Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Meet Irma

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This weeks sign of the apocalypse

Further proof that the SEC has no morals or conscience.
The University of Tennessee has just received a commitment from a 13 year old to play football. He will graduate in 2013....from high school. Isn't there a puberty requirement for college football? Keep your eyes open for other 13 year olds to start entering the work force.
Although he did only commit as opposed to getting a scholarship offer, in other news, I am officially announcing that I am committed to Michigan State to play for Tom Izzo. It was a difficult decision but in the end I just felt like this was the best place for me, my family, and for God. I mean the best place for me to find God.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hope for the Hopeless

There is an old DC talk song called Red Letters. I know I just dated myself a little bit but when you grow up thinking secular music is that path to satan, death and despair, DC talk was just about the only musical outlet for a young sheltered Christian boy. There is a line that says that
Jesus is, "Hope for the hopeless....peace and forgiveness.... there is life .... in the red letters."
Oh it makes me feel better just to sing those out loud again. Now all I need are my ninja turtles and a snap on bracelet that transformation is complete.
Why is there no hope in other world views? There was an interesting article in the Parade magazine a couple weeks ago about this generations hottest male actor Shia Labeouf. A very talented but troubled young man gives us a pretty insightful glance at his inner thoughts and worries. Read the whole thing here. He says, "I have a God shaped hole. If I knew, I'd fill it, and I'd be on my way....The good actors are all screwed up. They're all in pain. It's a profession of bottom-feeders and heartbroken people." When asked about why he and his 3 year steady girlfriend broke up he says this, "Why did the love of my life and I break up? Man, I have no idea. What was that all about? I have no answers to anything. None. Why am I an alcoholic? I haven't a clue! What is life about? I don't know." Many have watched the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed by Ben Stein. A distinguished evolutionary biology teacher at Cornell, when asked about free will and evolution gave this as his response. "...You lose the idea that man has free will, that there is hope for life after death and the conception that there is anything or anyone higher than yourself." Not only does he not have a hope in life, he willingly chooses to live that world view which he so clearly articulates has no hope. What a sorry, pathetic life that is left after we strip away all these things. I cannot help but hear my grandmother's voice in my head singing. My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand

Monday, June 22, 2009

Itchy Ears

Do you have itchy ears? Sometimes when I use a Q-tip, it only makes them more itchy not less. I'm really talking about 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

I was studying for a lesson on Creation vs. Evolution. I stumbled across a quote by a former 1967 Nobel Prize winner.

"There are only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural, creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation (life from no-life) was scientifically disproved years ago by Louis Pasteur, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Francesco Redi, and others, but that leaves us to only one conclusion: that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do no want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe that which I know is scientifically impossible: spontaneous generation arising to evolution."

Here is a scientist who reasons that there is only one logical solution to where man came from. His reason as a naturalist is all that is most dear to him. Yet instead of accepting the conclusion of a train of logic, he willfully rejects the truth for a lie. He will not accept that their is a deity out there and not man who is in control.

It amazes me time and time again the relevancy of this scripture. What other places do you see people knowingly turn away from the truth for a lie? What areas of your life do you know are false but yet are unwilling to accept the truth?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Do you believe in miracles?

When is the last time you saw a miracle? I'm not talking about the miracle of life or a beautiful sunset. I mean when is the last time you saw something that defied explanation with our own rational? Have you ever seen a miracle?

John 11 is the story of Lazarus. It is familiar enough I won't summarize but listen to the responses of the people when they meet Jesus.

Martha vs 21 - "Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died."

Mary vs 32 - "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

I find it fascinating that both women "believe" that Jesus was capable of healing Lazarus in his sickness. If He was able then, why is He not able to heal Him now. Their minds kept them from earnestly believing or expecting a miracle of this magnitude.

CS Lewis says in his book Miracles;

"All the essentials of Hinduism would, I think, remain unimpaired if you subtracted the miraculous, and the same is almost true of Mohammedanism. But you cannot do that with Christianity. It is precisely the story of a great Miracle. A naturalistic Christianity leaves out all that is specifically Christian."

If we call ourselves Christian we by the very foundation of our religion believe in Miracles. However even Mary and Martha believed in miracles abstractly. When it came time to actually trust Jesus to do a miracle their faith lacked.

What areas of your life do you doubt God is possible of doing a miracle? Do you regularly pray and expect miracles? We do not see miracles because we do not believe they happen. Accordingly we do not live our lives the same as we would if we truly believed in miracles.

How would your life change if you started to believe in and see miracles?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Changed lives

Last week at Grace we had four generations of campers at our camp closing. For over 64 years children and now families are being impacted with Jesus Christ through Grace Adventures. It was exciting to talk with each one and listen as they shared a favorite memory of camp. I think that every child should have at least one chance to attend camp. I also believe that one life touched by God can change the world and camp is a great way to encounter God. Why is camp so special? It is a place where people young and old can unplug from the everyday distractions of life and enjoy God' creation in an outdoor setting. It is a place where the word of God is taught, lived out and experienced through relationships, teaching and all the fun activities. Finally, It is a place where it is still cool to be a Christian. Check out what is happening at Grace by going to our web site at http://www.graceadventures.org/. If you are in the area come check us out. See you soon!! Steve

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hello

Welcome to the Grace Adventures Blog. Things are so busy here at Grace. There is an awesome buzz around campus with so many children here at one time. There are five different camps all this week. Pray that God would be alive and at work in the hearts and minds of these kids. Check back for new posts from your favorite full time staff. Visit us at http://www.graceadventures.org/. If you know of some one who needs to be at camp, please consider sending them or encouraging them to attend. Summer is in full swing.