World View

A view to those out in the world into our life.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Weekend Review

Went to more weddings this weekend than I have in my entire life put together. Just kidding, but I did got to not one but TWO weddings this weekend, one in Ft. Smith and one in Fayetteville. A record for me. Cindy was in both of them. I knew both couples getting married, so it wasn't that bad. I did get to go to an enjoyable wedding banquet on Saturday night. I must say it was the most enjoyable I have been to in a while. It was what wedding banquets were supposed to be about: free food, free beer and wine, good live band, lots of dancing, Godly couple who got married, and a good time had by all. Chocolate fountains rock, by the way. I wanted to stick my mouth under it, but I thought the other people might not appreciate it.

The verse about Jesus turning water into wine was brought up a couple of times as a way of saying, "we paid for it for you to enjoy".

John 2:1-10
1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
4"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."

5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[a]

7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.

8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."

They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

It is, in a way, a parallel to what Jesus did for our life. He paid for it so we can live in freedom and experience the true joy here on earth while eagerly waiting on the banquet he is waiting to put on for us upon our arrival to heaven. What a celebration that will be. It makes me ask the question, "Is there any 'water' your life that you need to let Jesus turn into 'wine'?"

Friday, July 22, 2005

Corporate Prayer

I was praying through the "Daily Prayer" written by John Eldridge and wanted to share part of it with you. You can find this at Ransomed Heart Ministries web site, click on Going Deeper, and then Daily Prayer which is on your right.

"Father, thank you for your angels. I summon them in the authority of Jesus Christ and release them to war for me and my household. May they guard me at all times this day. Thank you for those who pray for me; I confess I need their prayers, and I ask you to send forth your Spriit and rouse them, unite them, raising up the full canopy of prayer and intercession for me. I call forth the kingdom of the Lord jesus Christ this day throughout my hom, my family, my life, and my domain. I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ, with all glory and honor and thanks to him"

I don't think we ask each other to prayer for us enough. Also, we don't ask each other "how can I pray for you" enough. If our prayers are likened to a canopy to be raised, then how can we do it alone? Have you ever tried to put up a big canopy on your own? It is very hard to nearly impossible and definitely much more frustrating by yourself.

In the past I have felt a burden to pray for others and I did. It felt as if I was doing something to make a difference and I believe God hears our prayers and they do make a difference. I believe a tool of Satan is to make us forget all of those answered prayers in the past and to forget current prayer needs. I am trying to keep a running list of prayer request, which I used to do and stopped doing for some reason. I can't tell you how many times I told someone I would pray for him/her and forgot to do it. I was sincere about my offer to pray, but when it came time to pray I couldn't remember.

So, for all of you who read this (not that many), please let me know how I can pray for you. I have the following requests myself:
(1) Focus - I have a HUGE test coming up in two weeks. I need focus in studying for
it. Also, focus on God's word when I am reading it.
(2) Rest - I have not had a free weekend in a long time. Mission trips, work,
family, and a few other things have playe a part. Not complaining about
these things, but I have been unusually busy and seem to not be able to
do anything about it.
(3) Discipleship - I am leading a group of guys through a Band of Brothers bible
study. It brings back my realization of my desire and need to
disciple, which I am really not doing. At the same time, I
have a desire to be discipled as I have in the past.

Thanks and God bless you today

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Psalm 19:1

"The Heavens declare the Glory of the Lord; the skies proclaim the work of his hands"

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


The guys at Google know how to have some fun. Click here to take you to the Google Home page. Click on the moon in the google. When you see the moon, they mark all the landings on the moon. Next, click on the highest resolution and see what I mean.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Google Earth

I have recently discovered a very cool download from Google called Google Earth. It essentially takes the Google Map I have previously talked about and lets you get a 3-D view of different areas.

