Thursday, April 27, 2006

Titles are for wimps!

So I've been a little lost lately with some stuff, and you guys know what to do when that happens right?! RIGHT! You turn to your trusty ol' Bible and God will always offer something to help. So as far as being discouraged and stuff goes, well, I really like this passage from 2 Corinthians:

"All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Chist. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. So when you are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God's comfort." (3-7)

Sometimes it feels like satan is getting the upper hand on you, weighing you down with a bunch of bad stuff, but just remember God will always be there for us and will take care of us, even through really bad times.

"Oh Lord dont' be far away. Storm clouds gathering beside me, Please Lord don't look the other way. I'm a crooked soul trying to stay up straight, Shine on me, Let my shadow prove the sunshine." ~Switchfoot

Aley

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Wednesday Nights...???

What's up guys? How was Wed. night...tonight, for you guys? for me the Financial Peace University thing is gonna be awesome. I really really want to do things right, especially going into college next year and all the debt that entails. Dave Ramsey, the guy who made the FPU is hilarious and really gets his points across. A lot of the details are hard to remember, but those aren't as necessary as the point he's trying to drill into our heads, "SAVE, SAVE, SAVE." That's why i'm SO glad i got my job back, i can start saving for spending money, emergencies, etc. If you weren't there tonight, YOU STINK!!! royally. you guys HAVE to go, it's cool.

As for the second half, it was kinda lame and really unorganized. It was a bummer that Luke wasn't there, but we saw him passing in a firetruck. It was cool. So, in the future, i think i'm gonna pretty much take over Luke's spot as the leadership. I'll plan a small lesson or something, Aley can to if you want. Nothing huge, but we could work through a book of the bible and pray for each other. I guess if i run out of ideas, i could always pull out those prayer sheets. I was just bummed that everything was so disorganized. Everyone was running around yelling and screaming, but expect next week to be cool...if not cool, then more focused. Cuz it'll be really really boring if we do NOTHING every week. Think about it, it's food for thought, i guess.

As for prayer, i could use some for this weekend. On Saturday, i gotta head out to some out of the way town in the middle of Kansas that's a four and a half hour drive from any civilization for the State Band Solo Competition. I am basically gonna drive eight hours to play for 30 seconds. My teacher calls it good resume material, but since i already applied everywhere i need to, i call it a waste of time. Pray that i don't freeze up, that i find some sense of worth (see previous sentence) in what i'm doing and that i do well if it's God's will. If not, i'm sure he has some good reason behind what he does.

That pretty much wraps it up for tonight. Later.

Jon

Saturday, April 22, 2006

hello...???

hey guys, it's Jon with another old-fashioned update on the youth blog!!! Can i get a "WOOWOO"?

anyway, Wednesday was the last "official" youthgroup we'll be having for a while, except for on sundays and all, but that doesn't really count. I overheard that we'll be doing like small groups or something that have nothing to do with the "administration"...Luke...i don't know, like the youth are going to lead them or something. well, i don't know if Luke has anything big planned already (prolly cause i didn't bother to ask) but it would be my guess that you should all start thinking about some kind of focus for a cell group you'd like to get together. i.e. a serious bible study or like the money matters....peace university thing on Weds. i guess it would be kind of stupid to start a "singles" group....for all of you who don't get it: we are ALL single. for a while back in AZ my dad was the singles pastor at a big church, so i don't know if you guys have heard of that kinda stuff or not...any ways, yeah that's my 2 cents....why is it a penny for your thoughts but you put in your 2 cents? where the does the extra cent go? my guess is taxes...

So i'll leave you guys with that....

Oh yeah, yesterday (friday) we had this mock car accident at school for R.A.D.D. which is Rams Against Deadly Decisions. it was originally against drunk driving but then we had kids doing other really dumb stuff so they changed it to a more encompassing name. anyway, yeah so like six people were inside a wrecked SUV and they were screaming and stuff like they just got in a real accident and we had cops and firemen and stuff pretending like it was the real deal, trying to show kids what it's like. a couple of the kids "died" and two were actually lifeflighted by...you guessed it...helicopter and the davis funeral home came and picked up the dead people...well, what i'm trying to get at is that Luke was one of the firefighters that ripped the car open and tryed to save people. It was AWEsome. and then he talked to school about deadly decisions just happening to mention all the ones he did too...**i still have this wierd twinge in my neck** anyway, yeah i thought that was cool.

see y'all later

Jon

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I'm a slacker, yes yes, I know...

Ok, so I haven't done a verse of the day in ages, and since I don't have my bible with me and I have nothing prepared but still feel the need to put something up for today..I will leave you with my FAVORITE verses:

Love is long suffering,
love is kind,
it is not jealous,
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.
It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.
It does not rejoice over the wrong,
but rejoices in the truth
It covers all things,
it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things,
it endures in all things.
1 Cor. 13:1-7
There ya go all you eager blog readers!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Rejoice in the Lord!!!

What up y'all, this is Jon with some verses for today...which come out of Jeremiah...33:11

'...there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying,

"Give thanks to the Lord Almighty
for the Lord is good;
his love endures forever."

For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the Lord


i guess, that's all i have for today....like i said, it's the VERSE of the day...
have a great one at that

Jon, in, out, cute little roll across the aisle, out, and back in style again

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Ezekiel 37:1-10

The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me around among the old dry bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground. Then he asked me, "Son of man, can these bones become living people again?"
"O Sovereign Lord," I replied, "you alone know the answer to that."
Then he siad to me, "Speak to these bones and say, 'Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to breathe into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.'"
So I spoke these words, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as they had been before. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
Then he said to me, "Speak to the winds and say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so that they may live again.'"
So I spoke as he commanded me, and the wind entered the bodies, and they began to breathe. They all came to life and stood up on their feet---a great army of them.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ezekiel 36:22-27

Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am bringing you back again but not because you deserve it. I am doing it to protect my holy name, which you dishonored while you were scattered among the nations. I will show how holy my great name is---the name you dishonored among the nations. and whn I reveal my holiness through you before their very eyes, says the Sovereign Lord, then the nations will know that I am the Lord. For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land.
Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

What up y'all? I thought it was about time for a new xf post to get into, and as i was commenting luke, trying to get him to update, i thought to myself...wait a minute. I CAN just do it. So here we go...

Who's excited to get together with the other youth groups once a month?! personally, i can't wait. i loved it. Their youth room was AWESOME!!!! If any of you did not go last wednesday, you NEED TO!! the youth room had it's own stage with guitars and drums and stuff and then it had a spiral staircase leading upstairs. The "balcony" type thing had a pool table, ping pong, fooze ball, and...an XBOX!! How cool is THAT?!? Well, that's all for now, i have class to go to.

Have an awesome week. See y'all at Youth tonight!
Jon