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 15:5 says: “Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles ust be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.”
I just think it is important to remember that believers can say some crazy things. They can even say wrong things and still be believers. We need to be slow to judgments. You see in Acts 15 that the elders and apostles work really hard to actually dialogue about this issue. Their slowness of speech and thoughtfulness leads to church unity and peaceful resolution to all this.
We’re so quick to heap judgment on others. Surely, we are called to judge each other in the church. But the spirit in which we judge is as important as executing the calling to do it. Just a reminder that we should be careful with what we do.
But also, to these believers in the party of the Pharisees. We should admit that what they say troubled the Gentiles greatly. They spoke without much thought and rashly. They spoke out of what was comfortable for them, and placed burdens on others through their speech. We must be careful of what we say. We can say things while being faithful and still be causing strife for other believers. Our words are serious business.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Getting to eat lunch with Cory and Hayley Meyer was really fun! Those two are a hoot. I had a great many laughs with them at the Spaghetti lunch at church.
Hardest part of my day:
I suppose I sound a bit like a broken record. But Sarah looked gorgeous today, but I know she’s processing through a few things on her end and I’m trying to give that space so she can evaluate things with a clear head. I think it’s even wise to do so. That doesn’t make it easy. The Lord is teaching me a lot about patience and trust in him right now. Because I quite hate letting things go unsaid in a situation like this.
But I’m trusting the Lord to fight for his people here. If he wants this to come together, then I’ll do what is faithful and what honors everyone, and trust the Lord to be the warrior that I need. It’s too easy to think my words or actions can make something happen. But it’s his work on behalf of his people that will produce the most fruit. I woulnd’t mind if he fought a bit quicker, but I suppose that wouldn’t be patience then, now would it? ; )
Favorite moment of the day:
Writing my lesson on Samson for Tuesday morning has been pretty great. I just feel like I’m seeing the lesson come together. It’s gotten kind of big, but I was able to edit it down. I very much enjoy seeing the Holy Spirit shape lessons like he does!
What was the weather like today?:
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I ate a bigger dinner than I needed to. It wasn’t that bad, but I was feeling a bit tired and just decided to eat some TBell and indulge a bit. I didn’t need that much food to end my day. It was a selfishly motivated decision.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 10-12
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.
What was for dinner?:
2 5-layer burritos from TBell.
Song of the day:
There Goes Sundown by Wayne Watson – Sundowns. They come and go and sometimes you feel like nothing happened. It’s a reminder of the humbling reality that God’s wisdom supercedes my own. I’m waiting, and God’s wisdom will be revealed in time. I have to wait for that. He may have something much different in plan for me than I expect, and if I’m not careful I’ll be bitter if it is different.
Quote of the day:
“Might it be that we’re much better at preaching than praying?” — Brad Wheeler
I thought this was a very challenging quote. Even today, I’m realizing that I hardly prayed as I put my lesson together. I need to help my lessons and ministry by praying for these things. My prayer life has so far to go. Prayer is the most powerful thing I’ve ever encountered and most the time I treat it like a 2nd-string bench player that has a minimal impact on the game. Maybe like a kicker who every once in awhile hits a game winning kick. But prayer is the offensive line of the team. It plows the field and makes it so that we can actually move the football downfield. We’ve got to invest in our linemen. I need to, I know that.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, I come to you to pray that I might pray well. It is only through prayer that hope, trust, and patience come. So help me to pray in the future, Lord. Help my lesson to come together tomorrow. Help it not to make me sound fancy or fine, but help it to refine the hearts of anyone who hears it. Lord, then it will be a good lesson.