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2008 Review in Photos

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Wow.
I really have no clue where to begin.
2008 brought so many ups and downs that just the thought of going through and rehashing all of it freaks me out.
Regardless, 2008 was amazing for many reasons, and one in particular.

Thankful fors in 2008 in no particular order:
(clicking each photo will enable you to leave a comment and to enlarge a specific photo)

There are many more photo’s I could place up there; blog party, etc. However I have limited space and time.
Perhaps if I feel it, I’ll do a 2008 in Review part II.
I will say this, Twitpic made this a whole lot easier.

Anyhow….
I truly never will forget 2008.
Each memory will be tattooed on mind and heart forever.
From the moment of 01/01/08, to the moment of all the tears I cried, to the moment I first laid my lips on Allison’s, to the moments soon awaiting me in the next few days.
2008 will be a defining moment of my life to come.

I could truly never be more blessed.

Here’s to 2009!

Small Group (Worship Journey)

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This weeks Small Group in partnership with Consuming Worship will be hosted by my friend Scott Fillmer. If you are participating, please be sure to head his way.

I apologize for my lack of participation recently. Life has been a bit extreme and busy lately, and this week may be the craziest of them all. Due to that, I will be going “off-line” via blog and twitter. I do however look forward to next week getting back in the routine of blogging/twittering. I came to the decision that it is better not to blog at all, rather than to blog just for the sake of blogging, and to create something unattractive, boring, and unauthentic.

As I step away completely this week, I ask for prayer for clearity, not just for me, but for everyone involved. I ask that you pray for my heart and energy, that I am able to endure what I am about to endure and to push through while still holding on to hope and faith.

-kr

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July 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

Blogger Small Group

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This weeks Small Group in partnership with Consuming Worship we start week three of our not so new format. This revised version of the small group has benefited my intake of knowledge and understanding incredibly. This week we’ve studied Romans chapter three[3] verses twenty-one[21] through thirty-one[31].(Side Note: If you haven’t read Romans chapter three[3], but want to participate. Read it now and write about it. Any input is better than no input. Everyone is welcome.) [Mr. Linky is at the bottom]

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I will be posting my thoughts shortly…

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Again, if you’re new and not sure what to do, below I have posted the instructions to the group. Take the time to read them, it will help make this group much easier for you.

INSTRUCTIONS

[p.s. Don’t forget to link back to here so everyone can go back and forth easily and to leave a comment. Be blessed]

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July 1, 2008 at 8:24 am

Blogger Small Group

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This weeks Small Group in partnership with Consuming Worship we start the second week of our new format. Smaller portions last week did end up equaling more knowledge. This week we’re jumping in on Romans chapter three[3] verses nine[9] through twenty[20].(Side Note: If you haven’t read Romans chapter three[3], but want to participate. Read it now and write about it. Any input is better than no input. Everyone is welcome.) [Mr. Linky is at the bottom]

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I love how he starts off immediately slamming the Jews that they are no better off than anyone else. He is so firm in this decision to let them know how equal they are that he goes on to say this to them:

None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

I wonder what the Jews were thinking after this? I think about how I react when someone puts me in my place, and holds me accountable to the truth(which in most cases is different than what I’m wanting). I immediately get defensive and try to think of some excuse to why what they’re saying does not apply to me. I sometimes reply with, “I see how it applies to person X or person Y, but I’m person Z, so thanks but no thanks.” Haha. I know, lame huh?

As I was reading this, I thought about my life. I thought to myself, “Wow, does he really mean this stuff? Am I worthless? Do I really do no good?” I believe that while he is definitely using an over dramatic way to get a point across, I also believe that that point is a well needed point, a very accurate point. However, I also have to point out that while we are worthless, we are made worthy by Christ. While we do not understand, God is constantly teaching us. Because of Christ, we have been delivered from all of these things. Yet, if we forget to acknowledge that we are worthless without Christ, if we fail to give credit to God for our understanding of the Word. If we continue to proclaim our love as a love that we have created from within ourselves, then we will fail to reach the potential and blessing God meant for us. We will never really truly reach Him in a real relationship form.

This weeks passage was another reminder of God trying to help us understand that we have to lose ourselves in order to truly obtain Him

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Again, if you’re new and not sure what to do, below I have posted the instructions to the group. Take the time to read them, it will help make this group much easier for you.

INSTRUCTIONS

[p.s. Don’t forget to link back to here so everyone can go back and forth easily and to leave a comment. Be blessed]

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June 24, 2008 at 1:21 am

Blogger Small Group

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This weeks Small Group in partnership with Consuming Worship we start the initial week of our new format. Small portions means more knowledge. This week we’re jumping in on Romans chapter three[3] verses one[1] through eight[8].(Side Note: If you haven’t read Romans chapter three[3], but want to participate. Read it now and write about it. Any input is better than no input. Everyone is welcome.) [Mr. Linky is at the bottom]

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Romans 3:4

…Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true.

That’s relieving. Really. If EVERYONE else is a liar, God is true. No matter what you do, no matter what I do, no matter what happens to the earth, no matter what seems to go on in the world, God DOES NOT change. It doesn’t go into detail over what is true about God, because there is no need to. Only time there is need for specification is when whatever you’re speaking of is not consistent all the way through. God’s love…it does not change. It’s real, and is as consistent as what it is spoke of throughout scripture; never change, never ending, not self seeking, it’s patient, kind, gentle. I could go on and on. The point here is this, GOD DOES NOT CHANGE, even when everything else around us seems to.

I go on to read verses five[5] through eight[8] and one thing comes to my mind as I read. First off, I love how in brackets it states: “This is merely a human point of view.” Knowing that man’s mind is corrupt and tainted, this helps deeply to understand the scripture here. Secondly, think if we didn’t sin. The point made is this:

Romans 3:7

…how can God condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights his truthfulness and brings him more glory?

