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Preacher told me last Sunday mornin’

Son you better start livin’ right

You need to quit the women and whiskey

And carryin’ on all night

Don’t you wanna hear Him call your name

When you’re standin’ at the Pearly Gates?

I told the preacher “Yes I do”

But I hope they don’t call today

I ain’t ready

Everybody wants to go to heaven

Have a mansion high above the clouds

Everybody wants to go to heaven

But nobody wants to go now

Said Preacher maybe you didn’t see me

Throw an extra twenty in the plate

There’s one for everything I did last night

And one to get me through today

Here’s a ten to help you remember

Next time you got the good Lord’s ear

Say I’m comin’ but there ain’t no hurry

I’m havin’ fun down here

Don’t you know that

Everybody wants to go to heaven

Get their wings and fly around

Everybody wants to go to heaven

But nobody wants to go now

Someday I want to see those streets of gold

In my halo

But I wouldn’t mind waiting at least

A hundred years or so

Everybody wants go to heaven

It beats the other place there ain’t no doubt

Everybody wants go to heaven

But nobody wanna go now

Everybody wants go to heaven

Hallelujah let me hear you shout

Everybody wants go to heaven

But nobody wants go now

I think I speak for the crowd

Nobody wanna go now yeah

Everybody wants to go to heaven

Get their wings and fly around

Everybody wants to go to heaven

But nobody wants to go now

Everybody wants to go to heaven

Get their wings and fly around

Everybody wants to go to heaven

But nobody wants to go now

This is song one of the many things that is wrong with Bible Belt Christianity.

We don’t long for heaven.

We think we can get to heaven on our own.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is never mentioned.

I’m thankful to be at churches (both Murfreesboro and Louisville) where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always at the forefront of everything we do.

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A new blog is coming….

sometime very soon i will blog about my reflections from the past year. let’s just say God is awesome!

Procrastination

Why do I love you so?

Friends are coming!

One friend arrived last night and more are coming today. I’m so excited to see them! I wish they would all move up here and make Louisville more enjoyable. It is slowly becoming that way. Time will tell.

WordPress on my phone

So I have this app on my phone now. I doubt I’ll blog more, but we’ll see.

I’m actually loving my classes this semester so far, but I’m having a hard time getting focused to do the work for my them. Pray for motivation!

another walk in the rain

10/27/09

For some reason the Lord enjoys revealing things to me while walking in the rain. (see this post A Walk in the Rain) As I was walking back from the library, I was just simply reflection on how much I enjoyed the rain today. I then began questioning why that was the case. I had soon come to realize it was because I was walking in it. I love walking in the rain because I can feel it fall on my head, I can hear it fall on the ground and on my head, and I typically just roll my pant legs up and walk slowly to just enjoy the rain. All of the other times that I’ve not enjoyed the rain, I wasn’t directly in it. I was annoyed by the wet roads, wet grass, and even my wet seat one day after I’d forgotten to  roll up my window, but I never felt the rain.

THEN an even bigger light bulb went off! I realize that is how I’ve been treating my seminary experience thus far–I’ve been annoyed by all of the projects/readings that I’ve had to do about God, but I haven’t taken the time to simply enjoy Him. When I read the Word, it is for knowledge sake, not to enjoy God. As I sit with my feet still wet from the rain, I REPENT! LORD FORGIVE ME!  I know my greatest delight is found in YOU and NOTHING ELSE!

Chapel messages

Chapel messages that were awesome this semester!

Tony Rose

http://www.sbts.edu/resources/chapel/chapel-fall-2009/we-must-rest-in-the-gospel-before-we-can-run-with-the-gospel/

The Great Commission Resurgence Panel

http://www.sbts.edu/resources/lectures/great-commission/panel-southern-baptists-and-the-great-commission-resurgence/

Matt Chandler

http://www.sbts.edu/resources/chapel/chapel-fall-2009/hebrews-11/

Dr. Russell Moore

http://www.sbts.edu/resources/chapel/chapel-fall-2009/blood-soup-why-the-culture-of-craving-is-wrecking-your-life-your-church-and-our-mission—and-how-jesus-can-turn-it-around/

Dr. Moore again

http://www.sbts.edu/resources/chapel/chapel-fall-2009/god-is-not-a-beggar-why-your-ministry-must-become-more-pathetic-before-it-can-be-less-pathetic-2/

Dr. Hershael York

http://www.sbts.edu/resources/chapel/chapel-fall-2009/discount-devotion/

Yesterday was a very nice day temperature wise so Angelica and I decided to go for a walk. It was a very enlightening walk that I don’t want to forget.

