Happenings

…Is this the end?

If you may have noticed, I have not been posting articles on this blog lately. This past year God has really gotten hold of my heart in several areas. Part of this was through conviction and repentance of some sin. Another part was through His overwhelming love and grace, He has granted me opportunities to serve Him more than I ever have. I have been able to be on mission through children’s ministry, leading worship, and many fantastic jobs. I have grown to love my Savior more and more this year, and through that love I grow closer to Him. But, and this part makes me just a little bit sad ;(, all of this takes time. While I enjoy every minute writing articles for this blog, I know that God is calling me elsewhere. So as I follow His call, I will no longer be posting articles on a regular basis. I’ll will still post periodical things about what is going on in my life, but I won’t be constant. I’ll still be around, and if you want to comment on my few previous posts, go ahead and I will respond. I’ll definitely leave this site open, and maybe in a few years I can come back to it! If I do, I will most certainly get back to writing. For those of you who stayed with me and read my rants, thanks for your support!

Yours in Christ,

Caleb

 

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Easter

Oh what a glorious time of year! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, and Easter has come upon us. Sometimes I can’t understand why people don’t get excited about Easter like I do. The death and resurrection of Christ fills me with a joy I can’t explain. Christ loved us SO much that he died for us! I just want to spread the word to all I meet.

Once I calmed down, I decided to find out about the meaning of the word Easter.

After doing some research, and writing, I managed to get the main gist. I give credit to the article linked below where you can find a much more detailed answer. Easter is not associated with pagan feasts or festivals. Instead, the translators of the Bible, Tyndale, Luther, and Wycliffe wrote that ‘ester’ or ‘Osterfast’ were their names for the Jewish Passover. Since Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection Christians no longer celebrate Passover, instead we celebrate this holiday Easter.

But no matter where the name originated from, Easter is all about the Lamb of God. Jesus who died for our sins, and rose from the grace so that we may have life eternal with him. So as you recover from the Easter craziness, remember to give praise to the Risen King. Don’t forget to brush!

In Christ,

Caleb

(Notice how I slipped that little insinuation there at the end?) 🙂

 

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2011/04/19/name-easter-pagan

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Feelings of Mortal-ness

Brickwork

Sunburn, back pain, and pulled muscles. These are the results of an over-abundance of brick laying. While my parents were visiting my sick grandfather in Florida, my other grandparents stayed at our house. During their stay, we worked on a project to redo the walkway to our house. Little did I know that I would get sunburned in March! Not that I’m complaining. 🙂

Anyway, the entire experience has made me think about how earth is not our home. We are only travelers in a strange land, pilgrims searching for the road to our true destination. This body is temporal, it is full of breakable parts. I think that young people such as myself have problems understanding these facts; we think we will live forever. But as we grow older, we understand death more.

I love what 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 has to say about life on earth, and life after earth. ” Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

‘What is unseen is eternal.’ Beautiful language! Paul was writing to the church at Corinth to press on and endure the hardships of persecution. Because really, what is persecution if they can only harm this body? Remember what Jesus said about how we should not fear those who persecute, but rather the One who destroys the soul in Hell? With this in mind, we need to be courageous in our evangelism because we have only a short time to work for Christ.

As I am finishing my study on the Screwtape Letters, I also found a passage in the 28th letter about this very thing. “Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him. His increasing reputation, his widening circle of acquaintances, his sense of importance, the growing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, build up in him a sense of being really at home in earth which is just what we want. You will notice that the young are generally less unwilling to die than the middle-aged and the old.”

We must try and keep out the world, so that we do not let it find its place in our hearts.

So as I recover from my labors, every ache or tingle reminds me that I am not of this world. I encourage to continue in your walk with Christ every day.

In His faith,

Caleb

 

P.S. sorry about the late post. As you now know, I have been slightly (cough) busy. 😀

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New Perspectives

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This week I’ve had the privilege to encounter a man that I would not normally meet in my everyday life. His name is Brian Hogan, and he is a man of many stories. From his travels across the U.S. during his college years, to his missionary life in Africa and Mongolia, to all of the many other things he has done, he is a very interesting man. My family hosted him while he was in town for a class called Perspectives. He is a very adventurous type and has even written a book about his missionary years in Mongolia called There’s a Sheep in My Bathtub, which I believe is for sale on Amazon. He is a strong christian, a personable guy, and a great storyteller.

But what influenced me the most during his stay with us, was his different way of looking at things. While teaching at the Perspectives class, he spoke of the passage Genesis 12:1-3 which says: “The Lord had said to Abram,’Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. ‘I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Most of the times I’ve read through that passage I thought about Abram’s faith to go and obey the Lord. But this was not the subject of the discussion. By reading through each part of those verses, Mr. Hogan illustrated that Christians, especially Christians in America, have been blessed by God. Why? Because we have put our hearts, minds, and souls in His care. We are blessed by God, therefore we should go and preach the Gospel in order that the world may be blessed to reflect the glory of God back to Him in praise. 

