Pray request January 27, 2009Posted by irock4jesus in church, God, Jesus, Pray, youth.
Hey everyone, I would like to ask you to pray for me. You could toss up general all around pray for me whenever you feel like it, but right now I would really like it if you could narrow it down to something specific. I have been presented with an opportunity to do something HUGE this summer. I would love to do this, and I am so thankful to be asked to do it, but this is a HUGE responsibility! I have never been handed something that carries this much weight! But I am sure that since my church asked me if I would like to carry it, God has a plan for it! I don’t know a whole lot of details about what is going on with this for sure, but I would love your prayers! God knows what you’re praying for, and I will hopefully be able to give you an update on what I am doing in the coming weeks/months. So please pray for God to give me guidance and direction with what I am supposed to do with this. Thank you so much.
So…who is he? January 21, 2009Posted by irock4jesus in Jesus, random.
There was a man from the desert with naps in his head
The sand that he walked was also his bed
The words that he spoke made the people assume
There wasn’t too much left in the upper room
With skins on his back and hair on his face
They thought he was strange by the locusts he ate
The Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak
Until the king took the head of this Jesus freak
In my youngling days, I loved DC Talk and I still do! Their CD titled “Jesus Freak” came out when I was 8-years-old. I am not sure when I actually got the CD, but when I heard this song, I LOVED it!!! It was the hardest music I had ever heard and it was awesome! Sadly, the portion of lyrics I gave you above, I didn’t realize that they were talking about none other than John the Baptist. I never knew that’s who they were referencing. But thankfully, I know that now. It was pretty cool when I made this connection and John Boy is my topic of discussion. So here we go!
The story of John the Baptist is found in Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:1-8 and Luke 3:1-18 (These are all the baptism of Jesus). I personally like John’s account for the sake of my argument…err…conversation : ) John 1:6-34 is John’s story, but I am going to focus on John 1:19-27
19 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” 20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” “No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” “No.” 22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”
24 Then the Pharisees who had been sent 25 asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?” 26 John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. 27 Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”
So here is the topic for conversation. I don’t know where the scripture is, or even if there is a scripture stating this, but I have heard it said before…So sorry for not looking it up to validate it, but I got track in 20 minutes. So here it goes, I Have heard it
said that everyone thought that Elijah was going to come back and prepare the way for the Messiah. That is why the Pharisees asked if he was indeed Elijah, coming back to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. He flat out tells them, “No”. So John says that he is not Elijah, he is just the one that is a “voice shouting in the wilderness”. But this is very interesting. And this is what I want to talk about with everyone. In Matthew 11 Jesus says some pretty interesting stuff. So here it is, Matthew 11:2-15
2 John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, 3 “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” 4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen—5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. 6 And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me” 7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind? 8 Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces. 9 Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet. 10 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,
‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
and he will prepare your way before you.’
11 “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is! 12 And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it. 13 For before John came, all the prophets and the law of Moses looked forward to this present time. 14 And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come. 15 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
So when asked, John denies being Elijah. But when Jesus is talking to John’s disciples and the crowd, He tells them that John IS Elijah!!! WHAT??!?!?!?! I am pretty sure Jesus wouldn’t be LYING about that, because that would be a sin…and He was sinless! So that is my question. Please feel free to talk amongst yourselves about this and I would love to hear what you have to say about this, because I think it is pretty interesting.
I haven’t posted in forever! January 19, 2009Posted by irock4jesus in random.
Wow, I have been dead to my blog for sometime now. I don’t really know why. I just didn’t really find a good reason to post anything. The noveltiy of it just kind of wore off. But I think I should get back into it. For all three of you who might read and enjoy what I have to say. Love, I am ready to have our conversations about whatever comes up…I guess that is partly to blame for my not blogging. You went on your walk about, and then I had no reason to blog about anything. It has taken me a while to get back to it. So hopefully I will be able to get the wheels on the train rolling again and get some blogs out into cyber space.
Please line up October 25, 2008Posted by irock4jesus in college, God, Jesus, Poverty.
