Sunday, February 5, 2012

Winter?? ish.

I know, I know... as usually, I'm terrible at updating this thing. but anyway.

This winter has been.... well... spring-like. I'm a winter guy- I love playing broomball. Hence the profile pic. Therefore... this winter has been a tad disappointing for me.

It's kinda... too warm.

So there's no ice.
Therefore the prized broomball stick has been unused....

 However... there has been some cool picture taking opportunities. Like there's not many blue skies in the winter. usually.
For example... dirty snow on roads. with blue sky. that's nice.

Alright. The blue sky is cool here. But still. No real snow or ice? 

Thankfully, in two weeks I have an epic winter camp that I'm looking forward to that'll hopefully have enough broomball and wintery... stuff to fulfill all those disappointments. Ending on a positive note, here's a plant growing. in February.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 16. All the Poor and Powerless

Ok. This amazing song from church is stuck in my head. and I think it is one of the most beautiful, moving songs I've heard in a long time. It's called "All the Poor and Powerless." Take a listen here:

This song relates really well to a series we've been doing in my youth group called Sent. It talks about how we're sent as the physical body of Christ to continue God's work here on Earth. Anyway.

The song All the Poor and Powerless made me think of how lost I was before I found Christ. I recognize now that I felt lonely, powerless, sad, and unwanted before I found the amazing power of God's love. To me, God's love is something that cannot be described and has to be tried. People underestimate the power of God's love until they are engulfed by it. As David Crowder's "How He Loves" states, "He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy." God's love for us is unbelievably powerful. God decided to come to save us even though he didn't have to because He loved us so much! He came to save all of us lost.

This led me to look up the story of Zacchaeus. It's in Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector. Tax collectors were hated as they were because they were considered traitors of Israel, but he was the one who directed all of the others. When Jesus was walking with his crowd, he stopped and told Zacchaeus that he was dining at Zacchaeus' house that day!

Zacchaeus was considered the lowest of the low- the most lost of the lost. Yet Jesus chose to spend time with him. After Zacchaeus had spent some time with Jesus, people started to mutter about how Jesus was dining with "a sinner." Then Zacchaeus stands up a new man and says he's giving all of his possessions to the poor! He's a new man! Jesus says at the end, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."

That's so true. Zacchaeus was so lost, and when I think about it, I was probably even more lost. After I actually spent some time with the body of Christ, I became a new person! It was amazing!

However, tonight I looked at myself and realized I'm ever so slowly drifting back towards the way I was before the transformation. So tonight I told God, "Take all of my life, transform me, and use me the way you want me to. Help me to live like you." So that's what I'm trying to do. Tonight was an amazing Sunday.

Good night! God bless!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 15: Late night deathness.

Good morning. Or as I think of it, night. even thought it's past midnight.

Therefore...... Today's verses will be few. But yet, even one word from the Bible can change a life. So it's still meaningful to read just a few.

By the way, from this point on, the only words I will capitalize are the Bible and God (or any other form of his name). Because I'm tired.

galations 3:26-29.

  • first point. obviously paul is talking to both sons and daughters: but he's actually kinda saying that the daughters are just as important as the guys by calling them sons: very controversial at the time.
  • second point. i love that no matter who/what we've done/where we're from/how we got saved/why we got saved, we are all one in Christ. it's awesome to know that we as christians have one huge awesome loving community.
  • we are abraham's seed. so we're God's chosen people!!! that's awesome! but with that also comes the responsibility of following God and living for him. that's also very important.

well good night! God bless! 


Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 14: Matthew 9:10-13

I have a confession.

I'm really quite bad at reading the Bible consistently, as is quite obvious if you're actually following my blog. Hence why I am on day 14..... like 25 days after I started this thing. But either way, I get more Bible reading in than I used to, so I consider it a good start.

Today, I'm reading from an SMT assignment about how Jesus was sent to the world. The four verses are Matthew 9:10-13.

A few things that stood out.

  • That's right, Jesus ate with the "tax collectors and 'sinners'" of the time. Something I've found somewhat disturbing is the fact that all of the people I know who go to my church would have been classified as Pharisees had we lived in the time of Jesus. Now there's good Pharisees and bad Pharisees, but it makes me wonder if, how like the Pharisees are in verse 11, I act self righteous and like I'm better than the "sinners." I think I definitely need to work on getting out of my comfort zone in this.
  • Jesus brings up quite a good point. It's not the healthy that need a doctor, it's the sick! I feel that often in churches we, called to be the acting body of Christ, just stand there while countless people get "sick." How are we supposed to act about this? I think there's two parts to the community of Christianity: loving the inside, and loving the outside. Both are very important.
  • Lastly: Jesus says he's after mercy, not sacrifice. I have to admit, this really confuses me. But after looking it up in the handy online commentary, I think I understand a bit more. Jesus didn't come to compliment the Pharisees about how "good" they were; he came to lead the "sinners" and the "sick" to the Good News.
So... that's it! Good night!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 13: Philippians 4:2-9

This is  so one of my favorite passages in the Bible: Philippians 4:2-9. As usual, here are a few main points of the passage that I really like.

  • I love how Paul is concerned with specific members of the Church. He asks the brothers and sisters in Christ to help two women who are disagreeing. I mean, if Paul cares for them so much, it makes me wonder how much more God cares for us!
  • Rejoice in the Lord always. Joy. Now, I used to think this meant that "Oh, I have to always be happy no matter what happens to me." However, now I think it means that I can have joy through my sorrow by knowing that God is with me and loves me, so even when I'm sad, I still can have hope. So rejoice! God loves ya!
  • Be gentle. ... God's with you! So remember that even when you're with the EGR people.... haha just kidding. But seriously. Be gentle to others. It actually makes life a lot better.
  • Don't be anxious. Sounds hard, but don't you always feel better whenever you tell a friend your problems? God will always listen to ya. So tell him your problems and requests. And also remember to thank him. Because he's done a lot.
  • My favorite verse of the lot: Philippians 4:7. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I've heard lots of stories about Christians who have always seemed peaceful no matter what happened to them. I never thought I'd see it until I went to a summer camp recently and saw so many middle schoolers affected by God's love and peace. It happens. But we can also maintain it more often by remembering... God is with us. and He does give peace.
  • Put it into practice. I'm still working on this.... but as James 1:22 says, "Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
God bless!