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Happy Thanksgiving

And for all of you that actually like to eat meat, eat a whole lot of Turkey for me because each year I get more and more reluctant to do so. 😀 Thank you Biology.

What am I thankful for…. lots of things:

1.) My faith. At the end of the day, the discussions I’ve had and the things I’ve learned contribute to it, but really it all comes down to what I believe personally. And that is what I’m most thankful for.

2.) My best friend, Olivia. Olivia is in my opinion probably the best friend you could ever find (for a girl). Not only is she beautiful on the outside, she’s completely gorgeous on the inside. She is very caring about all of the people in her life, and has a very nurturing spirit in that way. She automatically goes to those with the weaker personalities (as well as strong) and becomes their friend. She spends hours talking to me and helping me through all my petty problems, and she never complains. This past week she spent 8 hours total helping me with Spanish, actually teaching me everything they learned during first quarter. 8 hours! That’s two separate days, and meant for her that she would have to stay up incredibly late both nights doing homework- but she never complained. Each year I learn more and more about Olivia, and I am so very grateful that she is my best friend.

3.) Beautiful piano music that makes my spirit long to “sooooooaaaarrrrrrr.”

4.) Camp Amazing, and Worldview Academy

5.) My family. Can’t stand them, can’t live without them, right? Yeah, they drive me crazy, but I love them 😀

6.) Laurisa. Laurisa is probably one of the sweetest girls I know. With an incredibly sarcastic side as well. She totally loves to the Lord and has gone through trials that I can hardly imagine. Specifically, her dad died around two years ago. When this happened she and I weren’t incredibly close at all. Actually, we were probably a lot more like casual acquaintainces. The thing is, I was there when they found out the news about her dad, and you cannot see someone go through something like that first hand, and not form a different sort of relationship afterwards. And believe me, I am so glad I’ve gotten to know Laurisa. I watched her go through that time with extreme grace and acceptance. In public, she was never bitter and stepped up to what needed to be done in her family. Something I am sure was very, very hard. The entire time, she and her family never ceased to amze me with their trust in the Lord. It was stunning to see how God could turn something we thought could only be ugly and make it a living testimony for others. Laurisa is one of my best friends, and I now I can’t imagine life without her.

7.) Chara (pronounced Car-Ah). I love Chara. She’s like the busiest person in the entire world, I had to invite her to my birthday party back in June, and she’s also just plain awesome. She’s really outgoing, has a strong personality, and works very hard at school. What I love most about Chara though is that she has actual flaws, and she’s not afraid to show them. This fearless attitude is what I love most about Chara. Even if she’s not fearless, she can act like she is. Which is really cool. Chara also has a real desire to please the Lord, and I’ve had some of my most amazing spiritual conversations with her that have seriously enriched my life and the way that I reach out to others. I think talking to Chara on late night AIM conversations had made me realize how much I love talking to others about my faith. It’s a cool thing.

8.) My high school. Sometimes it can drive me crazy but it is giving me a valuable education.

9.) Really nice Spanish teachers that let students transfer in a quarter late!

10.) This list could go on and on forever, so I’m just going to say I’m grateful that I can feel thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008 at 3:45 pm 11 comments

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The Reliability of the Scriptures

Some of you may have seen in my videos that on my left arm I wear four bracelets always. One of those is a green rubber bracelet that says “Worldview Academy” on it. Maybe after reading this post you might understand exactly why I value Worldview and why I’m so grateful for my time there this last summer.

And to make completely clear, when I refer to Christianity I am referring to my beliefs as a non-denominational Christian. In a nutshell, this means that I believe that:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten son that whom-so-ever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16

I use an NIV translation of the Bible. And I believe it to be 100% true, and God inspired scripture.

You might be thinking, dude, how can you believe in a book that’s thousands of years old? What evidence is there that supports the validity of the Bible? I just don’t get it.

I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers. I don’t. But I do know that any questions I have I take back to my faith, thus the Bible, and every single question I may ask or the world may ask me has an answer in the Bible. And here’s what I believe about the Bible.

This is adapted from what I learned at Worldview Academy this summer:

-How do we know anything?

Well, truthfully we only know anything by going back to the original source.

-Christianity is a revealed religion.

Meaning, that truth is revealed within it. Answers to every single question can be found here. Questions on:

Nature- Romans 1:19-20, Psalm 19:1-2

The Bible- Deut. 6:4-8, Psalm 119, Hebrews 1:1

Christ- the God/man- Hebrews 1:2-3, John 1:14

The Bible is the revealed Word of God? How do you know?

How about a little acronym?

Manuscripts-

“To be skeptical of the resultant text of the New Testaments books is to allow all of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for no document of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament.” -John Warwick Montgomery

Bibliographic test: comparing of copies, time gap from earliest copies, etc. These all prove the authenticity of the Bible. And an interesting bit of information? This chart:

AUTHOR

DATE WRITTEN

EARLIEST COPY

TIME SPAN

NUMBER OF COPIES

ACCURACY

Homer 850 BC —- —- 643 95%
Herodotus 450 BC about 900 AD about 1350 years 8 there
Euripedes 440 BC about 1100 AD about 1500 years 9 are
Thucydides 420 BC about 900 AD about 1300 years 8 not
Plato 380 BC about 900 AD about 1300 years 7 enough
Aristotle 350 BC about 1100 AD about 1400 years 5 copies
Caesar 60 BC about 900 AD about 960 years 10 to
Catullus 50 BC about 1500 AD about 1600 years 3 reconstruct
Livy 10 BC —- —- 20 the
Tacitus 100 AD about 1100 AD about 1000 years 20 original
New Testament 60 AD about 130 AD about 100 years 14,000 99.5%

Resource: http://www.newchristian.org.uk/ncbibleok.html

Archaeology-

“It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference.” -Nelson Glueck

Anyone who has studied world history might be aware of how the Assyrians, Hittites, etc, have all been proven via archaeoligcal evidence that comes directly from the Bible. Actually, the Bible was the only proof that existed up into the 1900’s that these civilizations had even existed. I personally find that pretty interesting.

