Welcome to my blog. If you’ve read my writing before, you may be familiar with its old home. I decided that i wanted a blog with which i could do more and potentially reach more people. The posts will be the same caliber of Biblical exposition and honest reflection, because why change a good thing, even if it limits readership?
But maybe you’re not familiar with my writing. Here’s what you need to know: My name is Joshua Wingerd, and i am 29 years old. I became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ when i was 18 while at a summer camp. I love writing, and i am currently working on sermons, technical essays, bible study blog posts, and several novels. I graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO in December of 2015 with a BA in Biblical Studies, and i moved back to Southern California in May of 2017. I am currently pursuing an M.Div. at Gateway Seminary in Los Angeles, CA. My wife and i married on November 5, 2020, our son was born November 14, 2021, and we are presently praying persistently for God to call me to a local church–anywhere in the United States–for full-time pastoral ministry. Your prayers are appreciated as well.
You may have noticed that i don’t capitalize the letter “i” if it’s not at the beginning of a sentence. I do it on purpose if it is not auto-corrected by a word-processor, and if it is not for a publisher or professor. Here’s my reason: English is different from the Biblical languages (Greek and Hebrew) in that it capitalizes the word “i.” As English writers we have gotten away from capitalizing pronouns that refer to “God”–the Lord of the Universe–but we’d better make absolutely sure we capitalize a one-letter word that refers to us; it’s pride–plain and simple. I’ll respect the “rules of the English language” when it comes to public writing, but my blog is private writing for the public’s benefit, so oftentimes “i” will be left lowercase. Rant over.
But with all that said, here’s the goal of this blog, from the words of two passages of Scripture (unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations on this site are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission):
1 John 4:15-17 (emphasis added)
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world.
Mark 12:29-31 (emphasis added)
“This is the most important,” Jesus answered: “Listen, Israel! The Lordour God, the Lordis One. Lovethe Lord your Godwith all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,and with all your strength. The second is: Love your neighboras yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”
On my original blog i spent three posts dissecting the meaning of these passages, primarily 1 John 4:15-17, from which “live in Love; find your true reward (liLfytr)” comes. The three parts can be accessed here: part 1, part 2, part 3.
In summary, as believers we are called to be the most loving people in existence. Love is more than a thing we say when we are happy, but rather a way of life, even when we are not happy. God is Love. Jesus is Love. Jesus was not happy when He was on the cross, dying the death we all deserved so we could live with Him forever, but that was most definitely the greatest demonstration of love that the world will ever see. In the same way, those who follow Him are called to be like Him in this world: loving. We must give of ourselves even when it hurts. This is what it means to live in Love. And, as 1 John 4:17 shows, this living will lead to confidence in the day of judgment–the truest reward.
So that’s the goal of this blog. How can we better understand God’s love, and how can we better put love into practice, both toward God and fellow humans?
I would be honored if you’d join me in this journey.
Soli Deo Gloria
Thanks for reading.
- Ramadan 4 — True or False Believers?A reflection for the fourth day of Ramadan. Are you a genuine believer? . . . Al-‘Imran 113-115.
- Ramadan 3 — Are You Following Jesus?A reflection for the third day of Ramadan. Do you follow Jesus? . . . Al-‘Imran 47, 59.
- Out of the Frying Pan…John continues his letter by describing God’s protection of the church throughout the church age. . . . Revelation 12:13-17.
- Ramadan 2 — Love God AloneA reflection for the second day of Ramadan. Do you love God, or are you an idolater? . . . Al-Baqara 163, 165.
- Ramadan 1 — Do You Pursue Righteousness?A reflection for the first day of Ramadan. Are you a promoter of corruption or of righteousness? . . . Al-Baqara 8, 11-12.
- Victory ChantJohn continues his letter by describing heaven’s response to the expulsion of Satan. . . . Revelation 12:10-12.
- Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You OutYour sin will always find you out, whether immediately, or sometime in the future. . . . Numbers 32:23.
- How to Respond to DifficultyThis is the best way to respond to hardships. . . . James 1:3.
- Ancient Spiritual WarfareJohn continues his letter by zooming in on the expulsion of Satan from heaven. . . . Revelation 12:7-9.
- History in the StarsJohn continues his letter by summarizing world history until the present day. . . . Revelation 12:1-6.
- The Wheel of Time2021 is over; here are my hopes and goals and prayers for 2022.
- My 2021 in BooksA brief reflection on each of my top 10 books of 2021.