Sunday, April 27, 2014

March Madness

March Madness is an event held in late March by the Virginia District Youth Ministries (VDYM). It is held in Staunton, VA on an old campsite. This event allows youth groups from around Virginia to come and participate in many sports, activities, games, and even paintball. This  event is really cool because you meet new and great people every year. It is also a great event to catch up with some older friends that you don't get to see all the time.

Student Expo

This past Friday at RBC was the Student Expo. I thought that it was worth going because you were able to see what students are doing beyond the classroom and even in the classroom. The highlight of it for me was seeing the hover boards one of the engineering classes had made. It was also cool to see all the art and research displays that students put much time and energy into making and presenting.

Sacrifice Sunday

Today was a historic day for the The Sanctuary, a United Pentecostal Church located in Colonial Heights, VA. April 27th  was the date of our first sacrifice offering with the hopes of reaching $45,000 towards our purchase of 10 acres of land to build a new church. The land costs $90,000 total, and God blessed us with $90,790 in one day and the is now ours! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Microwave syndrome

We live in a day where people want so many things so very quickly. We treat so many things like we are trying "microwave" them. By "microwave" I mean us wanting a desired result in as little time as possible. We can have a hot and ready meal in as little as thirty seconds. We try to microwave food, relationships, friendships, character, and so many other things. We sometimes get impatient when something takes a longer time than we desire, and it even goes on to the point where it may make us irritated. The one big thing we cannot "microwave (rush)" is life. Life is full of experiences which mold us into who we are. Some of these experiences last in intervals of seconds, minutes, but some even years. But in the long run our success in life cannot be microwaved but can be attained over much time. I will end  with this analogy, "a microwavable dinner will never taste as good as something that has been slow roasted in the crock pot".

Monday, February 10, 2014

Felt sense

The whole idea of our reading "felt sense" can be boiled down to one main idea. When you feel as though there is nothing more to write about on a particular subject, just keep writing. You may be surprised at how much you know that you thought you did not know. It is amazing to see what comes to our minds when we begin to write down what we know and something new pops in our minds. Limits have little effect when we begin to follow our felt sense when it comes to writing.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Leaving things behind..

                                                                 Leaving Things Behind

                      In the book of 1st Samuel in the Bible, we encounter a man known by the name of Saul. He was the first king of Israel after the last judge of Israel name Samuel had died. In chapter 15 of the book of 1st Samuel, God orders king Saul to " go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not..." (1st Samuel 15:3). King Saul partially obeys this command when he decides to spare king Agag, which was the king of the Amalekites. He also decides to spare the best of their cattle. The next time king Saul meets the Amalekites is in the book of 2 Samuel chapter 1.  King Saul is in battle with the Philistine people and he had fallen on his own sword and was not quite dead. He looked behind himself and saw a man standing behind and he asked who he was. The man standing behind king Saul said " ... I am an Amalekite." (2 Samuel 1:8). King Saul then ordered that Amalekite man to slay him because he had had enough. The thing that Saul should have gotten rid of when he had the chance, ending up killing him in the long run. Sometimes in life there are things that we should just put behind ourselves. Whether it be anger towards one another, what someone did to you, or even what someone said about you. Those things can be easily forgiven and put behind ourselves. Yet, sometimes when we do not leave those trivial things behind, it can very well come back down the road and haunt us if we don't learn to not give mind to trivial things, but rather keep looking ahead to what may be in front of us in life.