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Stop whining and get back on the horse

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by rylanreed

I see this a lot on shows like Dr. Phil and others that show a person’s problems and ask if they will do anything about them.  We all have those problems, yes even Christians, so how do we get into the position to be able to fix the problem that is at hand.  I am so glad that I have never been on any kind of show for any kind of reason, cause I really don’t think those shows help the individuals out to the extent that they need.  I really just see those people that go on different shows or try and tell everyone about their problems want the 15 minutes or how ever long the “fame” lasts and that’s all, not really wanting any change to come from it.  So, are you serious or just whining?

As human beings, we have problems and as a body/family of believers, we are to help and support one another through these things. But sometimes, people ¨go around and around the same mountain¨ without ever climbing and conquering it(as one of our pastors says so well). Such a person is not really dedicated to solving the problem and there can be many reasons. Maybe the attention it generates is too rewarding. Maybe they think it can´t be solved, so they´ĺl just cry about it. Maybe they´re not willing to make the sacrifices needed…I guess that there are many reasons, but the result is always the same: no progress and endless amounts of time and energy from well meaning friends and family being wasted.  (unknown author)

In the book of Judges we are able to see this cycle being repeated, all most endlessly. ~ Judges is named after an interesting collection of individuals who led Israel from after Joshua’s death until the rise of the monarchy under Samuel (about 1380-1050 B.C.) It was a time of national decline.  Despite their promise to keep the covenant (Josh. 24:16-18), the people turned from the Lord and began to worship other gods. Everyone did “what was right in his own eyes” (17:6, 21:25). A pattern repeats throughout the book: 1) the people forsook the Lord; 2)God punished them by raising up a foreign power to oppress them; 3) the people cried out to God for deliverance; and 4) God raised up a deliverer for them. (ESV intro for Judges, pg. 240) ~

¨Many times I find this person has not experienced enough pain to want to do anything about their situation. Until they are really ready to cry out to the Lord for a solution to their situation, they will simply talk about desiring change but never take the necessary steps needed for change.¨ – Os Hillman

It is always good for us to help those that are our brothers and sisters in Christ with what ever they are going through, and if they don’t want the help to just keep praying and let God do the work that is needed. In 1Cor 5:5 Paul makes a fairly hectic statement down the same lines, yet for the good of the people in question. “…you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the lord.”

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Today it starts

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2009 by rylanreed

I am excited for the football season, even though I am 2000 miles or so away from good ole Big Red land.  Here are some questions that Dale Obrien has for the season and I am totally with him on all of them:

Well…the sencond editon of the Pelini Brothers Construction takes the field today. There are a few questions that may be answered.

Will this team start by showing the consistency that Bo yearns for and has been ‘yellin’ about since he came to Lincoln?

It’s still a very young team…with a new QB and a (relatively)new LB corps. Will they produce from the opening Kick Off?

Will the DBs show a renewed interest in tackling and knocking the stuffing our of RBs and WRs?

Will Bo show sportsmanship to the officials?

Will the DL show right-off-the-bat that they are going to be the highlight of the defense?

Will Suh’s linemates take advantage of the double-teaming Suh will receive all year?

Will Helu’s hamstring hold up today…and next week…etc?

Will Rex Burkhead (or Burkhart or whatever his name is) prove to be a RB prodigy that we think he will be?

Will Marvin Sanders’ DBs and Safeties become a ball-hawking group or will Suh lead the team in interceptions?

I’m just glad the season is here and am looking forward to some answers.

Here are a few questions asked by Samuel Mckewon of NE Statepaper.com:

Does the load fall, ultimately, to quarterback Zac Lee’s shoulders? Well, that’s the M.O. of the Big 12. But not Pelini, who wants an decent, low-turnover offense in service of an overwhelming defense. The most plays Lee will make in 2009 are the turnovers he avoids, not the touchdowns he creates. If the Huskers try again to engage in scoring contests, they won’t win the North.

For me, rather, it’s that entire defensive unit, the one Pelini drills so hard in practice. Can Will Compton, Sean Fisher and Mathew May play two years above their age level? Can the cornerbacks grab some interceptions? Can the front four continue to stop the run as it did during the last four games of 2008? Can the safeties, the keystone to the Pelini defense in many ways, live up to their head coach’s high standards?

Finally, after eight months of waiting, we can begin to answer the questions.

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!!!

Defending a new one

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by rylanreed

I am excited for this football season to come, even though I am still in South Africa and probably won’t be able to see any of the games, save the last one.  It sounds like our defense is starting to get better and hopefully will have a good showing for this year. Lets just hope that the brothers keep coaching together and not knock heads too much.