Stewardship Daily | Overcoming Sin

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In this post: Good Friday, the joy of salvation, and overcoming sin.

Good Friday

This paradoxical term always causes me to pause and think: how could something so terrible be so good. And yet, the cross is the pivot of human history from death into life. On this day, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus, who being tortured to death on our behalf, defeated the power of sin and reconciled us to the Father. Everything that happened on that day was horrible, even grotesque. But still, we remember that day, when Jesus was overcoming sin for us, as good.

The Joy of Salvation

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

-Hebrews 12:1-2

The letter to the Hebrews encompasses many topics, but perhaps chief among them is endurance in the face of persecution. In these two verses, the Author encourages his audience to press on in the race of life. We are encouraged to slog our way through the weight of this life.

But why? Why should believers endure?

Because the same Jesus who endured being tortured to death sneered at the shame of the cross, endured it all, and emerged victorious, forever claiming the right to site at the right hand of the Father. This Jesus is the one who initialized our faith and has promised to see it through to completion. The joy of our salvation comes from recognizing that the same Truth seated at the very center of all power has promised that we too shall overcome.

Overcoming Sin

A stewardship is a trust. The transfer to the kingdom of heaven also comes with new responsibilities. These responsibilities come with our trust -our stewardship.

Overcoming sin is part of the stewardship of life set before us. Jesus canceled the power of sin over us at the cross. Believers are forever justified before God. Believers must overcome sin because this is how the Author has written it. Believers can overcome sin because this is also how the Author has written it.

Overcoming sin takes a reality check. In fact, overcoming sin requires Light. Light that shines in the darkness reveals the truth about what is in the darkness. Scripture provides that light. The light reveals a risen Savior victorious and ruling on the throne of Heaven. The light reveals that Jesus is our example, our inspiration, and the Initializer and Completer of our faith. In Him, overcoming is possible.



Time: The Most Precious Stewardship

a watchThe Most Precious Stewardship

Time is the most precious of resources. There is no way to regain spent time. Next to the Gospel, it may be the most precious stewardship we can undertake.

Soon, I will return with a new series: Evangelism and Stewardship. I’ve been outlining it in my head and will soon be ready to put it to digital paper. Between the giant math word problems, day job restructuring, and Mercy Clinic work, blogging has had to take a back seat.

However, it is not for forever!

Until then think on this:

“You then, my child,
be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
and what you have heard
from me in the presence
of many witnesses
entrust to faithful men
who will be able to teach others also.

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits,
since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
-2 Timothy 2:1-7


Hello, Dear Reader… I’m Still Here

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the delay in posting; the past few weeks have eaten at my time in unexpected ways. Somehow I had forgotten what the end of a semester is like. Though, I’m not taking classes at the moment, we are still a student family. That eats time in unexpected ways, especially with a curious toddler. However, my brain has not been idle…. just mostly idle (Survival Mode+).

So, here’s a preview of what’s coming up:

  1. I have been challenged by a friend to incorporate a podcast into my blogging strategy. Admittedly, I’m still working on what that’s going to look like.
  2. The longer I blog here, the more I realize this is personal outlet that I hope is in some way informative to you. I really appreciate your readership. In an effort to dive back into my original intent for blogging, this summer, I will be launching a separate stewardship platform. Stay tuned for more!

So, I say all that to say this: I need your help. My blogging has been one-sided far too long. Regarding church, theology, discipleship, and stewardship, what do you want to talk about?

A Couple of Updates

Hello, Everyone:

Thank you for reading Recently, I’ve not been posting as much as I did over the winter, and I wanted to fill you in on what’s going on.

First, I’ve been uber-busy. Mrs. Jones has been working through her PhD seminars like a boss. That means that a large chunk of my writing time has been devoted to watching Miss E (who is a toddler extraordinaire). Thankfully, Mrs. Jones’ super-awesome mother has pitched in just as we were getting stretched too thin. Here’s to you, Mrs. N.

Second, I have two goals on my bucket list that I want to complete: 1. write a novel. 2. write a good novel. I have shifted a large part of my writing focus to short stories and outlining a novel. This means of the 2000 or 3000 words that I can produce in a week right now I’m devoting the bulk to these projects. If you want to know why I’m doing this, please check out my post on “Why I Write (And Why You Should Do Your Thing Too)“.

Third, I am anticipating starting business school in the fall. I am doing this for three reasons: I’ve received strong counsel from many in the Church that this is a vital ministry need; this is a practical complement to my theological training in stewardship and leadership; and, Mrs. Jones and I have a heart to serve post-moderns, post-Christians, and churches who need help becoming healthy. These three reasons are encompassed in the fact that both Mrs. Jones and I feel convicted to stay where we are and complete our education.

What this means is that I will probably be post a bit less frequently (once or twice weekly), but with an eye towards richer content, introducing short stories, and chronicling my experiences in learning about the practical side of stewardship in the nonprofit and church world. As always, I look forward to your comments and feedback as we go along.


Prayer | What I Don’t Pray For

The Hand by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia

The Hand by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia

Recently, I posted on figuring out what to pray for and how the two Great Commandments inform our prayers to God. Funny thing is, I was thinking about posting a series on prayer for this month before I was aware that our church was going to put on a prayer summit in partnership with Maybe I had heard it and it stuck in the back of my mind or maybe this was God’s way of guiding me to think about the state of prayer in my own life in tandem with my church. However it came to be, reflecting on prayer has been provocative and challenging to my life. I’ve found myself challenged to sacrifice time and comfort. I’ve been challenged to embrace more hard work in my life though it teems with the work of figuring out how to lead a family, raise an awesome baby girl, and support my equally awesome wife’s pursuit of a Ph.D. But nonetheless, I’ve been challenged to figure out what to pray for. What I didn’t expect was to be challenged about what I don’t pray for. [Read more…]