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Why Did My Blog Slow Down?

There was a time when blogging was supreme to me.  I would go to work and think about blog posts.  I even kept notes on my iPhone to help me remember blog posts.  I would listen to a podcast of someone and I would always be thinking, “What can I do with this on my blog?”  Those days are gone.

These days I just work.  I still listen to lots of podcasts (mainly preaching and theology but sports are in there as well).  I read my Bible but try to just read it for me and for learning more about God then just looking for a post.  I still read lots of books (special thanks to a subscriber who recently sent me several good books to read) but I just read for me now and not for blogging.

I am thankful for the number of Arminian bloggers I see now.  When I first started this blog back in 2006-2007, there were few Arminian blogs.  In fact, I started my blog with the specific purpose of defining and defending Arminianism.  I saw a need and thought I would add my voice to it.  Having never been a Calvinist, I knew that many people really didn’t understand Arminianism and what we believe.  So I started blogging about theology from an Arminian perspective.  Along the way I have learned much and have made some great friends.  I am proud to see so many Arminians now out there blogging and spreading the gospel (and not just Arminianism).

I am not quitting.  I want to say that up front.  But I have slowed down.  Way down.  Between work (55-70 hours a week) and my family, I have little time to devote to blogging like I use to.  And to be honest, I don’t feel qualified to talk about theology like I use to.  I see so much sin in my heart and I hate it but its a reality.  That’s why I don’t blast guys who struggle, people who sin.  I sin.

Thats said, I still take theology serious.  I do still love Jesus.  I am not perfect (ask my wife and she’ll likely write a book for you).  I struggle.  I want to be godly.  I hate sin.  I long for Christ to return.  I believe we still need revival.  I still long to see people truly saved.  I am tired.

So I’ll still be blogging but that explains why the slowdown.  I pray you’ll forgive me.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/17/2016 at 12:44 PM

Preparing to Leave the Ministry

I wanted to write toward traditional pastors who perhaps are considering leaving the full-time ministry.  How do you begin to do this?

I read a statistic today that 80% of traditional pastors are discouraged and 50% would leave the ministry if they could.  I am one of those who has left the ministry.  I have not left Jesus.  I have not left true ministry (and I am actually doing more now for the kingdom of God than when I was a full-time traditional minister).  I strongly believe in the fundamentals of the gospel and I would stand with my traditional pastor friends in defending orthodoxy.  I believe that we all need to be biblical disciples who love the Word of God and test all things (including our traditions) by the Word of God (1 John 4:1-2).

For now, let me state some basics for leaving the ministry.  Let me begin by pointing out that I am not talking about walking away from Jesus nor from the Church.  I am talking about moving out of dependence on the money of the church toward a “secular” job and away from working in a traditional church.  Let me offer my own insights.

1.  Be Willing To Work

I was not afraid of “getting my hands dirty” when I left the traditional ministry.  I was ready and willing to work any job to provide for my family.  I am the type of man who will do whatever it takes to provide for my wife and children.  Obviously, I am not saying that a man should be sinful in work to provide (selling drugs for example or compromising the gospel to earn money) but I am advocating willing to do any job to provide.  Don’t be so smug as to think that because you went to Bible college or seminary, you shouldn’t have to work at a fast food restaurant or drive a truck for a living.  Be willing to do all things to the glory of God (Colossians 3:17) including dirty jobs.

2.  Be Willing To Wait

My first job out of the ministry was with Coca-Cola.  I had no clue when I got that job that it would open the door for other truck driving jobs.  I left Coke to work for Pepsi (I know they are competitors but it cut my personal vehicle driving in half!).  I left Pepsi to work for US Foodservice.  I left US Foodservice to work for Golden State Foods (GSF).  Along that way was years of waiting.  I would work my jobs (and some with pain more than pleasure) and wait on the Lord to open the next door.  In each case He faithfully guided me and led me every step of the way.  I struggled at times to know His plan or His ways but I trusted Him.  Several times along the way I tried to make jobs work out on my own but the Lord closed those doors each time (I tried to buy a Fed Ex Ground truck route and tried to get a Little Debbie route but failed at both).  I praise God for His faithfulness and for His providence in leading us.

