The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vice's Christ

“What is worthy of dispraise but vice?” - St. Augustine

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Vice: “a weakness of character or behavior; a bad habit” - New Oxford American Dictionary

How different can two things be; the view of humanity and the perspective of God? Why do we give into temptations so easily? Why do we even praise our temptation’s conquests? Somehow our human perspective causes us to boast over our misdeeds and sins. Talk to a thief and they may be proud of what they’ve been able to steal. Talk to a young man and he may boast over his conquests. It’s all a matter of perspective. While some may say that a little vice is good. God would say, “That’s why I sent my only begotten Son.” “That whosoever should believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” - John 3:16 Vice has its cost. It not only wears at our physical bodies, but our spirits as well. It moves us further and further from our Savior, whether we’re aware of it or not. But vice is not the end. It’s temptations don’t have to rule. It can be conquered. Not by us, but by Christ. I’m reminded and will end with the words of the Hymn— 

In Christ Alone. 

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This give of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For every sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Brought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r in hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

Words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,


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