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Amazingness.  Simply put that the God of the universe cares to know me will forever seize ot amaze me.  What could be more meaninful.  God really touched deep parts of me this weekend.  I did not expect it.  The whole week was about demolishing pretense.  Friday night, demolishing pride.  Saterday morning, demolishing communication barriers with your parents.  Saterday night, demolishing your past.  I don’t think I have prayed harder in my life, it was all a God thing.  Wow.  My past is behind me and God has set himself before me, with me He is taking me to higher places.  My youth pastor describe it once as God’s Law being a map to show the way how to find him.  The only thing is that map was awfully hard for imperfect man to follow.  So God sent his only Son Jeusus Christ into the world, to be Imanuel-God with us- and show us the way.  And so God has once again opened my eyes and in the proccess blown me away. Sunday morning was about demoshing expectations that we have about God, the church, Christianity or things that God is doing.  The idea, where we expect healing, we see one raised from the dead.  Jesus performed these miracles on earth and even today.  Although what the raising from the dead is much different then the physical sese of it.  “In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3  Why is this, because if we are not born again, from above, we will never get. For it says also,”For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23  How can perishable eyes see what what God means by the Kingdom that is imperishalbe or hear his voice, which will have no end.  A new creation, rebirth, is neccesary.  And for this to come to pass one first must die; “because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.” -Romans 6:7-9 And so “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 It is the immense reality of this that also captivates my awe of God.  It is this truth that has set me free.  Jesus came to die, why so that we might have life.  Because it didn’t end at the cross He rose from the dead in the tomb.  Jesus Christ the victor over death has given us the life.  As the song goes “My Lord has conquered the grave, His blood has covered my sin, I believe, I believe.  Yes my Redeemer lives, my Redeemer lives…”  I would invite all who desire for life to seek this Jesus.

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About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

6 responses »

  1. Greetings,
    I responded on my site, but thought I would also respond here so you got it.
    Death is suffering.  We are called to die with Christ, so that we can rise with Christ.
    peace

  2. yes i would have loved it cuz i would have walked like the minestry of silly walks….i love monty python
    jonka is back in italy that’s where he lives…i miss him but i talk to him via emial
    yes we all can be bi especially me and my friends since we are….well weird

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