Archive for June, 2009

Only God

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by rylanreed

Everyone has an empty space in them, even if we don’t want to admit it.  There is something inside of us, that if we don’t fill it with something, anything, it will drive us to insanity.  That is why most people usually have something that controls their life.  It could be anything, and if it is not God, then its a sin.  Some people have sports as their God or ‘filler’, others have money and possessions.  Some even have food as their idol.  It can be called all of these different ways, but they are all the same, its a sin.  Only God, the True God and Jesus Christ, can fill the gap that is inside of us.

“None but God can satisfy the longings of an immortal soul; that as the heart was made for Him, so He only can fill it.” — Richard Chenevix Trench

nothing’s impossible

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2009 by rylanreed

There are so many time where we as humans come into a situation, not looking for the best in it, but the worst and making a claim that its already impossible to accomplish.  And that’s with any kind of situation, or circumstance.  Nonbelievers have to rely in their own strength, that don’t know of anything else.  Believers can do the same, even though we have someone that actually wants to help (if its in His will), who is powerful and mighty.  It’s God, if you haven’t guessed, and we have His promise in the Bible that if we trust in Him and follow His will, nothing will be impossible.

“With God nothing will be impossible.”  Luke 1:37 NKJV

This is from a message that I got from a lady trying to prayerfully follow after Christ.  This is a little of what she said: 

I know this is a verse I’ve heard over and over again, but I find that sometimes I forget it. I know it by heart, but I sometimes fail to remember that the God of the Universe, the Ruler of ALL things, is in control, that nothing is impossible for Him. I find that more times than not, when I come to a tough situation, if I REMEMBER that to our GOD nothing is impossible, all I need to do is let go and let GOD handle that situation. My prayer is that I will learn to do this with EVERYTHING that comes my way, and I hope that is your prayer as well. All we have to do is turn everything over to GOD and He will take care of it. Isn’t our GOD amazing? Merlanda Klein

This is a promise from our most High God, and we can take it for what it is worth because of who God is.  Let us not look to ourselves to get things done, but look to the heavens for His working in and through our lives.

What a word

Posted in books, following Jesus with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by rylanreed

This prayer is in the book ‘War of Words’ by Paul Tripp, and I think it really speaks to what my life was like and how I am still working on the later part, and becoming more like Christ.

That temper of mine!

Forgive me, Lord —

I let it get the better of me again.

When will I ever learn to wait

until I’ve heard the whole story,

to respond under pressure

as Christ would,

to meet evil with good?

I’m growing, Lord,

but my growth is far too slow.

Till my life —

break up clods of pride,

root out weeds of selfishness,

plow under every vestige of stubbornness.

Cultivate me and sow liberally

more of the Spirit’s

fruit-bearing seed.

Send showers

and storms (if need be);

shine brightly on my soul.

Then I will sprout forth

patience and kindness and love–

and self-control–

in abundance,

And my tongue will learn

to help and heal

and praise the Name

of the One through Whom

I pray,

Amen

The Cross

Posted in following Jesus, God, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by rylanreed

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

Christ is our Savior and Lord, and it is only through Him and the Cross that we can be saved and live forever in Heaven with God.  How blessed are those that have taken the grace that has been given by Christ, even though no one deserves it at all, only death and separation.  But Christ came and died on that wonderful wooden cross, so that those who are called to His name can live for Him and bless His holy name in all that they do.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31

Everybody wants to go to Heaven

Posted in following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by rylanreed

The first time I heard this song, it made me really sad, because Kenny totally has the wrong view point on Heaven and how to get there.  I am sure everyone “wants to go to heaven” but not everyone is going to be there.  You will definitely see a lot less people in Heaven than what you might think will be up there, and even with how many people call themselves Christians, not all will be up with Christ when He calls those that are His children home.  I have copied Kenny’s lyrics on here to show you just how incorrect it really is…

Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven – Kenny Chesney

Preacher told me last Sunday mornin’ — Son, you better start livin’ right — You need to quit the women and whiskey — And carrying on all night — Don’t you wanna hear him call your name — When you’re standin’ at the pearly gates — I told the preacher, “Yes I do” — But I hope they don’t call today — I ain’t ready

Everybody wants to go to heaven — Have a mansion high above the clouds — Everybody want to go to heaven — But nobody want to go now

Said preacher maybe you didn’t see me — Throw an extra twenty in the plate — There’s one for everything I did last night — And one to get me through today — Here’s a ten to help you remember — Next time you got the good Lord’s ear — Say I’m comin’ but there ain’t no hurry — I’m havin’ fun down here

Don’t you know that — Everybody wants to go to heaven — Get their wings and fly around — Everybody want to go to heaven — But nobody want to go now

Someday I want to see those streets of gold in my halo — But I wouldn’t mind waiting at least a hundred years or so

Everybody wanna go to heaven — It beats the other place there ain’t no doubt

Everybody wanna go to heaven — But nobody wanna go now — Everybody wanna go to heaven — Hallelujah, let me hear you shout — Everybody wanna go to heaven — But nobody wanna go now — I think I speak for the crowd — But nobody wanna go now

Yeahhh….

