Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Political Blog...

So, a while back I created a political blog, but since I was in the Navy at the time, and this blog proclaimed the fact that I was in the military, I couldn't really advertise my open oppositions to policies of our current president.  So I created a political blog under an alias.  Seeing as how I am no longer on active duty, I can now be more open in my opposition.  But I still like my Alias there, so I don't want to get rid of the blog to start a new one with this name.  So, I'm just going to post a link on here for it...follow it if you want!

I just did a post on welfare reform...it's actually my argumentative paper for English class, so if you want to check it out, and give me feedback, especially grammatically, I would appreciate it!  Click here to check it out!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:12-17

Sunday, November 20, 2011

School winding down...

Well, classes are winding down.  People are getting ready to go home for Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, I will not be going home for Thanksgiving.  I was thinking about it, but I called Mom, and she said that there was no use making the 13 drive home only to be home for what would amount to only 2 days home.

So my dorm supervisor and his wife actually invited me to have Thanksgiving with them, so I'm pretty stoked about that.  They actually live in a small appartment inside the dorm buidling, so I don't even have to leave my dorm building.

Final projects are beginning to come up, and most of them I've already gotten a head start on.

Finals will be here before I know it!  Most classes I'm not too worried about, except English.  That is by far my worst class.  You can probably tell based on reading my blog posts!

I've already registered for classes next semester.  I'm taking:  Historical Books (BIB 112), Acts and Pauline Epistles (BIB 122), Introduction to Cross-Cultural Ministry (CCS 101), Outreach and Discipleship Ministries (CHU 231), Composition and Research (ENG 102), Composition and Research (ENG 112), World History II (HIS 102), and Fundamentals of Speech (SPC 102).  Outreach and Discipleship Ministries seems to be my first major specific class...so I'm pretty excited about that class.  I'm also pretty excited about Acts and Pauline Epistles because the Professor who teaches it, I have for a class this semester, and he's an awesome teacher!

Christmas break will be here before too long.  It starts December 16th and ends January 22nd.  I'm pretty excited to be going home.  I'm actually singing for our annual church Christmas Concert at our church on the 18th, so I'm also pretty excited about that as well.

I was also officially approved by Northland Camp to work here this summer.  I'm going to be working as a Junior counselor.  I can't wait!  It's pretty much going to keep me here all summer.  It begins May 20th, and ends about a week or two before classes start up again next fall.

Right now I'm actually at work.  I work ever Saturday night from 11-2.  It's a shift I work in our security booth, so it just means answering the phone and loging the reports that the rounds workers relay to me.  So, don't worry, I'm allowed to be on the computer right now.

We got about a half inch of snow tonight, and it's pretty funny because it's my extension teams turn to shovel at the church tomorrow morning.  I remember about a month ago when our pastor sent us the list I was really hoping we wouldn't get snow, but sure enough we did.  Not like I don't like snow, I do, it's just I wish it would have hit on any Saturday night but this one.  Oh well, it shouldn't be too bad considering there's not a whole lot of snow.

Well, I think that's about all I wanted to share.  I trust all is well with my followers!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Oh the Deep, Deep Love

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me
Is the current of Your love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To Your glorious rest above

Oh the deep, deep love
All I need and trust
Is the deep, deep love of Jesus

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Spread His praise from shore to shore
How He came to pay our ransom
Through the saving cross He bore
How He watches o’er His loved ones
Those He died to make His own
How for them He’s interceding
Pleading now before the throne

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Far surpassing all the rest
It’s an ocean full of blessing
In the midst of every test
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Mighty Savior, precious Friend
You will bring us home to glory
Where Your love will never end

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Understanding other Religions...

