Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Return Of The Questions

G-Man Speaks:

Below are the questions and answers from my pal Gerard Fess. He used to send these out every week but took a bit of a break. So in honor of the return my answers are posted here!

Jasper Speaks:

1. What is one theme you are using this summer (Be it VBS, Camp or other)?

Extreme Makeover --- Heart Edition (Fruit of the Spirit) I admit we stole the basic theme idea from Doug Feilds butwe are doing it all on our own from there.

2. If you could ask God, one question; What would it be?

How does free will and predesitnation really work?

3. What is one the hardest things you have had to do?

Leaving Maine without another ministry position

4. What is in your CD player?

Paul Colman Let It Go ( I HIGHLY reccomend this it came in the last Interlinc box and I LOVE it)

5. What was the last TV show you watched?

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball --- They rock and I am so glad to be HOME!!!

6. What are some websites you would recommend?

http://www.youthspecialties.com
http://www.youthpastor.com
http://www.pastor2youth.com
http://www.wildfrontier.org
http://www.simplyyouthministry.com
http://www.geocities.com/kerussodrama
http://www.biblegateway.com
http://www.imbd.com
http://familyguyfiles.com

7. Any upcoming projects?

Yes. Mission Trip and I will be the "real Youth Pastor"while the guy I am working with is in Guatemala and Georgia in a few weeks.

A. Prayer Requests:

A job with real money in the fall (preferably still in ministry)

Several people in my home church have cancer right now. Most of them are in their 20's and 30's with small children. That just sucks. Please pray for their health.

My time as the "real Youth pastor".

B. Praises:

My ministry job for the summer. God's grace is AMAZING

C. Other:

Did I mention that God's grace is Amazing?

You can answer these and send me your answers if you like. I would love to hear yours!

Friday, June 24, 2005

Call Me Fundy

Another Quiz Speaks:

You scored as Fundamentalist. You are a fundamentalist. You take the Bible as the foundation of your faith and read it very literally, and it shapes your worldview. Non-fundamentalist Christians have watered-down the Gospel in your view, and academic study of the Bible stops us from 'taking God at his word.' Science is opposed to faith, as it contradicts basic biblical truths.

Fundamentalist

82%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

79%

Reformed Evangelical

71%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

61%

Neo orthodox

57%

Emergent/Postmodern

43%

Classical Liberal

39%

Modern Liberal

14%

Roman Catholic

7%

What's your theological worldview?
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Jasper Speaks:

Okay, so I would agree with some of this assesment although I would say that academic study of the Bible is a great way to find Biblical Truth. I don't think it sways us away from it'smessage at all. Science confirms God it does not contradict Him. I also believe that there are far more Fundamental people than I out there. But I am proud to be one who belives in the Word of God and holds to those Truths.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


A Good Day

Jasper Speaks:


So, yesterday was a really, really good day. I got editing done for Youth Group and thought this WUS episode was very good. Then I finalized my message on the first on the list of Fruit of the Spirit --- Love. The afternoon brought our group playing The Blue Gnu at the mall. This is kind of a Hide and Seek game in that there is someone planted wearing blue and the kids have to go up to anyone wearing blue and ask them if they are The Blue Gnu. They can't tell the people why until after they have answered the question. My sister, Darla, was The Blue Gnu and we all had a great time playing.

Then we went back for The Edge. Our usual worship leader was off and so some of the girls led and did a great job. During that time we sang How Deep The Father's Love For Us and I just found myself completely overwhelmed by the power of the lyrics and the sense of awe as I stood contemplating that Jesus bore my sins for me out of His great love. It was just the heart preparation I needed for speaking.

The message went very well. I think it was much better than last time. I just felt the presence of God so much and could sense Him giving me the words to speak. I know that is how it is supposed to work but last night it seemed it worked better than it has in a long time. I was convicted by my own words and could sense ways God was dealing with me.

The hard part is this just all gives so much more desperation to be back into full-time ministry. I don't want to be anything other than a Youth Pastor. This is who God made me to be. I am desperate to be able to go back in with full force. I will never take it for granted again. Godspeed is perfect and I am witning on His timing. I think yesterday came as a sign of hope that God will open that door again to me.

Mostly, I am just in awe of the fact that God loved me enough to die for me while I was still a sinner. He loves me enough now to discipline and guide me. His love is deep. I am so undeserving and He is so wonderful. I am glad I was reminded of that fact again.