongue, or nation are worthy of honor! But also, nobody stands out from the rest. We all, equally, are shown favor if we fear God.

Let us take heart that we are favored by the God, but let us not take too much favor to think that we are more favored than other men. God’s Gospel has come to all men who fear him! What a wonderful gift, for if it had not I am one Gentile who would not be included in God’s plan.

Favorite meeting of the day:

I just love seeing the community of our ABF growing! We had a lunch at Slim’s after church today and ~15 people showed up! What a great group is coming together. God is really bringing people of all sorts together at UBC, and he is showing us how to love one another. I am thankful for that!

Hardest part of my day:

It’s hard to complain about Sundays. Honestly, today was great! I just wish I could have seen Sarah more. 🙂 But I just have to be patient and, Lord willing, there will come a day that we see each other plenty.

Favorite moment of the day:

Listening to one of our missionaries talk about ISIS and the horrors of what they did. But it was crazy to hear that the 2 decades of God seeming to not move in his area, and then finally ISIS comes. And they spread death, horror, and terror across the land. Apparently, so many people had the veil of Islam ripped away from them and said, “If this is what Islam is, then I am not Islamic.” and people started coming to faith.

God really does work all things for the good of those who love him! Sometimes you never know how God works through the evil of men involved in things like ISIS, but you see how even in those atrocities there is a God’s sovereignty being displayed.

What was the weather like today?:

Pretty nice! A bit chilly, but I found it quite pleasant, especially in the afternoon hours.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I felt like this was a good day. 1 John 2:10 says that there is nothing in a man to make him stumble when he is loving his brother. Sundays are great because they remind me how true that is. I felt like the community of believers that I gathered with gave me little cause to have something in my heart that might make me stumble. It’s always encouraging to see how the Spirit can raise up holiness when we live immersed in God’s word with God’s people.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 1-3

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 – No reading for this today.

Princeps Fury by Jim Butcher – Exciting so far! And I’m glad that even the hints of sexuality that were present in the earlier books have continue to be absent as the series has gone on. I was leary of continuing this series, but am thankful the author found it prudent to not move further in that direction.

The characters intrigue me. Especially how different cultures communicate and the characters learning about that. I am fascinated reading those sections. I once read that reading fantasy makes a person more empathetic because fantasy naturally expands the mind and makes us see into other people’s perspectives. I certainly think that can be true, and this is an example of that.

What was for dinner?:

Potluck at Micah and Elizabeth Hale’s house as we heard from some of our missionaries. It was a great time! I actually managed to not overeat for dinner as well. I was glad at the restraint I thought I showed, since I had Slim’s for lunch.

Song of the day:

Hallelujah by Newsboys – I really like this song. It has kind of an island, peaceful vibe to it and has a simple refrain to it. Offer up praise and thanks to God as we look towards that glorious day!

Quote of the day:

“What is important is not that your name is remembered in this life, but that your name is remembered in the Lamb’s book of life.” — Brad Wheeler

This was a great quote today by Brad and just once more drives home a point that I have been contemplating recently that embracing irrelevancy in this world is the path to relevancy in the next world. If you want to be content and peaceful and not bitter towards this world, you must understand that this world is not the final destination. There is a place where your name can be remembered forever. As the rust corrupts those giant buildings with corporate giants on them, and as famous orators of the past are forgotten and barely read, there is a place where the small, the weak, and the poor become glorified, strong, and rich. That occurs in Heaven, and that’s worth embracing our irrelevancy on this world to pursue.

Prayer of the day:

Lord, I am irrelevant. But you are not. And you promise that if I serve you and own you before the world, you will remember me in Heaven. That means that my irrelevancy is only temporary! God help me to look for you and see how you move in even the most horrendous of circumstances. Help me to never act as if you are distant but to remember that you are always oh so close. Help me to look for you daily. You are so good to choose people like me to be co-heirs with you. I praise your glorious grace for including me in your plan!     

Amen.

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