The requests.

March 27, 2007

So I said we’d get to my requests because they’re prevalent in my mind these past few days.

First, the Mexico trip. The Spanish IV class, chaperones, and alumni such as myself are going to be leaving Friday morning at 5 am. Please pray for safety, for the team, for the people we’ll be ministering, and anything else you can think we might need prayer for.

Second, pray that I would have some peace about school next year. It always seems like there’s something up in the air in regards to my school situation, ever since I graduated. Chico seems like the place right now, music seems like the major right now. Satan is very talented at enstilling doubt, however. Pray that my academic journey would have purpose and that I would be at peace about it.

Finally, pray that I can juggle the two (school and Mexico), I’m missing a week of school for Mexico and then my family leaves for Disneyland for another week when I get back. So…pray that I don’t fail.


March 27, 2007

So it’s been awhile. I’m home from housesitting without internet for two and a half weeks so for all 3 of you (I’m guessing) that kept looking for updates I apologize.

Anyway, I’m going to tell you the same thing we’re going to talk about in Bible study tomorrow. I want you to pray. Please. I’ve got requests and I’ll get to those, but more importantly, just pray. I’ve never met anyone who thinks they pray enough and I think that’s a great attitude to have. Especially according to I Thessalonians 5:16-18:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you.

We all admit that we fall pathetically short in this area, so now what? I take my cues from Jesus:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)

It makes the degree of his humanity apparent because it seems he felt that he couldn’t pray where he was without being distracted. The time that he went out to pray is convicting as well. While it was still dark? Ouch. My prayer is that I would have the same zeal for conversation with God that Christ did.

What a trip to think about though, getting up way early and getting away from everyone to…well…pray to yourself. You know, that whole trinity thing. I know, I know. He submitted to the will of His Father all the time while on Earth but the thought of praying to God when you are God still blows my mind and, frankly, it should blow your mind too. Don’t judge me.

Anyway, a personal challenge from me to you! Do what it takes to focus. Do what it takes to “pray without ceasing” or at least to send up praises, requests, and cares to God as much as you can for a day. Go get by yourself. Get on your knees. Heaven forbid, we could fast. Radical, I know. Let me know how it works out.

One Down, Five to Go.

March 5, 2007

A couple of weeks ago I somehow lost my ESV Bible. So what did I do? Well, now I carry around an NIV (translated in both English and Spanish) and leave my NASB at home for when I do most of my reading. Honestly though, it’s been bugging me that I don’t have my ESV. I’ve already got plans to buy another one very soon. It is my favorite translation after all. I guess I’ll have to make due with what I’ve got for now, I mean they aren’t my favorite Bibles but, like I said, I’ve got to deal with what I have for now. I tell you all this because just now, a whopping 13 hours after hearing it, I’m utterly struck by the chapel message today.

Vladimir Dervishi is a man with an incredible story but I’ll let you read about the basic details in his own words. He finished translating the first Albanian New Testament and has been working on the Old Testament since 2002. His work schedule is posted on his web site as well and gives me a whole new respect for Bible translaters. By the time he finishes the OT it’ll have taken him 10 years!

Now the part that has got me thinking and praying now is when he talked about the statistics that Bible translators are facing. He told us there are about 6000 known languages in the world today. Of those 6000, somewhere around 2600 don’t have a written Bible. Granted, in a lot of countries they speak more than one language so there’s a possibility that if they can’t get a Bible in one of their languages they could get it in the other, but somehow I know that there are PLENTY that can’t get the Bible in a language they understand. At age 19 I’ve already spent an entire 3 months of my school career devoted to studying the Bible. Not to mention all my Bible classes and chapels throughout my time at Woodland Christian. Nor to mention all of my time spent at church. Can you imagine being middle aged, old even, and never have read a Bible? I can’t fathom it. It’s one of those things that I’ve always realized intellectually but never taken the time to really let sink in. This actually happens.

I did some inventory. Before I lost my ESV I had six Bibles. Even more if you count all those Gideon New Testaments I’ve accumulated over the years. Six Bibles written in 5 different versions. Well, shoot. Now I’m starting to sound spoiled…