As I walked around the campus today it struck me, “this is my campus.” Faith Baptist Bible College is no longer just the school where my son attends, or where my friends work, it is the place that God has directed us. I am very grateful. It will be exciting to see the campus full of students Monday morning with our first classes begin.
For the past 150+ Wednesday evenings, I searched for humorous, poignant, ironic, or corny images to use for the BG’s Facebook posts. These posts were small reminders to the men who attend our Bible study, meant to capture the attention of the attendees and entice others to consider joining. Every time I found an image, I thought of specific men in the group. I chose military posters, vintage advertisements, pictures of coffee mugs or bowls of soup, and other interesting subjects. Often I tried to add in obscure references to tough guys, fighters, warriors, and heroes. BGs has been the personal highlight of every week since we had our first small group of men at the House of Chin Fe. Thank you all for attending. I am excited to hear how BGs (Bible Groups…Busy Guys) continue to grow in the future.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
The LORD is the ultimate architect and contractor. Houses are only as good as their designers and builders. This Psalm reminds me of the realities of my Christian life.
- Without the Lord’s involvement, from planning to finishing, our endeavors are futile.
- Although I bring stress to the scenario, God wants to bring rest to the scenario.
- The little people in the home are infinitely more important than the house itself.
- I have an opportunity to point the next generation at a worthy target.
- God has a way of using our children to bless us years later.
Last Friday I came to the end of a chapter. For over six years I have had the privilege of hosting a two hour, live talk radio program called Live Til 5. I would always begin the episode with “broadcasting high atop the campus of Harvest Ministries, from the worldwide headquarters of KHMG 88.1 FM, Harvest Family Radio.” Every episode was enjoyable. Every episode was hard work. Every episode was a learning experience. One of the best lessons I learned was simply, “it’s not about me.” Even though I was the host, behind the microphone, and the voice on the air for two hours each week, it wasn’t about me. All of the 310 episodes worth of content, banter, and creative work was not meant for me. It was always meant for the listener. This lesson was ingrained in me on the day I received horrible news, moments before going on air. The lesson was seared into my mind on the day I got texts during the broadcast telling me a loved one needed immediate assistance. No matter what was going on in my life, that day, the listeners didn’t need to know. The show was meant to lift the listeners’ burdens, and give them a boost at the end of a long week. Live Til 5 was there to carry loads, not add them. The unselfish lesson was good for me to learn. During those times where I had the capability of sharing things with the hundreds, or even thousands of listeners, I learned that God could equip me to do my job, as He carried my burdens, quietly, “off-mic.” I learned many other lessons from Live Til 5 and will share them in the future. But for now, I want to say “Thank you, listeners, for six amazing years!” https://soundcloud.com/harvestfamilyradio/ltf-grand-finale
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
My life and mission statement: God deserves to receive glory from this life He has loaned to me. He made me for a purpose, and I want to be used for the purpose. If God lets me, I want to be part of something that makes a huge difference in people’s lives. I want to inspire those who are coming after me and encourage those in leadership roles. I love big things, but recognize that the small investments can make the most significant impact. I want to live a life that my kids look at and think “Wow. Dad loves Jesus and loves people. And I want to be like Dad.” I don’t have to be in charge. I don’t have to be recognized. I don’t have to be the focal point. I just want to help. I’ve been given so many amazing experiences: sound Biblical philosophy of ministry, premiere leadership training in the US Air Force and other stellar companies, the ability to communicate individually and with the crowd, a high threshold for pressure, a creative eye, a sincere enjoyment of networking and relationship building, experience in people and project administration, almost two decades of international and multicultural service, and the support of a fantastic wife and family. (Composed March 8, 2018)
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:36)
But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself ... And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, (Daniel 1:8-9)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.(James 1:5)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
Thus Joseph… also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), (Acts 4:36)
By God’s grace I want to live this mission. Jared Baldwin