Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wii

I just blogged from a Wii. Amazing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Healing the sick and raising the dead

Something caught my eye when I was reading Matthew the other day. Yes, Matthew, the first book in the New Testament of the Bible.

Jesus sent out instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand'. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.' " At which I say, "Whoa! Hold up!"

Did Jesus say what I just think He said?

Heal the sick? Raise the dead? Cast out demons? Whoa. Jesus, you must be thinking of someone else.

Do you remember who you're talking to? A bunch of fisherman, a tax collector?

"Yup."

"Huh?"

Well, why?

Because as you've freely received, freely give.


To me Jesus is saying here, "I've given to you forgiveness, mercy, miracles." "Go show others, I've given you the authority to heal, raise the dead through me. And I am still the same Jesus. I can heal the sick and raise the dead through you if you are willing."

"Huh? But Jesus, me?"
"You."
"Why?"

Maybe I will never know exactly why Jesus said these things, but I do believe this is a message we can take with us. So many times I've read scripture and had to look a second time and think "Did I read that right". Read for yourself Matthew 10:7,8

I personally have had instances of healing happen to me. I once had my throat swell up and a fever that gave me chills, I prayed and by the time I had driven home, my throat had stopped swelling. By the next morning, the fever was gone. I took no medicine.

Another instance, I had plantar warts for many, many months. Then I prayed in faith that God would heal me. And as an act of faith, I used no medicine on it. Months went by until one day, the warts were nearly gone. The next day, healed.

I can't explain it apart from the miracle of healing.

I just can't stop talking about it. God healed me.
and I'm pretty sure he wants me to heal others.

Pretty awesome stuff.

If you think I'm crazy, so be it, but I'm a rational guy who has experienced the irrational and I can't explain this apart from what I know is in the Bible and what I have seen.

God heals.

I'm excited.

I'll talk to you guys later.

Peace.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Kids

I love kids. Well, most of them anyway. Something about those little guys. Their minds are so ripe for information and whose bodies are so full of energy. I'm mentioning them because starting tomorrow I will be working with the Kindergarten and First Grade Kids of Waters Edge every Sunday. It's exciting, but also challenging. Some kids are ready and willing for any teachings you may have for them. Some are amazed by the Bible stories that are being taught. And even others who come away learning the principles we're trying to instill in their little heads. But of course there are others who just want to play, have their way, and do everything but listen to you. But it's amazing to me to see kids who want to be at church.
This age is also very important to me for another reason: I was saved when I was 5, in Kindergarten. And to be a part of someone's life during a period of time when they make that ultimate jump is something I greatly desire. I want to impact the kid's lives. I want parents coming up to me and saying: "My kid's acting different." or "My kid wants to know more about the Bible." or "My kid can't wait to get to church."
I've told this story to a number of friends but it's worth telling again here. My choice to work with Kindergarten kids at Waters Edge came in great part due to this story. For many weeks I had been working part time with the Wee Worlders, our preschoolers. Just helping out , holding babies, giving them snack, etc. Then I was asked to help out in the Kindergarten class because the church needed my help. So of course I said I would. So every other week I would work with the Kindergarten kids. I loved it. I enjoyed it. But I must confess that I felt like I was doing this to help the church, not helping the kids. Oh, was I mistaken. It wasn't long after I started that one of the girls from the class ran up to me and gave me a hug. Now, I'm not the teacher of this class, I did very little storytelling. I was just there to help out. But this girl touched my heart and made me realize that I was making a difference with what little I gave of my time and energy. So naturally, I decided to dive into this thing and now I'm working with kindergarten and first grade kids full time.

I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow.

My First Love

I'm falling in love again with the one who first loved me.
My mind can't understand what He sees in little old me.
But compared to the things of this earth,
The things that are temporary
He is so much more than my human eyes can see.

Love so unfailing
Love so amazing
Love so indescribable.
Love that stretches to the highest height
and to the lowest depths of the sea.

