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Sunday, April 27, 2008

This Week

Okay so I want us to do something new...one of the main ideas of this blog was to help us with our accountability and to help us grow in all aspects of our lives. So I want us to all ask questions and others opinions(you don't have to just comment...you can do posts of your own even if they are short or 5 pages long...please feel free to post!)...if you don't understand something then ask! or if you just want to know if anyone else struggles with something...ask!!!! So this week I want to ask "what is your hard thing this week?" what do you want to overcome this week?
remember that no one is going to judge you on your questions or answers to questions!!!
This week, my hard thing is working as hard at home as I do at work...this is an area I daily struggle with...so what is your do hard thing just for this week???

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Rebelution "Theme Song" and my favorite Dead Guy

I have to vote for my favorite dead guy: John Calvin. My favorite quote from him is "The sovereignty of God answers every question."
Anyway, I was humming this tune from Rebecca St. James the other day, and it occurred to me that if I had to choose a theme song for the Rebelution, it would be something like it, so I wanted to share it with you guys. Here are the lyrics:

Stand - Rebecca St. James

There is a time for healing
A time for all purposes under the sun
There's a time for laughter
A time to let go and a time to hold on

So we are here, but why are we waiting?
Why are we acting like dead men walking?
The time has arrived for us to arise
Joining our hands united together

This is our time to be strong
This is our time to rise up, to stand and be counted
This is our time to believe,
And know in our God we are free
So the world knows to Him we belong

Lord, capture our hearts now
Drown out the pleasures and treasures that bind us
Give us your courage to be strong
To be brave and never back down

There's no time to lose, we can't be silent
In a world that is dying to find out the truth
We've got the answer - let's lay down our all
With reckless abandon

Chorus

(Thank you Chelsea for creating this blog and inviting me!)

John Piper: Let No One Depise You For Your Youth

John Piper is quite a teacher and he just did a message on the Rebelutions theme scripture 1 Tim 4:12... please visit therebelution.com for the link to listen to this message!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Reaching out with the Gospel

I'm in a very unique situation. I'm learning sign language at CPCC and that enables me to be able to reach into the Deaf Community. I'm not sure if many of you know this but the Deaf Community is the least evangelized of all peoples in the entire world. Because of this I believe that God has given me the opportunity to reach out to the Deaf Community and help spread the Gospel.
This morning I was given the chance to do just this. I was invited by a group of level 3 Interpreters (they have finished the classes I'm doing and have already begun Interpreter training classes...so they are almost 2 years ahead of me) to sign a song with them at the group festival over at Central this morning. I was the only level 2 ASL student to sign songs with them and I was told that I could pick a song to do on my own. I chose The Gospel Song by Sovereign Grace Ministries
1) because it was the only song I knew the signs to
2) because it was short and
3) because it was the gospel displayed.
A few of the girls showed me how to change the signs from ESL to ASL and It wasn't that hard. As I began my song this morning (I was asked to do it FOUR times!) I saw deaf people and hearing people alike affected by this simple song. Four times I watched the gospel affect lives and some even cried. Likewise one of the other girls did Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone by Chris Tomlin and there was a similar reaction.
This was so amazing to me and it just brought the reality home to me that I should be reaching out not only to hearing people but deaf people as well. This is one of the areas I plan to work on...its just like Joe Lechner taught that we are missionaries and all of life is our mission field. For some it is larger than others and I'm really excited to enter into this new territory. I don't know where God is leading me but until then I want to share the Gospel with the Deaf Community just as I would the hearing world. How amazing is God's plan!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Prayer Requests

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Stand Up

I have recently watched Expelled. This is a documentary of how the secular science world views Intelligent Design (ID) and Evolution. The evolutionists in major universities want to keep their beliefs in evolution secure and when scientists who taught or were connected with those universities even mentioned ID, they were expelled. This is a documentary showing how those in authority in the science field are stripping away the freedoms of speech and religion from scientists who believe in ID. I would HIGHLY recommend watching this documentary.
Those scientists who were expelled had to stand up against the secular mindset. They were ostracized for their beliefs; they received hate emails; they lost their jobs.
This got me thinking. What areas of our lives does the world see that makes them oppose us so much? And in those areas (whatever they may be), how can WE as Christians and Rebelutionaries do the hard thing and STAND UP for Christ? How much are we willing to sacrifice our lives for the One who gave us His all?
Please comment and answer these few questions.
Where (doesn't have to be a place, but could be an area(s) in your life that people see and don't like because you are a Christian) have you been opposed?
How have those people treated you? What have they said or done?
How have you been able to STAND UP for Christ in those situations?
Was it easy to be bold and not shrink back from defending your beliefs?
How did God empower you to STAND UP for Him?
And finally, what were those people's responses and have they changed their attitudes toward you?
Thanks for taking the time to answer.
I can't wait to read and be motivated by your responses.

