Wednesday, November 24, 2004

i am not my own mentor...

last week was beth's birthday and thankfully pat came up with the best present ever... otherwise i would have had nothing! beth is just one of those girls who really doesn't ask for much. anyhoo. we (mattie, pat, thom, laurie and i) wrote a song for her and recorded it onto a cd. oh my friends, it is funny! beth and i listen to it at least once a day, and it is so catchy that it is always stuck in your head. it's really hard to hear me singing most of the time as those boys were way louder. but i did get one little solo. "if i ever want to spoon, you are there for me. if one of us were a boy we could get married" followed by mattie saying very seriously "but you're not" oh i love it. plus we got her a little tree. a ficus benjamina, which very sadly is losing all it's leaves. mattie and alex had one in first year and he said that all the leaves fell off. we are very sad. also, to get the tree i got to go on a veyr hot date with thom and laurie. laurie whom i had just met the night before, but i insisted that the 3 of us ride up in the front together. i love those campbellford- (and surrounding area) ites. i love meeting more and more of campbellford.
tomorrow thom asked me to go to the museum with him to go learn about dinosaurs. he is mentoring me and teaching me all about the things my dad never did. oh it is so much fun! on of the lessons i have received thus far is that my mentor is always one step ahead of me, and last night when i went to take the ice cream out of the fridge, i discovered that i had already done it and i said "oh look i am one step ahead of myself, i could be my own mentor!" and thom, being a very good mentor indeed, did not chastise me until i dropped the ice cream container under the table. i learned my lesson, i am not my own mentor.
mattie and i were supposed to go on a hot date to listen to a presentation on the boreal forest but it looks as tho he is skipping out on me. ah well it will be a good time on my own. plus james raffan will be there talking a bit about the canoeing part of the event. HURRAH!

we had sweet cell last night about baptism. about how this is what God says:
to be saved you need to:
Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. (Romans 10:9)
when you are saved your old nature dies.. it is exchanged for a new nature.
Then to throw off that old nature you need to:
Be baptised in water. (Colossian 2:12)
also, 1 Corinthians 10:1&2 shows us a picture of moses coming thru the sea. when they reached the other side, the waters washed over all that was behind them. killing all the
enemies in the army (the whole army!) and cutting off everything from their old life. they could not go back.. only forward.
in baptism in water we are burying our old selves so we do not need to carry around a dead body forever.
Then to be equipped you need to:
Be baptised in the Holy Spirit (acts 1:4&5)
this is what beth once said ... (i am adding to it a little) but becoming a christian is like all of a sudden being aware of a moving river. being baptised in water is like getting in a canoe on the river. you are now moving and leaving your old self behind on the bank, and being baptised in the Holy Spirit is now you have a paddle and you can move faster and with purpose and order.

i believe very firmly that it is these three things that needs to happen to all who believe. i believe it because of acts 2:38. i do not believe that acts 2:38 means that you recieve the baptism of the Holy Spirit just by being baptised in water... (you can while you are being baptised in water, but it is not because of the water baptism). there are far too many examples in acts of people not knowing about the Holy Spirit baptism (and they are have been baptised in water) or people who have been baptised in the Holy Spirit and not in water yet. whatever they had not recieved, the apostles prayed for. (ie. acts 19:1-5, acts 10: 44-48)

i love baptism. it is so cool. i love to hear noah talk about baptism.. it his favourite thing next to talking about the body of christ. which is the church. church is not a place or a building.!

i think that is all for now.


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