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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~

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Direction to look

Posted in books, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2010 by rylanreed

If you would like to read the first two part of the series, you can go to Bad growing areas and Thrown seed

How can we start to interpret the Parable of the Sower and what Christ says? There are some books and commentaries that do help out, and here is one that you could look at to help. 

Final Confrontation is the last book in the Chronicles of the Host series. I haven’t read much of these books, but they do sound pretty interesting. The book is looking at the earth and life of Jesus in an angelic viewpoint, and there is a conversation in the book that occurs between two angels while Jesus is preaching the Parable of the Sower: “These parables which illustrate the point of His lesson in ways even humans can grasp. Only those who have ears to hear, corrected [the other]. Most of these are searching for a day’s meal rather than a life’s purpose and are therefore missing His point altogether.”

Matt. 13: 1- 9 “That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”

It was interesting to see how each angel saw what Jesus was talking about in totally different ways, but both being very true. The parables were easy explanations of what Jesus was really trying to get after and the point He was trying to make. They were said in a way that all humans could be able to grasp and understand.

But it is only really attainable to those who have ears to hear, since that is what Jesus said, right? How could that be since everyone has ears that are able to hear, unless they are a deaf person? The really interesting part is where Jesus quotes Isaiah: Isaiah 6:9 “Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.” Jesus says: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!“(Mark 4:9). He obviously was speaking about spiritual perception, as was Isaiah. There are people that don’t and can not hear spiritually to what Jesus is saying and will not before their death.

What does all of this mean? It is really a HEART issue.  Where a person’s heart lies, will tell what a person wants out of life and where he/she will go with that life.  We all want to our own things and our own way, but some choose to hear that voice more than others. Now, I am not saying that those who choose to hear really do anything at all, because it is ONLY God who can produce any kind of good through us as human beings.  I didn’t choose to hear Christ, and I usually don’t choose to do good things, its only with Christ’s help that I can. This is a huge topic of debate, and I really can’t explain it for those that disagree. But I will say one thing, God is almighty and always good, and He controls all things!

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.”

Not to us

Posted in following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by rylanreed

Not to us

The cross before us, the world behind,

No turning back, raise the banner high;

It’s not for us, it’s all for You.

Let the heavens shake and splite the sky,

Let the people clap their hands and cry;

It’s not for us, its all for You.

Not to us; But to your name be the glory

Not to us; But to your name be the glory

Our hearts unfold before Your throne,

The only place for those who know;

It’s not for us, it’s all for You.

Send Your holy fire on this offering,

Let our worship burn for the world to see;

Its not for us, it’s all for You.

The earth is shacking, the mountains shouting; it’s all for You

The waves are crashing, the Sun is raging; it’s all for You

Your Children dancing, dancing, dancing; it’s all for You

Nothing is ours, nothing can be said that we have done; all of it is Christ’s and everything we have done is through the power of the Holy Spirit and given to us by God Himself.  He made us in His image and for those that he calls to His kingdom, He already foreknew them before time began.

I’ll be home for Christmas

Posted in Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by rylanreed

I’ll be home for Christmas, and definitely not in my dreams, but actually there! I am sure getting excited for Christmas:) Even those here in South Africa are getting excited, with all the decorations they have in the malls.  But they don’t have Thanksgiving, so the only thing they can look forward to is seeing red and green and white, but probably not, only in their lights:)

Came to my rescue

Posted in following Jesus, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by rylanreed

Come to my rescue

Falling on my knees in worship

Giving all I am to seek your face

Lord, all I am is yours

My whole life I place in Your hands

God of mercy humbled I bow down

In Your presence at Your throne

I called, You answered

And you came to my rescue and I,

I want to be where You are

In my life be lifted high

In our world be lifted high

In our love be lifted high

I do like this song, but some people could look at this as a song singing about us and not fully about God and Jesus Christ. It is tough though to figure out what exactly are biblical songs that are directed at God and not focused too much on us as humans.  This song still has a good message to it, even though it might be skewed in the focus of the song.  The part I am mostly focusing on is the chorus, where it says “I called, You answered; And you came to my rescue and I, I want to be where You are.” God did come to our rescue and we should want to be where He is, but us calling Him is something I don’t believe is true.  No one is going around saying “Hey God, I’m here! Help me out!” Usually, we rebell and want to do our own thing. It is not until the Holy Spirit come’s upon us and puts the regreat of what we just did.  God called us, those that are His children and the elect.  Our sinful natures did nothing before God sprouted a response in our soul.

This is how I think that part should go: “You called, I answered; And you came to my rescue and I, I want to be where You are.”  Another thing with the song, is a lot of times Christians just sing it and never really think to understand what they are saying.  “Falling on our knees; giving all we are; all we are is His; whole life in His hands; humbled we bow down; Life, world, love, God should be lifted high”.  These things are huge in someone’s life, becuase of how much we want to be able to control somethings.  We should be giving our alls to Him, and I even know of myself that I don’t do it all the time, but we need to keep that thinking constantly in our minds and ask God for help as well.

A watchman for Israel

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by rylanreed

A friend and I were talking the other day about the lost and how we are supposed to keep a careful watch on what we do, how we think towards the lost and if we are trying to do it in our strength or the Lord’s.  We were talking about friends and those that don’t know Him, and I said that I was afraid that they would come to know the Lord and be with Him forever.  She used the example from Ezekiel 3:18-21 about not telling those and warning them of the upcoming disaster that awaits them.

“18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. 20 Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.” Ezekiel 3:18-21

I do believe that we need to share the gospel with everyone we know, but not because of being scared into it, thinking that if we don’t everything will be on our shoulders.  We should share with everyone because it is the affect of an overflow of Christ’s love in us and the willingness to be sent out to tell everyone, even those that are closest to us.  What I don’t believe, is that there are prophets in today’s world, where there were prophets back in the Old Testament times.  I am not saying that there might not be people who have the gift of Prophecy, but it would not be in the same context as the prophets in Old Testament times.  God spoke to them and used them to speak for Him, where today we have Jesus Christ and God speaks through Him to talk to us, as well as, using the Holy Spirit to help us proclaim Jesus and what Jesus said.  We are called to tell those about Christ, which is different from the prophets having to tell people exactly what God, Himself, said towards their lives and what they should do.

Ezekiel 3:16-17 “16 And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.” In verse 15, it says that Ezekiel came to the people that God had told him to go to, and became overwhelmed at the sin that he saw there and sat there for seven days.  God had told him exactly what to do, and Ezekiel wasn’t really doing it. I assume that he was probably thinking that this couldn’t work at all with what he had to say and where those people were in their sin. God gave him stern warning that he was the only one that could speak to them, because God had elected him as the watchman of Israel and those people were still apart of Israel.  I have tried to talk to my friends about Christ and Him crucified, but they usually don’t want to listen and change to subject.  My fear is that they are not called by God to be a child of Him, not that I haven’t done enough or nothing at all, but that God hasn’t chosen them or elected them into His kingdom.  I know I can’t decided for God who He should give grace and allow into His kingdom and I know He has totally control over all life, it just hurts to know that people that I love might and probably will not be in Heaven when they die.

We all need to continue to spread the great message of Jesus and what His death on the cross means for all of us, but maybe look to the New Testament for verses to spur you on to share with others.  Passages like Hebrews 3:12-13 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5 would be good to look at.