The Chronicles of The Best They Ever Had

Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. -Acts 2:43-47

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Understanding Salvation

Something that I feel like I struggle with sometimes, is truly understanding salvation. I mean, in my head, I've got a pretty good handle on it, I know how amazing a sacrifice Jesus made and I know that I believe that what He did is true and the rewards of it all, but I mean truly grasping it and having it hit my heart you know? Well I wanted to share an excerpt with you guys from a book that my bible study leader has and read to us:

Why the cross?

The face that Moses had begged to see-was forbidden to see-was slapped bloody (Exodus 33:19-20). The thorns that God had sent to curse the earth’s rebellion now twisted around his brow…
“On your back with you!” One raises a mallet to sink in the spike. But the soldier’s heart must continue pumping as he readies the prisoner’s wrist. Someone must sustain the soldier’s life minute by minute, for no man has this power on his own. Who supplies breath to his lungs? Who gives energy to his cells? Who holds his molecules together? Only by the Son do “all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). The victim wills that the solider live on –he grants the warriors continued existence. The man swings.
As the man swings, the Son recalls how he and the Father first designed the medial nerve of the human forearm-the sensations it would be capable of. The design proves flawless-the nerves perform exquisitely. “Up you go!” They lift the cross. God is on display in his underwear and can scarcely breathe.
But these pains are a mere warm-up to his other and growing dread. He begins to feel a foreign sensation. Somewhere during this day an unearthly foul odor began to waft, not around his nose, but his heart. He feels dirty. Human wickedness starts to crawl upon his spotless being-the living excrement from our souls. The apple of his Father’s eye turns brown with rot.
His Father! He must face his Father like this!
From heaven the Father now rouses himself like a lion disturbed, shakes his mane, and roars against the shriveling remnant of a man hanging on a cross. Never has the Son seen the Father look at him so, never felt even the least of he hot breath. But the roar shakes the unseen world and darkens the visible sky. The Son does not recognize these eyes.
“Son of Man! Why have you behaved so? You have cheated, lusted, stolen, gossiped-murdered, envied, hated, lied. You have cursed, robbed, overspent, overeaten-fornicated, disobeyed, embezzled, and blasphemed. Oh, the duties you have shirked, the children you have abandoned! Who has ever so ignored the poor, so played the coward, so belittled my name? Have you ever held your razor tongue? What a self-righteous, pitiful drunk-you, who molest young boys, peddle killer drugs, travel in cliques, and mock your parents. Who gave you the boldness to rig elections, foments revolutions, torture animals, and worship demons? Does the list never end!! Splitting families, raping virgins, acting smugly, playing the pimp-buying politicians, practicing exhortation, filming pornography, accepting bribes. You have burned down buildings, perfected terrorist tactics, founded false religions, traded in slaves-relishing each morsel and bragging about it all. I hate, loathe these things in you! Disgust from everything about you consumes me!!! Can you not feel my wrath?”
Of course the Son is innocent. He is blamelessness itself. The Father knows this. But the divine pair have an agreement, and the unthinkable must now take place. Jesus will be treated as if personally responsible for every sin ever committed.
The father watches as his heart’s treasure, the mirror-image of himself, sinks down into raw, liquid sin. Jehovah’s stored rage against humankind from every century explodes in a single direction.
“Father! Father! Why have you forsaken me?!”
But heaven stops its ears. The Son stares up at the One who cannot, who will not, reach down or reply.
The Trinity had planned it. The Son endured it. The Spirit enabled him. The Father accepted his sacrifice for sin and was satisfied. The Rescue was accomplished.

From the book When God Weeps by Steven Estes and Joni Eareckson

I don't know, I found that pretty profound, its not the story we normally here, its graphic, its dirty, it makes me cringe, but its the truth.

Just thought I would share that.


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Praise God

For those who remember Laura Gupton--fantastic counselor to several of us--"praise God" was a common phrase for her. Someone (although I don't remember who) who worked before us as well as with some of us told me one time that even when cleaning out the trashery, Laura would say "Praise God!"

This came to mind recently when I was thinking about being a servant and living in a mode of constant praise.

I've learned recently, or rather experienced recently, what it is to be so excited about God, not just at church or at camp or at an event, but to just be so excited about praising God for who He is that I had a hard time settling down to go to sleep at night. To be able to praise God in my room by myself but to also be able to praise God in the middle of a crowd as if I were by myself--that's my aim, and I'm definitely moving in that direction. Praise God.

God is also turning my compass toward more creative praise; God doesn't ask anymore than simple words, but how amazing it is to have a desire to find better ways to praise God! Brooke pointed me towards a Psalm the other day, and as I read it aloud I realized that I wanted to praise God in more ways, I wanted to have more ways to describe Him. I've always known that most of the Psalms are for praising God, but I am really coming to understand the power in praising God through a psalm.