We started out and it was lovely. It was about 60 degrees outside and I was walking with Angelica.  Angelica and I always have great conversations, one of the many reasons why she’s one of my favorite people in the world. We started talking about everything from true community, world missions, troubled friends, and then we landed on the topic of justice.  She is reading Isaiah right now and it is rocking her world. She said that the people that Isaiah was trying to speak to lacked justice in their lives, they lived by the rules yet lacked justice.  The question she then posed is how do we do that? How do we seek to live out justice? We talked about it for sometime about this topic. Then it hit me, the only act of true justice is Christ.*** Yet, thankfully that is an act of injustice. It is unjust because I deserve death, the wrath of God should be poured out on me because of my sin. I am not worthy to stand before a holy God HOWEVER I don’t receive death. I don’t receive God’s wrath. Christ does for me. That is truly an injustice. But where is the justice? Sin has to be punished. In the same place there is injustice, justice is found. How is that possible?  Romans 3:26 says “It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” The ESV Study Bible note for this verse says ” In the cross of Christ, God has shown himself to be just (utterly holy, so that the penalty demanded by the law is not removed but paid for by Christ) but also the justifier (the one who provides the means of justification and who declares people to be in right standing with himself) and the Savior of all those who trust in Jesus. Here is the heart of the Christian faith, for at the cross God’s justice and love meet”  Because of the cross of Christ, justice is served. Sin is paid for in full for all of those who will believe. The question still remains. How do we live out justice? I would say that it is pointing people to Christ, the only One who can provide justice. There are other injustices that need to dealt with as well like feeding the hungry and clothing the poor. My prayer is this:  “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27. I believe that if we have truly been justified, we will seek to help others. We will not forsake the Gospel in doing this. These two go hand in hand as James so cleverly puts it. These thoughts just came to me as I sat and began journaling this today. I only discussed with Angelica up to where the  *** are. Well and the pointing people to Christ part-I just filled in the gaps today.

Next on our walk we encountered two lost people and by lost I mean they just simply needed directions to a location. One was headed to Starbucks on Old Fort and the other to a post office. But as Angelica and I were talking after helping these people this thought hit me-this is a picture of how life should be done. We should be doing life in such a way that we encounter lost people. It may not be pretty (remember we were out walking in the rain) but it still must be done. Mike Lee, pastor of Third Baptist Church, said at church this morning that our purpose in life is to glorify God and make His Son known to the nations (including our nation). I will talk about the glory of God more in a moment, but I’d like to focus on the latter half of that statement.  “And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”” (Mark 2:17) Jesus came to save sinners, therefore we must encounter the lost on a daily basis. I was in that place, but thanks be to GOD who saved me. In God’s eyes, I am no longer a sinner, but I’ve been declared righteous. I talked plenty about that in the previous paragraph, so I won’t go on any more (but I’m hoping that we can see how these things are woven together).  Because God has saved me, I should tell others what the Lord has done in me….no matter the cost.

At some point during our walk between helping the Starbucks person and helping the post office man, we ended up at the Murfreesboro Square. It really is a neat little place, but I learned something new about the square yesterday. At two o’clock on Saturdays, well at least this Saturday bells ring from the courthouse. This could happen every hour, but I was only there at two so I can’t say for sure.  These bells didn’t just pointlessly ring, they rang to the tune of familiar songs. It took us a few songs but we realized that these songs were hymns.  The only hymn I can remember  being played yesterday was “To God Be the Glory” Then I had this thought, “What would Murfreesboro look like if believers lived out “to God be the glory”?  The song is ringing from our courthouse, why is it not ringing from our lives? As I stated earlier, our purpose, to quote Mike Lee, is to GLORIFY GOD and make His Son known to the nations.  How do we glorify God? Here is where it all ties together, we glorify God by exalting Christ (or in other words by making His Son known to the nations). “Therefore God has highly exalted him (Jesus) and bestowed on him (Jesus) the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philipians 2:9-11)  God himself exalted Jesus-at the His name, every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Why? To the GLORY OF GOD.

May our lives be about justice, the lost, and the glory of God.

When I began journaling about this walk in the rain I myself did not realize how the three of these things are woven together, but I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who reveals these things to us.

Thank you Angelica for asking me to go for a walk in the rain, although it wasn’t raining at the time you asked me because that would be dumb to walk in the rain. Little did I know the life lessons that God would teach me through our walk in the rain.

I never knew
Death could be so sweet
I never knew
Surrender could feel so free
I never seen
Such meekness in majesty
That the blood of Jesus
Was bled for me

And now I sing
Freedom for all my days
It’s only by
The power of the cross
I’m raised
The King of Glory
Rescued me

How beautiful the blood flow
How merciful the love show
The King glory poured out
Victorious, I’m weeping

Never knew through these nails
Would love unfold
And never knew these wounds
Would heal my soul
I’ve never seen
Such beauty and sorrow meet
The blood of Jesus
Was bled for me

And now I sing
Freedom for all my days
It’s only by
The power of the cross
I’m raised
The King of Glory
Rescued me

[Repeat Chorus]

Now I’ll sing
Freedom for all my days
It’s only by
The power of the cross
I’m raised
The King of Glory
Rescued me

[Repeat Chorus]

How beautiful you are
How merciful you are
How glorious you are
Christ the Savior
How beautiful you are
How merciful you are
How glorious you are
Christ the Savior

 

This is my new favorite song! Think about these words…

I just wanted to drop a line to say that I am still alive, but it has been a crazy couple of weeks so I haven’t had a chance to sit down and collect my thoughts.

Coolest part of the day today was seeing Southern Seminary’s bluegrass play “I Saw the Light” in a pub and hearing everyone in the pub sing “Praise the Lord, I saw the Light.” They may not know exactly what they were saying, but I’d definitely say that seeds were planted there. 

Don’t worry more to come hopefully soon.

I love you all!