Mo’ bloggin’

Hey y’all-

I’ve setup a blog with my lovely future bride to apprise folks of wedding information. Now, I realize most of y’all (the three or four people who actually read this thing) may not be able to come to the wedding. But, I still wanted you to know where you might be able to read more about our relationship. Well, the genesis of our relationship.

So, check out: The Aggie and The Preacher.

Hope all is well in your part of the world.

I preached this morning and am enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon at Starbucks updating this kind of stuff….

Livin’ the dream,

Uncle Jeff

The Movie 2012

Hey y’all-

This weekend I am going to see the movie 2012 with some friends here in Taipei. This should be fun. I like big blockbuster movies and this one looks like it will have some cool special effects. But, there is a greater reason for going to see this movie…..

2012 claims to be about the end of the world. So, a few questions…

1. Do you believe the world will end?

2. How will it end?

3. Are you afraid of the possible end of the world?

4. If you are not afraid, why not?

Thoughts?

Uncle Jeff

DWYL Chapter 3 – Day 4

Hey y’all-

  We’re on Day 4 of Lesson 4 in the DWYL Study Guide. This lesson ties directly into Chapter 3 of Don’t Waste Your Life. Let’s make it happen, people!

 

  Question 10 asks us to reflect on Galatians 2:20. Here it is: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

  Here is the question, “How does it make sense to say that “I” died and yet “I” live? What key words can you find in these verses that explain the difference between the “I” who died and the “I” who lives?

 

  My response: This is a good ‘un. First of all, I think the “I” who died and the “I” who lives are two different people—radically different. If true conversion has taken place, if one has been “born again” (see John 3:3), then there is a massive change within one that can only be seen as a new birth. This is not a simple assent to a knowledge of Jesus Christ, this is not simple belief that Jesus exists (see James 2:19), but this is a deep-seated rooting out of the old nature and a glorious new nature is born that loves Jesus Christ and sees Him as the most important person ever.

  So, the reality of someone dying and being “born again” should change them severely. Not in a bad way, but this born-again follower of Jesus (we use the term Christian quite often) will be a totally new person. Some vestiges of the old nature may still be around. Sin will still creep around like a pesky fly looking to irritate and eventually find a weak spot to invade. But, ultimately, this person, this new Christian will be vastly different in an eternally good way.

 

  When Paul writes that the new life he lives is lived “by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me,” that tells us exactly how he was saved (by faith), who saved Him (the Son of God), and why he was saved (who loved me and gave himself for me). John 3:16 encapsulates this truth very succinctly, as well.

  The “I” who died was crucified with Christ. The “I” who lives is actually Christ living within that person. That is amazing. To think I was crucified on the cross with Jesus and He now lives within me. This is not the nasty, sinful, hateful, disgusting Jeff who was lost and going to Hell, but the new, loving, forgiving, joyful child of God, Jeff who has peace and joy  and hope through Jesus Christ who lives within me.

  Do I still sin? Yep. Does my breath still stink sometimes? Yep. Do I get mad and make mistakes and hurt people’s feelings with my sharp tongue? Yes, sometimes. But, I have been forgiven and I repent of those sins and ask forgiveness and I know that Christ is doing a new work in me that will continue until the day I go to meet my Maker. On that day, I will be finally perfected and glorified to live with Jesus throughout eternity. Wow, what a gift of grace to a sinner like me….

 

  You know, some who read this post may not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Would you like more information about what that means? Drop me a line or click here. This site has good information and they can help you as you seek Christ.

 

  Thoughts?

  Uncle Jeff