Archive for December, 2011


Adam and Eve

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

Adam and Eve were made for each other, just as we are made for each other. Husband & wives were made to spend the rest of their lives together. Good times and bad, rich or poor, hungry or in plenty, wait a minute, these sound very familiar. Oh yes, marriage vows. Not guidelines, but vows which were given in front of many witnesses and God. Take them seriously, I know I did.

When I think of becoming “one flesh,” I picture something like a skin graft. Once the healing is done, it becomes part of the body. There is no removing it without a great deal of pain. If we are to be one flesh, we should fuse ourselves with our mate, never to be separated, otherwise we will have to deal with an enormous amount of pain.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when people need to remove themselves from relationships, I just think today people don’t try hard enough to make it work. Once things start to become difficult, they jump ship. Give it some time, counseling and most importantly, put Christ at the front of your marriage and watch the transformation take place.

I am reminded of a scene from the movie “Fireproof,” when Caleb is arguing with his father about all of the things he has done for his wife. She never seems to show gratitude for the things he has done. Caleb tell his father “How am I supposed to show loves to someone over, and over, and over who constantly rejects me?” You can’t love your spouse until you have the love in your life to give them. The love of Jesus Christ. Start there, it’s a great place to begin. Contact me if you want to know more, I’d be glad to have that conversation.

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In The Beginning

God created. Everything on this earth, God created.In as much as man has taken credit for the things he created, they are all just an extension of what God has planned for us.

I have heard many different theories about the creation of this world, the big bang, evolution, etc, but I still say, whatever theory you are looking at, God was the one behind it all. God created the heavens and the earth, He also created everything on the earth. This I believe with all of my heart. End of story. Well, maybe just the beginning of the story. This is how Genesis begins. I hope to continue through this book and share more of my thoughts about what I read and contemplate upon. Welcome to the journey, it may be a bumpy ride, but I know I will enjoy it.

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Thank you,

Jarrod

Angels

Luke 2:13,14 says; Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Have you seen an angel? Would you know what one looks like if you did? We normally imagine angels as beautiful creatures with wings, accompanied by clouds, light and ethereal music announcing their entrance. But what if we are wrong? I’m pretty sure that some angels appear this way, but we see many other angels everyday among all of the people we see. The true meaning of the word “angel” is “messenger.” A messenger who brings us good news or a helpful hand.

Think of Clarence in Bedford Falls, did he look like the angels we picture? He looked like a homeless man wandering the streets. If we ran into Clarence in the middle of our busy lives, would we stop and look at him? Would we actually listen to him? George Bailey listen to Clarence because his internal need to help others kicked in when he saw a man in a greater need than himself.  Today at our rapid pace, we find it hard to not only to notice other people around us but to listen to them. I am guilty of this. I have so much going on that I find it hard to slow down and look around me for messages from people around me. We need to slow down and listen for those angels that we don’t expect.

The shepherds were in the middle of work when the angels came to them. They took the time to listen to the message and act upon it. They dropped everything and sought the Messiah. May we this Christmas drop everything and search for Him. He is still here, in this world, as long as we take the time to listen for Him.

Merry Christmas

Thank You!

There are so many times when those two little words don’t seem like they are enough. But what else can you say? I seem to be having issues with how to express my gratitude to everyone whose has given so much of their time or gifts to me or to my family. Are there other words to use? I mean “thank you very much” doesn’t seem to cut it either.

Why does it seem sometimes that even though the english language has so many different words, when the time comes to express how I feel, I become speechless. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! To all of those who helped with my church’s “Bethlehem,” the choir who shared “A Tapestry of Light,” my family and everyone I may have forgotten, thank you!

We recently had our Christmas gathering for the Severings at my parents house and I had a wonderful time talking and sharing with my mom, dad, brothers and sisters and all the kids. Thank you so much for being the family that you are and for all that you will be for each other. The gifts were wonderful as usual, but the best gift was time. Time to share, time to talk and time just to be.

I have just finished directing the choir’s cantata at church and over the past couple of weeks also finished “Bethlehem: A Virtual Experience.” I now have reached the point is my Christmas journey that I can relax and slow down. I look forward to spending some good quality time with my family and close friends. Taking some deep breaths and enjoying every minute with them. Merry Christmas!

Mary, Did You Know?

What did Mary know? My guess is, not much. But one thing I am sure of is that Mary had faith that could move mountains. She certainly was asking questions, but she still said “Here am I, I am Your servant.”

How many of us can say the same? When we are faced with tasks we have been asked to do that seem impossible, do we run away? Or do we say, here I am, I’ll go?

The angel came to Mary and told her that she was “favored” by God. God had found favor with her. He was pleased with her. Therefore, He chose her to begin the greatest story ever told. Pastor Eric at church on Sunday, preached about Mary and her thoughts about this message. Mary was nothing special, she was from “the wrong side of the tracks.” So how could God use her, who would believe that God was going to use someone like her to accomplish this great thing?

We are reminded many times in scripture that with God all things are possible. God can take the least likely person to compete a task, and make him look like a master. So what are we afraid of? With what task that we need to do are we thinking, “really, God?” Let me remind you; with God, nothing is impossible!”

I know there are a few things on my plate that I have thought about, and I will continue to remind myself of this. If this is what God is asking me to do, then I have nothing to fear. He will guide my steps and open the doors that I need opened. All I have to do is trust in Him and lean on His understanding, not mine.

Can it Really be Over?

After months of preparation and days of construction, Beth Eden’s trip back in time to Bethlehem for 2011 is over. For three hours every year, we transform the basement at Beth Eden into Bethlehem from over 2000 years ago. Little shops, the census taker, roman soldiers and the manger are all stops along the way to find the baby who is to be the Messiah.

The part that has always been the most meaningful has been the turn from the rowdy “Jacob’s Inn” into the quiet manger. I have never understood the physics behind the drastic change in volume in only a couple of feet, but it is truly amazing to witness. I hope it was just as moving to those who came through as it was for me being involved in this Christmas tradition.

I was able to have a conversation with a couple of people who are looking for a church to belong to and I look forward to seeing them in church soon. I also spoke with many others that were moved by the experience and thought it was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

I also hope that for those who helped construct and act in this drama were inspired to spread the word of the true meaning of Christmas. Over 2000 years ago, God gave us the best present ever, Jesus Christ. May we all take the time to reflect on the things in our lives that mean the most; family, friends and our relationship with our savior Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas to all!