Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Undignified

For those of you who have known me for any extended period of time, you know that I go a little nuts when I worship. I have known some people who think that I'm being crazy and doing things that are abnormal such as raising my hands, jumping, shouting, and sometimes even dancing. I know there are people out there who wonder why and I thought I'd use this blog post to answer them.

The reality is I wasn't the first David to go crazy for the Lord. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant was being brought back to Jerusalem and when it arrived, there was a huge celebration and for good reason. During the time of Moses, the Ark of the Covenant housed the presence of God. Now, finally, the Ark had returned to Jerusalem after it had been taken away from Israel and of course there was a huge celebration. King David decided he would join in and started dancing and dancing like a wild man. His wife was chillin at the palace and saw David dancing and of course she didn't approve and she asked David what the deal was.

David said "I'll become even more undignified than this." and David cursed his wife, Mikal for being upset that he was dancing before the Lord and she bore no children for David.

Fast forward to 33A.D. Jesus dies on the cross, pays for the sins of the world and the veil at the temple that separated the rest of the temple from the Holy of Holies, which housed the ark, was torn in two. Three days later he rises from the dead. The presence of God was now available to all and I think that's worth celebrating. That's why I go crazy for God every Sunday at church. That's why I get excited when the band sings at Waters Edge. That's why I raise my hands, that's why I jump up and down. And I will become even more undignified than this!

I hope this will challenge you to be more free when you worship and realize that it's not for anyone else that you should be praising God, but to give glory to Him.

-David

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A Modern Day Parable

Hello again everyone. Enjoy this cool video. I hope it makes you think about how your church is reaching others.
There's something about being around family that shows our true colors. This is the topic of a new movie showing at Norfolk's The Naro, Rachel Getting Married. It is the story of Kym (Anne Hathaway), a recovering drug addict who returns home from rehab for her sister Rachel's wedding. Upon her return, Kym is confronted with her past as the recalling of family memories brings up one that has never left Kym's mind.

Much can be said of Hathaway's performance. Her role is flawless as she shows Kym simultaneously struggling with her past while trying to live in the present.

Needless to say, I enjoyed this film and would highly recommend it.

Go see it!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Day After

Well, everyone, it's the day after election day and I have to say it turned out to be an historic night. Also, I wanted to say that despite whether it turned out the way you wanted or not, we should respect the authority that God has placed in the upcoming president, Barack Obama. We should also pray for Him that he will do what God wants. Negative chatter about the way the election turned out is not the Christian thing to do. We should set ourselves apart from the bashing that others may do. Let us show those around us that we honor God by honoring authority.


-David

Sunday, November 02, 2008

25 years ago

On this day, 25 years ago, I was born and 25 years later I realize that I have accomplished a lot and have been blessed with much.

Here's a few things I could come up with:

1. I have been to another country (Zimbabwe)
2. I've seen some amazing wonders of the world (The Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, Niagara Falls, Foamhenge)
3. I graduated from a university (ODU), go Monarchs!
4. I have had friends whom I've known for a very long time. You know who you are.
5. I've known my best friend for 15 years.
6. I have a job.
7. I play a musical instrument
8. I've seen many Broadway productions (Les Miserables, Oliver!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Annie)

But all of these things fade in comparison to the fact that I know and have a personal relationship with the God who created me through the blood of His son Jesus Christ. Words cannot express my sheer gratefulness (which oddly enough we're talking about in Kid Kraze this month) to God for coming and invading my soul despite my sinfulness.

It's been quite a ride and I am so thankful for everyone who has been a part of it thus far. Even if you just interacted with me for just a short time, you may have impacted a huge part of my life and I thank you for that.

I also want to put a shout-out to all my blog followers. Love ya guys!

So what have I done for my birthday? I'm glad you asked.

My mom made a great meal last night for me and my brother came down to eat it with us. My sister is at Tech, so obviously she couldn't make it. I opened presents and we just chatted about life which was pretty sweet.

Today, the day of, I went to church and a lot of people wished Happy Birthday to me and I got to teach the 2nd graders today in Kid Kraze, which was great! I think the best part, though, was when the band played "From the Inside Out" That's my new favorite worship song that the band plays. There's just something about it that makes my heart soar. Tonight, I will be doing something crazy awesome with my bff, Josh and probably hit up Starbucks, especially since I missed last week.

Well, I will return in the near future, but until then this is David Ferrell ... out.