Archive for May, 2009

Desending

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by rylanreed
Same Spirit!!

The same Spirit and the same anointment that came over Jesus Christ is the same EXACT Spirit and anointment living inside of us!!!!…….John 1:32-34..”Then John gave the testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. (33) I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (34) I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God’.”

God will give those that He has called to Himself His Spirit. Jesus says in John 16, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will declare to you the things that are to come.”(13) He also tells us the difference in baptism, explaining in Acts 1 “For John Baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”(5) and how the Spirit will use us in all of our surroundings, not just right where we started out, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (8) And this is how you can receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 2 “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ” (38)

This should give us hope, for a couple of reasons.  With the Holy Spirit in us, we don’t have to do anything in our own strength because we can rely on the Spirit for His power.  We also will be able to better determine what God wants for our life and how He wants us to live it with the help and wisdom from the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ working in and through us each and everyday for the glory and honor of God.  We can, through His power, be able to praise Him for what He has given us.

“Spirituality is attention to the life of the Spirit within us;  it is going out in the desert or up to the mountain to pray.  It is standing before the Lord with open heart, open mind;  it is crying out, “Abba, Father”;  it is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our loving God.”

–H. Nouwen–

Arlington

Posted in Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by rylanreed

I think Trace said it best about this day and for the fallen soldiers that are layed to rest in Arlington:

Trace Adkins, Arlington

— I never thought that this is where I’d settle down,
I thought I’d die an old man back in my hometown,
They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men,
for a job well done.
— There’s a big white house sits on a hill just up the road,
The man inside he cried the day they brought me home,
They folded up a flag, and told my mom and dad, ‘We’re proud of your son’.
— And I’m proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,
I’m on sacred ground and I’m in the best of company,
I’m thankful for those thankful for the things I’ve done,
I can rest in peace, I’m one of the chosen ones,
I made it to Arlington.
— I remember daddy brought me here when I was eight,
We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay,
And when we finally found that cross,
He said, ‘Son this is what it cost, to keep us free’.
Now here I am a thousand stones away from him,
He recognized me on the first day I came in,
And it gave me a chill, when he clicked his heels, and saluted me.
— And I’m proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,
I’m on sacred ground and I’m in the best of company,
And I’m thankful for those thankful for the things I’ve done,
I can rest in peace, I’m one of the chosen ones,
I made it to Arlington.
— And every time I hear, twenty-one guns,
I know they brought another hero home, to us.
— We’re thankful for those thankful for the things we’ve done,
We can rest in peace, ’cause we were the chosen ones,
We made it to Arlington, yea, dust to dust
Don’t cry for us, we made it to Arlington.

In Remembrance

Posted in Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by rylanreed

Today is one of the holidays that we get every year, but I don’t think a lot of people in America really give this holiday its due.  Most people are excited about getting the day off and doing nothing more than sit at home watching TV or doing odd jobs around the house (not to say that doing odd jobs is bad).  The thoughts on the holiday are more or less just another holiday, but we need to take this day as a remembrance of those fallen, fighting for our right to be living in a free nation and having the privileges that we seem to hold so dearly.

This is from Wikipedia:  Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Thanks to those families that have lost loved ones in wars past, and thank you for their hearts and your for our country and for their wanting to be apart of a bigger picture and to serve in something greater than themselves.  Thanks to those that are serving today and risking their lives for our freedom and safety!

A little relaxation and Conference rolled into one

Posted in South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2009 by rylanreed

The first week in April, I was able to go to Durban South Africa with the others on my team for our staff conference that lasted for four days. All the staff members of Campus Crusade for Christ were there from all over South Africa, and it was interesting to get to meet those of whom I had only heard about in small talk.

The Conference was entitled Organizational Health, Healing and Holiness. There had been some things done in the past with the Crusade organization as a whole, most of which I didn’t really know about, and there was a lot of hurt feeling going around with everyone, so they decided to have a conference in which those three things would be focused on and accomplished. I know for me, there was a lot of healing, mainly stretching out on the beach and catching some rays. The conference as a whole really met what I think the staff was wanting to accomplish, and everyone had some fun as well.

Durban is on the eastern side of South Africa, on the coast by the Indian Ocean. With wonderful gusts of wind, I was able to somewhat relax and take in the sun. The conference gave a good chunk each day of free time, which was mostly used for laying on the beach or jumping in the Ocean. Myself and James, the other teammate that lives with me, were able to meet a few guys from Pretoria and JoBurg and play some tackle rugby in the ocean. It was such a good time of being guys, laughing about the hits that were put on us and the hits that we were able to lay out as well.

After the conference was over with, our team stayed a couple days more to be able to hangout as a whole team instead of our separation the rest of the time.    We had a few normal meetings, but it was mostly more relaxation and hanging out.  We were able to go to a place called the Canopy tours, where you are strapped into a harness and glide from tree to tree on large iron cords. It was a fun time and a great experience, and the whole week was very needed and helpful in continuing on in the ministry.

What is so better about the other side?

