Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Filler, part Deux

So, I know I have a habit of letting Music and Youtube videos do my talking for me...and I'm sure the majority of yall have seen/heard this story/song...But I like it, so I'll post it, tell me whatcha think.

The Revolution is on it's way...

How He Loves- John Mark McMillan

Verse 1:
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us so

Chorus 1:
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.

Verse 2:
We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Second Look Pt. 2

"Jesus Wept" John 11:35

Now I know you're probably wondering what i'm getting at, and that's completely understandable, because when I first felt like this should be my next verse I was at a complete loss of ideas, but then I thought about what I find misleading about this verse...and the answer hit me.


There is nothing misleading about that verse...I also feel no emotional purpose to this verse. Which just isn't right; So I decided to look at it in context.

17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was less than two miles[a] from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
23Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
27"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ,[b] the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
28And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you." 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied.
35Jesus wept.
36Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
37But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" -- John 11:17-37

So when Jesus wept he was thinking of his dear friend Lazarus, whose death he could have prevented had he been there. I do not believe that he was crying because he wasn't there to save Lazarus, he could have done that from anywhere. In my opinion, Jesus wept because he missed Lazarus, showing that he does in fact love us. Whether you believe it or not if the God of the Universe (that's right, the Universe) will cry because he misses a friend who lived on Earth, a mere human of his own creation, then he surely loves us the same.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Filler.

Due to the late hour I am facing on a school night I do not have the time to make my next post but that will be done within the next two days. However I will post my favorite song's music video with's pretty inspiring in my opinion, tell me what ya think.

"Give me Your Eyes" -- Brandon Heath

Looked down from a broken sky, traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black tile Hold on for the sudden stop
Breath in the familiar shock Of confusion and chaos
Are those people going somewhere?Why have I never cared?

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The one's that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see again again yeah yeah

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide whats underneath
Theres a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
Hes out of work Hes buying time
Are those people going somewhere? Why have I never cared?


Ive Been there a million times
A couple of million eyes Just moving past me byI swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance So give me a second chance
To see the way you see the people all alone

Chorus (x2)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Second Look. Part 1

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
--Proverbs 27:17

This verse, while simple and common is one of my favorite verses, I wouldn't be surprised if you were to agree. However, since most all of us have heard it we tend to take it at face value and miss the deeper truth.

This post won't be too long because most of the verse can be taken at face value, but I believe that there is a little deeper point that is commonly overlooked.

First let's look at this first part, "As iron sharpens iron,"

"Iron was an innovation that had a powerful effect on every area of the ancient world. It’s strength and sharpness set it apart from all the metals at that time. With iron, a culture could make both effective daily tools to sustain their lives and superior war instruments to expand their influence" (

According to this source, in the times that this passage was being written, iron was one of the STRONGEST and most EFFICIENT minerals at its job. I believe that the use of iron in the passage was not a coincidence. If you are going to sharpen another person to make their faith stronger then you yourself must be strong in your faith. If you are going to try and help a brother or sister grow in faith and you aren't strong then you may end up dulling or weakening them. So as iron must be strong you must also be STRONG and EFFICIENT.

then "one man sharpens another."

I was talking about it earlier, the main point of this verse is that we must help each other grow stronger and more confident in our faith. While the Word of God will indeed make us stronger we need the help of our peers...and who is your peers peers? You! We must help each other grow in our faith but we must also be strong to help others, it is a chain. Strong friend "A" will help you grow stronger so that you may help Friend "1" grow stronger that Friend "A" can't reach.

So that is week 1, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns don't be afraid to spill your thoughts =)

God Bless, Jared

Monday, September 1, 2008

I'm Back; and "A Second Look"

Hey guys, sorry for my leave of absence over these last month, I've had a few distractions due to school and whatnot, but i'm back! and I've been struck with inspiration from a friend of mine's note on Facebook. He (whom I will keep unnamed) used the Facebook Application of Notes to put his thoughts of the well-known Bible verse Genesis 1:1 ("In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the earth.") because he believed that Christians, on a large scale, take for granted the verses that we have always been taught since Vacation Bible School.

When I read his note I began to think of his opinion....and how it totally made sense. I mean, sure I believe John 3:16 and that God did create the universe...but do I add as much importance to those truths as I should? For crying out loud, God created the UNIVERSE, not just a lego town, not just a AP English project, He created the entire UNIVERSE: me, you, them, the grass we walk on, the sky we stand under, the stars we gaze at, the Grand Canyon, the NIV, the NLT, the KJV, He created it all. Yet people shrug this fact off as a minor truth that has just always been accepted as a "yeah, and...?" kind of thing. We need to get a grip!

So that is my basis for this New Series of Blogs i'm going to post.

Tomorrow I will be starting "A Second Look" with John 3:16 and will continue on with the series through next Monday.

Until then, God Bless and don't be a stranger =)


Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Helping Hand or a Powerful Calling?

So, I know it's been a while but i'm back haha. So I've been trying to live like Jesus as I know I should. However, I tend to fail much more often than I find comforting. But I have noticed something. Though it may seem that I am the only one in my immediate surroundings attempting this well-rewarded feat, i'm not alone. and i'm not just talking about the Lord.

