He’s Faithful This Tuesday Morning

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.


Full of assurance and depth, let this verse seep deep into your heart this morning. Trusting in the Lord, because He, by nature, is faithful. He’s not like us, we let each other down frequently. He will establish you. To establish means to fix firmly in place. This is in contrast to someone who is tossed to and from by every wind of doctrine. The Lord will establish you… like a plant that cannot be uprooted! He will guard you from falling. He will protect you from the thief. Be assured Christian, God is faithful!

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Monday & Wisdom

Proverbs 20:15 says: There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.


This is a good verse to take to heart (as well as any other verse). It reminds me of the fact that we can be good friends with a lot of people, but there are just some friends that are blessed by God with wisdom. Some friends that won’t only kick it with you, but tell you some Jesus exalting truth. Those friends that aren’t scared to seem to churchy, because the Word of God is what guides them. They are like precious jewels, found in the deepest places. Happy monday y’all

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My Valentine.

It was about 8 o’clock at night, and my friend Luis calls me. He says he and some friends are going to be at a diner near my old apartment. I didn’t want to go, because I was washing clothes, and was in my laundry apparel (infamous grey sweats, and black tee). He begged me, and I gave in. I showed up expecting the usual group of guys, but what I found was really surprising. Luis, and a group of young adults from the church up the street from where I lived.

I don’t remember who all were there that night, but I do remember one person. She had on a red shirt, and jean jumper. She smiled big, as we talked and made jokes. Her eyes the shape of almonds, brown like every caramelo I ever loved. We all ate, and we laughed, then  we took pictures (before selfies). The young lady and I parted ways for the first time. I wanted to get to know her better.

Some hours went by, a few facebook pokes (when they were cool), a few days. Then came a few conversations, and Skype calls. Late nights, talking life, and debating theology. These were nights full of no regrets. I finally asked the beauty to go out on a date with me. March 12th, Market St. in Philly. Hugs were exchanged, and walks were had. A long walk to South St. and a beef patty with carrot juice. We walked talked, and imagined the future. We went to the Magic Gardens, and danced in front of photographers. We danced for the art to the voice of Luther Vandross.

Walked into S.O.S for some cheese steaks since we developed an appetite from the slow dance we stepped. We sat on the second floor in front of a red tinted window overlooking the street and its patrons, chatting it up and enjoying the moment. We ended the night at a park, remembering dead soldiers, while making alive our interest for each other. I went for a kiss…. but the lady stayed classy, and I liked that.

She became my best friend, and we talked about everything. I finally got the kiss I went for 9 months prior. We were at a movie theatre, and I couldn’t help myself. She was my dream come true, and I had to let her know how serious I was. I proposed, though not surprised she said yes, and there began the beautiful trouble.

Nights filled with conversations of parties, and invitations. Prayers for strength were said, and God’s provision as well. We planned, we became frustrated, and God always came through. We failed morally, and we cried because of it, and God cleansed us. We were pushed to our limit, and thoughts of eloping intrigued us. To no avail.

God had His purpose for us. That we should live out how Christ and the Church relate to each other. A high calling indeed! We took this task seriously, and fail all the time. But God… Who is rich in mercy and abounding in faithfulness always brought us through. We said yes in front of our Lord, and our families. I married my best friend.

It’s about to be two years, one son named Joshua and three residency moves, and it feels like just yesterday we were tripping over our words to each other. No amount of words can create a sentence worthy of praising my God, and it’s almost as difficult to form one saying how much I love you. My wife, my son’s mother, my darling angel, my gem, my helper. my motivator, my accountability partner. I love your this much…. how much, from here till forever. I love You Rachel.

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A Few incomplete Thoughts on Ferguson and New York City

These past few weeks I’ve found myself on either side of the fence, depending on the amount of information given to the public by mainstream media. As I watched the news flip and flop from evidence to witnesses, I felt lost, and really out of touch with it all. I would even hope no one would tag me in any discourse regarding the matters. It’s not that i felt apathetic about it. After all when an officer stops me, for  whatever reason, I still get a feeling of being in a perilous situation. I felt inadequate, or out of place, opining in the conversation.

These last few days, though, have been different. The more I leaf through the two cases, and the more I read different conversations, I see that the issue isn’t just about black and white. The issues are manifold. I don’t think many of the commentators, or the media have taken into account all the gravity of what happened to Mike Brown, and Eric Garner. People are still asking questions, that have been left unanswered, and injustice seems to be ahead of the game.

I do not, by any means, claim to know the total gravity of the injustices that transpired in Ferguson and New York City. What I will say, though, is that we all should take a good look at these two altercations, and ask “was it just”. Was it just that an officer of the law used deadly force on an unarmed individual, surrendering? Was it just that a grand jury refused to indict the officer? Was it just for more than one officer to wrestle and unarmed Eric Garner to the floor while one officer had him in a condemned choke hold, causing him to die moments later? Was it just that a grand jury to refused to indict the officer?

The issues are deeper than just black and white. One issue is the dehumanization of a people group, namely the African American. Another issue, which i find very troubling, is the desensitization of the non African American public. We get desensitized to these injustices when  all we here and see ,from mainstream media, from within African American communities, is crime, and other negative aspects. The last issue, and maybe my most alarming one, is the apathetic attitude towards inner city African Americans.

