About

Contact: brandon.adams001@gmail.com

Hey.

I’m a teacher, a youth leader, a veteran, a single, an envelope-pusher, a child of divorce, a former depression victim, and (one day, I hope) an author. But I’m mostly a lump of clay in a Potter’s hands, molded and shaped, like it or not. I’m learning the gap between life that “looks spiritual” and life where Jesus is truly invited in to dwell. It’s a world of difference, a planet’s worth of ground between parched and peaceful.

“Millennial” (n.): An individual born from 1982-2004.

The millennial generation is one that, I believe, has lost the Jesus of the Bible. We already know the world would hide Him from us. But there’s so much religion out there, so much half-baked and wishful teaching that’s not based on God’s Word, that it ends up accomplishing the same thing. We end up with, in the words of George MacDonald, “…a false Christ, hard to exorcise!”

It’s infuriating.

One night of the evening news exposes us as a generation in desperate need of Jesus – as he truly is. I want this. I want the life that he offers.

“Everyone who drinks from this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13)

You could probably say the same. I have a passion for digging deep for these treasures hidden in the fields of our world, and sharing them with my brothers and sisters.

But there will be a cost to finding this life.

That’s not something we want to hear. A lot of energy in the mind of the average Christian is spent subtly, even unconsciously, haggling with God as to the cost we’re willing to pay. Jesus says that we’ll never find life that way. And he uses some pretty extreme words to get his point across. Losing our lives, putting him before family and friends, walking right into persecution…the cost is made clear. But Jesus doesn’t seem to think of it as an inconvenience, but as the difference between a parched existence and eternal life. In his eyes, it’s worth it.

We should also be prepared to hear things we’ve heard before. I know that in my own heart, I tend to get bored of the same old Scriptures and conclude that God’s truth must be something new. That isn’t always the case. There’s great value in tradition, and the Bible doesn’t seem to have a problem repeating things. Whatever form the truth may take, it never really changes, because Jesus doesn’t. We should treasure the ancients and the knowledge that God gave them.

I could keep my mouth shut about what he’s taught me. I could dodge the dangers of being wrong about things, avoid all the pretensions of knowing something – under the guise of humility, of course. What do you think you know, Brandon? You’re 32.

But God doesn’t see us that way. He tells us we are “more than conquerors through him who loved us”. We should live as if we believe that. He calls us to do so, to leap beyond our own perceived boundaries and live for him. If God can use this lump to help anyone, then I want him to do it. That is exactly how he loves to operate.

53 thoughts on “About

  1. I just love your spirit, Brandon. I too lament over the absence of Jesus in most of what today’s Christianity has to offer. But, Christ doesn’t call churches, He calls disciples. It would be easy to use the failures of religion to avoid answering His call to follow (not that I’ve been guilty of that…).
    I’m glad that I’ve found your blog, and look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  2. Brandon, I had not read your About page until now, and saw that I used the same quote in my post today. It is not just your generation, but for decades we have needed a revival that only God our heavenly Father can bring. He uses us as His servants where we are. My blog, and especially the series I am doing on Contentment is meant to reveal what His kingdom is like. What He does in and through us, supernaturally, is to reveal His kingdom to the world. It is this, I believe, that will draw others to Himself.
    I came across this site this morning. Is this you? https://contrast2.wordpress.com/author/contrast2/
    Have a blessed day. ~ Fran

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  3. Hi Brandon,

    I came to know of your site from your visiting mine, thank you. If there’s one statement that would define my takeaway from my initial reading, it is, ” I want the life that he offers.” Jesus came that we may have Life, and adundantly so. Blessings to you my brother in Him who is our Life.

    Patrick

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  4. It is so great to read your testimony and to feel the love of God working through you.
    May you be blessed as you continue to spread the news about our Lord through your writing.

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  5. Brandon, I appreciate your writing and, more importantly, your willingness to share your life in relationship with our Lord through the blog site. I am confident the Lord will use your testimony and your thoughts for His purposes in His kingdom. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thanks, also, for following The Ruminant Scribe. I am humbled by your spending time with it. Blessings to you today as you seek to serve Him.

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  6. Brandon, we are all lumps of clay on the potters wheel, its good that know it!! I encourage you to not shut up. In fact SHOUT the good news louder and louder because the world is drowning in what I call “Candy-coated Christianity” where theres not a lot of talk about what’s expected of us (repentance, obedience sacrifice) and only what Jesus will do to improve our lives. My Pastor points to the cross and the Word and will not let the doors open to let us out until he has given an alter call. We, you, I and all believers are called to share the good news so pease keep up the good work because God will use you as long as you’re willing to be used for His glory. Be blessed Al

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  7. Hi Brandon! I saw that you liked the post on my blog about rags on earth and treasures in heaven! I checked out your blog and was just amazing and very happy. It’s really amazing to see a man so strong in his faith with Jesus Christ. You’ve encouraged me so very much.
    ~ Allie >>> Hebrews 11:1, Acts 18:9 <<<

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  8. Brandon, Not sure how you found my blog http://www.healingwriter, but so glad you did. God has placed Millennials on my heart, too. They are one of my target audiences. Since I’m a Boomer (egad, don’t stop reading- lol) it refreshes me to know we share a common goal. Blessings on all you set your hand to for the King.

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  9. Dear Brandon, thank you so much for liking my post; ‘The Hair Styling Session’. I am totally new at this blogging thing, and don’t really now how to get my posts ‘out there’. 😰 But I went to your page and read your ‘About’. Which brought a bit of tears to me, cause I felt like I was reading a bit about myself at a younger age. I too had to battle depression aswell as anxiety attack, which stole so many of my best years. Through it all I did not realize at first that God was indeed there and He was in control. But that was the one thing that brought me to my knees and to seek His presence. He has been good to me. I hope to share and help lead anyone who suffers from this terrible condition to Jesus, because what I needed to hear, was that there IS HOPE. Many blessings and hope to read a lot more of your posts. Christine

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  10. Dear Brandon,

    It’s beautiful how you’ve allowed the Spirit of God to manifest through you in your writings, your honesty and your teachings! 🙂
    I wish I could feel as passionately as you about Christ. However, my entirely family turning away from Christ, the unexplainable spiritual world around me that I cannot fathom and the different religions I’m forced to practise.. leave me in doubt at times. Still, I hold on strongly to the hope Christ gives because his humility makes sense to me. I really hope to grow closer to him with the guidance you provide in your blog 🙂 God bless 🙂

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  11. It’s too easy to be lured by things in this world. And I can’t imagine how hard it would be just starting in life to stay true. Even as I’m moving closer to the time I’ll be gone I find it difficult to ignore the world and stay focused on the Word!

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  12. Hi Brandon…thanks for stopping by “Unwalled”; I’m happy that my post was a blessing to you. May the Lord grant you the desires of your heart as you continue to delight yourself in Him…in His Word, His Will and His Way. May His grace be multiplied upon you as you seek to be a true disciple of Christ and encourage others to do the same. Shalom, Kim

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  14. Hello, I have read several of your posts, and I think your style, not to mention content, reaches a lot of people. I’d like for you to write a guest post on my blog. If you’re interested, please let me know and I’ll send more details. Vanessa

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  15. Hi Brandon!! I just love your spirit! You are so right. There is such a difference in religion and relationship. God has made a shift from the Church Age to the Kingdom Age for those who will follow the leading of His Spirit… and you my brother have shifted. God bless you!!!

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