Monday, March 31, 2008

Bible major's future...

This is my friend Stan...picture pretty much says it all.


Just got word that on of my former professors, Sue Russell (Acts class), had to take her husband to the hospital this past weekend because he was having problems with his aorta. Aorta problems are not good. All I know is that he is in critical condition.
Sue and Dave just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last Monday; shoot up a prayer for Dave today.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

On a happier note,

I recently got some pics from Reiney's birthday party back, and I thought I would post them here so he can see them without a facebook. :)

Things missing from the last year:
Matt relaxing...pazookie...

...And Jared,

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Celebration Service

Today was Josh's celebration service; it was really wonderful.
Many people got to share about who Josh was, and what they loved the most about him. Some shared songs, and we had a time of worship.
We laughed, we cried, we remembered, we hugged.

It was so great to see everyone that I hadn't seen in many months and (for some) years.
I kept myself busy for most of the service, helping in any way that I could...typical for me. I finally went upstairs to cut some flyers for the next morning and that's when it hit me like a train...Josh is gone. I am never going to see him walk through those church doors again or randomnly run into him at Starbucks. I feel like he is not gone...I feel like the service I just helped with wasn't for him...but it was. It's such a weird feeling.

But already I have seen some great things come out of this situation:

#1 - I had the opportunity to share the Lord with someone last night at Chipotle...and I totally wouldn't have even been out in the OC if it wasn't for all this. His name is Manny, please pray for him.

#2 - One person gave their life to the Lord today at Josh's service, praise God!

#3 - I was reunited with one of my old youth kids that I hadn't seen for 2 years. I saw her and just started crying because, well, I just seriously love her so much. I mean, I love all my kids so much, but I just haven't seen this one for awhile. Now we will most definitly stay in touch, and I am looking forward to meeting with her in the summer on a continual basis.

Oh, so many other things to was so incredibly bittersweet. Right after the service I headed over to hang out with the ladies for Jacque's bacheolorette party and we had such a good time hanging out. I am so blessed to have found incredible women during my time here at Biola. I am so blessed.

I'm going to miss you Josh...but I know you that you are just so happy right now to be with the Lord, and with your dad.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Hey all,
Just wanted to give you a quick update on the Kaplan family.
I spent the afternoon with them today and we had really good conversation (Steve was there too).
Again, the memorial service is this Saturday at 10am at Kingsfield Church.
I'm so excited to gather and celebrate Josh's life; it should be a wonderful time of worship, fellowship, and remembrance.

Please continue to pray for Josh's mom, Linda, and siblings, Jeremy and Christina.
They have loved all the support they have received so far, so thank you for all your prayers.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"You're Beautiful"

This Phil Wickham song really touched my heart today...especially the last bit of it...

I see your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say...

You’re Beautiful

I see your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
Its all proclaiming who you are...

You’re beautiful

I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are setting on your heavenly throne
Soon you will be coming home...

You’re Beautiful

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing...

You’re Beautiful

Josh is at the glorious wedding feast our hearts long for everyday.

Monday, March 24, 2008

My heart is broken.

Before I became a Christian, I didn't know what love truly was.
I only looked out for myself.

When my heart met with Christ's love, I immediately began to love differently.
I started to do youth ministry and I fell in love with my "kids".
Paul speaks about the love he has for the Christians in his letters...he only wants the best for them because he cares so much for them.

This is how I care for my kids that I have looked after for over 4 years now. I love you guys very much.

And this is why it pains me, and just literally breaks my heart to have to say goodbye to one of my kids: Josh Kaplan.

Josh, you were greatly loved, and you will be greatly missed.
Ooo how I didn't want to lose you, not yet. I put all of my heart and soul into looking out for you and the other kids for years and yet you still slipped right through my fingers.
I've been talking to God a lot in these past 24 hours, and He has given me great comfort. He loved you so much and now you are together, healed, purified, righteous, joyful, and glorified.
It seems as if you have gone to the Lord on the day we celebrated Christ's death, and then were found on Resurrection Sunday. The sovereign timing of that is not to be taken lightly. Epehsians tells us that just as Christ has been made alive, risen, and seated at the right hand of the will we.
On the day we celebrated the truth of Christ's resurrection we learned that you had also been resurrected with Him.
I can't let myself ask "why" anymore. Who am I to know these things?
All I need to know is that God is sovereign, He is in control, He has been raised from the dead, and all of our hope lies in Him. We will meet again, and it will be a joyous occasion.