An idea I want to share with you all is to find a psalm and just read it aloud, and read it like you mean it--really get into it. How powerful!

very excited too
Jordan M

Monday, March 28, 2005

Can't stop dancing

Okay, yes I know im not on the official list that is below yet. But today I got the rockfish brochure thing in my mail that says all the camps. I'm so crazy excited. I danced for about fifteen minutes, and now i definately cant concentrate cause im just so excited. The camps they are offering this year are rockin! They have like 5 weeks of water camp - my ultimate favorite! They have a 3 week LIT - how awesome is that gonna be for that group? There is a white water rafting/ rock climbing camp! Shoot, I almost just want to be a camper again so I can go do them all! Plus, just read that list - and I am oh so excited about all those amazing people on there. Something tells me that this summer is gonna be the best one camp has ever seen - God filled. Okay - well im gonna go attempt to do my homework, although that probably wont happen with this much energy
Crazily optimistic and overjoyed,

Who All Has A Job

Folks Who Have Been Offered A Job (That I Know About, However I May have made some mistakes)
Luke Oltmans
Jordan McCoy
Brooke Currie
Jordan Cauley
Stephen Battise
Micah Lansing
Jeff Garrison
Emily Woodrum
Sam Woodrum
Mark Turner
Natasha (LIT)*
Ashley (LIT)*
Lydia Cauley
Molly (LIT)*
Jake (LIT)*

*Im sorry i dont know everyones last name
Also if you know otheres add them and if im wrong correct me

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Happy Easter

Hey you guys. Just got back from having dinner with my family - oh so chubby and happy. I must say, the church singing today was powerful too - thats my favorite part of easter sunday. Because the church fills up. So, for camp i've started writing out possible bible studies and check ins, every day after my devotion. I really like where its leading me, and its getting my mind in the right spot for camp (however, unlike luke...I have not gotten the email im not officially hired). Other than that i got wait-listed for northwestern today (it was like my top choice)...sort of depressing...but hopefully I still might get in. HAPPY EASTER to all.
Love you.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Back from Camp

So i just returned to civilization today after a short week of camp, pressure washing the pool and other maintence tasks. We had an awesome cookout on monday night Gene and Anessa and the kids, stephen, steve, johnathon, tim and myself, and we had the best burgers ever made too. It was a good week i got to talk to tim and gene a lot and find out more about how the summers going to work. so its all good love you guys jordan c

Thursday, March 24, 2005

WooWho? I'll woo YOU!

Get it? I think its a clever line at least...although I admit it doesnt make all that much sense. But anyways...
Well guys, I made the cut. I was really nervous about it all, so i'm really glad that Gene let us know earlier than the original April 1 deadline. But WOOOOOO i made it! Yesssssss. I apologize to you other members of theis website...i dont know if you made it. So if you didnt, i'm sorry but as i just read that email i couldnt hold in my enthusiasm.
Now, to answer the age-old question of "are you working?" I will not be working this summer. I've given it a lot of thought, prayer, and discussion. And, to be honest with you, that's a lie. I dont know if i will be working or not, i said that just to entertain myself (whether any of you are actually fooled or not). But i have given it a lot of thought, prayer, and discussion. Tim and I had a good conversation the other night. So, anyone who's reading this that has good input as to why I should/shouldnt work needs to post it as a comment to this post.
On an alternate note, Jordan (the better-looking one) had surgery today. So ask her how she's feeling if you talk to her. We pray for you!
Anyways, thats all I got. Comment away.

I'm out like Winthrop in the first round.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Lord, Prepare Us

So, Brooke and I were talking a few weeks ago about how we can prepare ourselves for this summer. The plan we came up with: a 40-Day Fast.

Here's how it works:
In the 40 days preceding the beginning of camp, we will fast from different things or add different things each week. In addition, we will take turns fasting (from food) on different days.
WEEK 1-Friday, April 8th--Add 5 minutes of prayer for camp to your quiet time
WEEK 2-Friday, April 15th--Fast from TV/Video Games/Computer Games
WEEK 3-Friday, April 22nd--Fast from sweets/sodas/desserts
WEEK 4-Friday, April 29th--Add 5 minutes of prayer for camp to your quiet time
WEEK 5-Friday, May 6th--Outreach; do something nice for someone (if it is possible to be anonymous, then be anonymous!)
WEEK 6-Friday, May 13th--Memorize scripture about prayer each day
Last day: May 17th
Staff training begins May 18th

Post a comment saying if you want to take some turns fasting for a day.

Jordan M

Sunday, March 20, 2005

So How About That

Ah, what a great weekend--so good to see you all! Well, minus 2--we missed you, Petra and Heather!

I really got a lot out of this weekend, and it was definitely very reassuring and encouraging to hear that Gene, Tim and Anessa have very direct goals and very high standards. I was so glad that they let us and everyone else know up front what they expect out of the staff and what we can expect from them, and what we can expect from this summer. And, of course, so much joy to hear that God layed on our hearts the same thing that He layed on their hearts--that God is going to do CUH-RAZY stuff this summer. When I was talking to Anessa about it, she summed it up with "Well, hold on to your seat!"

Another note: honestly, I really liked "the Hot Seat." I hope we do it during staff training.
Countdown to camp: 59 days until May 18th.

jordan m

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Thought you should know

1. Woot

Woot originated as a hacker term for root (or administrative) access to a computer. However, with the term as coincides with the gamer term, "w00t".

