Sunday, October 26, 2008

Shine

So, I'm just sitting around at home and I thought to myself: self, you should update the blog. So this is the result.

I think about life a lot. My mind is all over the place nearly all the time. Lately I've been thinking a lot about how my life can impact others. I had been praying that God would give me an opportunity to share my faith with others. Now when I say "others" I don't mean just your everyday person who doesn't know Jesus. See, cuz for me, I want to reach people who are in the darkness, the people who haven't seen the Light in a long time, or ever. It's been something God's been constantly pushing me to do. So anyway, I was praying, right, like I always do and I wasn't really expecting much from God. I mean, I knew he'd answer my prayers, but I thought, you know, it would be the normal "talk to someone you don't know" kind of deal. Boy was I shocked, but extremely honored, to receive what He gave me, cuz it was awesome! Recently, I was invited to a Halloween Party. Now, when I think of "party" I think of a time where people gather around, talk, have some food, maybe play some games, rock out to music, that sort of thing. But there are other people who think the word "party" is another excuse to zap some brain cells by getting drunk and throw up. I was invited to the latter.

What really disappoints me sometimes looking at the Church is the fact that we are afraid to take a risk of stepping into the places where sinners are. I've been to churches, had Christian friends, and know that there are pastors out there who would discourage Christians from attending such an event. The way I see it, we can't expect the lost, the sinners, the world to come to us. We have to take the gospel to the streets. In fact, the more I look at the gospels, the more I see Jesus going to places like that. Heck, he talked to a Samaritan woman who had 5 husbands. Mary Magdalene, a woman who was demon possessed, became a very important figure in the gospels and was one of the first to see the risen Lord. Matthew, one of the 12, was a despised tax collector. He healed lepers, outcasts of society. The list goes on and on and on and on. The point is we as Christians need to go to the places of darkness and shine our lights. What's interesting about light is that when a light enters a dark place, it lights up the entire room.

So I'm going to this Halloween party, knowing that there's going to be people drunk, knowing that there will be people there far from Christ, but I go with the Lord, and that's all I need to know.

My prayer for you is that you would step up and reach out to someone who doesn't know Jesus and share your story with him or her. And if you're reading this and don't know Jesus, let me say this: You have a savior who loves you more than any person on this earth and He died on an old rugged cross so that you may be set free from the things that tie you down. But He didn't just die. He rose again 3 days later to show that His power can conquer even death. May you know Him. His love was so deep in that while we were still sinners, He died for us. May you know that truth in your heart.

I love you guys.

-David

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sanctity

Today I got to hold a newborn baby in my arms.

A couple that I know recently had a little girl and I had the privilege of looking at a miracle that came to fruition.

Staring at her, eyes closed, squirming, with such small fingers and toes, I began to ponder about the beauty of God's craftsmanship in a human being.

Just think about it. Before the foundation of the world, God knew me!

"You knit me together in my mother's womb."

God made us in His image. What that fully means, I don't think I'll understand anytime soon, but I do know that it means God set us apart from every other living thing. He breathed life into us. He created us like a potter molds clay to create a pot.

The sheer complexity of the human genome, the hair on our heads, the formation of eyelids, the fingerprints that uniquely identify each of us, the heart that beats inside of us, and probably most unique about us, our souls, God specially crafted and designed. Wow!

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you God!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My favorite new Waters Edge worship song. This is the Passion version. I was there. It was AMAZING!!!!!

New Friends, Same Jesus

So this is a shout-out to all my amazing friends from Virginia Beach. For those of you who don't know, I've been spending some time each week in Virginia Beach with some great friends. On Thursday nights I've been attending this college ministry that they're a part of and rocking out and just sharing in the same vision that Christ is gonna rock the world with His presence. I felt like I needed to be around Christians who aren't passive but are seeking His heart and constantly trying to be in tune with Him, cuz frankly, I had felt like my Christian friends just wanted to talk about what was going on in the world and small talk and boring stuff. I can't stand small talk. It irritates me after about 5 minutes. I want to know people's hearts, what they're passionate about. And these friends show me that. They love Jesus just like I do and we've had some amazing experiences. So, to all you crazy people, you know who you are, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for letting me be a part of sharing life together with you. It's awesome. I love it.

-David Ferrell

Friday, October 10, 2008

Before you were formed...

In Jeremiah Chapter 1, God calls Jeremiah as a prophet and says

"Before you were formed in your mother's womb, I knew you."

But this doesn't just apply to Jeremiah. What's interesting here is that God goes on to say that before Jeremiah was born He had him set aside to be a prophet.

God has a plan for your life, isn't it time we start trying to follow our own selfish desires and seek after His heart?

This amazes me, that a God so powerful and Holy would choose a path for us long before we were created and the path wouldn't be one of wrath and judgment, but would be a path to grow His kingdom and bring an abundant joyful life to you with meaning and purpose all for His glory.

I'm reminded of a verse in the book of Psalms that states,

"You knit me together in my mother's womb"

Elsewhere the Bible says that before the foundation of the world He knew us. Not only does God know us, but what is even more interesting is that Jesus, His Son, created us.

"He is the firstborn of all creation and by Him all things that have been made were made."

Such love, such care, such trust. It makes you think.

May each of you be reminded of how well God knows you today.

--David

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Two Shall Become One

So today I went to a wedding. The couple happens to be two good friends of mine who I spent a couple of years getting to know and I can say I'm glad the two finally tied the knot. It's been great seeing them grow in the knowledge and love they have not only for one another, but for their savior, Jesus.

This was an outdoor wedding and the weather was great for such an event. It was sunny with blue skies and white clouds. The ceremony was short and sweet and the reception was fun. Great music was played and it looked like everyone there was having fun. I know I was.

What surprised me the most was how unconventional the wedding was. The wedding reception was at the bride's house, which doesn't happen that often and instead of a cake, they had a wedding pie. These were just a few examples of thinking outside of the box.

What I really enjoyed though was the reminder of the beauty of marriage and the fact that God instituted it as a reflection of His love for His bride, the church.

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."

Genesis 2:24

Have a good day. Jesus loves you.