Tuesday, September 30, 2008
From this partial account of creation we learn some valuable things about the nature of man in his purest form. Man was created in God’s image and he was given stewardship or management of God’s creation. Can you imagine? God created paradise in the Garden and left an entire world of wild and untamed land outside of it for Adam to rule over. In simple terms God instructs Adam, “You are in charge…Go conquer it.” (Shay Standard Version).
Man was made to work even in a world without sin. This implies that man is meant to be active not idle. Adam was a man of action, that’s the way he was created. He was in charge of the animals of the land, the birds of the sky, all the creatures of the deep, the garden cultivation and the most awe inspiring creation of all…woman. God gave Adam this incredible job to do and he was adequately equipped to satisfy his job description. Think about the joy you find in fulfilling a job description. Have you ever faced a job that you knew would be a monster accomplishment if you completed the task well? As a man I treasure the feeling of that kind of accomplishment. The satisfaction of a job well done is directly linked to the way God wired us as men.
God created man to conquer the greatest job description ever written. God gave Adam a healthy drive and desire to work, to accomplish the task the Lord had put before him. However, Adam and Eve were disobedient thus sin entered the world (Gen 3:6). Along with sin came the curse that follows disobedience (Gen 3:17-19). Here is where our nature spins out of control. Prior to the fall God gave us a task of stewardship, which he placed within man’s grasp. Man forfeited his rule over the world to Satan (Heb 2:5-9) and yet the desire/instinct to rule remains. Stewardship is now out of our grasp. This broken eggshell of man’s former self is trying to hold everything together yet man in all his efforts cannot succeed. Creation "wars" against us. The conception of original sin gave birth to “the fight” in the lives of men.
So where does that leave us? What do we do with this nature? Check out Part 2 tomorrow...
Monday, September 29, 2008
Here's Episode #2 fellas...Hilarious! Creating the video skits at Kanakuk K2 is one of my favorite things to do. I especially love Don Ford's character "Jack Bauer". I love his line, "Thanks for asking Miss McBlobbins. I just finished my third tour in Rwanda. I had to ingest four pints of viper venom just to save Alaska from nuclear implosion. One time my heart stopped because of nuclear shockwaves but, ya know what, I resuscitated myself with the nearest sledgehammer." Don Ford is the man.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We all have a team that we root for on Saturdays and Sundays. I love the Bears. I love Mike Ditka. I love the Super Bowl Shuffle. The spirit of my entire Sunday is dictated by the performance of the Bears. However, I know some Cowboy fans whose whole week is whacked out upon a loss on Sunday and Packer fans are even worse! We get so wound up kickoff sets us off on an emotional rollercoaster-and men claim women to be emotional basket cases. Why? Do you play for the Packers? No, well do you know anybody who plays for the Packers? No, well were you born in Green Bay? No, well then who says they are your team? You Packers fans have problems.
I was born in Aledo, IL. I guess that makes me a Bears fan. That and the fact that I just have the desire to conquer someone or something and the Bears are the vehicle I have chosen to do so.
The Bears are tied up with the Eagles 14-14 in the 2nd quarter. I am an emotional basket case. We are better, thats all I know.
(The Bears just scored...We're better!)
Friday, September 26, 2008
Hey fellas, I know a bunch of you have asked for "Catch the Wave" since it's not on iTunes. Well, I don't have the ability to hand out Mp3's but I made this awesome video of LeCrae. Actually it's not that awesome, it's just a picture of LeCrae that you can look at for 3 minutes or so. Enjoy homeboy!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This Monday we looked at a few verses in Ephesians.
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."
As Christians it is easy to become accustomed to Christian language and forget our terminology is often a mystery to outsiders. In fact, many times we can't define our own terminology. I love asking college students to define grace. More often than not they know what grace is however they have difficulty defining it. Simply put, grace is this: receiving something we don't deserve. Parents I challenge you to engage your boys in a conversation about grace. And guys I challenge you to engage your friends in a conversation about grace. Our understanding of this single term is pivotal to our faith!
We also looked at Ephesians 1:13-14, "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance".
There are so many times that we doubt our faith. I have often doubted my destination after this life. Knowing this verse offers us the assurance of our salvation. Mark these two in your Bible!
There's your weekly Mighty Man update!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tough Question 3: Do you think God has everything happen for a reason or is He in control of everything but somethings happen by coincidence?
Thanks for the question Dan. This is a tough question with a simple answer.
Isaiah 45:6-7 says this, "That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord and there is no other, The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these."
God is the creator of all things. In fact He knew you before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:3). In Luke 12:7 Jesus says that God knows the number of hairs on your head! God knows all, sees all, hears all because He is in control. God is sovereign, meaning that He is in control of ALL things.
Great question Dan...Keep them coming!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Allow me to answer our question from 2 angles. First of all God has revealed himself to us through creation (Romans 1:20). The Bible says that God has made his presence known through creation so that every man is without excuse.
