Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
We are mostly settled into our new apartment. We're actively searching for a new church and learning the lay of the land. We have many friends with kids who live in our apartment complex. We have also had a chance to visit Disneyworld.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
I put Millie in this 0-3 month outfit the day before she moved into 3-6 month clothes. I was so sad that I didn't put her in it earlier. I found out that I LOVE pink gingham.
Hunter loves holding and checking on Millie. He is so sweet and gentle with her.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Coming Home from the Hospital...Welcome Home Millie!
Millie's sweet new crib...complete with cool hanging bears.
Hunter likes to help Millie with her Bouncie Seat.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
My Big Brother, Hunter, gave me a little kiss. I love him.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Mother and baby are doing well. It was funny to look through the nursery windows and listen to other people comment. "Awww, look at all the little babi...whoa, look at that one! She must be 9lbs." To which I would reply, "Actually she's 10lbs...and she'll beat up your baby when the nurses aren't looking."
We are all really excited about this blessing from the Lord. It has been a little bit of a shock. I wasn't really prepared for her this week...but we wouldn't want it any other way! We can't wait for each of you to meet her.
Hunter is doing well. He doesn't seem to mind Millie, but he isn't exactly thrilled. He sang Happy Birthday for her, but the end of the video kinda sums up his feelings.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
April 4th - my 30th birthday
In adding insult to injury, not only did I turn 30, but I got the flu. I told my sister that if 30 feels this bad I can't imagine what 40 is going be like.
Campus Crusade co-hosted a campus wide Easter service with CSF (one of the local campus ministries here at UK). It was a great event. The room was packed with college students. The Director of CSF and I spoke at the meeting. I shared about the Offense of the Cross and he shared about the Re-creation of the Resurrection.
I led Easter Chapel for the University of Tennessee Baseball team. They were in town for a weekend series with UK (UT took the series 2-1, go Vols!). I regaled them with my Little League stories. My coaches in Little League took one look at me and knew I had the "right" stuff...the deep right field stuff. "Friederichsen, get out there and hug that foul line!" I think all my coaches just hoped and prayed that no one would hit the ball my way.
I also shared with the UT guys about the truth of the cross and the hope of the resurrection. I explained that on the cross Christ experienced physical pain beyond belief. But the most excrutiating thing he felt was the full wrath of God for my sins. He took my death on himself, but death is not the end because Easter morning is here! Because of Easter I can know that Jesus is victorious over death.
The team gave me a game ball they had all autographed. It's one of the coolest things I've gotten since I have been on staff.
I was the keynote speaker for a Greek Prayer Breakfast. I shared with around 175 Greek students about the importance of worldviews. A worldview is the lense through which you view the world. It is the grid that everything in life is filtered through before you make a decision about it. We all have a worldview...and often Christians have a worldview that is incompatible with Christianity. I explained the difference between the two dominant worldviews on the college campus: Secular Humanism and Christian Theism. When it comes to worldviews, everyone must answer three basic questions. Why am I here? What is wrong with the world? How do we fix it? Secular Humanism says, "I am the product of random chance with no purpose. I should consume and enjoy. The problems of the world are that I do not have the power to consume and enjoy all that I want. The solution is education and government." The Christian Theist's answer to those questions is summed up in Colossians 1:15-23. The Christian Theist responds by saying, "I am created in the image of God. I am the crowning glory of His creation. There is inherent worth and value in every person, regardless of age, race, gender, or ability. We are here to glorify God. The problem of the world is sin and hostility to God. The answer is the cross of Christ and His resurrection."
Our ministry hosted a Prayer Vigil on Tuesday night to pray for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting. I spoke briefly to the 250 students gathered about the hope of the Gospel. My main text was from Habbakuk 1:2-5 and 3:17-19. In the midst of tragedy there is hope that the Lord is at work. He is doing things that are beyond our comprehension. But even though His plans are beyond our comprehension doesn't mean that God cannot understand our suffering. He understands suffering and injustice because experienced suffering and injustice on the Cross. Through the Cross, Jesus Christ brings hope to all who will call on Him. This is a good message to come out of an incomprehensible situation.
You can find more info about the Virginia Tech Campus Crusade and UK Campus Crusade response to this situation at www.ukcru.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
One of the things I have noticed with our ministry is that we have become content. We had a large group of students involved. We did fun things. We had a big weekly meeting. Our bible studies were fun. We, however, we not hitting our vision. We were not about turning lost students into Christ centered laborers. We were more about helping Christians at UK find a place to "plug in." Now, that's not a bad mission. There is certainly a need for that. The problem lies in the our complacency toward the lost of our campus. Fat and happy Christians who don't engage the lost people of the world forget that grace is amazing. We begin to worry about our comfort and affluence more than seeking to make God's glory known. Our problem is that we don't see lost people as really lost. And, I believe, the root of this issue is that I don't see my sin as all the bad.
The Lord has been challenging this notion in my life with the story of the Valley of Dry Bones from Ezekiel 37:
1The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley;it was full of bones. 2And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3And he said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know." 4Then he said to me, "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD."
7So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live." 10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11Then he said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.' 12Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD
I have begun to see our campus as a Valley of Dry Bones. I need to see lost people as dead. Without the Spirit of God blowing over them and giving them life...they will be dead forever. Then it struck me, I was dead. I was part of this valley. This story was about me!
Then I read Acts 9:1-30, the story of Paul's conversion. As I prepared to teach this to our students I thought of the parallels between Osama bin Ladin and Paul before he came to Christ. Both were trained by the leading religious scholars. Both have an enormous zeal for their cause. They were both murderers. What if Osama bin Ladin became a Christian? Is he beyond the reach of the Gospel? My immediate pre-programmed Christian response was, "No, of course not!" But, do I really believe that God can change a man like that? He did it to Paul.
As I was pondering the spiritual fate of Osama bin Ladin, the Ezekiel passage popped into my head. Osama is spiritually dead. He is lost in his sins. So was Paul before he encountered Christ. So, was I before I encountered Christ. There are not varying degrees of deadness. Osama is not more dead than I was before Christ. The lost students at UK are not less dead than this Islamic terrorist who is bent on the destruction of Western Civilization. The bones in the valley are not looking around saying, "You're deader than me. I don't think there is any hope for you. My bones aren't quite as dry as yours, I'll probably pull through this okay." They are in the same state before a Holy God. The good news is that the same Gospel that saved Paul and me can save a lost student at UK or Osama bin Ladin.
Paul knows this message well. Read Ephesian 2:1-9:
1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-- 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved-- 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast.