Monday, November 28, 2005

Safe, Safe Tuesday

Today's passage comes out of Paul's pen toward Philipi, or the Philippines, I guess. No idea if it is present day Philippines...probably not.

Anyway Philippines 1:20-26 tells us

For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don't know which is better. I'm torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, but it is better for you that I live. I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith. Then when I return to you, you will have even more reason to boast about what Christ Jesus has done for me.

So...

Our gov't class was sort of talking about the decision of life over death around the subject of the death sentences in prison. I was thinking that if I was convicted *hope they don't find me* and sent to prison for life that I would rather die than spend the remainder of my life under constant watch with no freedoms. But then it sent me on this train of thought that I wouldn't be able to impress upon any of the people around me the importance of Jesus. Now, if I was a mass murderer I probably wouldn't care about the people around me let alone Jesus Christ.

Don't just try to get through life as fast as possible (me too). I know that High School has kind of been a huge blur--much like the last week...different concept--for me; i have just tried to get through it as fast as possible, thinking that college is where the real "life", relationships, etc. This is something that I really need to work on, trying to change the lives around me instead of concentrating on passing them by. Jesus is someone that we should be BOASTING about. Easier said than done though right? yeah I know it. I am a very passive christian at school. On my blog my mom was complaining that I am not spiritual enough. Have any of you read my blog? Spiritual doesn't even come close. More like...a big venting rage machine...just kidding...

Paul says in the verse that he can't wait to leave the Earth to go to heaven, but can't until he changes our jouney's end. I can't wait until heaven either but what will be the point if you are not going to bring anyone with you?!

Very profound? maybe not. but sort of cliche and very hard to do. I hope this wieghs on your minds very heavily. Like a sumo wrestler on steriods.

Until next time...same time(I doubt it though)...same channel (but a website)

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Movie Night!

Hey, just so everyone knows, tonight is a family friendly night. That means bring your parents and younger/older/whatever siblings if they would like to come. We'll make some coffee for the parents, popcorn for the kids, throw in a couple movies, and just enjoy the fellowship. Peace out.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:4-5

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
and His truth endures to all generations.

UPDATE

SAT the movie night will start at 6! We are hoping to watch two movies. If your parents are cool with this, great! If not, no problem. Come for what you can.

another thing for friday!

Friday the 25th

hangout time at da Griffith's place starting around 5:00.
wear clothes you can run around in; we're gonna play four-wheeler tag.
board games, stuff like that.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

UPCOMING EVENTS!!!

FRIDAY NOV. 25TH

BASKETBALL AT THE COMM. CENTER
MIKE D. WILL BE THERE FOR ANY GUYS WHO WANT TO PLAY FRIDAYS AT 4 PM
BOB AND I WILL ABSOLUTELY MAKE IT TO WHOOP YOU GUYS WHENEVER WE ARE ABLE

SATURDAY NOV. 26TH

MOVIE NIGHT AT THE CHURCH
NOT SURE WHAT WE'LL WATCH...I'LL SCREEN SOMETHING AND SUPRISE YALL THEN
7 PM

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21ST
YOUTH GROUP CHRISTMAS PARTY/DINNER AT THE ROBERTS HOUSE
WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE + STEVE AND SHARON OFFERED TO COOK SOME ROCKING FOOD FOR US
WE'LL GET YOU THE TIME WHEN IT COMES CLOSER.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


You can thank Ali + Aley for the movie night idea

Oh, one more thing. Pray that God will really do some good stuff tonight at youth, and that he'll really guide me. I had something planned, but I feel like God has something else in mind. Love ya guys. Luke.

