Friday, March 27, 2009

planning and a story

Today was the day we were to start looking at the next semester and begin planning classes. Mine doesn't look to terribly bad, but it will be a little stressing. I'm kinda excited about it because I'll get to learn some new stuff...I'm just debating over two classes....yeah. But it seems weird to be planning this out....cause God tends to mess up the plans that we have for the future. Well not mess up, but rearrange. He also tells us not to boast about the future...planning and talking about classes is like boasting. Maybe not. I might be stretching for something to relate. Ok. Switching subjects.

46Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

48Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

49Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."

52"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

i like that story

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Random Speaking Verses

There are a few verses this past week and today that have stuck out to me. There's no real order, reason or rhyme to it...just random verses that spoke in some way to me.

malachi 2:10
Have we not all one Father?
Has not one God created us?
Why do we deal treacherously with one another
By profaning the covenant of the fathers?

corinthians 6:12b
but you are restricted by your own afflictions.

galatians 5:26
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

colossians 3:8
But now you must also put off al these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

philemon 1:14
But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.

1 peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins*."
*proverbs 10:12

Friday, March 20, 2009

more rally and near death

So far the speakers in G. Rally have been pretty cool. I didn't much care for the first one, but that's my own thing. The mystery missionary was pretty cool! I really enjoyed his talk on how we need to show Christ to be able to witness to others. That by living the life we are supposed to be living we are going to change other's lives. Its kinda infectious in a way. It reminds me of that car commercial that had a guy pick up a toy for a baby and a lady hold open a door....a pay it forward type of deal. I mean, if someone is nice to you, you can't help but to be nice to someone else. Its pretty cool how that works. and by living that way, we'll be able to reach more people. At least that's what I got out of it. There's one more session going on tonight. I'm excited but not super excited about it. I'm running powerpoint for it so I'll be up in the booth feeling really tall and like a need a mic to talk to anyone. The slides for the session that I did not too long ago weren't hard at all. I just have a problem with worship leaders. It bothers me that they can never stick to the slide layouts. Randomly they will go over a verse again or go back to a previous verse or skip a verse....its hard to keep up with those guys!! Though I can't complain too much about these ones. They have been pretty good at sticking with the schedule. Beyond that, housekeeping is pretty ok. It hasn't been too terribly bad. I'm really excited I got to see a couple people from my church and Verve!! :)

In other news...almost got ran over by a semi today. A friend of mine and I had just gotten done at a couple thrift stores and we were sitting at the light waiting for it to change to get back to school. This semi was making a left turn into the lane next to us and I guess he didn't swing out far enough because he came within an inch of running over my car. No lie. It was one of the scariest moments ever...seriously thought he was going to run over my car and then me. But he didn't so its ok. got pretty scared and everything from it though. yeah.

So I've got to get myself back to the G. Rally and the playas over there. Peace.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

G. Rally and Tangents

Gospel Rally is happening here on campus right now. From what I understand there's going to be a few speakers, some stuff will be announced and a game. The game already happened and was Alumni vs. current players. Needless to say the alumni got schooled (105 to 70). It was pretty sweet! Tonight there's a guy coming in to speak. I'm kinda excited to go hear him but it might just be all the hype. Right now...all gospel rally means to me is more work. I'm working housekeeping for it which means I have to clean after every session and make sure my normal cleaning stuff is done. Its an easy job so I'm not too bothered by it. I'm also going to be running powerpoint for the afternoon and evening sessions tomorrow. Which is pretty tight. We have dual monitors now (drool). Its so nice. I geek out every time I look at those pretty things. Its exciting for me. I love technology--though you wouldnt' be able to tell recently or by looking at me ha ha. I'm looking at maybe getting a new laptop soon. maybe.They cost a ton and I'm very reluctant on buying anything. I takes me forever to decide on whether I should buy something--expecially something big like that. Everything has to be just right, meet certian specs and everything. Its a long process. What's even worse is I've been thinking about this for the past year now. Yeah. At the least if I ever do get it, it'll be something that I want and need and feel proud of. That's just how I roll I guess.
Anyway, after Gospel Rally ends I suppose there'll be more spiritual minded stuff up here instead of my random blogs about my life and such. Yeah.
Tangent. It was really nice out today. I wish I had gotten some time to go skate!! I've been wanting to fully break in my board for a while now but everytime I get some spare time its rainy or cold or such. Killer. There's a couple of decks that I found too that I want to aquire one day. Totally diggin anything Dyrdek, Enjoi, Blackout or Girl right now. Oh to be on my board....
Ok. I've got to go make one final sweep of the gym and clear out any trash and junk. Oh the joys of working...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

