Which do you choose?

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 07:44 By: Trey Rowzie

"When faced with a issue that is opposed to our worldview. do we fight, cave in, or lovingly disagree?"

I've been thinking on this today. And I will admit that to lovingly disagree is best. But, to be honest, this is hardest of the three options. I have the desire to please people and have everyone like me. Also, when attacked or feel offended, I want to protect myself and defend my position. However, I will instead choose to do the more loving thing: To speak the truth in love.

So, what is this basic truth?

The only way to become acceptable to God is through faith in Jesus Christ.

If I haven't lost you already, please let me continue. Each one of US have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; philosophical stance, political affiliation, skin color, and sexual preference have no bearing on this. Individually, WE can only be justified by God's grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus' life-giving sacrifice and resurrection. (Rom 3:22-25)

I know this will please some and angry others. But it doesn't change the truth of it.

Lord bless each of you on this Good Friday.

"Trust in yourself" ... is that really a good idea?

Posted on: Sun, 03/17/2013 - 17:48 By: Trey Rowzie

"Trust in yourself" ... is that really a good idea? Maybe not. I think most of us would agree that we can't fully know and understand all things. Also, not only can we not accurately predict the future, our memories of the past are colored and warped by the mere passing of time. However, some still have a problem with statements like this:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, 
and he will make straight your paths. 
- Proverb 3:5-6 (ESV)

So what does the latest thinking in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging have to say on the matter?

Don't Trust Your Brain!: Tim Mullett at TEDxUoN

"We usually believe that we're pretty good judges of ideas and options. It turns out that our brains may just not be wired to evaluate these sorts of things."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Rua-euhWg

A Call Out to People of Prayer

Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2011 - 01:28 By: Trey Rowzie
Love On Japan - Earthquake Relief  2011-03-11

For those who are looking for ways to bless Japan through its crisis, there is still urgent need for prayer. I received a notice today about a 24/7 prayer chain for the relief work through CRASH and other efforts.

You can sign up for prayer slots here: http://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/c397f6

To follow up-to-date prayer requests, vist here: http://tinyurl.com/CRASHPrayer

Tohoku Earthquake: Day 5

Posted on: Tue, 03/15/2011 - 12:52 By: Trey Rowzie

Soon after the earthquake struck, I was very encouraged with the stream of emails and phone calls asking about my personal safety. My first reply has been that we are safe and in no danger.

However recently, I've been asked a different question. "How are you coping with the stream of tragedy in the news?" At first, I wasn't really sure how to respond.

Since then, I've begun to notice a eerie, familar feeling here in this refuge of Kyotanabe. In Louisiana, the days following 9/11 were very like any other day for us. However, as we went through our daily routinue there was a new menacing awareness that affected all that we did. Now, I'm finding that I'm in similar days. Every building and street here are just as they should be. The air is still clean; the food and water taste the same. Familar faces and sounds of children playing surround me... But the world is noticably different.

However, I want to counterpoint this with an encouraging three minute compilation of Jonathan Wilson of Crash Japan as they began their initial briefing on the volunteer effort for the Tohoku region. I pray you will be as blessed as I was.

Let's "Love on Japan!"

Tohoku Earthquake: Day 4

Posted on: Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:00 By: Trey Rowzie

(Postdated)

I thank each one of your for your continued prayers. As you may already know, the situation is worsening at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Radiation has been already been detected on civilians and US Navy personal. With the possibility of a reactor leak becoming more of a possibility, your intersession is even more crucial.

In addition, the death toll is rising and rescue workers are struggling to get to the thousands of stranded survivors. Please continue to pray for God's protection for those still stranded and possibly injured that they would be rescued. Also pray for God’s protection of the rescue workers as they are working in an extremely unstable and dangerous environment.

Some survivors have been able to get to makeshift shelters that were once schools or other municipal buildings. However, with a lack of normal transportation, relief effort is finding it difficult to provide basic necessities such as food and water to the many shelters being formed. For example, on Sunday, our church reported that there is a family member who is stranded in one of this shelters. Although they are safe and able to regularly call home, there is a growing concern over the lack of food there.  Please pray that essential supplies (water, food, medicine) can be delivered to these isolated people who have  already experienced traumatic suffering.

Tohoku Earthquake: Day 3

Posted on: Sun, 03/13/2011 - 15:14 By: Trey Rowzie

I continue to be overwhelmed by the response from people around the world are giving to the tragedy in Japan. The number one question on people's minds seems to be, "how can I help?"

Although there will be great need for volunteer help in the coming weeks, right now the government is restricting access to volunteers until they can secure the area. Also, we are still trying to understand the extent of the problem and how to reach those in need. But there are things that you can do right now to help:

Pray without ceasing that...

Tohoku Earthquake: Day 2

Posted on: Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:04 By: Trey Rowzie

As news reaches the rest of the world, I've been encouraged by the response from friends and family. Please let me first say again: in Kyoto we are far away from the epicenter (450 miles/ 730km) and in-land so that tsunami did not affect us. However, for the rest Japan, there is a great need for your prayers.

Urgent: Earthquake in Northeastern Japan

Posted on: Fri, 03/11/2011 - 06:22 By: Trey Rowzie
2011-03-11 Tohuku Earthquake (From earthquake.usgs.gov)

Today at 14:46 in Japan, a 7.9 8.8+ 9.0 Magnatude earthquake struck just of the coast of Honshu in the northeastern coast of Japan. To give you an idea the magnitude of this earthquake: in Kyotanabe, we are over 730km (450 miles) awake from the epicenter. However, we felt the quake and caused hanging lights to sway and people a feeling of motion-sickness.

Currently, there are a number of severe tsunami warnings of up to 10m (33 feet) all along the Pacific coast near the epicenter. The major tsunami warnings from Hokkaido all the way down to Okinawa.

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