The Spirit That Enabled Him Will Enable Us

Paul in the parallel passage in the fourth chapter of Galatians says: ‘God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts’ – the Spirit of His own Son. Do we realize that as Christians we have within us the self-same Holy Spirit that was in the Son of God when He was here on earth? The Father gives the Spirit and it is the same Spirit that was in the Son that is given to us. The Spirit that enabled Him will enable us.

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Spiritual Depression (Grand Rapids, Mi: Eerdmans), 171.

The End of the JTAMLPFHMCCC: 10.27

It is my opinion that all of the missional hairs have been silenced as there has been very little tangible interaction between the community members on my chin.

Something I have noticed, much to my pleasure, is that the three-dimensionality of my facial hair is beginning to become more prominent. The hairs are not only visible, but they are becoming more and more distinguishable from my chin. This is good because it helps people to realize that the dark patch on my face is indeed hair, as opposed to dirt.

And so, a journey that began early one Sunday morning is now ending. It has been a good four weeks. At times my patience was tried by the slow rate-of-growth. But slow and steady has finally won the race (you didn’t really think that I could close this post without applying some sort of loosley related convoluted proverbial wisdom, did you?).

My thanks to you for accompanying me on this trip.

JTAMLPFHMCCC: 9.24

Well, with an astounding 3-0 vote in the last poll I believe that it is safe to say that I am now the proud owner of a Moderately Legitimate Patch of Facial Hair on My Chinny-Chin-Chin. I find this to be encouraging.

As such, I believe that my last update will be coming this Saturday.

Thanking Jesus for His Goodness to Me

I must share with you some of the blessings God has given me this summer! He has been so kind to me…

  1. Time With My Nieces. This summer I was able to spend a huge amount of time with my two five month-old nieces. Which is cool because I probably won’t get to see them very frequently for a large amount of time.
  2. Time With My Sister and Brother (in-law). I spent much of the summer with my sister and brother (in-law) as well, this is also very cool because I generally don’t get to see them much either.
  3. Generous Employers. God blessed me with two generous employers, one of them providing me with food, shelter and a car; the other paying me at an incredibly high rate for jobs that deserved much lower pay.
  4. Financial Provision. From these two jobs God provided me with all of the finances I need to pay for my fall semester at Moody Bible Institute! God is good!
  5. Financial Provision in Spite of My Laziness. Furthermore, I didn’t do any planning entering into this summer – but God provided in spite of my lack of preparation!
  6. Andy Hunter – Christian DJ. I was officially introduced to Andy Hunter, the master of Christian dance/dj/electronic music.
  7. Grace Bible Presbyterian Church. I was able to attend a church whose vision of God is big.
  8. Multi-generational Prayer Meetings. At this church I was able to participate in prayer meetings which were attended by elderly people as well as younger kids – how cool is that!?
  9. Sunday School. The Sunday school was also excellent at GraceBPC. Being able to contemplate God with people who have a far greater ability to read and understand Scripture than I was such a joy.
  10. Hospitality Outside of Church. Eating lunch with two families from GBPC in the home of one of those families was awesome. Experiencing genuine Christian hospitality is truly a blessing.
  11. The One True God. Earlier this summer I was given multiple booklets along with The One True God (a workbook on the Doctrine of God); these have been wonderful to read and go through as they have given me a greater understanding of God.

And this merely scratches the surface of God’s inscrutable goodness! For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever (Romans 11:36)!

JTAMLPFHMCCC: 8.21

Alright, today I have a new question to pose about the status of my emerging Moderately Legitimate Patch of Facial Hair. But before we get to that we’ll take a quick look at the poll from two updates ago.

I asked whether or not I should shave off the blond hairs on the front of my chin. There was a rousing response with one person voting that I should shave off the hairs, and one person voting that I should keep them. As such, I believe I’ll be keeping them; at least for a little while longer.

Now, for the new question. Do I now truly posses a Moderately Legitimate Patch of Facial Hair? Or, ought I give up this attempt to grow facial hair in order to focus more on growing out my mullet?

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JTAMLPFHMCCC: 6.15

As you’ve probably already noticed there is a plethora of new markings on today’s picture.

One problem that I have encountered in trying to grow out a Moderately Legitimate Patch of Facial Hair on My Chinny-Chin-Chin is that while some hairs are proficient enough at increasing their stature, they are even more proficient at practicing the magical art of invisibility. That is, they come in either clear or blond. Hence the yellow oval. Hairs do grow there, but they cannot be seen from any distance greater than seven inches. As I am still an amateur at growing facial hair I was wondering, would it be in the best interest of the community of facial hairs on my chin (ny-chin-chin) to keep the clear and blond hairs (in hope that they will darken eventually) or would it be better to eradicate them for practicing their evil magical arts?

