This Is Not A Dress Rehearsal

No second chances.

Musings and My Two Cents

We only have one life to live, and we only get one shot at it. There is no dress rehearsal before you get to do it for real. This is it. We must get it right now. We do have a written guide to ensure that we do, and that is the Bible, the Holy Bible.

Some have referred to it as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. The Bible does instruct and point us to how to live this life, and points to the one and only person in whom we may find salvation, and that person is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, and our Savior.

You ask, why do I need a Savior? You think that your good works will be enough? The reason that you and I need a Savior is because the God who created us in his image expects us to walk holy before…

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Who Wants Change?

You’re Not a Loser for Starting the New Year Single

“God did not save and redeem you so that you would wallow in self-hatred.” My annual reminder to all Christian singles out there.

Brandon J. Adams

Every once in a while I’ll get triggered by an Internet meme, and ’tis the season for this one…


Or this one, along similar lines…


You get the idea.

I don’t know how serious people are being here, but let’s break down the labels contained herein (I won’t use the three-letter F word, you heard it enough in junior high):


I could see how the first three are negatives in your eyes. 1) is a problem. I pray for people’s freedom there. 2) and 3) are worthy of change – perhaps not necessarily evil (James 1:9), but we do want to meet our bills and take care of our bodies. May 2017 be the Waterloo of these obstacles in our lives. (Though even if not, our worth in Christ remains untarnished. Far, far from Loserville.)

But…single? How does that fit into a set of negatives?

There is nothing wrong with singleness. There is nothing…

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What if God doesn’t fix it?

Short but mind-blowing.

beard with a blog

There’s a scene in Thornton Wilder’s play, The Angel that Troubled the Waters, that captures the essence of waiting on God to fix the broken thing, or things, in our lives.

The scene is a medical doctor that comes to the pool everyday wanting to be healed of his own depression, anxiousness, and deep sadness.  Finally, the angel appears and the doctor goes to step into the water to receive his healing when the angel blocks his entrance saying, “No, step back, the healing is not for you.”  The doctor pleads, “But I’ve got to get into the water.  I can’t live this way!”  The angel says, “No. This moment is not for you.”  And he says, “But how can I live this way?”

The angel says to him, “Doctor, without your wounds, where would your power be?  It is your melancholy that makes your low voice tremble into…

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The Classroom Quotables Collection

In the vein of “Kids Say the Darndest Things”, the following is a series of quotes lifted directly from the four years of math class I taught, grades 7-12.

Student #1: “Mr. Adams, do you have any siblings?”
Me: “Yes, a younger brother.”
Student #2: “Did he turn out better?”

Me: “So, any material from your math class that you’ve been struggling with?
Student: “Not really.”
Me: “Nothing that you’ve found annoying lately?”
Student: “Just you.”

Student: “You’re mean, Mr. Adams.”
Me: “I’m not mean. I just have expectations for you, including doing work.” Student: “That’s how you’re mean.”
Me: “Well, I’m not sure what I can do about that.”
Student: “You could quit your job.”

Student #1: “Mr. Adams, why do some people laugh at funerals?”
Me: “Maybe the deceased person wants their loved ones to be happy even at their funeral. I would.”
Student #2: “I’m going to dance on your grave, does that count?”

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God’s Unexpected Answer

This is a great piece about the nature of the journeys God designs for us.


The divinely patient and love-filled answer of God to my prayer about guidance in the selection of a career went not at all according to what I naively thought I wanted, but what God knew I actually needed if I was to be able to grow in my knowledge of Christ and to understand some of the deep issues within the cross and the resurrection.

God’s answer to my prayer asking for worldly conventional normalcy in the career portion of my life, so that I could pursue Him undistracted by the cares of this world according to the shallow thinking of a beginning novice, turned out to be the direct opposite of what I expected.  Without divinely created and guided experiences, having some measure of adversity and challenge, I cannot grow into the fullness of the better person God had in mind when He created me.

If we truly seek…

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Triumph On My Enemies