The Shallow End

ShallowStarting in October 2015, I’ll be teaching a class that encourages us all to dive deeper into the Bible at Springhouse Worship & Arts Center. The class is designed to provide options for daily reading, expose the participants top different ways to study the Bible, and to provide examples of exegesis, devotion and study in the weekly classes.

Week 4 – The Milk Drinkers, where we exegete what those people from the Parable of the Sower who take root and start to grow, but are still drinking milk instead of the meat of the Gospel according to Paul, and go through a devotional (part 4) on Why We Should Read the Bible: Because We Need to Know What We Believe.

Right Click and Save As… the pdf and the mp3 for the full experience:

Dive W4 Participant Guide | Dive W4 Show | Audio

Don’t forget to join the Facebook group page to follow along with the homework and to see the memes, pictures and videos referenced in the audio from the class.


Tail Lamp

My wife told me the tail lamp went out in our van this week. Sure, I could have come up with the $5 to buy the part but I didn’t have to.

I had a bulb from an old truck of mine (number was off from the van bulb of 3057; I had 3157) but it worked. I needed a special five star large screwdriver and had a bit in a rusty set a neighbor gave me a year ago. Having had my share of old cars that needed work I had the experience necessary to change the bulb safely. Five minutes later and it’s done.

This isn’t a miracle. But it’s another example of God working things out for my good. I want to remember to thank God in these kinds of everyday blessings. So, thank you God!

Sweater Sale

I’ve been listing things on eBay for extra money. I listed a sweater I got last year but never wore. It closed today for $20! It isn’t much but when you need money $20 is much better than a sweater in the closet taking up space!

Thank God for eBay, the person who gave me the sweater, and for the person who bought it! May they all be blessed!

Phone Sold in 2 Hours

I just got paid and it looked bad for the budget. Thanksgiving had wreaked havoc on the money and I needed cash so I started listing things on eBay. I listened a mobile phone on a 7 day listing at $89 with a buy it now of $150. Within 2 hours it was sold at the buy it now price and the payment was received!

That money will be a huge blessing to us as we prepare for Christmas and a New Year trip to see friends. Thank God for the provision of the phone itself (which I got for free a few months ago) and for the quick sale!

Free Food for Birth Month!

Because of some research I’ve been doing over at I found even more places that provide free food during your birth month:

  • Wednesday lunch (sandwhich)
  • Thursday lunch (pancake breakfast, cake and ice cream)
  • Friday dinner (burger)
  • Saturday (sandwich)
  • Saturday (muffins, soup, cake) 

I’m excited to find ways to eat because frankly I’m pretty broke right now. And I still have a bunch more options for this next week!

But for those who say this isn’t God but me I say, sure, it’s my cleverness and hard work finding these special offers but where do my cleverness and abilities come from? Does the painting say to the painter look how awesome I am? Of course not. God is awesome and gave me some gifts that he is using to provide for my needs.

So thank you God! You always provide all my needs!

Free Birthday Lunch

Over the last couple years I’ve found a bunch of restaurants that offer free food on your birthday month. Recently I came across a bunch more and I’ve been sharing them at Today I was broke and needed lunch and these benefits came to the rescue!

Free chicken sandwhich, free medium tots and free drink. This is just the first of several free meals this month!

Thank God for clever ideas and being in the right place at the right time!

Free Chicken

A Tennessee favorite (and nationally recognized) chicken place is celebrating its one year anniversary in our area with free chicken! So we took the family and ate for about half (that is to say a savings of about $35-40!)

Thank God for the deal, for the chicken place – that is the best! – and for friends sharing the knowledge of the deal!

For more info check it put here.

Grocery Refund

While on vacation a couple weeks ago I bought a watermelon (at vacation prices: $8!) but it was completely overripe. Being a day’s drive away I almost gave up on it and took the loss. Instead, I sent an email to the grocery and explained the situation and they called me today and offered a double refund over the phone! $16 credited to my bank account in the next couple days! Thank God!