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The month of June I’m going to be taking a hiatus from blogging.

I’m taking some time to rest, pray, be present in all facets of the ministry at FCC Salem, and seek some direction for where I’m going to be taking my blogging in the coming months.

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The Big “But, Lord”


“Take away the stone,” [Jesus] said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man (Lazarus), “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:39-40, emphasis mine)

Jesus had just missed Lazarus’ passing, and had now come to console Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha. But what Mary and Martha didn’t know was they were about to experience the glory of God.

Jesus asks Martha to do something, on the surface, that seems foolish. Jesus asks her to remove the stone of her brother’s tomb. She replies quickly with, “But, Lord.”

She thought it was a stupid idea. I even think it’s an awful idea. I mean Lazarus had been in the grave for over half of the week. Dead bodies that sit for a few days don’t smell like roses.

But Jesus instructs Martha to do something seemingly foolish so that the glory of God could be revealed to her.

Have you ever had a “But, Lord” moment like Martha’s? A moment where you know God’s command was clear, but you still respond with “But, Lord”?

  • God says, “Tithe 10% to your church.” You respond, “But, Lord, I’m still paying on several loans. Wait until I’m done first.”
  • God says, “Wait until marriage for sex.” You respond, “But, Lord, we’re going to get married anyways. I’m tired of waiting.”
  • God says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” You respond, “But, Lord, my neighbor always has all kinds of drama going on. I don’t want to get in the middle of that!”
  • God says, “Love your kids.” You respond, “But, Lord, I’m so tired when I come home from work. And I’m already three weeks behind on my TV shows.”

I have many of these moments. Weekly. Daily. And so often I allow my “But, Lord” moments to stop me from looking stupid or foolish. At least, that’s what I think. What’s really happening is when God asks us to be obedient to what He says, it’s so that His glory may be revealed around us and to us.

When we allow our “But, Lord” moments to stand in the way of our obedience, we will miss out on the glory of God that He eagerly wants to reveal to us.

I would much rather say, “Yes, Lord” and maybe look a little foolish to the world around me but have the opportunity to witness the glory of God rather than saying, “But, Lord” and miss out on what God wants to work around me.

Martha didn’t allow her “But, Lord” moment to miss out on the glory of God. She responded in obedience to what Jesus said and witnessed one of the greatest miracles of God’s glory this world has ever seen.

Don’t allow your “But, Lord” moments hold you back from the glory of God that can be seen and experienced in your own life.

When God calls, we respond in obedience. He responds with His glory.

Don’t miss it.

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Book Roundup (5/15/14)

PASSION by Louie Giglio passion

This book is a direct result of the Passion movement. The Passion movement is made up of 18-25 year olds pursuing the fame and renown of Jesus Christ. It’s been made up of several conferences over almost 20 years with messages from John Piper, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, Christine Caine, Judah Smith, and many others. This book is a quick overview of the conference from the start, and each chapter is a transcript of a high-impacting message that was delivered during one of the Passion conferences. It’s full of valuable truth and insights from great men and women of God. I highly recommend it.

4 out of 5.


Kyle has the unique ability to take you from being an average, luke-warm Christian and walks with you to become a fully-devoted follower of Jesus Christ. This book will take you through that moment, from stepping out of rut in your life into the full life that Christ has for you. Kyle takes you on a journey through the story of the Prodigal Son, and the AHA (awakening, honesty, action) moment that the Prodigal Son experienced himself. Kyle then applies that AHA moment to our own lives. It’s a great book with anyone dealing with a recurring sin, or feeling like they’re in a spiritual rut. I highly recommend this book.

4 out of 5.

Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 1: The Tomorrow People by Millar, Kubert & Kubert9780785171256_p0_v1_s260x420

This was a fun read that my dad recommended to me. It’s a retelling of the X-Men storyline with a modern twist. This was a fun read that was a needed break from some of the serious readings that I’ve been in, lately. If you’re looking for something light, fun, and exciting, the whole Marvel Ultimate storyline is a fun read with great art included.

4 out of 5.

Book Roundup (4/9/14)

Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Rothallegiant-veronica-roth

This third and final installment in the Divergent book series by Veronica Roth left me disappointed. The storyline for the series, as a whole, was excellent, but I had a hard time with her style of writing in this installment. More specifically, she jumps back and forth between two characters perspectives: Tris and Tobias. I felt like the action sequences weren’t led up to well, and came out of nowhere with no tension built up. But, as a whole, this was a really fun series that I’m excited to see at the movies. Fun, easy read for anyone.

3 out of 5.

Moment Maker by Carlos Whittakercarlos-whittaker-moment-maker

You can live your life or it will live you. This tagline by Carlos Whittaker permeates throughout the entirety of his first book. Los has definitely been one who has seemed to take advantage of each moment that comes his way. The result has become several decades of precious moments with family, friends, and following Jesus. In his book, Los shares real stories from his life and practical applications from his perspective and God’s Word on how to seize each moment that presents itself in our lives. It’s an easy, fun read that you can engage with practically. I recommend this for anyone who feels like their life is nothing but a sequence of mundane patterns.

4 out of 5.

The Treasury of David by Charles H. Spurgeon120382

This commentary on the Psalms as a whole is a brilliant. In classic Spurgeon fashion, he’s able to take a complex idea or thought in Scripture, break it down, and apply it directly into your life. This work was written almost 150 years ago, but it feels like it was written yesterday. For anyone studying the Psalms or God’s Word as a whole, this is a work that you’ve got to have in your library. I highly recommend this commentary.

5 out of 5.