Another interesting point to make for you history lovers out there regards the Walls of Jericho. The Bible says that God brought down the walls of Jericho through the faith of the Israelites. The walls of Jericho fell outward, something that is scientifically unexplainable apart from God.

Prophecy-

“I am God… Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done…” -Isaiah 46:9-10

Here’s the stats:

-Over 300 prophecies predicting Jesus (specifically) and over 2000 that he fulfilled (referenece the New Testament).

-The chance of any one person being able to fulfill these is 10 to the 17th power. Let’s illustrate this. Say you have one quarter and upon that quarter you put a red dot. Take this quarter and drop it into a pile of quarters several feet high, and spread this out all over the entire state of Texas. Than, go out and without any tools or devices randomly choose one quarter from this sea of metal. The chances of you finding the quarter with the dot on it are the chances of you fulfilling all these prophecies. Crazy, right? But Jesus did it.

– The Dead Sea Scrolls proved that Isaiah was written hundreds of years before Jesus fulfilled these prophecies.

Same theme all the way through:

The redemption of a sinful human race by God’s grace through faith in the shed blood of a redeemer.

Has anyone ever wondered why so many people wrote the Bible? Me too. What I’ve learned through intensive study upon this topic is that despite the many authors that wrote the Bible, at various time, they all wrote about this exact same them. No one knew what the other was writing before it was written. Some of the Old Testament books were written well before the New Testament, and yet these have the exact same theme as the ones on the New Testament. They all connect. They all share the same theme.

A bonus point…

+ The common experience of Christians:

“Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” -John Newton

-So how do we know anything? Go to the source:

Karl Barth, one of the 20th century’s most famous theologians, while visiting the University of Chicago was asked the most important thing he had ever learned. He replied: “Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” And the Bible is a reliable source.

As always, I ask that comments be respectful. I would also like to add that I will be making a series of posts on my beliefs coming up in the next few months. This is a vitally important topic that I wish to discuss more. I will of course be posting about other things as well, but I feel like this is something I should talk about right now. What say you?

Further Resources and Recommended Reading:

-Nothing But the Truth

-The Case for Christ

-Thy Word is Truth

-New Evidence that Demands a Verdict

November 25, 2008 at 5:05 am 8 comments

Sweet 16 Party?

I’m afraid right now. And excited. But mostly afraid.

My Mom and my best friend, Olivia, are scheming together for my birthday. They’re basically planning a surprise party that I know about. All I know about it comes from an invitation that I was given, to my own party. Lovely, right? 😀 Here’s the poem:

Inside the can are random things; each gives a tiny clue

Their shapes and smells only begin to tell of the fun things we will do

Wear your jeans and comfy shoes, dressed up a little bit

We’re doing some favorites, new things too, and making a game of it!

So book the time, enjoy the ride, get ready for some fun

‘cuz the number of times you turn 16 is simply only 1!

I’ll admit I’m a little bit afraid but I know it’s going to be fun. I just need to chill on the control freak level. Anyways, I’m excited 😀

And I suppose I should mention that the things in the can were a taxi candy cab, a candy lipstick, a book sticker, a HORSE sticker, a christmas ornament candy, ginger bread malt balls, hot chocolate taffy, egg candies, etc. 😀 Tres random, non?

November 22, 2008 at 2:18 am 20 comments

I <3 Harry Potter Trailers!

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I went through this screenshot by screenshot and it’s just great. Muy bien 😀

November 20, 2008 at 5:50 am 6 comments

Thank You :)

Oh my gooseness, seriously God answered prayer.

Ok, so those of you that know me relatively well know that I’m taking an online Latin II course, and that it basically has stressed me out to a point where I’m starting to get physically ill, and basically it’s not fun. Since its started the situation has gradually just become worse, and last night as I was talking to my parents we agreed that the situation is not working.

This morning I went to talk to my school counselor and discuss what my options were. The vice principal came in while we were talking (he is so nice) and they both told me to go ask one of the two Spanish teachers (Spanish is the only language my school offers, hence why I took Latin in the first place) and she is just the nicest lady in the world, and she agreed to let me transfer in now. We worked it out with my schedule (I had to drop Aerospace Engineering, but it’s worth it). And so today I went to Spanish (which surprisingly I enjoyed!) and I just feel so completely and totally relieved. Like a huge mountain of stress has been lifted from me. And it’s wonderful.

So thank you everyone for all the prayer. Obviously, it worked.

* smiles like a simpleton *

November 19, 2008 at 1:40 am 7 comments

Escapades with Book Signings

November 18, 2008 at 4:58 am 12 comments

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