All 4 Him,
Melly Rose

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Don't Waste Your Life. Do Hard Things.

Neat video!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Articles and one of my favorite dead people!

Here are two articles from the Harris brothers, both are very encouraging and very challenging!

1. http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0001726.cfm
2. http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0001217.cfm

This is about the book.
3. http://www.therebelution.com/blog/2008/04/do-hard-things-the-book-is-out/


Alright, one of the application points was to make friends with dead people...which means read books by dead authors. One of my favorite dead people is Charles H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon is probably one of the greatest preachers in history and just reading through his sermons is quite the experience. So here are some of my favorite quotes from him:

Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. Charles Spurgeon

By perseverance the snail reached the ark. Charles Spurgeon

I do not think I should care to go on worshipping a Madonna even if she did wink. One cannot make much out of a wink. We want something more than that from the object of our adoration. Charles Spurgeon

Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. Charles Spurgeon

No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers. Charles Spurgeon

Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of. Charles Spurgeon

We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children's children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word. Charles Spurgeon

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles Spurgeon

You might not always get what you want, but you always get what you expect. Charles Spurgeon

Monday, April 14, 2008

no discouraging talk

I never struggled with math until Geometry and Algebra 2...once I got there my brain seemed to melt just looking at all those proofs and formulas. So often I would make a comment like, 'I suck at math.' But at the Rebelution they were talking about giving in to low expectations by using phrases like "I suck at math" or "I'm just not a people person" using them as an excuse not to do well. Far too often I use these excuses to get out of something...and by saying them all I'm doing is adding to the low expectations of the world. So one of my hard things(I've got a ton) is not using excuses (discouraging myself) and to start stepping up to try harder.
The problem is that often I'm not motivated to do better, "its just math and I'm not gonna be a math teacher so...who cares!" but this is not true...my job is to do everything for the Lord and that is my goal...not to please man or to just do what gets me to pass but to do everything and never settle for what society would call "my best."
Ephesians 4:29 says "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."

Sunday, April 13, 2008

"Do Hard Things" in everyday activities (like school!)

There are subjects in school that are just plain challenging. Right now for me, that would be Physics. As much as I LOVE science, Physic is not my favorite. Know why? I'm not exactly crazy about math, and as ya'll know, Physics and math are inseparable. Every module contains new equations patiently waiting to be learned and applied by every enthusiastic (and, unfortunately, not so enthusiastic) student.
Well, for weeks I had (notice the past tense?) been putting off the 10th module. Whenever I encounter something difficult, I have the tendency to procrastinate (big word for laziness). However, I eventually became tired of my lazy behavior (thank you, Lord) and decided to do something about that 10th module. I determined to REALLY LEARN that module and see if I would do better on the test (most of my tests didn't accurately measure my capacity to learn the material because I had a I-don't-really-care or I-could-care-less attitude). So, with my mind made up, I attacked the module and tore the equations to bits (not literally). Once my attitude changed, God opened my eyes to see that what I thought was HARD was actually quite conquerable. The test proved that my mind tricked me into thinking that the information and math applications were too complex to be understood. In the end, I felt like I was solving kindergarten problems (well, maybe they weren't that easy, but pretty close to it).
This happened the day before the Rebelution conference. What I learned from experience served as a concrete example for me that the things Brett and Alex talked about were true. Hard things aren't necessarily PHYSICALLY hard, maybe sometimes it's our minds that make us think it's hard.
Now I am greatly encourage and inspired to pursue EXCELLENCE and my VERY BEST in this not-so-challenging-anymore subject (Physics) as well as in all my other school work, whether they be easy or hard.
I thank God, that even though it took me 10 modules to learn that my attitude was the problem, He's opened my eyes now while there is yet time to reclaim my past grades.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Music

There is one song on that has just really spoken to me. It's just kinda of building on what I was/have been thinking about after the conference. The song is Whatever You're Doing by Sanctus Real.

Full lyrics here

I feel like this particular part of the song has really spoken to me:

Whatever You're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
but I'm giving in to something Heavenly

Time for a milestone,
Time to begin again
Reevaluate who I really am
Am I doing everything to follow Your will
Or just climbing aimlessly over these hills
So show me what it is You want from me
I give everything I surrender...

This Rebelution conference was like a milestone in my life, a renewal and revival, definitely very life changing. A chance to really evaluate where I am in many areas of my life. It made me think, on one of the polls they asked something about are you 'just cruising' through life. And I want to make sure that I'm not doing that. I want to surrender everything to God, which can be hard since we don't know what's going to happen or what His plans are. As He has been working in me, at times it has really felt like chaos, but there really is a peace about it all.

So, I just wanted to share that song with you all and encourage you with it!

