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 9:1 & 23 says: “Meanwhile, Saul was breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples… After many days had gone by, the Jew sconspired to kill him.”
Acts 9 is the story of Saul’s (later Paul) conversion. I just found it a humbling reminder of how dangerous of a calling it is that God brings us into. This life is not one of comfort and peace. Yes, he brings comfort and peace, but it is not situational or contextual comfort and peace. It is Spiritual comfort and peace to get us by until we enter our rest.
This calling though that we leave it is dangerous. It is the calling that takes Saul from being one who wants to murder on behalf of the Jews at the beginning of Chapter 9 to being one who the Jews want to murder by the end of verse 23.
If we feel that our lives are not harder for the sake of the Gospel, it is likely because we have no concept of preaching fearlessly and confidently as we ought to! Just a convicting reminder that when God saved me, it was not into some pretty, easy, fancy life. It was into a life that is going to draw the gaze of men and women who want to tear me down.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Obviously church. 🙂 It was so good. It wasn’t always pretty. We sang a song we didn’t know and it wasn’t as clean as it could have sounded. Ryan Troglin preached and he was a bit sick, so that was tough. But God was glorified and everyone gave it their all. So that was wonderful to see! At the end of the day, I left feeling uplifted and encouraged to do righteousness this week. It’s not about the perfection of our meetings, but the Spirit of our meetings that defines us. And that was as strong as any week.
Hardest part of my day:
Oh man, I felt like I got hit with a hammer this afternoon. I went home and couldn’t stop napping. I started sleeping and it came on hard! I am a bit behind on some things because of that, but it is also the day of Sabbath. So I am thankful for the rest God provided.
Favorite moment of the day:
Sarah put her hand on my arm while we did corporate prayer today. That was a really fun moment! I know how big it is for her to show any physical touch with someone else, and I really look forward to our relationship growing where that can become a bigger and bigger part of our relationship.
But for now, a touch is plenty for me to feel like my veins coarse with fire. I really like this girl. She’s a blessing from the Lord. Of that I have no doubt.
What was the weather like today?:
A little cold, but started warming up. Windy. It’s been very windy lately. If it was less that way, then everything else would likely be fine!
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I can’t think of anything today that comes to mind. Maybe just that I am behind on my Tuesday morning lesson. I think I’m getting something that will do alright, though. I’ll put some more time into it tomorrow morning and trust that it will be fine.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 23 & 24
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.
First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher – We’re getting close to the climax! I am pumped.
What was for dinner?:
I was feeling really good so I got a Son of Baconator sandwich from Wendy’s. I maybe splurged a bit, but you know what, I was enjoying this world God has put in front of me and I felt that I went to it with a glad heart. So I’m not going to feel too bad about it. 🙂
Song of the day:
Untitled Hymn (Cry to Jesus) by Chris Rice – Love the concept that we have a God who we can cry to. This song is beautiful and walks through lots of emotions to be expressed and processed as you listen to it.
Quote of the day:
“Today, we sang songs from the 1500s, 1700s, 1800s, and 2000s. That only proves that the work of the church continues on and never loses value to all people at all times.” — Guy Wilcox
I liked hearing this! Singing a range of songs is a testament to the truth and enduring nature of our God. He cannot be stamped out by any fancy philosophy, oppressive government, or any force of man. He is enduring and his people will endure to the end. Of this we can have confidence. So let us sing those songs of those who have gone before us while embracing the truth being discovered by those who are still yet coming. God’s word will go forth.
Prayer of the day:
God, your word goes forth. May I go with it. Help me to be faithful to you this week. Thank you for simple blessings. Songs to sing with a congregation. Simple messages from faithful preachers. A touch on the arm from the hand of a girl who has a larger place in my life. God, you are good. Of this there should never be any doubt!