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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!

‘Alive’ Poem

Posted in following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2009 by rylanreed

I found this artist from one of my good friends, Dan, who worked with me on STINT to South Africa until he became sick and had to go back to the states to get the treatment that would help him get better.  He is now in the States, but it will take probably a year for him to get healed.  Please pray that he would cling to God during this time and know that God does have a plan right now for His life.  And pray that he would be healed in a much quicker time than what is thought right now.

This poem is written and sung by Jonah Werner.

Unbenonced to you and me, beyond the place of terany, there lies a love that holds us, in sure and constant watch.  I pass a place of future crashing and far beyond the tongs and lashing, there lies a blaze that’s burning, never to be drenched.  When people live and love beyond themselves, hearts betray this bitter world, there’s bound to be a breaking.  But I can’t sweat for better yet when all I have is manifest in who I am, who I was and what I’m not mistaking.  That this is freedom, living and loving hard, when guaranties are lude and shard and I can’t rest on human souls, cause they are impractical and brusing.  There’s got to be more, there’s got to be Something deeper out there and I hope that you look and you find. Because the people are being restored where vines and branches sever more and never have it been so crazy.  Kick the doors to free me to say that I am alive and I’m thriving still, I’ve lost my feet but I won’t lose my will. You can hurt but you can not kill, the raging fires, of a man who’s been caught by Human lies time after time. Who’s been soaked and choked and rung by compromise, who was once dead but is now ALIVE.

What a wonderful Saviour that we have in Jesus Christ.  Let us worship Him today as we thank him for that things that we have been given, the chance to get to spend eternity with Him in heaven, if we are truely followers of Christ.

In Remembrance

Posted in Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by rylanreed

Today is one of the holidays that we get every year, but I don’t think a lot of people in America really give this holiday its due.  Most people are excited about getting the day off and doing nothing more than sit at home watching TV or doing odd jobs around the house (not to say that doing odd jobs is bad).  The thoughts on the holiday are more or less just another holiday, but we need to take this day as a remembrance of those fallen, fighting for our right to be living in a free nation and having the privileges that we seem to hold so dearly.

This is from Wikipedia:  Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Thanks to those families that have lost loved ones in wars past, and thank you for their hearts and your for our country and for their wanting to be apart of a bigger picture and to serve in something greater than themselves.  Thanks to those that are serving today and risking their lives for our freedom and safety!

For the Soldiers!

Posted in Patriotic, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2009 by rylanreed

There are a lot going around the United States about war and why our military keeps getting involved in different circumstances that put our men and women in life’s dangers.  There is and has been a call from the people to “bring our soldiers back!” I know that it can be hard to think sometimes, that what are military is doing is good, but take a step back and think through these things, a poem that I found on a friends website, and see where we came from:

It Is The Soldier

It Is The Soldier not the reporter,  who has given US Freedom of the press

It Is The Soldier not the poet,  who has given US Freedom of speech

It Is The Soldier not the campus organizer,  who has given US the Freedom to demonstrate

It Is The Soldier not the lawyer,  who has given US the right to a fair trial

It is the soldier, who saluted the Flag,  who serves beneath the Flag

and whose coffin is draped by the Flag,  who allows the protester to burn the Flag

Make sure when you are talking and complaining about what is going on, that you remember those that are serving their country, at their own choice, and giving us the freedom everyday to do the things that we take for granted so often.  Lets stand behind them and not yelling at or towards them.

oh, the good ole US of A

Posted in Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by rylanreed

I recieve this email from my father, and I wanted to pass it along, such a great telling of what the men and women of our Armed Forces have done to keep this country free as well as how we have been able to protect those in need of help!

You could have heard a pin drop

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury;if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building’ by George Bush.  He answered by saying, ‘Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.

You could have heard a pin drop.
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Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part,including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, ‘Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?’  A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: ‘Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have 11 such ships; how many does France have? ‘

You could have heard a pin drop.
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A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.   At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.  Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, ‘whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.’  He then asked, ‘Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?’  Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied ‘Maybe it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.’

You could have heard a pin drop.
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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE…

A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.  At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

‘You have been to France before, monsieur?’ the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
‘Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.’
The American said, ‘The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.’
‘Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!’

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. ‘Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in ’44 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find any Frenchmen to show it to.’

You could have heard a pin drop
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What Is A Veteran?

A ‘Veteran’whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve — is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The USA,Canada,Britain etc.) for an amount of ‘up to, and including his life.’

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact.**

Jesus was a Rebel

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by rylanreed

Rebelling against the rules doesn’t mean that you’re free. You’re still a slave to sin. REAL freedom is knowing the truth and then obeying!!!….John 8:36….”So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!!” This is a song by Lecrae called Rebel:

Rebel – I’m in rebellion (to all my rebels out there / rebellin against the culture / being transformed / not conforming to the ways of this world or the age / welcome to the revolution!)

Verse 1:

Jesus was a rebel, a renegade, outlaw/ A sanctified troublemaker but He never sinned, naw/and He lived His life by a different set of Rules/ the culture ain’t approve/so you know they had they had to bruise em/ that’s the way they do/ man, they swear they so gangsta but everyones the same/ everybody do the same stuff/ tattoo, piercing/ smokin’ up and drinking/ money and sex plus them extravagant weekends/ if that’s the high life/ I’ll puff puff pass that/ you leave evaporated like you missing a gas cap/ I guess I’m passed that/ cause I am in rebellion/ I’d rather have a dollar in my pocket than a mill-ion/ I’m scared to worship money, and my wants over Elyon/ I’ll remain a rebel while the rest of them just carry on/this is what I live fo/ this the hill I’m buried on/ if Jesus is the truth/ that means one of us is VERY wrong/ think about it

Mark Driscoll in the back ground (I know in our state rebel means sinner / everyone is sinning, so its no longer rebellious to sin / Jesus was a rebel / who was counter culture)

Verse 2:
No glory in me/ all glory to the King on the throne (Jesus)/ you either love Him or leave Him alone but you cant do both/ yeah, you probably heard that once in song/ I pray you hear 10 mo fo ya gone/ yeah listen up, holmes/ The stage is my corner and my crowd is the streets/ That’s why I rap the bread of life cause they dyin’ to eat/ I’m a rebel you know the kind that die in the street/Cause you refuse to conform, won’t eat the kings meat/ look, if Christ rebelled by shunning the cultured/ He eatin’ with sinners/ givin Pharisees ulcers/ He never got married, was broke and plus homeless/yeah that’s the God I roll wit/ ya boy gotta wife and no I neva cheated/ I’m prayin for humility whenever I get heated/ forget about the drugs/ rebel against pornography/ this ain’t how it oughta be, homie/ this is how it’s gotta be/ A rebel

Mark Driscoll ~ (you’re just a conformist / if your drunk and naked / driving around on a loud motorcycle /  smoking cigarettes and breaking commandments / getting pregnant out of wedlock /  everyone has done that / that’s so tired / if you really want to be a rebel / read your Bible / because no one is doing that / that’s rebellion! / That’s the only rebellion left!

Enough Said!