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It’s Been Awhile…

We have a tendency to lose track of time. Life catches up with us. We work and play. Spend time with friends and family. There never seems to be enough time to do all the things we want to do. We are bad managers of our time, but for the most part we are just to busy.

Well it’s been almost five months. We had our second son in January. His name is James Adon Graves. He is named after his maternal grandfather and paternal great-grandfather. The reason for the odd spelling of Adon, as opposed to Aidan, Ayden, etc., is we wanted a slightly unusual biblical name. I really liked the name Adonijah because it means “My Master is Yah.” Yet, we shortened it to Adon. He is six months old now, and he loves his big brother Isaac. He smiles at us, but squeals at Isaac. I am an only child, so seeing siblings interact is a wonderful new experience for me.

My sister-in-law recently got married. I was privileged to be the Best Man. I’ve known him his entire life, being brought up in the same congregation, and have known my sister since she was ten. They are a wonderful couple, and I am so glad that they are in my life.

I am presently reading “What Did You Expect?” by Paul David Tripp and the Gospel Advocate Commentary on Romans by David Lipscomb and J. W. Shephard. I’ve recently read “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas and Timothy J. Keller. I loved the book, but evidently there are others I need to read. Also I have read “Reading Romans” by Robert F. Turner, “Religious Affections” by Jonathan Edwards, and “Brothers, We Are Not Professionals” by John Piper. I’ve got at least two more commentaries that I want to read on Romans (Lard, Hamilton), and “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan.

I have a new blog that I really enjogy, Bible Design and Binding. Be forewarned, that large sums of money could be lost after reading this blog.

I will have a post up in the next couple of days containing an article by Kevin Kay entitled, “‘Legalism’ Is Not A Four-Letter Word.” This was published in this month of July by Biblical Insights.

Shalom Aleikhem

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Reading

“Reading is more important to me than eating.” John Piper

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”  William Faulkner

“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” Abraham Lincoln

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” Mortimer Adler

While I cannot verify the accuracy of the quotes above, I believe you get the point. I love to read. I would love to be able to write.

As to the quotes:

I almost completely agree with Piper, except I had rather read and eat, at the same time.

I love receiving books as gifts, or as a loan because someone really enjoyed the book.

Agreeing with Adler, a good book, and a cup of coffee, rank in the top ten of tools of the good life, behind faith in Messiah, loving wife and children.

Yet, I have trouble with Faulkner’s quote. I love to read. Fiction and non-fiction. Short stories and academic essays. Also, as I said I would like to be able to write well. However, as I have grown older, at the ripe old age of thirty, I find anything other than topics dealing with Scripture, using term broadly, as a waste of time. When I wish to pick up a book of fiction, my first thought is why read something that would possibly take my mind off of the Saviour, when I could be reading about Him.

I notice that most writers, read widely. I wish I could. At this point in time I just cannot. I guess I am just weird. While people are reading the books on the NY Times bestsellers list, I wonder what it would be like to read Calvin’s institutes or purchasing a set of commentaries. Most probably read National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, etc., but I just subscribed to Biblical Insights and enjoy reading Dad’s Truth Magazine subscription. All the blogs that I read, except one, are religious blogs.

So, if you would like, pull out your copy of Barth, or Bonhoeffer, and read with me.

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It is not easy to be a “man” in today’s world. The “man” of today’s world is expected to know his place behind his wife and children. He is a simple minded, unintelligent being. He is to never be taken seriously. But what should a man who is a Christian be?

First and foremost he should be a Christian. He should posses the fruits of the Spirit, such as: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.[1] He should be an example as Paul tells Timothy and Titus: in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity,[2] a model of good works…show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned.[3]

He should also be a provider and protector.

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1Ti 5:8 ESV)

 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. (2Th 3:10 ESV)

 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (1Pe 3:7 ESV)

 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, (Eph 5:25 ESV)

Too many times we forget this role that our Creator has set for a man. It is a man’s responsibility to provide for his family. How can a woman, be an “excellent wife”[4], “build her house,”[5] learn “to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands”[6] when she has to financially support her husband, because he was ill prepared to fulfill his role, or lacks the desire to do so. His role to provide is not only a physical one but a spiritual one also.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Eph 6:4 ESV)

 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deu 6:7 ESV)

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, (1Ti 2:8a ESV)

 It is time we stop listening to the world, turn off the TV, computer, and video games. It’s time we take on the role our Creator has given us, and be men.


[1] Galatians 5:22-23

[2] 1 Timothy 4:12

[3] Titus 2:7-8

[4] Proverbs 31:10-31

[5] Proverbs 14:1

[6] Titus 2:3-5

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How many different emotions can one handle at a time? The storms have destroyed peoples lives, yet the way people are loving and caring for one another is amazing. Osama bin Laden has been disposed of, yet should we rejoice when someone is assumed to be eternally separated from Abba?

How should we respond to all of these events?

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

(Mat 22:36-40 ESV)

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

(Mat 5:14-16 ESV)

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

(2Co 4:17-18 ESV)

“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.”

(Pro 24:17-18 ESV)

“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?”

(Eze 18:23 ESV)

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