Monthly Archives: April 2011

Twitter Time

Well now that I got hooked up with a sick iPhone deal from a good friend of mine I thought I’d see what it would be like to blog from my phone! All I really have to say is that I am now a twitter man and you should follow me on twitter! Thanks for reading I’m on my way to the island tomorrow! Seeya!

-Ben Jepsen

Chapter 6 – Boy takes a break

Well I have just finished another chapter in my life. I have finished a degree in Youth Ministry with a minor in psychology. I have finished four years of school at Briercrest College and it is a very happy and very sad time of life right now. I am starting to realize that there is a long list of events and people that I will likely never see again. Gone are the days of interacting with some of the most brilliant theological minds in Canada, living in a dorm with fifty amazing guys who are struggling just like me, and being able to  be apart of so many amazing ministries in one place. I will miss you Briercrest and at the same time I am very glad to be finished and moving on to something new. I have grown in a lot of ways over four years. I started my freshmen year with a massive gotee not knowing a soul on campus and being afraid to eat alone in the cafeteria. I ended a new man knowing more about God and myself. I ended with some life long friends who I am truly blessed to know. I ended with a degree and feeling equipped to do kingdom work!

I will now be heading to Camp Imadene to work alongside some of my closest Briercrest friends! I’ll me working maintenance for four months which I am really excited about. I know the Lord has equipped me with gifts of ministry leadership but I am excited to do something a bit different and take a break for awhile in that sense. Once September rolls around I’ll be starting a job that was only available to me in my dreams, I’ll be working as the youth pastor at Gospel Chapel in Grand Forks being able to use my degree four months after I got it which is a huge blessing!

The only way I can explain the course of my life is through God leading the way and blessing me in SO many ways! May God receive the glory for everything I do!

-ben jepsen 😉

Today’s Passage-Revelation 22:12-13, 20

Revelation 22:12-13; Revelation 22:20 New International Version

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

When I look at my life I wonder what I have done that is worth rewarding. Jesus is not going to reward me if I win an Oscar, if I have a lot of money, or the coolest stuff! Yet this is what I strive for a lot of the times. Recognition and materialism! If Christ came today what would he have to say? The encouraging thing about this passage is the fact that Christ WILL be returning one day. That is where my focus should be.

Don’t put all your focus on things of this world and striving to please yourself. Instead strive to please God and focus on his return as the day draws near where we shall see him face to face!

Ben Kenobi

Books Part 4

The best reading is the reading that is not required of me. Here is the list of books I am currently reading and will carry on into the summer months!

1.This Momentary Marriage-John Piper

Now before you get any ideas, I started reading this last summer! It’s taken me awhile but is totally changing the way I look at marriage.

2. Desiring God-John Piper

One of Piper’s greatest books! I’m loving this read and hope to finish it this summer!

3.The War of Art-Steven Pressfield

This book is great if you have ever tried to do anything with your life, like lose weight or write a book. It kicks you in the butt and tells you why you haven’t done those things yet and how you can! I love it! It’s by the guy who wrote the legend of beggar vance.

4. Traveling Mercies-Anne Lamott

This book is a brutally honest look into Anne Lamott’s life. It has a Don Miller style which I really enjoy and talks on faith through a narrative style!

5. On Writing: A memoir of the Craft-Stephen King

I don’t like any of Stephen Kings books except Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile however when you sell over 350 million copies then you must be doing something right. The book is a bit over the top but very interesting!

6. Bonhoeffer-Eric Mertaxas

Ryley Heppner suggested this book to me and I got it with points at the book store here at school. I have only just started reading it but I am really enjoying it.

-bent 😉

Books Part 3

The List goes on!

11. A Resilient Life-Gordon Macdonald

This was a pretty good book! I read it for my Families in Crisis class!

12. Turning Points-Mark Noll

This was one of two books I had to read for History of Christianity two. Noll stated the turning points throughout history which formed Christianity we see today. It wasn’t bad if you like history.

