March 19th? I cannot believe it. I keep blinking. What happened to August, and being super excited that I was starting seminary of all things? Me, staring seminary! And now look at me. I am sitting down at a desk working a part time job, helping run a company. I am on staff at a church working for the missions department. I have a girlfriend, who I am crazy about and now I am just thinking “Wow God” look how far you’ve brought me. I have come from having almost nothing to having a great deal of things in my life, and I am blessed beyond anything right now.
I am a little crazy again, so I really hope I don’t add a ton of stress to my life. But I want to go for the 5 extra credit points to be added to my grade in Baptist Heritage, so I am reading 1000 pages worth of book (in some form) to get those points. Right now I have 2 books I am reading on Kindle. William Carey’s “The Inquiry” and John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”. I will probably also read the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (just to get an idea of the doctrine of the Southern Baptist Convention). The Inquiry marks the second book I have read this school year. Technically the first one I read “The Firm” I had started reading over the summer and finished it during the semester whilst reading for fun (a crazy thought I grant you) but I still felt like I had to read nonetheless. But in the sense of what it displays in the realm of missions, Carey is a genius. Talking about what it takes for the world of the Believers to go out and take the gospel to them. There were lists in the book of different people groups and the languages that were occupying those lands. It was an interesting read, that’s for sure. All in all, the month, the busyness of school is not getting me down, I am just moving forward constantly.
FLASHDEVO – 2nd Timothy 3/4 and Isaiah 1
2nd Timothy 3/4:
In a sense, we have seen Paul do so many great things because he is an Apostle called apart from God to preach the Word, and at the same time, he was called to be an encouragement to other believers, and we have seen this time and time again throughout the New Testament, and he has thanked a great number of believers that he encounters on his journeys. One person in particular who has been influenced and included in that group is a young man named Timothy. Paul’s words to him in these 2 books is a guide for future generations (at least that’s how I see it), people can benefit from learning about how to do ministry from older believers such as Paul, who would offer up his guidance and support for those who are in need. Ministry is all about carrying on a legacy and tradition of those people who trust each other and help each other.
“But Israel does not know, my people do not understand”
They have forsaken the Lord. I hate hearing that statement said out loud, but it’s the truth. People who claim to be “Jewish” don’t get the concept of what it means to believe in Jesus and belong to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. It is a great prayer of my heart that the people of Israel turn their face to the Messiah that they simply need to know.
“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
The nation of Israel hasn’t been obedient to God’s commandments, and look at what has happened to them, they are almost wiped out on various occasions, because they DON’T LISTEN. But those who put their trust in God, they will be saved.
Enjoy your weekend.
GRACE AND PEACE!