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:
Galatians 2:12 says: “Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.”
I’ve never realized that these certain men that we so often emasculate in Galatians were believers. They were men. Men trusted by James! He sent them. He must have trusted them, right? Why would he send them if he didn’t? But they lead Paul and Barnabas astray.
It just struck me today that atheists, agnostics, Hindis, Muslims, etc. are not the ones perverting the Gospel. Christians are the ones who do that. We must be wary of ourselves more than anyone else. The church is the greatest threat to God’s glory because we are the measure by which the world tries to gauge who God is and what his character is. I have never so succinctly read Galatians and realized that we shouldn’t look at the Judaizers and go, “them, they, those guys.”
Those guys are us. They’re believers who were convicted of something and perverted a conviction into an addition on top of the Gospel that is a burden that breaks the back of new believers. I’m excited to do some teaching on this tomorrow.
Favorite meeting of the day:
No meetings today.
Hardest part of my day:
Had a great day!
Favorite moment of the day:
I was at Silver Dollar City today for a day trip. Super fun. I would have picked the roller coasters, but I prayed out loud during lunch and it encouraged someone to hear a “young man praying.” I don’t always get this, but I am surprised by how often it does happen. This older woman said she often prays silently because she knows that not everyone prays. She says she was encouraged to pray out loud by hearing my prayer.
Wow! I am just overwhelmed. How many seeds of faith have been planted with prayers at tables over food? I have no idea, but it is many more than I think we can even fathom. How many non-believers have heard the Gospel in a prayer? How many Christians have been spurred on in their faith? Only God can count the number. But may I always pray with great confidence so that any ears open to hear may hear!
What was the weather like today?:
A bit hot. I was sweating at the park, but overall a beautiful day with gorgeous sunlight to ride coasters in. Also, a beautiful fog on our way out to the park. I was struck by the beauty and mysterious, rolling nature of it. It’s one of my favorite things about Arkansas.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Today was one of those days where you’re moving and I felt that I had my mind towards what other people prefer. So I may have had my moments of idiocy, but I had a great day with Brianna Leavell and Luke Stanton at SDC.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Chronicles 34-36
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.
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?:
Marco’s pizza with Luke Stanton and some Sparklin Ices as we watched the basketball game.
Song of the day:
Ancient Words by Michael Smith – As I studied for my Sunday School lesson, the Holy Spirit opened my words up to the text. I am confident in it. This is amazing to me. I am not perfect. I am far from it. I’m often unfaithful. I sin so much more frequently than I dare to admit. And yet, he opens my eyes to him in his word. I thought of Amos and how he talkes of a famine of God’s word coming that will leave people stumbling as if thirsty for a sip of water. I dare not presume upon God’s grace in this regard. He was so kind to open my eyes and give me insight to see what is happening in his word. I love him for that because I had no merit to expect that of him.
Quote of the day:
“As swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon. As strong as a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon.” — Mulan
Brianna and I could not come up with the lyrics to this for a loooooong time and it bugged us, but she finally got it on the ride home. That’s good because it was seriously a problem. And we did it without Googling it! Yay Millenials not using technology.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, you delight me with your word. It is a gift and may I never presume upon your favor in opening my eyes to what you would want your people to hear. Lord, help me to be faithful, even just to be simply to pray public, powerful prayers full of your Gospel. Lord, I will never know how many seeds of faith you use me to plant and that’s okay. Might I love you all the more as we go on in this life. Thank you for a day that felt like a Sabbath, and thank you for the thrill of roller coasters. Might that adrenaline rush just be a sign that points me to you, the one whom is the greatest rush of all time! May I see you greatly exalted and worthy of praise as I adore your every twist and turn! Oh God, my God, you are the one I adore.