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Before the Throne

Posted in following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by rylanreed

Before the throne of God above,

I have a strong, and perfect plea,

A great High Priest whose name is “Love,”

Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,

My name is written on His heart;

I know that while in heav’n He stands

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,

And tells me of the guilt within,

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end to all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died,

My sinful soul is counted free;

For God, the Just, is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me.

To look on Him and pardon me.

Hallelujah                 Hallelujah

Praise the One, Risen Son of God

Behold Him there! the risen Lamb,

My perfect, spotless Righteousness,

The great unchangeable I AM,

The King of glory and of grace!

One with Himself I cannot die,

My soul is purchased by His blood;

My life is hid with Christ on high,

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

Hallelujah                 Hallelujah

Praise the One,    Risen Son of God

Before the Throne by Shane and Shane

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The Cross (Good Friday)

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by rylanreed

Today is a solemn day, but a joyous one because of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for the sins of the world.  The sins of everyone that has lived on this earth and will live before Christ comes back on that glorious day, He took it all so we could be able to live with Him in Heaven someday.    These are Jesus’ words and a description of the night before:

Matthew 26:39 “‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.'”

Mark 14:36 “‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'”

Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

And Jesus on the cross:

Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, Lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

There was a time when I was younger, (and I’m sure others’ have as well), I used to think that when Christ prayed and sweated blood in Gethsemane, he was not wanting to go through the torture that was going to happen on the cross. And when Christ was on the cross it came to a point where it was too much to bear.  That was my perception because Christ was human, God becoming man, and having to go through all of the suffering; I know I could not have handled it and I’m sure no one else really could.

I’ve grown to understand, and heard it again a few weeks back, that it was way more than just the physical pain.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have all been together, so when Jesus came to the point of the cross and His crucifixion, he knew what was going to happen that had never happened before.  Because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son down to die for our sins, being blameless and without sin, was able to take on all the sins of the world.  But because God hates sin soo much, He could not be able to bear to see His Son with the sins of the world on His shoulders.  God is perfect and he can not bear to be near to sin, so when Christ was put on the cross, God had to turn His back on His one and only Son.  Jesus loved us soo much that he gave up His connection with the Father to give us a chance to live with Him forever in Heaven.  He did a work that I couldn’t have done myself, and no one else could, because He loves me (and you) with everything.

Let us remember what He has done for our lives. Let us take the time to be still and wait on His love. Let us stop what we are doing and praise Him who took on what we could never have accomplished by ourselves. Let us remember HIM!

(the link is a sermon, about an hour in length, and the part on this starts around the 46th minute. I would recommend listening to all of it, if you have the time)

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~

Where do ya look

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2009 by rylanreed

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.  Bradley Mines

What is your vision for your life? That is a question that always comes up into conversation if you or someone else is at a transition point in their life and are looking to start something new. You usually get a lot of those kind of questions right before you graduate from high school and go to college, but more and more people are trying to figure this out even in the jobs that they have now.  I do get frustrated with that question, but it is needed to know where your going with your life and I believe that Pastor Mike Neely has the right way of thinking about the vision statement. 

Pastor Mike Neely of Highland Park Evangelical free church, did a devotional about the world’s vision plan and seeking God’s vision plan. Here is a little bit of it:

Valid Faith Gives Us Vital Vision

Vision is today’s buzzword, but many people will not experience the power and fulfillment promised in vision seminars! Why? Because there is a vast difference between vision and fantasy!

Faith is not the ability to believe in yourself, but in God. It is a popular belief today that you can accomplish anything that you truly believe you can. But God says in Romans 10:11, “Whoever believes in Him (Jesus) will not be disappointed.” Faith is confidence and trust in the character and promises of God – in contrast to self-confidence.

Does the Bible encourage us to make up our own dream and then ask God to help us achieve it? No; quite the opposite! Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner,” (John 5:19-20). Jesus Himself, the divine Son of God, made it clear that He did not come to do His own will, but “the will of Him who sent me,” (vs. 30).

