Back in the saddle again…

I am back in class for the first time since the beginning of May.  I feel like it has been forever since I did any school work.  I just wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive.  Youth camp did not kill me.  These past couple weeks have been a whirlwind.  With camp and VBS being back to back I am drained of energy right now.  Now I am in class, and it is tough to stay awake.  I love seminary classes, but I am just so tired right now.  I will let you know how the week goes.

This week is also very exciting for me.  Thursday is Kim’s and my fourth anniversary, Saturday AM kim is graduating from Georgia Tech, and Saturday PM my college roommate is getting married in NC.  It will be a busy week, but a very rewarding week.  I am also very excited about the fact that kim and I have felt led of God to sponser a child through Compassion International.  Through a great amount of prayer God has introduced us to a five year old little girl from Uganda named Lunkuse.  I know that God has placed a love in our hearts for her and her family.  I cannot wait to learn more about her and tell her about us.  I am really looking forward to being a part of helping Lunkuse and her family come to know Jesus.

I hope that everyone has a great rest of the day, and I will check in later on this week.

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Break my heart for what breaks Yours, everything I am for the Kingdom’s cause…

Those lyrics hit me like a ton of bricks the first time I heard them.  What an extremely weighty thing to ask of God.  Sometimes I wonder if I can really sing those words and mean them with everything that it within me.  It is hard to live a life like that even though it is the life that God has called me to.  My stupid sin nature gets in the way so often, and it clouds my view of what God has for me.  I think that those lyrics work in tandem with Titus 2:11-14.  It reads like this:

“11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

Jesus Christ gave Himself for us in order that we may be purified to stand before Him.  In response, we must live a life that honors Him.  We are to be the examples in this life for those who have not yet come into a relationship with Jesus.  I love what it says in verse 13; “waiting for our blessed hope.”  In a world where some many feel as though there is no hope, we can rest assured knowing that our Savior will come through.  I will leave you with this question.  What are the things that break you heart?  Is it things that are fleeting and temporary, or is it knowing that there is injustice, hate, fear and sin in this world that must be combated with the love of Jesus Christ?

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And I have found the answer is to love you and be loved by you alone.

I absolutely love that song by Shane and Shane.  It is called The Answer.  You should go find it and listen to it.  I am writing today to simply say that I am so proud of my wonderful wife.  Tomorrow she will turn in her thesis, and she will be finished with her masters degree in organic chemistry.  She has worked so incredibly hard, sacrificed so much, and put up with so much stuff so that she could get to this point in her life.  I am just so proud of her, and I am so happy for her.  It is a huge accomplishment, and I am amazed that she is so smart.  I love her with everything that is inside of me, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us in the years to come.  She is a great mother and a great wife.  I love her, and I love being loved by her in return. (Yeah so I know that the song is not about wives.  It is about God, but you know what I am saying.) I just wanted to say that I am so proud of her, and I love her with all of my heart.