Posts from March 2021

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The Forgiven

by Tyler Dirks

I was shopping for music recently, and I noticed an EP by David Ramirez entitled The Rooster. Obviously I had to purchase it. There is a song on the album called The Forgiven. This song is officially my favorite song of March 25, 2021. Here are the lyrics – – – > They love me […]

Not As Important As I Think

by Tyler Dirks

When I was in middle school, Starter Jackets were “mandatory.” It was simply “unacceptable” to be without a Starter Jacket. So you can imagine my alarm when I did not receive a Starter Jacket for Christmas in 7th grade. I had known since October that simply qualifying for the popularity contest was contingent on owning […]


by Tyler Dirks

ma·nip·u·late| məˈnipyəˌlāt | Handle or control, typically in a skillful manner. Control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly. pres·sure| ˈpreSHər | The use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something. Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal […]

Rejecting God’s Signs & Taking Offense

by Tyler Dirks

We are surrounded by evidence of God’s authority and glory, but we choose to ignore or dismiss the signs. Take 30 seconds right now, and look up at the sky …do you see what’s happening? The sky is proclaiming the work of God’s hands (Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 40:26). Simply imagine the ocean for a moment […]

Willy Wonka

by Tyler Dirks

Here’s what you need to appreciate about Willy Wonka… He is a stronghold for the oppressed (Psalm 9:9). Willy prioritizes the redemption of persecuted peoples, like the Oompa-Loompas. The Oompa-Loompas faced terrible hardships and peril in Loompaland (nothing but thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the world – – – > hornswoggles […]