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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.

Bigger than sports

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by rylanreed

This showed on Outside the Lines, ESPN, a day or two before the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  It’s an excellent story of sports and major events, and how at times the moment of a sport doesn’t and shouldn’t take over the attention of what ever the major event brings to focus about life.  Here is a transcript of what Bruce Smith said after he received the Heisman.

Another moment comes to mind for me, the day Nebraska played Penn St. in Football and how both teams came to the middle of the field in unity and prayer.  A great moment in sports, and a small starting block of healing for everyone involved.

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.

What we should do about the economy

Posted in Culture, Patriotic, Politics, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by rylanreed

This is what is going on in the college sports world right now… and that’s nothing compared to professionals of any kind in sports, music, movies, etc…  

These are tough times and maybe some drastic actions should be taken so we can start decreasing the debt that we seem to keep increasing all the time.  This is just one of my many crazy ideas, and it might not work at all, but it could be a possibility.  What if the players, musicians, and actors, that have millions upon millions of dollars (and other people that make it rich with inventive ideas… Bill Gates), who spend it frivolously on huge houses, cars and whatever else that want; what if they donated “some” of that money towards our country’s deficit.  (I am sure that most of them earned what they have and are free to do what they want with that money, but I would say that some probably didn’t earn it upright.  That doesn’t matter much at all; what matters more is how they and everyone else spends their money.) 

I seem to be getting off topic, so I will try and bring it back into focus.  We have a huge deficit and it will probably keep getting bigger if we don’t start to do something about it.  I know that even if every star in every area of entertainment gave a good chunk of their money, we wouldn’t be close to paying off our deficit.  But maybe, if we all started thinking differently about the way we spend our money and how we handle it, then maybe we can start to change the way this country is going.

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.”