Erik Swanson Martin was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and to later study church music under Clayton Erb and Paul Plew. While at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA, (B.Mus., Church Music) I studied music, history, and biblical studies. I also studied theology at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY and served vocationally as a worship pastor for three years in Grand Rapids, Michigan before that door of ministry was violently closed. Erik has two wonderful children, Jewell Elise and Creed Isaiah, now works for a bank, and serves as a volunteer worship leader at New City Church in Grand Rapids, MI.

Through this blog, we seek to learn holiness and to walk as faithful slaves of Christ through encouraging quotes, Christian poems/songs, and by highlighting thought-provoking posts. This website serves as my personal archive and hopefully it will be of benefit to you too.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

I am not what I ought to be,
I am not what I wish to be,
I am not what I hope to be,
But by the cross of Christ,
I am not what I was.
-John Newton

4 thoughts on “About

  1. A Paz de Cristo!

    Encontrar esse blog, foi um presente do Senhor Jesus para mim!
    Já visitei e vi mensagens maravilhosas. Professamos essa fé maravilhosa e busco adorar ao Senhor, como verdadeira adoradora, buscando a cada dia perseverar na fé, na obediência e no conhecimento da palavra.
    Que o Senhor Jesus, abençõe o seu ministério.
    Sou brasileira, e resido na cidade do Rio de Janeiro.
    Em Cristo.

  2. I just wanted to thank you for this blog. I stumbled upon it while searching for a quote by John Owen to include in a Bible study lesson I was preparing. I have since been following your posts and enjoying the wealth of information you have included. Everything on your blog has been so encouraging and edifying to me; thank you for your godly example of pursuing a knowledge of Christ. It is such a blessing!

  3. Mark,I must share with you what I am compelled to share, and I hope these vesres speak to you in the way they did to me.For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart. Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. I pray that you will have peace and joy restored to you.

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