So my life has been so very busy as of late, which you might be able to tell by my lack of blog entries. We've had tons of youth events jammed into May, which has made for not-stop activities and memories! Today as I write, I should be packing for going to Northwood, ND. For those of you not from North Dakota, Northwood was hit by a tornado last year and there are a few homes still not finished. They didn't qualify for aid or have enough money of their own, so we are participating in a North Dakota Disaster Response trip to help. We've got an awesome crew from the youth group going up.
I've actually got a bag that is still half packed from my recent trip to Sioux Falls, for my sister's college graduation. CONGRATULATIONS Kiersten! A fun weekend with family who I haven't seen in quite some time. North Dakota is definitely out of the way for trips to see me. :) So... I'm off to pack and get ready... so much more than these events have been going on... two more that I'd like to share with you.
First, I missed out on it, and actually need to make a confession. The youth group this last Thursday starting at 12noon till Friday at 6pm participated in a 30 hour famine. It was through World Vision to raise awareness and funds for world hunger and the programs they do to help alleviate that rampant problem. There were 7 youth and Dallas that did it. I was going too as well, but then forgot about going to SF. Well, I started and lasted for 6 1/2 hrs. Yeah, not that long at all. But it was hard none the less. During that time I had to serve other people food, I was offered ice cream cake, my favorite snacks were out at the youth center, and I was given a bunch of fruit snack bars for the road trip. I caved at 6:30p, ate supper, and then felt incredibly guilty, especially when some of the youth called and asked if I broke my fast. So then I attempted to get back on the band wagon and didn't eat till 10am the next morning... and then I caved again and found it hopeless to get back on track. I capped off my fall by eating one very large burrito from Qdoba's. My stomach didn't like me all that much, actually I almost fell asleep eating it. My sister had to coach me to finish it. *sigh*
So the kids had a water famine (what I mean by that is that they only drank water-no juice, no food). And to end it, they had called everyone in the congregation and invited them to a meal. The meal served was the UNIMIX meal World Vision serves to people all over the world.
I have to say, I can see how hunger affects your brain, your outlook, your energy and desire to do anything. I'll have to share the videos Dallas and the kids made of their time. It is shocking to see the difference in them after 27 hrs of not eating.
I hope to get a chance to actually participate in one some day in the future. If you've never participated in one, look into it, especially hosting one at your church.
The second thing that has been taking up a lot of time are the websites that I manage. Here are the two that I spend the most time with: www.ndlll.org and www.oursaviorseyota.com.
Ok, two more, we've made an offer on a house... and now we are waiting for a reply. eek! And Dallas is running for District 12 House of Represenatives. Here is his campaign website: VoteRosin.com
May 27, 2008
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)
The world likes symbols. Symbols say and sum up so much.
In World War II, Winston Churchill was a symbol. His bulldog face, smoldering cigar and two fingers flashing a "V" for victory became a source of inspiration for many who saw him.
Today, there is a new symbol. The Chinese government, in spite of bad weather, prolonged waiting, and global protests concerning their domination of Tibet, has managed to get a team of climbers to the top of Mount Everest.
Now they are trying to make the climb into a symbol.
What symbol? Look at the photographs of the event. See the climbers holding the Chinese flag next to two flags bearing the Olympic rings. The Chinese government hoped everyone would immediately understand: China and the Olympics have made it to the top of the world.
So far, the reviews to what China is trying to do have been mixed. Some think it is hypocritical; others are accepting the symbol as the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Writing to the church in Corinth, Paul noted how the reaction to the Lord's symbol of salvation, the Savior's cross, had also been "mixed." Those who thought they didn't need or want God or who thought they could get to heaven on their own power, found the cross and its preaching to be foolish.
These people were amused at the idea of God's Son dying on a cross so a sinful world might be redeemed and believers might be given life. Laughing at God's love, these doubters had tried to ignore the cross, stop its preaching, and shove the Savior back into His grave.
It should be readily apparent the descendants of those who denounced God's work of salvation are alive and well today. Twenty centuries after Paul wrote, there are many millions who think God's plan of salvation is foolishness.
On the other hand, there are those people who have been confronted by their sinful condition and who acknowledge their helplessness to save themselves. These people see the cross in a different way.
To them, Jesus' empty cross and tomb are the symbols of their redemption. At the cross, before the Lord's empty tomb, they become recipients of forgiveness and salvation, which the Savior has won at great cost.
To them the empty cross is the eternal symbol - - the purest symbol of God's love, His grace, and His promises that have been fulfilled. Little wonder Christ's cross remains as the most powerful symbol this world has ever seen. And that, my friends is not foolishness.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for the empty cross, Your nail-pierced hands, the open tomb, I give thanks. The world may laugh, but I will give thanks for Your successful sacrifice. In Your Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Lutheran Hour Ministries
I love this guy! And this picture of him. :) Ok so last night we randomly went camping... we were at church setting up the display for VBS- which happened to involve a tent-which led the the idea- "Hey we should go camping!". And last night was the first beautiful night we've had. Perfect for camping. So we packed up Shirley (my car), raced out to Pipestem, set up camp as best we could before having to go back into town for a mtg. I say "as best we could" because we forgot the stakes for the tent, so we only got half way. We did manage to collect an abundance of firewood- which included scrapes and scratches and sweat. :) All the good stuff. The campfire was a welcome break from our computers. Nothing like a campfire on a clear moonless night- you can't do the same things with a computer. Some science experiments- like we found out that the campfire is indeed hot enough to melt glass. Kind of wished we had a long pole so we could have done some glass blowing- how cool would that have been? In the end the night was perfect, until we actually wanted to sleep and the nature around us was wide awake. (I don't think birds sleep). And the next picture... what is going on here you might ask? The delicate task of changing spark plugs. :) It was an amazing feat in my opinion. He had to take apart 1/2 of the engine to get to the spark plugs and he put it all back together again and it works! Yahoo! He's my hero. :) The poor beat up hands. I admit I was partly taking pictures to blog about this, but the greater half of it was, so that there were pictures to fall back on if we couldn't remember where all the parts went.
Hello! Not much to write. I did ban myself from the computer one day. It actually was the best day of this week. I met my neighbor, we played scrabble and spent the rest of the evening chatting. I don't think it would have happened if I would have been on the computer at all. I should ban myself more often.
Today I found some cool websites for creating backgrounds and tabs: Stripes, Tabs, and Reflections .
What have I done?? I've entered in to the world of facebook... and it looks like there is no turning back!!
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