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And just in case you were wondering,that little blob in the lower left of the picture is the noggin of one of my nieces…

Next time, I’ll probably be inquiring for your opinion on what sort of shape (if any) this community of facial hairs should be wrought into. So make sure to check back in three days for the next update!

Why Do People Do Bad Things?

A quick glance at the news will demonstrate that there is no shortage of people who are willing to do bad things.

For example, after watching only a few minutes of yesterday’s evening news I was confronted by multiple stories with headlines like: 2 [teen guys] Accused of Taking $7,000 in Cash at Gunpoint, Man Accused Of Luring Girl Into Home, Raping Her and Prosecutor: Pediatrician Took Photos of Players’ Crotches. It almost seems surprising that so many people would engage themselves in exploits of this sort. What is it that causes people, who are just like you and me, to do these atrocious deeds?

Is it their circumstances that cause them to commit these actions? Perhaps the guys in the first story needed money? Maybe there was some sort of demonic presence influencing the men in the other two stories to indulge in their respective sexual sins? It is reasonable to think that circumstances play a role in causing people to do evil things. But Jesus pinpoints the main cause of such sins – and it is not external.

In Matthew 15:19-20 Jesus says, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person.”

Why do people do bad things? People do bad things because people are bad. Every person has a corrupt heart, and corrupt hearts love to do bad things. The origin of the desire to do evil does not come from some external force (like one’s circumstances). The desire to do bad things – which leads to the consummation of an evil act –  originates in the human heart (James 1:14-15).

Indeed, the God who sees all has said that every intention of the thoughts of the human heart are only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). Would we not expect those whose hearts are bad to do bad things (Jeremiah 13:23).

photo by catikaoe

JTAMLPFHMCCC: 5.12

Realizing I looked a little grim in the last picture, I thought I’d try to look more cheerful today.

Alright, it has almost been two weeks. The little budlets on my chin have sprouted enough for me to, with relative ease, pinch a multitude of them between my thumb and pointer finger – I find this to be encouraging. Though I am disappointed that I have not seen (or, felt) a greater sense of community between hairs on my chin.

That is okay though, for I belive that the future will bring with it a deeper and deeper desire to joyfully live in a thriving community to the hairs on my face.

Marrying Early – It's a Good Thing

The cover story of this months Christianity Today was a good article by Mark Regnerus titled The Case for Early Marriage. As pointed out by Albert Mohler, in his article on marrying early, Regnerus’ main assertion is forceful and shocking, yet much needed in a society where a majority of men and women are marrying later and later. Regnerus says,

Evangelicals tend to marry slightly earlier than other Americans, but not by much. Many of them plan to marry in their mid-20s. Yet waiting for sex until then feels far too long to most of them. And I am suggesting that when people wait until their mid-to-late 20s to marry, it is unreasonable to expect them to refrain from sex. It’s battling our Creator’s reproductive designs.

You can read Dr. Regnerus’ article, Dr. Mohler’s article on the subject and listen to Dr. Mohler talk more about this issue in his recent radio program.

JTAMLPFHMCCC: 4.9

I believe I passed my first two major tests with flying colors. In fact, at the picnic more than one family member complimented me on my developing community of facial hairs. And, no one made fun of me at church.

Plus, my facial hairs are now becoming missional! That is, they are striving to be positive influences in their respective contexts. I first noticed this when I felt multiple hairs interacting with each other. They will group together, seeking to mutually encourage one another (though only a little).

Overall, I am very proud that my facial hairs are not only growing as individuals but that they are also showing an interest in the collective health and wellbeing of all the facial hairs on my chinny-chin-chin. In the future, I am excited to find out what other ways maturing facial hairs seek to interact with each other.

JTAMLPFHMCCC: 3.6

I was worried that I might have to use mascara to make today’s update look different than the last one – thankfully I didn’t have to.

I saw my 10 year-old niece two days ago and she asked why I had dirt on my face… I’m not sure if that is a good thing – because it indicates that she did notice a patch of darkness on my face – or a bad thing – because she apparently was not able to see that the patch of darkness was made of hair as opposed to dirt.

Until now I have been pretty much just hanging around the house. With a family picnic today and church tomorrow that will all be changing. I realize that these will be difficult tests – going out into the world with half-baked facial hairs – and that persecution is very probable. Nonetheless, I have counted the cost and I hope to joyfully endure any ridicule that may come my way. In the next update I’ll let you know to what degree of success my facial hairs and I made it through these challenges.