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What we should do about the economy

Posted in Culture, Patriotic, Politics, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by rylanreed

This is what is going on in the college sports world right now… and that’s nothing compared to professionals of any kind in sports, music, movies, etc…  

These are tough times and maybe some drastic actions should be taken so we can start decreasing the debt that we seem to keep increasing all the time.  This is just one of my many crazy ideas, and it might not work at all, but it could be a possibility.  What if the players, musicians, and actors, that have millions upon millions of dollars (and other people that make it rich with inventive ideas… Bill Gates), who spend it frivolously on huge houses, cars and whatever else that want; what if they donated “some” of that money towards our country’s deficit.  (I am sure that most of them earned what they have and are free to do what they want with that money, but I would say that some probably didn’t earn it upright.  That doesn’t matter much at all; what matters more is how they and everyone else spends their money.) 

I seem to be getting off topic, so I will try and bring it back into focus.  We have a huge deficit and it will probably keep getting bigger if we don’t start to do something about it.  I know that even if every star in every area of entertainment gave a good chunk of their money, we wouldn’t be close to paying off our deficit.  But maybe, if we all started thinking differently about the way we spend our money and how we handle it, then maybe we can start to change the way this country is going.

The downfall of lying

Posted in Culture, God, Movies, Random, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2009 by rylanreed

I recently watched a movie made here in South Africa based on one of their greatest sports players of all time, Hansie.  The movie was entitled Hansie and the story is of a South African cricket player, who in the mid to late 90’s brought the people of South Africa together with the game of Cricket.  The one problem that he possessed out of many was lying.  One subject, and it was something that he really didn’t do, just thought about it. The subject was betting and losing games.

I won’t tell the whole story, but I will give a brief overview.  And BBC did a story on him that you can see here.  Hansie grew up with a love for cricket and played really well in most of the matches through his childhood and up to his professional debut. From that point on He sky rocketed with his performance, charting in 2004 to be the 11th best player in all of South Africa and a National Hero.  The only set back from his professional career, the one I mentioned earlier: betting, match fixing and mostly lying; made him banned from ever playing profession cricket again and put a bad mark on his name to the country that he loved so much.  here are a few details from Wikipedia:

Stand-in captain — There was another drawn series when South Africa toured England in 1994, Cronje scoring just one century on the whole tour and scored only 90 runs in the three-Test series. In October 1994, South Africa again came up against Australia, in a triangular one-day series also featuring Pakistan, Cronje scored 354 runs at an average of 88.50 but despite this South Africa lost all their matches.[8] This series was Bob Woolmer’s first as coach and Kepler Wessels’ last as captain. Cronje who’d previously been vice-captain was named as captain for the Test series with New Zealand in 1994/95.  — Match fixing — On 15 June Cronje released a statement that revealed all his contact with bookmakers. In 1996 during the third Test in Kanpur, he was introduced to Mukesh Gupta by Mohammad Azharuddin. Gupta gave Cronje $30,000 to persuade the South Africans to lose wickets on the last day to lose the match, South Africa were 127/5 chasing 460, Cronje was already out and spoke to no other players “I had received money for doing nothing”. During the return tour Cronje received $50,000 from Gupta for team information. —

If you read the story of Hansie; he did take money, but for nothing really; he talked with other players about throwing matches, but nothing ever came out of actually doing it; the only problem was he kept things secret and lied to different people at different times.  He did admit to the fact that he  had a love for money, and don’t we all have that.  We all struggle with this, maybe not to the extent or heightened level that Hansie did, but lying (making ourselves appear better than we really are) and the love of money is apart of our flesh.

The story of Marion Jones is somewhat similar… she is not a cricket player, but a high profile track and field athlete; now just a convicted felon.  She “not Knowingly” took performance-enhancing drugs in the year 2000, during the Sydney Olympic Games.  She lied about it then and kept lying until the truth came out in investigations.  In an interview, she said that during one of the investigation times, there was a point where they showed her the substance that is known as the “clear”, and she thought to her self that if she had just taken a few minutes to meet with her counsel and tell the investigator right then and there that the substance in front of her was what she took, it might have been easier on her in the long run.

