Man, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here (outside of that book review last week). Mostly this is because of school. I got very busy over the last couple of weeks trying to get all the work done I needed to, that I just didn’t have the brain space to write for this blog, for that, I apologize. Now that the school year is over, and I have a small break before my summer class begins, I think I have the opportunity to reflect on some of the ideas I have been wrestling with this past semester. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Up To”
The point of this post is to let you know what to expect in this new format of the HMB. The new roadmap is slightly different from how I used to post, but I believe this is a good switch.
So I told you earlier that I was going to get this blog up and running again. I’ve done a lot of work on the back end with planning and prep, but haven’t gotten around to writing much. I made the post about Reckless Love because I observed quite a bit of controversy and felt I needed to write about it before I introduced it to my home church. The point of this post is to let you know what to expect in this new format of the HMB. I thought it was important to give a bit of an explanation of content plans both to let you know what is coming and to help keep me accountable. This plan is definitely very optimistic. I have a lot going on, so if you notice a lull do not worry. I will be back shortly as a lot of my posts are loaded up and ready to publish. Continue reading “Alright! Here We Go”
The blog is returning. Content will change a little, but the important pieces will still be there. Help me decide how to make the blog better!
It has been almost 4 years since the last regular/serious post on this blog. As we are approaching the 5th anniversary since I first published a post, I began asking what the cause of this could be. I hit it hard and wrote a lot in that short one-year time span. I’ve written various posts throughout the past 4 years, but never hit the publish button. I haven’t felt the drive to write anymore, but in the past few weeks, things have been changing. I’m thinking its time to bring the Heart Man back.
Content is probably going to change a bit, as I am not the same person I was 4 years ago. God called David a man after his own heart. I seriously doubt that David only sought to please God in the temple with his theological knowledge, rather, he used his entire life. The content you can still expect from me is Bible studies, worship notes, and random musing on what I’ve been studying. I’m going to try to add things that are more relevant to the day-to-day life: anecdotes from my life, book reviews for you to check out, and maybe the occasional devotional reading.
I won’t be posting every day anymore; that is crazy with the way my life is now. I haven’t decided on a frequency yet, but I know that you should probably expect 1-2 posts a week. If you’ve got something from this blog in the past, leave me a comment telling me what you’ve enjoyed. I’d love to begin a dialogue between us about what content you’d like to see on this blog. So post below what you’d like to see. I’m still in the process of developing content before I begin publishing again.
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Juday,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”
–Micah 5:2, NASB
Have you ever thought that you were too small, or too unimportant, for God to care about? This is a thought that has often plagued my own mind. “God, I’m a nobody. What can you do with me?” Yet still, He gives me more to do.
I believe that God often looks for the ones who are overlooked, in order for His glory to shine the most. Jesus spoke on the mountain, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, … God blesses those who are humble” (Matthew 5: 3 & 5, NLT). It’s the people that the world looks down upon, that God’s power shines through the most.
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”–Matthew 5:3, NLT
If you are doubting your worth, or do not understand how God can use you, remember this: God created you. “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139: 13, NASB). He cares deeply for you and created you with a purpose. I do not know what that purpose is. I even have a hard time knowing my own purpose. Yet I still trust that God will continue to show me why He put me on this earth. During this Advent season, let us pray for God to help us learn the reason why we are here.
“Then a shot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
Anad a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
But with righteouness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
Also righteouness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist.”
–Isaiah 11:1-5, NASB
This is a really big post for this site. This will be the 200th post and the first one I’ve made in over 21 months! As we head into the Advent season this year, I thought it would be a good time to begin using this tool again. I won’t be posting daily like I used to, but I do aim for weekly posts.
This week’s Scripture comes out of Isaiah. Isaiah is writing about a person who will be a descendant of Jesse. This person will be filled with the Spirit, wise, and knowledgeable. Israel rightly believed that this is a list of attributes for the Messiah. We know, today, that Jesus fulfills each of these attributes. What can this mean for us today during this season?
As we walk out our faith, there is one thing we should always be doing; we should be becoming more like Christ. That means we should be working to be full of the Spirit, wise, and knowledgeable.
When we accept Christ into our lives there is something amazing that happens to us. Paul writes, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB) Part of this change is that you receive the Holy Spirit live inside of you. Many people to tend to ignore this or just brush it off, but think about it for a moment. Our understanding of God is found in the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This means for us, there is a piece of the Almighty that lives within you! That’s how Paul can write later in his ministry, “If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31b, NASB) The Creator lives inside of each and every one of His believers, so there should be no reason that the Church should be afraid.
How can we become wise? This seems like an odd question. Wisdom feels like a thing you are either born with or not. The early church leader, James, writes “But if any of you lacks in wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5, NASB) We simply have to ask God for more wisdom and He gives it. It’s what we do with that wisdom that really matters. I believe that wisdom is a gift from God to help lead His people. It isn’t for our own benefit, but God’s.
Becoming more knowledgeable seems to have an easy answer, just read/study your Bible more. While this is true, it truly is only part of the entire picture. In order for us to become more knowledgeable, we must filter our entire lives through the lens of Christ. This helps us see how God is moving through the world’s events and through the events/people of our lives.
We should also be reading. Reading what, though? Read your Bible. Read the newspaper. Read blogs. Read books. Read teachings from good teachers. While there are many good reasons to read, Reading gives you new knowledge and exposure to new ideas. You simply cannot grow in knowledge without reading something.
As we begin this Advent season let’s think about how we can become more like Christ, accept the Holy Spirit, gain wisdom, and learn about God.