Sunday, April 26, 2009

Return

So, this past week, I had been thinking a lot about what Stu, my pastor, said about having your mind set on your real home, heaven. I even put up a post of a song that went through my head after hearing him preach. Anyway, as I was thinking about it I couldn't help but think that we, as Christians, are also waiting for the King of heaven to return. You see, Jesus is still alive! One day He will return and take back those who follow Him to heaven. While I was thinking about this it was as if God was trying to affirm what my Spirit was telling me and the next day in my devotional Bible I read Luke 17. In this chapter Luke tells of when Jesus spoke of the end times and His eventual return. He spoke of the conditions that the world will be in and what will happen on that glorious day. He says that it will be like the times of Noah and of Lot. A time when the world is being rebellious. Here's how he described it.
On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back.
You see Jesus knew that there are people who cling to this world, who consider this world their home. But just as my pastor Stu said, we should realize that our King is alive and that one day we will meet Him, or He will come and meet us. That's the beauty of Christianity, not only does God promise us eternal life, but He paves the way to Him. Only in Christianity do we have a God that is willing to go all the way to death so that we might be with Him. It's a privilege to follow Him by giving Him our lives. I think that's probably why Jesus followed up in Luke by saying this
Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.


Amen. I hope you can rise to the challenge.

A Bit of News

So I am writing this blog with a smile on my face because not only is Hampton Roads experiencing warmth after a long wait, but I am writing to you from a brand new machine. That's right, folks. I am writing to you from a brand new laptop. It's an HP Pavilion Laptop, 400GB hard drive, 4GB RAM, dual core processor, and it comes with a little remote to play media. So, to put it simply. It's a very good machine. Best of all I didn't have to pay much since I got it at Sam's Club. So, yay! It also has a webcam, which I've never really had experience with before purchasing this machine so I'm excited about trying it. All in all, this is an amazing machine and I got a great deal on it. I will be writing a real blog shortly.

--David

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fiction Family

For those of you who don't know about it already, back in January Jon Foreman of Switchfoot teamed up with Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek to do a collaborative album. They originally called the band "The Real SeanJon" in hopes that the well known hip-hop artist would sue them. Jokingly, of course. Later they forsook that name and decided with "Fiction Family". Jon Foreman said he liked the name because it's two words that a lot of people relate to. Fiction is generally something that we desire. And Family consists of people we cling to and who are near and dear to us. He also said that he and Sean are like brothers and both come from San Diego, CA. Thus Fiction Family was born. They came out with their debut album in January and I finally picked up a copy 2 days ago. It's really good stuff. I placed a song that will get you hopping on my playlist. Below is a music video of their hit single "When She's Near". I hope you like it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tornado!

So yesterday, for those of you who weren't awake, there was a tornado warning for my neighborhood. Not only was it on the radar, but we were in the hot spot! So, my mom and I were at home and we heard the news and shut ourselves with our dogs in our little half bath, knowing that we should be in an inner room with no windows should we be hit. So we were in there about a half an hour. Rain started pelting against our windows, wind started howling, hail started falling. Luckily, the tornado didn't touchdown in our neighborhood. Needless to say, I was thanking Jesus after it passed. Have you ever been in a dangerous storm? Tell me about it!

Sincerely,

David Ferrell

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This is Home

For those of you who attend Waters Edge Church, which is most of the people I know, today's sermon was about focusing on the fact that as Christians are home is not on this pebble in the sky called Earth. Our home is in heaven. Well, anyway, while I was sitting in church this morning, a song kept playing over and over and over in my head. The song is Switchfoot's "This is Home" which I've heard live I believe 3 times. They wrote it as part of the The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian soundtrack. Here are the lyrics:


I've got my memories
Always
Inside of me
But I can't go back
Back to how it was
I believe you now
I've come too far
No I can't go back
Back to how it was
Created for a place
I've never known

Chorus:
This is home
Now I'm finally
Where I belong
Where I belong
Yeah, this is home
I've been searching
For a place of my own
Now I've found it
Maybe this is home
Yeah, this is home

Belief over misery
I've seen the enemy
And I won't go back

Back to how it was
And I got my heart
Set on
What happens next
I got my eyes wide
It's not over yet
We are miracles
And we're not alone

(Chorus)

And now after all
My searching
After all my questions
I'm gonna call it home
I got a brand new mindset
I can finally see
The sunset
I'm gonna call it home

(Chorus)

Now I know
Yeah, this is home

I've come too far
And I won't go back
Yeah, this is home.