Here are some pictures I had in my iphoto of various mission trips, camps, and youth events:

AJ and Josh

AJ, Steve, and Josh

I love this one of all the kids chillin' during church service while on a mission trip

Winter Camp

Bouncehouse at FUZE

Being funny at breakfast

A memorial service will be held for Josh on:
Saturday March 29th, 2008 @ 10am
Kingsfield Church
*Formerly known as "Calvary Laguna"*
45 Tesla, Irvine, CA 92618
Please don't hesitate to email me if you need to:

Saturday, March 22, 2008

"What Would Jesus Do"

Last night was Good Friday, and many people in the world might of been asking themselves what they should have been doing. Maybe you didn't eat any meat, or maybe you gave up food all together. Maybe you prayed for an extra hour, or maybe you went to a nice Good Friday service at your local church.

Whatever the case, I think the people from my church topped it all on the night of Good Friday. I think we were exactly where Jesus would have wanted us to a bar.

Did we drink? No, we didn't drink.
Did we smoke? No, unless you consider second hand smoke as a source.
Did we love on some crazy kids? Yaaah, we loved on some kids.

You see, "The Union Line" was playing, and we just had to be there to support them.

Note the two boys with the hats/beanies...those are the boys who play in our church's worship team, and I love them dearly.

So anyway, I hadn't been to one of their shows yet, ever since they started playing in this new band, and I was home for Good Friday service, so I was able to make it out. Eventually I convinced my pastor's wife, Tatum, to tag along. If you don't know Tatum, here is a glimpse into her life: Wife, mother of the 3 cutest kids ever, director of the women's ministry, amazing woman of God etc. etc.

Well, I was lucky enough to hang with her the whole day yesterday because it had been awhile since we had seen each other. Her hubby wanted to study for Easter morning service that night, so we hit the town. Well, usually we just hit up Gypsy Den for some amazing chai, but this time we decided to head over to The Gypsy Lounge to watch the boys show. Tatum was a little nervous because she felt "old" (though she is not). I just told her not to worry, no one would notice.

So we go inside and we are greeted by this character:AJ Ranson

Starbucks and Urban Outfitter's worker extraordinaire.

We quickly move to the back of the bar, because The Union Line has not started to play yet. And then, it happens...
Pastor Frank Sanchez walks through the skinny jeans!!!

Okay, I am kidding about the skinny jeans, but he was there.

He also came with Chris Reinhardt, who is our church's director of the worship ministry at our church.

This picture of him just needs to be published on a blog...I mean, come one, does it seem like this guy would be seen at a bar on Good Friday? ;) The baby is Cadence, just in case you are wondering.

Then the lovely Melissa Murphy and Blythe Hill come strutting in, here is a shot of the three of us (I am limited to picture picking with no access to facebook)

So, at this point, half of the church staff, youth ministry volunteers, and worship band is hanging out in a bar, on Good ol' Friday.
I think people were encouraged, possibly felt reeeally awkward, but nonetheless, LOVED! Because we do love those boys in that band! Hooray for The Union Line!


Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary -


"that by which God is rendered propitious, i.e., by which it becomes consistent with his character and government to pardon and bless the sinner. The propitiation does not procure his love or make him loving; it only renders it consistent for him to exercise his love towards sinners. In Rom. 3:25 and Heb. 9:5 (A.V., "mercy-seat") the Greek word _hilasterion_ is used. It is the word employed by the LXX. translators in Ex. 25:17 and elsewhere as the equivalent for the Hebrew _kapporeth_, which means "covering," and is used of the lid of the ark of the covenant (Ex. 25:21; 30:6). This Greek word (hilasterion) came to denote not only the mercy-seat or lid of the ark, but also propitiation or reconciliation by blood. On the great day of atonement the high priest carried the blood of the sacrifice he offered for all the people within the veil and sprinkled with it the "mercy-seat," and so made propitiation. In 1 John 2:2; 4:10, Christ is called the "propitiation for our sins." Here a different Greek word is used (hilasmos). Christ is "the propitiation," because by his becoming our substitute and assuming our obligations he expiated our guilt, covered it, by the vicarious punishment which he endured."

"My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."

1 John 2:1-2

Friday, March 21, 2008

It's Good Friday,

And what a Good Friday it is indeed.

I always become somewhat emotional during Holy Week. I absolutely love, and am so thankful that my heart is still so, incredibly, sensitive to Jesus' death and resurrection. Many times this season can bring talk of the Easter Bunny, and chocolate, but ever since I have become a Christian, I have never got caught up in that whole frenzy ever again. - It's Christmas that gets me, but I am working on that... -

Throughout the week I have been trying to listen to certain songs and meditate on their truths. Two of my favorites have been Hillsong's "Hosanna", and Fernando Ortega's "Sing to Jesus".

