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Honor should be given all year

Posted in Culture, Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by rylanreed

I couldn’t find this online, so I thought it would be good to just put it down here.

Monday, November 12, 2012 — DailyNebraskan.com

Our View — Take time to honor nation’s veterans this week

War is an ugly thing, and if we lived in a perfect world there would be no such thing as a veteran soldier.  But as it is, conflicts arise and soldiers respond. Risking their lives for the benefit of our great nation, veterans deserve our thanks at the very least.  As you are aware, Sunday was Veterans Day. We hope you did your part in thanking a veteran, whether a family member or friend, and showed your appreciation for the sacrifice done in part by our soldiers.
However, it goes without saying that we shouldn’t be thankful on a few select days throughout the year. Soldiers don’t protect our nation for only a few days – its a lifelong commitment.  Even after they have served our nation in times of conflict, the effects of war are lasting, and the results are often taken for granted.
We are living in a free nation today because of the brave men and women who have fought and served in our military throughout history, as we as those who continue to fight for our freedom today. Many have sacrificed their life protecting a freedom they held dear to their heart just so we could live it, and others endure nightmares and post-war anxiety so we can be safe at home without those things.
There are many ways to show your support or appreciation, and they aren’t confined to just a single day a year.  This week, outside of Runza in the Nebraska Union, there will be opportunities to write a note or letter to a U.S. soldier currently serving overseas. There are always options for volunteering at the local Veterans Affairs office, or getting involved in programs like the Veterans Support Foundation.
The Daily Nebraskan would like to say thank you to all of those who have served in combat as well as all of those who have fallen while protecting our freedom.  Our appreciation for the sacrifices made goes beyond print, and we are forever thankful for your services.   Opinion@DailyNebraskan.com   Andrew Dickinson – Editor-in-Chief

I couldn’t put it in better words.  Thank you, to the men and women that are serving overseas and on the front-lines of the United States.  Thank you veterans, for all you have done to make this country what it is today, and for the freedom we have to live in this great United States of America.

Another good place to go/help is Wounded Warrior Project.  I’m sure there are many more, but this had been on my mind.  The greatest casualty is being forgotten.

Celebrate 4 where we came from

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Holiday, Patriotic, Politics with tags , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by rylanreed

Today we celebrate the 4th of July.  A time of fireworks, barbeques, sun, and freedom.  It’s a time of remembering the Declaration of Independence, the courage it took for 57 men to decide the 13 colonies of America had enough of being ruled by another country on another continent, subjected to their rule and order.  The sacrifice it took for those in the 13 colonies to stand up and fight, risking their lives so that they, and generations to come, could be free to live a life worth living.

Here is an excerpt from the President of Hillsdale College, Dr. Larry Arnn, from “How to Celebrate the Fourth of July,” in the July issue of Townhall magazine:

Two hundred thirty-six years ago this Fourth of July, 57 men signed the document that created the American republic. They represented a people of about 3 million grouped in a series of 13 colonies along the eastern seaboard of the United States. They were all wanted men, sought by the commander of the British forces in North America for sedition and treason. He had behind him the resources of the greatest military power on earth. They had behind them the bare beginnings of a government, hardly anything of an army, but something mighty in the way of an idea.

This nation had therefore a desperate beginning. Who but the boldest could believe that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were laying the foundation of the greatest constitutional republic in history? Now that republic has spread across the continent, and its influence reaches around the world. Its population has increased a hundredfold. Its Constitution has provided government to a free people constantly growing in size and territory, each new state joining the union as an equal, its citizens never subjects, its people ever free. There is no story close to it in the history of man.

I would encourage you to read the whole article of what Dr. Larry Arnn has to say about the government today and where we are possibly going to in the future.  We are a free people, able to decide what we want for ourselves and as a people in general.  Let’s not get away from that thinking.

Here is an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

You can download it here.

Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

I am grateful of the freedom I have to believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who died for my life so that I can be able to someday be in Heaven with Him.  The freedom to speak freely about what I believe and have the opportunity to meet freely with those that believe in God as the Creator of this world and country that we are uniquely able to live in, and Jesus His Son being the One who is able to save people from eternal separation.  I am grateful for those 57 men, who decided that they could not take on the task that was set before them without having a faith in something much greater than themselves.

“O what a freedom is thine! freedom from condemnation, freedom to the promises, freedom to the throne of grace, and at last freedom to enter heaven!” – Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

I am honored and blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Thank you to the men and women of the Armed forces who have allowed us the safety to live in the land of opportunity and freedom.  You are remembered for your sacrifices!   “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  Elmer Davis

Cause and Effect

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by rylanreed

I saw this posted in my work place and thought I would re-post it on here:

…another fatal accident because of texting…

Last Saturday two of my brothers, my brother-in-law, a family friend since grade school (basically another brother) and a buddy of theirs from work all went bike riding (motorcycle) in the Boston Mountains.

