Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Noah...and the Ark

Noah's story still amazes me every time I read it. Yes, it is one of the first Bible stories that you ever learn as a child, but there is so much too it.
1) It hadn't rained ever , yet Noah listened to God when God told him to build an ark because the earth was going to flood with rain (because the earth was filled with wicked people). As you can imagine, everyone laughed at him, because they thought he was crazy. It must have taken a crazy amount of faith to continue building the ark when everyone was against you.

2)God told Noah, "Go into the ark with your wife, children and their wives, and take 2 of EVERY animal with you, Oh and make it an even 14 (7 of each male and female) of every clean animal. Oh yes, and 14 of every bird, too. Once your in there, stay for 7 days, then it'll start to rain..." It rained constantly for 40 days! The earth stayed flooded for 150 days! Then, Noah sent out doves every 7 days for 14 days to see if the earth was dry, and finally it was.

So, then Noah and his family gets off the ark, and they are literally the only humans alive on the PLANET.

Wow. That is faith.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

When Peter Left The Garden.....

Hey there! So obviously I didn't blog about my trip to San Francisco, I know....I know...I'm sorry! :)

The trip was awesome and we had a lot of fun...maybe in a couple posts I can catch y'all up on it!

I went to a church camp overnight, and I really loved the sermon.

When Peter was with Jesus or in the garden, he was so eager to protect Jesus (Matt 26:35 But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.), even cutting a servant's ear off, trying to keep them away from Jesus.

Then, not long after, Peter left the garden, and no longer felt he could openly allow himself to be associated with Jesus (Matt 26:69-75 "Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth."
He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!" After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away." Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!" Imediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.)

Are you just like Peter, when you leave "the garden" or when you aren't around your church friends, you don't feel that you can show Jesus?