Sunday, August 29, 2010

Excellent Quote on Glenn Beck

From Mormonism Research Ministry's Facebook wall:

If a Muslim told an audience of thousands to "Look to God," most Christians would dismiss his plea knowing he is not speaking of the God of Christianity. Why then do Christians see no problem when Glenn Beck makes such a plea? Do Christians really think the god of Mormonism is the same as the God of the Bible?

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)

-The Wretch, Slave of Christ

Monday, August 23, 2010

Over-due Update / New Project- Body of Death

It has been MONTHS since I have posted anything of significant substance, for that I am sorry, I really have missed blogging.  Since our youngest was born at the end of March, life has been...difficult.  We welcomed our youngest Andrew Ezekiel into the world on March 30.  For those of you who know us, you know the issues we have had with both the boys, especially Drew (stomach issues and colic).  I have hardly been able to go out and witness due to busier work schedule (10 to12 hr days + working outside + heat = exhaustion).  I would like to come up excuses on why I have not been out there, but it boils down to nothing more then sinful selfishness.

In the past I have made some pictures that were on the subject of sin and they were dark in nature ("Crucify!" and "Mirror of the Ten Commandments").  My latest project follows along the same lines.  I know that there are some out there who have asked why my pictures are so dark, even borderline creepy.  I make these pictures based off what has been reveled to me from God and His Word.  Every time God shines His light to revel an area of sin in my life what I see is dark, dirty, and revolting.  When I get a glimpse of myself in comparison to my Maker I shutter.

Before Drew was born I was going through a time in my spiritual life of coasting and relative ease.  It is easy to allow yourself to forget just how sinful your flesh is and how monstrous it can be without God's restraining hand.  But when Drew was born all of that changed.  God used a little baby and an almost-two-year-old to show me this.  And though I am struggling every day, with varying degrees of success, I see God's gracious hand helping me through it.  Many times I have read and pondered the passage in Romans 7 where Paul, an apostle of Christ, relays his own struggle with sin.

Romans 7:15-25
    For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
    So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

As I pondered this passage I was drawn to the phrase "body of death."  I sometime ago heard a message by Pastor Jack Hughes in which he explained what the "body of death" was.  I had always assumed that it was just a metaphor for our flesh as something that is dying and sinful.  Pastor Hughes explained that it was actually in fact a reference to first century death sentence. Below is a description of said punishment:
"Roman society knew a gruesome form of capital punishment (practiced primarily by Etruscan pirates in Northern Italy) in which the body of the murdered person would be chained to the murderer (hand to hand, face to face, etc.) In the hot Mediterranean sun, the body would quickly decay, spreading not only rancid odor but also deadly infection to the murderer. The doomed criminal would carry this awful burden until the decay and infection from the corpse finally ended his own miserable existence. It was only possible to be freed from the horrors of this punishment if someone else chose to carry the body in the place of the murderer, carrying it to his death."

 What a vivid description Paul uses to relate our sin to us.  Although we are a new creation, while we are here on the earth we will always have our sinful flesh bound to us, infecting us, killing us, and, if the Lord should tarry, will be what brings us to the grave.  But thanks be to God for the hope of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ!  When we die or the Lord comes back we will not have to be bound to our bodies of death for eternity!

I have smelled the rotting corpse of my flesh and have allowed it to infect me to behave in a manner contrary to what I have been called to.  This is the background to my latest project "Body of Death." I will warn you it is rather dark.  Jenn has a hard time looking at it and while I was making it she started to cry, but I think it is a powerful visual reminder what what our sin is and who we are before salvation.

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)
--The Wretch

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

JC Ryle Quote

Let us carefully remember that our blessed Lord suffered and died of His own free will. He did not die because He could not help it; He did not suffer because He could not escape. All the soldiers of Pilate’s army could not have taken Him, if He had not been willing to be taken. They could not have hurt a hair of His head, if He had not given them permission. But here, as in all His earthly ministry, Jesus was a willing sufferer. He had set His heart on accomplishing our redemption. He loved us, and gave Himself for us, cheerfully, willingly, gladly, in order to make atonement for our sins. It was “the joy set before Him” which made Him endure the cross, and despise the shame, and yield Himself up without reluctance into the bands of His enemies. Let this thought abide in our hearts, and refresh our souls. We have a Savior who was far more willing to save us than we are willing to be saved. If we are not saved, the fault is all our own. Christ is just as willing to receive and pardon, as He was willing to be taken prisoner, to bleed, and to die.
~ J.C. Ryle
Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: John, volume 3, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987], 236.