Everybody wanna go to heaven — Get their wings and fly around — Everybody want to go to heaven — But nobody want to go now

This verse is the one that troubles me the most.  “Said preacher maybe you didn’t see me — Throw an extra twenty in the plate — There’s one for everything I did last night — And one to get me through today — Here’s a ten to help you remember — Next time you got the good Lord’s ear — Say I’m comin’ but there ain’t no hurry — I’m havin’ fun down here” Nothing you do will get you into heaven, none of your good works or anything like that.  Its not even a part your action of accepting Christ into you life (but that is a whole other topic that we could spend much time on).  It definitely doesn’t matter how much you put into the offering plate, cause all the money in the world is God’s anyways.  Also, God choose the time, place and situation in which people will be taken from this earth (which mean death) and either sent to Heaven or Hell (which is a real place, to all you who think not).

I don’t want this to be all bad news, God is calling His children to Him and to heaven when the time comes.  All you get to do, (its a get to, not a have to) is seek hard after Christ and He will do the rest.  No one’s perfect, we all know that, and God is not calling us to be perfect, but for us to allow Christ to rule in our lives and for us to live for Him.

What’s up with the eagles?

Posted in following Jesus, Juneau Summer Project with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by rylanreed

One of the guys that I meet with regularly asked me this question during one of our times meeting together.  I really wanted to be like… Eagles are amazing, espically bald eagles,  and to get to see them up close and personal in Alaska, it was such a great experience.  They are all over the place, trying to steal the fish that you catch on the beach and flying around your head, either downtown or somewhere along the ocean shore… but I knew he probably wasn’t asking about that (even those Alaska is one of the coolest things to talk about).

In the Bible it talks a few time about eagles and wings, but there isn’t much background on those verses (you probably can be able to find info in different commentaries).  Here are a few verses :

Isaiah 40:31

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Psalm 103:5

“Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

There are two different interpretations that I can take from God using the illustration of eagles and wings.  One is that we, as followers of Christ, are apart of Heaven and Godly things, not in sin with the devil like a snake on the ground.  The eagle soars high above in the sky and is very graceful as it glides from here to there, but is also very strong with its powerful wings and sharp talons.  In God’s hands and guidance we can do His work with the strength of an eagle’s and be with Him in Paradise.

The second is sort of an illustration that  I saw played out on the banks of Alaska.  Eagles would swoop towards the ocean, sometimes grabbing with their talons, the fish that would be swimming near the surface for food.  There would be times where the eagles would get greedy in their pursuit for food and, hitting the water, not be able to fly away because of their wings becoming too wet and heave for the eagles to use them.  The eagles would then have to some-how swim back to the beach and dry off before they could get back to the air, and there would be other predators that would have a good advantage while the eagle was in the water and drying off.  We are like the eagles, with the power from God, fishing for men that He wants in His kingdom.  The water is sin, and how sometimes it consumes us so much so that we can only think about that and not what our main purpose is, which is to glorify God in all that we do.  The predators are those looking to seduce Christians with other religions or just into the sinful life style they are accustomed to.  The predators can also be the Devil and his demons, just like 1 Peter 5:8.

I want to live my life in the air, not wading through the water.

What’s good about football

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2009 by rylanreed

This is a little excerpt from HuskerExtra.com about the Quarterback camp that Watson and his team is putting on.  Written by BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON of the Lincoln Journal Star, it talks about what is going to happen today.

“Starting Sunday, there will be about 95 high school quarterbacks on Nebraska’s campus — including Husker recruiting commit Tyler Gabbert — taking part in Watson’s Elite Quarterback Academy.”

Most people look at the player and performance of the person, and usually not his personality or character.  They are more focused on the outward appearance than what is on the inside of the individual.  Watson, on the other hand, is one to look deeper into a kid of 17 or 18 years of age, instead of just looking at his highlights.

“We’ve had some great arms in here,” Watson said. “The thing that I get out of it the most from the recruiting aspect is that I get to work with the character of the kid. Because you can see the talent on film, but the character is what in the end is going to make the player, and how hard they work. Do they take to coaching easy? Because I really push them on the field. We teach, but we push them.

“If I say it, can they take it and put it in action? I can get a real, clear understanding of what every kid’s like when it’s done, who learns fast, who gets it, whose got the ‘it’ factor.”

A Few years back, Nebraska as a football team and coaching staff, were not really doing this much at all.  It was all about the high profile and glamor, how good a kid look and how many stars he got from the so called know it all recruit analysts.  I am glad that we are getting back to the basics and what is really good about football, the heart and character of a player and helping them build that for their lives to come, either on the playing field or wherever they may go.