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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)

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Getting ready for the RED

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2010 by rylanreed

I wrote this a little while back and never got it posted. More of a thing for me to read, but enjoy if you stumble upon this.

Alright, I’m sure everyone has heard of the new website, “Red Out Around the World . com” and possibly the hype that is starting to surround that video and site.  The site is suppose to be for the game against Texas on the 16th of October this year.  I actually thought right-off-the-bat that it was just something for the last year in the Big Twelve or something, and the only part on the video and the site in general is the date (and BEAT TEXAS) that they have published on the site.  No big deal…

My take… its a really cool video that definitely got me hyped up for the whole year, not just one game and it’s not that obvious that it’s for the game against Texas. Ok, it’s got the date and i guess it says beat Texas, but that’s pretty much it… the video sure doesn’t say anything, or it does and I don’t want to put the hype into the site.  I am totally fine with the establishment that has become the Huskers, to have this going for the year.  I know for sure that Washington is going to be a big game and Kansas State will probably be tough as well, so the first five games before Texas will not be a breeze at all. And Bo Pelini will definitely not let his players look anywhere other than right where they are right now heading into camp/fall practices and possibly the first game against Western Kentucky. 

Here are some other points of view by a couple guys in Nebraska and one guy from ESPN. If you go on to the next video or so after the Red Out Around the world, it talks about Pat Forde’s post and  this whole situation.  I agree with a small part of what Pat said in the article, but some of the stuff in there is just outrageous.  Saying we are like Dan Gilbert from the Cleveland Cavilers, that’s over stepping the bounds.  And having this video be a sharp shot at Texas is asking a little too much as well.  I’m pretty sure Texas has had a Bull’s-eye on it self for the last ten years in the Big Twelve conference, by winning and being their very own special self.  I have a lot more to say about Texas and all that has happened over the last few months with the Big Twelve-Pac 10-Big 10 situation, but I don’t even want to hear my ranting anymore.  It is pretty funny that Pat had to go to a message board from months back just to get something bad about us as fans, and it was probably the one fan that thinks everyone is against the Huskers (which is not at all like the majorities of Husker fans out there), so that is what you will get. 

Coach Bo Pelini and Athletic Director Tom Osborne were both unhappy about the website and the single direction to the date of October 16th and the words beat Texas.  The words beat Texas has now been taken off of the site. 

The purpose of Red Out Around the World is to connect, celebrate and salute Husker fans across the globe for their unparalleled support. We want to showcase the depth and breadth of support from Nebraska fans. We hope that all fans, wherever they may be around the world, will visit the Red Out Around the World website often from mid-August to mid-October and participate in the Red Out.”  – Tom Osborne, Nebraska Athletic Director

Mark Schlabach of ESPN sure does like the hype and the website/video… he made our game the top hottest rivalries in 2010.   Take that one Pat…

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.

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)

Worldwide focus

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

This is a quote from Vonette Bright about the World and how we as Christians are in the Prime position and time to reach out and gather in the harvest:

The Lord has impressed me so much this summer with the thought that Campus Crusade for Christ has come into existence “for such a time as this.” Other Christian organizations, I trust, are sensing the same call.  The whole world, and especially the United States, is floundering for a lack of godly and biblical understanding and direction. So many people no longer know who God is and what it means to depend upon His direction. Our mission, along with the rest of the body of Christ, is to tell them…  When Steve Douglass explained about the technology of satellites of communication now being put into place, making it possible for every person on planet Earth to be contacted, it would seem, most certainly, the message of God’s love and forgiveness will be able to be heard by every person… Campus Crusade for Christ now has a staff member or a representative in most corners of the world. If we are not there, another organization is. Hallelujah! “This is no time for business as usual.” Quote by Bill Bright… God directed me to Psalm 112. “Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.”… I believe the future of our country and the world is in the hands of godly believers. The way we live and express our faith will make a difference in our world. The future has never looked brighter! Oh, God, anoint us for the task and keep us faithful.

Crusade is using Global Media Outreach to reach the world through the internet. Pretty interesting, check it out.

here are a couple more sites about Being a World Christian and how some aren’t focusing on the Global Mission. All of us need to do our part to bring “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9b, 7:9, 14:6) “and this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14.

Let us work for His glory, whether it is at home or around the world.

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.

Burdened

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by rylanreed

This world a lot of times is a burden, because of the sin that has so clung to every aspect of life as we know it.  What burdens you? It could be the situation that you are in right at this moment, it could be the situations that your family are in, it could be the situations that your friends are in, or it could even encompass the world and the different horrible situations that are going about on a day to day basis.

In the first chapter of Nehemiah, He is heart-broken and has a burden for the city of Jerusalem and their walls, not just because of that fact, but because of the people in the city and their protection.

4″As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. 5And I said, ‘O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenants and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you.  Even I and my father’s house have sinned. 7We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you have commanded your servant Moses. 8Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, 9but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your dispersed be under the farthest skies, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ 10They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. 11O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”   Nehemiah 1:4-11a

A few days ago, I was walking back from my time on campus, praying as I went.  Up to that point there had been a lot of things happening, most bad, and it was really burdening my heart.  As I prayed, I started to cry and prayed not specifically that things would get better in peoples lives, even though I did pray for that, but mostly for their hearts and their relationships with God.  There have been a few deaths, a few big marriage problems, a few sicknesses, and a few situations where priorities are put ahead of God.  I know that God is totally in control of all of these things and His heart breaks as well, but there is a purpose to all of it and God will make everything good in the end, even though we might not be able to see it for a long time.

Let us use this prayer for our own lives and for those that are close to us as well as the people of this world.  This speaks true for all of us, so lets go to God and trust in His almighty hands.