Tohoku Triple Disaster: Four Years Later

Posted on: Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:24 By: Trey Rowzie

This week, I recieved an email from a teacher at our school that seemed to best express my feelings. I have been given permission to share it with you...

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Praise the Lord for His sovereignty, mercy and love.

I do not know why, but for some reason I believe that I need to share the following with you all. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience. This morning in my homeroom we watched three short youtube clips of what happened four years ago in the Tohoku area:

For 2015...

Posted on: Thu, 01/01/2015 - 01:41 By: Trey Rowzie

Happy New Years!

For 2015... Forget what lies behind. Strain forward to what lies ahead. Press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

(Roughly Phil 3:13-14)

Merry Christmas

Posted on: Thu, 12/25/2014 - 22:25 By: Trey Rowzie
Christmas Lights

Jesus, to Thee be the glory given. Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing. O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. 

Merry Christmas! 

Happy‪‎ Thanksgiving from Japan

Posted on: Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:36 By: Trey Rowzie
Happy ‪‎Thanksgiving

Happy ‪‎Thanksgiving from Japan.

OK, despite the photo, no actual family turkey dinner here today... but lots of thanksgiving going on in my heart.

So, what are you thankful for this year?

Lord bless each of you and let's enjoy this special day together.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” -Colossians 3:16  (ESV)

Grieving the loss of a childhood hero, Robin Williams

Posted on: Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:38 By: Trey Rowzie
Robin Williams (From http://www.flickr.com/photos/58820009@N05/6451545105)

Grieving the loss of a childhood hero, Robin Williams. I read once that he was a really shy but broke out of his shell through acting and stand up. That pushed me to strive as well; to stretch out in my own way.

Please join me in praying for his family.

 

"But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Carpe. Hear it? Carpe. Carpe. Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary." - Dead Poets Society

"Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ..." - Phil 1:27

Sliding Scale

Posted on: Sat, 03/30/2013 - 11:58 By: Trey Rowzie

Sadly, I created some confusion with my last post. Hope you don’t mind me trying to clarify what I mean when I say, “Christ died for ALL.” OK, I’m about to walk to sensitive ground here. So, please bear with me as we enter “too long; didn’t read” country.

Doesn’t it seem like we grade immorality on a sliding scale sometimes? For example, I think we can agree that stealing is morally wrong. But then, why do banks in the States have to put chains on their counter-top pens? Or in Japan, which is known for having one of the lowest robbery rates in the world, why is it common knowledge that people will steal your umbrella on a rainy day? So, stealing is wrong … until it’s no longer considered stealing … or until it’s considered an acceptable form of stealing?

It seems our society uses this same sliding scale when it comes to sexual sins as well. So, someone who would look at fornication and adultery as the "loving act of consenting adults” might try to draw the line at socially taboo acts like incest and homosexuality. However, my understanding is that God uses no such sliding scale; it is all sin.

There is a word we can use here to describe singling out one immoral act as wrong and ignore others as acceptable: hypocrisy. And the reality is that we all are guilty of hypocrisy and judging others in one form or another. I think this is where things normally start to breakdown and people form battle lines. There are those judging others for performing a flavor of immortality that they don’t tolerate. Then there are those who feel judged by people but who in turn judge their accusers for living impure lives themselves. Of course, usually when any form of dialogue is started about this, it can quickly degrade to a shouting match of name-calling.

Wouldn’t you agree that hypocrisy is unjust like bigotry and racism? Sure, but hypocrisy is just convoluting the original issue. The immorality that was originally singled-out is still… sin. This is pretty much what Jesus was getting at in Matthew 7:5 when he’s talking about planks and sawdust and painful eyeballs. Some try to use this passage to mean: don’t judge me because you’re just as bad (or worse) as I am. But what Jesus seems to be saying here is for us to first address the sins in our own life and then we will be able to freely help others with theirs.

So, I’m not pointing fingers here. I could have my own personal lumber mill from the pile of planks and specks extricated from my eye socket. In plainer words, I have received an abundant amount of God’s grace and forgiveness; this includes the areas of sexual sin, hypocrisy, as well as many other areas. And the good news is: this free gift of grace is also available to all who are willing to receive it. Here are a few verses for thought.

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)

"Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him [Jesus] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.”– Acts 13:38-39 (NASB)

… if you confess with your mouth Jesus [as] Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." – Romans 10:9-11 (NASB)

Lord bless each of you this weekend as we celebrate Jesus’ triumph over sin and death. My prayer is that you will not be disappointed.

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