The buddy from work (Pat), lost control and hit something and totaled his bike. He was fine, not a scratch on him thank God. They all stopped of course, called a tow truck for the bike. the tow truck driver had just loaded the bike and they were getting ready to hit the road again when a car came up over the hill with three (3) teenage girls. It was still daylight and they all heard the car and when they looked back only seconds before it came upon them they noticed the driver (later learned 16 years old) was looking down (either texting or sending a text – details still unknown).

My 2 brothers, and 1 brother-in-law got out of the way within seconds of her car hitting the truck/trailer with the totaled bike (Pat was still sitting in the tow truck talking to the driver)… our old friend (mike) was in front of the truck on his bike and like everyone else was trying to get out of the way of the car but didn’t quite make it… the car flipped before finally rolling a total of three times.  Amazingly, all three girls climbed out of the car and though shook up didn’t appear to be hurt… that was when everyone noticed Mike had been hit just as the car flipped down the hill… he was conscious for a time but once the helicopter got there he no longer had a pulse and was declared dead at the scene…

As torn as so many who loved Mike are… just a real good guy, father of an 11 year old boy, he had a double wedding with of my sisters and her husband, we all fought with him over who got the best chair when we laid around the house watching movies and mom yelled at him to help with dishes no different than the rest of us after we at everything in the house……but you know who my heart goes out to maybe even more? That 16 year old girl because just as her life should be beginning, it may have ended… in the state of AR it’s against the law to text, even if Mike’s family doesn’t choose to prosecute the state will… and will there ever be a day go by that she doesn’t remember Mike and those he left behind.

NEVER BE DISTRACTED!

I have gotten into the habit lately of either: texting, looking at texts, looking up numbers to call, changing the radio station, finding a station that I had heard of before, or even looking at the things around me instead of what is happening on the street in front of me or on either sides of me.  I wouldn’t say I’m a bad driver, but I’ve heard to many of these kinds of things happening when it could have been avoided.  Motor vehicles are such powerful instruments that we have at our fingertips and we can take them for granted so often that bad things inevitably will happen to who ever is in those situations.  I hope for my sake and everyone else, that we will start to concentrate more on what we are doing and not so much on the what could be or what we want to be doing next.

What seems to be tops on your list???

Posted in Culture, Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by rylanreed

Some play sports, some workout, some watch TV and movies, some play computer/console games, and some read books.  Hopefully everyone works (or is still in school) and these are things done as hobbies or other actions during the day.  You can rank these on what is more important to do than some of the others, but I want to look into one of them for now.  Playing computer/console games, and what might happen when things get uncontrollable.

Here is a video of a girlfriend taking control of what her boyfriend seems to have as one of the tops on his list, a game called World of Warcraft played on his computer.

My thinking can’t comprehend how much time that guy wasted on that video game.  It seems these days that I am starting to pull more towards that than any other way.  I told one of my friends that playing video games all the time was a waste of time and those people need to get a life.  He was one of those and thought that we might be friends anymore. I corrected him and said if that was all you did and nothing else, then it was a problem.  When I was in high school, it was all about Halo and a little bit of H2, and then in College it was NCAA football.  I definitely played a good chuck, so I can’t say to much to those that are in the college/high school lifestyle.  If the games are taking away from your time with God, with school work, and with family and friends, then it might be too much.  If you are like that guy and possibly play games for up to 6 or more hours a day, then there might be a problem.  Just saying…

(there might be more posts about this topic, tops on your list)

Less of me, more of you

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by rylanreed

Shane and Shane has a song entitled The Answer.  It speaks to what I want my heart wants to say, but what I have not been living for lately.  You can listen to the song here.

I’ve tried more of me and I’ve come up dry

trading You for things, things that go away

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

alright! alright! alright!

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

O’ so satisfied at the thought of You

growing up in me covering everything

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

You are, You are (loved by me)

You are, You are (You’re loved by me)

So many times I try to do things on my own, and fall short of anything that I want to accomplish.  I look to myself and not to Jesus, who is always there to help when you seek His face and for His glory.  I know what I should do and it is what I want to do, but so many times I let my thoughts and the thoughts of Satan come into my mind and heart. They tell me to go my own way, making it seem to be the easier and quicker way of doing things.  This is totally false and a complete lie, and one that Satan finds full enjoyment; when God’s children stray and go their own way.  I still have hope and there is hope for you as well, those that feel the same as I do, because of the story of The Prodigal Son.  God will and does take us back, when we repent and acknowledge that we need Him more than anything else.