"Sing to Jesus" has been my song of meditation of praise to my Lord, here are some of the lyrics:

"Come and see, look on this mystery,
Lord of the universe, nailed to a tree.
Christ our God, spilling His holy blood,
bowing in anguish, His sacred head.
Sing to Jesus, Lord of our shame.
Lord of our sinful heart,
He is our great Redeemer.
Sing to Jesus, honor His name.
Sing of His faithfulness, pouring His life unto death.
Come you weary and He will give you rest,
Come you who mourn, lay on His breast.
Christ who died, risen in paradise, giver of mercy,
Giver of life.
Sing to Jesus, His is the throne.
Now and forever, He is the King of heaven.
Sing to Jesus, we are His own.
Now and forever, sing for the love our God has shown."

"Hosanna" has been my meditation song as a prayer to my Lord, here are some of the lyrics:

"Heal my heart and make it clean,
Open up my eyes to the things unseen,
Show me how to love like You have loved me,
Break my heart for what breaks Yours,
Everything I have for your kingdoms cause,
As I walk from earth into eternity,
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest..."

What is there to say? What words can I possibly use on this blog to express the praise I have for the God who has saved me?!

Just think of all the people who lived before Christ, His beloved Israel. Oh how they yearned for the Messiah to come to save them. After everything they had done, turning their backs on God over and over again, and yet, He still loved His people so much that He sacrificed His own Son so we could be brought to life; life everlasting. And then, we learn that He did this so that anyone who believed would be saved (Romans 10:9-10). Not just the Jews, but Jew and Gentile.

We deserved death, but we were brought to life. And just as Jesus was made alive, raised to heaven, and seated at the right hand of the Father, so are we (Ephesians 2).

Jesus loves you.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

"Hello, my name is Mr. Spider,"

"And I like to bite Carrie on the arm while she's in the library."

Well, at least that is my theory...because that's when it began to itch like crazy!

...yuck, I have the eeeebie jeebies...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

2008 Christianity Today Book Awards

Check out the results here.

Luckily, I have read all the books that won!

Ha, yah right. :)

But, I do have both of the "Biblical Studies" books sitting on my bookshelf (which is kind of cool because my degree will be in Biblical Studies:
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson (Baker Academic)
The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition
Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd (Baker Academic)

Beale and Carson's book is used more for a reference and is very helpful. I am reeeeeally looking forward to reading Eddy and Boyd's book. One of my professor's, Dr. Lunde, highly recommends it, and it will definitly be the first book I read as soon as I am a graduate.

I have also read this one which won an award:
Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power
J. P. Moreland (Zondervan)

It is very good, I highly recommend it. Also wanna give a shout out to Mr. John Krutsinger because he was kind enough to buy it for me at a special lecture that Dr. Moreland gave. :)

Oh, and why we are at it, I reeeally want to read this book as well, I think it looks so good!

Prior Grace

Check out my friend Josh's post on "Prior Grace"'s a winner :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

One Step Closer,

Today was the day to confirm you are name was on the list! Spelled correctly and everything :)

My friend Rachel already bought her cap and gown, and we are currently studying in the library. I dared her to put it all on and go walk around the library, she refused, but we both took turns trying on the cap. ;)

I am so close I can taste it.

68 Days...

Also, if you could pray for my grandpa, that would be great. He is in the hospital for a lot of complications/problems. Please pray for healing. Thanks!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Follow up to Rob Bell Discussion

Just wanted to add that youth groups don't need to run out and buy NOOMA videos because they are the "coolest" thing around. You can also check out these videos by Zondervan (created by one of my own professors, Matt Williams!).
Ben Witherington blogs about it here. This is some of what Witherington has to say:

Zondervan has just released this new DVD Bible study curriculum for use in small groups and Sunday Schools. I was one of 6 New Testament professors in the project. There are 3 DVDs, with participant's guides: "The Prayers of Jesus," "The Parables of Jesus," and "The Miracles of Jesus." Each study is introduced from a setting in Israel, to set the historical context, and then taught from a creative location here in the USA: a beach, the mountains, downtown Chicago, Boston, etc., to show how the Biblical text can be applied to today's world. With 3 hours of teaching per DVD by Bible professors who know how to communicate the world of the Biblical text to today’s world (Ben Witherington, Gary Burge, David Garland, Mark Strauss, Mike Wilkins, and Matt Williams), “Deeper Connections” will provide the depth that you have been looking for. Through alternating sections of DVD teaching and small group discussion, this Bible Study series will allow your small group or Sunday School class to make DEEPER CONNECTIONS with three main areas: 1. Historical Background: Jewish, historical, social and cultural backgrounds are examined in order to bring out the full and deeper meaning of the Biblical text. 2. Biblical Text: The lessons are taught by Bible professors who teach this subject matter in Bible Colleges and Seminaries. 3. Real Life Application: Challenging and accurate applications that come directly out of the biblical text will help you to live the truth of the Bible in today’s difficult world.