So last night I went to a Sanctus Real concert, and I recommend them live to anyone who hasn’t seen them. They are amazing live, anyways, onto the important part. Sanctus Real brought this guy named Sammy on tour with them to do all the talking/preaching on the tour. He is a guy that they know from their good ‘ole town of Ohio. Anyways, I would like to share with you what he shared with us last night. All I have to say is wow…so hang on to your hats, cause here we go. (All of the numbers I am using are the numbers he used at the concert last night; you can goggle this and find similar numbers as well.)
First off lets start out with the world. Did you know that there are 6.7 billion people living on this place we call earth? Well, if you didn’t, now you know. There are 6,700,000,000 people living here! That is a lot of people, and that big of a number is kind of hard to wrap your head around. So we are going to break it down into a much better number, 100.
If the entire population of this plant were condensed into 100 people, where do you think you would rank among those 100 people? If they were all lined up according wealth, power, social standing, etc. What ever you would like to think about to line them up in order. Where do you think you would fit in? Take a guess, and then I will break it down and you can see where you actually stand. This might shock some of you.
Did you start out thinking that you are probably in the middle somewhere? That is a fair thing to say. Not better than a lot of people but not worse either. Well your right, you do stand in the top 50% of the line (that is why 100 is good, cause it works into percents!). But do you know why you are in the top 50? It is because 50% of the people in the line are malnourished! What? Really? If all 6.7 BILLION people where condensed into 100 people 50 of them would be malnourished?!??!?!?! Yes, and it is not a matter of “would” the ARE!
So now rethink your number, where do you think you fall in the line up now? You are already in the top 50. Oh and by the way, 25% don’t have access to drinkable water either. Now on to the next one, how close to the front of the line do you think you are? I can guarantee your pretty high up there! If you have $3 in your pocket, or in change in the couch cushions, in a bank account in Switzerland or buried in the back yard, I don’t care where. If you have $3 you are in the top 8%! That means there are only seven people in front of you and 92 people behind you! Did you think you think that you were that close to the front? I didn’t, but there is more.
Now how about this one bloggers, only 7% have a computer and only 3% have Internet access. I guess that means that we all fall into the top 3 of the line…did you think you were that high? It gets better; only one person will have a college education. I am working on getting my college education right now…wow…
When the entire 6.7 billion people on our planet are condensed into 100 people, I am at the front of the line…the very FRONT of the line! Why would God pick me to be at the front of the line? Why would God pick us to be at the front of the line, or at least in the top three? Why…? We are so incredible blessed and we take it for granted. The answer the speaker gave to this question was this, God put us in the front of the line, so we can help the people in the back of the line. Wow. God choose ME to help the people at the back of the line. God could have put me at the back of the line, but He didn’t. I am standing here at the front, and what am I doing there? I am enjoy my easy, luxurious life.
In the book of Mathew, Jesus tells the story of when He will separate the sheep from the goats. (Ch 25) “ 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ 41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
What am I doing for those in the back of the line? Am I going to be a sheep, or a goat…?
Did you know that this year 1.4 million people will die? Not from old age, crime, or disease or any thing like that. They will die because they do not have clean water to drink. Water? Really? 1,400,000 people will die because they don’t have water to drink? Yes…and what am I doing about it? Am I helping the people at the back of the line…?
30,000 people will die too…but not in a year…not even in a month or a week, and something a little more heart wrenching than people…children. 30,000 CHILDREN die EVERY DAY!!! These children are starving to death. Could you even imagine what it would be like to be so hungry that you just…die? I can’t…and to put more perspective on it, one of these children starve to death ever three seconds. 1…2…3…some child, somewhere, just starved to death…
And what am I doing? I am complaining about high gas prices, I am complaining about cafeteria food at school…the list could go on…but what am I doing to help the people in the back of the line? What should I do…?
I feel like I should just start doing something, give all my money to some organization that gives food and water to the people that need it. But then how would I take care of myself? How would I pay for school? But then, I feel like I am not trusting God to take care of my needs. I am caught in the middle, and feel like if I were to look God in the face right now, He would just look at me and shake His head…
I am in the front of the line…and what am I doing to help the people in the back…?
Why do things always need titles? October 14, 2008Posted by irock4jesus in church, God, Jesus, random, spiritual.