Monday, November 21, 2005

tuesday's verse o' da day

Ok, so I have been the poster-child for procrastinators but today I mean to change that, or at least that image you guys look at. jk but really I have been slackin off a lot. (Beat that AleyY)

So today, since I have been such an idiot, I will give you guys a real treat! For the next month, we will be working through Romans 1:1-2. We will have a whole month to get every little dot of every little "i" into the right perspective...just kidding...about the month, its actually more like six. jk

Ephesians 2

Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God's anger just like everyone else.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's special favor that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms--all because we are one wih Christ Jesus. And so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Now have a fun time figuring all that mess out. jk...even though its not really a mess. I'm sure all you lowly kids in the youth group could find some way to get some plausible meaning out of this...just kidding and your not lowly kids. you are maturing adults.(self confidence booster)

So aren't you glad God, THE God (not like there are more) chose...yes he CHOSE you. This all powerful diety who created a masterpiece, you, in a word, the world, in a sentence. That is so mind boggling I can't put it into words how awesome that is.
I know that I am glad that I am not like the rest of the kids at school--even though they are better than me (retain anything from oasis?)-- out drinking and helping each other do their laundry and all that...stuff. I mean, how, I think of this sometimes, are they going to break that to their future husband/wife that they have been with someone else or, more than that, the spouse confesses also!? That's so crazy!
Even though it is sometimes hard to make friends at school, real friends that is, it is so easy to be accepted in a group a christians. Why is that? Duh!

So anyway back to the passage deal. Be amazed and joyfull that you did not have to do anything to get God's salvation or that God is not like us down on earth. We so love to give gifts to those who we like or who did something great FOR US. I am ecstatic that God is nowhere like me or that I am not making the decisision. Obviously, I would be doing things way late, if at all. "Hmmm, lets see create the earth, the water the light, the animals....what did I forget.....OH YEAH...PLANTS, duh." Thats probably why I would be a lonely, stupid God. (I hope you caught that...ok just making sure). So yeah, you get the point.

Now go out and have a day like none other on cloud nine (came up in the thesaurus for ecstatic) or in seventh heaven..hehehe. Anyways have a great wonderfull and altogether....good...day.

yours always...belated,

stevai
jon

Verse of the Day

John 17:6-18

Jesus just finishes praying for himself in the prior 5 verses, so we pick up with Him speaking to the Father in regards to his disciples

Jesus prays for His disciples

I have told these men about you. They were in the world, but then you gave them to me. Actually, they were always yours, and you gave them to me; and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the words you gave me; and they accepted them and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.
My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. And all of them, since they are mine, belong to you; and you have given them back to me, so they are my glory! Now I am departing the world; I am leaving them behind and coming to you. Holy Father, keep them and care for them---all those you have given me---so that they will be united just as we are. During my time here, I have kept them afe. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.
And now I am coming to you. I have told them many things while I was with them so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not. I'm not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They are not part of this world any more than I am. Make them pure and holy by teaching them your words of truth. As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself entirely to you so they also might be entirely yours.


What an awesome passage...I could go on and on about this one, but I want to know what you guys think. What's your favorite part? What'd you get from it?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

New Post New Post! Yay! Yay! Yay!

I was thinking back to the last time Ali and I did worship, not last night but 2 weeks previous. We had a song that we had a little difficulty getting the timing down on "Strenght and weakness." But we got it. Speaking of strength and weakness...(awesome segway huh) let's see what the Bible says about strength and weakness.

We're all weak in comparison to God, we know that. Without Him, we can do NOTHING! But why would God want a bunch of weak, helpless human beings? I have no idea, but he does. "God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too. "~Matthew 5:11-12
We are supposed to be happy when we are persecuted, when we are at our weakest. Jesus was persecuted. The only difference is Jesus was not weak when he was persecuted, He allowed it to happen. But, still....
Jesus loves us all the time and that does not change when we have no strength. Just as our earthly parents feel compassion and want to take care of us when we are unable to take care of ourselves (and sometimes even when we can), our heavenly Father wants to take care of us too. Makes sense. "Then Jesus said,'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give is light.'"~Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus actually wants us to come to Him when we are weak, and, lets face if guys, its a good thing. We usually go to Jesus when we are weak and when WE feel we need Him. When we are feeling high and mighty, sometimes we push Jesus to the side, because we feel as though we're in control and we don't need Him, at the moment. But when something happens that shakes us up, we go running to Jesus, begging for help. And because he is so amazing, He still takes us in His arms. I remember a devotion we had during dance practice once. Our leader demanded we dress in white shirts and black pants and beautify ourselves before practice. When we arrived we found our leader covered with mud and "filth." She then proceeded to try and hug us. Of course, we relented, we weren't crazy! Her point was, only our Holy Father would take us covered in filth, as we often are. I thought it was a pretty good devo.
There's a Building 429 song that goes:
When no one else knows how I feel
Your love for me is proven real
When no one else cares where I’ve been
You run to me with outstretched hands
And You hold me in your arms
Again.

