Monday, December 31, 2012

2012, Meet 2013

Happy New Year... all! Check out some of my most popular posts in the month of December. While you're at it, take a peek at my most popular posts ever! Let me know what you think in the comments section, I'd love to hear from you.

By The Way

2012 ended up being my most active year. This post will be my 119th  of the year. Whew! Hopefully this blog has introduced some new concepts that helped somebody grow in the faith this year. It certainly has been an adventure for me & I look forward to a new one in 2013.



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Friday, December 21, 2012

Luther, Lewis & My Sunday School Teacher

How do you invite the Lord as a co builder of your family? Start with searching the scriptures for his design for holy matrimony. God's will for marriage is ignored and trashed today, with devastating consequences for all of society. Commit yourself to God's design. Trust and wait for God's blessings. Let your home be a place where God's Word is heard, where prayer and singing abound, and where the peace of Christ rules. Treat your spouse the way God treats you, with patience, humility, and forgiveness. Love your family the way God loves you.

My Sunday School Teacher

That's what I said!!

Yesterday's post (which coincided with my wedding anniversary) tried to convey these same sentiments. Marriage, at it's most basic level, is about honor & respect. Men & women are called to submit to each other in this ordinance. How do we defend marriage? Practice good marriage.

What's that you ask? What about love? Love grows. I could say it no better than the immortal C. S. Lewis, so I leave you with this quote:

Thursday, December 20, 2012

4 More Years!

"It's political, obviously!"

I have been married to my lovely wife, +Erin Jimenez for 4 years today. Specifically, the time of this post (12.20 PM) will coincide with the beginning of our wedding ceremony 4 years ago. 

Given the fact that this was an election year, I have been reminded of the uniqueness of our original wedding year in 2008. It was a leap year, Olympic year & Election year. Add to that, the year a dynamic duo joined marital forces.

This year, we also weathered the storm of a leap year, Olympic year & political year--all of which should probably give us a few months of extra marriage credit, no? I guess everyone goes through the same things.

What does all that have to do with Theology? Nothing. It has to do with Christian Living. Is marriage a political football? Yes! There is a thick, smarmy political fog embracing the marriage debate. It is a bumper-sticker fest of accusations, "stats, damnable stats & lies." (Samuel Clemens) Anyone who needs a platform can find a home on either side of the debate.

Am I, as the male Christian husband to my female wife, called to yell & scream with the loudest of them? Perhaps God requires me to engage in Facebook Faux Debates with friends who make abiblical assertions, burned bridges be damned.

No. My job is to be a good husband to my wife. I am to honor her & respect her & love her as Christ loves me. In doing so, I become an example to the doubting, unbelieving world. In this period of reflection on our marriage, I know that it has not been perfect. I know that I have failed her at points. But I'm glad that her heart is full of grace & forgiveness. 

I am glad for the past four years.
I look forward to future blessings.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stone cutters are important too

Reading: 2 Kings 12:9-16

I spent my 12/12/12 running a 12K, soaking in a hot tub for 12 minutes & eating a dozen doughnuts from Krispy Kreme. I also included a little but of spirituality in the mix with the passage above.

2 Kings is the twelfth book of the bible. Chapter twelve and verse twelve are smack-dab in the middle of the selection. Given the fact that I simply opened up to this passage, I have no immediate familiarity for the context.

However, it does make me think of the camp song, "If he Lord makes you a plumber, be a plumber for he Lord." The point is, anything we do has the capacity to be a ministry.

Further, The Lord always takes note of things done for him. He took care of the stonecutter and other craftsmen who worked for him here in his passage, and he will do the same for the faithful here in modern days.

God never promises material riches or excess wealth, but He does offer satisfaction. May we be found godly and content.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Judgment & Provision in the Advent

I spoke last Sunday night on a couple selections from Advent Liturgy & how they cause us to think of the first coming of our Lord. It's good to be reminded that the first Advent did not end with a baby in a manger, but goes beyond that, culminating in Christ's sacrifice.

The audio will be posted shortly  HAS BEEN POSTED on the BT sermons page. Read up below!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

First Christmas Post

First Christmas Candy Cane
There is a common story told during the Advent season of a candy maker in Indiana. It is the story of the candy cane & it's deep spiritual roots. You can read about it here. Find a presentation I put together for that story below.

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