3.  Be Willing To Worship.

No matter where you find yourself after leaving the traditional ministry, be willing to worship God.  We are not saved by going to Bible college or by preaching or by reading theology books or blogs.  We are saved through a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; James 2:14-26).  I have found that my prayer life is now stronger because I don’t carry the burdens of the church.  My Bible study is stronger because I am reading and studying the Bible with an eye on the Lord and not on me or the people.  My witnessing is better because I am not always surrounded by disciples but now with unbelievers.  I feel I am a better man, a better husband, a better father, and a stronger disciple of Christ after leaving the ministry.  I like to say that I left the ministry for the true ministry of the Lord.

However, wherever you find yourself in life, be willing to worship God.  Be willing to worship Him when you have no money and times are hard.  Be willing to worship Him when you get that job promotion and the Lord opens the door for success.  Be willing to worship God in whatever state you find yourself (Philippians 4:11-13).  Worship Him when you feel discouraged.  Worship Him when others doubt your decisions to leave the ministry.  Worship Him when others ridicule your faith in God.  Worship Him when you are struggling to just make ends meet.

4.  Be Willing To Wrestle.

By wrestle I don’t mean physical but spiritual.  Be willing to wrestle in prayer.  Leaving the ministry was the best decision I ever made.  But at first I had to pray a lot.  I had to just pray for food (Matthew 6:11) which was a good thing as I look back.  I had to pray for the Lord to open doors for jobs.  I had to pray for money to come through.  Yet I rejoice that the Lord was using my struggles to help me learn to pray (Luke 11:1).

So often when leaving the ministry, men try to make things work on their own.  Don’t do that.  Depend on the Lord.  Show this in prayer.  Praise Him for the small victories and for His leading.  Pray to Him who knows what you have need of before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8).  I prayed for many things after leaving the ministry including Him moving us away from the area we were in.  He did this and more.  I prayed for Him to open doors for us and close doors for us and He did.  It was not always as I dreamed it would be but He was faithful every step of the way.  Don’t be afraid to pray to our sovereign God and trust Him through it all (Matthew 7:7-11).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/27/2014 at 11:11 AM

Tired and Thankful for Grace

I sat down to write.  I wanted to share something profound from the Scriptures or perhaps write a piece dealing with some aspect of Arminianism but instead I stared at the computer screen for about five minutes and then started writing this.

I am tired.  Dead tired.  My work schedule stinks.  No doubt I am thankful to Jesus for my job and it does provide for my family and yes there are plenty of pagans for me to evangelize but my hours wear me down.  I work mostly Thursday through Monday all overnight.  I drive a truck so I spend time on the road and while this allows me to pray and listen to preaching on CD’s, I am tired simply because it is hard to get your body to adjust to sleeping during the day.  My dispatch times very as well and this means that some days I get to sleep 6 hours or so and then go back out (Federal law says I must be off the clock for 10 hours to drive again) while other days allow me to be at home for about 12 hours or so but either way, I have a hard time sleeping during the day.  It’s just not normal to sleep during the day for 8 hours or so.  I toss and turn and wake up and hear my boys in the house and well it’s just hard to sleep.

That said, I am thankful during times like this for God’s grace.  I am not sinning so don’t accuse me here of abusing His grace but I am thankful that when I am tired, when I am moody, when I simply can’t hardly read my Bible without falling asleep, His grace is sufficient toward me (2 Corinthians 12:9).  I often find myself praising Him more so when I am tired for the fact that my salvation is not based on my works but upon the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 19:30).  Jesus has paid the price for my salvation (Mark 10:45) and I am set free in Him (Galatians 5:1).  My salvation is not based on me earning God’s favor but upon faith in the Lord Jesus who blesses me with favor before the Father (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).  Salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) and not by works (Titus 3:5-7).  The work of Jesus is to believe in Him and Him alone for salvation (John 6:29).  I rejoice that salvation is accomplished not by what I do but through Christ alone (Romans 5:1).

