Psalm 16:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

God's Warth is Coming... Are You Ready?

You had better listen to the words of Jesus, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter, but he that does the will of my father in heaven.” If ye by the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live. If you live after the flesh, you’ll die! The cross does not give us a minor shift or two with regard to a few of our ethical and religious values. The cross radically disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ. And if the cross has not done that, YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN! My Friend face it, young rogue, you’re not a Christian until the cross has radically disrupted the very center and citadel of your life! And brought you from a life of commitment to serve self…What are the focal points of the reign of your self? If you’ve gone to the cross in union with Christ, it’s been shattered!"
- Al Martin

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's Been 2 Years...

It is hard for me to believe, but 2 years ago Monday, I arrived in Plymouth, MA having left two days previously from Goshen, IN where I had lived the previous 21 years. It was the first time I had ever made a trip alone and the first time I had ever lived on my own. It was the start of an amazing journey through which the Lord would bring much sanctification and start to really make a man out of me. Now, just two years later, I work for a national ministry to the church of Jesus Christ, I live south of the Mason-Dixon Line (in general, that is a plus), I have a house to live in, I host people on a regular basis for diner, and, in general. I live a life fully integrated with my (truly) local church, something I had never done before. I have been able to get to know families from coast to coast and border to border, attend some of the best family-integrated churches in the United States, and interact with church leaders and influential homeschool leaders from around the country. I've learned many new skills as well, from coding to graphic design, from editing books to editing audio, from customer service to conference operation, from managing a house to cooking.

All these have worked mightily in sanctifying me and bringing me closer to Christ. It has allowed me to see the hand of God work in very personal ways, to see miracles take place, to see the gospel preached to the lost, to see the love of Christ change hearts.

Well, one last thing before I go: I made it to 30,000 miles on my gps odometer about a week and a half ago (when I drove to Greenville, SC to visit a good friend who was in a hospital there), all in less than two years. Unlike the previous times, I actually missed getting a picture of the rollover because I was driving at night in pouring rain. Oh well.
With a moving average speed of 40 miles an hour, that is a driving time of 750 hours, or 31.25 days on the road driving. Praise the Lord - that's 31 days of driving on trips with no accidents or speeding tickets. Further, that doesn't include the thousands of miles I have driven just in my regular driving - also without accidents (save a deer I smashed) or tickets. Add to that the many trips I have taken without the GPS and the Lord has really been gracious in protecting me from the many, many times I could have easily been injured or killed.

To God be the glory, great things He has done.

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