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Very Brief Blog

by Tyler Dirks

“Those understand not themselves that value not the prayers of the poor and despised.” – Matthew Henry

Pray For Your Church Leaders!

by Tyler Dirks

Today I received a text message from an ordained PCA officer (a deacon to be specific). Though we have certainly had our differences, I must say that I found his message edifying. Here’s the message: “I want to hate my sins more than I hate the sins of others who sin differently than I do.” […]

Depression

by Tyler Dirks

Something of a disconsolate mood has befallen me recently. Jeremiah’s experience with despondency has been a refuge for me. Jeremiah (amidst much dismay) says, “Your Words were found, and I ate them, and Your Words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O LORD, […]

Insomnia

by Tyler Dirks

My best friend has insomnia. I have known about insomnia for a long time, but until recently I haven’t mourned with those who mournfully suffer from it. How miserable, not being able to sleep. Like everything in life, I require a lot of help when it comes to lamenting, and praying, for the issues and […]

A Liturgy For Those Who Suffer Loss From Fire, Flood, or Storm

by Tyler Dirks

Early Friday morning neighbors in our community suffered loss from a 2 alarm fire. 15 families lost all their material wealth, and now take up temporary residence at Albemarle Road Middle School. How you can help: The Red Cross is has designated Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church building as their donations facility. These displaced families need: […]

A Liturgy For Those With An Impulse to Buy

by Tyler Dirks

I should not be allowed to visit REI by myself. The impulse to buy is fierce. The eye-catching buffs beckon to me. The chacos call to me. The trucker hats seduce me (even though I am aware of how silly I look under their puffy perch). Even the stickers and patches beseech me to gander. […]

Realize I Don’t Want To Be A Miser

by Tyler Dirks

You are obsessed with something, and you always over-spend on your obsession. Examples: golf, your home, food, entertainment, your kids, your image, your hobbies, etc. Once upon a time The Boss of everyone sat down to watch people tithing. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow put in two small copper […]

Liturgies for Labors & Vocation

by Tyler Dirks

O Christ who supplies my every need, I praise You for all provisions and for the means by which they are provided. For my current employment, in this season of life, I give You thanks. By it, may I meet my own needs and contribute to the needs of others. Let me work and serve […]

A Sudden Burden to Intercede

by Tyler Dirks

I woke up this morning with an urge to grumble against a friend. My flesh was eager to go with the urge, but The Holy Spirit hijacked the impulse and turned it into a burden to intercede. While praying for my friend, God mercifully made me aware of the unhappiness of harboring contempt, and the […]

Imaginatively Inhabit

by Tyler Dirks

Fact: It is the year 2017. Fact: God has Authored me to exist in the year 2017. Therefore, I must personally come to terms with these facts. I must grasp ‘the reality’ of the world in which I have been placed. I must get with the times. I need to make decisions and do things in […]