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Celebrate 4 where we came from

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Holiday, Patriotic, Politics with tags , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by rylanreed

Today we celebrate the 4th of July.  A time of fireworks, barbeques, sun, and freedom.  It’s a time of remembering the Declaration of Independence, the courage it took for 57 men to decide the 13 colonies of America had enough of being ruled by another country on another continent, subjected to their rule and order.  The sacrifice it took for those in the 13 colonies to stand up and fight, risking their lives so that they, and generations to come, could be free to live a life worth living.

Here is an excerpt from the President of Hillsdale College, Dr. Larry Arnn, from “How to Celebrate the Fourth of July,” in the July issue of Townhall magazine:

Two hundred thirty-six years ago this Fourth of July, 57 men signed the document that created the American republic. They represented a people of about 3 million grouped in a series of 13 colonies along the eastern seaboard of the United States. They were all wanted men, sought by the commander of the British forces in North America for sedition and treason. He had behind him the resources of the greatest military power on earth. They had behind them the bare beginnings of a government, hardly anything of an army, but something mighty in the way of an idea.

This nation had therefore a desperate beginning. Who but the boldest could believe that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were laying the foundation of the greatest constitutional republic in history? Now that republic has spread across the continent, and its influence reaches around the world. Its population has increased a hundredfold. Its Constitution has provided government to a free people constantly growing in size and territory, each new state joining the union as an equal, its citizens never subjects, its people ever free. There is no story close to it in the history of man.

I would encourage you to read the whole article of what Dr. Larry Arnn has to say about the government today and where we are possibly going to in the future.  We are a free people, able to decide what we want for ourselves and as a people in general.  Let’s not get away from that thinking.

Here is an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

You can download it here.

Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

I am grateful of the freedom I have to believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who died for my life so that I can be able to someday be in Heaven with Him.  The freedom to speak freely about what I believe and have the opportunity to meet freely with those that believe in God as the Creator of this world and country that we are uniquely able to live in, and Jesus His Son being the One who is able to save people from eternal separation.  I am grateful for those 57 men, who decided that they could not take on the task that was set before them without having a faith in something much greater than themselves.

“O what a freedom is thine! freedom from condemnation, freedom to the promises, freedom to the throne of grace, and at last freedom to enter heaven!” – Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

I am honored and blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Thank you to the men and women of the Armed forces who have allowed us the safety to live in the land of opportunity and freedom.  You are remembered for your sacrifices!   “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  Elmer Davis

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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)

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.

For to us a Child is Born

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by rylanreed

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful,

Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.”   Isaiah 9:6-7a

Movie to watch

Posted in following Jesus, God, Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by rylanreed

I watched Saints and Soldiers a couple days ago. Really good movie directed by Ryan Little.

Even in difficult times and hardships, Jesus still used a soldier to bring another to Himself.  The Christian soldier did go through a ton of hard times, even having flashbacks of killing innocent people. But one thing kept him going, and that was Christ and His word.  One of the soldiers that was making fun of him, in the end turned to what that soldier was reading to find out what made that man tick.                                              Christ is good, all the time.

If you want to watch it and have good internet speed, you can click here and watch it!

What is happening right now?

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by rylanreed

There are times in life where this question comes up, and for me it seems like it has been coming up more frequently than ever before.  A big reason might be the fact that I don’t really have a straight forward view on what Career I would like or in what field of work I would like to be in.  Where do you start? Other things are coming at me like a race car driver on the Daytona track, making me flinch and not allowing me to take a step forward, only sideways or backwards.  I could go into details, but don’t want to in this fashion, so I will talk more about what I stumbled upon that caught my eye instead of what keeps flying over my head. On Desiring God‘s Blog, I found one entitled Can You Bear Uncertainty? My interest peaked, I wanted to see what this blog had to offer.

We all go through uncertainty at times and for all different kinds of reasons, but knowing God is in control of everything should put us in a state of calmness.  I need and want to get to that point, I just need God’s help in doing that because I sure can’t do it on my own.

If only a rock could float

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by rylanreed

Peter doing his thing on the water, until he started looking at Himself and his surroundings instead of Christ.

Jon Bloom takes such a good look at this passage and what is can do for our lives. I always remember reading about Peter jumping at of the boat onto the water as a way of showing his faith in Christ and Christ approving of his faith by letting him stay on top of the water.  It was not so much Peter’s own belief, but his belief of who Christ was and what Christ could do if he just let Him take control.  We could all learn to study God’s word to truely know how Christ can be there, instead of just living through life hoping that Christ would pick up the “slack” of what we have already done.  And Jesus, letting Peter sink slowly to bring him and others back to the realization of how much they were in need of Christ and how much power he has over everything.