I work in retail again. The holidays came. I just got busy. And tired. Writing became slower, blog posts stopped.
Now it’s well into the New Year. I have a lot of really fun things in the planning stages, and we’re prayerfully focusing on the possibility of an end game where I am able to back off of my day job a little in the next couple of years to work more in some form of ministry.
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That fall (yes, that quickly) Beth and I were asked to lead a Life Group by Mickey. He knew what he was doing. I felt pressured, Beth felt pressured, but HE knew what He was doing. We met for the first time with another couple and Beth’s older sister. I laid down the ground rules: I am learning and I wanted everyone else to learn too. If what we believed in was an accurate reflection of reality, then we should be able to defend it in the same way we can defend the blueness of the sky.
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The book was Kingdom Man by Tony Evans. I didn’t see a change in myself, particularly. I loved reading the book, and I just felt like it put me in a good mood. I started hearing Beth tell people around me that she saw a change in me once I proceeded past the second chapter. I knew what I needed to do: Be a Kingdom Man who handles my realm the way God intended me to.
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I was not reading the Quran because I believed in it, though I had a feeling I needed to know it. Eventually I had enough, and started reading Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus. I wanted to know if someone other than the Catholic Church found any of this to be an accurate reflection of reality. Beth urged me to read the bible as much as I was reading this massive collection of volumes. I love her so much for this, today. Although then, I moved on to Herodotus.
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Beth and I started dating and eventually began leading worship at a start-up Baptist church that met in a high-school cafeteria. I put off going to college so I could get a full time job and upon hearing the news, my pastor (who doubled as my electric guitar player) estimated my weekly tithe…aloud…during the service countdown.
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I would have never thought He would have cared to convert a Christian raised in His own house.
Functional – adjective. Of or relating to the way something work or operates.
Agnostic – noun. A person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in a God.
Essentially, you might as well be agnostic because believing in a God hasn’t changed your life inside, or out.
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Recently, a slew of NFL players have either kneeled or sat during the National Anthem, while the custom is to stand with your hand over your heart. This has caused an uproar all the way from celebrities to company water coolers. It started with San Francisco 49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and has spread on from there. Colin’s reason for doing this? Because of national racism and police brutality. The media coverage has been phenomenal. Which is exactly the point. To start a conversation.
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