Biblical Eyesight Emerging Forefront
I think “about”might not be the best way to describe what this portion of the page is all about. Maybe I would call it, “what’s the beef with Joebeef?” That has a real edgy feel to it. Or simply, “who am I?” This would be a little less abrasive. For now I think I will stick with about, simply because this page will talk about about me, and what this blog is all about.
About Me/Who Am I?
I was born on All Saints Day almost thirty years ago. I grew in the happening town of Augusta, GA, home of the Masters. I came to Christ while I was in my fifth grade Bible class. My teacher had a strong concern for her students, and she wanted to mkae sure they had a clear understanding of the gospel. It was her love for me that allowed me to encounter the love of Jesus.
After high school I went to Toccoa Falls college in northeast Georgia. College was good to me for two reasons. The first is I learned more about Jesus. The second is I met the love of my life. We have been married for almost seven years now, and we have two awesome kids to show for it.
After college we moved up here to Louisville, Ky in order for me to attend Southern Seminary. Since we have been in Kentucky I have served as a youth leader, speaker, teacher, and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Right now I work fulltime for a bank, and I work with parttime with a nonprofit organization kidsnChrist as a web designer helping with overall logistics.
I like to keep busy. If our minds go ideal we do not grow closer to God, and we are not more equiped to serve Him.
About the Blog/What’s the Beef with JoeBeef?
Many of you are more than likely wondering why do I call this blog the beef blog. I like the acronym beef for two reason. The first is I love beef. On my birthday last year my wife took me out to Texas Roadhouse, and I ordered a 22 ounce T-bone steak. I ate the whole thing. The water came back, and was shocked I put that thing away. However, I do not think I ate anything till dinner the next day. I love a good steak. It does not need to be fancy with goofy toppings and other wierd spices. Just give me some good beef cooked right on the grill.
The other reason I decided the name the blog after my favorite kind of meat is it fit with what I am trying to do. B.E.E.F. stands for Biblical Eyesight Emerging Forefront. Last winter I read Tim Challies The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. This was a great read. The goal of the book was to help a follower of Jesus learn to discern God’s will and understand God’s view of the things of this world. Here is his definition of discernment:
Discernment is the skill of understanding and applying God’s Word with the purpose of separating truth from error and right from wrong. 1
The goal of this blog is try and look at Scripture to see what God’s will is for Christians. I also will try and look at current events to see things in God’s perspective by holding them up the light of Scripture. Sometimes the difference between good teaching and bad teaching can be a razors edge, but as Christians we all called to discern the will of God. While comparing preachers like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. They might seem similar, but hold them to the light of Scripture then they suddenly seem like two totally different pastors. We are to use God’s Word a light to show us what it true, but also we use to show us how to live as well.
I am yours; rescue me!
For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 NLT
The goal of this blog is to look at both of those things.
Thanks again for reading. If you have any questions or you just want to leave a comment please feel free to do so.
For His Service,
Links to Look At:
Why B.E.E.F.? The original post. It says some of the same stuff that was written here. I just thought you would like to see where it all got started.
The Photo Faith Challenge. My other blog. I believe we were created by a creative God. This blog has different pictures that I have taken, and I try to relate them to different aspects of God’s Word.
Levels of Discernment. Another post that looks at sections of the book I read The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. This post examines different levels of importance in the area of theology.
The Millenial Christian. This is a blog that I work with and write for. This is part of the kidsnChrist ministry that I work work with. The goal of this blog is to look at different aspects of Scripture and cultural topics examine God’s view on the issues. It is written by several authors who work together to get the message of the gospel out.
1 Challies, Tim (2008). The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Kindle Locations 703-704). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.