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 17:16 says: “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.”
Simple truth. Am I distressed by the fact that idolatry is everywhere around me? Am I distressed by it in my life? Am I distressed by it in the lives of others? If those apart from Christ are objects of wrath like Ephesians 2 says, then why am I not distressed about that?
Favorite meeting of the day:
Sunday evening was really fun to get to see Terry Irwin present the word. He hasn’t gotten to do that really before, but he’s got a knack for it! Glad to see a brother deliver the word competently.
Hardest part of my day:
Man, some days just you get to the end of them and realize you don’t have a lot in you. I tried to look to the interest of others this day, and I think I did a fairly good job. But you get to the end and just realize that if your portion isn’t Christ then you’re doomed.
Favorite moment of the day:
Drumming to Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy. Fun beat and it was great to play the drums.
What was the weather like today?:
Really nice although a bit hot. I spent some time outside in my dress shirt and that was a bit sweaty.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I admit that multiple times I wanted to retreat into lust rather than Christ for comfort. It’s just been a day where, by the end of it, you feel that you’re ready for rest and comfort. And sometimes it is hard to do take comfort in a God you can’t see and tangibly feel. But that’s also a very selfish feeling considering his church is his body and the fullness of him, and I do get to experience them. I really have no place to come home and not retreat into Christ. He’s been faithful. I must give myself to him. I’m just crying out to him to save me tonight because if I don’t cry out, then I’ll give myself over. I know that.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Chronicles 19-22
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 tonight.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
Wendy’s salad. I was trying to be healthy as I went to Guy Wilcox’s house. But then I was offered pizza, and couldn’t say no to a few slices. And then Courtney Osborne brought cookies. Ugh. Baptists. They’re on a mission to get me fat with their hospitality!
Song of the day:
Be Thou My Vision by Enfield Hymn Sessions – If he’s not my vision, I’m worried what else might end up being that vision. I don’t want it to be something else. And yet, if I’m honest, a part of me wants to pretend I can live with my vision split between different places. And that’s dangerous.
Quote of the day:
“We’re not sinners because we sin, we sin because we’re sinners and there’s a world of difference between those two!” — Brad Wheeler
I had to ponder this quote for awhile when he said this this morning, but the longer I pondered on it I see the importance of realizing this reality and making sure our order is proper. A good thought for all of us to remember our condition properly so that we can properly understand what we’ve been saved to.
Prayer of the day:
God, save me. You’re the only one who can. You’re the only one who will. I need you to come get me. I’m tired. I’m powerless. I can’t get anything I want in this world sometimes, is what it feels like. If you don’t come for me, I’ll go my own way. I’ll stray. Come for me, Lord. I need you. How delighted I am to know that you are the faithful one who will do that. Help me to, as James 4:8 says, draw near to you as you draw near to me. Help me to see you in the word you have given me, in the prayer you graciously allow me, and in the body of Christ you have surrounded me with. Help me to be thankful, Oh Lord, my rock and redeemer.