13. The Story of Christianity-Justo L. Gonzalez

This was more of textbook, I can’t say I am a big fan of reading textbooks!

14. The Wonder of Worship-Keith Drury

This book broke down the different aspects of worship and a brief history of worship in the church…it was alright.

15. Evangelical is not Enough-Thomas Howard

A breakdown of worship and liturgy. I’m starting to get bored writing about all these books! Im kinda glad I am at the end of 4 years!

16. Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down-Marva Dawn

Worship and evangelism. I felt she relied heavily on stats which in my opinion isn’t enough to write a whole argument on!

17. Engaging With God-David Peterson

I actually enjoyed this one. Very simple and helpful when it comes to Biblical worship

18. Beyond Worship Wars-Thomas Long

Those worship wars I tell ya!

19. Worship Evangelism-Sally Morgenthaler

This one wasn’t bad either, but by this time i was sick of reading about worship!

Well that concludes all the books I read for school in my final year here at Briercrest! And now I have only one exam on Friday to go and I am finished!

-bent 😉

DONE

After four years of writing papers and reading books I have just completed my last paper! I have two exams on Monday and one on Friday which will then be the end of my four years but in this very moment I wanted to let the internet and the hundreds of people who use it know that at 3:30 on a Saturday morning Benjamin Jepsen is finished his last paper for school! So SHUT UP BRIERCREST! And watch this video below which got me through many sleepless nights!

Take heart! For the end is near!

-bent 😉

Today’s Passage

Romans 12:11-12 (New International Version)

11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Ha is there a better time to read this passage then at the end of four years of college? Don’t get me wrong it has been only four years in a relatively easy program, however I have put in a lot of work and time into this degree and I am proud of the work I have done! I have worked hard to get the marks I have and it has not come easy! This passage rings true for all of us! I know a lot of my friends have burdens and hardships and sometimes all I can say is what this passage is telling us.

God calls us to be hopeful, joyful, and faithful in prayer. We are all going to face hardships, how will you respond to them?

-BNJMN

Today’s Passage 1 Timothy 4:9-10

1 Timothy 4:9-10
This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men and especially of those who believe.

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.”-Anne Lamott.

Hope is an interesting thing similar to everything God has made it can be hard to fully understand. When it comes to hope its easy to put it into a multitude of things some good some bad. Sometimes its not good to put all your hope in people because you may be let down, or your hope in money because it can be here one day and gone the next! And having no hope at all is just depressing. If we have nothing to hope for or put our hope in then what gets us out of bed every morning? BUT if we have our hope in God there is life and fulfillment and a promise.

Of all things to put our hope in, put it in God will never dissapoint!

-Benny Jay

Can the Christian Xerox be destroyed?

Nothing bothers me more then the Christian Xerox, its simply embarrassing and if anything turns people away from Christ, especially when it is often full of poor theology. I’m sure that I am more critical after four years of proper theological training but can this please stop? Please!

 

-bent 😉

Today’s Passage Proverbs 17:9, 18:19-21, 24

Proverbs 17:9; Proverbs 18:19-21; Proverbs 18:24 (New International Version)

Proverbs 17:9

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 18:19-21, 24

19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.

24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

So my notes from April 3 2003 on these passages were very unhelpful and amusing so I’ll try to give a better word on this.

Id say it is safe to say that people can be unreliable and very unhelpful. At the same time it is safe to say that people can be reliable and very helpful! The key is people are inconsistent. Your closest friends can be inconsistent, your family can be inconsistent, and your spouse can be inconsistent. However Christ is always consistent!

We all have the power to hurt people with our words and our inconsistency with them. We need to be careful who we surround ourselves with. Are your closest friends uplifting and encouraging? Do they help you in times of need? Do their lives reflect God’s glory? The people we choose to spend time with influence us greatly and we need to be careful who we allow in our lives and how they will influence and speak into our lives.

Choose your friends wisely and watch your tongue when speaking of others. People will hurt us but Jesus will always be there for us.

-benbo baggins