Jesus is always willing to take us and call us His own. Our weakness is what allows us, sometimes, to go to Him, with open arms. This is Paul talking: "Each time he said,'My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your WEAKNESS.' So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weakness, and with insults, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."~2 Corinthians 12:9-10

So don't ever be afraid to admit you are weak and you need Jesus, because even if you won't admit it, it does not change reality. Even when we are at our strongest, we are still unbelieveably weak, and we need Jesus, all the time. Peace out Yo! Comment, PLEASE, some one other than Ali and Luke, well, in addition to Ali and Luke. C'mon you know you want to, all the cool kids are doing it!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Leap of Faith (literally for Indi)

Hey guys!

So I was reading in my Bible on...friday, I think, and this passage jumped out at me:
"But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will al be tranformed. It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have dies will be raised with tranformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die. When this happens-when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies tha twill never die-then at last the Scriptures will come true: 'Death is swallowed up in victory." 1 Corinthians 15: 51-54

Then I thought, all we have to do is accept Jesus as our savior...and all that transforming applies to us, we'll get to change into something worthy of going to Heaven to be with Jesus. So why can't some people believe this? Why doesn't everyone believe that, so they can go to heaven? I came to the conclusion it is due to faith. There's a Lifehouse song ( I know I'm obsessed with quoting Lifehouse songs!) that says:" I am falling into grace, to the unknown, to where you are and faith makes everybody scared it's the unknown, the don't-know..." How true?

I was watching Indiana Jones-the Last Crusade on saturday. There's a part when he is in the cave containing the the Holy Grail and he has to beat the three security measures to get to the grail. The last one, the path of God, is a cliff. Indiana knows there's NO WAY he could jump the cliff to the other side. However, as Indi discovers, it only looks like there is no path to the other side. To find this path he must take a HUGE leap of faith and step out into what looks like only air. That's kind of what it's like. We just have to close our eyes and trust that God will take care of us. We're all afraid of things we can't see or hear or experience with any of our senses. I think it's a human thing, not trusting what we don't know is absolute by proven fact. Even though we are afraid of faith sometimes, it is a must in a relationship with God. Hebrews 11:1 :"What is faith? It is the confident assurance tha what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evedence of things we cannot yet see." Then: "So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him." Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews chapter 11, as mentioned sunday, is the "faith chapter." If you guys get the chance I urge you to read the whole chapter because it has a lot of great examples of faith. So there's a little bit on faith, hope you can derive some useful knowledge from some of that.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

What happened to Fri?

I guess no one was at school, and in parades, so it didn't get done...what? I was at work, don't look at me like that...Geez, cut a guy some slack...

Ok, so then, I'll post for today and yesterday...and tomorrows sun, so we'll reconvene on Mon. With Jon posting.

1 John 3:11-24

This is the message we have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was right. So don't be surprised, dear brothers and sister, if the world hates you. If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another Christian is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don't have eternal life within them. We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters. But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help-How can God's lve be in that person?
Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we satnd before the Lord, even if our hears condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive whatever we request because we obey him and do the thigns that please him. and this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. Those who obey God's commandments live in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Holy Spirit lives in us.

I initially opened my Bible, and started reading, and thought after a bit...oh, this is kinda intense...I'm not sure I want to blog this, but I felt strongly that this is what God wanted me to post, so here it is.

Verses 11-13---It's kinda obvious what he's talking about here, but I believe this to be extremely important to us right now. God is doing some AWESOME things in you guys right now. I know you guys are getting excited about serving others, and loving one another, and growing closer to God in all you do, and I'm thrilled! However, as you continue to grow and live for Christ, you are going to face persecution and ridecule especially at your schools for it. This is a little heads up from the apostle John that it's gonna happen, so be prepared for it. How do you prepare you ask? Ephesians 6:10-18 talks about putting on God's Armor. I know you guys are familiar with this, but it sorta gives us a visual/mental reminder that God is watching out for us and protecting us. Also, staying grounded in the Word helps keep us focused on God, and constantly reminds us of God's awesome love for us, and that He'll never leave us. When you know that the creator of the universe loves you with a passion like you've never seen, it makes it a little easier to handle people despising you for your courage and faith.

