*[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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*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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*Patrons Freebie #2

I am sometimes guilty of not spending enough time with the Lord, especially when I have a lot of things to do. And I only remember to stop and seek him out when I find that I’m already running on empty — I’m sluggish and irritable, and my joy is drained. During the busy months that led to the launching of my website, Swordsman of the Word, there had been many instances of this.

I don’t know how original I am, but I’ve always had this principle that when I’m building something, I need first to establish the foundations as soon as possible, and at a great cost, usually to myself (late nights, eye strain, fatigue, lack of exercise). When that is done, I can then proceed with the work in a reasonable, healthy, and even leisurely manner. I picture it as building a tower: the foundations I need to build ASAP (can’t do anything else until this is done), and the superstructures for the rest of my life (or something like that).

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*Patrons Freebie #1

It is July, not January, but with everything I’ve been doing lately — the launching of my website, Swordsman of the Word, and the launching also of my Patreon page to find support for my writing — it really feels like a new year for me. Indeed, I “stand upon the verge of the unknown” as I work towards possessing my promised land.

This is actually an act of faith, starting this Patreon page. I don’t have yet many followers in my website, and I don’t have yet any network. But God’s direction has been clear about this, and so here I am, building this channel through which God’s supply would come — hoping for those “springs that shall never dry,” for those “fountains and streams that shall never be cut off.”

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