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The Gospel in Christmas

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2010 by rylanreed

Jesus Christ, the gospel, has given us a chance to live with Him in eternity, if we just take a step of faith and believe that He is God and came to save us from our sins.  We think of Jesus as a baby boy, and that is what He came to earth as, but His main purpose was living a life for us to follow (knowing that we aren’t perfect and don’t have to be) and dying on the cross to take the punishment of our sins on His shoulders so that we could have a close relationship with Him and God the Father.

Here is a Christmas card that spells the gospel out in a beautiful way.

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Veterans Day

Posted in Holiday, Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by rylanreed

We really should be saying thanks each and every day for what the men and women of the armed forces; retired, on duty, or deceased, do for this country and us living in it, not just on Veterans Day.  THANK YOU VETERANS! Thanks for all you did in service to this country in giving us the freedom we take for granted most days.  Thank you for being places and doing things that a lot of people couldn’t even see themselves being capable of.  Thank you for your courage and diligence to continue to make this country what it is today.  We are not perfect, the country is not perfect, but you gave your heart towards it and we thank you for that.  I want to especially thank my dad for serving this country for 21 years in the Air Force, and retiring as a Lt. Colonel.  Thanks dad, you are my hero!

Prayer

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by rylanreed

“If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word- Prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.” Spurgeon

It is so true, because that is one of the main ways we talk and communicate to God.  If we are without that connection to God Most High, then we will start to depend on our abilities and thoughts, which is not a good tactic in this life.  Continue to trust in Him and ask for everything that you know you are lacking, not just money and happiness, but for a better knowledge of Christ and a stronger love for Him.

Prayer is not getting something FROM God; it’s doing something WITH God. The challenge is to develop a prayer life that is more about God than you  A helpful way to do this:

Pray “Father, I adore you…” Finish the phrase with reasons we have to adore God.

Pray “Jesus, I love you…” Finish with reasons we have to love Jesus.

Pray “Spirit, I need you…” Finish with reasons we need the Holy Spirit.

(taken from Judy Brower)

Pray about who God is, and what He means to your life. Pray for Jesus to cleanse the sinful parts of your body and your thoughts and mouth; pray that Jesus would show you more of your sin and help in giving you new parts and a new spirit. Pray for wisdom and guidance so that you can be able to live your life for God in and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray not only for yourself, but also pray for others. Pray for Salvation for those that don’t know Christ; pray for those that are Christians but are not living their lives for Christ, that they would see their sin and turn from it; pray for strength to those that are Christians, that they would live and work through the power of the Holy Spirit. And then pray for specific prayer requests as well. There can never be enough praying, and God will never have a full capacity, that would not allow Him to receive anymore prayers, He is always open for them and willing to listen.

Ya really think so?

Posted in following Jesus, God, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by rylanreed

This looks to be like an interesting Movie:

The thing that gets me, is how a lot of people think that this is really when the world is going to end, or Y2K was when the world was going to end, or some other date in history.  How can any of us, not making ourselves or anything natural around us, could posibbly know when the end times will come?  It might be like this video. But I am going to have to go with what Jesus said in Matthew 24:

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Whenever God sees fit for His Son to come back to earth and take up His children to be with Him in Heaven for eternity, that will be the day and time that the world will end as we know it.  Again, we just won’t know exactly when that will be, but Like Jesus said “42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

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!!!

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

Desending

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by rylanreed
Same Spirit!!

The same Spirit and the same anointment that came over Jesus Christ is the same EXACT Spirit and anointment living inside of us!!!!…….John 1:32-34..”Then John gave the testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. (33) I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (34) I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God’.”

God will give those that He has called to Himself His Spirit. Jesus says in John 16, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will declare to you the things that are to come.”(13) He also tells us the difference in baptism, explaining in Acts 1 “For John Baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”(5) and how the Spirit will use us in all of our surroundings, not just right where we started out, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (8) And this is how you can receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 2 “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ” (38)

This should give us hope, for a couple of reasons.  With the Holy Spirit in us, we don’t have to do anything in our own strength because we can rely on the Spirit for His power.  We also will be able to better determine what God wants for our life and how He wants us to live it with the help and wisdom from the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ working in and through us each and everyday for the glory and honor of God.  We can, through His power, be able to praise Him for what He has given us.

“Spirituality is attention to the life of the Spirit within us;  it is going out in the desert or up to the mountain to pray.  It is standing before the Lord with open heart, open mind;  it is crying out, “Abba, Father”;  it is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our loving God.”

–H. Nouwen–