If we did not sin, our lives would honor and glorify Him through and through. There would be no room for contradiction or hypocrisy. Our lives would be honoring him every second. However, because our lives do not do that, God is able to be glorified through His ability to take our sins and create beauty. Our sin however has tainted the original beauty that He made in the beginning. Why certainly as a human it would be easy for me to jump on the bandwagon of saying, “Yes! Yes! My sin glorifies God through his blessing of redemption and healing.” While that is true; His Kingdom would be untainted and unneeded of redemption and healing if it were not because of our sin.

All this just continues to show and affirm me that God’s grace is wonderful in his faithfulness. His faithfulness goes to the measure of every end of our lives. In our sin, he will create beauty. In our brokenness, there will be healing. In our hurting, there will be never ending love and peace. In our confusion there will be depths of understanding. Also however, through our sin God will give us grace by discipline. Why? Because our God is faithful and just. He loves us enough to be gentle and firm. He loves us to the point of changing our lives, and not allowing us to become content with our nature to sin and to disgrace His name.

Again, remember, even if everyone is a liar…God is still true.

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Again, if you’re new and not sure what to do, below I have posted the instructions to the group. Take the time to read them, it will help make this group much easier for you.

INSTRUCTIONS

[p.s. Don’t forget to link back to here so everyone can go back and forth easily and to leave a comment. Be blessed]

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June 17, 2008 at 7:42 am

Blogger Small Group – Scripture Release Week 8

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Scripture Release:
Partnered with Jeff over at Consuming Worship, we are releasing week eight’s scripture for the Blogger Small Group. If you unaware of what this small group still is, GO HERE to read the expectations, instructions and guidelines. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN IN!!

Also, this is an entry for Los’ Creative Chaos for the week of June 12. Be sure to check out the rest of the Creative Chaos nuts over at Ragamuffinsoul.

This week we’re going to be breaking down Romans a little differently. Normally every week, we take a chapter from a book, read the entire thing, then come back here and share. This week we are going to try something a little different. My friend at Worship Revolution had suggested this little change. At first I was not sure if this is where or how I wanted the small group to go, but after looking into Romans a little more, and seeing the length of the chapters coming up, I believe this is going to be good for all us. His suggestion was that we break down the chapters a little smaller, in return I believe we will reap these benefits:

  • Less Reading
  • More study time
  • Deeper discussion
  • Better feedback

It does mean that it will take us a little longer to get through Romans. However, I don’t think you can sacrifice knowledge and growth for time. Nor do I believe it makes sense to hurry up and get through a reading just to to get through it, meanwhile you’re missing out on TONS of valuable/priceless information.

This week we’re going to start on Romans chapter three(3). However instead of the full chapter, we’re going to focus on verses one[1] through eight[8]. We’ll see how this goes, and at the end of the week, I would like everyone’s feed back with how they feel on the change, good or bad. Honesty is all I ask for when giving feedback.

Remember, next Tuesday is when we get together and meet to share where this scripture lead us, and to discuss with each other in whatever way God leads us.

WEEK EIGHT SCRIPTURE: Romans 3:1-8 (click the link to go directly to the passage)

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June 11, 2008 at 9:51 am

Blogger Small Group

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This weeks Small Group in partnership with Consuming Worship we start the initial chapter of our study of Romans; Romans Chapter Two(2). (Side Note: If you haven’t read Romans chapter two(2), but want to participate. Read it now and write about it. Any input is better than no input. Everyone is welcome.) [Mr. Linky is at the bottom]

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My format this week is going to be similar but a little different than normal. I’m going to break the scriptures up into two parts this week, instead of by paragraphs.

God’s Righteous Judgement
Romans 2:1-16

1 …for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself…

Speaking as a human, but more so as a guy, I can say that I am quick to judge the other guys around me. I’m not sure if it’s my pride, my fear of another guy having just a little more testosterone than me, or what it really is. However, I know that if a male around me messes up or makes a mistake, I am quick to jump in with a sentence, “Can you believe that…” or “Why would she date a guy like that…”. I could go on, but I won’t. Not only here am I reminded that God’s judgement is not only okay, but it’s full of hope, healing, restoration, etc. Compare that to my judgement, which is only selfish and harming. So why do I do it? Why is it that I’m so quick to judge others of the same things that I do every day? Hmm…uhh, see verse five;

5. But because of your stubborness

Stubborn? Who me? I think about my judgement towards people and I think about what is going through my head as I’m judging someone; “I can’t believe they did that, they’ve been told so many times not to.” or “Didn’t they learn from their previous mistakes?!”. However, every time I have messed up, I can always tie a time with it where I have learned that I shouldn’t have done something, yet I still do it. So while I was reading this section and coming across sections such as these:

8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

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12All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

It all just hit me. Read thirteen again; “it IS NOT those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” I’m so quick to pass judgement, and to know what scripture says. I can smack the bible on everyone. I’m great at that. However, I’m very slow to apply it fully to my life.

In the end I think it all comes down to not understanding verse eleven in my heart; “For God does not show favoritism”, or maybe it’s me hoping salvation is work-based. Or, is it just comes down to laziness. It’s so much easier to do it my way. Either way though, I’m pretty sure I fall short.

In the end His way definitely seems a lot better.

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Again, if you’re new and not sure what to do, below I have posted the instructions to the group. Take the time to read them, it will help make this group much easier for you.

INSTRUCTIONS

[p.s. Don’t forget to link back to here so everyone can go back and forth easily and to leave a comment. Be blessed]

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June 9, 2008 at 11:19 pm