Monday, October 13, 2008

John 19:30

“. . . Jesus said, “Teleo.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

From the “birth” of man to this very moment, never has a word been used so correctly to end a story, than the one spoken by our Lord as He bowed His head and breathed His last.

No death has ever been so necessary and yet so undeserved as it was the day the God-Man gave up His spirit atop the rock known as Golgatha (Place of the Skull).

For with that death it was and still is, teleo. And for the glory of God as proof to all, of what had come to pass, “. . . the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.”

The need for blood had been fulfilled.
A final reckoning had been made.
And sin had and still has lost all its power.
For the authority of God has been given to man.

And still the story goes on, for although it is finished there is no end to the one who said it. For death itself could not conquer Him, so that the day is coming where He will appear once more to this fleeting world, clothed in white, with a cape dipped in blood, and the armies of El Shadi riding behind Him.

Teleo, teleo, teleo. . .

Teleo –(roughly translated as the complete and utter finishing of something, finished, or “It is finished”).

Monday, August 6, 2007

Amazing Grace

John 9:25
He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I do not know. One thing I do know.
I was blind but now I see!"

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

Acts 9:18
Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,

Whats the Scariest Thing?

A look into a moment with Jason Hicks and Joshua Moog...

9:48P.M. Sunday August 5, 2007

Black 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Bernal Street Pleasanton California 94566

Question: What could be the scariest thing that could happen when we got to Pat Pat's house.

Joshua Moog: Brad, Jason B., and Nate have all been cloned multiple times.

Jason Hicks: And they've drunk Rock Stars.

Joshua Moog: And they've taken pure Speed. . .

Saturday, August 4, 2007

A Life Without Sin

So here's a pretty fascinating concept that I've heard spoken on a few times this past week and I thought worthy of sharing. It has got me thinking a lot and has given me an amazing amount of hope and joy that I hope to share.

So let me start off in the beginning, or moreover in our beginning.

From birth we have been sinners. Scripturally were told that as humans we are inherently evil; that is, it is in our very nature to sin and therefor be sinner.

Many non-believers who hate the idea that we are all naturally evil tend to argue that this is a false idea and that we are all naturally good people (corrupted by our upbringing or surroundings).

Eventually though, simply by watching the world around us, I believe we are all forced to recognize the sin that dwells in all of us from birth. This is echoed in the fact that no father or mother ever teaches their child to hit, steal and lie and yet they do. It is in their very nature to.

Romans 3:23 makes this fact rather clear when it states “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...”

But now we are told of something new, given to us at the alter by the death of Christ.

This gift is a gift of strength and authority over sin.

2 Peter 1:3-10 says this “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

These three parts add up to this: if we, believers in Christ Jesus our Lord, walk FULLY in step with the Holy Spirit we can live a life WITHOUT any sin.

Now that doesn't mean there will be no temptation, it simply means we are now given enough strength to conquer our temptation.

We are given even more support to this idea in 1 Corinthians 10:13 when it says “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

Basically the idea that was put forth to me and has challenged and given me great hope is the fact that now as a believer in Jesus Christ the risen Lord, I can live my life without sin. Now I am not saying I do, not remotely, only that God has given me the authority to conquer sin and finish my life without any.

Marinate in that and remember it next time you are tempted.