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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

To the Cross

Posted in God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by rylanreed

Today is a time of remembering, for those who follow Jesus Christ, of what He went through leading up to the cross and the glorious resurrection that followed three days later.  As I think about my own life and what I’ve been through leading up to where I am right now, I’m always humbled and blessed to remember that Christ died for my sins and did so even before I knew Him.  I see in the Cross, how much His love is for me, that He would go to a horrible death so that I could spend Eternity with Him when I die. I rejoice in Him, knowing that what He gave was a gift, one that He gives to anyone and everyone that believes in Him, the savior for the world.

A friend showed me this link about Good Friday, a story line from when Jesus started picking out His disciples to just after His death.  You can listen to it here.

At the end, the pastor talks about the stations of the cross, which you can read about here.

Our Trial

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by rylanreed

Our situation as sinners is as if we stand on trial in the heavenly court, before our righteous Judge, God the Father. Our Advocate Jesus stands up to answer the charges:

“He is completely guilty your honor. In fact, he has even done worse than what he is accused of, and now makes full and complete confession before You.”

The gavel slams, and God asks, “what should his sentence be?”

Jesus answers, “His sentence shall be death; he deserves the full wrath of this righteous court.”

All along, our accuser, Satan, is having great fun at all this. We are guilty, We admit our guilt, We see our punishment. But then, Jesus asks to approach the bench. As he draws close to God, he simply says:

“Dad, this one belongs to Me. I paid his price. I took the wrath and punishment from this court that he deserves.”

The gavel sounds again, and the Judge cries out, “Guilty as charged! Penalty satisfied!”

Our accuser starts going crazy.  “Aren’t you even going to put him on probation?”

“No!” God shouts. “The penalty has been completely paid by My Son. There is nothing to put him on probation for.”

Then God turns to Jesus, and says,

“Son, you said this one belongs to You. I release him into Your care. Case closed!”

Take from: David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible

1 John: Chapter 2: (Verse 1b-2)

Before the Throne

Posted in following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by rylanreed

Before the throne of God above,

I have a strong, and perfect plea,

A great High Priest whose name is “Love,”

Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,

My name is written on His heart;

I know that while in heav’n He stands

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,

And tells me of the guilt within,

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end to all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died,

My sinful soul is counted free;

For God, the Just, is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me.

To look on Him and pardon me.

Hallelujah                 Hallelujah

Praise the One, Risen Son of God

Behold Him there! the risen Lamb,

My perfect, spotless Righteousness,

The great unchangeable I AM,

The King of glory and of grace!

One with Himself I cannot die,

My soul is purchased by His blood;

My life is hid with Christ on high,

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

Hallelujah                 Hallelujah

Praise the One,    Risen Son of God

Before the Throne by Shane and Shane

Hallelujah, Christ is risen indeed

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by rylanreed

Through Him, we are given everything we need to live a life for Him and His praise.  He died so that we could live with Him forever if we just believe that He is God and the Saviour for all.  Let us give thanks to Him this day, for He has died and now risen!

What He went through

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by rylanreed

This is crazy! I know it is on a link about conspiracies, but if you look closely it comes from an excerpt from The Expositors Bible Commentary. I’ll just give you a little bit of what it talks about, and let you check out the rest:

Mark 15:15 “So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”

The Romans first stripped the victim and tied his hands to a post above his head. The whip (flagellum) was made of several pieces of leather with pieces of bone and lead embedded near the ends. Two men, one on each side of the victim, usually did the flogging. The Jews mercifully limited flogging to a maximum of forty stripes; the Romans had no such limitation. The following is a medical doctor�s description of the physical effects of flogging.

The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across Jesus� shoulders, back, and legs. At first the heavy thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper in the subcutaneous tissues, producing first and oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles� Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. (C. Truman Davis, “The Crucifixion of Jesus. The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View,” Arizona Medicine 22, no. 3 [March 1965]: 185)    It is not surprising that victims of Roman floggings seldom survived.

Mark 15:20 “And when they mocked him , they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on Him. And they led him out to crucify Him.”

At last tiring of their sadism, the soldiers tore the robe from Jesus� back. The fabric had probably stuck to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds. Thus when it was callously ripped off him, it caused excruciating pain, just as when a bandage is carelessly removed. Jesus� own clothes were now put back on him.

Mark 15:24 “And they crucified Him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.”

Mark simply says, “And they crucified him.” What incredible restraint! Especially when one considers that crucifixion was, as Cicero said, “the cruelest and most hideous punishment possible” (In Verrem 5.54.165). What took place physically is described by Davis (“Crucifixion of Jesus,” pp. 186-187).

Simon is ordered to place the patibulum on the ground and Jesus is quickly thrown backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The cross is then lifted into place.

It is gruesome to read everything that Jesus went through from the time at Gethsemane to His death on the Cross.  The whole read on this link is really incredible, but to only focus on the pain would not be sufficient of what this day was all about.  Jesus went through the worst pain ever imaginable, pain that almost everyone will not ever experience, or at least in my lifetime.  He did all of this because of His and God’s love for us.  It was an incredible event and one that allows those that believe in Christ, as a way to God the Father, to live with Him in Heaven when we pass away from this earth.

In Him, we remember

The Cross (Good Friday)

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by rylanreed

Today is a solemn day, but a joyous one because of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for the sins of the world.  The sins of everyone that has lived on this earth and will live before Christ comes back on that glorious day, He took it all so we could be able to live with Him in Heaven someday.    These are Jesus’ words and a description of the night before:

Matthew 26:39 “‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.'”

Mark 14:36 “‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'”

Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

And Jesus on the cross:

Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, Lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

There was a time when I was younger, (and I’m sure others’ have as well), I used to think that when Christ prayed and sweated blood in Gethsemane, he was not wanting to go through the torture that was going to happen on the cross. And when Christ was on the cross it came to a point where it was too much to bear.  That was my perception because Christ was human, God becoming man, and having to go through all of the suffering; I know I could not have handled it and I’m sure no one else really could.

I’ve grown to understand, and heard it again a few weeks back, that it was way more than just the physical pain.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have all been together, so when Jesus came to the point of the cross and His crucifixion, he knew what was going to happen that had never happened before.  Because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son down to die for our sins, being blameless and without sin, was able to take on all the sins of the world.  But because God hates sin soo much, He could not be able to bear to see His Son with the sins of the world on His shoulders.  God is perfect and he can not bear to be near to sin, so when Christ was put on the cross, God had to turn His back on His one and only Son.  Jesus loved us soo much that he gave up His connection with the Father to give us a chance to live with Him forever in Heaven.  He did a work that I couldn’t have done myself, and no one else could, because He loves me (and you) with everything.

Let us remember what He has done for our lives. Let us take the time to be still and wait on His love. Let us stop what we are doing and praise Him who took on what we could never have accomplished by ourselves. Let us remember HIM!

(the link is a sermon, about an hour in length, and the part on this starts around the 46th minute. I would recommend listening to all of it, if you have the time)