If Grace is an Ocean, We're all Sinking

"Be still and know I am God."

-Psalm 46:10

I'm on a journey. Living for Jesus, transforming the world and I'm not about to let my own mind destroy me.

Things I love: Jesus, music, AmeriCorps, Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, film, literature, Spanish, Latin America, Spain, coffee shops, good conversation, camp, guys with guitars and a smooth voice, real friends, hiking, the mountains, the ocean, being outside, Red Sox, tattoos, good beer

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

R-House 2014. Year 9 at Roanoke College and year 6 for me. Maroons for life. Habitat is a habit at Roanoke!


Mark 5:36 ESV

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

We are faithful to this church, not because it is the church of our Fathers, but because it is the church of the Gospel; not because it is the church of Luther, but because it is the church of Jesus Christ. If it became something else, if its teaching were something else than a correct exposition of the plain Word of God, it would no longer be our church. It is not the Lutheran liturgy that matters. The church can get along without it if it must. It is not the Symbolic Books that count. If it should ever be demonstrated that their exposition of the Gospel is false, that they contain essential errors, we would be the first ones to cast them into the fire, for our norma normans, the standard by which we judge doctrines, is the Bible alone. Nor is it the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as a separate church in Christendom, that matters. The moment it becomes anything else than the stand on which is put the lamp which alone is a light upon our path it becomes a sect and must disappear. We would not be Lutherans if we did not believe this!

Written: 8/19/2014

Small Group tonight was full of acoustic worship, prayer and communion. I have been feeling down physically. Stomach issues and exhaustion. It was good to sit and feel God’s music. Sit in the silence, truth of prayer and take and eat His body and blood. Replenish.

Looking forward to going to play in DC for a few days.  I need out of this house. And I pray to God to help me finish strong. I keep asking Him to give me strength and power and peace. But what I’m realizing is He is strength. He is power. He is peace. I just need to ask for Him. And then dwell there. 

I think what I love most about SG at the Wilson’s is being able to go to their house. Meet where they are. I love when Calvin plays acoustic guitar and we sing. I love when we take communion at home. Worship. I mean there is a total need for Sunday at Church. but at home it is raw. it is almost like we are rebelling against what the world wants. I see God’s victory when we worship and commune at home. Like the early Church and sadly like in China today. We are blessed with freedom to carry the Word and worship wherever we want. 

Live radically for God. Man, I can’t wait to hear about Seminary. I am on fire to meet more people. Go further. Feel the Word breathed into me. To listen. To learn. To explore and do life. Adventure.

End of journal 6.




This time last year I was unemployed, broke, and suicidal.

Today, I just got the keys to my first house.

Give it time.

Needed this today

when you hear people preach that it gets better, they aren’t joking. if it’s not better yet, it will be. 

(via littlelionmatt)