Both Hansie and Marion Jones took the thought of keeping something to make themselves look better, instead of understanding the importance of telling the truth and also the detrimental effects that could linger and last for their whole lives with keeping the lie.  Hansie was a Christian, and even more so effected him because of that, as does it with us everyday.  We need to make God look good and not ourselves, since He was the one that created us in the first place.  Jones I don’t believe is a Christian, but she knew post term of imprisonment that it would have been better to tell the truth right away, even though it would hurt at first, then to have kept the lie and now is keeping that untold truth with her for the rest of her days here on earth.

Everyone lies, and if you say you don’t then that’s a pretty good observation that you do.  Because we are all liars, we are all sinners and condemned to an eternity in hell. I know, that sounds horrible.  But, the great thing is Jesus came down to earth to take all your lies, your stealing, your hatred and everything else that might be a sin in your life, and took it to the cross with Him.  Because of what He did, and our trusting in Him for the only way to salvation, can we be free from the bondage of looking to others for our self worth and instead place that upon Christ, for He is willing and would love to have it.  Hansie learned that even being a Christian, he still fell for temptation, but was able to learn through that experience of God’s redeeming love and forgiveness, and was able to share with others what Christ had done for his life even through the tough situation he was in.

If you want to watch the trailer(top two), or even a story on matching fixing you can go here.

Thrown seed

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by rylanreed

Most people might know the parable of the seeds and the sower.  It was probably said to you in Sunday School or something like that, and it was all nice and cutesy like.  I am going to look at this paragraph in two different ways, and hopefully will bring a little insight into some-one’s life.  one will be about the differences between the four and specifically one grouping, and the other will talk about how we can use that parable in our lives today. In Matthew 13, as well as Mark 4 and Luke 8, there is an interesting parable told by Jesus about why some people’s lives are wasted and unreachable. The parable sort of goes like this in the condensed version: A farmer goes out to seed his fields and there are four different places that the seeds get thrown too; on the path, on rocky ground, among thorns and then on good soil.  the short interpretation would be that we give in either to fleshly temptations, the pressure of the world or to the enemy; and then finally to God.

The first seed that fell on the path and were eaten by birds, are this kind of a person Jesus said, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.” (Matthew 13:19) In South Africa, these would be the people that believe in ancestral worship or in creation and not a creator, or those that just believe in other religions.  It could also be the people that focus hole heartily on school work and making good grades, or wanting to do the things that they want to do and not caring too much into the future. Their focus is on something totally wrong and different than what it needs to be and Satan uses that for his benefit.

The second seed that fell on rocky ground, springing up really quick, but without any substance,  wilted and died are these kind of people Jesus said, “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21yet he has no root in himself, by endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21) In South Africa, these would be a lot of people that might lean towards prosperity gospel or students not wanting to offend a westerner that has come over 10,000 miles to tell them something important.  They might receive it with joy and get excited, but then the trial comes and is placed on their laps, giving them a choice to show others and Christ that He is their all. To often, the opposite happens and they fall back into the way they had been living before, because it was either easier or comfortable.

The last, or unfruitful, seed that fell among the thorns and choked them out, are these kind of people Jesus said, “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22) In South Africa, this might be a combination of the last two where people feel that things happen by chance and they are the one’s that control their own life and lifestyle. They are also concerned with the world and worldly things, wanting more of power, money, fame, and attention; too the extent that it overtakes their minds and hearts and nothing can really get to them except something drastic.

I will try to explain what these three different seeds mean to me and how they relate to the big picture, but the people dipicted here are a lot of what we deal with each and everyday. Not to say that these people are only found here, they are all over the world and especially in the great country of money, the United States. We are still called to try and reach them, but the greatness of it all is that it doesn’t totally depend on us for their salvation.

