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The title of this page is “About Me”.  But, I have come to understand that it isn’t.  It’s not about me.  The world isn’t about me, this website isn’t about me, even my very existence isn’t about me. . . it is about the one who created all of us and everything.

I exist for one purpose alone: to give honor, praise, and glory to the only one who is actually worthy of it. . . God.  I strive to live all of my life “soli deo gloria“, or “solely to the glory of God“.  It is for this purpose I was created.

I believe that all the activities of this life can be directed as worship and honor of our creator, whether it is working, playing, eating, drinking, laughing, loving, crying, hurting, serving, being served, breathing, and dying.  God created everything in this world for the purpose of glorifying His name.  After He created the world He looked upon it and said that it was good. . . all of it (Genesis 1:31).  Everything can be used as a tool to bring honor to Him.

Therefore, it is not things that are evil.  They can be used to either worship God, or be worshiped themselves.  Anything can be used for evil if it is used in a way that is contrary to God’s intended purpose or with a wrong attitude in our heart.  Anything that becomes our center of worship in place of God can become an idol.  It is the human proclivity to worship created things instead of the creator (Romans 1:25).

To many, alcohol itself is a pseudo-god.  They turn to it for comfort, for relief from problems.  They self-medicate to try to numb the pain they feel.  Many run to alcohol to escape, if only for a time, the reality of this world.  Some indulge in it believing that it will provide happiness.  They think that by altering their state of consciousness joy can be obtained. This is nothing more than a form of idolatry.  It is placing something else in God’s place, believing the lie that it will fill a perceived need better than He would.

These needs are real; comfort, relief from stress and anxiety, and the desire for joy.  However, it is only God Himself that the truly provide them.  We are meant to seek these in Him alone.  Alcohol, like any idol, can never deliver on its promise of fulfilling these needs.  As C.S. Lewis once said, “Idols always break the hearts of their worshippers”.  Abuse of it will only lead to broken relationships, shattered lives, addiction (slavery), and ultimately death.  This is why the bible warns against the abuse of alcohol, not its use at all.  Nothing should have power over us because it means something else has taken the place of God in our life

For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy]” ~ Romans 6:14 (Amplified Bible)

Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit . . . And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ Ephesians 5:18, 20 (NLT)

Abuse of alcohol is misuse of something beautiful that God created.  However, the consumption of alcohol can be done “soli deo gloria“.  It can be done “giving thanks to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”, as stated in the verse above.  It can be done by one who is filled with the Holy Spirit in a way that brings honor to the one who created it, and inspired those to perfect the art of making it.

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” ~1 Corinthians 10:31

It is my desire that all of my life, including this website, do just that. . . glorify God.  I love God.  I can never write enough about how much I love Him.  The amazing thing is that my love for Him doesn’t even the scratch the surface of His love for me (and all His children).

I also enjoy beer.  I appreciate the intricacies of taste, appearance, body, aroma, and personality that comprise each beer.  I am fascinated by the brewing process and by the details that go into the art of brewing.  I believe this is a God-inspired passion.

Yes, I believe I can bring a smile to the face of God by brewing up a delicious ale.  I believe that, if my heart is in a place of worshiping Him and that I am brewing out of gratitude for all He has done for me, this is an act of worship.  I believe I can drink an finely crafted beer and tip the glass to the creator of barley, water, hops and yeast and marvel at His majesty reflected in His amazing creation.  I believe this is the same as looking upon a giant snow-capped mountain or a deep-hued sunset and worshiping its creator.

Humans are designed to be captivated by glory.  We marvel at all manifestations of it; from a flawless performance in the Olympics, to the beauty in brilliantly composed piece of music, to the the form of a beautiful woman, to the jaw dropping majesty of the Grand Canyon.  This is because God wants our hearts to be captivated with Him (the source of all glory).  The difficult part is to see the glory of God reflected in what He has made, and not to worship the pot while forgetting the potter.

On this site I will post both my thoughts, struggles, and revelations about God as well as my experiences, lessons learned, and journey as a home brewer.  I hope that both can be of use to you.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you have anything I can help with.

I am just another pot that desires to point to the potter.

~ Te Deum Laudamus ~

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2012 6:04 am

    This is about as well written as anything that I have read on the subject of God and brewing. If you venture into brewing you will realize that beer is no accident of nature. Barley and water and yeast and hops, are all portions of a palette from which a vast and wonderful variety of artworks can be made. All of these artworks bear testimony to a loving God. And it truly is not about us. Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, Sed nomini tuo da gloriam.

  2. April 12, 2013 9:12 pm

    Fantastic and so well said !

  3. Lee permalink
    December 21, 2013 9:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing on both topics, God & Brewing….. I share both interests with you….. Funny thing, in my area there is a Bible Study group that meets at a bar called “Beer & Bible!!”

  4. Christopher permalink
    August 20, 2014 5:18 pm

    Wonderful. This makes myself as a newer home brewer a little more comfortable sharing my love of brew while sharing my undying love for Christ.

  5. Duane permalink
    January 16, 2015 4:15 pm

    What a wonderful website. I have enjoyed the taste and flavors of well made beer for years, and have always had a nagging worry that I shouldn’t just in case someone might see me and I would cause a problem for someone. I have also been homebrewing for about 2 years. Then I ran across Deut. 14:22-27 during a Bible study, and in another study some time later, 1 Tim. 4:1-5. After considering that the Bible never forbids drinking, only drunkenness, I was at ease with my love of beer. I am glad I am not alone in my enjoyment of the gifts God provides us.

  6. Duane permalink
    January 17, 2015 8:24 pm

    I been back a few times browsing your site. Enjoying the articles about both BEER and religion in general. I spotted you bottle label. Got it! You’ve seen the same scriptures I have. I really like the way you show your love of Christ, God’s grace and how His love for us is shown in the gifts He gives us and your love of making great BEER.

  7. Chris L permalink
    May 13, 2015 5:45 pm

    Very cool website. I am also a believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. I thought I was one of the only home brewing Christians around–I guess not! I too thank the Lord for the ingredients to make beer, and for allowing me to brew it. Wow, we have something in common. Very cool to have run into your site!

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