Jesus models visionary thinking that should fuel our personal lives, our church ministries and our planning strategies. Vision is to focus on God so we can join Him in what He is doing! Vision is not a fantasy, but a focus upon the Ultimate Reality that is beyond the natural. It focuses on God and allows Him to open our eyes to what is supernatural, spiritual, invisible, and eternal.

Vision must be more than dreaming about something bigger, better, more than what you are currently able to do. Vision must be a God-confidence that sees the impact of faithfulness, sending ripples out from your neighborhood into eternity! It is an abiding focus on God that brings contentment with Him – who He is, who you are in Him, what He is making of your life – that convinces you that you are living the abundant, eternal quality of life Jesus promised to those who hear and follow Him!                      

Press On, (Philippians 3:14)

Heaven and Prosperity

Posted in following Jesus, Video with tags , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by rylanreed

Thought theses were good, something else to ponder about the whole thing:

Heaven and Joel Osteen

Posted in following Jesus, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2009 by rylanreed

This continues the Heaven talk with the actual video of when Osteen and Larry King talk. This quote is from the guy that put this video up on youtube.  I don’t really like the tone that he uses in these first few sentences or even some of the words that he uses, but there is a way that we can be sure that someone is not going to heaven and that is because they don’t have Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and pronounce Him to be that for them to anyone that they meet. So I do agree with him on some parts, the main and basic ones!

ATTENTION NON-JUDGMENTALISTS!  PLEASE READ THIS:

For Osteen not to say that the unbeliever is on his/her way to burn in hell for eternity, when the vast majority of Larry King’s viewers are unsaved, atheists, heathens, etc., is one of the most egregious sins a so called ‘man of God’ can commit.

For those that don’t have Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and are not living for Him, but living for themselves, they will be sent to Hell for all eternity, alone and lonely.  Jesus will be the final Judge and we are suppose to love and continue to share to good news with everyone, but some will not hear and will not be with Him forever if they try and go “their own way.” And in those kinds of situations, you can sometimes tell from the actions where someone’s heart is at and who is in control.

To say that Jesus told us not to judge another person’s heart is an out right lie. Jesus said that “every tree is known by his own fruit.” Luke 6:44; “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Mat. 12:34. Jesus told us to “judge righteous judgment.” John 7:24. “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” 1 Tim. 5:20.

If you look at the Context of John 7:24, Jesus is talking about work on the Sabbath and how the Jews are following rules that will hopefully make God happy with them, while Jesus healed a sick man on the Sabbath because of the work that God was doing. Jesus did that miracle on the Sabbath because it was glorifying to God and as Jesus said in verse 17 of Chapter 5My Father is working until know, and I am working.”  So for us to use this and seeking our own righteous judgment, we can look to see if the actions of others are not just about appearances, but that they are focused towards the glory of God.

Jesus said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:” Rev. 3:19.  John said, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God,” 1 John 3:2. (read the whole verse, this is just a part)

In Revelation 3:19 and the whole context of 3:14-21, is a letter to the Church in Laodicea stating that they were lukewarm and in need of some reproof and discipline  for what they were not doing for God. They had money and everything else and decided that they didn’t need anything else, as Jesus “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Rev.3:17 Pretty harsh statement to make, but with the condition of all of us, it is good to hear and understand.

Paul said, “But if ye be without chastisement… then are ye bastards, and not sons.” Heb. 12:8.

Hebrews 12:8, in the ESV Bible, says this “If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” (I am not sure where he got that translation.) This verse as well as the context or verses 3-17, talks about how God disciplines us, not becuase He hates us or likes to see us hurting and weak, but to bring us back to Himself where we can find all the strength we need to live on and fight for Him.  Please read all of Hebrews 12, but especially verses 3-17 becuase it explans so well the things that we will go through and why they come to be in the first place.

Jesus said to “repent.” Rev. 3:19 This is not ‘condemning’ a person (Heb. 4:12).

Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The Bible doesn’t condemn a person, it shows the way to eternal life! It doesn’t condemn a person, it help in their growth towards the Creator! It doesn’t condemn a person, it brings new life to those that believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the only way to get to heaven. If people, those that don’t believe in Jesus and Him being the only way, try and go their own way or do their own thing, then they have condemned themselves and no body else is to blame.