hsm #2

Ok, after a few days of anticipation, I guess I'll go ahead and explain the last post. The song is we're all in this together right? It talks about how we're not alone, everyone is helping everyone and we're all equal. Sound familiar? Remember how Jesus sent the disciples out 2 by they wouldn't have to go it alone? Or how the church in Acts sold all their belongings to live communially so no one would want and everyone was on an equal level? Or how about when God said that He loves everyone equally? That's what I find in the song. Pretty much the entire HSM series I can relate to the gospel....if you're not into that I really don't recommend watching that movie with me. Or Corpse bride for that matter. But yeah...that's the short version of it. One day I'll expand more I guess.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

All in this together...

For some reason this song makes me think of the bible...
there's some great things that can be gotten from High School Musical. Just soak in this song and then come back later for the update which will happen in a while. Unfortuently my battery is dying...otherwise you'd get it now!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Loss and happiness

My power cord to my laptop finally bit the dust after three years. It was a sad sad day yesterday. But! Good news! By Wednesday of next week I should have a new power cord and be back in business. Until then though, I will be using the school's computer lab. not as exciting, no aim, nothing fancy.... but almost gets the job done. The major bummer of it all is that all of my papers that are coming due/are due were on that computer and I can't get them off! Smart planning I know. But who really plans for the event of failure? I mean...yeah. anyway...Last night was interesting. Found out the many ways that "The Little Princess" can be realated to the gospel. Talked to a person who I never thought in a million years I would talk to again. It was awkward...but really really cool. Kinda hoping that we can talk more sometime....whenever I get power back to the coputer lol.

There's a movie night tonight for ethe Chesapeake campus of Forefront!! I'm super stoked about it and ready to get there! Unfortuently I have to wait for check to come out then go to the bank, then leave to there...but I'm ready! The movie is one I've seen before but I really liked it so i'm happy with I'm hioping that more student will be there. Which it looks like they will be!! Yup! Excitement! yes!

I just realized how terrible I spell without spell check...oh Fedex!! Send it fast!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Unanswered prayers...

Its been a hectic week so least its halfway over!! Had a couple pseudo-meetings that went pretty well. Still amped for all the things that will be happening! Not so amped about the massive amount of work that is due/coming due because the end of the semester is nearing. Unfortunately, I can't put off the massive pile of papers....though I would really like to so I can go read some books in the sun!
Anyway, I was talking to one of my old friends tonight about prayer and not feeling like you're ever answered. Personally...I think prayer works...for everyone but me. That's a terrible statement I know, but its at least honest. And I'm sure there's a few people out there who feel about the same. My friend said that maybe the right thing wasn't being prayed for, which I mentioned the Holy Spirit is supposed to be interceeding for us so we do pray for the right thing. They said maybe its the mindset in which it is prayed. I'd normally agree, but when one thing has been prayed for in almost every mindset its hard to beleive its just that. My friend pointed out that sometimes an unanswered prayer is the answer ((that makes me want to sing "Unanswered Prayer". Its a country song. Look it up. )). That's true sometimes, but what happens when you get to evry prayer is an unanswered prayer? Maybe its looking too close at the details and not seeing the grand picture....but it sure is tough when you feel like nothing is ever answered and you're going at it alone...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

