Thursday, January 29, 2004

The Power of One

In case you don't know, my English 102 class is focusing on the literature of the Vietnam War and during today's discussion we hit on the significance and power of just one day. We were discussing how drastic and compelling the actions of just one day during the war was, when we looked through a photo essay in which a 19 year old marine was followed through just one day. He lead some of the South Vietnamese soldiers on a routine flight and landing, but the mission turned into anything but routine when the enemy ambushed the two helicopters upon landing. The essay showed the young marine pulling his fallen comrade onto the remaining helicopter and mourning over the body as they flew back to base. The power of just one day left a previously happy soldier, grief stricken. The power of one day changed the whole complexion of the war for this young soldier. The power of just one ambush. The power of one death. The power of one murder. It made me think of how much power just one death can have. I thought about it and realized that in our modern society, we allow death and the fear of death to run much of what we choose to do and not to do. I began to wonder why we allow it to run our lives so much of the time and as I was reading the Bible, I found that death is something that should not hold any power over us or our actions. The words that Jesus spoke to Martha comforting her after Lazarus's death show that death is powerless in comparison to the only begotten Son of God:

"I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish." -John 11:25-26

In these words, Jesus shows his unending dominion over death and promises eternal life to believers. Death has no power over Jesus and no longer does just one death have any power over man because of the sacrifice that was given on Mount Calvary. The power over death is now in the hearts of believers all over the world and why? Because the power of just one perfect life, the power of one risen Christ, the power of the one true God, and the power of One with unending love. Yes, there is most definitely a power of one--but that one is not day nor death (nor AT&T Suncom Wireless), it is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Until next time--take care and God bless.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Frozen Blessings Missed

The old saying "if you give a mouse a cookie, he's gonna want some milk" has never been more true than in the past day here at Clemson University. If you live anywhere in the North Carolina, Georgia or the upper part of South Carolina, you know of the nice wintery weather we have just experienced. With this storm brought the cancellation of classes all of Monday and on Tuesday through 11 AM. You would think that the students here would be extremely excited over having a nice extended weekend, but the first thing I heard from my friend when I woke up this morning was a string of cussing followed by "they couldn't just extend it one hour." This continues to baffle me how students that have been allowed time to just chill and hang out with friends could be angry over the fact that the University wouldn't cancel all classes today. (**NOTE I too felt a little upset until I realized how silly it was to be angry that I was going to get to miss two classes today.) People are too focused on what they want instead of being happy and content with what they have, so I decided to look through the scriptures to see if I could find something that I could relate to the anger felt by my good friend and found a passage that I found really applicable in Paul's letter to the Phillippians:

"How grateful I am, and how I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need."-Philippians 4:10-13

This passage helps me realize that it doesn't matter what I have or don't have, how many friends I have or don't have, how many classes I have to go or can miss, or anything else--all that matters is that Jesus Christ is my refuge and my source of strength in happiness and sorrow, good times and bad, and at festivals and funerals. No matter what anyone can say or do, I have the greatest gift of all in God's unending love and mercy. I truly hope that all my friends that know Christ as their Lord and Savior will realize that whether we have to go to class or not is truly an issue that matters not and that they need to be content with knowing Jesus Christ. I truly hope that all my friends that do not yet know Christ will be able to see His glory and majesty soon and come to the joy that is knowing the one and only begotten Son of God.

Until next time--take care and God bless.

Sunday, January 25, 2004


I'm Chris and this blog marks the start of a (hopefully) regular journal of my journey of growth in Christ. I'll introduce myself starting with my college experiences (I'm a first-year student at the beginning of semester #2 at Clemson University). Back in the fall, I had no faith in Christ or belief that God truly existed as I went about my daily life. I was living an immoral and lonely life until the night I decided to have some fun the night of Clemson's homecoming victory in OT over the University of Virginia. Fifteen shots in thirty minutes to someone who doesn't drink was extremely fun until I woke up in the hospital--this marked the beginning of my worst period. During the weeks after "the incident", I felt abandoned by people I had once trusted in as best friends and felt very alone. I became angry and bitter through the next few weeks as I grew more isolated and my bitterness and contempt of everyone came to a head over Thanksgiving break. I saw nothing but disagreement with family and no friends until a major argument with the only 'friends' I thought I had left (my parents) pushed me past the breaking point. It was during this break where I contemplated suicide more than had ever before and actually used a razor blade to cut myself on the upper part of my thighs (where no one could see). As the break ended, my life only worsened as I became ill with an extremely bad cold that lasted for the better part of two weeks. During the week of my exams, I began to seek an inner peace and some semblence of resolution to the huge amounts of hate, anger, bitterness and apathy I had in my life. It was over Christmas break that I finally began to read the Bible and attend church again. I felt a rush of new life and a dissipation of all the negatives in my life as I began to seek God in everything I did. I found refuge in God, power in prayer and a hope for life in Jesus Christ. I have since recommitted my life to Christ and began to study God's Word and just finished reading the book of Matthew. The unending love, mercy, faithfulness and morality that exudes from the way in which Jesus lived is amazing beyond description, but still pales in comparison to the strength and courage He showed when He took all the sins of the world away when He died on the cross.

This has been a short sort of introduction to me and a somewhat quick summary of what I believe. Hopefully I can blog regularly with new insights on the things that I have found in reading and studying God's Word. I want to close this blog with the verse that I have on my desktop because I think it is a helpful reminder to let the light of Christ shine through in everything you do, so that all praise goes to Him. So until next time, take care and may God bless.

"Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
-Matthew 5:16

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