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20
Jan
11

God’s Plan for You

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14

I think about this passage a lot.  I often think God can’t possibly have dreams and ideas for my life better than mine.  He can’t possibly know my deepest desires better than my shallow and fleeting wants and he surly does not know what path I would need to travel to fulfill these profound longings.  So I often take it on myself to force reality to conform to my hopes and dreams.  It is only during times of confusion and utter defeat that I relinquish my death grip on these desires and am reminded by this passage that he has had better plans for me since 500 B.C. when this book was penned and even before.

However his plans for our life always come in the context of captivity and bondage, from the brokenness and despair of living in our own Babloyn.  He says that in our often self imposed captivity we will find him, and presumably discover more of his plan for our life only when we do two things:

1. PRAY – come to him in the quiet, and begin to talk.

&

2.  SEEK – Not just pretend, but seek him with all our heart.

Here is to praying and seeking God with all our heart that we may see the plans he has for our lives.

 

05
Dec
10

Movember . . . enough said . . .

22
Nov
10

Engage Went Shooting

For those of you who missed it, we had a blast; literally and metaphorically

No casualties or injuries, and God even gave us sunshine despite a 70% chance of rain.

Below are some pictures of the adventures . . .

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18
Nov
10

Time and Focus (part 1)

time and focus (part I)

Internationally acclaimed violinist Midori still practices 5-6 hours each day and is quoted saying, “It is not really the hours, but the quality of the work that needs to be done. I see with students, that they play and they call it practice, but they are not listening and not watching. If you have your textbook open, it doesn’t mean you are studying.” Many of us law students understand this truth. Sitting at your computer with open books does not increase your understanding- purposeful examination of the concepts and cases are what drive valuable studying. Our struggle is often to find the will to push, the will to want to learn one more subject, the will to look-up what we do not understand rather than gloss over the details.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

I sometimes pray that God will give me the desire to want to grow deeper with him. The desire to desire. Growth takes effort and passive existence will not do. Thankfully for me, God is our resource for the will as well as the effort.  “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13

to be continued . . .

16
Nov
10

“God I Promise . . .”

John 13: 36-38

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.

I’m not sure if you guys fall into this, but I find myself often attempting to make promises or bargains with God, when even I doubt I will
follow through on them. I know this is silly intellectually but don’t get to see it this blatantly illustrated. I think in this case Peter really did believe he would lay down his life for Christ but a mix of fear in the moment and reliance upon self got the better of him that very night. This should be a call to humility but also exciting in that God still used Peter in such incredible ways to start the church. God’s love and use for us is not dependent upon our batting percentage when he he sends us opportunities and through our failures he teaches us new things, and even pure motives in self-reliance can lead to embarrassing sinful situations. With finals approaching and holding value based measurements I think it’s important to remember we’re not here to make promises to God or earn things for God, but rather live life in dependance on him seeking to make the most of the opportunities we’re given.

– Mitchell

 

10
Nov
10

Community of the Cross

– Community is One of the Beautiful Fruits of Christ’s Victory on the Cross –

Engage’s theme this year has been about the meaning of community in the Christian life.  Numerous conceptions of and approaches to this idea can be made with equal validity.  One such approach derives from Saint Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians.  He explains the impact that Christ’s Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection have had on community:

Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.

Eph. 2:14-16.  Christ the Victor brings peace.  We suffered division in at least two ways prior to Christ’s triumphant arrival: Jew from Gentile, and man from God.  Christ’s Passion has reconciled both of these estrangements, and now we can truly be able to enjoy community in peace.

Typically, I reflect exclusively on the second healed division involving man and God.  This always seemed to be the reconciliation that mattered, and naturally it is of the utmost importance.  But Saint Paul makes clear to us that God has not just ransomed us from the clutches of evil by raising redeemed humanity up to Him.  He has also reconciled us one to another.  Plainly, this breaks down the traditional barriers between the Jews and the Gentiles.  However, the larger point is that He has created a unified humanity, the Church.

My take away from this powerful scripture is that I need to look at my friendships as the very fruits of Christ’s Passion.  How much more meaningful will my relationships be if I realize that Christ has sanctified them through the establishment of His Holy Church?  I dare say I’d treat my friends much differently.  He promises us that our connection to each other will grow with Christ as the foundation.  His imagery is clear and strong: we should build upon one another as to build a very temple to God:

And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members
of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Eph. 2:16-22.

– A man in Community

 

09
Nov
10

One

“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2

There is only one way so many people from vastly different backgrounds, each having a different purpose and path in life, can be like minded and have the same accord and love. Some time read Luke 15 and think about how our unity and common focus ought to bringing in those who have left or have never known our unity so that they can be a part of it all.

Aaron

 




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