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The Power of Prayer February 26, 2009

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So there is this woman in my class who was previously diagnosed with cancer. The story as far as I know it is that she had had some kind of lung cancer and that it was removed. Well the other week she was supposed to go in for another scan to investigate what they may be another sign of cancer. So in my class she recieved a phone call (keep in mind I was not present during this class, I skipped and I was very upset that I did so) that she has to go to the doctors office, and that she should bring someone with her. So in class my professor got everybody to prayer over her and they did so, very emotional, tears everywhere. When I had heard the news I prayed for her as well. But I don’t think my faith was that strong, because really all I did was remember her in my prayers, that there would be healing and God would be glorified through what would happen. And boy was he glorified. Turns out, the doctor had the wrong scans, and Jessie, the woman, didn’t have any trace of cancer! She was completely fine! ISN’T THAT AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! God totally took all of us in a 180 turn and took our misery into sounds of great JOY!!!!!!!!!!! GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!! HOW CAN YOU NOT PRAISE HIS NAME FOR SOMETHING SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Learning to Teach February 16, 2009

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So today I gave my first official lesson at the Senior High youth group I help with, otherwise known as the Refinery. Well, technically it was my second time teaching, but this was the first “official” time where I knew¬† weeks ahead of time and had the ability to prepare. I felt like prepared well, and God certainly inspired me of ways to get my point. But, like everyone who teaches their first time in front of a crowd of people, I got jittery and started to sound like I was speaking in tongues because I was going so fast. The first half went by rather quickly, then I had a ten second pause trying to collect my thoughts (which was rather embarassing), but then as I continued on my second half, it went by rather well. I made the points God intended and I do think we’ll be implementing them in our youth group. (I spoke on Luke 10:25-37 by the way, good passage on who is it that we are to serve). As I’m reflecting on what I had taught this night, I’m beginning to realize that I really didn’t implement my own message. I mean, who is Jesse’s neighbor right now that he needs to serve? Who needs the loving? Maybe if I actually implemented my own message I’d be a better teacher. Makes sense right? Hmmm….

Romans 5 February 10, 2009

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Heyo all, it’s been a while, but I think I’m just going to jump right in on what I’ve been thinking. Earlier today I was reading through the book of Romans, specifically chapter 5. I’ve been reading it mostly as a time of devotional to God and study as well, I have been going through different books of the Bible and mostly reading a chapter or a passage as I plug my way through. In chapter 5 of Romans, the bulk of it discusses the differences between Adam’s sin and Christ salvation, two acts done by two different people. Paul attempts to prove the fact that one man’s actions can have repercussions for everyone in verses 12 and following. He explains that through one man’s sin, Adam, all were caused to sin and that everyone inherited an unrighteousness within themselves. Sounds kind of unfair doesn’t it? I mean for one persons actions to cause all this harm and despair in our being, and that we have to accept the fact that one person caused us to have the choice of sin rather than righteousness. But how much more unfair is it that one person paid for all those sins? And that one person suffered and died so that we no longer have to be sinful or be condemned? NO ITS NOT FAIR! BUT JESUS DID IT ANYWAY!

“For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through the righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 5:19-21

As I read that passage, it blew my mind at how much more I realized that God would be glorified through His Son Jesus. Because when the Law came into the picture, sin increased because we now knew what was disobedient to God, and that sin caused so much unrighteousness. Yet when the grace of God came and took all that away, Christ and God were exponentially magnified and glorified! Even though one person potentially plunged our existence into death and despair, the One person took the responsibility of that action and made it possible for many to become righteous in Him.