Category Archives: Bible

A thought for the day

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

The need for God is great. There is no one who is alive or who has ever lived that does not need God. We have all failed so to speak. This is something that we do not like to focus on. I feel a lot of the time we are quick to speak of how great we are, how talented we are, and how independent we are. In order for us to have a proper understanding of God we need to understand how desperate we are for God and how frail we truly are. We have ALL gone astray, EVERYONE!

You need God.

The best part is that God wants you!

How amazing is that?

-benjamin jepsen

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Briercrest

I don’t have much to say for this post since I am short on time but I really wanted to start writing about my experience of Briercrest since I only graduated from there six months ago! I think it’s important to reflect on the past and where you have come from and what you have learned! That’s why it’s so important to write. So shortly I will be starting a few posts on my experience at Briercrest and why you should go and if not then to at least go to Bible college somewhere for a certain amount of time. If your at Briercrest right now then PLEASE take advantage of your studies and time while you can, misusing that time is very selfish and stupid!

-benjamin jepsen

How to read your Bible part 2 (A starters guide to following Christ)

So now that we know where wisdom can be gained and that in the end the Bible is NOT about us but about God the next step is to understand how to actually read the Bible. There can be a lot said about this subject concerning hermeneutics and such but I would like to start on a very practical level! So here is a great place to start for all of us in terms of what you will need!

1. A consistent time and place-Much like any discipline you will need a consistent time and place where you will meet with God and study His word! Find the time of day where you are at your best and where there will be the least amount of distractions so you can allow time for actual study.

2. A Bible-This obviously goes without saying. You need to find a Bible that you can read, there are so many different versions of God’s word all saying the same thing but saying it in different ways. Some have a more literal translation then others but if it says Holy Bible on the front then you should be doing just fine. (I would suggest NIV or ESV for starting out). Make that Bible yours, personalize it, know it well!

3. Pen and highlighter-Along with personalizing your Bible is highlighting things and making notes! Don’t worry you wont be wrecking God’s word if you are making notes on things that jump out at you! If you read a chapter and a verse is sticking out at you, almost jumping out of the page at you, that is likely the Holy Spirit at work, God is trying to tell you something!

4. Reading plan-Make a plan for yourself. This will improve the chances of consistency and success! Start small perhaps a few verses a day and grow! It takes time for any discipline so give yourself time to grow in this practice! Shooting to read the Bible in a year is great, if your actually reading your Bible. Don’t read just to say you did it, read to gain understanding of God and what He has for your life!

5. A journal-This can be a great tool in taking notes and jotting down what you are learning! Write down your thoughts and what God is saying to you! This also allows for reflection over time as you can look back at where you came from and what you are learning!

Once you have these 5 things then start TODAY! Don’t push it till tomorrow! GET GOING! Start your reading with prayer, slow down your thoughts and relax, be silent in a world full of noise, and take some time to read and be with God. You WILL be blessed!

-benjamin jepsen

How to read your Bible part 1 (A starters guide to following Christ)

Becoming a Christian and choosing to follow Jesus Christ can be a tough experience. You have heard the good news, you have met some Christians, and now your wondering whats next!? Well I thought it would be cool to do a few articles for those of you who have just accepted Christ or for those who finally want to start taking their faith more seriously. So lets get started!

The best place to start is the Bible. This is where truth can be found and where we gain understanding for how to follow Jesus. Without this book we would be completely lost. This book is God’s word to us yesterday, today, and tomorrow. To know hot to properly use this book we need to start with where we find wisdom.

Wisdom can be gained through one of three ways:

1. Personal Experience-I can learn from my experiences. For example I learned that if I kicked a hornets nest it resulted in pain…a lot of pain. Therefore I gained wisdom never to do that again!

2. Other people’s experience-I don’t have to try everything to know if it can hurt or help me, I can learn from seeing others make the mistakes before I do! Wisdom therefore can be gained by me observing other people’s experiences!

3. From God-God is represented in the Holy Bible. This is the ONLY wisdom that is ultimate. This is where I can gain knowledge of God and learn more about Him since the Bible is NOT about me it’s all about God! The Bible also provides wisdom in how to live on a very practical level as well (read Proverbs).

Knowing that The Bible is where wisdom of God can be found helps us all to know how to follow Jesus.This is where we have to start and where we need to stay until God calls us home. No one is exempt from studying God’s word since it should continually draw us to God.

-benjamin 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

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

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

Todays Passage, Proverbs 16:1-4

Through my high school days I started sending out passages from God’s word via email to anyone who wanted them. With the passage I would give my two cents and try to encourage my friends. It started with about 20 people and grew to about 200 people who wanted to receive them, some of which I had never met. It was a great experience for me and was a great way for me to use the internet to glorify God and keep my friends and I in the Word! I think it’s high time to start it up again and help not only my own walk with God but perhaps others as well. My good friend Kristy Klassen (Cook at the time) actually saved all the passages I had done and printed them all for me and I also have a bunch saved on my email account that was tied to the project. I thought I would take a look at them and publish them again with some reworking. The crazy thing is the first one I have saved is from April 2 2003, 8 years ago now! So my friends I give you the very first “Today’s Passage” enjoy and be encouraged!

Proverbs 16:1-4 (New International Version)

Proverbs 16:1-4

1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.

2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the LORD.

3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.

4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end—
even the wicked for a day of disaster.

Grad time is just around the corner for high school and literally in 15 days for the Briercrest 2011 class! We have some BIG choices ahead of us and these choices can be super stressful! Lucky for us God has a few things to say about that! I wonder if we tend to make the plans we feel is best for ourselves and forget to consult God on our choices. We need to be able to talk and listen to God about EVERYTHING in our lives, my money is on God knowing better than us. Can we trust him? Can we talk to him about our plans?

Life is full of transitions and choices, my challenge for you is to discuss these choices with God and move from there!

-benjamin l jepsen

Today’s Passage

Does anyone remember those passages i sent out by email on a almost daily basis? You know those Bible passages i sent with my poor hermeneutics!? Ha well I really miss those days and I want to start it up again! However I am not sure if it is best to do it via blog or via email. What are your thoughts? Let me know and hopefully after four years of Bible College my interpretation and words of encouragement will be better structured! Ha does anyone even remember when I did that? I felt like it was a great way to use the gifts God has given me and I would love to start doing that more! Let me know what ya think! 🙂

-bent 😉