The study group has been together for two weeks and Jeff Winger has already made the habit of showing up late to their study sessions, so much so that they are discussing talking about it with him when he arrives. Pierce Hawthorne, the oldest in the group, volunteers.
Pierce Hawthorne: “If you want me to have a chat with Jeff, I’d be happy to do it. We’ve got a bond going, kind of. Sorta like brothers.”
Troy Barnes: “I hope your mom didn’t make you take baths together, ‘cause one of you would’ve been, like, thirty.”
Of course, when Jeff arrives, Pierce and the others are charmed by him and say nothing confrontational, except for Britta Perry, the girl Jeff is into. After the study group, Jeff tries to get in Britta’s better graces, unsuccessfully.
Pierce: “You know, Jeff, you can’t pursue people so desperately. It starts to creep them out. Why don’t we go get a beer, I can give you some advice and we’ll have what the kids are calling a ‘Sausage Fest’.”
Jeff Winger: “I’m not much of a ‘sausage’ guy, Pierce. Maybe next time.”
In Spanish class, Senor Chang pairs up a group assignment by placing cards with either a picture or a Spanish word on them underneath the desks. Britta has a picture of a house and Jeff trades Abed Nadir for the card he has, which says “Casa.”
However, when he walks up to Britta, he discovers she traded cards with Pierce. They meet up in the library to write out their assignment, a simple conversation of five Spanish phrases. Continue Reading
My wife and I rarely fly. We don’t make enough money to be going on all kinds of trips all over the world. In fact, we had to save up for nearly a year in order to afford this trip to Vegas we just took.
So, being infrequent flyers, we didn’t expect so much trouble.
Each direction, we had a layover in California. Going up, our first flight was delayed because something on the plane was broken. This pushed us back onto a different flight into Vegas, but it worked out to only cost us a couple hours.
However, coming home, our first flight (in the evening) was delayed because of the storms in Texas, where the plane was coming from. This pushed us back to an early morning second flight bringing us home.
With not enough money nor time for a hotel, that meant my wife and I would stay in LAX overnight, with our luggage in lockdown, so no fresh clothes, deodorant, etc.
We did our best to sleep a little while here and there, but we didn’t get much. We did whatever we could to kill the time. Since it was overnight, all the shops and restaurants were closed.
With almost no sleep and a full day still ahead of us, we were looking at almost being awake for nearly 40 hours straight with only cat naps and Red Bull to sustain us. Continue Reading
Death is a hard thing to deal with, even Jesus took a while to take care of it for one of His good friends!
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Rebellion is something you hear about semi-regularly if you attend church much. Rebellion could be against God or man/the world.
Let me tell you a little about my rebellion since I’ve had my fair share of rebellious moments against God and my family. But, this is one is epic, so let me give you this scenario: I was a senior in high school on spring break AND it was my 18th birthday. I was feeling like I was king of the world and could do no wrong.
I decided not to go home that week, choosing to spend time with my friends and crash at one of their houses rather than spend time with my family. I only went home to change clothes, disrespect my mom, and grab some money out of my hidden stash. We had a “good” time that week, fighting each other in air soft gun wars, cruising town in Shane’s ’64 Ford Galaxy, and calling Bret’s mom to get “permission” to drink her beer that had been taunting us in the fridge, mixing it with Dr. Pepper, which is the WORST thing I have ever tasted.
In our my rebellion, I disregarded what was important, which was to honor my God through obedience. See, I was a Christian, very active in student leadership in my youth group, and growing in my relationship with the Lord. I also wanted to experience more out of life and wanted control of it. I laugh now, realizing how stupid of a kid I was. I also see that I had an opportunity to grow. Continue Reading
Find someone who knows less than you and teach them what you know. This has been some of the most helpful and hopeful advice I’ve ever received. Mentoring or discipleship doesn’t have to be intimidating. But it is something that is expected of you. You know something about God’s word that someone else could benefit from. Someone else knows something you can benefit from. This is the Spirit of the text in the book of Titus, which says, older teach the younger.
One of my favorite Bible stories is the tale of Gideon. He is the ultimate underdog who leads a handful of men to bring down the oppressors of Israel, bringing freedom for his people. But while his story gives us courage in the Lord’s victory, it also brings to light many intriguing aspects of the Lord’s relationship with Gideon.
For those of you not so familiar with this story, Gideon lived in Israel during the times of the judges. Because the Israelites chose to ignore their covenant with God, they were handed over to be oppressed by the Midianites. In Judges chapter 6, Gideon encounters the angel of the Lord, who calls Gideon out to raise up and lead the Israelites out of Midianite control.
But what I find the most intriguing is Gideon’s first response to the angel. He straight-up questions what the angel says. He wants to know why his people have suffered such terrible oppression if the Lord is, in fact, “with” them, as the messenger claims. He wants to see the miracles he’s heard about in Egypt. He feels like the Lord has abandoned Israel. Continue Reading
This series is about examining little known facts about the Evolution/Creation debate and why they are hidden from mainstream America. These articles are not designed to start a debate/argument or even to change minds, but to simply present ideas, discuss tough topics, and clear up some myths and misconceptions to promote thinking for oneself. What you choose to do with this information is up to you.
The Biblical story of Noah and the Ark is known worldwide. I don’t have to tell you the story, because you likely already know the basics.
God gets angry at Man for his sinful ways, decides to send a global flood to wipe the Earth clean, saved a few humans and two or more of every animal on a big boat, and they repopulate the planet.
You’ve heard this story. But what you haven’t heard is that this story is more than just a Biblical legend. It’s a Global Story.
In fact, there are somewhere between 300 and 500 different (yet very similar) Global flood stories from cultures all around the world. And they almost all follow the same pattern as the story of Noah.
How is this possible? These cultural stories would predate the Bible, so it’s not like they all read it and memorized it. And yet, the story is pretty much the same everywhere, especially the part about a god sending a Great Flood. Continue Reading