Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow!

There are few things in VA that I enjoy more than snow. For several reasons, but the following are the most significant:

1. The many uses of snow: snow cream, snow men, snow forts, and of course snowball fights

2. It RARELY occurs in Virginia.

Now, technically, we get snow in the form of freezing precipitation about once a year, but rarely do we get enough to do anything with it or shut down schools. Snow doesn't count as snow if schools don't close, that's just me. Anyway, this year, I went out and measured in my yard and we had just over 6 inches. That's a ton of snow! Today I built a midget snowman. I say midget, because the only way it could be a "man" is if it was a midget.

I hope everyone reading this enjoyed the snow and has been outside to enjoy it. It's something everyone should take advantage of.

Snow also reminds me of a few passages of Scripture. Psalm 51 and Job 38 come to mind.

In Psalm 51, David writes one of his most famous psalms after Nathan has revealed to him his sin with Bathsheba. There he cries out to God for forgiveness and says, "wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." Snow's pretty white, so to be washed that clean creates a beautiful image of how Christ washes away our sins. In Job 38, God is in the middle of what I like to call "the Job smackdown" Here God is displaying and describing to Job His power and might and just how huge and glorious he is. He asks Job several rhetorical questions including the one we find in verse 22 which says, "Have you entered the storehouses of snow, or have you seen the storehouses of hail," Basically saying, "Job, I am God, you are not. I have storehouses of snow that you've never seen."

So from these 2 scriptures we get a great picture of God's power, might, and mercy. He loves us enough to forgive us and make us whiter than snow, but He also is powerful and mighty enough to create winter storms like the one we saw this weekend. I hope this blog and the snow will remind you of that.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Awakening: Passion 2010






A New Year is generally sign of new beginnings and I would have to say that this year was definitely not an exception. This year I went to Passion 2010. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Passion is, here's a little bit of what it is. It's a time where students and young adults between the ages of 18-26 come together to glorify God, worship together , and hear teachings from some of the best speakers around. But more than that, it's a time to meet God, glorify His name, and do our part to bring justice to the world the 4 days we are there.

This year the speakers were Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, and John Piper. The worship leaders were Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Charlie Hall, David Crowder*Band, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Fee, and Hillsong United. All of the people involved did a fantastic job of not just making Passion an event, but a time where hearts were united to glorify God and to awaken to a new revelation of who God is. For me, it was as if God was saying, "Hey, you want to see a little more of who I am? Here you go!" I was blown away and for a brief time, I felt like I got to experience what heaven is going to be like. It was that great and now, I can't wait to see where God is going to bring me.

It should also be said that the college students raised $724,480.42 for 12 organizations that do ministry all across the world. Not only that, but a family at Passion matched what we gave when the total was $668.597.00. So the total given was $1,393,077.42 ! Wow!

I also met a group of people with whom I bonded during the four days I was there. They were my family group. God used them to speak truth into my life and also had the privilege of being a small part of God moving in their lives. Without a doubt, that was my favorite part. Worship and preaching are good, but what use would it be if I went to Passion and my life didn't change? It would just be an event. Thankfully God showed up and rocked my world.