I never thought I would be learning so much about the worlds religions from World History class.  My World History teacher here at Northland takes a tremendous amount of time, when we talk about a civilization, to tell us about that civilizations religious beliefs.  The goal being, to instill in us a respect for them.  In many situations, with the formations of these religions, you can't help but respect them for their dedication.  People like the Jainists who didn't believe in killing anything, and went to far as to carry a broom around with them so that they could sweep away bugs in order to not step on them, and would even wear face masks in order to not breath in a bug and kill it.  We as Christians can often be very ignorant, and say things like: "That's stupid!"  But, our History teacher here, tells us about these religions in order to instill in us a respect for them.  When we have respect for their dedication to their beliefs, it helps us to minister to them, and evangelize to them in the future.

One religion that I have gained a respect for is Islam, and I was completely surprised that I would have respect.  Misguided as they were, and are, you can't help but understand how this religion would appeal to people in the situation that the Arabs were when they heard the message Mohammad brought to them.  Our teacher presented a theory to us about what gave Mohammad his ideas, and I found very interesting, and frankly, it just made sense.  I'd like to share it with you.

The Arab peninsula before the establishment of Islam was sparsely populated.  The people were not unified at all.  Most of the population were bedouins (nomadic shepherds).  The Persians were continually invading and pushing them farther, and farther south into the desert.  Most major powers of the known world were unified under monotheistic belief systems...the Persians had Zoroastrianism, the Byzantines had Orthodox Christianity, and the Romans had Catholicism.  This was the world that Mohammad was brought up in.  Now this idea can't be proven in any way...but it seems like a very posible reality...perhaps Mohammad saw how monotheism unified the people.  He saw how countries that were Polytheistic in their beliefs faded away and were conquered.  Perhaps he thought he could create a new monotheistic belief system to unify the people of the Arab peninsula, and therein unify his people...and that's exactly what happens.  Jihad is the means by which they could conquer...Jihad is their version of a "Great Commission."  For us Americans, we have a strong hatred for Islam...I admit, I struggled with the idea that I could muster any amount of respect for Islamic people...seeing as how it is this religion that caused so many deaths of American people...but still, I can understand the appeal for them.  But they are like any non-Christian...they are blind to the truth, and misguided by this religion that gives them a sense of community.

Recently we've been learning about Catholicism, and I have even gained a respect for them as well, and have a better understanding about how they became what they are today.  Specifically I can understand how the Pope came to be regarded as so highly as he is today.

As the Roman Empire began to crumble, and it's leaders grew more, and more weak the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) began to lead the people.  He provided stability when everything else was falling apart.  The early Bishops of Rome durring this time, were merely trying to help.  There's no evidence that at the beginning they were trying to take their power with greed.  They were trying to help their people...they were even fulfilling Bible principles by helping those in need...they actively fought heresy which is again something that we as Christians are supposed to do.  Overtime they gradually were given even greater and greater power, again as a means by which to provide stability.  Can you blame them for wanting to help their people?

As time went on in the Middle Ages, illiteracy became common place.  Life was very monotonous...people worked farms, did chores, and they desperately wanted to have a sense of community, and the church provided that.  Religious leaders were educated, and the people looked up to them greatly.  As usually happens when people gain a tremendous amount of power...it goes to their head, and all kinds of corruption seeps in.

Hopefully this short description of Catholicism and Islam helps you understand both of them a little better.  I actually have a test over all this in class tomorrow, so writing this is almost like studying as well.  I trust all in well with my followers!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Christian Unity

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
II Timothy 2:22-26

Tonight something happened that reminded me of this passage.  We've been studying this portion of scripture at my church for the past few weeks.  We actually just finished up with it this last Sunday.

Anyways...growing up in fundamental baptist churches as a kid I was always taugt that we should stay away from those who preach false doctrines, which of course I whole heartedly agreed with, and still believe to this day.  But I also believe that we kept ourselves divided from other churches over too many petty things.  We spend far too much time arguing over things that we feel are so important, that we neglect so many more important things.  Like a right relationship with God, and cultivating a deep knowledge of Him.

I don't want to go into detail about what I believe are petty reasons to argue, because I don't want to offend my readers.  Why don't we as Christians, ignore these petty differences we have, and share our common beliefs, and unify?  I'm not saying this means we should all join one church, and just tolerate one another's difference in music choice, or the like, but I certainly think we should be more open to fellowshipping together.  I understand why we won't want to worship together because of music differences, I'm definitely on board with that.  I myself am more conservative in my church music choices, and I know I wouldn't want to be forced to be in a church that has a drum set, and similar things.

