Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
This is one of the best gospel presentations I have ever heard. Most likely because it comes from a heart of a father who just lost his son. Rick address a tough issue that the worlds tend to throw in the face of Christians in a time of crisis... "If God loves us then why in the world would he let this happen?"
Rick puts it this way, which is so so true: he tells us to look at it this way. We were all bound for hell, the lake of fire and God in his absolute sovereignty chose to send his Son to this earth. Jesus walked with us, felt with us and ultimately suffered more than any of us, FOR US. He not only endured the physical pain of being a human, but He left perfect fellowship with the Father to come to earth only to have the weight of all of the sins of the people who would come to Him from ALL TIME before and after. So don't even throw the "God must not love us" card in there, because that is the most ridiculous thing you could ever say.
I say Amen to that and to hear that come from a man who just lost his baby speaks wonders for the kingdom of God. So thank you Rick Burgess for being a faithful servant of God and of His kingdom and for setting an example and challenge for many of us to strive toward.
Oh and one last thing, I don't think he said it in this clip but he was talking about how his family is lookin gat earthly things now. He said that Bronner was told repeatedly not to go in the office, but he always would go and take his crayons with him every time. Rick said that the other day he walked in there and Bronners crayons were on the floor, just where they were not supposed to be and he just crushed them into the carpet. Who cares about the carpet he said, his boy is with the Lord now, and that carpet will never be, so who cares. What an outlook. Oh how my heart desires to become like that.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Which leads me to another thing...I must confess I have been far too shy with proclaiming what I know to be True. I know the Truth, yet why have I not said something? I am not a shy person. I think mostly why I do not say anything in class is that I do not want to come across as the typical, judgmental Christian that no one takes seriously. I believe whole-heartedly that our actions and the way we lead our lives can make an enormous impact on others for Christ's Sake, but I feel proddeed now to make more of a vocal stand for His Name's Sake.
So the question I pose is this: What do you feel/believe is the BEST way to make an impact for God on campus/work/where ever? Please post your thoughts...this is something I'm searching out too!
Monday, January 21, 2008
So considering that I am in bed and it is 9:30 I felt and obligation to write a blog since it has been a couple of days. I have not been in bed at 9:30 in months. This weekend was full of mixed emotions for me. First off it snowed. I cannot describe to you how much I love snow. And it has been years since I have seen snow actually fall from the sky. It made me so happy. I went driving around town for a bit, and landed in Linn Park downtown. I was a little nervous at first because Linn Park is the homeless hotel if you know what I mean. But when I looked around and saw no one for blocks, my heart calmed. So I got out and walked around for a while. It was snowing pretty hard at this point so I was debating how much walking I really wanted to do. I mean I love snow and all but I was freezing. But as I stood there I just listened. It was that quiet that only happens when it snows. A wonderful quiet with the ever so light swish of the falling snowflakes. I just stood there and soaked it up. It encouraged my heart as I looked around and saw everything uniformly covered in a soft blanket of white. I thought of how because of Jesus this is how God looks at me. The feeling that I get when I look around and see snow isn't even comparable to the feeling that God gets when he looks at us and sees Christ, "our snow". There were no blemishes, no uneven ground, not flaws. How truly marvelous that Jesus can cover even our deepest flaws and makes us white as snow. And the best part is, He doesn't melt away and leave things uglier than before. Man what a blessing we have received. No words can express the gratitude in my heart for my Savior.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Oh man. I am so happy. It did snow. Even though it was just a little but... about an inch or so... it was great. I just love it. Snow is so pretty. I am pretty sure that I was meant to live in the north. Well maybe not the north north although I would be okay with that, but just somewhere where it snows more than once every 8 years. It truly is my favorite thing, well one of them. It made my day that is for sure. Thanks for the blessing Lord, it was AWESOME!!!!