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2009 by rylanreed

I have been getting encouraging emails from Christianity.com and Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Most of these devotions are written by women (I am in no ways putting down women) and I have learned a lot from their writings.  I don’t usually use most of their stuff, because I can’t understand a lot about women and what they go through… I am a guy, its just fact.  Anyways, I really liked this devotion and thought I would share:

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” Deuteronomy 5:32-33 (NIV)

“Do you ever get jealous?” my friend asked me. In that moment, I had a choice to make – be honest and vulnerable with her or gloss over the truth with some spiritual platitude. To say out loud what I wish weren’t true, or purport those feelings I wish were true. “Of course!” I responded. “I struggle with jealousy more than I wish I did.” And then we spent some time talking about the things we find ourselves being jealous of, how petty we feel about it, and how we keep our focus in the right place, redirecting our thoughts to where they need to be instead of running off on a jealous tangent.

I wish I wasn’t prone to those jealous feelings. Jealous that this person got a book contract by a company that turned me down. Jealous that this person got booked to speak at an event I really wanted to do. Jealous that this person gets waaay more blog comments and waaaay more hits than I ever dreamt of. Jealous at this person’s true gift for writing, and that person’s unique blend of humor and profundity. Jealous of houses, clothes, weight. It’s so base, so silly, so human.
God has taught me much about jealousy – how to turn from it, how to guard myself against it. But unfortunately, knowing what to do and actually forcing my mind and my will to do it are sometimes two different things. Through the years, God has shown me “the rest of the story” when people I was jealous of in the past had terrible things happen to them. And I heard His whisper: “Still want her life?” Oh, how ashamed I was for wanting what was never mine to have, because I couldn’t handle the burdens that accompanied that life. He knew it, why couldn’t I accept it? Yes, the big green-eyed monster does rise up within me unbidden, too often for my taste. I want to slay him forever but he seems to have multiple lives, returning again and again to take up residence in a heart that isn’t supposed to be his home.

Do I ever get jealous? Absolutely. Do I want to be jealous? Not at all. Each day I focus on who God created me to be (complete with gifts as well as limits) and the situation He has placed me in. I re-situate my mental blinders so that I am not tempted to look to my right or my left. I keep my focus on Him, and Him alone. When I do that, jealousy has no place in my life. The trick is to keep doing that every day, learning to be content where He has me and resting fully in that.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please help me not to be jealous of others. I know I can do this when I stay focused on You and trust Your will for my life. Please help me to keep blinders on, not looking to the right or to the left at the people around me, but constantly training my eyes to look to You and Your Word. Thank You Lord for Your perfect plan for me and I am excited to see what You will bring about in the fullness of time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

It says in Ecclesiastes 4:4-6 “Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. 5The fool folds his hands and eat his own flesh. 6Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.”

When we work to try and better someone else because we want what they have and don’t have it ourselves, God calls it as “vanity and striving after wind.” “The Fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.” When you are jealous of what other people have, it eats away at your flesh and you are totally consumed by it.  Your focus and heart are totally distracted and will get you no where, except in misery.

The only way that we will ever be able to “prosper” is by us working for God’s glory and not our own success.  When we are praising and glorifying God in how we live our life, He will give us the necessary tools and objects to live our lives for His glory.  Nothing more than we need, but nothing less… Only God knows what we need and He will give it to us when we truly follow after Him.

“Better is a handful of quietness…” or as Proverbs 15:16 says “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than with great treasure and trouble with it.”

For the Soldiers!

Posted in Patriotic, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2009 by rylanreed

There are a lot going around the United States about war and why our military keeps getting involved in different circumstances that put our men and women in life’s dangers.  There is and has been a call from the people to “bring our soldiers back!” I know that it can be hard to think sometimes, that what are military is doing is good, but take a step back and think through these things, a poem that I found on a friends website, and see where we came from:

It Is The Soldier

It Is The Soldier not the reporter,  who has given US Freedom of the press

It Is The Soldier not the poet,  who has given US Freedom of speech

It Is The Soldier not the campus organizer,  who has given US the Freedom to demonstrate

It Is The Soldier not the lawyer,  who has given US the right to a fair trial

It is the soldier, who saluted the Flag,  who serves beneath the Flag

and whose coffin is draped by the Flag,  who allows the protester to burn the Flag

Make sure when you are talking and complaining about what is going on, that you remember those that are serving their country, at their own choice, and giving us the freedom everyday to do the things that we take for granted so often.  Lets stand behind them and not yelling at or towards them.

At your place, or no place

Posted in Culture, Random, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2009 by rylanreed

I have been in South Africa now for over four months, and have liked most of the time being here.  It definitely has been tough at time, but God has worked and has taught me a lot for my better well being.  I don’t miss America everyday, really don’t think about it too much, but there comes a time when something shows its dirrty face and you start to wish you were back in the mother land. 

I was taking a walk today, after my workout, and started to need the bathroom asap.  I went to a couple gas stations finding nothing of what I need to get the job done.  I was able to make it home and not hurt anymore, but I started to realize that there was really no public place that had bathrooms for customers or just people in general.  It’s either your place, or you better learn how to hold it and work through the pain.

On another note, something that has caught my eye is the traffic and traffic laws.  Those on the road really go where ever they want to and don’t usually care about the lines on the road or those around them.  They also usually never stay close to the speed limit, and if you are not following close enough to their speed, you will get run down or a nice firm honk.  Students, or those that I am around a lot, try to tell me that everyone obeys the laws of the road and not to many over exceed them.  They also give me a hard time when I start to follow the traffic, but I just tell them I am keeping things safe!