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>the solid rock… be encouraged

>my hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
i dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
on Christ the solid rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand…

when darkness veils his lovely face,
i rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale
my anchor holds within the veil.
on Christ the solid rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand…

his oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand…

when he shall come with trumpet sound,
o may i then in Him be found,
dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne.
on Christ the solid rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand…

the solid rock; by Edward Mote

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#3

this week, i’ve been doing a lot of thinking…

i’ve just been allowing laziness to get the best of me, though. i could’ve been much more productive with my studies, letting opportunity after opportunity to get ahead in my research and my assignments slip from my fingers. i’ve been letting the feeling of tiredness dominate my decisions, and pleasure dictate what i’ll allow myself to do…

this may seem natural to some folks, but it’s mission critical time just now…

just now, it’s time to increase my efforts in research. january is quickly approaching, qualifying exams in hand, and i must be prepared… it’s time to increase my focus in study. the semester is approaching an end, and the typical final examinations must be completed… i should make sure that my gifts and things are ready as the holidays are near, and it is exciting to look forward to meeting with my family and friends…

but it’s mission critical time now… and that mission is to prepare my mind and heart for evangelism and ministry…

let me revisit what i’ve already said, because i do view my academic work as ministry, and i am planning some very special things in that regard; however, it is time for me to leave my comfort zone even further behind… as i’ve considered how much i’ve ignored what obedience to God really entails, i’ve become more and more assured of my responsibility for evangelism and sharing my faith, and for being more involved in my church… to speak up and seek out the ministries that i want to be involved in or that occupy a place in my heart…

so, it’s mission critical time now…

it’s time to make evangelism a part of my lifestyle.

that’s why we’re getting a group of people together to go out in pairs and do some evangelism on CMU. i’ve been talking with rev. prentice at mt. ararat about an evangelism/outreach ministry and a discipleship arm in the new members’ ministry. why i asked about whether or not there’s a missions emphasis at mt. ararat, or asking what we do for the homeless…

it’s mission critical time now, and i need your company…

if you’re reading this right now, please pray for me as these things are things which intimidate me deeply. quite honestly, i care too much about what people think of me to do this stuff of my own strength or motivation. i don’t know which opportunities to pursue, or how there’s going to be time for everything. so just lift me up in prayer…

it’s mission critical time.

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#1

i decided i’d use my first blog to welcome you to the page and let you know what all this is going to be about…. here, i’ll give you all a chance to peer into my life just a little bit, especially into what i’m experiencing as my life lived out in Jesus Christ unfolds before my eyes, at his command…. i want to let people know that i experience the uncertainty, i experience the pain of doubt, but that i am also assured that transformation is taking place, that my mind and heart are being remade…

my page is named “seed.planted” because Jesus said “unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it will bear no fruit… but if it falls to the ground and dies, it will bear much fruit…” my life has been planted, and God has done what only he can do: allow me to die to my flesh and be born again by the Holy Spirit. now, what this all means, i’m still learning each and everyday. this explains the address of this blog: “fertile-paradox…” certainly, the word of God which brings salvation to all who believe has fallen on fertile ground; the paradox of course is that my life often exhibits such selfishness, doubt, death, and disobedience that is not the fruit of a life of faith… i have realized my life is a paradox because, while God gives us ultimate responsibility for the fate of our souls, we are at the mercy of forces which are far beyond us… but we can also serve a God whose power is far beyond ours!…

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#2

so, someone needs to tell me why i’m awake at 4.28am on a saturday morning…

i was watching a movie about dietrich bonhoeffer’s resistance to the extermination of the jews in nazi germany, and i was moved by a number of things. the most striking thing about the movie for me was the juxtaposition of truth and deceit, evil and goodness, loyalty and betrayal, all in the same piece. many times, they were displayed in the same man. it made me think for a second: “how attached should we be to our lives as we know them now? exactly how precious should we hold this life? how far should we go to satisfy, or extinguish, the desires that naturally dwell inside of us? and what does it take to truly be ready to die?”

God has been allowing me to see the radical wickedness that dwells in my flesh at the same time that the Holy Spirit dwells in my body. the movie and all of its paradoxes made me think about how fear grips me from time to time, yet the Bible urges me to be resolute when trusting God with eternity. sometimes, fear grips me so much that i can’t even sleep (hence, the insanely late timestamp on this blog)… for me, true faith is the hardest thing; and time is what makes true faith uncomfortable. i know this is a journey that lasts a lifetime, but am i the only one who wants to experience eternity in this lifetime? sometimes i find myself wanting a preview from God concerning our transition from this life to the next; then i remind myself that faith does not demand an explanation from God, but that our belief and actions are not only hope but also evidence of the truths we have not experienced yet…

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