So, my Dad's been after me to write. He noted I've been doing political writing lately (part of my current occupation), but he encouraged me to continue to write about more than politics. (Hmm… perhaps they get bored of me talking politics?!) :) Mom's been after me my whole life to journal... and that only happens about three times a year!
So, I’ve started a blog. Hopefully I can combine a bit of a journal with some writing, sharing what I've been thinking about & what Gods teaching me. So here it is Mom & Dad this is for you guys... and any other interested friends!
I won’t be posting the blog anywhere or linking it to my facebook profile—so, if you’re interested in it visit and subscribe! Because of my current work in federal politics I’ve purposely left the writer of the blog generic—this is because although I don’t mind being associated with my own “Bible-thumping” views, my boss and political party probably wouldn’t appreciate the association!
My first post was on the theology of missions and the evangelism/compassion ministry debate—definitely not for my friends who tease me about loving to read theology books! (You know who you are!) So, I also added a light-hearted story of growing up on the farm and my fight with a cow.
I hope you all are doing well and enjoying this last little bit of winter.
Why Did I Name My Blog--"Exist in Abundance"?
“…much more the grace of God, and the gift of grace which is by one man Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” Romans 5:15
exceeds | superabounds
After studying the passages God talks about grace (and through growing life experiences!) it is essential to note that God doesn’t just give us just enough—the grace that He gives:
1) to exceed a fixed number of measure, to be left over and above a certain number or measure
a) to be over, to remain
b) to exist or be at hand in abundance
1) to be great (abundant)
2) a thing which comes in abundance, or overflows unto one, something falls to the lot of one in large measure
3) to redound unto, turn out abundantly for, a thing
c) to abound, overflow
1) to be abundantly furnished with, to have in abundance, abound in (a thing), to be in affluence
2) to be pre-eminent, to excel
3) to excel more than, exceed
2) to make to abound
a) to furnish one richly so that he has abundance
b) to make abundant or excellent
exceeds | superabounds
Many people spend their lives simply “existing.” However, multiple times throughout the Bible, the Greek word περισσεύω “perisseuō” is used to describe the abundant grace, hope, and life which God gives His children. (Perisseuo: to abound, to be left over, excel, to furnish so richly that one has abundance…”) God doesn’t have us here just to exist in survival mode—He has us here to thrive to bring Him glory as we love and serve Him in faith. This life isn’t necessarily easy—nor does it necessarily abound in material possessions; but it is one that is full of real joy. The grace which He gives us is abundant—hopefully you will have the joy of seeing that grace overflow through love into the lives of others.
As your journey progresses it is my hope that you will find along with me that the source of joy, strength, and hope (Jesus Christ) is a source that never runs out: His gift of grace is “perisseuo”—one that exceeds and superabounds.
II Cor. 9:8: "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye,
always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."