But, why can't we come together at times and work together for the cause of Christ?  I think more unbelievers are turned away from our quarreling than we ever reach with our evangelistic messages.

I think, as a younger person, when I was the one judging other churches, I didn't see this as much of a problem, because no one was judging me, because I was right.  But the older I get, the more I realize how wrong I am about most things.  Also, I've been on the receiving end of judgements as of late, so I see how much it hurts to be so ostracized from other Christians.

Can I just encourage my Christian friends...don't just assume your elders are right about what's right and wrong.  I am by no means encouraging my readers to disobey, or to go against your parents...but study the scriptures, find out what it says is important, and what it says is true.  Don't just take their word for it.  They're faulted humans...they can get it wrong.  Study God's word like the Bereans (Acts 17:10-11) did.  Don't let petty unimportant things that aren't found in the Bible keep you from fellowshipping with other Christians!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day

Today we recognize those who have gone and are going to war for us.  Today is unlike memorial day, in that we aren't so much focussing on those who have passed on...but those who are still alive.  It is a day to walk up to a veteran and shake their hand, and thank them.

Today in Chapel they asked all the veterans to stand up, but I honestly couldn't bring myself to stand.  The reason why, is depending on who you talk to, there are different definitions for a veteran.  The U. S. Government, when it comes to giving out veterans benefits, defines a veteran as anyone who has served in the military, for any length of time, and in any branch.  With that definition, I am a veteran.  Some would say that anyone who serves in the military, whether removed from the actual fighting or actively in combat, during a time of war is a veteran.  Again, using that definition, I am a veteran.  But having served in the military, I find that service members define being a veteran differently.

We would consider it only the person who has been in active combat.  The one who had heard the sound of misiles being launched...who's ducked for cover while being shot at...who's trudged through the deserts in scorching heat with packs on their backs...the men who know what it truly means to fear for your life, but to go on fighting anyways.  They are the true veterans, the true heroes we recognize today.


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Surrender All

Take all I am, Lord, and all that I cling to
You are my Savior I owe everything to
Take all the treasures that lie in my storehouse
They cannot follow when I enter Your house

So I surrender all to You
I surrender all

Take all my cravings for vain recognition
Fleshly indulgence and worldly ambition
I want so much Lord to make You the focus
To serve You in secret and never be noticed

Take all my hunger for all that’s forbidden
Every desire and sin I keep hidden
Search me and know me I want to bring to You
A life that is holy and sanctified through You
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dining Hall Project


Hello again from Jason at Northland! It’s getting colder, our girls soccer team won regionals, and both the men’s and women’s soccer teams headed to the NCCAA national tournament this Saturday looking to bring back the National Championship next week. Basketball seasons are starting up and the Fine Arts play is just around the corner. Things are getting incredibly busy around campus and as always we’ve reached an exciting point of the semester as we are more than halfway done!

Most likely, you have already on my blog about the Campus Cause fundraiser we're having at Northland and I just wanted to update you on our progress so far. We have about two weeks remaining to raise the remainder of our $150,000 to get the full match. The Lord has blessed us with over $45,000 so far which gives us a total of over $90,000 with the dollar for dollar match! We are excited about this, but we want to reach our goal of  getting the full match and raising $300,000. Checks are arriving daily and have been greatly encouraged by the response of so many! We are praying that the support behind this cause will continue to grow!

Would you prayerfully consider how you could impact our student body by supporting this cause? Donations can be made online at www.ni.edu/dhp or by mailing checks in. If you are unable to pay now but would like to pledge an amount to be paid next month please send an e-mail to development@ni.edu.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

PS— We are running a campus-wide contest to see which team of students, faculty, and staff can raise the most support. If you are able to help financially, I would greatly appreciate your noting my name on the check or my name along with your online donation. Thanks!