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Summer Camp

Hey everyone!

As you probably know, this week, I’m going to be going to summer camp and I would like all of you, if you want to/are able to/have time to comment on the blog that keeps the world informed of our doings at camp . The address is http://www.fvbcsummercamp.blogspot.com . Starting sometime tomorrow evening, the blog will be updated and then updated several times throughout the week. So, if you would like to check it regularly and make a few comments here and there it would be a lot of fun!!!!

Thanks so much and I would appreciate your prayers as we leave for a week!

– Nathan

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Psalm 121

In looking forward to Summer Camp in 34 days, I thought that it would be appropriate to publish one of our Scripture memorization passages: Psalm 121. Apparently we have another one as well, but I don’t know what it is yet. This is a beautiful Psalm and our pastor just preached on it yesterday.

Enjoy!

Psalm 121
A Song of Ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.


Idols

Hey, everyone! I’ve decided that it’s about time to do another good post, so here it is: in the form of a question.

It’s easy to see why non-Christians may make idols out of various things, but why do you think that Christians tend to make idols out of things just like non-Christians do? By idols, I mean things that become so important that they take up more of our thought, time, alove, and devotion than Christ.

I’d like to know your thoughts on this subject!

Thanks!

– Nathan

41 Days until Summer Camp 2009!


God’s Sovereignty in the Book of Esther

I know that I haven’t written in a while! Sorry…! I have decided to try to get back into the habit of blogging, especially because school has slowed down a bit.

In Sunday School, we have been doing a series on the book of Esther. In this book, there are so many things, as you clearly pointed out, Mr. Stern, which would seem to be remarkable “coincidences” and “good luck” to the world. However, even though God is never mentioned in the book, we know these to be sovereign acts of God and not just mere chance. To get a glimpse of how many of these “coincidences” there are, I thought that I would list some of them:

Xerxes just happens to throw a big party. At this party, his wife, Queen Vashti, just happens to refuse to show up. This just happens to make Xerxes really angry which just happens to make him want to “fire” her from her Queen-ship. Xerxes just happens to want another wife. Esther is a girl who just happens to be extraordinarily beautiful. She also just happens to be a Jew. Mordecai just happens to have adopted her after her parents just happened to die. It just so happens that Xerxes loved Esther more than any other woman and just happens to want her as his wife. Mordecai just happens to overhear a plot to kill Xerxes and his name just happens to get recorded in the records book but it so happens that Mordecai never get rewarded for his service. Haman’s lot just happened to fall on a date that was almost a year away. Mordecai learned of Haman’s plot to kill the Jews and it just so happened that he knew the queen, who was also a Jew and his niece. Esther just happened to find favour in the sight of the king and was able to invite him and Haman to two consecutive banquets, which the just happened to want to attend. The king just happened to be unable one night and learned the Mordecai had never been rewarded for saving his life. Haman just happened to build a gallows to hang Mordecai on. Haman just so happened to be hung on this gallows when the king learns of the plot to kill the Jews instead of Mordecai…

The list goes on and on…

Is it not amazing to know that the God Who can sovereignly ordain these things is in control over all the circumstances that we face every day?


Do Hard Things

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At the guy’s discipleship group at my church, we just finished going through Alex and Brett Harris’s book Do Hard Things. I found it to be an excellent reminder in my own life even though I was walking into it not expecting to be changed.

 

I now have several hard things to work on. The book jolted me out of my comfort-zone of mediocrity and gave me a passion to do those hard things and become someone different. But when I started thinking of practical applications, I had second thoughts. I want to be known as a leader in Youth Group – someone that immediately extends himself to the new people; someone that others feel comfortable coming to when they have a problem; someone who is the first to share on Testimony Night and the first to volunteer for anything; the first to open up to others and the first to be willing to lead. But I’m shy. I know that comes as a shock to some of the adults I know (and Grant) because I am not shy with adults. But I’m shy with people my age. I joke that my peer group is almost entirely 40 years old and better, but it’s actually quite true. Don’t get me wrong – my peer group is amazing. But I also want to help those who are my age. 

 

In discipleship group, we talked about the changes we would like to see at Youth Group over the next year. I have noticed that in our Youth Group (and, from reports that I have heard – it’s a more of a nation-wide problem), the kids rarely come back on Wednesdays as soon as the become Seniors in high school. I told the group that I would like to see Seniors come back this year because I know from experience what a powerful effect the older children can have on the younger. Everyone liked this, and so did I, until I asked how we could pull this off. It basically boiled down to going up to them and asking why they aren’t coming. This didn’t appeal to me. And neither did the solution to my desire to become a leader in Youth Group: talking to those that seem to be alone or just people that I haven’t talked to before and actually trying to get into a spiritual conversation.

 

Now that I think about it, two things come to my mind:

1.       Either they will listen to you, ignore you, or laugh at you (I’m hopeful that first two are the only of the three that actually occur at our church). But whatever their response is, they’re only people.

2.       You act according to the level of your desire. If you want strongly enough to become a leader (or whatever you strongly desire to be), then you will actively pursue relationships with those you do not know. If you are not willing to overcome your shyness – even for the sake of the others at Youth Group – then you either do not desire strongly enough to become a leader or (to say it quite bluntly) are selfish.

 

So my hard things for this year –  loosely tied to my New Year’s Resolutions (here’s where Lindsey and Abbie groan ) – are:

To at least begin to be recognized as a leader at Youth Group.

To be as regular with reading my Bible as I am with listening to music (Here’s where Grant groans – yes: I am listening to Enya as I write this), checking my emails (Where Noah groans ) and eating (Here’s where everyone groans ).

To become aware of the needs of others and not so centered on myself so that my prayer life can get taken off “Me! Me! Me!” and be more about others.

To form friendships with at least 2 or 3 people that I know or barely know now. These won’t be superficial – they will be deeper, more personal, and centered on our common foundation of our salvation.

 

Please pray for me regularly (if not daily) about these things (but I don’t want to have to make you remember to do that. If I was you, I’d probably forget, too, even though I would have every good intention to remember ). And PLEASE ask me how I am doing in these areas and tell me what you see in my and how you would like to see change in my own life. I want all the feedback I can get. I always say that if you don’t think that you’re doing anything wrong, but two or three people say that you are, it’s probably not a conspiracy against you – it’s probably the truth. I want to be as humble as possible, but pride always finds it way into our hearts, doesn’t it? So you can even tell me that I’m not being humble .