Two weekends ago we were in Colorado for the father/son retreat. As we drove through Wolf Creek Pass I was caught up in complete awe of our surroundings. I was blown away by the grandeur of the mountains, the depths of the valleys and the sheer rock faces cascading into sparkling trout streams...breath taking. It was the most beautiful artwork I have ever seen, artwork of a master artist. Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God". Every watch has a watchmaker, every building has a builder, every sculpture has a sculptor and every creation has a Creator.
Secondly, God has given man a universal sense of right and wrong. Chuck Colson tells a story in his book, Answers For Your Kids Questions, about Irina Ratushinskaya. Irina was a "Soviet dissident imprisoned for five years in Gulag...Her autobiographical Grey Is The Color of Hope details her life and imprisonment.”
Here is a quote from Colson's book, "Irina's parents and schoolteachers were atheists. When Irina was nine years old, after listening to atheistic teaching from her teachers and her family, she figured, My parents told me there aren't any ghosts. They told me there aren't any goblins. They only told me those things once, though. They tell me there isn't a God every week. There must be a God. In other words, if there weren't something to it, they wouldn't be fighting so hard against it."
One of the greatest minds of the 20th century was a man named C.S. Lewis. He was a devote atheist and set out to prove that Christianity was false. As a result of his research C.S. Lewis gave his life to Jesus. In his book, Mere Christianity Lewis argues that man has been given a universal sense of right and wrong. This is a theory worth testing. Quiz any five year old with a series of questions asking them what the right thing to do is in each situation.
Biology, genetics and psychology don't have a good answer for the source of our conscience. As Christians we know that God created us in His image (Genesis 1:26) and He instilled our instincts of right and wrong.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I grew up in the Midwest. Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, regardless of the move I was surrounded by cornfields. Most Midwest boys pour their lives into football, basketball and wrestling. I followed the majority for most of my teenage years. However, there was always something deep inside me needing something...more EXTREME!
We experimented with different things to fulfill this longing. We chained up old car hoods to farm trucks and pulled each other through the country side during snow covered months. One summer we built ourselves a demolition derby car that endured months of brutal test drives only to survive 30 seconds in the actual derby. We even rode cows in an attempt to produce our own rodeo. All attempts, though gnarly, weren't meeting that burning desire within.
When I graduated from Iowa State I moved to Hermosa Beach, CA. There, my buddy, Jimbo and I dedicated ourselves to the gnarliest of all sports...surfing. Yeah dude, it was awesome. Though every local could see we were "corn bred" it didn't matter, we were living the dream.
As life would have it the good Lord moved me to Branson, MO. And ever since then I have missed the waves. Ashley and I have been fortunate enough to surf in Maui, the Outer Banks and Bali, Indonesia in the last couple years but it’s just never enough.
A couple of days ago my friend Bernard Bourque invited me to go wake surfing with him. I happened to have the afternoon off and jumped on the chance. The dock bro's at K2 wake surf all the time and I have even taken a ride or two. But Bernard took me out on this sweet Mastercraft weighted down with "fat sacs" and kickin up a killer wake. Anyway long story short...I am now a wake surf junkie. For all you dudes who are landlocked, let's get gnarly.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
See how two men of faith answer this question:
"Of all men, we (Christians) hope most of death; yet nothing will reconcile us to-well, its unnaturalness. We know that we're not made for it; we know how it crept into our destiny as an intruder; and we know Who defeated it. Because our Lord is risen we know that on one level it is an enemy already disarmed; but because we know that the natural level also is God's creation we cannot cease to fight against the death which mars it." -C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock
"And this is where Christian parents can help. Show your kids from the Bible that death is not the end (John 14:2-3), and point them to the truth about the eternal life that Jesus Christ gives. When Jesus went to Bethany after his friend Lazarus died, he wept over the loss. But then he offered words of hope to Lazarus's grieving sisters: "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me...will live again. They are given life for believing in me and will never perish." (John 11:25-26)...If your kids are faced with the death of a friend or other person close to them, encourage them to search out the hope that only faith in Christ can provide."
-Chuck Colson, Answers to your Kids' Questions
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I believe that our dreams are way to small. For so long I viewed our biblical examples as extaordinary men or superhero's of the faith. And while that is true my perspective was scued because of my lack of faith. In other words, I thought God moved through them more mightily than he ever would through me or any other modern day man for that matter. The truth is that they were men with a nature just like our own (James 5:17).
In high school I dreamed of working as a Game Warden. When I shared this dream with my agriculture teacher he told me there weren't many jobs in that field and that I should look into something with more opportunity. 10 years later I have a degree in Environmental Horticulture that I do absolutely nothing with (other than pull weeds during work week at Kamp)!
My point is this: God has specifically designed each one of us to "do work" on His behalf. And last time I checked the work he has illustrated in His Word is mighty. So if you have a dream that you can accomplish on your own...dream bigger. The work that God prepares requires His assistance...so our dreams have to BIG.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here is a picture of Garet West and myself after braving the "rapids" of K-Colorado this weekend at the Father-Son retreat. We had 31 one father/son pairs join us for a "celebration of manhood". We enjoyed flyfishing, river rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and the high ropes course all while connecting with our Magnificant Creator. One of my favorite sites of the weekend was father and son, hand in hand, in prayer...what a blessing.