An example for instance, is a co-worker of mine by the name of Nick. We constantly remind each other "Job 31:1" whenever a pretty girl walks into the store. This is an accountability thing, I have always known the man to be a Follower of Christ but I never even considered him as an accountability partner untill he called me on that verse one day.

Job 31:1 "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl."

I've always wondered how such a simple verse can hold such hope and power, until I was called on it. As a Christ-Follower I believe we are called to hold all the promises and decrees made by our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the Bible, even if that is a very strong statement I strongly believe in it. Now the question in my mind is, "Whenever we decide to help a brother or sister, is it because we think of it as just helping out a friend, or is this really our calling?"

I have always been taught that it is a calling, so now the question is, Why is it a calling? Is it because they are commiting a sin and we will be held resposible for their falling as stated in Ezekial 3?

Ezekial 3:20 "Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood."

Or is it because we can help each other grow as stated in Proverbs 27?

Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

My Opinion is that they are both reasons. But, instead of helping because we are afraid of being held responsible for their downfall (Ezekial 3) I think we should help because all the righteous things they do would be forgotten and their heavenly reward lessened or stripped (I have yet to decide which it is speaking of yet; Opinions greatly appreciated).

Now, when you try to help someone by being accountable it doesn't have to be something like telling them they are doing something sinful like when us brothers fall into the temptation of lust. It can simply be letting someone know they are doing a great work for heaven.

There is a man who will periodically come into the Grocery store I work at named Kyle. This guy, everytime I talk to him I can promise you, the Holy Spirit and attitude of Christ just seem to overflow out of him. The first time I met him for instance, was on the day before Super Bowl Sunday. When he came through my line I asked him if he was excited for tomorrow (hinting at the game) at which point he responded, "Yeah man! Church is tomorrow!"

So hold up a this point i'm just completely blown away. Did he just say church? He didn't even seem concerned with the game in any way, this man was truly stoked about going to church and worshipping God. Well, throughout the months that Kyle comes through the store, every single time he comes, he has the same attitude, and everytime I see him I hear this same small whisper "Well done my good and faithful servant." And I keep thinking," Who am I to tell this man that? I don't even know his name." and I continually miss the opportunity.

Finally, one day when I am bagging I see him again and i get the same feeling. This time however, I worked up the courage to walk after him and I catch up with him at the back of the store. Shaking from head to toe from nervousness (or so I thought) I approached him and simply told him that I was thankful God had given me this ever present reminder through him in time of need that it wasn't about me and my life but how I shined God's light to the world through how I acted. and I thanked him for just being a great example. This seemed to blow him off his feet as much as our first meeting did me. At that moment I heard that same small whisper again "Well done my good and faithful servan," only this time, I felt it was aimed to me.

So i'm not sure what that long story accomplished but only to say, I see that as the reason for my believe that we are called to lend a helping hand and raise each other up.

God Bless,


Friday, June 20, 2008

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah He Reigns!

Hallelujah- n. a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude.
Praise- n. the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship
Worship- n. adoring reverence or regard
Extol- v. to praise highly
Exalt- v. to lift up the voice; to sing praise

As you can tell, this time I am completely shifting gears, from silence to overpowering worship and song. This may be due to the fact for the last week I have been at a youth camp called Student Life Camp. While there we were taught about The Way and how God is the only 'right way'. However, that is for another post, the big thing that caught my attention this past week was the Worship, led by Aaron Keyes. Unlike most worship leaders, Aaron refrained from using the old, well-known songs (i.e Amazing Grace, Awesome God, etc.). Though there is nothing wrong with these songs it was a nice change of pace, it made it nearly impossible to just 'mimic' worship, you had to actually think about what you were saying. If you can ever get a copy of Aaron Keyes' cds I would without a doubt recommend them.

However, the songs are not what totally blew me off my guard. It was how Aaron conducted worship. From his energy to what he said. He would, without warning, throw out Bible verses about God and worship whilst (sp?) he played his songs that would just make you want to jump up and down and shout for the God of the universe without ceasing.

I guess what i'm trying to say with this post is that the people of God have settled into a mundane and as much as I hate saying it; Boring way of Celebration. Praise and worship is meant to be a jubilation, not a reading of words in a melodic way. That has become the worship of most churchs these days and I believe it is time to change.

Psalms 32:11 "Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in the Heart!"

2 Samuel 22:47 "The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!"

Isaiah 6:3 "And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."

Isaiah 60 "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you."

In the book of Nehemiah the Israelites even worshipped and jumped around at the mere opening of the Bible, and we have people who won't even jump during a song.

Nehemiah 8:5-6
"Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded "Amen! Amen!" then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground."

So if they can jump up and down to the word of God, we can jump up and down to a catchy, heart-racing song of praise to the one who died for us.

In conclusion, I do realize that there are some slower songs meant more for adoration then an enthusiastic display of thanks, but for the ones there are...I believe we should be more happy for our new life.

"There are only two times in your life when you should worship God, one is when you feel like it, the other is when you don't. Why? Quite simply, Because." --Aaron Keyes

God Bless