Christians today sometimes focus too much on the actual salvation. God loved ME so much that He sent His Son to die for ME so that I can be saved. In America, this is especially true because individualism is so much a part of our culture. Yes, salvation IS important, and it is the first thing we teach to the lost. However, God did not want us to be so focused on how much He cares about us that we don’t obey the Great Commission. We should not be so self-focused that we forget why we are here. God wants us to bless others with the blessings he gives us. How can you bless someone today?

 

In Christ,

Caleb

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A time to worry?

Night Driving!

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This past week I’ve been reading in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis for my English class. There are so many concepts and theories about the Church that I haven’t thought about before. One of them I thought was very good.

There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.” (The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis © 1941)

So God wants us to be focused on our witness for him in our families and friend. Satan, on the other hand, wants us to be focused on the ‘what ifs?’ Sounds easy, but it’s very hard to do. For example, driving home last night from Indiana was pretty tense. My mom didn’t want me driving, but she was pretty tired herself. Every time we hit the drunk bumps I sent a prayer heavenward that we wouldn’t wreck! Fortunately, we got home safe and my worries were for nothing.

But whether or not your fears are real, it hurts our relationship with Christ if we don’t trust Him. Satan wants us trying to do everything ourselves; to have a false sense of control. This allows us to feel at ease, and secure. But when God is in control, why should we get in the way? Once we learn to ‘let’ God do what He will, you will be surprised at how much easier life becomes. Instead of trying to do someone else’s job, we can now comfort others and bring Christ into others lives.

Jesus is known for being quite the authority on fear. In Matthew 6:31-33 He said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” So on that note, I hope you guys have a worry-free week!

In Christ,

Caleb

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Reflection on Rain

rain

 

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As I write this, rain pours down outside. On the whole, I don’t mind rain; but it’s not my kind of weather. ‘A day for ducks!’ is a phrase that aptly describes today. After some new fallen snow and a cold front, it has become unseasonably warm for January. As the snow melts, puddles and mud take its place.

Rain is one of God’s creations, just as snow is. The weather, what affects it, is so awesome when you think about it. Recently in biology I learned that there really are no ‘simple creatures.’ Even the simplest of beings that God has made is so intricate, so perfectly designed that it takes my breath away. God created everything from the smallest amoeba, to the tallest oak, to the hottest star, to the most beautiful soul of man. As we live our lives with everyday cares, worries, and decisions, sometimes we forget to look up. We get so caught up in stuff that-once we go to live with Christ-won’t even matter! We continue with doing our business, content with the humdrum when God offers us so much more! In both peaceful and troubled times, God is there guiding us. He  says in his word “I will never leave you nor forsake you” over seven different times! If God really cares about us that much, will He not keep His word?

Many times, over the past few days, weeks, and months, I have had troubles both physically and mentally. But God has, and will continue to help me through them, and at the end? The sun always shines through. So back to the subject of rain. What physical rain does is provide the sustenance plants need to carry on with their lives. So while we may not know it at the time of our trial, God may be providing us with the skills we will later need in our spiritual walk. So don’t hate the rain, praise God for it. Most of all, know that He loves you and wants only the best for you. Maybe if I keep telling myself as much as I tell others, I’ll get it.

In Christ,

Caleb

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The Return

This post marks my return to the blog that I have forgotten about since last year. Remarkably, due to my ‘everything else’ I have neglected this nook in my life, until now.

2013 is a blur of music, mowing, school, and my struggle with my inner desires. But as I walk into 2013 I feel the presence of the Lord is encouraging to don’t give up. Never give in. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

I studied poetry this past year and finished it. One poem that reminds me of my own struggles was one written by John Milton called, “On His Blindness.”  After reading it over and over, what really struck me about the entire thing was the first couple of lines. Milton being blind, struggled with his own faith many times. He could not see the beautiful earth God created, nor the people he met. He stumbled across roads, and had to ask for help many times. Yet, he pressed on despite his problems.

“When I consider how my light is spent,

Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,

And that one Talent which is death to hide,

Lodged with me, useless, though my soul more bent,

To serve my Maker…”

Here Milton went blind when he was a young man, while I can see. Even through his hard childhood, his life in London, and his blindness he still knew that “that one Talent which is death to hide” was to serve God with his whole heart. I can do no less. We as Christians can do no less. Psalm 54:4 says “Behold the Lord is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” And He is, if we let him. We must let Him take care of the big picture while we do our job day by day.

In Christ,

Caleb

Happy New Year

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