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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)

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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.”

Burdened

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by rylanreed

This world a lot of times is a burden, because of the sin that has so clung to every aspect of life as we know it.  What burdens you? It could be the situation that you are in right at this moment, it could be the situations that your family are in, it could be the situations that your friends are in, or it could even encompass the world and the different horrible situations that are going about on a day to day basis.

In the first chapter of Nehemiah, He is heart-broken and has a burden for the city of Jerusalem and their walls, not just because of that fact, but because of the people in the city and their protection.

4″As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. 5And I said, ‘O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenants and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you.  Even I and my father’s house have sinned. 7We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you have commanded your servant Moses. 8Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, 9but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your dispersed be under the farthest skies, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ 10They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. 11O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”   Nehemiah 1:4-11a

A few days ago, I was walking back from my time on campus, praying as I went.  Up to that point there had been a lot of things happening, most bad, and it was really burdening my heart.  As I prayed, I started to cry and prayed not specifically that things would get better in peoples lives, even though I did pray for that, but mostly for their hearts and their relationships with God.  There have been a few deaths, a few big marriage problems, a few sicknesses, and a few situations where priorities are put ahead of God.  I know that God is totally in control of all of these things and His heart breaks as well, but there is a purpose to all of it and God will make everything good in the end, even though we might not be able to see it for a long time.

Let us use this prayer for our own lives and for those that are close to us as well as the people of this world.  This speaks true for all of us, so lets go to God and trust in His almighty hands.

He’s our Father

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by rylanreed

What does it mean to be a good father?  Taking care of his family, loving his family, providing for his family, directing his family in the way they need to live.  When most people think of what a father should be, it usually isn’t the last one on the list or anything spiritual.  Usually it is all about the father providing, in wealth, for the family and making money the priority, not specifically his family.

You get one of three kinds of fathers in this day in age, excluding a spiritual family, and even then these could be the same kinds found in those households too.  The first would be nonexistent. This is when the husband would always focus on work and wanting to get more on the next paycheck, that he would totally forget the different things that were going on with his family back home, or if he was at home, totally not be there mentally and thinking about other things.

The second kind would be the father that verbally or physically abuses his family in some sort of way that would make them be more obedient.  This could be putting a kid down for not playing at his perfection or using force to move someone to do something for him.

The third father would be the “not at all father.”  He got mom pregnant, but is not around at all and only pays mom when the court makes him.  All three of these examples are not sounding too much like a good thing, but there is one kind of a father that has his priorities straight and that is God.

God the father is calling all of us to be His children through the blood sacrifice and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   Its says in Galatians 4:3-7 “In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of women, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!’ 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”

Paul uses verse three as an explanation for who we were when we were born, and then in verse 4 he’s not saying that Jesus came because we were born, but that He came in God’s right time for all who will be chose to find grace in the cross.  It’s really having nothing to do with our birth or the like.

For those that are called into His kingdom, the one’s that God chose before the hand of time, He calls us His children and we have every right to see Him as our Perfect Father and come to Him in any kind of situation and He will be there for us.  Here is a little excerpt from a friend of mine…

One thing that I had to face myself before I could even begin moving in that direction was a more intimate relationship with the Father (because we find our identity in Him specifically). Many of us view the Father as strict and distant even if we find it easy to relate to Jesus of the Holy Spirit. This is often because we project our view of our earthly father onto God the Father. Jesus came to restore us to the Father. Have the courage(cause I know that it takes some) to go to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to lead you to the gentle and loving Father whom wants us to call Him “Abba” or “Daddy”. It’s the start of something great!
– André Baladi

My South African STINT (on going)

Posted in South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2009 by rylanreed

This section is more or less just my thoughts and the different events that have happened here and there  while living in Pretoria, South Africa for the year of 2009. My self and eight others on my team started off our journey in Denver, where Campus Crusade has there yearly Christmas Conference in December.  We were able to help with the conference, since our departure was from the Denver airport.

DCC was a really good time to get caught up with friends that I hadn’t seen since the summer up in Juneau, and other friends that I hadn’t been able to hangout with much.  I am so glad for the friends that God has put into my life and how each one of them has been used in different ways in my life.  DCC was also just a good time of having one on oneness with my Creator and somewhat of a renewing of my strength.  My Family was able to drive myself and James, who is on STINT with me, up to Denver so we wouldn’t have to deal with leaving cars.  They stayed a couple of days longer to be able to hangout with me some more before I left for a year.  It’s hard to be away from your family when (for the most part) you do alot of things together, so it was fun to be able to hangout with them a little bit more and share some special moments together.

We left Tuesday morning to be ready for the plane that was leaving at 2:00pm.  The flight to DC was a quick one, but with the time change, we didn’t get into Dulles until 7:30 or so and found out that our flight was delayed til the next morning to london.  When everything got figured out, we changed flights to the next day at 5:40 that was heading straight to JoBurg (yes, we sadly didn’t get to be in London for a day.) If we would have went to London that next day, we might have not been on time for the next flight and would have had to wait another 24 hrs.  Long story short, we were compted living arangements at this really nice resort and a food voucher, becuase I guess the plane has some tech. difficulties.  The resort (in Virginia) was REALLY NICE!  The next day, Wensday, we left at 2:00 to get on the plane at 5:40.  That flight was a LONG on (I probably watched 4 movies and other stuff) and sort of slept here and there.

We flew into JoBurg at 3pm (Pretoria time) and were picked up by a man named Tony, who with his employees, drove us to the Hostel.  South Africa is such a beautiful place, and looks for the most part like a US city.  Hopefully pictures will come to show of God’s great creation!