Alaska Mountains

16 Jun

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Originally posted on Our Fostered Journey:

There is something… Amazing about Alaska, its wilderness and mountains. Something that you can’t really explain on a blog post or in a short paragraph. A fitting introduction for Alaska, and that is all that I can truly offer you, is one that gives due credit to its Creator.

Such a creative force behind such an amazing land was one of greatness. One with a fierce power able to sculpt some of the worlds greatest scenery, and  an unparalleled imagination able to construct such beauty from such vast nothingness that has been written off by so many before us.

The tectonic plates, the glaciers, the rugged winters and the unforgiving seas- all these forces could never lay claim to the glory deserved in creating such a wilderness.

They are mere messengers crying out to the one who created them. Many have sought solace in the mountains and wilderness of Alaska and even heard their…

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The road is worth traveling

6 Jun

The road is worth traveling

This was the time. No more wishing we could do this, we made up our minds… we decided that this was the perfect time in our life’s to live a little bit. Em, being recently graduated from PA school, and me, being recently accepted into medical school, we both knew that trips and opportunities like this don’t come often enough. “What type of trip or opportunity,” you ask? The trip of a lifetime my friend. We decided to pack up the car and travel across the content from North Carolina to Alaska! Fearing nothing bur fear itself, we set goals, prepared the car, sold all we had and started out on one of the greatest adventures we have ever experienced in a summer… more to come!

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Our Trip

6 Jun

Our Trip

Here we are in Alaska right before being married. It was a really fun hike and though it started to rain on us, it really was a great way to blow off some steam and get into the wild wilderness that God created! We really look forward to being there agains some time soon!

Till Next Time People!

Early encounters with Christ: Spurgeon

18 Nov

I love this story,

this is from Charles Spurgeon’s earliest encounter with Christ:

I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair now, had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm one Sunday morning, when I was going to a place of worship. When I could go no farther, I turned down a court and come to a little Primitive Methodist chapel. In that chapel there might have been a dozen or fifteen people. The minister did not come that morning; snowed up, I suppose. A poor man, a shoemaker, a tailor, something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach.

Now it is well that ministers should be instructed, but this man was really stupid, as you would say. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had nothing else to say. The text was

“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter.

There was I thought, a gleam of hope for me in the text. He began thus

“My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed. It says ‘Look.’ Now that does not take a great deal of effort. It ain’t lifting your feet or your finger, it is just ‘look.’ Well, a man need not go to college to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool and yet you can look. A man need not be worth a thousand a year to look. Anyone can look; a child can look. But this is what the text says. Then it says ‘Look unto Me.'”

“Ay,” said he, in broad Essex,

many of ye are looking to yourselves. No use looking there. You’ll never find comfort in yourselves. Some look to God, the Father. No, look to Him by and by. Jesus Christ says, ‘Look unto Me.’ Some of you say, ‘I must wait the Spirit a working.’ You have no business with that just now. Look to Christ. It runs: ‘Look unto Me.‘”

Then the good man followed up his text in this way:

“Look unto Me; I am sweating great drops of blood. Look unto Me; I am hanging on the cross. Look! I am dead and buried. Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend and sit at the Father’s right hand O! look to Me!”

When he had got about that length, and managed to spin out ten minutes or so he was at the end of his tether. Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I dare say, with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger, He then said,

“Young man, you look very miserable.”

Well I did, but I have not been accustomed to having remarks made on my personal appearance from the pulpit before. However, it was a good blow struck. He continued:

“And you will always be miserable in life, and miserable in death if you do not obey my text. But if you obey now, this moment you will be saved.”

Then he shouted as only a Primitive Methodist can:

“Young man, look to Jesus Christ!”

I did “look.” There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun: I could have risen that moment and sung with enthusiasm of the precious blood of Christ, and the simple faith which looks alone to Him.

Oh, that somebody had told me that before. TRUST CHRIST, AND YOU SHALL BE SAVED.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, Autobiography, Vol 1: The Early Years (1834-1859), 88.

*Bolding and Underlining added.

Tithes and Offerings

18 Nov

Have you ever felt like you were not in the position to give a tithe or offering? I would say that you’re not alone. Student loans, mortgages, groceries, budgets, and entertainment funds all tend to leave us wishing for more paycheck at the end of each month. You are not alone, but it truly is not an issue of money, but rather priority when it comes to giving. God is a God of infinity. He has an everlasting infinite supply of mercy, grace, redemption, forgiveness, and yes material provisions too.

Type into a google search sometime soon “the earth is the” and you will be directed to Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” You might not feel that you are in any position to give to God what belongs to him out of a lack of resources, but I would challenge that thought with this one: If your income was to increase by an extra $1500 per month would you be more likely to give at that point? Don’t just say yes, ponder the things that you would truly do with that extra hard cash in your pocket… yep, my pocket is burning right now just thinking about it.

Jesus talks about money in the New Testament often with good reason. The main reason is that where your treasure is there your heart will be also. Jesus doesn’t want your money in the sense that he is lacking, and you should not give in the sense that you have the ability to do so when you finally have your life or your money right. Jesus wants your heart. The bigger picture for us is our hearts and money intersects at the issue of our hearts because it cuts to the core of our existence. I used to live a life where money was on the throne and speaking from experience, Jesus Christ is a much better Lord. The priorities of your heart will lead you to where your money goes, I promise.

 

Prayer:

The sacrifices you desire, God, are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Make my heart and spirit more like yours and give me a new heart and a new faith and help me to set my priorities straight. Amen.

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