I've missed you
I need you
to fill me again
Come and take my heart
Purify me once again.

I've traded you in for the loves of the earth.
But I'm coming back because you're worth
More to me than anything that I've ever seen
and my soul longs for you because you mean
so much to me
you mean so much to me.

Lord I long for your embrace
I want to see your face.
Come meet me in this place
Once again.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Shine

I've taken up rereading through the gospels because I have recently made the decision to listen closely to God, to meditate more in His word, and to obey what He has for my life. Lately, the word "shine" has been on mind a lot lately. And when I read in Matthew 5 yesterday, the purpose that God has been hammering into my skull became crystal clear yet again. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Shine your light before all men that they might see your good works and praise your Father in heaven." 2 things instantly popped into my head the moment I read this.

1. Why am I hiding?
2. To whom am I shining?

I often complain about the church's lack of shining. And yesterday I wondered why Jesus said that "a city on a hill cannot be hidden". What was being hidden? What was the city on a hill representing? Could it be that Jesus was seeing what I'm seeing? A lack of shining? A church that is not shining in the world, but hiding? And of course when I complain it often reflects me. And then I started thinking, "Well, am I shining?" "How am I living my life to shine?" "What am I doing to shine?"

I looked up the word shine and there are a lot of definitions but I think 2 apply here.

1.to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light.
2.to be bright with reflected light; glisten; sparkle.

The first is how God shines in us, how His glory and love and mercy is cast on us. The second of course is our shine. The only reason we shine is because it is reflected from God. And when we shine on others it is easy to think that our light shines to them, but really it is merely God's light reflected on us that shines to them. Don't miss this. When we take control of shining and do it for our benefit merely to make ourselves look better, we're not really shining at all. Instead, we are attempting to steal the glory from God. But God's going to get the glory anyway so why not just go along with it?

So people of God, bride of Christ, the Church, may you shine like the stars in the universe, reflecting the light of the light-maker for all to see that they may, in turn, reflect the light of God to others and light up the world for the glory of God.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Virtual or Virtuous?

---A fury of creativity and meditation produced this poem. To God be the glory.

Images from the media spinning around in my head
Pictures and words from which I should have fled
Enticed and dragged along by the messages I'm fed
I cannot sink any further
I'm hanging by a thread.

In the world but not of it
What exactly does it mean?
In the world but not of it
I think I should come clean
I've believed the lies that I've been
fed by the screens of my machines.
Will I stay captive to its bondage
Or will I break free from this scene?

Virtual or virtuous?
What will it be?
Virtual or virtuous?
The choice seems so easy
But I've fallen in the past
To my curiosity
Virtual or Virtuous?
The choice is up to me.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Purpose and Perspective.

I'm sitting at work today and my mind wanders like it always does and I start thinking about life and for what I'm really living. What is my purpose? I came to the conclusion that as a Christian my purpose should be to do everything to glorify God. I also then proceeded to think about what my purpose at work really is. To the average American, work is just what you do, it's what you do to get by in life without being a bum. It's what you do to make money so one day you can retire, sit on your rocker on the screened-in porch and read when you're not golfing. To me that sounds like a very uninteresting and unexciting way to live out you're golden years. But sadly, it's what most Americans try to achieve. It's the so called "American Dream". But once you've changed your perspective and take a look outside of yourself, your purpose at work becomes crystal clear. At least this was the case with me. Once I started thinking about it, the spiritual world is more real than this one. God's allowed me to be able to "jack in" to this "realm" and experience just a taste of it from time to time. When I'm rockin out to praise music in my car, when I'm reading His Word, or when I'm in prayer. And then I thought: more people should experience this rush, this experience, this life. Jesus said, "I came that you may have life and have it to the full." Some translations say "more abundant" So there you have it. My purpose, and in my opinion all Christians' purpose, is to share with others about the abundant life. Sometimes it just takes the right perspective to realize it.