Verses 14-20---This was a reminder of the story the guy told at Oasis about the tight rope walker (for those of you who weren't there, I've told it like 4 times before, and if you weren't here, ask someone who was...see if they can relay it)...and putting our money where our mouth is. It's easy to say we love eachother, but do our actions prove it?

***Special Note about verse 15*** When Paul says "anyone who hates another Christian is really a murderer at heart. And you all know mrderers don't have eternal life within them." He's not talking about someone who has hated, or has murdered, both being PAST TENSE, he's talking about people who continue to do so, and have no problem with it. It's impossible to have God's spirit inside of you, and continue to live the way you always have without conviction of the holy spirit. What I mean is that say Charles Manson accepted Jesus after all the heinous things he did. Well then, he is saved. Regardless of what he's done. However, say he "accepts Jesus", and then continues to go on chopping people up WITHOUT REMORSE, OR EVEN A BATTLE TO STOP CHOPPING...If he WILLINGLY CHOOSES to continually live in sin without an effort to stop, one might question the "authenticity" of his salvation. Mind you, I'm not saying you can lose your salvation, or am saying that any of us have the capability of judging someones salvation, just that they may never have "actually believed." Remember that true belief, or faith, demands action (like our story of the tightrope walker). Make no mistake, there is plenty of scripture that speaks of those who claim to be Christians, and God saying "depart from me, I know you not", and also stating that God will separate the wheat from the chaff, and the bulls from the goats etc...

I guess that was a long special note!

Verses 21-24---Very similar to Mathew 7:7 in talking about receiving whatever we ask for as long as we obey and ask according to his will. Asking for instant wealth would not be truly seeking God's will. How many times does the Bible speak of God blessing the poor, and of how difficult it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. It's because those things have takens God's place in their heart, and if you are asking for instant wealth, or whatever, there is possibility of the same being true of you. However, ask for wisdom, and God will grant it, and maybe much like solomon, everything else too. Mathew 6:33 "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." (right aley...lol)

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I read that part about "God is greater than our hearts," and started hearing "God is bigger than the boogie man," in my head...Thank You Sammy and Brooke for that one...It's now going to be stuck in all of your heads....mwah ha hah*

Well, I guess I won't post twice for today and yesterday. I think that commentary wore me out. I get all excited about reading God's word and relaying it to you guys. It gets me all hyper, and then I have to try and wind down afterwards.

I LOVE YOU GUYS! AND I'M GONNA KEEP SAYING THAT TILL YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE IT, AND THEN I'LL KEEP SAYING IT ANYWAY! YOU GUYS ROCK! I LOVE YOU! AND GOD LOVES YOU EVEN MORE! CYA SUN

Thursday, November 10, 2005

La Post of la day

OK guys, since this is my first time putting up the verse of the day, I'm going to start from the beginning.
In the beginning God created the heavens...
Just kidding. Seriously now, the verse I chose has a lot to do with what we talked about last night at y.g. I don't want anyone to feel like this subject is being over emphasized or like those who weren't involved in whatever happened do not need pay attention. EVERYONE criticizes people at some time or another. We criticize ourselves a lot of times too. So this verse applies to all y'all and me of course.

Luke 6:37-42
"Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving-large or small-it will be used to measure what is given back to you."
"Then Jesus gave the following illustration:'What good is it for one blind person to lead another? The first one will fall into a ditch and pull the other down also. A student is not greater than the teacher. But the student who works hard will become like the teacher.'"[work hard and we can be like Jesus!]
"And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying,'Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye."

Now I know what you're thinking. Isn't there productive criticism too? YES! The Bible says this about helpful criticism: "If you reject criticism, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding."--Proverbs 15: 31-32

So, I think those verses are pretty straight forward. Don't criticize others just to be mean or funny; if its not going to help them, don't say it. On the flip side, if some one does criticize you, determine whether or not they are really trying to help you and if they are listen to them. I honestly believe the first step to reducing the number of flaws you possess is realizing what those flaws are. EVERYONE has flaws, except Jesus, so there's no shame in knowing what they are. However, if you're a little better at seeing some one's flaws than they are, and you have no intention of helping them overcome that flaw, hold your tongue.