"w00t" was originally an trunicated expression common among players of Dungeons and Dragons tabletop role-playing game for "Wow, loot!" Thus the term passed into the net-culture where it thrived in video game communities and lost its original meaning and is used simply as a term of excitement.

"I defeated the dark sorcerer! Woot!"
"woot! i r teh flagmastar!" (Think Tribes)
"Woot, I pwnzed this dude's boxen!"

I researched that and developed the definition myself, by the way. Call me a master of language

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

I Brought Back a Souvenier

Yes, that's right. I brought back a souvenier from London. You want to know what it is? The flu! Yippee. I am getting over it though, so no problem. If I go all of today without a fever then I can go back to class tomorrow. It's made it really hard to get back into the swing of things.

So--camp this weekend!!! Are you guys excited?! Are you all going?/Is anyone not able to go?


Wednesday, March 09, 2005

I'm Here!!!!

This is the first chance I have had to get to some internet access; it's
10:23 here right now, so it's 5:23 at home. It didn't take long to adjust
to the time zone (I was just really tired the first night in the hotel).

Due to possible bad weather later in the week, we switched the itinerary
up a little, so yesterday we went to Bath (way cool!) and today we went to
York (EVEN COOLER). It just amazes me how old stuff is here. York
Minster (the cathedral in York) is the biggest Gothic cathedral in
Northern Europe and it was built in the 13th century. I also saw a
fortress today in York that was attacked in 1069--that shows you hold that

London is a busy busy place, but I really like it a lot. The subway
system wasn't hard to catch onto at all, I'm practically a pro at it.
I've gotten to see so much cool stuff, like Westminster Abbey (which has
the coronation chair that has been used since Edward somebody in the early
1300s, and Chaucer's, other writers, and lots of royals remains).

I've had fish and chips twice so far--not bad, I kinda like it.

Everything here is really expensive; it's about 2 dollars to the pound,
but prices here are the same as at home--except its all in pounds. That
means that even that hamburger at McD's that is 3.45 dollars at home is
3.45 pounds here. I've been trying to budget the best I can.
There's so much I want to tell you guys, but it will have to wait until I
am home!
Well I need to go,

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


I know its been forever since ive written. But anyways...this upcoming weekend is discovery at my church. It's basically a junior high retreat, that the senior high lead. So I'm leading it, and giving a talk on the holy spirit. So, I'm crazy pumped about this, please be praying for it.
Other than that, hope that you crazy folks are having a marvelous week.
Love ya!

Sunday, March 06, 2005

We're Going to the NCAA baby!!!!

Winthrop University=Big South Champs

Whoot Whoot

Friday, March 04, 2005

in 48 hours i will be landing at Gatwick International Airport

I was excited before, but now that it's within reach, I'm starting to get really excited!

Also, something I have been thinking about the last couple of days: "Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks" (Herodotus). There isn't a successful ministry in which no risks were taken. No one has witnessed without taking a risk. It's just not possible. We can't play it safe and expect God to be able to use us to our fullest. It's all or nothing, right? By playing it safe, we put limitations on what God can do in us and through us. Crazy people. We just don't have faith in God like we ought to.


Thursday, March 03, 2005

My Niece!
My Niece!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

By the way

Jordan I suggest you take your little ego trip off our profile or i will erase it for you

Stop the stupid wind

So, last week we had some gorgeous days here in Rock Hill and then it had to go get all gross and rainy the past few days and today its soooooo windy that its just miserable to walk outside. arg...where is the spring? its the first of march i DEMAND 75 degree weather with beautiful sunny skies...just kidding, although it would be nice.

so I havent really posted anything substantial in here in awhile so i figured i would give it a go before i curl up in my bed and sleep until dance class.

Things are going pretty well for me, I am incredibly tired because i stayed up way late making myself finish writing a paper that was due this morning...i just couldnt muster up any motivation. I still have that 15 page research paper i need to start tackling.

I was talking to Jordan cauley earlier today and he was talking about how he was looking back at some of the old entries in here and just laughing at how silly we are, and it hit me, like I had never thought of it before, how lucky we all are, just to be friends and have fond memories to look back on. We really must know each other when we grow up because I have this plan that each and every one of you must babysit my children at some point.

hehe i really dont have anything to say, but praise God, he's really been working in me and just teaching me how to just let Him speak, quiet myself, its a good thing.

peace out kids I love you all from the bottom of my heart!!!!

It's snowing again

so it snowed yesterday a night to close school on monday but then it all melted the same day so it was just wet and gross, well then it was snowing this morning and is still snowing now but i had to get up and go to my 8 oclock in the snow, cause they didnt close school and im house sitting so its a 20 to 30 minute drive for one class i very nearly just didnt go, but i went and thus i read the bible for an hour and 15 minutes cause thats what i do in that class i ignore the instructor and read the bible and man the onld testament stories of David would make a most excellent epic movie
anyway love you guys
jordan c