I am telling you, these are some amaaazing videos. I highly recommend them!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I'm going through withdrawls,

You may be thinking facebook, and while that's true, my true withdrawls lie within not seeing these adorable faces for months! I cannot wait to see them this weekend. :)

Ben Witherington vs. Rob Bell

Check it out in this TIME Magazine article.

I agree with Witherington, sometimes Rob Bell just goes a little too far.

Not that I think Rob Bell is horrible; a lot of his stuff is good, and his church does some awesome things.

Here are more cool articles about Rob:
TIME Magazine
Christianity Today Magazine

We could have saved our school by taxing the rich

If you haven't heard, Arnold has proposed some major tax cuts against our school; we will be losing many teachers, psychologists, etc.
Here are some of the cuts for the district I grew up in, and that my sisters are currently in:

Saddleback Valley Unified
Budget: $264
Cut target: $19.3
Specific programs: Class-size reduction changes in grades 1-3 (130 teachers); high school cultural geography class (15 teachers); 15.8 school administrators; 24.7 district-level administrators and support staff; all bus routes except special education; vocal music, International Baccalaureate, field studies and language arts assistance programs; stipends for JV sports coaches; 11.7 school librarians, secretaries, psychologists and campus supervisors; special education; custodial, clerical and maintenance services; rollback of management pay raise; supplies, equipment, travel and consultants
Teacher terminations: 168

Now, the democrats proposed that we tax the oil companies more to make up for the loss of money that California has, and therefore not cutting from education. I know the word "oil" makes everyone nervous right now, but what would happen here is that for every $10 million worth of oil that is drilled, the oil company would have to pay 6% of that to the state. Therefore, the richies from the oil company would probably not have to buy that new yacht for the year.

But what, the Republicans can't have this now can they?

So instead they decide to move forward with the cutting of millions of dollars from the school, which indirectly, does in fact, tax more from the everyday citizen who has their children in public school (because we will still be paying the same amount of taxes to something we don't use).

I am all in favor of paying taxes. We pay taxes because stuff isn't free. We drive down our roads and they are nice and smooth, because I pay taxes. If I fall and break my hip, paramedics will come because I pay taxes. But come on people...come on President Bush who promised for a better education, where are you?!

I just can't believe that we would elect someone who would rather cut thousands of teachers than increase tax of an oil company.

Ya, this guy

Read more about it here.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A camera full of love.

Ever since Hannah lost my camera cord a couple of years ago, I haven't been able to upload my pictures right after the capture. This is very hard to deal with now that I am a blogger. So ever few months, I take a trip over to Target and get all my pictures uploaded to a CD. Here are a few of the loving moments I have captured...and maybe you can see why I am always so busy when I am not taking 18 units and working :)

Jill and I at my Back to School 80's Party

Johnny (left) and Joel (right) trying to look like some cool 80's fella's

Joel and Rachel...they are one of my favorite couples :)

Trip to yogurtland with Lindsay, Jill, and Kelly

Chris' Birthday

Blythe's Famous Homemade Checkered Cake!

Some friends at Chris' Birthday Partay

Lots of Friends and lots of Love at Chris' Birthday Party

And then, in all of my spare time, I decided to crochet a scarf :)

Here is my roommate Lindsay, with the scarf :)

Here is Erin at bridal shower #1...started making the rehearsal dinner bouquet

Erin, Jacque, and I at Bridal Shower #1 @ the Faris'

Paul, Derek, Me, and Jessie at Chuck e Cheese Studying for GREEK!!

Bridal Shower #2 ("Biola Bridal Shower") @ My little place

All the ladies could make it to this one! Yay! So fun

Bible Major Night

Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken Show with Jon

Lindsay's Clean side of the Room

And now she is laying in my mess...hey, i'm busy, duh ;)

Then we got bored


The end.
Stay tuned for more pictures on facebook, coming on Easter ;)