Over the past few weeks, my Bible Study has been going over Stephen’s story in Acts 6:8-7:60. In his story, we see that Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, has to deal with opposition. Well, not just opposition. He’s arrested and put on trial, facing false accusations, and forced to defend himself. In the face of this opposition, Stephen relies on God and confidently responds, confounding and infuriating the Jews.
Stephen was accused of speaking against the temple and the law, both of which were held to be very sacred by the Jews. When asked to defend himself, Stephen gives a sermon about the work of God through the nation of Israel. He showed that God did not dwell primarily in the temple, and that He actively sought a relationship with His people. This culminated God the Son becoming a man, namely, Jesus, whom the Jews had killed. Enraged, the Jews drag him out of the city and begin to stone him. And with his dying breath,Stephen prayed that God would have mercy on his murderers.
Stephen’s confidence came from knowing that he was a part of the work that God had begun thousands of years before. During his sermon, Stephen traced God’s work, starting with Abraham, and he derived a confidence and security from the eternal perspective that this gave him.
If you’re a Christian, have you ever taken the time to trace God’s work all the way up to you? Not only does it give us a new perspective on everything, but it’s also kinda fun.
I wanted to do that for our group at West Covina Christian Church. It’ll start out with things that are applicable to every believer, but as we get closer and closer to our time, each of our stories will begin to diverge. And that’s the beauty of it. God has been weaving our threads together since the dawn of time, creating an immense tapestry that we can just barely glimpse if we really try. So let’s try! Continue reading “God’s Grand Narrative and WCCC”→
Here at eX-Quitter, one of the things that I want to do is share the things I’m learning about with you. I do this as much to share fun things as for accountability. So what’s new in my neck of the woods?
One of my eX-Quitter List goals is to earn $1,000 on the side for 3 months in a row. I’m a part-time student (cash-flowing grad school) and a part-time employee at a few different places, so funds are pretty tight. So right now, I’ve set up a learning goal to earn $1 on the side. Now I know what you’re thinking. “One dollar? What good is that going to do?”
First, the point of a learning goal is to give me something to strive toward, an achievable end. Second, I’m not positive that this is something I should be doing long term, but going through the process of earning $1 will enable me to at least have put forth a decent effort. As for what I’ll actually do, I’ve tossed around a few ideas, but nothing seems to stick. (This might be because I was a quitter, but I like to think that it had more to do with misguided efforts.) Recently, a few different things have come onto my radar. Continue reading “Learning Goal: Earn $1”→
I love learning. There’s something about obtaining more knowledge, about understanding that I now know how to do something or that I know about the history behind something, that I find incredibly fulfilling. And maybe it’s just me, but I’ve found over the years that I have a wide variety of interests. In the past 5 years, I’ve invested intentional time to learn about personal finance, stock market investing, hypermiling, fitness, building websites on WordPress, personal psychology, healthier eating, acoustic guitar, entrepreneurship, Toyota Supras, marriage and masculinity, and more, and that doesn’t even mention my undergraduate and graduate level studies. So, yeah, I think it’s safe to say that I love learning.