Emily

Friday, April 11, 2008

Hard Things

Hard things. These past few months, this has NOT been what i wanted to do. i walked through life, pursuing what made ME happy, what I liked, what I wanted to do, barely doing what i was supposed to, and nothing more. Basically, i was acting like a child. I'm 16 - the world would say that's normal, acceptable, but as a Christian i knew better. The problem was, i didn't WANT to "do hard things" i was content to stay a "normal teenager". All those months, God was working on my heart, showing me my errors, and bringing me back to him. This past Saturday, The Rebelution came to hickory. I was looking forward to the event, looking forward to hearing from two passionate young men, and enjoying fellowship with my friends. All through the conference, God was working on my heart, exposing the truth of the messages. As i walked out to the car i was quieter than usual. I had a lot to think about. On the long trip back to Charlotte, i thought about the words "Do Hard Things". What does this mean for me? where can i apply this to my life? i thought. This past week, i prayed that God would reveal to me the answer to my question. You see, i have a very good life - parents that love me, friends that care about me, a job i love. Not very many "hard things" to do - or so i thought. Just last night, after arriving back home from playing Ultimate Frisbee, i was talking to my parents. i noticed that my Mom was wearing the arm brace we had bought her the previous day to help her Carpel Tunnel syndrome in her right hand. I asked her how it was doing, and she told me that while wearing the brace, she cant really use her arm, which means she cant do laundry, drive, do dishes, or anything else really that she does around the house. She cant take it off, because any use of the right arm is excruciatingly painful for her. My Dad is also temporarily disabled, having recently had knee surgery for the 2nd time in the past 10 weeks. He's on crutches, and is in a lot of pain as well. That obviously means someone else has to do the work they cant do, and seeing as how i dont have siblings, it falls to me to help them as much as i can, which will mean taking on much responsibility. i was thinking last night that God has shown me what i asked for - this is my "Hard Thing"!! Over the next months with God's help i will be doing the Hard Things he has laid out for me, the things my folks cant do, which is drive them places, do most of the housework they would do, etc. I know God is working through this to shape me into the man He wants me to be, and i'm very grateful for the privilege. Brett, Alex, thank you for inspiring me to "Do Hard Things" - i know this is a turning point in my life, and i am very grateful for your input. Thank you also Chels for creating this blog - i know this will be a means of Grace to me and everyone else.

In Christ,

Nathan

Posting

I don't know how many of you have done this before but I thought I'd give you a quick how-to on posting. If you have a blogspot account and are a member of this blog then you can POST not just comment but you can post your own thoughts and stuff...this is the whole idea of the blog. So when you first log-in to blogger you should have a window thats called the Dashboard...and you should see a box that lists your blogs...if you click on the link that says New Post, you'll be able to write down whatever you want to say. If you have any problems just email me :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

God of Justice (we must go) Tim Hughes

Singing this song at the conference was really cool and I love the chorus:

We must go, live to feed the hungry, stand beside the broken, we must go, stepping forward, keep us from just singing move us into action we must go.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Application


From Alex:
-Not Just Alone: 2 Timothy 2:22, we need to be faithful and do hard things with other like-minded people - Ecclesiastes 4:12
-Not Just With Peers: Proverbs 13:12, 1 Corinthians 15:33, hang with the old and the wise - Ephesians 6:1-3
-Not Just With People: Media is a companion. We are the media we surround ourselves with. Pay attention to people and media carefully...choose them carefully.

From Gregg:
Colossians 3:20/Ephesians 6:1-4/Proverbs 20:29/Proverbs 16:31
The problem isn't necessarily whats ON the TV, but what doesn't happen in the home when the TV is on. Take this challenge to do hard things to heart. The rebelution is a meeting of wisdom and strength. Teens have more strength than they know what to do with and not the wisdom to use it productively - adults have more wisdom but not the strength to share it enough. We are partners! Age integrated partnership to do hard things in every season of life.

From Brett:
1. Must have a hero (at least one)
2. Make friends with dead people (read books by dead authors...read the great books)
3. Take advantage of rebelution friends (thats what this blog is for :P)
4. Find the secret rebelutionaries (lead the way! be an obvious rebelutionary)
5. Seek out godly individuals and ask them "what do you wish you knew when you were my age?"
6. Seek out the ultimate companion in Jesus Christ (you can't do it without him)

And a final idea from Hebrews 12:1
Sit in a circle and go around and share what in your life is weighting or holding you back from changing and doing hard things.
Find 1 thing to put off - fast from it for 1 month
Find 1 thing to put on - exercise and grow stronger - a do hard thing

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got

Rearrange the furniture of your life - RADICAL CHANGES

WE ARE REBELUTIONARIES - WE DO HARD THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!
These are my notes from the last session where all three Harris guys gave us application. (April 5, 2008)