Whoa, it’s been a bit!

Hey guys! Sorry for the long break! School has been killer lately, and when it hasn’t been killing me, work has been. Anyway, I’m sitting at school right now.

This past week has had its ups and downs. I’ve struggled with guilt and triumphed as well. Atop a week-long fast, I come out feeling very much the same as I did before. Why is this? I am not sure. I don’t feel as sure footed right now. I need His grace. On top of how I feel, school is becoming increasingly difficult, with one essay out of the way, one left, two homework assignments and three tests this week, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I know I definitely need to stop procrastinating for one…and possibly playing Minecraft too. (Sorry, guys!)

Anyway, aside from the gloom and doom, I have some great things to be excited and thankful for. First and foremost, God still loves me, and still died for me so I wouldn’t have to stand an eternity in hell. Second, I have a complicated but great family to back me up, as well as my girlfriend who always supports me! And lastly…the Apple event is tomorrow and I am uber excited! Typical geek, I know, but oh well.

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I better get back to homework before class starts in 30 min. Thanks guys.

Godspeed.

-Tanner

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SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

Well, it’s Sunday, the day I have been anxiously awaiting since Monday! I’m spiritually beat come Saturday, and work last night was a beating in itself. Anyway, I visited the great Judah church today to listen to Glenn Walters again! It’s been a while! I took the always beautiful girlfriend, Taylor Sampson, with me as well! Pastor Glenn (PG) did a fantastic job, as always. He spoke on the topic of Lazarus’ resurrection in John 11.

The point that stood out to me the most was how God uses people to do the work that he could easily do himself. For example, in John, Jesus told the people standing near Lazarus’ tomb to roll the stone away, and Martha responded by saying “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” (verse 39b) Jesus could have easily done it himself. Later on, after Lazarus was resurrected, Lazarus walks out of the tomb, still wrapped in grave clothes. Jesus tells them to take off the clothes for him, to show Lazarus’ liveliness. These two things Jesus could have done on his own, yet he used people to do the work, and did so to show his glory.

And with that, I am proud to say I am elated to be someone that God can work through. God chose me to do His work in advancing the kingdom! Blessed be His name!

ANyway, I’ll have to start taking better notes during church so I can relay the teachings back to you all! I have tons of homework to finish, so I better get to that!

Godspeed!

Tanner

Workinnnnn

I love God. I don’t really understand why he would choose to love me, but I’m thankful that he does. Thursday night was a great one. The Gamecocks won :P, and We had an awesome encounter with God at Trifecta that night. I felt a renewing of my own spirit through His Spirit. I can’t understand why he loves me, still, but I cant believe how much he has done for me. 

Last night I had work from 6 to about 10:20. It went relatively horribly for the first hour, then everything smoothed out. Working as a server is no joke; people can be downright rude. I had a friend come in from church and he tipped me unreasonably well (Thanks Geoffrey!). Anyway, I found myself multiple times asking for God’s help to keep me sane during that shift. I love how he surprises me by making things better when i least expect it.

And today, I go into work @ 4. I’m ready for God to use me…to do something new in my life, and for some reason I feel this may stem from work. I encounter too many people there to not make a difference in someone’s life for Christ.

For those of you reading this, thanks. And may God bless you and your endeavors today. 

Godspeed!

-Tanner

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (Jesus Edition)

Hey y’all. 

Today’s gonna be a better day. Yesterday wasn’t bad, but today I have been given the authority to invest my time and thoughts to God, and He will respond with what he sees fit. If I do what he asks. He will bless me. So…can’tstopwontstop for God today! I gotta get to work on some homework that I have yet to finish, so that’ll be all for today. 

Just keep this in your head today: Philippians 4:13.

“I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength!”

No Sleeps!

Well hey y’all. It’s a new day. I got like, 5 hours of sleep last night. Shoulda went to sleep. Anyway, lately I am having trouble finding a good time to read my bible. Yeah, I know I should read it, and I try to every day. Some days I just can’t get it together and make that time. That sounds really selfish of me on paper, but I just can’t get it together. I am currently in the middle of this year-long bible reading plan. Its chronological, and has taken me WAY longer than a year. Bible reading has to be my second biggest struggle as a disciple of Christ. My first is prayer. I don’t do it enough. I don’t tend to talk to God as if he is my best friend. I feel like all that is because of guilt. I feel like God is unapproachable when I am guilty of sin. I know, I know…God’s grace covers me. I’m saved by the blood. However, I still can’t figure out how not to feel like I can’t talk to God. Any help there?

Anyway, I may make another blog post today, we shall see.

Godspeed,

Tanner Baker

First Blog!

A quite old picture of me, taken in December of last year.

I’m quite new at this blogging thing, so bear with me.

In case you don’t know me, my name is Tanner Kevin Baker. I live with my parents and two sisters. I commute to Winthrop University, where I am working to receive a business administration degree with an emphasis in computer information systems. I am not a Christian, as that title brings a more hypocritical connotation in today’s world, but a disciple of Jesus Christ. I aim to live for Him and also through Him. I am not of this world. I don’t need to live for this world either. It is a temporary home as I wait for my home in Heaven. God has called me to be the best man of God that I can be. I have many, many flaws, flaws that God shouldn’t have forgave me for. But he did. And for that I have no words to describe my gratefulness.

My Testimony:

I was saved at a relatively young age; I believe I was 6. Through my elementary school years I was about as involved with Christ as a elementary school kid could get. When middle school hit, I was fully immersed in Christ. I felt invincible to the devil’s attacks. I didn’t see him coming, either. Various influences from various kids bit hard, and God became a bit distant. High school was the same, but I matured in a better, fought-for relationship with Christ. Now that I’m in college, I find myself in debates with nonbelievers, and normally do quite well.

I love God, and try my best to serve him, but I constantly fall short. I know he loves me, but why should he? I mean, I know there are better people in this world than me.

I pray that you are encouraged by my short synopsis of my life. I will continue to post on this blog as I see fit, and with what God gives me to say.

Thanks!

-Tanner Baker