Sorry I'm so late getting this in, busy morning. You guys rock, I love you all. Hope these verses speak to you and you get something out of them.

Peace Yo,
Aley

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

cliche, not irrelevant

Sorry about yesterday. It was the day after Oasis, duh!, but it seems I was overwhelmed by so many different things or maybe just a couple that took a long time. But my head was in the clouds, or maybe the mud, you can decide.

Galatians (Does anyone know why we have been going thru Galatians so much lately? I can't figure it out!) 5 many parts

So it begins:

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcise, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.

and down to verse 16:
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.

Does anyone remember that old wive's tale: Love your neighbors as yourself and all that mythical nonsensical blah blah blah? Because of course it can't be true, right? I mean I know we all hear this so many times it was cliche before sliced bread. Well, it seems that a lot of us haven't really taken it to heart. Taking something to heart... the people who need to read this are probably the only ones who don't...means to really consider something not just shrug it off, you know: in and out the ears deal. So really consider the "Golden Rule" in your own lives. I know it's very hard for me to consider people better than me, like what the oasis guy said, let alone treat them equal, like he also said.
I don't know why I said that, ok so I did but really consider it.

Anyway, back to the regularly scheduled program:

Don't try to please God by following all of the rules. I think he is prabably happy about some of those but they are not as important as loving everyone around you and showing them your faith through that. If you going to follow one law you have to follow them all. The "law" is a unit: you cannot pick and choose. The only thing that counts is faith!
I think I probably confused some of you even more so: You cannot please God and the world. I think this makes more sense. God and money, God and fashion/friends, God and love(as a god) do not mesh very well. There can only be one God in your lives. It's either God or the world. I know which is better, but I can't force you to choose one over the other.

I think you guys would have been better off without this post, but do with it as you please.

jon
stevai

Monday, November 07, 2005

Read the daily entries!!!!


Hey,

This is Bob....read the entries and leave a comment, or else i will get very.....VERY mad.

heheheheh nah, i can't do that...but i did want to show you a photo of me last weekend of my cornrows....pretty insane huh!

But you guys do need to blog about this weekend!! I want to hear all about it and how God moved in your life.

Jon is leaving some awesome entries with ripper verses too. They're definately helping me a lot...and i think you should try them all on for size.

Love you guys....can't wait to hear about the weekend!

Hiya!!


They are Kitty Foo Fighting! They are as fast as lightning!

Sorry for those of you who probably tried to check this out before I posted. I did it a little late due to communication (lack of) with myself. But I just want to say, for those of you who pay any attention whatsoever to my dad's messages, that I am so glad that Galations is not like Romans in that there are no secret meanings so that we have to define and find the exact history of every word in every sentence. That said... I love my dad...ok so I am glad he will be shortening his sermons...and I can't wait until we are out of Romans...

Galations 4

What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no diferent from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

I know, being teens and all, that we can get a little moody...If you don't, your wierd... I know I do. But just think: God, THE God who created the whole world in a word not only knows who you are and loves you and all that cliche stuff but not only that, he is giving you everything. Picture Bill Gates... you think you know where I am going with this... he doesn't even know you exist, he is the richest person in the world. How can he know who you are, he is only human! Anyway I don't know where I was going with that but think if he left everything in his will to YOU. That won't even compare (Picture Pluto next to the Sun)to what God has made specifically for YOU.

So anyways don't get down...if you do just think of how not moody you'll be in heaven where things WILL NOT go wrong! Is this making sense. I hope so.
Anyway, I could blah blah blah on about how great heaven is but I'll let you get back to your school work.

LEAVE A COMMENT SLACKERS!!:)

JON
stevai

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Things that make conforming hard...


Remember... never drink and drive... let me rephrase that: never drink fifteen sodas in a row (three of them energy drinks) and drive a warthog with a gunner... very dangerous! You could poke someone's eye out!!

