Friday, January 15, 2010

Aggie Muster was last April, I think it is time to write again or at least have a more recent post to this blog.


This semester with my Middle School students I am teaching through the book of James. Last Wednesday we discussed how James, brother of Jesus, went from skeptic to a servant of Christ. How is it that one can go from a life of total unbelief, to one of total devotion, to the extent that James died a martyr... proclaiming "Jesus is Lord!"

Our discussion led to the conclusion that it is when you are confronted with the objective reality of a risen Jesus, you are forced to deal with it. So thankful that God has a solution for my sin problem.

Looking forward to walking through James!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Aggie Muster

"Softly we call the muster, let comrade answer 'Here'..."

"We gather today, Aggies all, to recall our past, to strengthen our ties, to honor those who have passed before us....We come today to affirm our commitment, our love for this place and all that it represents."
- Jack M. Rains, Muster Speaker 1984

Muster is a time to look to the past, present, and future…not only to grieve but to reflect and to celebrate the lives that connect us to one another. A gesture so simple in nature yet so lasting in spirit, Muster is the lasting impression every Aggie leaves with us; it reminds us of the greatness that lies within these walls, of the loyalty we possess, of the connection that binds us, and of the idea that every Aggie has a place of importance – whether they are present in flesh or spirit.

Aggies gathered together on June 26,1883 to live over again their college days, the victories and defeats won and lost upon the drill field and in the classroom. By April 21, 1903, this annual gathering evolved into a celebration of Texas' Independence on San Jacinto Day. These early meetings were a time for Aggies to reflect and celebrate their memories of Aggieland. 'Let every alumni answer a roll call' wrote the former students. It was not until 1922, however, that April 21 became the official day of events for all Aggies, thus, the annual tradition of Muster was born. The March 1923 Texas Aggie urged, 'If there is an A&M man in one-hundred miles of you, you are expected to get together, eat a little, and live over the days you spent at the A&M College of Texas.

Still remembering and honoring the time spent in Aggieland, the tradition of mustering has grown in strength, meaning, and spirit. By 1929, meeting had grown worldwide, and in 1942 Aggie Muster gained international recognition. Twenty-five men, led by General George Moore '08, mustered during the Japanese Siege of the Philippine island of Corregidor. Knowing that Muster might soon be called for them, these Aggies embodied the essence of commitment, dedication, and friendship- the Aggie Spirit. They risked their lives to honor their beliefs and values. That small group of Aggies on an outpost during World War II inspired what has developed into one of our greatest traditions.

Muster is celebrated in more than four-hundred places world wide, with the largest ceremony on the Texas A&M campus in College Station. The ceremony brings together more Aggies, worldwide, on one occasion than any other event.

"There's a Spirit that can ne'er be told..."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

99 Balloons


99 Balloons from Igniter Media on Vimeo.

Eliot was born with an undeveloped lung, a heart with a hole in it and DNA that placed faulty information into each and every cell of his body. However, that could not stop the living God from proclaiming Himself through this boy who never uttered a word.


In the midst of heartbreaking tragedy, the Mooney family found the presence of God strengthening, comforting, and guiding them. Their story reminds us to seek God and endure our struggles rather than blame Him for our hardships.
For more info about Eliot, go to
www.ninetynineballoons.com.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cardboard Testimonies

video

What would be your testimony? God’s grace is enough; He alone is mighty to save!

Monday, March 23, 2009

just a thought

God’s primary purpose in healing us from our hurts is to introduce us to new depths of relationship with himself.

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” - Psalm 16:9-11

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, your preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” -Psalm 138:7-8

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Romans 5:12

Sin came through Adam, Eve picked the fruit and ate yet God blames Adam??? Sin affects and infects all of mankind; we are all born sinful and broken. Sin is not a state of actions that occur once you know the difference b/w right and wrong. Sin is something you are born with and those actions later on are a symptom of the greater deeper reality…

The entire world is trying to solve, fix or work through the fact that something has gone wrong in humanity, evidenced by all the self-help books, step studies, etc. How does God fix this? In order to take care of the bad side of the scale something has to absorb the wrath. Jesus Christ absorbs God’s wrath toward sin...my sin is covered by the broken body of Jesus Christ, justification and life. (Romans 8:30-39)

The debate can go round and round trying to place blame and developing creative excuses regarding the fall of man. Bottom line we are born sinful and broken but we are also forgiven by the blood of Christ.

“Christ in me the hope of glory, you are everything..." is this a true statement of my life? Honestly, my heart’s desire is for God to be my everything some days are easier than others.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sweetly Broken

Ever have those days when there is a stirring within yet you are left without words? A flood of different emotions at times can be overwhelming. Don’t have much to say but this song has been playing in my head today, it’s one of those that just messes with you and causes me to respond.

Sweetly Broken by: Jeremy Riddle

To the cross I look, to the cross I cling
Of it's suffering I do drink
Of it's work I do sing

For on it my Savior both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is love
And God is just

At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

What a priceless gift, undeserved life
Have I been given
Through Christ crucified

You’ve called me out of death
You’ve called me into life
And I was under Your wrath
Now through the cross I’m reconciled

At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

In awe of the cross I must confess
How wondrous Your redeeming love and
How great is Your faithfulness