Archive for word

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!

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.

Call to serve…

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by rylanreed

One of my posts a little while back talked about service and who we should look to for guidance, Jesus Christ.  I dug a little deeper into His word and found some verses giving us some guidelines,  for a service here on earth.

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…” Deuteronomy 10:12

We are required, in a commandment from God, to serve Him with everything that we have. This is not a have too, this is a get too, something that we can do to give glory to our Maker and the one that has given us all that we have and need.

“But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the spirit.” Romans 7:6

Through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, we don’t have to live under the law of the Old Testament.  Instead, we can live in Him and Him in us as our Lord and Savior, who can do all things through those who believe in His name and have faith for which they cannot see.  Being used by the Spirit, we can serve in a way that will be a blessing to God as He watches from His place on High.

“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mystries of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:1

‘Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Ephesians 6:6

We are to serve Christ above all else, and be one with what the will of God is for our lives.  We should look to Him first, before we turn to others to serve and help in anyway possible.  Sometimes the two go together and God is wanting you to serve exactly the way that those you are serving, want it done.  Other times, it can seem like they are the same, but the call on your heart from God is stronger than what you have been told to do and you should follow in what God says.  Again, I do not intend to sound like the position of ‘we should not follow in what our leaders or those in authority over us say, because we don’t like what they are doing.  God calls us to honor those in authority and respect and follow those that He puts over us.  What I am saying is that sometimes God has a different plan than of those in authority and we are to politely and respectively decline in what they want because of what God has placed on our hearts to do.

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my father, I have made known to you.” John 15:15

A friend of mine has somewhat of a different perspective on service.  He believes that when one says that he wants to serve others, then that person should do exactly what the other person wants them to do.  To me that seems like slavery instead of serving one another.  There is no give or take, not saying that it has to be like that all the time, but when one person doesn’t budge, there might be a big problem.  I believe serving is exactly what Jesus was saying to His disciples in John, where they were working alongside of each other for one purpose and one along, to glorify God (and bring people to the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ).  Both are giving their stances and both are taking different things that will help in spreading the gospel to all reaches of the world.

“…and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:5

“10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strenth that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”        1 Peter 4:10-11

Unequal Yokes, what?

Posted in following Jesus, Love with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by rylanreed
Unequally Yoked….-T.D. Jakes *
“The Apostle Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 6:14….’Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?’ Why this admonition? Because the faith that we live by is the measurement that we use as a guide, the counselor that we seek in a crisis, and the values that affect us sexually, emotionally, and spiritually. If we are not using the same measurement of faith, problems often become insurmountable because one doesn’t respect the other’s yardstick of beliefs. It creates a dynamic similar to the one you find in a marriage counseling session where one partner comes and the other refuses. While it may be helpful to the one attending, the session cannot restore the wholeness of the marriage without both partners’ participation.”
* I want to point out that I do not believe in everything that T.D. Jakes believes in, mostly the Trinity and his beliefs about baptism. I posted this quote by him, because I think it speaks well into marriage and being one with someone that (if you believe in Christ’s death of the cross) follows in the same beliefs.

He Knows you best!

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by rylanreed

1″O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 5You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. 7Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 11If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is a light with you. 13For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”                    Psalm 139:1-16

My God knows me even when I don’t know myself. He can see inside of me for who I really am even when I’m not acting like it…..God you know me!! You’re the only one who will ever know me fully inside and out. People can try, but there’s no absolute, possible way that they ever could. Please bring out ME in my life so I’m not playing a fool of somebody else! So I can live the way you have designed me to live!! Bring out my talents and my abilities so I can honor you in every possible way!!….To you be all the Glory!!!

things put on high…

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

This goes along with Driscoll’s quote, I posted earler, but I wanted to sort of focus on this part as well.

“People buy things they do not need with money they do not have to impress people they do not even like.”
— George Fooshee

It says in God’s word, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7 both have God saying this to His people.  I believe Today that money is a HUGE god of so many people and even those that call themselves Christians.  I even fall into this sin every once in a while, but God always reminds me that it is His money first and He can do with it what He wills.  This quote also talks about impressing people and the want for friends, which has the result of people trying to get a lot of money to have people think better of them.  People can be a god for us as well, putting them and their importance infront of God and His importance and what He has done for our lives.  I know that is one thing I use to struggle with, and maybe every once in a while now as well, but God has helped me realize how much He has done in my life and through it and how I haven’t done a single thing to deserve anything that God has done.  He brought me to Himself and is using me to bring others to Himself as well.  All I need is Him and I will truly be satisfied.  So will you, if you place Him at the top of everything else!