Sunday, July 19, 2009

Biblical roles

I believe that God has a different plan for each of us at the different steps of life that we are in. God has made distinct roles for each time in a person’s life. Here is a very summarized and brief explanation of the MAIN roles god has given individuals at each level of age. Again I emphasize that these are the main roles not the only roles

In short the biblical role for children is to obey their parents (Eph 6:1) and grow in their love and knowledge of the savior. It is at this stage that an individual is trained in character and habits of abstaining from evil that will stick with them the rest of their lives. This is the section of life when statistically most people come to salvation (Mat 19:14).

Single people: aka teens and young adults
While it is still extremely important for individuals at this stage in life to continue learning more about God, their focus shifts to include the importance of ministry (1 Cor. 7:32, 34). A lot of Christians and churches today (including SBCC to some extent) I believe focus to much on teaching youth to abstain from evil and not enough on the importance of service. However scripture makes it clear that the christian life has two aspects; abstaining from evil and service (James 1:27).

While the roles of learning and serving continue, the role of an adult expands to take on the new aspect of teaching. This is divided into two sections; parenting (Prov. 22:6), and teaching in the church (1 Cor. 12:28).

In case anyone was wondering were in the world this completely random post came from it was inspired by 1) working with children in CEF and 2) thinking about what I think the roles of the youth and children’s ministries should (in my ever so humble opinion) be at the new church.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

True Success

God showed to me this last week just how much I judge success of anything I do by the outcome of it. If it’s a test, by what score I get. If it’s playing the violin, how few mistakes I make. If it’s working with kids, how well they behaved and how many decisions for Christ were made. But God has been showing me that it’s not just about visible outcomes. If all the kids at day camp are being little brats that doesn’t mean I’m a failure or that I should just give up loving on the kids and go about the day half-hearted. No. There are things and outcome going on that I can’t see. I am still required by the word of God to work at that activity with all my might as working for the Lord not men. I used to look at that verse and think that the hard part about obeying that verse was doing hard activities. But maybe the hardest times to obey that verse might be when we have to fight the mental battle against thinking that we’re failures and wanting to give up. So don’t give up my brothers and sisters. Continue of working for the Lord. Because even when you can’t see the labor of your work you can know that your labor is for the Lord not men.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Does God Twitter

Thursday, July 2, 2009

(a very) Random Update

Since it’s been forever since I’ve posted I figured I would just post a bunch of random stuff. All of these are things I could have made a whole post about but haven’t.

- Went to see transformers 2 today. It was mediocre. But what is it with action packed movies and destroying beautiful buildings. I mean forget the fact that there are people dying, buildings are being destroyed here (am I a future architect or what).

- During my last quarter at Whatcom I was frustrated that my teachers were so big on needing to cite sources to back up my ideas. I’m thinking that for me personally I don’t care about sources. Unless it’s someone really famous I don’t really care if someone else agrees with you. Then I began to realize that it’s because I have the word of God to base my judgments off of. These people need sources because that’s all they have. Kind of sad.

- It switches off about every other day as to whether I’m excited, nervous, or dreading University of Washington.

- Work (Child Evangelism Fellowship day camps) begins on Monday. I CAN’T WAIT!!!

- I have a Facebook so that’s part of the reason I haven’t been blogging lately

- I love Rascal Flatts

- Did I mention I was excited about CEF

- I miss my Russian friends. Those guys were amazing and I’m totally missing getting to see at least one of them every day. I’m hoping to go to their church this Sunday for anyone who is interested

- Something else Christian should go here so you don't think that my life is all about secular things.

- Looking back I’ve grown a lot socially in the last two years. My entire first year I was so unsociable. My entire first year pretty much the only reason I sat with Silver Beachers was because it was better than having strange faces around. But now I’ve really begun to break out of my “home school shell” and enjoy being around people. Actually I’m kind of missing getting to be around people every day. Well at least certain people.

- The new church is very exciting!

Well that was my completely random update on my life. Did I mention I can’t wait until CEF begins!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I'm alive. Honest. A new post is comming soon.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hannah Montana- Hoedown Throwdown Music Video

You you're lame and desperate when the best you can do for a blog is find the lamest video you can find on youtube and post it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

God is awesome

God has definitely been leading my decision into which university I should go to. The last 4-5 month have been hectic and strenuous at times as I had some really big decisions come up about which school I was going to attend. It all began back in December when I was applying to WSU I began thinking about how nice it would be to live closer to home and began to reconsider UW. So I applied and was accepted to both schools. Now the decision process began. Relooking at things we began to remember the reasons we liked WSU better to begin with: UW has an extremely difficult acceptance into the 2nd year of the program (as in one in three get in). And then my fafsa (financial aid) from UW came in from UW and it didn’t look pretty so things weren’t looking good for UW.
Then dad and I took a trip to UW to talk with advisers there (we talked with WSU last summer). There we realized that even if I took one year at UW I might be able to switch/apply to more than one school for my second year which might ease up some of the stress about having not getting into the second year of the program. After that we began looking at the actual costs o living on campus and realized I could get a triple room instead of a double and buy some meals at the grocery store instead of at the cafeteria to save on money. Then on top of that Fafsa came back from WSU looking even worse than UW. So it seamed very clear that this was how God was directing me.
Now believe me this was just an over view and there were WAY more details I left out. There were so many ups and downs on this trip to deciding which college and I wish I could say I was patiently waiting on God through them all but I must confess that I got really stressed a lot these last 5 months. But now I look back and I’m so thankful for how faithful God was.
BTW I bought the sandstone colored tee-shirt (see post bellow).