For example, my roommate Brook recently went to British Columbia to write an article on a posh resort which gives Heli-fishing/kayaking/hiking/rafting trips at a very reasonable price (if you have enough money to own your own jet at $8,000 a pop). Anyway, through Google Earth, we were able to see the exact glacier the helicopter flew he and his group up to.

Here is an example of what the Grand Canyon looks like:

If you go to Denver, it has buildings in 3D so you can get a tour of the city. You can also type in the name of restaurants, hotels, coffee houses (Grant), and it will show you where they are all located. If you download this, the controls at the bottom of the page all you to get a horizontal view of the "earth". You can see mountains as if you were flying towards them. You can even do the Matrix like 360 view thing. Check it out here.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

89.7 Power FM

Just found a new Christian radio station that live streams their music. It is 89.7 power fm out of Dallas, TX. I have been traveling through Dallas in the past and heard this station and thought, "Jason, you sure would like to listen to that station at home". Well now, I can.

Buffalo Swimming Hole

As the heat is upon us here in NWA, I can't help but to want to find a swimming hole to go to. This pic is one of the places we stopped to swim on the Buffalo last year when we actually had some rain. We spent probably half an hour jumping off this rock. The water was cool and refreshing. I bet God had a fun time coming up with swimming holes and I bet he smiles when we enjoy them. God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him (Piper, I believe).

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Back in NWA

Although I am slow to post, I am back in God's Country, although one could make a good arguement for calling the land of Honduras God's Country. I guess in reallity it all is. This was my second trip to Honduras and it was just as I remembered it: extremely beautiful.

I was invited to go on this trip by Dr. Pete Ball who attends Johnson Church of Christ. We were joined by the North Street Church of Christ as well as 4 from Ohio and 3 from Florida as part of a campaign with Latin American Missions. We went to San Juan, Honduras which is nearest to Danli near the Nicaraguan border. San Juan was a small town set in the pine forrested hills of Honduras, although we were near the jungle region. It really reminded me a lot of Arkansas. While in San Juan, we set up medical clinics and treated approx. 2100 people in about 3 and 1/2 days. It was a lot of work but very enjoyable. Everyone worked hard to make sure things went well. Unfortunately, I left my camera at the Hotel in Tegu. It just so happens that the group that came in as we left is from Harrison, AR. I should get my camera and film this weekend or next week, hopefully. I will then attempt to post some photos.

I will post more later, but just wanted to give all of my 2 or 3 readers an opportunity to know what was going on in my life.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Back in Tegu

Well, I am back in Tegucigalpa and have a free day. Usually I "have to" get all the sites in...but today, I am going to chill. May try to find a B&N, may just sit by the porch. The trip was good. Met some really neat people, both from the states and from Honduras. I don´t have a lot of internet time now, but I will post more later with pics, I hope.

Wanted to put up the words to a new song I learned from Mike Mitchell, my roommate on the trip. He call´s it "The Mountain Song"

O Lord I thought the day would never come
When I could lay my burdens down and walk with you
This morning as I greet the rising sun
The fondest of my dreams have all come true

And the greatest friend you´ll ever find is on the lonely mountain
The highest high you´ll ever reach is when you kneel to pray
The brightest light you´ll ever see is when you close your eyes
O Lord you are my first love, at last I realize

O Lord I need a mountain to climb on
Just a quiet place to go and know your there
O Lord I need to spend some time with you
Jesus spent the night with you in prayer

And the greatest friend you´ll ever find is on the lonely mountain
The highest high you´ll ever reach is when you kneel to pray
The brightest light you´ll ever see is when you close your eyes
O Lord you are my first love, at last I realize
And the greatest friend you´ll ever find is on the lonely mountain
The highest high you´ll ever reach is when you kneel to pray
The brightest light you´ll ever see is when you close your eyes
O Lord you are my first love, at last I realize
O Lord you are my first love, at last I realize.

Thanks Mike for sharing that with us!

Cindy, I can not wait to see you.

Grant, maybe you can put the above to a guitar? Got some things about the trip to hash out with you when I get back.