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)
--The Wretch

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Evangelism Opportunity

I know that evangelism can seem to be intimidating, especially if you have never done it.  But I ask you, if  you are a Christian, and someone who had only three minutes to live came up to you and ask, "What must I do to be saved" or "I am scared to die what can you tell me?"  Would you be able to help them?  I think being able to give a response to this is very important.  If we truly have been born-again, we know enough of the Gospel to share with someone how to receive salvation. (Romans 10:17)

We (Magic Valley Bible Church) have a great opportunity at the fair this year.  We are gong to have a table/booth.  It will be a great way to tell people about our church and what activities we have going on, but more importantly, it will be a great way to share the Gospel, people come up to you!  Russ Buffalo and I are trying to put together a group of people who want to share their faith, so that we can man the fair table and have people walking the fairgrounds witnessing.  I know there are people out there who want to share their faith but are unsure how to do it or even scared.  Do not worry, we have a solution.  There are going to be plenty of events coming up that will be great for training and practice.  Russ and I would like to incorporate some book training, role-playing, and some "in the field" training.  Please contact either one of us if you are interested.  We have a couple of months before the fair gets here, let's get equipped and trained and share he Good News of the Gospel, the forgiveness of sins!  Remember, experience is not required nor is actually witnessing at first.  If you want to come along just to see what is like that is fine, you can be a shadow.

We have one such event coming up on Friday, May 7th at 6pm.  One of the local churches is putting on a Battle of the Bands in the City Park.  I have read up on this event, and it looks like a great opportunity.  according to the event organizers they are hoping for about 2,000 people in the park.  Also according to the organizer, it appears that the Gospel being proclaimed to the people is not a priority:

“It is an outreach program; in our minds we are trying to gain exposure to let kids know that there is a safe place for them to hang out. We are not pushing God or religion. We just want to give the youth an option of a safe environment to hang out and ask questions."

"We tell the bands that they don’t have to play Christian music, but we want them to have music with positive lyrics that inspire and encourage.  We are looking for a diverse group of bands with all types of music with a diverse, positive sound.”

-Youth pastor Josh Jensen

We ask that you come along with us.  There is going to be a diverse group of people attending this from true Christians, to lukewarm self-proclaimed followers, to the admittedly lost.  Please come along with us, you do not even have to say anything or pass out any tracts.  Just come along and see what it is all about!  Email me at:

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)
--The Wretch

Friday, April 2, 2010


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Although I am now saved by the Grace of God, I was in the crowd yelling "Crucify!" at The Son of God's trial. From a human standpoint it seems as though God was not in control, but according to Isaiah 53:10, "Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him..." 

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)

--The Wretch

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Welcome to the World!

I would love to introduce Andrew Ezekiel Marshall!

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)

--The Wretch

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Special Audio for Easter

As anyone who has read my blog or knows me knows, I kind of like Wretched Radio and Wretched TV. When it used to be called Way of the Master Radio, they put together a poignant show about Good Friday and Easter. I know last year I posted it, but I though it would be beneficial to post it yet again please enjoy!

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)

--The Wretch

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Our God is in Control

As I sit here trying not to read or hear anything about what is going on in Washington, I could not help come across this picture.  It sure does say a lot about how I feel, in fact I kind of feel the same way I did in November of 2008.  I can feel myself staring to get apprehensive, and freaked-out.  But, by God's grace, I also feel the Holy Spirit convicting me of my sin.  Did God not know that our current President would get elected? Did He not know that he would then reverse and enact measures that would cause abortions to be more readily available?  Was our God asleep, away, or maybe He is not powerful enough to stop it?  I think not!  To think so would strip Him of some of His attributes, which is idolatry.  We may not know what our future holds or how our God is orchestrating events, but I do believe that  what ever happens, God will receive glory and honor from it.  This glory He gets could come from Christians crying out to Him in prayer: lamenting, interceding, praying for the lost, praying for those who are going to be effected by this, etc.  Glory can be given to Him by people being more motivated to hit the streets seeing the signs that changes are on the way (check out this post from Tony "The Lawman" Miano.)
Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

I immediately thought of this hymn.  This where I hope, this is where I cast all my concerns and worry.  May God be glorified!

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.


On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.


His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.


When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)

--The Wretch

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Apologetics , Topic 1 - God Is Not Real

I was recently asked to teach the junior and senior high school kids for a few Sundays to cover for the current teacher.  I was surprised and humbled by the request.  It is a daunting task.  I would not consider myself a teaching kind of person, but I was told I would be teaching on basic apologetics and tie it in to witnessing.  I was given the added help of teaching through a book called The Ten Most Common Objections to Christianity by Alex McFarland.  Although I have not read the entire book as of yet, I have found the book to be a good resource thus far. After going through the first chapter; I came to the conclusion that this is an important area to learn and was very glad I agreed to do it.  I think this can be beneficial for everyone who shares their faith.  You are bound to run into one the these questions at some point, which is why I decided to post the notes/handouts that I make based off the book for all to read and learn from.
1 Peter 3:15
...Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you...

Please note, unless otherwise expressed all of my notes are either directly taken from the book or my paraphrase from the book.

