Archive for September, 2009

Potholes, Elephants, getting arrested… Waterfall… potholes, elephants

Posted in South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by rylanreed

Our team decided to use the time that the students had off, for our vacation time and seeing some of the sights of Africa. My friend and teammate James Pruch, took a couple of weeks to go back to the states, wasn’t able to tag along, but the rest of us in Pretoria and one from Durban decided to head up through Botswana to go see Victoria falls in Zimbabwe.

The trip through Botswana was definitely an interesting one, taking us two days to make it to our destination, about 20 hours or so from Pretoria. The second day on the road was the most exciting, with miles of road that looked more like a war torn area than just potholes, seeing elephants along the road and myself getting arrested. (I was let go with a small payment, and if you want to know more just email me and I can tell you the story. Too long for this…) We stayed at the Chobe River Lodge, just at their campsite, but were able to enjoy the surrounding life on the deck of the lodge.

The Chobe River is the separation line between Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. The first full day we were there, we decided to take a boat trip to go see a Namibian village. We really saw the need for Christians to go there and spread the word while living with them. The one cool thing we all noticed was how content they were with life, even when there was so much around them and I am sure people coming to visit them all the time like we did. They didn’t know of anything better and they were fine with that. We also took a boat that had a dinner on it that evening. It was a really relaxing time eating and listening to the different sounds of the night.

The Next day, we went to Zimbabwe, taking a tour guided bus trip to the Victoria falls. It was amazingly huge, definitely one place everyone should see at some point in their life time.  Niagara falls is pretty cool, but this sounded like jet engines all around you, it was that loud. Anywhere you would stand, you probably will get wet, there is that much water coming over the falls and misting/spraying all around.  There was one place where you could go up on the wet rocks, to look over the ledge and where most of the spray comes to land. I definitely got soaked, but it sure was fun. On the way back to Botswana, we were able to see a few giraffes on the side of the road. There were “Pumbaa’s” all over the place as well, both in Zimbabwe and Botswana.

The next day we took a safari boat trip and were able to see a lot of crocks, hippo’s and elephants. It was a relaxing time as we floated along, and we were able to experience an African sunset on the water of which I took plenty of pictures. The following two days were spent driving back home, the first day almost the same as the second day going north, without the arrest. The one almost cool part about the drive was when we came upon a watering hole with about 6-8 elephants there drinking. One that was off to the side was walking towards the road, not knowing we were there. It would have been a great video of the group and an elephant walking across the road; I can already see it on National Geographic. Sadly, we drove off instead of backing up to take position. I guess it will only be in my dreams…

300th

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2009 by rylanreed

This is a great post from Samuel McKewon about the 300’th sell-out and how it needs to be more about the game and love for it, instead of where we are ranked or who is watching who and how we compare to others.  Here is an excerpt:

If this seems like a sour column in light of NU’s achievement, think of it, instead, as sobering. Older generations of fans brought us to this point by staying committed and positive. Even in some tough years. Most of them weren’t “lean,” exactly, but the Huskers have endured their share of tough, ugly losses. Each home game, they’d come back, hopeful. And the fans next to them rarely let them down.

Petty things, like who stands to cheer and who doesn’t, or whether the students have good enough seats, need to be set aside on game day. Memorial Stadium was never about being vicious, a Temple of Doom from the Indiana Jones movies. Rather, the place is a warm spirit the color of its sea of fans. Remember that.

A few great memories, or one’s that will last a lifetime for those that went to the games.  The craziest one that I was at, was the 2006 UT game, where it was sunny, cloudy, snowy, and then sunny again all in 15 minutes. And then Nunn fumbles, I know it hurts, but that was such a crazy game.

Here is another post by Tom Shatel about the greatness of what the sellout is all about.

A Hedge or A Ring of Fire

Posted in Random, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by rylanreed

At Church service last week, Heinz was praying for a couple of a Church, that had came form Holland that weekend and must have know the Church or the Church knew them. Anyways, Heinz started praying for them and a part of his prayer was praying for a ring of fire around them, their Church, and the body that is in Holland from Satan and the evil works of this world.  It got me thinking… A ring of fire is far more effective than a hedge of protection, but maybe for Satan its more of an invitation? who knows…

His Remembrance

Posted in books, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by rylanreed

“And I will remember My covenant” Genesis 9:15

Mark the form of the promise. God does not say, “And when ye shall look upon the bow, and ye shall remember my covenant, then I will not destroy the earth,” but it is gloriously put, not upon our memory, which is fickle and frail, but upon God’s memory, which is infinite and immutable. “The bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant.” Oh! it is not my remembering God, it is God’s remembering me which is the ground of my safety; it is not my laying hold of his covenant, but his covenant’s laying hold on me. Glory be to God! the whole of the bulwarks of salvation are secured by divine power, and even the minor towers, which we may imagine might have been left to man, are guarded by almighty strength. Even the remembrance of the covenant is not left to our memories, for we might forget, but our Lord cannot forget the saints whom he has graven on the palms of his hands. It is with us as with Israel in Egypt; the blood was upon the lintel and the two side-posts, but the Lord did not say, “When you see the blood I will pass over you,” but “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” My looking to Jesus brings me joy and peace, but it is God’s looking to Jesus which secures my salvation and that of all his elect, since it is impossible for our God to look at Christ, our bleeding Surety, and then to be angry with us for sins already punished in him. No, it is not left with us even to be saved by remembering the covenant. There is no linsey-wolsey here—not a single thread of the creature mars the fabric. It is not of man, neither by man, but of the Lord alone. We should remember the covenant, and we shall do it, through divine grace; but the hinge of our safety does not hang there—it is God’s remembering us, not our remembering him; and hence the covenant is an everlasting covenant. C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening, Evening August 13

