10 Years an Outcast

January 3, 2019 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Outcasts of Ministry | 3 Comments
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Happy 10th Anniversary to The Deep End! I want to thank the Lord for allowing me to continue blogging with some measure of consistency and perseverance for 10 straight years. Thanks to my wife, who originally set up the format and got me started. And thanks to everyone who has subscribed, followed, shared, commented, and read over the years.

The Deep End has never really gained much influence popularity-wise among the big-name Christian blogs on the internet. Although it has gained a little attention (and even notoriety!) here and there, it doesn’t really fit into a particular pre-set niche, and is something of an outcast, I suppose. Therefore, in honor of the occasion, I am sharing the links to an old category started way back in 2012 called:

Outcasts of Ministry: the Addict, the Slave, and the Man Who Fell out of Church

The Addict (His Characteristics) (I Corinthians 16:15-18)
The Addict (Signs of Addiction) (I Corinthians 16:15)

The Slave (His Owner and Overseer) (Philemon)
The Slave (His Obligations) (Philemon vv.18-19)

The Man Who Fell out of Church (Narrative) (Acts 20:7-9) *
The Man Who Fell out of Church (Application) (Acts 20:9-12)

* most-viewed post in category

Eight Is Not Enough

January 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today marks the 8th anniversary of The Deep End. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed, read regularly, shared some of the posts, followed faithfully, or offered prayer support. I’m pleased (not proud!) to report that I’m still going strong. Anything could happen, but I have no plans to stop adding new posts. I am thankful that God has provided me with a Bible and the desire to study it. If anyone has received a blessing related in any way to this blog, all the praise and glory must go to Him. He is an amazing, gracious, loving, and faithful Lord.

In honor of the occasion, here are links to some of the categories that were added over the past year:

The Flood
The Family of Faith
Mark
I Corinthians
Hosea
Biblical Eyesight
Amos

The Seven Year Pitch

January 4, 2016 at 11:47 am | Posted in Biblical Walking | 1 Comment
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Yesterday was the 7th anniversary of The Deep End. Once again, I must express my sincere appreciation and thanks to those of you who subscribe, read regularly, and share some of the posts. Most of all, I must give praise and glory to God for allowing me to continue managing a blog which really belongs to Him. He was faithful in 2015. Of course, He was faithful every year before that, and He will be faithful in every year to come and throughout eternity as well!

I try to do some “sharing” and some promotion from time to time, but social media is not really my forte’, and there are time constraints. If I had to give a “pitch” (a persuasive salesman-type argument) for why you should take the time to read anything that the Lord has allowed me to write on this site, the best thing I could say would be: Give it a try. Pray about it. See if what you are reading matches up to what the Bible says. Look for the variety in the subjects and categories. In the land of the internet there is certainly no shortage of Christian websites and blogs! The Deep End is a comparatively small, backwater outpost, I know. There are times when the number of views picks up to a jogging and even a sprinting pace, but for the most part, the number of views and viewers progresses at a steady march. In honor of the occasion – as I look forward to another year of humbly studying the Bible, trying to share its truths, and walking with the Lord – I thought I would provide a table of contents for the category called Biblical Walking:

1. Like Father, Like Child (Ephesians 5:1-2)
2. Two “Right” Feet (II Chronicles 16:12)
3. Faithful Wounds (Proverbs 27:5-6) *
4. The Never-Ending Walk (II Kings 4:9)
5. Beware Whose Feet You Follow (Proverbs 5:5)
6. A Closer Walk with Thee (Amos 3:3; Psalm 139)
7. The Path of Sacrifice (Proverbs 4:23-27)
8. Beware Flaky Firmness (John 5:5-15)
9. The Particular Path (John 14:4-11)
10. All Dressed up and Nowhere to Go (Ephesians 6:10-14)
11. The Blessings and Hazards of Companionship (Proverbs 13:20)
12. A One-Question Quiz for Boys (Psalm 119:9)
13. Walking the Wrong Way (Jeremiah 15-16)

* most-viewed post in category

Catching My Breath in the Deep End

July 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m taking a short break for a week or so from posting on The Deep End, but since (believe it or not) I do have regular readers and subscribers, I didn’t want anyone to think I had gone under for good. By the way, if you are one of those regular readers or subscribers, or even an occasional passer-by, or someone who shares some of the posts here from time to time, let me say a big “thank you.” I really appreciate it.

Feel free to take this opportunity to catch up on some of the categories you might have missed, such as an especially relevant overview of the story of Naboth’s vineyard called Arise, the Quarterback Commandments (with football season just around the corner), some random rants called I’m Just Sayin’, or The S.H.A.R.K. Principle (in honor of “Shark Week”).

Any comments will most likely be held in moderation until next week. Enjoy!

The Third on the Third

January 3, 2012 at 11:57 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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To commemorate the third anniversary of this blog I am going to post a link to what has inexplicably become by far the most viewed post on this site. It is called “Teaching the 3rd and 4th Commandments To Children,” and I say “inexplicable” because it is probably personally my least favorite post. It was the result of me being asked to be sort of a last-minute substitute teacher for a children’s class at church. I came up with the lesson very quickly and I included it on the site just because it was next in a list of lessons I had saved. I don’t find it to be especially insightful, nor likely to be very helpful, but who knows? Maybe it’s been of use to someone. From what I can gather, it gets viewed mostly through search engine results for “teaching the 3rd Commandment” or “children’s lesson on 3rd Commandment.” In any event, you can view it here.

Thanks be to the Lord for letting me continue to blog for three years.


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