Archive for August, 2009

Birthday…

Posted in God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by rylanreed

So, today is my birthday but I am not going to write how awesome I am or why people don’t remember me (which is not true) or anything like that.  I want to write this as a thank you letter to all of those that have been apart of my quarter-century-life and shaped it to what it is today.

I want to thank God, the God of heaven and earth, for giving me my life because without Him I wouldn’t be here.  I want to thank God for giving me breath each morning, to be able to have lived this long in His world because we should know that we might not be here the next day.  I want to thank my mom, Bonnie, for berthing me and going through the pain and turmoil that giving birth takes upon that person.  I love you mom! I want to thank my dad, Bernie, for “training up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 I know you weren’t sure if I would follow or not, but you still stuck to what God had commanded you in raising a son.  Thanks for showing me how a Godly man should live his life and how he should love his wife and children.  I love you dad! Thanks to both of you for how you trusted God in each one of our lives, for always loving us and disciplining us when we needed it. 🙂 Proverbs 23:13-14 “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. 14If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol (hell).” I want to thank my sisters, Janelle and Laura, for loving me and being there for me when I needed it, as well as telling me when I needed to give it up and stop what I was doing.  Thanks for the encouragement and grace that you have shown me through out my life. I love you sisters! I want to thank my grandparents and my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins and all my other relatives for you support, encouragement and love over the past 25 years.  I love all of you!

I want to thank all my friends for giving up their time to hangout, relax and chill; to play sports and watch sports; and do whatever other stupid things that we did.  I want to thank one of my best friends Andrew, for sticking through it with me over the past ten years or so.  We have had our differences, but you have always been around when I needed it.  I want to thank James and Matt for being great friends and Godly men, always wanting to learn more and repent more, while leading others to learn more about Christ as well.  I want to thank Corey, Brian and Kav for being good Bible Study leaders and great friends and for the time spent when I just wanted to talk.  Your presence was always greatly appreciated.  I want to thank Casey and my other Juneau brothers for sharing two of the greatest summers of my life up in Juneau Alaska, what a trip and what a time shared!  You are all brothers in Christ and good friends to me!  (if you didn’t mentioned specifically, you are in my first line… thanks for your time too)

I want to thank Pastor Doug Shada and my Uncle Doug for your time spent helping me get through a really rough time in high school.  Thanks for your patience and thoughts on what was happening.  I want to thank Bill and Kent and those in leadership with Crusade that has helped me over the past few years in growing in my faith and walk with Jesus.  I want to thank all of my supporters as well, for letting me go on this great adventure and serve me in supporting me financially and prayerfully as I do God’s work in South Africa.  Thanks to all who is letting God lead you in your lives so I could be able to see Him through you.  Thanks also, for those Godly men that showed me how a true man of God should live and work in his day to day life.

Thanks!!!

Michael Jackson and Death

Posted in Culture, God, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by rylanreed

I know there are a lot of Michael Jackson fans out there depressed and wrecked that he is gone now, but don’t stop to think that it can and will happen to each and everyone of them sometime in the future.

What do you think of life after death? What happens? And where will you go?  Just like the lady said in this video, “When I think about Michael Jackson, my first thought is ‘was he right with God. As a Christian that’s going to be my top question, ‘where is he going to be for Eternity?” Where will you be for Eternity?  Check it out:

Fightin sin pt. 2

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

If you would like to read the first part in this two part series, you can go here.

Here are the lyrics from Tedashii‘s new album Identity Crisis,  song entitled Make War:

[Intro:] ~John Piper~

I hear so many Christians, murmuring about their imperfections, and their failures, and their addiction, and their shortcomings. And I see so little war!…  Murmur, murmur, murmur. Why am I this way?…  Make War!

[Verse 1:] ~Tedashii~

Bang with me/ba-bang bang, ba-bang with me/ No more playing games man/cause this thing can get risky/So man if you in Christ/TAKE UP!!/your cross quickly/Stand fearless on the front line/time to come with it/Do the right thing/WAKE UP!!/and lets get it/I ain’t even in the ring/they throwing bows like Riddick/Persistently attacking me/they’re even in the back of me/It’s either fight or loose my life and I can’t take this passively/So what you think I’m bout to do/I’m bout to do what I can do/Trust the ONE who got me through/and fight like it was after school/Never giving up/steady, standing on the battle field/Feet firm to the ground like I stepped on Chappel Hill/Flesh feeling frisky, sin persuades and tempts me/Satan cheers me on/guilt followed by conviction/It’s the same ol’ trap/and we fall like we defenseless/Work your senses/grow in wisdom/stand firm and be relentless/

Hook:

I MAKE WAR!/Cause sin never sleeps/It’s got me in a trance/you can see it in my dreams/I MAKE WAR!/Man I beat my flesh/To the death/every breath/like I beat my chest/I MAKE WAR/sun up/I MAKE WAR/sun down/I MAKE WAR/time in/I MAKE WAR/time out/I MAKE WAR/against lust/I MAKE WAR/Against pride/I MAKE WAR/ Against me/I MAKE WAR/Until I die/

[Verse 2:] ft. ~Flame~

Do you even have a clue/What happened to you when He died/When that tomb got rolled/ when He rose in the sky/I think we emphasis sin so much/That it makes us paralyzed/And glorify struggle so much/That it makes us terrified/And de-emphasize the fact that we have been sterilized from our own lives and thus/We gotta snap out of it/We ain’t in no straight-jacket/We free/When Jesus died in our lives something strange happened/He gave us power/Yeah I know that we sinners but since He rose He’s renewing the image of God in us/Now, we gotta start making war/Now we can start saying no/To them fleshy impulses that Jesus Christ is paying for/Now we can start taking the lead/Just like the Dalai Lama and start going all out like a suicide bomber/Whatever the sin is we gotta go go go harder/By His grace no time to waste and just just just like there’s no tomorrow/

