Posts by Tyler Dirks

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Sex Trafficking, Plagues, & Deportation

by Tyler Dirks

Once upon a time there was a guy who knew God. This guy was close friends with God. God promised this guy unprecedented greatness and support. God would APPEAR to this guy, and this guy would build altars to God and reverently call upon the Name of God. One day this guy got nervous about […]

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 […]

Manipulation?

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 […]

Identity

by Tyler Dirks

I have a strong inclination to protect the lambs of Jesus against prowling wolves who trick people into exchanging their identity in Christ for lesser things. I’m very concerned about the great harm that comes to people when they fixate on anything more than they fixate on the Word of God (a.k.a. Jesus of Nazareth […]

Abuse of Power

by Tyler Dirks

There is A LOT being written about abuse of power these days. I’m sad to say that the stories from Scripture below are hardly ever emphasized. They might be alluded to or mentioned, but typically they are not what we pour ourselves into. Jesus of Nazareth loved and cared for people best by insisting that […]

Cigar Cutter

by Tyler Dirks

Jopsul was lazy and messy. Jopsul excused himself from hard work while expecting a lot from others. Jopsul was commanded and encouraged to work quietly and to earn his own living. Jospsul was told that if he rejected this command, the community would take note of him and have nothing to do with him, in […]

Awkward Meeting

by Tyler Dirks

I recently got an internship with a big organization. This morning I sat in on a meeting with the leaders of the organization. The boss of the institution was getting reports from his leadership team, and one of the veteran department heads asked the boss a very awkward question… “Why have you done evil to […]