When Jesus said, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matt. 23:33;

The whole chapter of Matthew 23 talks about the Scribes and Pharisees, and how they were not allowing people into the kingdom because of the wrong things that they were saying. “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practive and observe whatever they tell you–but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.”  Matthew 23:2-3 Jesus called the Hypocrites because they said one thing and did something totally different. It was not a way of showing others how to live for God, instead they were showing others how to live for themselves, that is why Jesus called them what He called them.

And when Paul said, “thou child of the devil,” Acts 13:10;

Paul,who in that time was still named Saul in Acts 13:4-12, meets a magician, a Jewish false prophet that was lying and pushing people away from God with the incorrect things he was saying.  This magician was trying to turn another man that Saul and Barnabas came to talk to away from the faith. This man was very intelligent and probably in a high position, so that if he did believe, which it says in verse 12, he could be able to spread the gospel further.

And when John said, “all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire” Rev. 21:8;

John, in Revelations 21:1-8, saw a vision of the New Heaven and the New Earth, the time when Jesus would return to place judgment on all.  As you read that passage, you see that those who are believes will rejoice when Jesus comes back, because He will make everything new, but for those that don’t believe, the end is a dreaded place.  “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexual immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, there portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Rev. 21:8 For those that are Christians and are a little freaked out about this, don’t worry; if you have repented of your sins and continued to live your life for Christ, He will and did take all of our sins on the Cross and has forgiven us of everyone that we committed and repented of. Really He has forgive us, children of God, of all our sins, because He loves us so much and wants us to be close to Him so we can be able to glorify Him more and more.

they were not condemning anyone! They were warning us!

Why seek Jesus?

Posted in books, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by rylanreed

Other than the fact that He is the only saving grace that we have, He has also been through everything possible in a life time, that we could go through, and definitely not as bad as Jesus had it.  This is a quote from The 3:16 Promise Book by Max Lucado:

Why seek Jesus’ help with your challenges? Because he’s been there. To Nazareth, to Galilee, to Jerusalem. But most of all, He’s been to the grave. Not as a visitor, but as a corpse. Buried a midst the cadavers. Numbered among the dead. Heart silent and lung vacant. Body wrapped and grave sealed. The cemetery. He’s been buried there. You haven’t, yet. But you will be. And since you will, don’t you need someone who knows the way out?

In Hebrews 4:14-16 it says this:

Jesus the Great High Priest: 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We can be able to look to Him for our comfort in everything cause we know we have someone that has been through it all and can and will carry us through what we are going through right now or down the line.  1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

“He himself hath suffered being tempted.”  Hebrews 2:18

It is a common-place thought, and yet it tastes like nectar to the weary heart—Jesus was tempted as I am. You have heard that truth many times: have you grasped it? He was tempted to the very same sins into which we fall. Do not dissociate Jesus from our common manhood. It is a dark room which you are going through, but Jesus went through it before. It is a sharp fight which you are waging, but Jesus has stood foot to foot with the same enemy. Let us be of good cheer, Christ has borne the load before us, and the blood-stained footsteps of the King of glory may be seen along the road which we traverse at this hour. There is something sweeter yet—Jesus was tempted, but Jesus never sinned. Then, my soul, it is not needful for thee to sin, for Jesus was a man, and if one man endured these temptations and sinned not, then in his power his members may also cease from sin. Some beginners in the divine life think that they cannot be tempted without sinning, but they mistake; there is no sin in being tempted, but there is sin in yielding to temptation. Herein is comfort for the sorely tempted ones. There is still more to encourage them if they reflect that the Lord Jesus, though tempted, gloriously triumphed, and as he overcame, so surely shall his followers also, for Jesus is the representative man for his people; the Head has triumphed, and the members share in the victory. Fears are needless, for Christ is with us, armed for our defence. Our place of safety is the bosom of the Saviour. Perhaps we are tempted just now, in order to drive us nearer to him. Blessed be any wind that blows us into the port of our Saviour’s love! Happy wounds, which make us seek the beloved Physician. Ye tempted ones, come to your tempted Saviour, for he can be touched with a feeling of your infirmities, and will succour every tried and tempted one.   C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening; Evening, October 3.