-typing from the Ferrell den this is David Ferrell signing out

P.S. I love you all

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The gluttonous church

So, I was having an interesting conversation with my best friend Josh. And I said some things that amazed me. I didn't really no what was coming out of my mouth. I mean I did, but what I heard was a powerful truth that needed to be digested. I was basically venting about a lot of the problems I see in the church today that are being copied by campus ministries. And a picture struck me and so I told him this, "Remember in the Bible where Jesus said that 'The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few' ?" and then I said that the church today are like field workers who instead of using the food that is given them to harvest the crops, we have become gluttons of "church" and sit around being lazy and fat on church. I've seen it happen way too often. There is nothing wrong with wanting to experience more that God has to offer and there's nothing wrong with attending church functions, I do believe it is wrong to ignore the people of the world who need the hope that you can bring them. I believe the church needs all it needs to know about the gospel to share with other people. A long time pastor friend of mine said that the Church of America is more knowledgeable about the Word of God than the rest of the world and that we already know all we really need to know. It's putting it into action where the Church lacks. Oh how I long for the day when a large number of people will rise up and say, I'm tired of ignoring the people who really need me.
I'm tired of Christian organizations being organized like a business. I'm tired of money being a priority. I'm tired of money charts. I'm tired of making the numbers look good. I'm tired of people being nothing more than a way to expand revenue and make an organization look good. I'm tired of students who walk into a campus organization of being nothing more than a number. I'm tired of the lack of the Spirit having an influence in a campus organization. I'm tired of student's creativity and ideas for an organization be set aside by bureaucratic leadership. But most of all, I'm tired of the lack of love.
A man came to Jesus and asked him what the most important commandment was and Jesus answered Him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself." In I John, it says that if you say you love God, but do not love your brother, you are a liar. God holds the love of Himself and the love of people equally. There's no separating the two. If you love God, you love people no matter who they are or what they've done. I mean, didn't He do the same for you? What really made me understand this concept is when I grasped the concept of God's unfailing love for me and realizing that despite the sins I've committed He calls me His child and perhaps more importantly, His friend.
So, people of God, may you rise up and love your neighbors. May you not be gluttonous. May you take a stand and say, "I'm not going to hold inside the truth any longer." May you answer the cries of a dying world in need.

God Bless you.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Beauty of Your Heart

Every man is entitled to write one cheesy love song in his life. This is mine.

The Beauty of Your Heart


I could hold you close and never let you go.
I could stare into your eyes like I'm watching a TV show.
I would travel across the ocean and talk for a while
Just to see you smile.

But what keeps you on my mind
Is what I see on the inside.

You're beyond anything that I could ever dream
You're more beautiful than anything I've seen
But your beauty is not defined
By what I see on the outside.
The reason why I loved you from the start
Is the beauty of your heart.
--End of Song

Now it still needs a little work, but that's what I got so far. Oh and one more thing. As promised, the blog question.

Do you know who Dietrich Bonhoeffer is? If not, look him up.

Friday, May 18, 2007

One word: Three letters.

Well, what could it be? You'd be surprised how many three letter words there actually are. Just ask Strong Bad. Well, I'll give you a hint: I just graduated, so I'm looking for a.... That's right a J-O-B. A job. The great news that I have for all of you who blog readers is that I got a job. That's right, an actual job. I will be working with Northrop Grumman in Newport News where I have been a co-op for the past 2 years. It's pretty sweet.

In other news, I will be guest starring in my best friend's podcast. We have a spectacular idea for it, but you'll have to wait to see the podcast to find out. Man, that's a word I don't use very often, spectacular. Hmm.

Anyway, I would like to add that I would like to hear from you, either here or on facebook where this blog is imported. Some of you are like, "What, this isn't the original?" Nope. True fans read my blog at davidferrell.blogspot.com Others have to wait an extra few minutes till it gets onto Facebook. So for all of you blog readers, comment away.

