I want my life to come down to two words: I'm Yours.

I want my life to come down to two words:
I'm Yours.

Monday, November 22, 2010

knowledge vs. ?

"Knowledge is power."

Or so they say. What characteristic do you think is required in order for knowledge to have said power?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

when you look different...


1 : partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality

I think it was January of this year when I got a quote from Kate Bradley, which stated a great truth in a rather amusing way, "Be a fruitloop in a world full of cheerios."

I love that. I think that's what we're supposed to be -as Christians. We are supposed to be different.

Scripture has numerous descriptions of what we are supposed to be in relation to the world and in relationship to our God. Both are very interconnected. Our relationship with God is what spurs us on to be what we are supposed to be to the world.

One example is the vine and the branches: He is the vine. We are the branches. The world? -Those hungry, thirsty, dying, in need.

Another is that Jesus called Himself the "Light of the world" in John 8:12. He said, "
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Then in Mathew 5 Jesus told His followers, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden... In the same way let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." God is the source of light that He gives us to shine in a dark world... a world that is again -in need.

The point, I think, is that we are called to be different. Why? -because we are different. God has transformed us. Why would we want to live as if we were still in bondage if we've been set free?

Jesus said this in John 15:
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.

We are to be different. For we haven been chosen out of this world! That's so exciting! God has such a deep, powerful love for us that it transforms our lives. He has chosen us, the least deserving, to enter heaven's glories. To enter into communication, communion, and relationship with the Holy One. God is too great.

So tell me, what is it like when you look different to the world?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

life verse?

Hey friends,

In the responses below I want to find out what your favorite, or "life" verse is. Just post the reference and if you want to write out the verse, that would be fantastic as well. I have not thought too much about one for myself, but when asked the other day about it, I only thought of one passage my friends always say is ... like... my verse. You can probably guess what it is. :) What's yours?

Friday, November 12, 2010

I Can Only Imagine (with lyrics) - MercyMe

Bart Millard, MercyMe's lead singer and songwriter lost his father when he was eighteen years old. After this experience of heartbreak, pain, death, Bart wrote a song that would revolutionize Christian music. The first song to be downloaded a million times, I Can Only Imagine was a radio hit since it's release in 2001 and remains to this day. It is a powerful song, an anthem of worship to our Creator and Savior who we get to spend eternity with.

I've always loved this song. In the right mood, it will bring a huge smile to your face, and with the same song often comes many tears. Tears of memories past and of the great future before us. It's exciting to think about. If you want to reflect on the lyrics they are posted below. Maybe you've never read them before and only listened to the song. I think they contain powerful truth. So simple, so true.

I can only imagine

What it will be like

When I walk

By Your side

I can only imagine

What my eyes will see...

When Your face

Is before me

I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?

Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall?

Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine…

I can only imagine

When that day comes

And I find myself

Standing in the Son

I can only imagine

When all I will do

Is forever

Forever worship You

I can only imagine

--I can only imagine when all I will do is forever – forever worship You. Wow.

Monday, November 8, 2010

God just saved my life... again.

Life is precious. Life is sweet. It is too easy to lose sight of the gift of life. From the unborn baby to the teenager punk to the little old lady down the street – Life is precious to God. Life should be precious to you.

God has blessed my life with many friendships. My closest friendships have come with two of my good buddies, Lucas Cuadra and Ted Bradley.

Two of the three of us could have been on the news this morning. We may not have been alive. You ready for a story? Here's how it all went down:

Ted had stayed at Lucas' place the night before Sunday church as his parents were just getting back from a get-away. That morning they had come to our all-church Sunday gathering in Milwaukie. He had some things he needed to pick up before heading home. So, after church, Ted and I drove over to the Cuadra's. They were kind enough to feed us and show much hospitality which was greatly appreciated. It was great. Ted made a phone call to his parents checking in, and Mr. Bradley told Ted that he could not go to an event that is always a highlight of our weeks: “re:Generation,” a young adults group that gets you pumped about the gospel so you’re contagious for the rest of the week. From my understanding, Ted’s parents needed to discuss some financial details as well as other things that had gone on the past week and that would need to change for the coming week. Of course Ted was bummed. And so was I. We wanted to go to re:Gen.

We decided it would be best if he got home sooner rather than later. We jumped in the truck (my dad's pickup which I drive) and headed off, this time to the Bradleys. As we got to the onramp to I-84, it was pouring rain from the Wood Village exit and we began our route to his abode. As we came ‘round the corner and became parallel to the freeway, I began to speed up. You're supposed to accelerate out of a turn, and you need to be going fast enough to get on the freeway.

Though we could see no significant amount of water on the road, all of the sudden control was lost in the vehicle. I could do nothing. All sound stopped. We could not hear rain, water splashing, the sound of a hydroplaning car... nothing. All we heard was the deafening sound of silence. I’ve never heard such a piercing silence. We began to slide, and slide, and slide. At this point we were literally turned sideways going between 35-40mph. Sideways. If I chose not to hit my brakes, we would run into the cement barrier. If I did, we would roll the vehicle.

I know some things about cars... don't over-correct etc. but this wasn't me. There was nothing I could have done to save us there... but God knew how to do so. In the blink of an eye the car was turned straight again. Of course we were freaked out and freaking out. As soon as we got to the Bradleys and told the horrific story of God’s divine intervention, Mr. Bradley prayed for us. He prayed that through this we would be shaped by God's molding work in our lives. We are as jars of clay in the Redeemers molding hands. I don’t know the whole reason of why God did that. Maybe it was Him telling us to have good attitudes. Maybe it was God telling us not to complain. Maybe it was God challenging us to live our lives according to a higher standard. Maybe it is all the above.

There was nothing I could have done. God saved us, and I think it was for a reason.

Few things in my life have rattled me as much as this experience. It scared the living daylights out of me. I value life. I am so grateful God has given me this day to spend bringing Him glory. I’m such a blessed individual, and as I look forward to the days ahead, I see great things at hand. God has a great plan for Ted’s life and for mine.

Never take life for granted. Life is precious in God’s eyes, and that should be the same for us. I am grateful to be alive and well today.

Thanks, God. Thanks for saving my life.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

so i'm eighteen

so i had my birthday this past saturday. and let me just say this: God is amazing. i had so many friends email, send letters, texts, facebook messages and posts, family calling... i felt overwhelmed by God's goodness.

as i look forward to this coming year i see many challenges. and there are many challenges that will come up that i do not yet see. but i think God is preparing me for them. i'm eighteen now. an adult? okay, so what? this is what my uncle told my brother and i: "i'm really impressed by you guys. . . don't get cocky."

simple, to the point. i like that. don't get cocky. it's not about my glory it's about His. even this morning in our men's prayer group we read the scripture that says, "do not think of yourself higher than you ought." obviously God is teaching me a lot. whatever it is, i want to grow in humility and grace and continue to pursue Him and give all glory to Him.

hope this finds you all well.