Daily Diary – 5/18/18

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:

Ephesians 2:4-5 says: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.”

Oh what sweet words! But the part that I want to draw attention to is how rich God is. All throughout these first words, Paul has been using this word. I think for the first time I’ve been just impressed by the fact that God is rich. Rich in mercy. Rich in grace. Rich in love. Rich in purpose and will.

He’s not a poor God. He doesn’t run out. He doesn’t get exhausted. I’m not using this as a license to continue sinning. That would be unbiblical. But it is the great hope of the Gospel that an weary sinner who is faced with the greatness of their sin encounters a God who is rich enough to overcome the vastness of our own vileness.

Favorite meeting of the day:

No meetings today. I’m actually writing this entry early because I’m traveling to Chicago (Rockford) today and may not get to write this later today if I don’t do it now.

Hardest part of my day:

Probably just traveling. I’m going to guess. But I’m also excited to spend time with Ethan Penner and Ryan Gulbranson. Put the phone and computer away for a weekend and, Lord willing, refocus myself.

Favorite moment of the day:

I redesigned a client’s website today. I didn’t really “design” it but I made it look much cleaner and she was quite happy. That felt nice. I need to remember that work is rewarding. There is joy in being faithful to it.

What was the weather like today?:

Um, it’s been nice so far. But I guess that could change as I head down the road!

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I will admit that I forgot about one client and my mind started checking out from work. Not that good. But it’s also one of my smallest clients that I’m only doing a small engagement for. It’s not unreasonable I missed him, but I’m still working on my attentiveness and thoroughness at work.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Chronicles 6-8

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 is still just discussing that the Biblical framework is rooted in objective, historical fact. And he is sustaining that historical facts are only truly understood in divine revelation. Hence the importance of understanding the theological significance and framework of the Bible if we want to be effective churches, pastors, etc.

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?:

I have no idea! It’s going to be a mystery. We’ll have fun finding out, won’t we?

Song of the day:

Red Letters by DC Talk – The truth of Scripture brings real life to our soul.

Quote of the day:

“Insert quote here.” — Ryan Gulbranson

I debated on whether Ryan or Ethan would have a more memorable quote in the car. But I’m betting on Ryan. I have faith in him to say something interesting. It may be a very poignant thing, or it may be the most puzzling thing you’ve ever heard. Something about JBUltimate has created a lot of people who have interesting things come out of their mouths. 😉

Prayer of the day:

Lord, use this trip to your glory. Help my time away from screens to not be merely an escape. But help it to be an immersion. An immersion into you. Keep my mind focused on you and loving others around me as I have opportunity. Lord, use your servants. May we submit to you. Lord, we’re a rebellious and a people who love you poorly, you a God who is rich and treats us in accordance with the bounty of that richness. It’s nto a good exchange for you, but that’s why we praise you! Because if it was a worthy exchange, you’d be just a normal guy. You’re not normal. May this be cause for us to seek holiness, sanctification, and proclaim you to any who may listen.

Amen.

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