The schedule is served

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by rylanreed

In non-conference play, three out of the four teams are from a lower level division and not really someone that would attract much attention to their play or the game.  I still say both FAU and ASU gave us some problem area’s to work on and challenged us in some others. Why are we playing low level team instead of another BCS great?

Some fans are asking this question, rather wanting the good ole days where high level ranked teams would go head to head to see who was the best.  Trying to play up to someone’s level instead of playing down to another’s.  If anyone looks at our Conference Schedule, you will see it ususally is based with some pretty good teams that could change the final letter either way, and much of Nebraska’s focus needs to be on those teams.  Yes, it would be awesome to see a NU vs. ND,  a NU vs. LSU, or a NU vs. PSU, but with how the money issue and home field advantage has started to decrease the potiental of getting high profile teams to play in our none-conference games, we get the fortune of being able to play those “so-called” “lower-level” football teams.  It definitely helped Nebraska see where they need to improve before actually playing the big boys.

Shatel: November time for big games

It’s big-game week here in God’s country, but elsewhere they are wondering how to liven up September. Esteemed colleague Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star opines that the Big 12 should consider playing more conference games in September — such as this week’s game matching Texas Tech and Texas — à la the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast. The thinking is that it makes the Big 12 more attractive to TV networks.

I’m all for that — if I don’t have to give up my conference games in November. To see Nebraska play Louisiana-Lafayette between games with Oklahoma and Kansas would be an absolute momentum-killer. Don’t mess with my conference schedule; I want the league dramas to build each week toward a Thanksgiving crescendo. To me, that’s college football. Now, if the Big 12 athletic directors would like to knock off one of the meaningless nonconference games and replace it with a ninth conference game, I’m all for it. But that won’t happen. Too many Big 12 schools need the seven home games. For NU, that’s nearly $5 million a home game.

If your going to live your life, why not live it to the fullest?

Posted in Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by rylanreed

This is a big saying that a lot of people use, but in this day and age, if you use this saying for your life, you will get a big slap of DEBT to your face.  If you don’t have the money, then don’t buy what you want, buy just the things that you need to live on.  If you already have a credit card and you can’t seem to pay off that one, then don’t decide to get others. That’s just piling on more bulk of debt to your name.  Be realistic, don’t lie to yourselves that everything will be OK. Stop thinking about the American dream because its not there anymore.  If you want to believe in something that will last… It’s Jesus Christ and His Kingdom to come!   Watch!

Relationships, living together, and nothing God-centered

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2009 by rylanreed

I have seen too many relationships and marriages go down the drain because of a base that is set on the wrong things.  Make it about the future, it doesn’t last; make it about the money, it doesn’t last; make it about the long time together, doesn’t last; make it about the physical touch, doesn’t last.  One person I know is on her 10th boyfriend, lived with probably 4 of them and none of those relationship had any lasting goodness to them.  Another person I know got married because the person they had married were with them since high school and it was common sense to get married.  Their marriage didn’t last as long as everyone thought it would.  I have heard of other situations where either people have lived together before marriage, slept together before marriage, or even thought of no one else for marriage, most of those relationship fell away.

Why do these relationships fail? well, I think its one factor and one factor only, what is at the center of that relationship.  And if that relationship is not centered around God, it probably won’t last or be any kind of a wonderful marriage that everyone hopes for and looks for in a fairy tale.  God made marriage to be a holy and unified partnership of a man and a women, that when followed after God’s word, it will be a wonderful and joyous marriage (even with the different hard circumstances that come along).  If we focus on the marriage being from God and centered around him, we should make it a priority to not live with anyone before marriage, to not sleep with anyone or have much intimate activity withany one, especially for those thinking of marriage, so that the relationship will be fully focused on Christ and having Him be glorified.

Hebrews 13:4 “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will Judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”

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