Galations 3 gives most of us a good kick in the bum right from the start:

Oh, foolish Galations (x-treme faith members)!! What magician has cast a spell on you? For you used to se the meaning of Jesus Christ's death as clearly as though I had shown you a signboard with a picture of Christ dying on the cross. Let me ask you this one questino: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by keeping the law? Of course not, for the Holy SPirit cam upon you only after you believed the message you heard about Christ. Have you lost your senses? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are ou now trying to become perfect by your own hman effort? You have suffered so much for the Good News. Surely it was not in vain, was it? Are you now going to just throw it all away?
I as you again, does God give you the Holty Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law of Moses? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.

Now, I think that is enough to chew on for this weekend and I want to see lots O' Comments this time. You know who you are. jk.
But seriously, Christ was the ultimate non-conformist and he didn't have to change the way he dressed, the way he talked or anything. He was who he was (and still is!) Thank God that we have an awesome example to look up to (I know it's hard to believe that Luke is not actually perfect...but what can ya do...) In Christ we don't have to worry about keeping up with the latest fashion.
Sometimes we all get so caught up in what's cool and what is not ("That's so HOT!!") I know I do. There are a couple of guys at school that are always starting the trends and I always try to catch their attention or a sweet compliment but really, does it matter?
Even if you think like everyone else, will it matter how you dressed ten years from now, or for that matter, eternity?


"i'm falling out of style with the current way things are
the things that make conforming hard" --Relient K

"i'm out here way beyond
a shadow of a doubt
and i know i'm never falling out
of favor with you" -- Also by Relient K


So I hope some of that BLAH BLAH made some sort of click in at least one of your minds... if there is even a plural your. jk LEAVE A COMMENT!!! at least for my sanity
stevai
jon

P.S.... Peace out Napoleon.

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Blogger Central at RCVF.....ummm are they supposed to be on the computer?

Two of the fearless leaders - Bob and Jube

The Usual Suspects......love you guys!

Hey guys,

Your blogs are now up on the site! And hey......what about the challenge i threw down to you guys last night? Well, i hope you're reading the posts....because they're really good. Thanks Jon.

I hope you guys have a great time at the conference this weekend...ill be praying for all of you. Let me know how it goes.

God Bless,

Game Master

OASIS!!!

BE AT THE CHURCH WITH EVERYTHING READY TO GO ABSOLUTELY NO LATER THAN 4 PM!!! IF YOU ANTICIPATE ANY PROBLEMS, CALL ME. 913-680-4389

Guys, I'm totally stoked about this. We will be staying in hotels Fri and Sat. night. What that means is when we get back to the hotels, you MUST be on your best behavior. NO EXCEPTIONS WHATSOEVER!!! We will get back to the rooms kinda late, so we will have to be quiet for everyone around us, as a true reflection of Christ.

Make sure you have all your hygene stuff, money for 5 meals, clothes, your bible, and whatever else you might need. TRY AND PACK LIGHT, OUR SPACE WILL BE LIMITED.

YOU GUYS ALL ROCK, AND I CAN'T WAIT TO HANG WITH YOU IN GOD'S PRESENCE. I LOVE YOU ALL TONS. CYA TOMORROW!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Jon (stevai)'s few Words of Wisdom

Pictures are awesome. Go to my blog and I have tons of pictures. Ok not tons (thousands of pounds worth but more than some and less than most... maybe)
Verses O' Da Day. Da Day = Thursday

I have a couple of words for ya to chew on today so pay attention. Jk, but seriously take them to heart and don't just shrug them off.

Paul just gets done talking about how he was accepted by all of the original apostles and how he was so happy and all that jazz and then...

Galations 2:11

But when Peter cam to Antioch, I had to oppose him publicly, speaking strongly against what he was doing, for it was very wrong. When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who don't bother with circumcision. But afterward, when some Jewish friends of James cam, Peter wouldn't eat with the Gentiles anymore because he was afraid of what these legalists would say. Then the other Jewish Christians followed Peter's hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was influenced to join them in their hypocrisy.
WhenI saw that they were not follwoing the truth of the Good News, I said to Peter in front of all the others, "Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you trying to make these Gentiles obey the Jewish laws you abandoned? You and I are Jews by birth, not 'sinners' like the Gentiles. And yet we Jewish Christinas know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law cdommands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be accepted by God because of our fiath in Christ--and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law.