I know I need Him to help me through this life, cause trying by myself has not gotten me far at all, maybe a little bit lower in the ground.  He can and will pick me up and carry me to a place that will allow me to go on with life as I follow Him to life ever-after.

What is happening right now?

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by rylanreed

There are times in life where this question comes up, and for me it seems like it has been coming up more frequently than ever before.  A big reason might be the fact that I don’t really have a straight forward view on what Career I would like or in what field of work I would like to be in.  Where do you start? Other things are coming at me like a race car driver on the Daytona track, making me flinch and not allowing me to take a step forward, only sideways or backwards.  I could go into details, but don’t want to in this fashion, so I will talk more about what I stumbled upon that caught my eye instead of what keeps flying over my head. On Desiring God‘s Blog, I found one entitled Can You Bear Uncertainty? My interest peaked, I wanted to see what this blog had to offer.

We all go through uncertainty at times and for all different kinds of reasons, but knowing God is in control of everything should put us in a state of calmness.  I need and want to get to that point, I just need God’s help in doing that because I sure can’t do it on my own.

If only a rock could float

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by rylanreed

Peter doing his thing on the water, until he started looking at Himself and his surroundings instead of Christ.

Jon Bloom takes such a good look at this passage and what is can do for our lives. I always remember reading about Peter jumping at of the boat onto the water as a way of showing his faith in Christ and Christ approving of his faith by letting him stay on top of the water.  It was not so much Peter’s own belief, but his belief of who Christ was and what Christ could do if he just let Him take control.  We could all learn to study God’s word to truely know how Christ can be there, instead of just living through life hoping that Christ would pick up the “slack” of what we have already done.  And Jesus, letting Peter sink slowly to bring him and others back to the realization of how much they were in need of Christ and how much power he has over everything.

I’m a Christian poem

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by rylanreed

I’M A CHRISTIAN

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.

I’m whispering “I was lost,” Now I’m found and forgiven.

When I say…”I am a Christian” I don’t speak of this with pride.

I’m confessing that I stumble and need CHRIST to be my guide.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not trying to be strong.

I’m professing that I’m weak and need HIS strength to carry on.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not bragging of success.

I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not claiming to be perfect,

My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I still feel the sting of pain,

I have my share of heartaches …So I call upon His name.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not holier than thou,

I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow.

~Maya Angelou~

Turn down that racket

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2010 by rylanreed

I don’t know if this happens to you or not (I’m sure it does for everyone, at different times of life), but there are times where I start to do things, like play my so-called music too loud, and start to get the feeling  that I can’t hear or sense God anymore.  My focus is more on what I am doing, than it is on what I could be praising God for or even relying in Him to carry me through certain situations.  Focusing on either school, work, passions, hobbies, family, or friends; without setting specific time for God, will sometimes bring us to a place where it feels like we are all alone on an island or in a ditch somewhere. 

These are the lyrics to one of Shane and Shane’s songs, Turn down the music.  You can listen to it here

If you were hungry would we give you food?
If you were thirsty would we give you drink?
If you were a stranger would we let you in?
What would be a song we’d sing to you when there in need?
Would it be an empty hallelujah to the king?

Turn down the music
Turn down the noise
Turn up your voice oh God and let us hear the sound
Of people broken, willing to love
Give us your heart oh God a new song rise in us

And if you were naked, would we give you clothes?
If you were an orphan would we give our home?
And if you were in prison, would we visit you?

What would be a song we’d sing to you when there in need?
Would it be an empty hallelujah to the king?

Turn down the music
Turn down the noise
Turn up your voice oh God and let us hear the sound
Of people broken, willing to love
Give us your heart oh God a new song rise in us

Let it be our worth shared
Let it be our true religion
In this world but not of it
Holding on to our confessions
Let it be your worth shared
Let it be your true religion

In this world but not of it
Holding on to our confessions

Turn down the music
Turn down the noise
Turn up your voice oh God and let us hear the sound
Of people broken, willing to love
Give us your heart oh God a new song rise in
A new song rise in
A new song rise in us

Our busyness affects how God can use us or even speak to us, if… we are trying to do things on our own or not asking God each and everyday to teach us, use us, and guide us to the people and places that God wants us to be.  Sometimes busyness can be done the right way, (which I couldn’t say what that would be exactly anyways) and God uses the things that you are doing for His glory. It’s when we have our own thoughts and objectives that press us away from God’s goal in our life. 

My wish would be that all of us, including myself, would take the time to slow down a little bit, turn down the music of our own lives and thoughts, and listen for God’s sweet song…

Watch out for the Census

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2010 by rylanreed

This is why I didn’t choose to go door to door… the trust factor has gone out the window.