Sunday, September 28, 2008

Jesus is a friend of mine

A friend showed me this video and about 5 seconds into it myself and all of my friends who were watching it with me died laughing.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ghosts, friends, and frisbee in the wind

So on Tuesdays I go play Ultimate Frisbee with some friends in a baseball field behind a church. I've gotten in the habit of doing this every week and expect to have a fairly good time. This week was no exception. However, here in Hampton Roads, the wind was blowing pretty steadily and hard while we were playing Frisbee as well as being quite cold. If you've ever played Ultimate Frisbee in the wind, you know what I'm talking about. The predictability of where the Frisbee will go is basically zero. Needless to say, it was a frustrating game because nearly every throw would go somewhere other than what I or any of my teammates intended. But it was also really fun to watch as well.

Today, I went out to see Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervaise and Greg Kinnear. The movie was pretty funny and very well acted, especially by Gervaise. Gervaise dentist Bertram Pincas who dies for 7 minutes and then when he returns to life can see ghosts, including one named Frank (Kinnear) who persuades Pincus to woo his ex-wife in order to break her up from her fiance. What follows is a journey of human emotions that Pincus has not experienced before and ultimately ends in realizing that there's something more to life than doing everything for yourself. I would highly recommend this movie and give it 3.5 out of 4 stars. I saw it with my friend Bryan.

Well, that's all for now.

Check y'all later.

Monday, September 22, 2008

You say goodbye and I say hello

Today I said farewell to my current Community Group. It has been a long ride and I have learned a lot about the people and have grown spiritually. But I am also looking forward to joining another group, meeting new people, and developing new friendships with the goal of connecting to each other and to Jesus Christ.


Monday, September 15, 2008

An Amazing weekend

So three things happened this weekend which were amazing.

1. A birthday party with friends
2. I attended my first baby shower

So let's start with number 1. First off, it was my good friend Alicia's birthday. We had some great food, and a great time of fellowship and I ended up having a very in depth conversation with another friend, Josh, not my best friend, but another Josh, about unity, the need to not be judgmental, and God's grace. Yeah, it was a long conversation, but a great one. After we all ate, a number of people had left and we ended up watching a Science channel special called "Volcanoes of the Deep". It was about underwater steam vents. It was fascinating to watch and what's more is that the volume was turned down so we couldn't here it and we tried to describe what we were seeing. That was pretty funny.

2. The baby shower was quite funny. We played "Guess the Baby Food". Numbered jars of baby food with numbers on them and we tried to guess what each number was. We also played a game where we tried not to say the word "baby" for the entire duration of lunch and we also played baby trivia. I think a good time was had by all.

3. Switchfoot was freaking AMAZING as always. This is my 3rd time seeing them this year and they never fail to please. I was really glad that they switched up there set a little bit for this tour and I didn't hear the same stuff as the last two shows. They also put on the best performance in my opinion and were the main reason I went. That being said, none of the other bands were bad. "Red" opened up before the "official" time started. They were alright. For a Christian Rock group, they were better than some bands I've heard live, like Pillar, which has great CDs but sings off key in concert. But that's another story. Jars of Clay opened up at 6 and I must say they did quite well. They busted out some old school too. Love Song For A Savior was probably my fave that they played although I wasn't disappointed with any of there songs. Robert Randolph came on next and let me just this: that man can play a pedal guitar. Just youtube him. He's freaking amazing on that instrument. Switchfoot came after RR, and gave the best performance of the night. Third Day came afterwards. Although I'm not a big fan of Third Day, mainly cuz they're too country for me, they do put on quite a production and there were a couple of songs that I enjoyed thoroughly such as Thief and "God of Wonders".

All in all, this weekend is one of the best I've had in a while, thanks mostly to great friends and a God who continually blesses my life.

Catch y'all later. This is D-Ferr out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Steadfast Love

If there's one thing about God that continually amazes me, it's the fact that God never gives up on me, but continues to love me despite my failures and transgressions.

And every time I read the Bible, even in the darkest times of Israel's history, there was a glimmer of hope, a remnant of a people still committed to God, a second chance for those who would commit to Him.

Recently I was reminded of an old song I used to sing growing up in church.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
His mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is thy faithfulness, oh Lord.
Great is thy faithfulness.

Even in the midst of your greatest trial
Even in times of temptation
Even when darkness seems like it will drown you
Even when death's shadow seems to be darkening your life,

God is there.

I have to continually remind myself of that fact. In fact, God loved me so much that He inhabited human flesh, which is another crazy idea. Man, what a mighty God we Christians serve.

This is David Ferrell, signing off.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Here am I

So my pastor Stu was talking about risk this Sunday, about how God often calls us to do things that are risky and that we should respond with obedience and be willing to trust Him enough to carry us through.

Well, I've been reading through Isaiah recently and on the same day that Stu preached, I read the passage in chapter 6 where Isaiah has his vision and he sees seraphim crying out "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" At this Isaiah is frightened and thinks in serious trouble because he is unclean and in the presence of the Lord. A live coal is then placed on his tongue by one of the seraphim and he is made clean. Then a remarkable thing happened. Isaiah heard the voice of God. He said,

"Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?"

and Isaiah replied, "Here am I! Send me."

Oh how my heart rejoices at that response. Without question, without hesitation, without reservation, Isaiah boldly steps up to the plate without any worry in His heart and willing to take whatever risk should come his way because he knows the One who called Him.

What's more interesting is what God had Isaiah do. Basically he told Isaiah to go tell the people that they're hearing and seeing God, but not understanding. He also told Isaiah to make the people turn away lest they should repent and turn back to God.

This was no easy task, but before God even told Him what was in store, Isaiah showed his faith and riskiness by stepping out for what God wanted to be done.

Ok, so now for some funny stuff. I was browsing YouTube, looking for some Jetsons stuff and I came across this video and the title just made me laugh so hard Here's the link.