So I will end this short post now and try to go to sleep.  My soul is at peace with God (Psalm 116:7) and for that reason I can truly rest.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/29/2012 at 12:48 PM

Posted in Blogging, Grace

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A Rough Week

What a rough week it has been for me.  I have been battling a bad cold and working overnight doesn’t help.  This has kept me pretty tired.  I came home from work just today and slept nearly 12 hours.  This has been the reason for the slow down on the blog this week.  Spiritually, I am fine.  I am hungry for God.  Tough to pray out loud because my voice is nearly gone.  But the Lord sees my heart (Psalm 139:4) and He searches my heart with His Word (Hebrews 4:12).  It’s a times like this that I rejoice that we are not saved by what we do for God but rather we are saved by what He has done for us in His Son (John 6:29; Ephesians 2:8-9).  I don’t deserve His love but I praise Him that He does love me even when I am sick (Romans 5:8-9).  How great is the love of God (1 John 3:1-3)!

So pray for healing for me from this cold.  I really need rest more than anything.  A night off from work would be great for healing from this nasty thing.  God is my healer (Psalm 103:1-3) and I trust in Him. Thankfully, God does use His providential care to take care of His children such as giving us some wonderful drugs that help me sleep through this cold.

For those wanting me to write today about Arminianism and Calvinism, let me just say that Arminianism is the gospel.  🙂

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/28/2011 at 11:52 PM

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The Spirit Helps Us Pray

I praise God for His grace.  It is by His grace that He saved me (Ephesians 2:8-9) and it is by His grace that He keeps me (Romans 5:1-11).  I especially am thankful for His grace when I am so tired.  Work has been getting the best of me as of late.  A couple of weeks ago I worked nearly 80 hours in one week!  On average I am working about 70 hours right now.  I am thankful that my job provides for our family but I dread the long hours because I mainly work overnight and then come home and sleep during the day.  I love to read but even my reading suffers when I am tired because I sit down to read a book and I fall asleep no sooner had I started reading.

Yet in spite of this, I know that God is with me.  He promised me in His Word that He would never leave me nor forsake me (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).  Even when I am beat, God remains faithful to me (2 Timothy 2:13).

When I am tired, prayer also is a struggle.  I still pray but most of my praying is done while I am driving my truck for my job.  I turn off the radio and I begin to sing and praise God and cry aloud to Him (Psalm 105:1-6).  I am forever grateful that God not only hears my cries (Psalm 77:1) but the Spirit Himself helps me pray (Romans 8:26-27).  Often when I am tired I will ask the Holy Spirit to pray through me.  I ask Him to guide my prayers and for Him to intercede for me.  I rejoice that the Spirit not only helps me pray but He also prays for me.  Imagine, I have two advocates before the Father praying for me (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2).

I urge you brothers and sisters, if you are weak and tired, cry out to God and bless Him for the Spirit helping us pray.  Praise Him in spite of your tiredness.  Praise Him for His salvation.  Praise Him that He is good and that His love endures forever (Psalm 106:1).  Praise Him that He not only has saved us by His grace but that He keeps us by His grace and His love for us does not falter despite our need for sleep.  I praise God for Psalm 139:1-6 and the fact that God knows us better than we know ourselves.  He is such a good God.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/09/2011 at 1:25 AM

Short Thoughts on Blogging

Blogging is not easy.  It can be time consuming.  You have to take the time to sort out your thoughts, exegete the Scriptures (if you are posting on biblical subjects) and then sit down and write the post.  Being a husband, a father to three boys, and working about 65 hours a week driving a truck doesn’t make blogging easy.  Yet I do enjoy blogging and will continue to post.  However, I wanted to write to say this is why my posts have not been as long as I would desire.  For example, I am doing a series a posts on Moral Government Theology (MGT) and how it compares to Arminianism but have found that the time I would like to spend on those posts hasn’t been there as of late.  I will get those posts done but I do need grace.

So forgive me for not doing long posts right now.  Work has been the main culprit taking my time.  I work odd hours so here lately I have been working during the night and sleeping during the day.  This is throwing my body and mind off.  I do ask you to pray that God would give me rest and that He would remain my focus even while I work these odd and long hours.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/08/2011 at 6:29 AM

Posted in Blogging, Work

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