Entries by WeakDave

My life is UP TO DAVE,

when my reality is informed by my eyes and ears.  But when my reality is informed by Scripture, my life is up to my SovereignShepherdJesus.  I’m not MY problem, but His problem.  It’s not MY reign, but His reign.  Ahhh.  So thankful for His growing me more-and-more aware of my INdependency, because Jesus-dependency is the pearl of […]

I don’t need a different car —

I need a different DAVE.  My flesh imagines I would be happier with a different car.  But I already HAVE a great car, and it hasn’t made me content.  I need a different DAVE.  A Dave who is CONTENT with the car he HAS, with the body he has, with the maturity he has, with […]

GospelFriendships Financial Update.

Thank You, Jesus, for regular supporters plus several unusual gifts in 2017, so income exceeded expenses by $3000!  Impressive.  Twelve months ago we ran a $5k + deficit.  We really need this cushion going into 2018, because cash was low all year, and so low in November that my paycheck was only $400.  But made […]

Why are we Christians so unfruitful

with the seculars around us?  Jesus said, “You cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.”  Do we remain in Jesus all day long?  No.  Whyzat?  We are created-dependents functioning as independents, wise in our own eyes, leaning on our own understanding, confident-we-know-what’s-best — analyzers/judges of everyone and everything.  We remain in OURSELVES as we […]

A dead man feels no pressure,

no fear, no frustration, no discouragement.  Only those ALIVE to their agenda experience stressful living.  Only those confident-they-know-what’s-best have an agenda.  The nicest, kindest, sweetest thing that Jesus ever does for us kids of His, is to freshly convict of us of our independence/confidence-we-know-what’s-best/pride/worldliness, so we are freshly undone, contrite, dead to our own worthiness/reputation, […]

The Christian life is a burden

when my flesh is reigning supreme — conscientious about avoiding sin, doing right, believing right, so I feel good about myself.  But the Christian life is a DELIGHT when the Spirit has freshly convicted me of the sin of independence/confidence-I-know-what’s-best — unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, wanting some of my own.  Being freshly […]

Dave, how can you talk about

Jesus’ genius plan for all, when there is so much bad in the world?  Well, how would we know what good looks like, if we weren’t exposed to bad?  SovereignShepherdJesus has created great examples of bad examples, and great examples of good examples, so we can clearly grasp the difference.  How could we appreciate the […]

I’m an equal-opportunity obsessive.

I am so inappropriately obsessive, that there is hardly any distinction between saving thousands and saving pennies, on a purchase.  I’m an equal-opportunity obsessive.  Embarrassing, because all my life I’ve imagined myself a reasonable, sane person, not the kind of fool who would spend as much time on a ten-dollar purchase, as a ten-thousand-dollar purchase. […]