I have not blogged for a while, mainly because there has been so much going on! This past year has truly been a rollercoaster, and Laura and I feel like we’ve been pulled along for the ride—definitely in the good sense! Here’s a brief summary of how God’s plans and my plans have differed over the past year and a half.
My plan: Buy a house in Marion, Indiana, and continue working for IWU for an indefinite period of time.
God’s plan: Move to Central, South Carolina, and start working for Southern Wesleyan University.
My plan: Church-hop around Clemson/Central until Laura and I feel at home in a church body.
God’s plan: Stay at the first church we visit and immediately get plugged into community.
My plan: Work for 3-4 years before starting grad school.
God’s plan: Start grad school now.
My plan: Rent an apartment for 3-4 years until we have enough savings for a house.
God’s plan: Rent an apartment for one year, and then buy a house that is miraculously within our price range.
My plan: Get involved in our church community by helping out with worship leading, prayer events, and children’s ministry.
God’s plan: Get involved in our church community by becoming a worship leader, deacon, and youth director. (Laura is also a deacon and youth director.)
This all to say: GOD IS GOOD and
HIS PLANS > MY PLANS
Such a fascinating artist
Andy Goldsworthy, progress shots, 1984-1986
I have been mulling over John 1:1 this past week, as our pastor began a sermon series on the book of John. One thing that troubled me about this passage was the fact that I have had friends that use it to justify the fact that the Holy Spirit is no longer an interactive part of the Trinity; that now we have the Word of God in place of the Spirit of God that the apostles used to have access to. They go on to support this notion with the verse 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 “But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.” (NIV)
Here, completeness is the Greek word “teleios,” which means “perfection,” or “brought to an end.” The aforementioned friends say that this completeness was reached when the New Testament was written. I would like to argue that true teleios will only be achieved when Christ comes in glory for the judgment of the nations.
The Greek word for “Word” used here is “logos.” I really like David Guzik’s commentary on John 1:1. Guzik discusses how Jewish rabbis would often refer to God Himself as “the word of God.”(For example, Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet the word of God, Exodus 19:17) Greek philosophers saw logos as the power to bring order out of chaos. Guzik states, “therefore, in this opening, John says to both Jews and Greeks, ‘For centuries you’ve been talking, thinking, and writing about the Word. Now I will tell you who He is.’”
On christ the solid rock I stand
No double minded shifting sands
On christ the rock I plant my feet
A firm foundation for me
On christ the rock I place my heart
And trust in who you say you are
No circumstance that blows my way
Will ever move this solid place
On christ the solid rock I stand
Leaving behind the fear of man
With christ the truth I will agree
Forsaking lies that come for me
On christ the rock I lay my dreams
Come with your fire consuming me
With christ the rock I make my plans
Partner with your purposes
- Skyler Smith and Kim Walker-Smith
Check this out in your personal worship time. My wife and I have been singing/praying/crying/soaking/on our faces with this music the past three days.
I Thessalonians 5:16: “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Seems pretty straightforward.
Loving these Jesus Culture Remixes!