these past days

As most know, I've been on spring break for the past week. Unlike most spring breaks, I didn't go down to New Orleans to work there, instead I stayed on campus and hung out and stuff. It was pretty uneventful until Wednesday wehn things picked up for a couple days. Now its back to the typical boring Saturday where I spend six hours trying to watch a two hour movie. Yeah. So this week I got to hang out with some of the people that I think are amazing. It was awesome to get to stay up there and not have to drive back and forth between campus and there to do everything.
So Wedneday went pretty well...had a meeting with Chuck (campus pastor) and we got a lot of things done. I'm supposed to be working on a few papers for that and all (shh...) and hopefully a few things will start moving and the ball will start rolling and the force will be unstoppable! I'm really excited about that and all the stuff that will be happening. Later that day I got to groom a dog, which is always fun for me. Its one of those things that I just like to do and enjoy a whole lot. It was awesome :) And then gel group happened. I seriously have the best gel group ever. For those who don't know, gel group is pretty much like a small group/bible study, but a lot cooler. Those people are amazing.
Thursday was all nice and laid back. Got the chance to hang out with an amazing lady who works for a sweet orginazation ( She does so much for those kids and they really do a lot of good for them. Its pretty cool--check it out!!
Managed to finish two books while up there--Messy Spirituality and Irresistable Revolution. Now its on to In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy day. Pretty awesome books. Definantly check out the first one. Its one of those, you should read because its awesome books. Also got to hang out at the Forefront office for a while. Totally thought it was sweet getting to chill with all the peeps there.
That catches us up to Friday. Which was fun in and of itself. Got to go to a gallery showing--which I love going to by the way. Met many artists who are very chill and talked to one guy who said he'd do a couple canvases of my photos for not a whole lot. I'm really excited about that because I've been trying to figure out how and where I could do that. Oh-- the reason for the art show was because my youth pastor , James, had a piece in there ( It was really cool to see that up there among all the other paintings--it really stood out in a good way.
And all that brings us back to now, Saturday, and the watching of movies, finishing of papers, posters, edits and everything else I didn't do on the other days. Looking was a pretty dang awesome week and I'm really thankful for all the people that made it so amazing. Seriously thankful for all of them...even the Starbucks lady that gave me weird looks for chillin in there for four hours. Hey, I was reading a book, and I did buy something...haha. Can't wait for Sunday to roll around and see somethings put in action.

p.s. it is somewhere around 72 degrees outside, sunny and there's a light breeze. don't hate :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


I'm watching Jesus Camp right now. I'm only a few minutes in and found it kinda funny that this guy said he's a "Christian. A Bible believing Christian." Do we really need to say that we are bible believing if we are Christians? Shouldn't that just be a given? I mean...what kind of Christian doesn't believe in the bible? Honestly...

Anyway...I'm ten ish minutes into it right kinda scares me. These little kids...just wow. If you haven't seen it, don't see it if you're not secure. If you are, see it. Its different.

Ok...that's all on that for now. I'm going to go back and watch it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Starbucks, baptism

Today's message was really great. It was a hard hitting one that was just...awe inspiring for the lack of better terms. It really hit the heart and was great. If you want to hear it, go to forefront and click media then messages. Its the last one in the broken people series. Its just something that you'd have to hear.

After church and hanging out in the food court, I chilled at Starbucks. While I was there, a couple of youth pastors were working on their sermon. Which was a sermon that we just did in the high school group. I thought it was pretty funny that we had just done that. I talked to them about it for a while and they took it a totally different route than we did, but that's cool. There's no wrong or right way about it. Just so long as the students learn. Managed to finish Messy Spirituality. Its a must read. Very cool book. Also, talked to a girl that I knew in high school for a while...she's in Poland now. It was neat to be able to talk to her and catch up with all that's happened in the past couple years and all. I love talking to people and hearing their stories and how they've changed and everything.

Later was the baptism service. Which was sweet. Claire went with me (after a hour at Starbucks--seriously believe the people there think I'm crazy lol) and she ran powerpoint and it was cool. Just being there and seeing stuff happen in people's lives is cool. Got told something that caught me off guard and made me extremely humble...but that's not to be revieled yet :) All in all it was a pretty good day. Tomorrow looks to be a slow one, as does the day after, but Wednesday.....Wednesday is gonna be a busy one :)