It Went Down, Then Rose Again

June 7, 2008 — 6 Comments

Nothing is essential until you get it and then don’t have it. — Jake Smith

Well, the blog has risen from the dead database crash zone, where for some odd reason blogs and websites may suddenly disappear into the unknown due to the dropping of hostname for a database. Basically, what we did was to simply assign my DB to an alternate address and then edited the wp-config file to reflect that change.

In other words: I email the problem, it got fixed, and the site was back in 30 seconds. Exciting stuff. Wild things always happen to me.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks – and of course since the blog has been down, I’ve been wanting to write, but I can’t. I’ve been writing a lot of other things, and I hope you’ll pray for me as I take on some big projects, along with scholarships and more. A few things have hit me in the past few weeks.

First, we all seem to have the mindset that our name needs to be big in this world to make a difference for the kingdom of God. It simply isn’t so. You don’t have to be Billy Graham to change the world. If God has called you to a place that seems small, you need to be content in that situation – and glorify God through whatever you do. It’s not about your name, it’s about God’s fame and His name being spread through all the world.

Secondly, God’s grace is so abundant. I am constantly returning to the cross and the grace that can be freely received there. It is easy to be depressed by our failings in sin, and to stay that way. We allow our pride to take a hold, and we refuse to humble ourselves before the cross – and we refuse to humbly accept grace. B God is so patient with a sinner like me as I grow more like His son.

I’m looking forward to getting back to blogging, and I’m praying you all are as well.

Tim Sweetman


Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

6 responses to It Went Down, Then Rose Again

  1. Hey man, it’s good to see you writing again. Your posts have been an encouragement to me.

  2. Hmm, it was down for about 2 weeks for me. I emailed you about it.

    Anyway, on to other subjects. I was wondering if you could promote the site I launched today. You can check it out at you can also download the media kit from the front page.

    Glad to have you back blogging!

    Eric Novak

  3. Aww.. I’m so happy your blog’s back up!

    I liked what you said about our names not having to be big in order to make a difference. I also liked what you said about it not being about us but about God.

    This post was a timely reminder to forget about me; thank you!

  4. Why do we always forget the most basic things? Maybe because we’re humans…

  5. Hey Tim,
    Good to see your site back up. I kept wondering what had happened.

    Thanks for those words of encouragement too. It is so easy to forget we can go to the cross for every need we have!
    Prayers and Blessings,
    Miss Amanda

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