January 7, 2011

Hello again, Virginia...

...I'm headed back to the East Coast

January 6, 2011

Whats in a Name?

I listened to a Podcasts from Matt Lantz the other day. It was quality. The Lord has given him so much wisdom, and he is very generous with sharing it... here are some tidbits from his upper room discourse podcast. Thanks Mr. Lantz.

John 14:12-14
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”

 “ ‘WHATSOEVER ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do.'  Jesus means the promise literally.  Christians have sought to limit it:  it looked too free; it was hardly safe to trust man so unconditionally.  We did not understand that the word `in my Name' is its own safeguard.  It is a spiritual power that no one can use further the capacity for, by his living and acting in that Name. As we bear that Name before men, we have power to it before God.  O let us plead for God's Holy Spirit to show us what the Name means, and what the right of it is. It is through the Spirit that the Name, which is above every name in heaven, will take the place of supremacy in our heart and life too.”- Andrew Murray

[This is the key to Abiding: obediance, How can I obey: believe]

In Jesus name isn’t a mantra, not a magic phrase that we tack onto the end of a prayer to make it work, the only way we have this power is by living and abiding in Christ. ‘’In that moment if you ask anything I will do it for you.’’

“Only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

Andrew Murray's writings are free at ccel.org... check it owt.

January 2, 2011


     2010, you were good to me. You were filled with precious moments like developing friendships with my Young Life team, finding new bonds with the fine folks at Pine Cove, or priceless travel experiences to Tahoe, Napa, Saranac, Maine, Costa Rica, & Tyler, Texas. But don’t get worked up just yet my dear 2010, because you had your fair share of disappointing moments as well. For example, the time when the Texas Rangers lost the World series, or when Duke went wandering into the abyss of doggy heaven, what about that time when I shot a booger out of my nose in front of my friends?! Some of these unexpected hiccups were genuinely upsetting, some added diversity to my daily life, while others were simply entertaining. 
So as I continue to size you up & down with examining eyes, overall I’d still say that you were good to me. But our time has run its course, so I leave you with a gentle farewell 2010. Its time you introduce me to your friend 2011, I hope we’ll have a promising future together...
Team Harrisonburg

Saranac, NY
Tahoe, CA.
Napa Valley, CA.
Costa Rica


Pine Cove
As I review the year, the FAQ that pops up is, ”Was that God’s will for my life?” It is important to look at whatever has happened and THAT is God’s will. God can use circumstances to draw us to himself. Christ wants us to accept His unreserved love because we are His people. 1 Tim. 2:4 expresses our Father as a God “who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” This is His will for us in 2011 and every year after that till kingdom come.