Also, I've decided to add a new feature to each blog: The blogthought. I just made it up.
It's a question to make you think. It will either be theological, humorous, or just a question that I want answered.

So here goes:

Does evil prove that God doesn't care about mankind?

And now just a funny one for kicks:

Why do doctors call what they do practice?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The end of one era, the beginning of another

A significant event is happening in my life this weekend. I will be leaving a place that is very close and dear to my heart: Old Dominion University. If you are reading this please, please, please, keep in touch. I don't know right now where I'm going to be going, but I do know this. I will be interviewing for 2 jobs in the near future. One, I will be interviewing for on Thursday, one later on. The first is with a company in downtown Norfolk, the second with the company I currently work for as a co-op. Please pray that God would put me in the position that He wants me to be in. Above all else, it is His will that I want present in my life. Although leaving ODU and all of my friends will be a sad experience. It will also be a time to reflect on what's gone by and triumph over what God has done in my life. He has brought me through many painful experiences and struggles over the past 5 years.
Having said that, I would like to give a shout out to all the people I know and love at the BCM. First I would like to thank Rob for being such a great minister and mentor in my life. I would specifically like to also name the guys that were instrumental in my spiritual development. This would be Josh Parsons, Brian Johnson, and Shawn Melton. I think we all know how they have impacted so many lives at the BCM. Also, the rest of you have been there when I needed you. And yes, I'm going to name you all if I can. Let's see there's Brian E, Bryan R, Brian F, Kelly, Bri, Tara, Heather, Megan, Melissa, Ashley, Mindy, Mandy, Tyler, Tyler 2.0, Kathryn, Larry, Brandy, Tori, Keri, Amy, Daren, Katie, Josh B, Chara, Caroline, Andrew, Jessica, Alex, Julianne, Joel, Melissa N, Lindsey, Chelsea, Lindsay, Mike D, Robert, Nick, Rosie, Abby, Zeb, Linke, Wes, Charlie, Rebecca, Yvette, Kristi, Rex, Jessica, Chris, Corey, Bones, Zorro, Sean, and Ben. I love you all very much and will miss you. I will visit often when you're not expecting it. Please y'all, keep in touch!

I would also like to thank my best friend Josh, who has been there for me through it all. In fact, he's one of the few people who actually reads this blog regularly. Josh, if you're reading this, from the bottom of my heart thank you. Also, congratulations on your own graduation.

I'll see you guys later. You won't know when or where. Be ready.


-typing from the ODU Wesley House this is David Ferrell signing off.

Please join me in the next episode of ....
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVID FERRELL

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Snow???

Mark your calendars. Today it snowed. Apparently I can get snow for Easter, but not for Christmas. I'm confused.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Funny times at Burger King

Ok, so the funniest thing happened last Thursday night at Burger King. My best friend, Josh, along with Lindsey, Chelsea, Brandy, Larry, and the 2 Tylers were eating. We were just about to leave for worship night when Tyler Yowell says, "Where are my keys?". So we all begin looking around the restaurant. After 5 minutes or so, I say, "Tyler, are they in your car?" We walk outside to the parking lot and discover something that made us laugh so hard for the next 5 minutes. Tyler had not only locked his keys in his car but also left them in the ignition with the car running. So for the next 20 minutes or so we're devising ways to break into Tyler's car before the gas runs out. Brandy was credited with opening the car door with a stick attached to something else. Anyways, we did manage to get back to worship night just in time for the presentation. So all in all, we had a good time despite Tyler's fiasco.

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

As promised, I have decided to undertake talking about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. What is it? What does it mean. Some Christians believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit comes via salvation. I am one of those Christians who does not. I think there is a difference between having the Holy Spirit and being baptized in the Holy Spirit. I also believe that just as water baptism should be performed only after salvation, so the baptism of the Holy Spirit should be. Of course now the question is what is it?

