Archive for hope

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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What To Hope In

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2009 by rylanreed

“…Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see we wait for it with patience.”  Romans 8:24b-25

What do you hope in? It’s an easy question to ask and answer because the phrase “I hope” flies off our tongues pretty regularly.  So, where does your hope  lie?  Do you ever say to yourself, “man I hope this goes my way” or “I really hope that they like me” etc.  “We hope for a lot of things and we hope IN a lot of things, things that too often fail us, like people, our work, our accomplishments, and especially in ourselves. Experience tells us how often these things do fail us.”  So where can we turn that won’t fail us, Jesus.

Jesus Christ is the only person that will not fail us.  HE died on the cross for us if that says anything.  Yes, we can’t see Him, and we definitely were not alive during the time that He spent on this earth, but the Bible was written for us to be able to believe and faith in Him to save us and send us to where we need to be and what we need to be doing.  Look through the whole Bible, mainly the gospels because that is where Jesus talks and does miracles, to see how Jesus can help you get through life.  The whole Bible is about Jesus… but that’s a whole other blog.

Here are a few places, one in the Old Testament, and the other talking about the Old Testament, which talk about hope and how we can have it in Christ.  In Psalms 78:7 it says “so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God,but keep his commandments.”  Titus 1:2 says, ” in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.”  Then in Romans, Paul brings both together, the Old and the New Testament.  Romans 5:4-5 says, “And  endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” And Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

“Faith doesn’t have to be blind, but hope and trust are two key aspects to it…”  Unknown Author

Hope
Sees the invisible
Achieves the impossible
If you look up
There are no limits…
– Lacuna Coil

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

2Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

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–

something else just isn’t cutting it

Posted in Culture, God, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by rylanreed

I heard a great quote from Mark Driscoll, who is a pastor in Seattle Washington, talking about God and what some people make as their god. It runs along with our financial crisis that America is having right now and how people are getting ready for a total meltdown of everything that is America.

People are freaking out because their god is money and it died and hasn’t risen from the dead like My God!

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” 1Tim. 6:17 Our hope needs not to be in money or the economy or anything that is of this world, cause its going to die, and rot.  That is just reality!  Our hope needs to be in the creator of everything, Thee Almighty God, and trust that he will take care of us, cause you know what… Jesus, (God), rose from the dead after being in the grave for THREE days.  No one can say they have done that or someone else has, only the God of the Bible has defeated death and He will defeat everything when Jesus comes back to earth to bring God’s children to Him.  Let us rejoice and have hope in HIM today!

Where to turn

Posted in following Jesus, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2008 by rylanreed

Life sucks.  OK, not literally, but there are a lot of circumstances or situations that we get into that just really sucks.  So, where do we turn? Probably to an angry state or maybe try and do or go somewhere else where we can totally just forget about it.  It’s been sort of like one of those weeks for me, not going in the right direction and getting frustrated by it, but trying to change things on my own.  That usually never works.  But the great thing about God is that he comes to us in different ways, speaking to us to open our eyes to what we need to see.  Before heading off to church, I sat down to read the Bible a little and the chapter that I read spoke exactly about what I was struggling with and brought me to my knees.  God was working in my life, even though I was trying to do things on my own the week before, to show me what I needed to do.  At Church, a couple of the songs caught my attention, Strong Tower by Kutless and Grace Like Rain by Todd Agnew.  Here is the lyrics for Strong Tower

When I wonder through the desert        And I’m longing for my home
All my dreams have gone astray.          When I’m stranded in the valley
And I’m tired and all alone                      It seems like I’ve lost my way

I go running to your mountain;            Where your mercy sets me free

You are my strong tower                         Shelter over me,                                                                                                    beautiful and mighty,                                 everlasting king
You are my strong tower                          Fortress when I’m week
Your name is true and holy                      And your face all I see
Your face is all I see

In the middle of my darkness                  In the midst of all my fear
You’re my refuge and my hope              When the storm of life is raging
And the thunders all I hear                      You speak softly to my soul
Now I’m running to your mountain      Where your mercy sets me free.

God is my strong tower and for those that are Christians, he is your strong tower as well.  If we only repent of our ways and turn to him he will cover us with his mighty wings and protect us.  God Loves us, not for the things we do or how good we are, but because he made us in his own image and he has a purpose for us.  Those hard times that we go through, they might just be a testing of our faith, God using those to mold us into what he wants us to be.

The other song was Grace like rain, and it just hit me like a ton of bricks.  I love that song and its lyrics which speaks such truth to the people that sing and play along with the music.  I don’t really want to parapharse it to what I am thinking, becuase of how great those lyrics are.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound                   That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found                        Was blind but now I see so clearly

Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear                 And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear                       The hour I first believed

When we’ve been there ten thousand years            Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing Your praise                  Than when we first begun

Through those two songs and the sermon that the pastor of Middle Cross Chruch, David Gilmore, spoke on how to have joy even when things are rough and don’t usually go your way, showed me and opened my eyes during my hard time that God was still there, sitting right besides me.  He never left and was speaking to me through those different things.  What a comfort that was for the day, being able to experience God even when I thought I was alone.

If you want to listen to David’s sermon you can listen to it hereGo to Joy Part 2 of 3, November 16