Ok, to start off we should probably define what apologetics is and define some terms:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Puritans Book Giveaway...

Here is a giveaway from!  It is for the book "Meet the Puritans." Go check it out!

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)

--The Wretch

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"I Love My Glory!"

Listen starting at 41:40 through 47:42

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)

--The Wretch

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Prayers For a Co-Worker

Dylan is one of my co-workers at Pepsi.  He is one of the nicest guys I have worked with.  He his polite to customers and fellow workers, he does his job with little to no complaint, and, unlike most of my fellow workers, he has a clean mouth.  Dylan also within the last year got married and is now helping his wife raise her son.  On the surface he is a "good" guy.  When it comes to politics he and I differ on virtually everything, but I have to say I like Dylan a lot and we get along fairly well (at least according to my estimation).  Dylan is a trainee, so he rides along with other drivers to help them out until a route opens up for him.  He has rode along with me many times and, ashamedly, I almost always avoided religion.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

How Often Am I Guilty ?

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain."

Exodus 20:7
1. impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
2. Judaism.
   a. an act of cursing or reviling God.
3. Theology. the crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
4. irreverent behavior toward anything held sacred, priceless, etc.

A recent post by Tony Miano at "The Lawman Chronicles" has caused me to be a bit introspective about how I may be guilty of blasphemy.  In the post Tony tells about a church sign with a message that was supposed to be funny that used Christ's death on the cross as a play on words.  It got me thinking, do I ever joke around about the things of God?  Of course I would never intentionally use the Lord's Name in vain, but do I always use His Name or other things related to Him with reverence?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

"It is not good that the man should be alone..."

"... I will make him a helper fit for him." (Genesis 2:18)

Today marks seven years that Jenn and I have been married. Every year I appreciate more and more this verse from Genesis.  I sadly admit that that in the years before God saved me I had a very selfish view of our marriage.  But since then my love for my wife has been changing from a selfish "love" to what love really is, a self-sacrificing-life-long-dedication to the woman I made a pledge and covenant with on February 14, 2003.  I am still in the early stages of being and am imperfectly able to portray that kind of love to my wife, but, by God's Grace, she has abundantly patient with me!

Ephesians 5:25-33
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way m husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.  “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

As is my charge from Scripture, you have my promise and solemn vow that I will exhibit this kind of love and devotion to you the best I can with the help of our Lord God.

I challenge you to love your wives in this way.  Paul reveals to us here that our marriages represent our (those who are saved) relationship to Christ!  Let us love our wives and show the world what true love is, self-sacrificing.

"Peace to all of you who are in Christ." (1 Peter 5:14 ESV)

--The Wretch

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Exalted Worship - So Great a Salvation

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Impossible Gospel

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Question and Evangelism Opportunity

I just found out on Sunday that my pastor has nominated me head the outreach for a billboard campaign. The billboards have the above image on it. This is a daunting task for me, I can't help but say that I am nervous. Not only do I have to swallow my own fear, but I need to try and organize some people to go out with me, and if need be give some training! I would certainly not consider myself a teacher, much less an organizer. Please pray that I cast my cares upon the Lord and trust in Him fully. Also pray that God moves in the hearts of those around me to join with me and go out to share the Gospel with those who are perishing!

Thank you for your prayers!

I believe that the above question is an important question. This question I think separates people. A lot of people know the basics of Jesus, but just who do they believe He is? Is YOUR understanding correct and just what would your understanding of who Jesus is be? Consider these verses:

John 8:58-59 (English Standard Version)

Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

John 10:30-33 (English Standard Version)

"I and the Father are one."
The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?" The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God."

1 John 5:9-12 (English Standard Version)
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

2 John 1:9 (English Standard Version)

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Great Privilege

This morning as Jenn was taking down the Christmas stuff, I had Robby on my lap and we were watching a YouTube Video. The video was of "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" with scenes from "The Passion." I had the a great privilege, I had the chance to explain what we were seeing and hearing to my son. Don't think that I have never talked about these kinds of things before with him; he is starting to get to an age where I can see that he is understanding and comprehending his little world.

As we sat there I explained the images of Jesus being beaten, being sure to explain that we were watching an actor and not really Jesus. I explained how he was nailed to the cross for our sins and how Jesus was the willing and perfect sacrifice for our sins. The video showed scenes from the Last Supper and I got to explain how Jesus instituted the New Covenant and we no longer had to make a sacrifice for our sins, we only need to come to him with a repentant heart and put our full faith and trust in his work on the cross.

As I was telling him these things, of which I don't know how much he was able to comprehend, tears came to my eyes as it hit me; I not only have the profound privilege to teach my children these truths, but the huge responsibility as well. It is a task that I will not take lightly (Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2,) but will thank my God everyday for.

Below is another video that we watched, the quality is not very good, but the content of the song and the accompaniment (sorry if not the correct usage of this word) of the images is powerful.