Well, the Bible says a few things on the subject, notably in the little-read book of Joel. It says in chapter 2 verses 28 and 29 this: "It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." You guys may not hear me or believe what I am about to say, but I'm going to say it anyway. What happened at Pentecost and what Joel prophesied thousands of years ago can happen to you today. You can speak in tongues. You can begin to prophesy, you can have visions, you can dream dreams. If you ask God to baptize you with the Holy Spirit, he will do it for you.

I was baptized by the Holy Spirit back in November. After receiving it, I immediately began to speak in tongues. A vision of ODU giving glory to God came to me. God began to speak to me in ways I couldn't imagine. And I truly believe He can and will do more through me.

Hear this, O people of God! God still does miracles! Visions, healing, prophecy, crazy things of God still happen. Just taking that leap of faith is all that is required. If you would like to receive that baptism of the Holy Spirit, I would love to talk to you about it. You may be saved, and I thank God for that. But is your heart longing for more? Do you want to experience Him?

You may or may not agree with what I'm saying even if you are a Christian. But I know this, I believe it to be true.

May the power of God be evident in your life. May you not be comfortable. May everyday be another chance to give Him the glory. To Him be all the honor, praise, and glory be forevermore.

I love you guys.

David Ferrell

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Filled with the presence of God

If you're a Christian, do you realize what you have living inside of you? Well, why don't I share it with you. The Bible says that the fullness of God is embodied in Christ. The complete deity, the full power of God lives inside your heart. Do you grasp this? Do you understand what this means. The fullness of God. The God who created the entire universe lives inside you and me. What an awesome thought. Not only that but that same God came to a broken world and took part in the greatest suffering the world has ever seen, both physical and spiritual in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? Do you know what you've been given. Do you know the power that lives inside of you? Do you know Him? Read Colossians, it will change your life. Join me next time as I talk about baptism of the Holy Spirit. Wooo, it's gonna be awesome!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

First week of school

Well a week has gone by and I have survived. I'm currently taking Database, International Business, Employee Relations, and Visual Basic.NET. Just pray that I use the time that I have on campus to glorify God and to tell classmates about Jesus. Um, no new songs are coming out yet, but I'm thinking about teaming up with a friend and perhaps performing my song at a coffee house we're having a week from Thursday. Well, I think that's about it. I'll see you guys later, all 5-10 of you that actually read this. Peace and God Bless.

-David

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Real

This song is about how real God is to me, thus the title.

Surrounded. Covered in your love.
I'm speechless.
Soaking in Your presence.
I'm trying to explain
What my heart cannot contain
The beauty of your glory,
The most amazing story
Of Jesus who set me free.

Chorus:
I can see You
When I get on My knees
I can hear you on the evening breeze.
I can feel you when I lift up my hands.
Lord you are so real to Me.

(insert face-melting guitar solo here)

You are real (3x)
Reveal Yourself to Me

Picture of me

Friday, January 05, 2007

Because you love me

This is ta new song that started on the way back to the hotel from a main session at Passion 07. When I got back to the hotel, I pulled out my notebook and wrote it furiously on the paper. Verse 1 has been edited slightly and Verse 2 is brand new, but the chorus has remained intact since that glorious evening.

Because You love me,
You hold me,
You call me your own.
Because You say that I can be seated at Your throne.

I will love You forever, for all of my days.
And I will follow You always in all of Your ways.

Verse 1:

I am filled by Your presence
I am humbled by your radiance
Your grace overflows my soul
I wanna spread Your word
I wanna make it heard.
I wanna show the world what you've done to me.

Bridge:

I'll never be like I was before
Because I know my God is knocking at the door.
I don't wanna go back
Don't wanna relive my past
I just want to live for You

Chorus

Verse 2:

You show up each morning
When I put Your Word before me
My heart begins to shout.
When I'm before You each day
And I trust and obey,
I come to learn what life is all about.

Bridge
Chorus