Archive for March, 2010

Where to go now

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by rylanreed

With the season that the Nebraska Men’s Basketball team is having this year, it’s hard to want to watch any basketball at all (if you are a Nebraska fan; and it does help that the women are doing so well), and even get excited for March Madness.

It is hard to watch or even look at, but those men on that court have worked their butts off and should be congratulated for their efforts.  Yes, they didn’t get many wins, only two in confrence, but a lot of things did not go their way. I’m not saying that Ref’s were getting paid or decided to go with the other team, things just happened. They didn’t get what is needed the most, wins, and I am sure that they will be working their butts off, now til the start of next year and continuing on into the future.  I know that Doc will be working his coaching butt off, and I am sure that the players will be working as hard as ever too, so why don’t we all get behind them (or those that call themselves fans of Husker basketball or just fans of basketball period) and encourage them instead of telling them how “horrible” they are, it’s probably easy for them to see.

They did a really good job the first game of the tourney and almost even caught Texas AM off guard at the end of their second game, but at last they couldn’t finish.  We will have to see what happens next year, and Doc is doing the same thing, but if we can give him two more years I think things could be really good. I could be wrong though…

This is an interesting article by Sam McKeon… Continue reading

Bad growing areas

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by rylanreed

If you would like to read the first part of the series, you can go to Thrown seed.

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 talks about The Parable of the Sower and the different areas of where the seeds fell, and then an explanation of what those different areas are in personal terms.  Three of the areas the seeds fell on were not good soil, but destructible soil that made the seeds wither, die, or not grow at all.  The seed, is the gospel of Jesus Christ; and the different soils are the different ways people interpret the gospel and “receive it”.

                         Here is what Jesus said in Matthew 13:18-23″18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 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. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 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. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

So many times we feel the need to look down on Christianity as a whole, or specific people that have tried to share the great news of who Christ is and what a person’s life could be with Christ in charge. When looking at statistics of who accepted Christ or who even listened, some can get frustrated as to how the application of the “Product” or the gospel was presented and try to find different ways of going about it.  It is good too keep up to date with the different trends of each culture that we are apart of, but to suggest that we can do anything differently is a complete dishonoring of our great God. 

How should we look at this passage then? We should look at it through God’s eyes and His power.  It’s not what we can do better or how we can do better, because all of that is in God’s hands. He made the soil and everything else around it, and He is the one that knows who will accept and who won’t.  What we should be doing is looking at the farmer spreading the seed and follow in the same way.  We should be spreading the seed every where and not being picky on who we talk with and who we pass by each day. 

Matthew 28:18-19a “And Jesus Came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”; Mark 16:15 “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”

I’m back

Posted in Random with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by rylanreed

Before coming home from South Africa, I wasn’t thinking the transition would be that hard, really at all. I was sure that when I came home, things would be a little bit different because I had been gone for a year, but nothing that wouldn’t right it self in a few weeks. 

Just saying, its been a weird period the last couple of months.  It has been really good seeing family and getting to spend quality time with them; being able to see friends and sharing with some of them how God worked in South Africa; and sharing with my supporters some of the things that God started in South Africa.  There are just some times that I don’t want to see anyone or talk to anybody (so if I have offended you, I’m sorry). It sort of was hard for a while to get motivated to do much of anything… even get on Face book (which is probably not a bad thing), but I have been rolling for a while now on trying to find a job, so things are going better than before.  Just saying, it has been a weird couple of months.  If you want to know more, you can always email me at rylan.reed@gmail.com