Sunday, March 30, 2008

Coffeehouse at westminster

In the midst of the painful situation we are facing at Westminster, some of us came together tonight to hang out and enjoy some of our schoolmates perform.








Saturday, March 29, 2008

My house and my chair...

Yeah, this is my chair. And my house. I just thought I would share a piece of my world with ya'll.



Friday, March 28, 2008

Consolation in painful times

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

That they may be one

Today there is a student demonstration, publicly supporting the faculty vote of 12-8 that Enns' book Inspiration and Incarnation is not outside the bounds of the Westminster COnfession. The situation is complicated and I don't have much information, but I know this, there is SO much tension on campus today leading up to tomorrow's board meeting on the issue. While there are differing opinions as to who is right and who is wrong, I know that the Lord desires peace and unity among His followers. THis is not to say that some form of discussion cannot be had on correct doctrine, but that our love for each other must dictate the way in which we move forward in that discussion.
Please, Westminster faculty, students, alumni, and board members, please continue to approach each other in love. Please come humbly to this issue remembering that none of us can fully grasp the truth in all its depth. I am praying that those who are in a position of authority here may act in wisdom and love. For His glory, Rebecca.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

GRADES

So I finally got my grades from Fall semester back and since none of you can come see them hanging on my fridge door, I am going to share them here. (Note: I know this showing off of my grades may be a sign of my pride in my own work, but I truly believe that the Lord gave me the stregnth to do well last semester and it was a ton of hard work, so here goes!)

Biblical Theology I: A-
Doctrine of the Church: A
Dynamics of Biblical Change: B
Mission to the City: B+
Urban Mission Seminar: A
Survey of Reformed Theology: A

Sweet, eh? I cannot tell you how encouraging it was to get these grades in the mail after last weeks midterms. The Lord is good, He is good indeed!!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Playing catch up

So this blog is going to be a bit scattered. In fact it might be more of a "vomit" blog. Life has been too busy recently and I have so many thoughts I'd like to put on here, so here goes:

I spent the week in NY. I LOVE New York. I feel so at home there. Actually I was surprised when I came back to Philly to find that my home didn't feel quite as much like "home".

I was so disciplined this week. I spent a good 12 hours each day working on my school work. I finished 20 of 25 pages of a paper on Messianic Judaism and worked out a large part of the discipleship curriculum I am trying to finish.

I've been thinking about whether pagan rituals can be redeemed by the Gospel...

I am getting more and more excited about my upcoming trip to Europe. I am going to backpack through Portugal and Italy with Danielle for two weeks. Then I'll be with my family in Amsterdam for a week and finally I'll hook back up with Danielle in Belfast to visit Sam for a few days and then finish off the trip with some days in London. I am really really excited to do this trip. It will be really good.

And that leads me to thinking about backpacking. I used my backpack this week to carry all the school books I needed for my papers up to NY. It was heavy but it felt good to be living out of my backpack again. I miss those days.

It's Danielle's birthday today. YAY! Happy Birthday amiga!

I got to use what I had learned in my Biblical Theology class at Bible Study last night. The class is basically on the book of Hebrews and each week I fall more and more in love with the book. It is amazing!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Process

I wish I had the time and energy to write about the strange process the Lord is bringing me through. I wish I knew how to describe it. The Lord has been tearing back some of the layers of my heart. I am seeing my dependency on man and the pride of my selfish love. I am finding that all the times I thought I was loving, I was barely scraping the surface on what it means to love. I am finding myself hesitant to move into anything romantic, and yet all the while struggling with feelings that I don’t know where to put. Where are you supposed to put desire when you know that you are supposed to be completely content in the Lord? It is in us whether or not we want it. And it is not necessarily bad either. The desire to be known, to be loved, to be wanted. God said it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone, so He made Eve.
I have come to the point of realizing that there is a good possibility that I will be single for the rest of my life. And I am somehow okay with that. I know in my head that the Lord will provide. He will provide good relationships within the body of Christ. He will provide financially. He will provide places to have Christmas dinner. If nothing else, He will provide a shoulder to cry on when the loneliness gets to be too much. And yet, I still find myself choosing to get caught in immature intrigues. To let my heart wander to the guys who serve as sweet but unhealthy substitutes for the amazing goodness of the Lord. And in all this confusion, I see the Lord leading me in this process, sweetly calling me to keep my eyes on Him, the author and perfector of my faith. Someday, I may find myself called to marriage. I may even get to have kids. And if that is the case, I will praise the Lord for those blessings. But for now, I am choosing to praise the Lord, to truly honor Him for this gift of singleness He has given me.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

One Year

Today is the one year mark of my living away from Chile, pais de mi corazon. There are many things I could say on this sad day. This day has brought tears of sadness, and a soft smile of memeories remembered.

Please Jesus, bless Chile. May your Gospel spread through her lands like water running over a desert. May you call your children there to repentance and hope, bestowing upon them the peace of a restored relationship with you. May you grant wisdom to those who hold power both in the church and the government. May Your Name be glorified throughout Chile. Amen.