So I am sitting here between classes with two hours on my hands. I could do homework, but what fun would that be? So as I checked my blog today, I noticed that my views had a bell curve. Which means that nobody is reading my blog right now, which means that I should probably write a new one. So here we go!
So right now in my Bible time, I am trying to read through the Bible, cover to cover. There are a lot of books in the Bible where I only know of certain stories, and then there are other books that I have never even touched (minor prophets along with lots of other books…). So I decided it would be good to read through the Bible. I am not necessarily trying to absorb everything, I just want to read through it and get a general idea of what each book is about and whats going on. So far its been pretty good, and this is what I have noticed so far.
First off, who is thankfully for what Jesus did on the cross? I am, and I am sure you are thankfully that He died to take away your sins so that we may live happily ever after with Him in heaven! Yeah! Haha, anyways, there is another point that I have always known about, but never really thought about, because I have never really read through the Bible before.
The thing that has hit me the most for changes made from the time of Moses to the time of Jesus is the law. WOW! Back in the day things were pretty grim. Moses law said that it was an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth (Exodus 21:23-25). The sacrifices required to sanctify yourself if you had sinned. WOW, just read the book of Leviticus! It is all about the different kinds of offerings that need to be made and laws, lots and lots of laws. Now there is nothing wrong with that, people need laws to live by, and God gave them to His people. But wow!
Could you imagine if we still lived like that today? If you sinned you had to go and take your best bull, without defects, and give it as a burnt offering to atone for your sins. Do you have a bull? Because I don’t! I don’t know about you, but if I had any bulls to sacrifice, I would run out of bulls real quick. The guilt offering, the peace offering, the grain offering. Wow, there is a lot of stuff in there. The laws about clean and unclean, animals and people alike. If you defile yourself you have some huge run around to do before you are ceremonially clean again. The list goes on and on, for the whole book of Leviticus, and a good portion of Numbers too.
Now I don’t think there is anything wrong with the way things were ‘back in the day’. That is fine, that’s how God told His people to live. I am SO glad that God chose to bring me into this world now instead of back then, of course back then would have it’s pros and cons just like I have now, but still, that’s a lot of offerings and rules.
How much better do we have it today? WAY better! No longer do we have to have the High Priest to repair the damage done by presenting the offering to the Lord. We don’t even have to kill a bull anymore. Because we have Jesus, who came and rattled the very foundations of the earth. He changed everything! I would say for the better too! : ) When He died, the current separating the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple was torn in half, from top to bottom (or bottom to top, depends on which way you look at it). Giving us direct access to God, that’s cool! And when the pharisees and Sadducee questioned Jesus about the laws of Moses, Jesus responded that you are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself….That’s it?!??! (Matthew 22:36-39, Mark 12:29-31, Luke 10:27 also stated in Deuteronomy a few times too.) No more sacrificing bulls or doves or rams or lambs or grain or wine or anything?! That’s pretty sweet if you asked me! Jesus came and totally changed everything!
So I ask again, who is thankful for what Jesus did on the cross? Becaue I am pretty sure our livestock is VERY thankful! ; )
How cool would it be… October 3, 2008Posted by irock4jesus in Uncategorized.
If God still floated around in a cloud?
17 Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. 18 In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. 19 If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord. 20 Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the Lord commanded. Then at the Lord’s command they would break camp and move on. 21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and lifted the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on. 22 Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. 23 So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.
How sweet would it be if there was an actual pillar of cloud/fire on our house, or other place of dwelling, and when it was time to move and go somewhere else, it just moved, and you followed it? I think that would be great! In my thinking it would make things SO MUCH EASIER!!!! It always seems hard to know if you are doing God’s will, or your will…it can be funny how we can twist our will into what we ‘think’ God’s will is for our lives.
Now I know that we have this sweet thing called the Holy Spirit. Which is our internal compass and director of our lives. But it does seem very hard sometimes to know if your following it. And sometimes when you think your on course, are you really? It’s not like Jesus is walking beside us with a whip getting us back on track when we wonder off.