[Hook:]

[Verse 3:] ~Tedashii~

I’m a Christ representer, fit to stand and deliver/Cause a lot of my believers struggle with their agenda/So I dropped this on an ADAT/just so you could come play back/A hit to be encouraged that rocks you with truth from, way back/So listen up to it ASAP/like you do a Lecrae track/I’m spittin’ written visions to put on heads like a wave cap/Sinning, nawl we don’t play that/cause that’s the way that as slave act/I’m filled with the Spirit so tell them dog this is pay back/As you begin to copy the carbon copies of Christ/And conform to His written image you should be shinning a light/If you not, why is that?/Is it fear that’s been grippin’ you/cause you scared they’ll be dissin’ you/Flipping birds while that spit at you/If you not, why is that?/it don’t matter so bump it/perfect love cast out fear and He ain’t save us for nothing/his is a privilege (privilege)/your life to give to Him (give to Him)/so stand firm for Him dawg and lets get it in/

[Hook:]

Fightin sin pt. 1

Posted in books, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by rylanreed

“Let not one of them escape.”   1Kings 18:40

When the prophet Elijah had received the answer to his prayer, and the fire from heaven had consumed the sacrifice in the presence of all the people, he called upon the assembled Israelites to take the priests of Baal, and sternly cried, “Let not one of them escape.” He took them all down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. So must it be with our sins—they are all doomed, not one must be preserved. Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying. Strike, though it be as dear as an Isaac. Strike, for God struck at sin when it was laid upon his own Son. With stern unflinching purpose must you condemn to death that sin which was once the idol of your heart. Do you ask how you are to accomplish this? Jesus will be your power. You have grace to overcome sin given you in the covenant of grace; you have strength to win the victory in the crusade against inward lusts, because Christ Jesus has promised to be with you even unto the end. If you would triumph over darkness, set yourself in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness. There is no place so well adapted for the discovery of sin, and recovery from its power and guilt, as the immediate presence of God. Job never knew how to get rid of sin half so well as he did when his eye of faith rested upon God, and then he abhorred himself, and repented in dust and ashes. The fine gold of the Christian is oft becoming dim. We need the sacred fire to consume the dross. Let us fly to our God, he is a consuming fire; he will not consume our spirit, but our sins. Let the goodness of God excite us to a sacred jealousy, and to a holy revenge against those iniquities which are hateful in his sight. Go forth to battle with Amalek, in his strength, and utterly destroy the accursed crew: let not one of them escape.  (Evening, C.H. Spurgeon July 17)

Oh, how I hate sin only after the fact of me doing it, which is usually more of a convicting feeling rather than one of remorse and wanting to fight the sin right from the start.  Why can’t I hate sin before the fact of it happening, when I totally know what the outcome will be and how I will be feeling about the sin in my life.  Only through God’s grace, mercy, strength, and power will I be able to beat the sin that is so prevalent in my life.  If I ask of Him and hide under His mighty wings, can I be able to start living a holy life devoted to Him.  I am still a sinner and will always sin til I die, but hopefully as I grow older the sins will start to decrease in their consistency and power.

Keep striving to fight sin in and through the power of Jesus Christ.  When we seek and savor Jesus for who He is and what He has done for our lives, helps us better want to live our lives for Him and not to satisfy our self-wants and desires.  Strive for Him to be glorified and you will be fighting sin along the way.

Listening to who knows what

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by rylanreed

I wanted to put these on here for those that like to listen to the coaches and players talk after practice.  Bo and Carl Pelini, as well as Larry Asante.  Much like what you have read about this past week from football camp at Nebraska, but from another side, Pod-casting.  Oh, and lets go Husker Volleyball in their first match tonight at the Qwest Center, Omaha Nebraska!

Burdened

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by rylanreed

This world a lot of times is a burden, because of the sin that has so clung to every aspect of life as we know it.  What burdens you? It could be the situation that you are in right at this moment, it could be the situations that your family are in, it could be the situations that your friends are in, or it could even encompass the world and the different horrible situations that are going about on a day to day basis.

In the first chapter of Nehemiah, He is heart-broken and has a burden for the city of Jerusalem and their walls, not just because of that fact, but because of the people in the city and their protection.

4″As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. 5And I said, ‘O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenants and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you.  Even I and my father’s house have sinned. 7We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you have commanded your servant Moses. 8Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, 9but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your dispersed be under the farthest skies, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ 10They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. 11O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”   Nehemiah 1:4-11a

A few days ago, I was walking back from my time on campus, praying as I went.  Up to that point there had been a lot of things happening, most bad, and it was really burdening my heart.  As I prayed, I started to cry and prayed not specifically that things would get better in peoples lives, even though I did pray for that, but mostly for their hearts and their relationships with God.  There have been a few deaths, a few big marriage problems, a few sicknesses, and a few situations where priorities are put ahead of God.  I know that God is totally in control of all of these things and His heart breaks as well, but there is a purpose to all of it and God will make everything good in the end, even though we might not be able to see it for a long time.

Let us use this prayer for our own lives and for those that are close to us as well as the people of this world.  This speaks true for all of us, so lets go to God and trust in His almighty hands.

letting things be as they are…

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by rylanreed

This is a really good article from one of the sports writers in Lincoln, that talks about what Bo Pelini doesn’t need to do and what the Media and those reading it needs to do.  Good stuff Samuel McKewon.