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Have a Jesus Snack

What does it mean to feast on Jesus?

Please check out my post, Snacking on Jesus (Part I), on my other blog.

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Death to the Inner Fatman

I know that I promised another post about Christmas, but life got busy again.  It is hard to find time to write things that are outside of my current experiences and lessons learned.  That is why I have decided to take a hiatus from this blog and start a new blog to chronicle my current struggles and lessons.  I will be easier to add posts because I am reflecting on my journeys constantly.  I am on the path of letting the old self die and allowing the new self, in Christ, to live.  Overeating is one my major struggles, so I am calling the new blog, Death to the Inner Fatman.  Please check it out and join me on this journey of new life.

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


I know I have been on sabbatical from the blog lately. I will get back into it soon, but I want to re-blog an old one that has been on my mind. I need to be reminded that it is all finished and I am dead to sin and alive in Jesus. I need to remember the freedom that comes from Jesus “bringing down the house” and freeing me to love and serve him with forever in view. This picture of Jesus does this for me. I hope it reminds you of your freedom, too.


This is how I see Jesus today.  This is the Jesus that I need.  I need my Action Hero Jesus.  I need a steel-faced Jesus walking away from an explosion without ever looking back.  This is the Jesus for me today.  This is who I need to be reminded of.

“Whoa, whoa.  Hold on there, OneCupOfJoe guy.  You can’t bring Jesus down to the level of a movie action hero.  That is so sacreligious.  What gives you the right?  Who do you think you are?”

Just follow me on this one.  It will make sense at the end.  Read on, my patient and forgiving readers!  This is a cool picture that God gave me about the gospel a while back, and it was brought back fresh to me this morning.

I have the privilege and undeserved honor to meet with some men much godiler than me every Thursday morning to…

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The Reality of the Moment

Well folks, obviously being a father of a three year-old (NB had a birthday) and infant has made blogging hard to come by for me.  God has taught me a lot…mostly about my own selfishness and pride…but I haven’t had time to complete thoughts and share them.  No, this isn’t my “Dear John” letter to the blogging world, just an explanation of my silence.

This morning, since blog time is at a premium, I have decided I am just going to pray “out loud.”  Maybe others are feeling the same things I am feeling, and possibly my prayer can be an echo of what you want to say to heaven but can’t find the words.  I don’t know.  I just know that sometimes praying honestly, but publicly, changes me.  It makes me honest and accountable to God and my brothers and sisters in faith.  So anyway, that is what this post is about.

Father, Jesus, and Spirit,  I cannot tell you how much I feel aware of my need for you today.  I know you know, but I need to acknowlege it to you.  I need to tell you.  I need to split myself open and be honest with you.  I need you to work in my heart, mind, and life today.  Forget yesterday.  Forget tomorrow.  I need you today, right now.  I need to know that you are the goal.  You are my means to reach the goal.  You are my inheritence.  What I have to do today doesn’t matter as much as my relationship with you.  I need you.  I don’t need to do my job perfectly.  I do not have to have everything work out as planned.  I just need to know my God’s presence and let that change me.  Please be near me today.  Please make me aware of your nearness.  Please make your presence all that matters today…and let that change me.  Let that light my interactions with others.  Let there be a “drop of grace” in every footstep that I leave today.  Let your glory shine on my face and make a difference to others.  Let my love be your pure love.  Spirit, produce your fruit in me.  Let your presence grow what I can not grow alone.  Jesus, let your love be my motivation for everything today.  Father, please just draw me close.  I need you.  Father, Jesus, Spirit, I need you.  I love you.  Please help me to try to love like you love me.  your son, joe

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


Happy Two Month-iversary, OneCupOfJoe!

Tomorrow will mark the two-month mark for my blog.  I have kept at it!  For a classic non-finisher, two months is a pretty cool milestone!  Maybe I am finally seeing some growth in my persistance.  This blog is helping me.  More than that, my wife supporting my blogging habit and the Spirit teaching me lessons to share is all keeping this thing together and sustaining me in this endevor.

To mark this milestone, I have decided to do a post round-up from the last two months.  I am going to highlight a few posts that stand out to me for various reasons.  Maybe you will find one you missed that you might like!  Pick one from the round-up, read it, re-read it, comment, and share it with someone.

  • My orginial post, The Great Coffee Famine of 2011, started this whole thing off.  It is the story of how coffee addiction taught me more about myself and God.
  • The Monitor and the Incredible Yelling Boy was the first of the lessons from being my son’s father that I have shared on here.  This one is about how we approach God and what he might be teaching us about himself when we think he is not answering.
  • The Chronicles of OneCupOfJoe: The Lion, The Snake, and The Crawl Space is a lesson I learned while going through the study called The Lord’s Table.  It is about sin and how we sometimes overlook it in our lives.
  • Action Hero Jesus is one of my personal favorite posts.  This is the picture of Jesus that helps put the view of my life and my place in Jesus is to the right perspective and pushes me to a spirit of worshiping our Savior!
  • My Time Travel Testimony is my most personal post.  This is my testimony.  It is my story of how Jesus utterly and completely changed my life and I will never be the same again.  If you only read one post of mine ever in your life, this would be the one I hope you read.  I love to share the story of my salvation!
  • The Prodigal Toddler and the Sad Daddy is about how a situation with my son reminded me of the story of the prodigal sons.  There are two sons in the parable.  The younger son accepted the father’s love, and the older didn’t.  My life is the story of the older brother.  I have joined the party now, though, and I love to share about this.
  • Poverty: An Imbalance of Opportunity was a guest post by my friend, Joey Espinosa.  He is giving his life away in the service of others in the poorest county in my state, and this is some of his reflections on why he is there.
  • Weed Known This for a Lawn Time is one of the least viewed post.  Please check it out and show it a little love.  It is about the sin in our lives and what we do and don’t do about it.
  • September 10th is a lesson learned from the tragic events on 9/11.  This has been, by far, my most viewed post.  Check it out again and share it with others.
  • Something Better Than 5 Hour Energy was the most popular post of the past week.  It is about pouring out your life for the sake of others.

Thank you, all my readers, for your supporting my need to write and share what God teaches me!


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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Uncategorized


A Little Help Here?

I only have a couple of minutes to “jot” this one down this morning, and this quickly brings me to my point. In the busyness of teaching (I am a teacher, if you did not know), there comes a time at the beginning of the school year when I know that I have to learn to prioritize. Halfway through they first quarter is usually when that happens, and that is where we are. And I need some help.

Blogging takes a bit of time. You can see I am no longer consistant. I need some feedback. Please leave me a comment if you would like me to keep blogging. And if you want me to keep blogging, how often would you like me to try to post. I am going to make these choices soon, so please let me know. The comments really will affect my decision to keep up with my blog or not. If you do like it, please share it with others and have them let me know if they would like me to blog as well.

If this practice of blogging is just for me to write stuff down and not for the sake of others, I will just go buy a really nice journal to write in. 🙂

Thanks! Okay, now I have to run. Donuts do not make themselves (for those too young to get this joke, look up Dunkin Donuts on YouTube).

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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Uncategorized


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