I’ve been uncomfortable in my complacency for a couple of months now, yet too confused to do anything about it because it seemed that everything I have ever tried in the past has landed me right back where I started in beginning with more wear-and-tear than I bargained for. On Sunday I prayed and asked the Lord to do a work in my life – I laid the fleece out on the lawn, if you will. I prayed that He would reveal Himself to me and grab ahold of my heart.
I prayed that my Prayer Life would become real – not just going through the motions of asking for things when I’m in need, but that I would learn to praise Him when things are taking place that are perhaps unpleasant. I prayed that I would be more concerned with what God thought about my prayer life than what my prayers sounded like to others. God doesn’t care about fancy words and impressive praise — He cares about what’s in my heart.
Hi friends! I hope this finds you all doing well!
I have been keeping busy, busy, busy these past few months! Overwhelmingly busy, actually! I’m not complaining though — it’s been good for me.
And what’s the title of this post all about anyway?! oh THAT! I’m so very excited about this!
As most of you know (at least, those of you who have followed this blog for awhile), I’ve been wanting to write a book for a long time now. In fact, I’ve had a burden about it for awhile. I wanted to write something that would help and encourage people. I wanted to write something that was real…
Well, the day has finally come! I released my first “ebook” yesterday afternoon!
To celebrate the opening of my new Etsy.com shop For The Love of Oliver, I’m hosting a giveaway!
If you would like to win a custom hand-designed mug for yourself, your wife, your daughter, your pastor, the person you secretly admire, or anyone at all, keep reading….
WHAT: You could win a custom hand-designed mug of your choice!
FROM: For The Love of Oliver Etsy.com shop
WHY: because I’m nice and like to give stuff to people…
What does Matthew 5:41-47 mean to a believer?
VS 41 – As Christians we should be willing to go the second mile and put in the extra effort. Back in “Bible days,” a roman could beckon a Jewish man to carry his luggage for a mile. However, Christ taught that the Jewish man should carry the luggage for an extra mile! What a great testimony to the Romans that the Jews allowed themselves to serve others with their time and abilities.
VS 42 – We should be willing to help others who are in need – not just by sharing our possessions with them, but also by giving them our time when they need help. We should also be willing to give and help others without expecting to get something back from them in return.
Somewhere between episode 3 of “What’s The Big Deal About The KJV?” and this episode 4, I got caught up inthe busy-ness of my jam-packed life and didn’t realize the latest episode had come out! My apologies for not being more on the ball with this.
And, as always, I’ve got some more interesting resources for you to give a look-see at:
- A Creationist’s Defense of the King James Bible – very interesting read!
- Fighting Back! – a handy online reference book for KJV believers.
- 448 Reasons Why I Can’t Trust Any Modern Version by Dr. Ken Matto - a 19-page .pdf file you can download for free and read.
- NIV Bible Test – have some fun with this!
What does Matthew 5:1-12 mean to a believer?
This portion of Scripture has to be one of my absolute favorites among my many favorite passages.
Jesus was always teaching people – regardless of whether He opened His mouth to speak or simply lived His life in and out of every day. The truths taught in this passage of Scripture could have been learned simply by watching the life of the Savior without Him every teaching the Beatitudes from the mountain-top.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” We as mere human beings are nothing in and of ourselves, but in Christ we have everything we could ever want or need. We may not have much as far as riches go here on earth, but one day we will take up residence in Heaven.
The following is the paper I wrote for the PH 305 Baptist Heritage class I just finished at the Antioch Bible Institute (ABI). I just finished my first semester (two classes) there and I believe I did quite well — thank God!
We just started the new semester this week and I am taking two classes again. Each class we are required to write a paper and turn it in with our course notebook on the last day of class. Here’s the paper I wrote for my Baptist Heritage course.
Why I’m A Baptist
Many people might say that I’m a Baptist by default. Being adopted into and raised in a Baptist home would definitely have an influence on which direction my faith would go. I was always taught about the fallacies of Catholicism, Lutheranism, Methodism, the Church of Christ, Hinduism, Mormonism – you name it and chances are I could tell you at least one reason why they were all false, or at least flawed, religions.
i just wanted to throw this out there again — if anyone is interested in writing a guest post for Grow Up!, all you have to do is shoot me an email at growup318 [at] gmail [dot] com and say so. or leave me a comment under this post.
if you’ve guest posted on here before, you welcome to do it again. if you’ve never guest posted on here and feel you’re “not qualified” (whatever that means), you’re also welcome.
of course, you’ll get full credit for your article, a short bio will be included at the end of your post, AND you can even link back to your blog, twitter, facebook, whatever-you-want-if-you-want. It turns out to be a win-win for everyone! :]
This week’s QOTD post is going to be a bit different. There are no right or wrong answers. I just want to hear from you and learn a little about what your year contained.
It doesn’t have to be a huge 25-point list or 4 paragraphs of information – it could be just one or two or five things. Whatever – as little or as much as – you want to share is completely fine.
What did you accomplish this year?
What did you learn from?
What were some of the struggles the Lord brought you through?
Is there anything you wish you would’ve done differently?
I’ll go first.
2012 was the year I…
- Transferred my church membership to another church closer to home.
- Taught myself how to play the guitar.
- Lost 20 pounds.
- Went on a 2-week vacation to Vancouver, BC, and a 7-day cruise to Alaska.
- Went to Florida for work.
- Became a “flegan” (a flexible vegan).
- Bought the sweetest, most handsome little puppy in the world!
- Graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
- Started my Masters Degree in Business Management.
- Lost friends I thought I would never lose, but gained new friends I wouldn’t trade for the world.
- Got in my first “bad” car accident.
- The Lord taught me what it meant to forgive people, esteem others better than myself, and let go of anger and bitterness.
- Went to my first Comic Convention ever and about died from happiness.