Here's the video:

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Pothen Podcast Episode 12

Here is the latest from the Pothen Podcast, a production that I'm part of featuring my best friend and his brothers.

--David

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Love of God

Sometimes, I sit back in wonder and think about the love that my God, the creator of the Universe and of me has so richly given us. To think that we, mere mortals, have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. When I think of the fact that we serve the only God who was willing to die so that we might have that experience, when I think of the price that was paid, when I think of who God is and who I am and How much he loves me in spite of it, it makes me want to sing. To think that I, a sinner, who deserved death, was rescued from the fiery pit of hell by the sacrifice of God's only Son so that I may be granted an inheritance born of grace and mercy is amazing. Not only that, but while I'm in earth, he chooses to use that very sinner, that man who was once in the enemy camp. He placed His trust in the church to do His work while we wait for His Son's mighty return. Wow!

I'm not the only one to think of the love of God, many a song has been written about it. One of my favorites described the inadequacy of man to fully describe the love of God. If I remember the story correctly, it was written by a madman who could only cling to one thing, the love of God and he wrote these words:

Could we with ink the oceans fill
Or were the sky of Parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade.
To write the love of God above
Would drain the oceans dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky.


I think that says it all. God so richly loved us that we are completely inadequate to describe it. It leaves us so spellbound and awestruck that the only thing acceptable is to give our lives in response.

And that's what I challenge you to do. Encounter the love of God, open your eyes to what He's done for you and in return, live your life for Him. You won't regret it.

I've placed Mercy Me's version of the song on my playlist. Take a listen if you want.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

My favorite violin piece.

Ladies and gentleman I present to you the 3rd movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins.

Hated and Blessed

So I was reading Luke today. And today I came across the infamous Beatitudes.

And I noticed something.

One of the Beatitudes, was longer than all the rest.

And Jesus made mention of it because we as Christians will go through it.

Here's what he said in Luke 6:22, 23

22 Blessed are you when men hate you.
And when they exclude you,
And revile you , and cast out
your name as evil,
For the Son of Man's sake.

23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven,
For in like manner their
fathers did to the prophets.
The point here is that we should be rejoicing when men hate you. Now why is this? Surely, there is absolutely nothing untruthful or harmful about being a Christian. Well, God promises Christians that we will suffer persecution for believing what we believe. For the unwavering Christian, there is a constant spiritual battle going on that we cannot see, but our Spirit testifies to. The enemy is constantly trying to gain ground on what is the Lords. And the enemy is unrelenting in his attempts to bring the Church to his side. But we are only given persecution when we are a threat to the enemy. We are only attacked when we are after something he wants. There are so many people in the Church that the enemy doesn't need to worry about because he's already got 'em.

This is why Jesus says if you're being hated, rejoice! Hatred is a tool used by the enemy to try to bring us down. But if we react in the opposite spirit than what he's expecting by doing what is unselfish and rejoicing, we begin messing with his head.

Jesus also says that this is what happened to the prophets. And most prophets that I read about, got their coolest experience when they stood firm on what they believed in and rejoiced for the Lord. Just look at Elijah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Moses, etc.

It's time for the church to not succumb to being politically correct when we're being hated for being different than the world. It's time to be different! It's time to stand up for what's right in America and around the world. I'm sick of the world dictating what the Church should look like. I'm also sick of the Church catering towards what's cool instead of what's right. Speak the truth and don't back down. Hold on to what you believe and rejoice for Jesus Christ promised you a great reward in heaven.

Amen.