Lord, open our eyes

Thomas Brunt:

Needed this. Thank you, Joey.

Originally posted on joey harwell:

Ever had one of those days where you are looking everywhere for something, and you realize that something is right in front of you? It happened to me today… I was looking for a cover for Soccer’s (my dog) his food, so I could put it up for tomorrow.

My experience today reminded me of a story in the Bible that some of us are very familiar with.

Fear gripped his being. Heaviness filled his heart and suddenly it was difficult to breathe. He blinked his eyes hard hoping that when he opened them it might have been just a dream. But the enemy was still there. Strong and plenty, their army with horses and chariots surrounded the city.

I know this fear.

I know this feeling of hopelessness.

I know this desperation.

Pressed on all sides by the enemy of my soul, there have been times I found…

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I hope you are having a blessed day today.  Here are today’s memory verses. Make sure you have a partner so you are being held accountable, since that is the main purpose of this!

Psalms 62:2

Proverbs 3:27

Romans 3:22-26

Romans 8:1-5

Philippians 2:1-4

Psalms 119:1-9

Psalms 119:24-39

God Bless. May the Lord be gracious to you and bless you, and make his face to shine upon you!

Scripture accountability

Peace brothers and sisters,

I have recently joined a Scripture memorization accountablity club with some friends of mine. Each time I see one of them, I have to recite a different verse each time.  I figured I could share the verses on the blog.  I encourage you to try to memorize at least one of these a day. I will try to post a more updated list, soon.

I apologize for my lack of posts, I guess the blog thing just got away from me for a while, there. I will try to stay consistent on this blog.   Please pray for me. I graduate you from High School, in almost a week. 

James 1:12

James 1:19 

Psalms 40:8 

Philippians 2:1-4

Romans 3:22-26 

Colossians 2:6

Galatians 2:20 

Grace and peace,

Thomas Brunt.


The Cross, Easter, Death and Life

Easter matters, that much is known.  But why does it matter?  Because our lives matter. When Christ died on the cross was when matter and purpose entered into existence.  Now our lives can have purpose.

Not all lives, unfortunately possess this great purpose.  What we do to make ourselves look, feel, sound, seem better or comfortable isn’t something that will fill our lives with that purpose.  The miracle of Easter Sunday, and even Holy Week leading up to the holiday is something so grand that happened over 20 centuries ago, and it’s impact is greater than any event in history.

The miracle of Easter Sunday and how we view it and understand it can shape our lives because Easter isn’t some Springtime holiday.  It’s a call, for us all, particularly Christians to die to ourselves and surrender everything at the cross, just as Jesus did for us.  This is a daily condition of being a disciple of Jesus.  This is where we find true life in our journey to the cross.

Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball Mentally tough special team

The Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball team made history.  The team did so by going the farthest any team in school history had gone by advancing to the regional tournament in the 2014-2015 season.

This is also the farthest Coach Jeff Fitch, who has been the head basketball coach of the program since it opened in 1999 has gotten with the team.

In 16 years, Fitch has tutored some good talent in Birdville jerseys, but this team was special. Fitch said the reason this team was extra special was because of their confidence “It’s 90% of the battle,” Fitch said.

He explained that because the team’s two star players DJ Draper and Andrew Sorrells had been playing the game of Basketball for so long, they weren’t really phased by the bigger challenges of competition.

The team does owe a big part of their post-season run success to DJ Draper, who had 27 points against favored Arlington Heights in the second round playoff game.  Draper would match that total in the team’s playoff loss to Palo Duro, not to forget his 3 pointer at the end of regulation is what sent that game to overtime.   At the end of the day though, this was a team effort, that’s what will be remembered more than anything.

Birdville Mens basketball historic run ends at hands of Palo Duro

SNYDER: The Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball team’s historic run came to an end Friday evening at the Western Texas College Coliseum as the Palo Duro Dons (22-5) rallied from an early 15 point deficit in what was a  crazy double overtime game (72-68) to advance to the Semi Final Regional Championship game against the winner of Fort Worth Dunbar and El Paso Andress High School.

The Dons were led by junior guard Amari White, who came up clutch for Palo Duro, scoring 10 of his 13 points in overtime, netting a 3 pointer and a then a layup back to back in less than a minute in the first overtime, giving Palo Duro the spark they needed to pull away with this one.

Birdville was led by the outside shooting of Senior guards DJ Draper and Andrew Sorrells, who combined for a total of 42 of the team’s 68.  Draper, who had a game high 26 sent the game into overtime by scoring a desperation 3 at the buzzer at the end of regulation.  The Birdville Hawks basketball team made history making it their first trip in school history to the regional tournament since the school opened the doors in 1999.  The Hawks finished with an overall record of 22-11, 9-2 in district, 9-0 at home.


Lent has began.  Most of lent is solemn, and for good reason.  The time leading up to Resurrection Sunday is focused on when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and was tempted by Satan.

Then there’s Easter Sunday.  Easter is the day Jesus proved to reign victorious over death, and thus we live by his grace to worship him.  Easter is about hope. The hope we have in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Right now, you are reading this and you haven’t experienced that hope in your life, I encourage you to change that.  Maybe you are a Christian, but you are stuck in sin.

We all have those rough patches, at one time or another whether it be with an addiction or whatever.  I can testify to that, as I’ve gone through them, I understand.  Will we ever be perfect in our Earthly lives? No  Will we still sin?

Yes, we all fall. If you are a guy (not just a teenage boy) there is a pretty good chance you have lustful thoughts and desires throughout the day, or week (I know I do).  The key here, is to not act on these thoughts.  Don’t even flirt with sexually immorality.  The instant you do, you allow Satan to trap you in this black hole. where you are stuck.   Jesus died on the cross to absolve us from ALL our sins, and he was resurrected so our chains of sin would be broken.

The question you have to ask yourself if you are in an addiction is this: Who do you want to be later in life?   The chains have been broken, you are free to go but we choose to stay stuck.   Jesus died and rose again so we could live eternally, with him.   Easter is about hope.