I was just reading my Bible today and came across that section of scripture. I thought it was pretty sweet. It would be awesome to have a giant pillar of fire/cloud showing you where to go. What do you think?
College… September 30, 2008Posted by irock4jesus in college, God, Jesus, random, spiritual.
So I started my first day of classes today. So far it’s just like the community college, just more people. And I have found that…I just don’t fit in. At least with the people I have met so far. The guys on my floor are all way cool, and I think my floor is great. But pretty much everything they have to say has to do with sex…of some kind. Their jokes are dirty and pretty much everything that flows from their mouths is filthy. I try and just let it roll off me and not let it affect me, but it just seems weird. The language I can deal with and I get tired of all of the sexual talk they use. And the only thing that keeps popping into my head is Ephesians 5:1-25. It’s weird. The talk and laugh at their jokes, and I just find it inapporpriate and repulsive. I mean I guess it is a good thing that I see it that way, because it says that we shouldn’t even laugh at such things. They have no place among God’s people. It is just weird. I want to be able to hang out and make new friends, but everone just seems to be going such a different direction. And I know that when Jesus was on earth that He hung out with the people of the world and that He was a light in that dark place. I hope that I will be able to be a light in this place. So I don’t know. I know that I have already established myself to some people that I don’t drink or smoke or do drugs. And I have been asked to by beer already…its just weird. Any advice? What should I do and can I do?
Think about this with me… September 12, 2008Posted by irock4jesus in God, Jesus, random, spiritual.
Alright this is a post in response to a comment made by Love. After I got done writing it out, I thought it deserved a post instead of a comment. I did make it up to Salem safely, if you were wondering. Josh is doing homework…so I am blogging. Enjoy.
I do think that Jesus was perfect, not just advanced. He came as a perfect living sacrifice to end all sacrifices. He was the perfect, spotless lamb of God. Fully human and fully God.
Now I am going to bring up something very interesting. You brought up what Jesus said while he was on the cross, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” Now this point of view was given to me from a friend. At that moment when Jesus cries that out is the moment God turned His back on Christ on the cross. Now why did He do that to His one and only Son? Because He was covered in the filth of our sins. Now here is the interesting point. Think about all the things Christ endured before ever making it to the cross. Have you ever seen the Passions of the Christ? The whipping, the beating, everything that happened to Him. It says that He was beaten so badly that He was hardly recognizable as human. Anyways, think about this. Don’t you think He should of died before He ever made it to the cross? Think about how much blood He lost. That’s a lot of blood, like maybe enough to bleed to death? I don’t now, but it’s possible.
Now for the cool point of view. Why do you think Jesus didn’t bleed to death and die from the beatings he received? Well here is the idea I was given. Romans 6:23 says this, “For the wages of sin is death” Jesus never sinned…does that mean He couldn’t die? I don’t know…I am not taking this for solid truth, but I do find it interesting. He had never sinned, so therefore He could not die, because death is the punishment for sin.
Now back to the cross where God forsake His Son and Christ died. Do you think it is at all interesting that after God turned from His Son that Jesus breathed His last and died? When He took on all of the sins of mankind, God turned from Him and He finally died. Because the wages of sin is death. He took all of the sin, so that we might have everlasting life. I found this very cool to think about. What do you think?
ROAD TRIP! September 12, 2008Posted by irock4jesus in college, random, Travel.
So tomorrow morning I am going on a long awaited and well deserved road trip. I am going up to Salem to see my best friend Josh for the weekend and then on to Portland to spend the week with my other best friend Styx. His real name is Devon, but we called him Crazy Styx in high school because he looked funny when he ran. We ran track and played football together all through high school. He was best friend through high school and we don’t see each other a whole lot since we live on opposite ends of the state. But whenever he is down here he always stops in and sees me. And now I get to repay him and I am going up to stay with him for the week. It is going to be great! This is the closest thing I have had to a vacation in years. So it is going to be amazingly awesome! If you would be so kind and think about it, toss up a prayer or two for me. Traveling mercies, and the other drivers out there. That nothing happens to my car while I am in transit. Stuff like that. So I will see if I can post some stuff to keep you up to date on how things are going for me. Mostly Tam and her kids and anyone else that cares to read my blog. And to you, I say thank you.
