Friday, February 29, 2008

Currently Reading
I Really Want to Change... So, Help Me God
By James MacDonald
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Jasper Speaks:

This week's memory verse comes from 2 Timothy 3:16: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect thoroughly equipped for every good work". What a great verse! I memorized this one a LONG time ago when I was a summer missionary in Kern County, California. I had just completed my freshman year of college and boy was I green. God taught me a lot during that summer. I was so young spiritually. I was just learning the ropes and made a lot of blunders a long the way. So, whenever I hear this verse I am thrust back to my twenty year old self and I have to thank the Lord for how far I have come!

Bit this verse really is so mighty on its own. It amazes me that God cared enough to give us His very words. He created us but nothing forced Him to communicate with us. He chose to do that. He chose a lot of broken, ordinary people to take down His very words and share His thoughts. The creator communicated with His creation.

It is hard for me to understand people who do not believe that the Bible is errorfree. The God who put the sun in the sky and makes the waves crash into the shore, spoke to men and told us what we needed to know. His Word promises us that it is all we need for life and Godliness. If that is true, surely he was careful to give his exact words to these men and not make mistakes. This verse not only reminds us that God brought His Word to us but assures us that it will equip us to do whatever He asks. I don't always live like I have the power to do anything He wants, but this verse reminds me that I do.

So, a young Jasper and the visual of God breathing words into the life of people. I think that makes for a very good verse. I pray that as we commit it to memory. we will live it out in our lives.

BTW --- We home shopped last night and may have found "the" place. Please be in prayer that all goes well. I have felt this way before and --- nope.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

Today was a pretty good day. I didn't teach much. Just zero hour was all. The rest of my classes spent the day enrolling for next year. I did get all my grading finished. I didn't mind.

I have been thinking a lot about our mission trip. I had a meeting with a pastor of a neighboring church who would like his group to join us this summer. I think God has AMAZING plans for our trip to Mission Raleigh.God can change hearts when we serve. I think that will happen.
Found this video on God Tube. I thought it was cool. So I thought I would share:

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Currently Watching
Family Guy - Blue Harvest
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Jasper Speaks:

It has been a good weekend. On Friday night, we took my dad to dinner. Although I talk to him every day this was the first time that we had seen him since the week of the funeral. It was nice to provide for him a bit. He is very lonely and I am a bit concerned about him so please pray for him when you get a chance.

Saturday, I spent the day with out student drama team doing devotions at Upward Basketball. It was a long day but a lot of fun. I love hanging out with "my kids". They were pretty much a crack up all day long. Saturday evening we went to my friend Michele's fortieth birthday party. It was good to see her and her husband Dennis (who are are closest couple friends), Michelle M, and Bob and Julie. I was wiped out and was not necessarily the life of the party that I can be but it was nice anyway.

Today, the search committee presented me to the church as their recommended me as their choice for the Student Minster at Parkway. I am humbled by God's work in my life throughout this process. I am completely humbled that God would give me the opportunity to be considered as part of the staff of this incredible church. Please pray that we would all be sensitive to the Holy Spirit during this time. We are meeting with the youth and their parents this Saturday morning at 9:30. Then we are meeting with anyone else who would like to talk to us after each of the morning services on Sunday. The church will then vote on me on March 9th. The process has seemed long but the resolution seems to be coming rather quickly. We will see.

It is back to school tomorrow after a very SHORT week last week. Man, I wish we only had two days of school every week and still got out like I dunno, May 1st or so. Unfortunately, with the snow and my district's STUPID policy of not including any snow days in the calendar, we are going into June now. GREAT!

Well I am off to bed for the evening. Have a great week guys!