What a great thing to grasp, that we don’t have to remember all the time or try and remind God of what He told us with the convent of old.  He remembers and will always remember, not letting one of His children out of His sight and out of His controlling, comforting hands.  We don’t have to do anything, and we didn’t DO anything to deserve this, since us and this world is all for the glory of God and His covenant allows us to be apart of His plan for world redemption.

Blaming who?

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2009 by rylanreed

If you are going to blame one person on the Nebraska football team, you better just blame them all, every single one of them and the coaches too.  There should be one singling out on one person totally screwing the win up for the team.  It was a team effort and a team failure.  I would like to see a lot of you who are complaining and crying over someone’s bad choice of action, to get in there and try it out for yourself.  I am pretty sure not to many people can play at their level, so let’s give them a break and hope they learn from this lession, which I am pretty sure they will do…

I hope Bo see more in the football game than just this, and think he does, he just wants to motivate the players…

Added Pelini: “We did some good things; a lot that we need to get fixed. In the end, we didn’t make the play. I don’t measure on yards or how we play. You’ve got to win the football game. We didn’t win the football game so we didn’t play good enough in any phase of the game. I measure it on results. That’s how we measure things around here.”

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Thrown seed

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by rylanreed

Most people might know the parable of the seeds and the sower.  It was probably said to you in Sunday School or something like that, and it was all nice and cutesy like.  I am going to look at this paragraph in two different ways, and hopefully will bring a little insight into some-one’s life.  one will be about the differences between the four and specifically one grouping, and the other will talk about how we can use that parable in our lives today. In Matthew 13, as well as Mark 4 and Luke 8, there is an interesting parable told by Jesus about why some people’s lives are wasted and unreachable. The parable sort of goes like this in the condensed version: A farmer goes out to seed his fields and there are four different places that the seeds get thrown too; on the path, on rocky ground, among thorns and then on good soil.  the short interpretation would be that we give in either to fleshly temptations, the pressure of the world or to the enemy; and then finally to God.

The first seed that fell on the path and were eaten by birds, are this kind of a person Jesus said, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.” (Matthew 13:19) In South Africa, these would be the people that believe in ancestral worship or in creation and not a creator, or those that just believe in other religions.  It could also be the people that focus hole heartily on school work and making good grades, or wanting to do the things that they want to do and not caring too much into the future. Their focus is on something totally wrong and different than what it needs to be and Satan uses that for his benefit.

The second seed that fell on rocky ground, springing up really quick, but without any substance,  wilted and died are these kind of people Jesus said, “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21yet he has no root in himself, by endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21) In South Africa, these would be a lot of people that might lean towards prosperity gospel or students not wanting to offend a westerner that has come over 10,000 miles to tell them something important.  They might receive it with joy and get excited, but then the trial comes and is placed on their laps, giving them a choice to show others and Christ that He is their all. To often, the opposite happens and they fall back into the way they had been living before, because it was either easier or comfortable.

The last, or unfruitful, seed that fell among the thorns and choked them out, are these kind of people Jesus said, “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22) In South Africa, this might be a combination of the last two where people feel that things happen by chance and they are the one’s that control their own life and lifestyle. They are also concerned with the world and worldly things, wanting more of power, money, fame, and attention; too the extent that it overtakes their minds and hearts and nothing can really get to them except something drastic.

I will try to explain what these three different seeds mean to me and how they relate to the big picture, but the people dipicted here are a lot of what we deal with each and everyday. Not to say that these people are only found here, they are all over the world and especially in the great country of money, the United States. We are still called to try and reach them, but the greatness of it all is that it doesn’t totally depend on us for their salvation.

Football without God

Posted in following Jesus, God, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by rylanreed

What a tragedy if someone is like this, and I know of plenty that are in this position.  I saw a really good quote from someone on this subject and it caught my interests. He said that if he didn’t have Christ in his life, he would have probably killed himself after the tragic defeat that happened against the Husker football team Yesterday, the 19th of September, 2009.  (I won’t post a link to inflict more pain, its OK) I love sports and I love football, but I especially love Husker football.  Back in the day I would have flipped out with the loss that we had, but as I have grown older and a little more knowledgeable on how important the eternal perspective is for my life and those that are committed to Christ, not just the importance of one single football game.

Yes it was a tough loss to take, but where you will go in eternity matters with not just your life or death here on earth, but for an eternal life and eternal death.  Instead of what this loss against Va Tech, pretty much inflicted by our team, means to your week, what does spending eternity without Christ in Hell, lonely and in darkness, mean for your life right now?