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Oregon Is On Fire

Forest Fire

All of Oregon is on fire right now. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (Click Here for their website) there are 22 fires in Oregon with over 350,000 acres burning. The whole state of Oregon looks like Mordor from the Lord of The Rings rather than the beautiful state it usually is.

The most recent fire in Oregon is the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires in the Columbia Gorge which have just joined together into one massive inferno of over 30,000 acres of forest. All of this allegedly started because a young 15 year old boy decided to drop some fireworks into the Eagle Creek Canyon (Click Here for that article).

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Faith and Doubt

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“Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?’ This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. Philip answered Him, ‘Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone receive a little.'” -John 6:5-7

Why does Thomas always get the bad reputation when it comes to doubting? Whenever we reference doubt in Scripture frequently we look to good ‘ol doubting Thomas. And rightly so, he wouldn’t believe that Jesus had raised from the dead unless he was able to empirically prove it through his own senses. But why do we always point out this one disciple in this one instance?

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Saved!

“Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” – Luke 17:19

According to Luke Jesus was walking along the border of Galilee and Samaria when he came across ten lepers. These people had been ostracized from society. They couldn’t associate with anyone other than those who had the same malady, which usually meant they stuck together in groups and in little communes.

As Jesus was entering a local village (Scripture doesn’t identify which one) these ten lepers call out to Him. “Jesus, have mercy on us!” They’ve heard about Jesus, they no doubt recognize Him by the crowds that were following, and they’ve kept their distance. Jesus shouts back, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Luke then says in verse 14, “And as they were going, they were cleansed.”

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My Grandmother

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Two weeks ago my grandma passed away. It’s been an interesting two weeks. I have been struggling how to write this post. For the last several years I’ve seen her go downhill, and for the last few years I have been in denial. Not denial that she would pass away, but denial that I had already said goodbye and was going to be ok when she passed away. In my mind I knew that she would pass away sooner rather than later, and so mentally I had thought that I had prepared myself for the inevitable conclusion.

Two weeks ago my grandma passed away, and it hit me harder than I thought it would. Granted I have been blessed that I have made it to 31 years old without losing any of my close relatives. Up until this point all four of my grandparents were living. I feel funny writing about the grief that I am going through as I realize how blessed I am to have so little death in my family.

Two weeks ago my grandma passed away. This grandma taught me how to iron my clothes. This grandma taught me how to cook Indian food. This grandma taught me that presentation of food is just as important as taste. This grandma taught me how to host a gathering. This grandma taught me how to properly set a table. This grandma celebrated my birthday and my brothers birthday with us even when it wasn’t our birthdays. This grandma took us camping. This grandma encouraged my brother and me to act out Bible stories even if it was just for her and grandpa. This grandma was so much to me. And to see her go downhill was so hard for me.

Two weeks ago my grandma passed away. As soon as I was told she was in the hospital and would be going into a nursing home my family drove up to where she was. On the Sunday we arrived she recognized me, my wife, and my daughter. She knew who we were. She was happy to see us. It was good to see her, even though it was hard to see her. That would be the last time I would see her.

Two weeks ago my grandma passed away. She passed away April 20, early in the morning. My mother called me after I had come back home. After Sunday she didn’t recognize anyone. After I had seen her she went downhill much more quickly.

Two weeks ago my grandma passed away. There will always be a hole in my heart. But the words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4 ring in my ears:

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:13, 16-18

Two weeks ago my grandma passed away. But someday soon I will see her again. Someday soon when Christ comes she will be raised up in complete health. Someday soon she will rise up when Christ sounds that trumpet and I will see her again. What a glorious day that will be!

Periscope Experiment

I started a Galatians series at the Sandy Seventh-day Adventist Church. With this series I decided to try out Periscope and add information that I couldn’t include in the sermon. This is the first one.

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