*I’m working on it!

Hello friends. Sorry to keep you all waiting, but I’m working again for Swordsman of the Word, and right now I’m writing my next essay.

As usual, I was delayed again from my schedule, but if no more interruptions come, then we can all expect that my work for this main blog is indeed continuing. Finally!

Before this month of September ends, I’ll post my essay for my second answer to the question, “What does Swordsman of the Word mean to me personally?” And then, before the first two weeks of October end, I’ll try to write and post my third and final answer to that question.

Thank you for your patience, my friends! I appreciate your continued following despite my struggles to write consistently for this blog. But what I can tell you now is that these past weeks of delay have been necessary for me to clarify my answers in my mind. And so they were worth it.

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*SC Resources (mailing list)

Hello friends. The devotionals and Bible readings I used to post in the Facebook Page of Swordsman Community are now available as emails subscription. You can read more about this here: About SC Resources.

The mailing list’s operation will begin on Monday, September 14. If you’d like to know what my posts are going to be like, please visit SC Resources on Facebook.

And so, this is now the last puzzle piece concerning Swordsman Community that has fallen into place….

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*Community Blog: Tumblr Version

Hello friends. Just letting you know. I went ahead and built another version of my Community Blog in Tumblr :)

And so I have now three places for the community: One here in WordPress.com, which I consider as the base camp, and one each in Facebook and Tumblr, which I consider only as outposts. You see, once I’ve made my post here in WordPress.com, it’s only a simple matter of reproducing them in Facebook and Tumblr, and so… why not? I only hope that I won’t be penalized (much) by search engines for this, but hey, I never cared about SEO anyway. What is important to me is having those community places where people can gather and learn….

You can visit the very fresh and shining Tumblr blog here: Swordsman Community

Note: There’s no new content yet, only the new blog.

Anyway, because it looked like I won’t be needing it anymore, I closed down my previous Tumblr, Arjay B. Araña. All my efforts in this platform will now be focused on this new blog.

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*Community Blog, Schedule Update

Hello friends. As you’ve seen, I’ve been distracted again from my work in this main blog. I wasn’t able to write what I planned to write, and I also wasn’t able to finish updating my blog posts and pages.

True, as I have announced, I do struggle writing my second essay (and I will probably struggle too with my third one), but it’s also true that my work in my Facebook Page, Swordsman (of the Word) Community, has stolen much of my time and energy — a work that I have had serious doubts about even from the beginning. The fact is, and I’ve known this early on, Facebook is not a good place to build a community. Part of the problem is the platform itself, with its news distribution algorithm. (Unless my content is viral-material, which is impossible for the true gospel message, and unless I’m already popular to begin with, with lots of contacts and fans, I have no chance for a real audience.) Another problem is the ephemeral nature of posts made in social media in general. With all the effort and hours I’ve spent working, I didn’t feel that it was truly worth it, because my posts on the Page were not “tangible” enough.

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*[Patrons] Climbing High in Mt. Blessedness

This devotional reading, in a nutshell, talks about pursuing a much better life in Christ: To leave our present and unsatisfactory lives behind, and to start climbing — and to climb high — in God’s mountain of blessedness. In other words, it tries to convey hope and reassurance that tomorrow can be better for us. That is, if we get on our feet and begin climbing.

And the Word of God does confirm this, that through Jesus Christ we can have a much better life — a much blessed life. We can overcome our problems that would otherwise drive us to despair….

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A Hard-Won Triumph of My Faith

Creative Commons License Last month, July 12, 2020, marked the second-year anniversary of Swordsman of the Word. When I made my first post in this blog two years ago, I was full of hope and expectation about the blessings the future might bring. Well, I never thought that the next two years would turn out to be such a struggle getting this ministry off the ground, and that they would bring me — in addition to the blessings — much pain, hardships, and regrets. And that is because, in the final analysis, Swordsman of the Word had seemed to others to be much too radical and much too ambitious to be attempted by someone like me. A nobody. Gifted, maybe. But still, a nobody.

What I’ve been reminded of recently, however, is that this ministry is ultimately only between me and God. I’m the one whose faith in him is being tested. And I’m the one who is accountable. I’m the one who is standing before him in judgment and giving account of the things I’ve done in regard to it. (As I have declared in Running this Blogging Race Once Again, the only authority I recognize now for this ministry is the Bible, God’s Word.) Therefore, as long as I’m in line with the things God has said, and as long as I have his approval for this work, what others think of Swordsman of the Word doesn’t really matter. People’s opinions (and people’s obstructions) don’t affect its legitimacy, nor will they overcome its power and continuity.

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*Community Page Reopened

Hello friends. It’s a new beginning for my Facebook page, Swordsman of the Word Community. Come and check it out :)

Like in this blog, our focus there is serving you, and it can be a good springboard for your spiritual journey. We offer a weekly sermon and daily devotions from Charles Spurgeon (a great 19th century preacher), daily readings from the World English Bible (downloadable as PDFs), and links to other Christian resources and stuffs. (Of course, I also post there the links to my blog posts here.)

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*Collections Pages Updated

Hello friends. I’ve updated my Collections pages. You might want to check them out, for they reflect my future plans and the present status of Swordsman of the Word.

Also, I’ve been busy the past several days, not writing, but dealing with odds and ends — so that I can finally return to blogging as painless as possible. I’m nearly finished now, but I need some time off to recharge.

Expect my new essay on the last week of July.

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*Patrons Freebie #3

Hello friends. Yesterday, July 12, 2020, marked this blog’s second-year anniversary. Truly, I wanted to celebrate it with you, and I planned to post a brand-new essay — it would’ve also been my official return to blogging — but I wasn’t able to finish on time the one I’m working on right now. And so, though it’s already a bit late, I’m giving you two gifts instead.

Because my top priorities have always been this blog and my preparations for the ministry, I was yet unable to build my portfolio and my business for Patreon. I aim to start doing that again soon, but for now, as my gifts to you, I’ve opened to the public the two devotional reflections I wrote last year, before I got sidetracked… :)

Enjoy them, and God bless you! (Don’t forget to download the PDFs!)

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*Adopting TGC’s Confession and the Creeds

Creative Commons License Before I resume writing for this blog, I would like to settle first one necessary foundation, and that is a clear declaration of my theological position and convictions.

As you’ve probably known, my friends, I’ve been without a statement of faith from this ministry’s beginning — and I’ve only talked about generally accepted doctrines. And that is because, initially, I had a local church to associate with, and so the matter was not that urgent. But more important, it’s also because I wasn’t yet prepared, theologically, to formulate my own doctrinal statements, or to adopt someone else’s.

However, now that I’ve struck out on my own — with Swordsman of the Word already an independent entity — this kind of situation where I have no faith-statement is no longer acceptable. Even what I said in my last two blog posts that I’m going to be orthodox in my teaching is not enough. I need now to be specific about my theology, and I need now to make a stand.

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