Alright, so don't be a hypocrit ("Hypycritter, Hypocritter, say one thing do the oppositer"... never mind) is what Paul is trying to say. Especially as christians it hurts all christians. Our reputation can be totally mutilated if one "christian" is proclaiming the gospel with his mouth and getting wasted every weekend (that's kind of extreme... but I hope you get the point).
A kid at school wears all the christian t-shirts and bracelets and stuff and is really involved with his youth group but then he laughs at all the crude jokes and even puts in his "2 cents". Everyone thinks very little of him and it hurts mine and all the other christians reps too.

I have one more just to clear some things up... not really related to the other one but some variety is healthy.

Ephesians 6:1

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. "Honor you father and mother." This is the first of the Ten COmmandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, "you will live a long life, full of blessing."
And now a word to you fathers. Don't make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.

I know you have all heard that and have probably used parts of it to your advantage with your parents and been lectured by your parents with it. A word of advice though: don't only follow part of it. It doesn't work that way. If you are going to yell at your dad for "over-working" you then you are going to have to follow the top part too.
Plus look at the bright side: when you grow up you will have an awesome relationship with your parents and a long and fruitfull life... I know "grown up" is a long ways away but it will be worth it.

I think some of those words were of wisdom...I hope. Jk...I don't hope (Ha Ha)
stevai
jon

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Wednesday's verse for 11/2

Since this is my first post on the xfaith blog I decided to show the day that this post was meant for. Before, it was a jumble of numbers and meant nothing to me. (my fault obviously, couldn't keep track of the date)

So, since I am new the ways of bible-blogging I am going to work my way through The Epistles and learn some cool and encouraging stuff along with you. Hopefully Taft and that other person will get to do this too. I don't know when though so bear with my "newness"

Galations 1:6-14

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who in his love and mercy called you to share the eternal life he gives through Christ. You are already following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who twist and change the truth concerning Christ.
Let God's curse fall on anyone, including myself, wo preaches any other message than the one we told you about. Even if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. I will say it again: If anyone preaches any other gospel than the one you welcomed, let God's curse fall upon that person.
Obviously, I'm not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ's servant.
Dear brothers and sisters. I solemnly assure you that the God News of salvation which I preach is not based on mere human reasoning or logic. For my message came by a direct revelation from Jesus Christ himself. No one else taught me.
You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion--how I violently persecuted the Christians. I did my best to get rid of them. I was one of the most religious Jews of my own age, and I tried tas hard as possible to follow all the old traditions of my religion.

some Background info for ya: the christian churches that were newly established were being flocked by the old pharisees and were intimidated to revert to the old ways. Paul was furious both at the pharisees and the christians for being succumbing to the intimidation.

Don't fall prey the "great" stuff the world has to offer. Satan will twist and pervert originally awesome things and will take advantage of the naivety of new christians. So hold onto God like he's going out of style--but make sure that doesn't happen-- and make the most of the bible and prayer and use them to your advantage. I know I am just starting to really get into the word. A little bit here and there before but that doesn't count. It was mainly an obligation and something I wanted to do as fast as possible. Now, I'm reading stuff two or three times to make sure I got what it was saying.

So...I hope: that was helpfull and a good use of your time...that I interpreted the verses correctly (not very much like Romans though) and keep you in check. READ

stavai
jon

Pinch and a Punch for the First of the Month!!! No Returns!!

Happy Novemeber everyone!!! And what an incredible day outside!!

Here's our verse for today!

John 21:18
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go."

Lets all have a resolution for the month of November. In the spirit of examining and testing ourselves to deepen our faith, lets also be open to letting Christ lead us into things we may not feel so comfortable doing. Read the Bible everyday! Call someone you haven't talked to in a while! Start a daily prayer schedule! Ask questions about your faith that you would be scared to ask in church!

I believe that God is pulling us in a direction everyday, by our belt buckles, trying to get us to explore the depths of his love even more. How willing are we to stretch out our hands and let Him take us where he wants us?

May November come and be a great month for spiritual growth! I hope all you guys have a great day! And i'm intending to come be with y'all on Wednesday!!

God Bless,
Bob