LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, October 04, 2007


I suppose this being my initial post to Blue Collar I should post something truly deep and spiritual but it's 6:30 in the morning and I am just getting ready for work and I just wanted to say a quick hello and say thanks for letting me share my walk and my words with you. My better half and trust me on this one, she truly is the better half is Cristina known as Baptist Girl and she has shared how much this blog has meant to her. So thanks to Mark for granting this privilege. I hope that what I share will bring glory to Him and yet even that comment has a bit of a spiritual twist to it. He already has all the Glory that there is and we can't add one iota to it and yet somehow we as finite little creatures can bring him glory. Its a real conundrum that I leave with the Lord.

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created

James who is "Earnestly Contending"


Blogger mark pierson said...

James, welcome aboard!

I'm looking forward to your contributions here.

Your brother,
Mark Pierson

October 04, 2007 7:21 AM

Blogger mark pierson said...

"Even so", Welcome, sir!

Folks, JD Hatfield has also joined the team!

October 04, 2007 8:33 AM

Blogger Daniel said...

Welcome James!
Welcome JD!

Everything reflects God's glory except that which is fallen. When that which is fallen is reconciled to God in Christ, that fallen thing can once again appreciate, and thereby reflect, God's glory, which is perhaps its greatest privilege to do. Welcome aboard boys.

October 04, 2007 8:46 AM

Blogger Even So... said...

Looking forward to it...

May His Name be glorified...

May His Word be magnified...

May His People be edified...

May His Kingdom be multiplied...

Even So, Come, Lord Jesus

October 04, 2007 9:02 AM

Blogger jazzycat said...

Welcome aboard James and J.D.

October 04, 2007 9:28 AM

Blogger Susan said...

Welcome, welcome!

October 04, 2007 9:43 AM

Blogger Daniel said...

Finally, we are a Bluecollar dozen (a BCD, or if you prefer "abcd" ;)

I have purchased a copy of Macromedia Studio 8 (which includes Flash!), and so I plan to give us a more professional front end. But they haven't delivered the software yet, and my time is at a premium, yet once I get the software, I will need a small, simple project to bring myself up to spec with the tool, so our template will be that project.

Keep my in your prayers about that. We want a template that looks professional, is original, and frankly, suits this ministry.

I will let you guys know when I have started.

October 04, 2007 10:36 AM

Blogger mark pierson said...

Daniel, thank you!

October 04, 2007 10:39 AM

Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Welcome my dear husband, Jim and WecomeJD,

I look forward to reading you future posts.


October 04, 2007 1:04 PM

Blogger jazzycat said...

Daniel & Mark,
I am really excited about the upcoming new blog look. Since we are on the subjects of looks
I hope Mark and Susan never change their avatars. Those are two of my favorites in all of blogdom.

I can do a group thingy like before when we kinda get set.

October 04, 2007 1:15 PM

Blogger Susan said...

No way!
I was just thinking about changing my avatar, but won't since you said that. Aw, shucks. That makes me feel good. Thanks.
Hey, I was meaning to ask you about that group "snapshot" anyway. I didn't realize that we were now an even dozen. That should work out well for formatting, I should think.
It would be really cool to see a new layout again. I'm so glad you're interested in doing it.
We should make sure folks stick with their avatars for awhile.
Speaking of which, I've always enjoyed Jazzy. I almost kinda see her winking when I stare at her.

October 04, 2007 2:04 PM

Blogger Susan said...

Ditto re: Mark never changing his avatar as well. It's really good.

October 04, 2007 2:05 PM

Blogger Gayla said...

Welcome John and J.D. :)

October 04, 2007 2:39 PM

Blogger Gayla said...

Oops, I meant James, but I was talking to John here at work. :)

October 04, 2007 2:40 PM

Blogger Daniel said...

Blog images should be the very last thing we put on the palette. Once we have the layout down, complete with color scheme, then it is time to consider photos and stuff - but I would rather use vector images than actual photographs. It looks more professional to have a stylized image of yourself than an actual photo.

October 04, 2007 2:50 PM

Blogger Craver Vii said...

What a team!

I always look forward to peeking in here to see what good thoughts I might find for the day.

October 04, 2007 4:35 PM

Blogger Craver Vii said...

Did anybody catch the atheist/apologist debate between Professor Richard Dawkins and Dr. John Lennox last night?

October 04, 2007 4:38 PM

Blogger jazzycat said...

I agree on that. The group avatar was just something I did a while back for a particular post or posts. I did not mean it should be used in a blog layout.

For my posts, I like to use photos that I took for illustrations and also to display God's glorious creation. Jazzy's eyes for example are unbelievably beautiful..... I've got to get a good eye closeup.

How did go in that debate?

October 04, 2007 6:03 PM

Blogger Marcian said...

Welcome James and JD!!! We are officially a dozen!

October 04, 2007 6:46 PM

Blogger Scribe said...

Most Splendid! Two stellar additions to an already awesome crew. I welcome both James and J.D. in the sincere love of our Lord, Christ Jesus...may we lift His banner high!

October 04, 2007 9:24 PM

Blogger Scribe said...

Did anybody catch the atheist/apologist debate between Professor Richard Dawkins and Dr. John Lennox last night?

Man...I missed it! Was it a good debate? Mr. Dawkins always causing me to chuckle, with his verbose chicanery, LOL!

October 04, 2007 9:26 PM

Blogger Craver Vii said...

Ah, the debate. Well, I listened to most of it. And as best I can tell, it was well received by both atheists and believers. I expected Dawkins to be harsh, but he was quite a gentleman, intelligent, profound, and even funny at times, but ultimately... dead wrong about his conclusions. Maybe next week I'll compose a post about their debate, but if anyone's interested, Fixed-Point.org is making CD's and DVD's available.

October 05, 2007 11:33 AM


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