Please add your thoughts in the comment section

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Moving and the Gospel

      So, my family and I have been moving over the past week to our new apartment in the Mayfair section of North East Philly. We started off small with anything that fit into our car, and then over the weekend we rented a U-Haul van to moved the heavy stuff in. A couple of brothers from church helped make the transition effortless. Needless to say some of the transition hasn’t been easy. Moving can, at times, bring out the worse in us. There were times when I would sinfully react to being micromanaged, instead of keeping in mind the task a hand, serving. 
I realized a few things I think would be helpful for next time we move:

1. Before you move a chair, say a prayer

Praying for God to help your attitude, and time management is profitable.

2. Be Patient

Jesus showed us patience so we should also show patience

3. We need to be servants, not masters

We should strive to be humble and serve. Jesus the KING of everything came and served us!! Let that fact drive you to serve.

4. We need grace to move

We can’t successfully move from living in one place to another without God’s grace. He has more than enough to give.  

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Things I’ve learned

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I’ve been a father for about two and a half months, and a husband for almost a year. In this short period of time I’ve learned a great deal. I’ve especially enjoyed the lesson that keeps on teaching, I’m always learning. I can never fully know everything.  At home I’m constantly learning how my wife likes to do things, I learn how to care for my son with more care, and I learn things about myself all the time now. Thinking about all of this makes me ponder about God’s eternal depth and height, and how we will never fully grasp it all. This would usually cause more people to be skeptical, but I’d raise argument that if we can trust our parents as children, then whe not trust God. As children we trusted our parents, believing that they knew best. The same way we should be able to trust God, because he knows best. 

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Para Leer 12/18/2013

Tweeting Yourself to Death:The Rise and fall of @ProdigalSam – Justin Taylor shows us an excerpt from Sammy Rhodes blog post about what dangers he experienced from twitter.

Is It Sin to Experience Same-Sex Attraction? – Nick Roen gives us a helpful take on same sex attraction.

What Must You Leave Behind? – Kevin DeYoung encourages us to look at what we live for, and leave those things behind.

What Joseph Can Teach Us About Biblical Manhood – Dustin Neeley gives us a pretty good look at biblical manhood in the life of Joseph.

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The Depth

My son was born in December, on Friday the 13th. My wife courageously endured pain for hours in a brave attempt at delivering our son naturally. Unfortunately she wasn’t progressing how we would’ve liked, so a c-section was the only resort for the baby’s health. My son was delivered at 3:03pm at 7 pounds 3 ounce, and 21.3 inches long. This is the happiest day of my life.

I love my son, and there’s nothing he can do about it. He couldn’t cry enough, or poop enough to make me love him less. He’s my son forever,and I love him. As much as I love my son, I still cannot love him perfectly at all times. God on the other hand, loves his children perfectly, at all times.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I’ve been a father for less than a week, and I can now appreciate God’s love, from a father’s point of view. If I love my son this much, I can be sure that God loves His children infinitely better. I can love my son past any circumstance, so I am confident God’s love for His children reaches infinitely farther. I would do anything for my son, but I know that God’s love for His children goes infinitely deeper. God gave His only begotten Son to die for sinners. And God’s love goes even deeper, all the sinners who trust in Jesus, God’s only begotten son, become God’s children. God gives His children the Holy Spirit. What great love.

Luke 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

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Para Leer 12-10-13

What Do You Think of When You Think of The New Calvinism – Kevin DeYoung gives us his take on New Calvinism in 2013.

Strange Fire: The Embers – Andrew Wilson gives us a few post Strange Fire Conference points.

Jesus, Jacob, and the Polar Express – Greg Lucas gives the comparison of Jesus and the Polar express through the eyes of his special needs son,Jacob.

The Real Problem With Mark Driscoll’s ‘Citation Errors’ – Andy Crouch helps us understand what is deeper than just Mark Driscoll’s alleged plagiarism.

 

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Bible > Experience

Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

Are we losing sound biblical doctrine to extra-biblical fallible experience? Has scripture become a strain on contemporary American christianity? Could we have a good, helpful discussion on the cons, and pros (if any) of interpreting scripture though individual life experiences? I would love to have the discussion, but for now, I’ll just express my concern on this matter.

Prima Scriptura states: Scriptures are the sole infallible rule of faith and practice, but that the Scriptures’ meaning can be mediated through many kinds of secondary authority, such as the ordinary teaching offices of the Church, antiquity, the councils of the Christian Church, reason, and experience.

If Proverbs 30:6 is true, then adding to God’s word would have to include our experience. For example if we can agree that Romans 10:17 is true, and  faith does come from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ, then we would be adding to God’s word if we said, “but I came to Christ through touching a cross”. Scripture very often contradicts our experiences, and choices. Unfortunately sinful nature would often take the route that suits it, and scripture isn’t it.

Making our experience complimentary to scripture in essence calls the integrity of scripture into question. Is scripture incomplete without our experiences that often contradict the scripture? Should we be seeking repentance from wanting to be God over our lives(since we don’t want to take what God has already said as authoritative)? These are questions that we should ask in order to become more biblical followers of Jesus.

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