All rise September 6, 2008Posted by irock4jesus in church, college, God, Jesus, random, spiritual.
So this is something that I have thought about for awhile now. As you should know, I believe in Jesus. I believe He is the Son of God and He came and died on the cross for my sins AND that He rose again and IS alive. Most people would call that being “Christian” but I don’t really care for religion…to many politics involved and it just doesn’t seem like what it should be. Anyways, I am way off topic, this isn’t what this post is about. So here we go.
Do you ever feel like being a “Christian” makes you some how a pushover? Like that by being a Christian you can’t ruffle anyone’s feathers because that would be unChristian like? That it is better not to say or do anything because if you show any kind of aggression (when I say aggression I don’t mean like starting a fist fight, I just mean you stand up for what you believe in) towards that person, they will somehow think and probably say, “I thought you were a Christian?”, “That isn’t very Christian like?”, “I thought you were supposed to be like Jesus and love everybody?”. The list can go on for quite awhile actually. But have you ever been there? Your in a situation where you feel like you should step up to the plate and do something, but that would inquire you to step on some peoples toes and people would get angry with you. And in most case people fall into the category of doing nothing. It’s okay, I have been there before.
So here is the stance I am taking on this one. Why not ruffle some feathers? Lets make things interesting shall we? Okay we have this scene, and it is quite the scene, mentioned in the Bible twice. So here are the two references and their writing of the event. Will start with the more boring of the two. Luke 19:45-46 (NIV) “Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.” Okay we still got some action in that one, but I like this one better. Matthew 21:12-13 (NIV) “Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.”
Think about that for a second…He overturned the tables? Have you ever done that? Or seen it done? Think about the kinds of tables they had back then, and then imagine a pretty well built, strong young man, about 32 or 33 years of age, grabbing a table and flipping it over with all of his might. And then overturning the benches of those selling doves, and He chased everyone out! That is quite the scene.
This is pretty much the only time we see Jesus ‘lose control’ if you will (there could be other places, but not that I am aware of. I am not a Bible scholar…so if you know of another, please let me know.) Did He really go into an all out rage and lose Himself for a brief moment? Well I would say that is unlikely, because self control is one of the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) And He is Jesus, He is perfect. For Him to lose self control like that would be out of His character.
So think about this with me for a moment. The temple (church) is a place of prayer. Jesus knows this, even if He wasn’t God, He would still know it. Because Jesus spent all of His time reading the Word of God. (Luke 2:42-47) So either way, He knows what the temple (church) is there for. Praying to and worshiping God, hands down, no way around it.
So then, one day Jesus walks into the temple to see that it is over run with people buying and selling and trading. Trying to make a profit of some kind. Plus it didn’t help that all their intentions were evil. The people selling animals for sacrifices were in a crime circle with the priests. The priests would say that there was some kind of blemish on the animal or something was wrong with it and it wasn’t good enough, but for a fee they could go and buy one out in the courtyard. How convenient. Anyways, Jesus comes upon this scene, and makes a scene of His own. He knows in His heart what is right, and what these people are doing is WRONG. So He does something about it. He takes action and threw tables through the air. Wow.
So if we are following Jesus, and His perfect example. Why can’t we follow suit and stand up for something we believe in? Obviously Jesus didn’t care if He ruffled some feathers or stepped on some toes. He didn’t care if he rubbed someone the wrong way. He knew that it was wrong and He was going to do something about it, and He did.
So what are you going to do about it? Are you going to be the push over that everyone has come to know? Or are you going to stand up for God and hold true to your convictions?
I speak for myself just as much as anyone reading this. I am moving out of my parents house for the first time and into the college dorms at the college I am attending. This is one of the most liberal college in the state, plus it is in the weirdest town in the state. Above being weird, it is just dark and you can feel the evil. If any of you are Frank Peretti fans and have read “This Present Darkness”. He wrote that book after visiting the town I am going to school in. It just has a very evil presence there. So am I going to stand up? I pray God will give me the strength I need to stand up and not wavier.
So how about it? Can we stand up for what we believe in?