Saturday, March 22, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

This is all I need to say today ...

Friday, March 21, 2008

Currently Watching
The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition)
By James Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito, Monica Bellucci
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Jasper Speaks:

It has become my yearly tradition to watch The Passion of the Christ on Good Friday every year. I have seen the movie several times before but the scourging scene especially still disturbs me. The pain Christ endured for me is beyond comprehension. I always think I am desynthesized from the scenes in the movie ... until I see it again. I can take it in small spurts, but watching it from beginning to end, still makes me want to shout, "JUST STOP ALREADY!" I get haunted by the question, "Why would anyone do that for me?" It is a question where the answer remains silent. Only God knows why.

Tonight, I also found the scenes of Mary seeing Jesus through the eyes of a parent particular hard to take. Now that Jackson is in my life, all I want to do is protect him from pain. I found it hard to watch her, watch him. Today is a solemn day for a reason. The unanswerable question was put forth that day. Why? The only answer I can seem to come up with seems so hard to understand: GRACE.

BTW: Wednesday was the one year anniversary of Jackson coming to live with us! Because of church and Parkway schools being on spring break LAST week, I didn't get to see him at all that day. It made me a little sad. But my BEAUTIFUL wife took this video to commemorate the day and let me share in it a little.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

Last night at Reality Check went well. It was the last and final week of our Superhero series. Last night was Only Jesus Could Smash Death. Here is the acrostic from the outline this week.

Hope Returns - Luke 24:1-12

Eternal Life - Provided - 1 John 5:11-12

Rescued Our Souls - Colossians 1:10-14

Only Way Revealed - Hebrews 9:7-15

I have been pleasantly surprised to find out what a great ministry tool YouTube has really become. I found extremely appropriate clips to use every week on this site. I used a Superman Returns montage set to the song "Rescue" the first week. Last week was the I Need A Hero montage using TONS of clips from various movies, and this week I used a montage from the Passion of Christ set to a song called Hero (not sure who the artist was but it was way cool!). In some ways it is like having a production studio at work for you. I will definitely continue to use this site on a regular basis!

It has been interesting how as I have prepared the messages for this series, God has taken a specific point each week to challenge me personally. This week it was the Rescued Our Souls section. God just really made me realize how the resurrection not only means I don't have to die a spiritual death but it also means I can LIVE an adventure filled AMAZING life every day in my walk with Christ. The resurrection makes way for the promise of Christ in John 10:10 to come to fruition. Because Jesus rose from the dead, I can have a real and meaningful life; a better life than I ever dreamed of! Pretty awesome stuff there!

Please continue to pray on our housing situation. Everything seems to be going well. We really would love to live as close to the church as this house would afford us! We appreciate you remembering us to the Father on this matter.

Oh, and one more thing ...


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

I want to be aware of what is around me. I want to see the hurts in people's lives. I want to see the needs of others. I want to be aware of people who need to know Jesus. I want to be aware of those who need encouragement in their walk. Are you aware?

Just when you think I am getting too serious (ahem, Tracy).

Monday, March 17, 2008

Currently Watching
August Rush
By Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
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Jasper Speaks:

The weekend went well. It was so very busy. Friday night we went to Kobe Japanese Steakhouse with Kendra's boss and her boyfriend. It was a celebratory dinner as all four of us got new permanent positions in the past two weeks. Like mine, Kendra's and Julie's were at the same place doing mostly the same thing but Rich's was totally new and hey, the Sheraton paid for the meal (which was INCREDIBLY tasty) and it was fun!

We have so really become parents though. Kendra's mom was babysitting Jackson for us so we could stay out as late as we wanted and do anything. We drove to the movie theater and only recognized like three movies that were playing there and so we just kept on driving. As we talked we realized how boring we were since w couldn't even think of anything to do. We went through the DQ drive-thru and went home. I guess our lives really ARE consumed with work and the kid!

We had a visit from my cousin Tom and his family on Saturday. It was nice to reconnect. They are very nice people and I hope to build a stronger relationship there over the next few years.

Yesterday was the Easter Cantata at church. I played Jesus. It was fun. Teresa got too hot playing Mary Magdalene and pretty much passed out on stage. She was miraculously revived and did great through the second service. She is a real trooper because she did a great job in the first service as well. You could never tell how sick she was getting at all.

My sister came in for awhile yesterday as well. It was nice to see her. It had been a long time. With Kendra's mom here this weekend when we went out she was the babysitter. She kept Jackson for us last night and Kendra was able to go to evening church with me. That NEVER happens.

So, overall it was crazy but good. I am praying this week goes well. Please continue to pray for the housing situation. Everything looks good right now! Still just waiting for the final word on the financing!