My name is Chase, and I am an average guy serving a God with a mighty purpose. Many times in life, I find it difficult being a Christian. Although God's endless grace continues to bless my life, it becomes a daily battle to return a portion of the love which was given to me. I pray this website will not only represent a record of my personal, spiritual journey, but also influence yours. Through prayer, scripture, and other forms of documenting I hope this will reveal more and more of our heavenly Father. Let us live our lives by seeking Him.

Matthew 16:24-26
Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 3: 29-30

Build Me up Buttercup

I have been anxiously waiting to share this bit of God’s good humor.

Loud music coexists with much laughter, the bumping bass of the passerby, and strong aromas of cheeseburgers and blossoming crepe myrtles fill the air. This is a common scene of downtown Clemson, SC. Here, we college students find comfort in the hustle and bustle of the cramped streets and rambunctious activity. Weekly, a group of friends and I walk to a Clemson sushi bar called 356, where we seek procrastination at its strongest alias: shagging. It is great. 50-70 sweaty bodies cranking that yank to Build Me up Buttercup.

My Sperries were constantly sliding across the floor, while I spinned my girlfriend swiftly into my arms. A couple of spins and pretzels later we repeated our favorite moves- adding a dip or two. Next, we switched partners. It is was so much fun. Generally, each person remained totally consumed in sync with their partner. Hysterical laughing made its way into the room. It is also here, the occasional shag casa nova put me to shame.

I spotted a girl about my age standing in a corner. A little bit larger than today’s ridiculously thin society, she sported extremely thick wire rim glasses, subtle acne and a strangely patterned red dress. She stood there tapping her feet off rythm, nervously caressing the dress’s bright fabric. 

She felt so uncomfortable, so out of place.

Typically, a majority of guys would ask the “pretty” girls to dance. And to be honest, this girl did not stand a chance. Perhaps she would have to endure another awkward monday.Taking a break from hurling my friends around, gaining composure, and wringing out my drenched t shirt, I  walked over to the bar where she was standing alone. Suddenly, we made eye contact. I felt really weird. I did not want this to happen. I walked away from the bar thinking this girl was screaming for help. 

And then it hit me.

God exclaimed, “Don’t you dare forsake her…” leaving the situation up to me.

My heart started racing, palms sweating, and mind thinking, “Chase. Just do it!?” 

Moments later I found myself tapping her on the shoulder, taking her hand in mine and asking her to dance with me. Sweet Caroline played over the speakers. And just I as I suspected she was a horrible dancer haha. However, she never stopped talking to me (the whole entire song.) But, for some odd reason I did not mind. All her goofiness dissolved away, and for that particular song I felt like we were best friends. She encouraged me. She genuinely wanted to know how my day was. In the blink of an eye the song was over. We both nodded and I thanked her for the dance. I wanted to think it made her night like it did mine.

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word encourage means to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to spur on- to give help. Romans, perhaps one of the New Testament’s most encouraging books, declares the prophecy of courage and encouragement. Below are a few verses that inspire us to have no fear of God’s will, but to carry it out. In Romans 15:7, 

 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” 

 Romans 14:19, 

"19So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” 

These short verses beckon us to remember to do what is right in God’s eyes, and love one another as ourselves like in Matthew 22. So I charge you to encourage someone as soon as possible, so that when you do, you will experience the love Jesus gave us. I guarantee it.

Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.
John Wayne

It’s Time to Grow Up.

Although there is no exact formula to create the perfect Christian, (well, there is no perfect Christian), still we are called to hold fast to the commandments and scripture God has given us. One truth holds constant, faith without works is dead. And what are works without knowing who said them and why? Let us take a closer look at why the bible remains a critical component of our faith. In Hebrews 4: 12, 

"12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” 

and again in 2 Timothy 3:16,

 ”All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”

and again in Acts 17:11, 

"11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

Repeatedly, the bible says to read the bible. This is not a perplexing concept. Scripture is living word. It is designed to always apply to our lives, transcending both space and time.

Then why does it sometimes feel task-oriented and taunting? Hmmm. That is just our humanly desires speaking.

Nevertheless, in reality, the bible serves as a source of our renewal, inspiration, and conviction.

 This transformation requires like any other practice in our lives- prayer and meditation. We must apply perseverance and consistency to scripture reading and its use in our every day journey. According to Rebecca Pippert,  we need to embrace the simple fact that there must be a connection between belief and behavior. And how would we know how to behave without reading the Word of God? Living the life of a Christian is not repeating a prayer, convoluting theology and worshipping rituals, or maintaining an incredible sense of spirituality. It is not being legalistic, being a “good” person, or solely seeking excellence. Being a Christian is having a furious passion for God, acknowledging Him as Lord, and having faith in His good word. It is continously seeking his will, living in sanctification, loving others, praying, and sacrificing your life for a life of Jesus. Finally, we are reassured this because we have a perfect human example to live by. Jesus.

The word became flesh. In John 1:1-5,

  ”1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

I am not saying lets all become monks, shave our head, and live in solitude chanting under stained glass. I am saying I need to delve more into scripture. It is a command by God. 

It’s time to grow up, learn from the Lord, and soak in all his truth. It is the least we can do. Let us think about making a transition of being childish to child-like in following the commandments of our perfect God.

Luke 11:28 

 ”28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jesus. Matthew 11:28-29
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