No one said it would be easy…

Well, people do. But they are wrong. Being a Christian…following the Lord is not an easy calling. It never has been. It never will be.

Today’s Old Testament reading (Proper 29, the last Sunday in the church year and the last one in Year C in the LCMS’s Three Year Lectionary so another end right there) was Malachi 3:13-18. Although the pastor this morning used our Epistle (Colossians 1:13-20) reading as the basis for the bulk of his sermon he toughed on this passage and said something that I think most of us know and and have felt and thought but it seemed new to me.

Malachi 3:14–15 (ESV)
14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’ ”  

Every office has one. Every school has one. The person who doesn’t seem to have to work to be successful. I’m sure they do. But they don’t care about success and yet achieve it. It just seems to come so naturally to them; it almost seems effortless. You desire to be successful in your schoolwork or your career, or you desire to be in a relationship, to find the person God has planned for you. And someone you know seems to go from relationship to relationship, and even though that’s not quite what you desire, you are still somewhat envious that they are in relationships when you aren’t. Or in the office…a colleague may not want to be in that job, and you don’t know if they are truly putting forth their full effort, but then they still outperform you. It’s easy to take our eyes off the Lord and look to someone else. Continue Reading

Obligatory Introductory Post

I kind of hate these posts, but I still kind of think they are obligatory.

So, who am I? A sinner.
What do I deserve? Hell.
I am a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Someone who hopes to be a disciple of the Lord. Always learning…someone who has moved around the country…a saint and a sinner.
The title of this blog came from a combination of Psalm 89:8, Micah 7:18, Exodus 15:11, and Jeremiah 10:6.
I’m constantly in awe of the blessings God has provided for me and am seeking to follow Him.
I am a confessional, evangelical Lutheran and proud of that heritage.
This blog will include Psalms, other Bible verses, prayers, and my general thoughts on those Bible verses. I will also at times recap sermons, hymns, and other spiritual events of the day.
On a final note, I will be maintaining a separate, similar (but maybe not identical) blog on Blogspot and on Tumblr as I try to figure out which platform works best for my needs and goals for this blog.