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:
Luke 1:18;38 says: “Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”… “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered, “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
Early on in the Gospel as recorded by Luke, it seems that he wants to highlight that those who seem most apt to be ready for the good news are the ones who will question and push back against the Lord most. Why does a priest who is going in to serve God get surprised and skeptical when God speaks. And does he seriously refuse to believe that God cannot open a womb that is barren? This is the God who went to work in Sarah’s womb, in Hannah’s womb, and who, in truth, opens every womb to give life.
Yet then we have Mary. While she briefly questions the idea of her giving birth because of the fact that she is a virgin (a fair question since this is not a normal thing you see every day! 😉 she just says, “I am the Lord’s servant.”
So a servant of the Lord, a priest, questions God while a young, common virgin submits and says she is the Lord’s servant. I think this strikes me as one who wants to do pastoral work that those of us who are closest to the Lord can sometimes be the most skeptical of him. That’s a sad reality, but we must never forget that we are to submit as a common, ordinary vessel of grace and that is the path to being the Lord’s servant.
Favorite meeting of the day:
No meetings today.
Hardest part of my day:
I’m still learning to speak the truth in love. My grandma has a lot of books and listens to a lot of televangelist preachers who are Prosperity Gospel preachers. I worry that I’m kind of putting down certain family members who are supportive of these preachers and I don’t want to be divisive. But my mom and I were alone with her today, and I was trying to speak to her. I think I got through some. But man, it is hard to see how these terrible wolves in sheeps clothing are preying on old folks who, frankly, have not much else to do but watch TV. They sound so good. They sound so smooth. They’re charlatans who take and steal and destroy. I got to read 1 Timothy 6:3-10 though and show my grandma that the Gospel is not a means to financial gain and that the love of money brings grief upon people.
I just detest that these false teachers are preying upon vulnerable minds.
Favorite moment of the day:
We sang songs to end my grandma’s birthday! I enjoyed that. Ephesians 5 talks about encouraging each other with hymns and psalms. I think that is fun! We sing the praise of our savior as his believers! This is a great and glorious use of time and my grandma was tickled to have us to do that with her. Most in our family do not do this with her, and I’m glad we could give her our time and this gift.
What was the weather like today?:
It rained cats and dogs. The cats and dogs fought. The dogs won because dogs are good and cats are evil. Obviously. I watched that movie. I know what’s going on. I see you cats. I know what you’re doing.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I don’t have anything striking today. I felt that, largely, my mind was not focused on myself and those are good days for my faithfulness.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 20-22
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 – He’s just further expounding upon the idea that we have moved from theology as a privilege for those who have studied and learned objective fact to a thing derived by the experience and feeling of the common man. But there’s no expectation of the “common man” to have any qualifications to make theology a robust, great thing.
One line he talked about was pastors who started to preach in “common vernacular” because they thought high prose and elevated theology focused on content over communication. I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive, but the backlash, predictably, was that we started focusing on communication over content. Neither is ideal, but it is preferable to have substance than seduction in our sermons.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
Chicken alfredo pizza with sparkling ice for dinner and some blackberries.
Song of the day:
How Firm a Foundation by Enfield Hymn Sessions – Love, love, love this song. I love the last verse. The insistence of the firmness of the foundation we are on is in his last verse is great. I will not, I will not desert to his foes. That soul, tho all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.
We’re singing that next Tuesday. I just decided that it will fit with the general direction that lesson is shaking up for us!
Quote of the day:
“That soul, though all hell, should endeavor to shake. I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.” — Robert Keen. Despite his being part of the church of LDS, I think this just nails a powerful truth! Love it. I am Christ’s and he will never forsake me because I am his possession.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, you own me. Take me. Mold me. Make me whatever pleases you most. Because you will never forsake me, I have nothing I withhold from you. Glorify your name through me.