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 4:14-15 says: “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.’”
This just stuck out like a sore thumb. Jesus’ temptation narrative starts with “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit…” and then he returns to Galilee in the “power of the Spirit…” Why? How? Well, it was by saying no to opportunities to sin. He remained centered in the Gospel and was full of the power of the Spirit so that his teaching was amazing and marveled those who listened to him.
That’s what I want. This was so compelling to read about. You know, even with private lusts like pornography, with which I have struggled with at various times and in various ways, if I give in to that it never just effects me. It always plays out in how I am able to minister to others. It puts me out of step with the Spirit. Sure, maybe you could make the inane and terrible argument that I haven’t “hurt anyone” by what I’m doing. But the mere thought of falling out of the step with the Spirit should haunt me because it’s the difference between a defeated, deflated Jesus returning here and a powerful Jesus going to Galilee.
Let my life become increasingly marked by an alliance with the Spirit so that I may be full of him and live in the center of his power so that I may be effective!
Favorite meeting of the day:
No meetings today.
Hardest part of my day:
I felt awful today. Just getting through the day has been an achievement.
Favorite moment of the day:
Had a moment while I was sitting at a window looking out over the forest and marveling at the sea of green I was looking at. At the same time, Holy, Holy, Holy came on and said “All your works will praise thy name in Earth and sky and sea.” I just got chills! That’s perfect timing on the Spirit’s part. All the world sings his name. How often do I behold the beauty of the maker in the things he has made and not realize it? But every so often, I feel like I see him. And when I do, it’s beautiful!
What was the weather like today?:
It was really, really, really muggy. I sweat a whole lot at practice. It was disgusting. But probably helpful for losing weight!
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Man, I couldn’t tell if I was lazy or just having trouble thinking of anything to do with work today. I had a hard time doing anything. Part of it was not feeling well at all. I just felt super ineffective today.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 6 & 7
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle – Going to read some of this tonight.
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper – a life lost is better than a wasted life. A compelling premise for the book. I am curious to see how he plays this out. I have heard the sermon that it is based on, and so I have a solid understanding of the general premise of the book. But we’re reading it for youth, so trying to keep up with it.
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis – I’ve only read most of this trilogy. So I am endeavoring to read all of it this time. The start is very interesting with the main character getting kidnapped. I must confess that I did not remember that.
What was for dinner?:
TBell with a Sparkling Ice. I need to get some groceries up in here so that I can start cooking again. I’ve not been cooking a lot recently. Need to change that.
Song of the day:
Holy, Holy, Holy by Norton Hall Band – Both for the serendipitous timing that it had as well as the fact that .
Quote of the day:
“One of the great scandals of evangelicalism is that we get to church and immediately send our kids to their rooms.” — Albert Mohler
I loved how he was calling for more inclusion and welcoming of little ones into our services. He wasn’t necessarily decrying all nursery activity, but he was prompting us to consider that perhaps we can do too much separation of our little ones from the body of Christ. They should be hearing music before they know the right words to sing. They should see mom and dad worshipping before they even know what worship is. Al always has a way of conveying things that are well posed and thoughtful.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, let me live with the simpleness to abide in the center of your will and to operate in fully in your power by your Spirit. It is not enough to just strive to sometimes operate in the center of obedience. At least, it’s not enough if I want to have more than just a bit of fruit in this life. Let me life be spent at your feet and in your presence and allied with you against my sin. Help me to see how far reaching my sin is and to despise it and reject it for the lie that it is, which leads to death. Lord, I love you. You who have nature singing praises to your name. Thank you for testifying to yourself through the canopy of trees that stand as witnesses to you. Let me see beauty and remember the most beautiful one, Jesus Christ, who was born, lived, died, and rose again to be raised up to your right hand in glory, honor, power, and dominion. He is beautiful and may I long for him with every beat of my heart.