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The Tale of Two Ships

Posted by Eddie Jones on April 14, 2012 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten, IBegat Trouble |

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

The Titanic was beautiful.

Well, as beautiful as a nautical steamship could get. A complete masterpiece of modern engineering ingeniously intertwined with the highest echelon of luxury. This ship was destined for greatness – to be remembered.

About 4,460 years ago, a man stood back from a different nautical masterpiece. There were no gold trimmings or alabaster floors, but it was astounding just the same. This ship was destined to serve God and save His people.

The Titanic left New York harbor with a mighty cheer from the passengers aboard. They were waving and throwing hats through the air like an old film. People watched from the docks both in awe and patriotic tears, waving back and shouting promises. A young boy set a pair of slugs down on a railing as his siblings closed the massive door to their boat, listening as the rain began to fall down outside. They were all afraid but they were faithful – God would get them through this.

On April 14, 1912, four days after departure, the Titanic hit a massive iceberg and began a three hour descent as it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Forty days later, the Ark reached land and God provided for Noah and his family to flourish in their new environment.

Don’t place your trust in man – but in God who is the author of life and lover of your soul!

Remember: The ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic was built by professionals.


CHRISTINE WESSELIUS

Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)
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Final Interview

Posted by Eddie Jones on December 28, 2011 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten, iBegat U |

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.” 1Thessalonians 5:9-10 (English Standard)

I hate interviews.

And it’s not because I get nervous or have bad communication skills. The employers don’t intimidate me, and the amount of competing applications don’t even cross my mind. No – it’s that horrible question that you know they’re going to ask: “Why do you deserve this job? Why should we hire you?”

Somehow, whenever I hear that awful question, my mind draws a blank. I mean – what do they want me to say? I don’t want to come up with some “I’m the best” braggart line that turns me into some narcissist. But at the same time I don’t want to say something weak sounding where they think I have no conviction or aspirations!

When we die, we’re going to be confronted with a similar scenario. We’ll have to hand in our resume of all our life’s work. Satan is going to bring up every sin we’ve committed against God and highlight them in yellow. But … we’re covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. In this life, we don’t have to prove anything to people by either boasting or being overly modest. Because in this case we’re not here to display ourselves – but to showcase Him.

Where we fail, Jesus Christ has already stepped in the pick up the slack. There are no rejected applications, no failed interviews, and the ‘benefits’ of heaven are pretty much limitless.

Don’t live life in fear of failing that final judgment – Jesus has already selected you as one of His own.


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Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)

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Insatiable

Posted by Eddie Jones on May 4, 2011 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten |

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NIV)

I swear there isn’t enough food in this house to sustain my teenage brother. When I went to bed we had Pizza Pockets, soup, Captain Crunch, chips, boxed macaroni and cheese, Top Ramen, and a brand new gallon of 2% milk. However, by the next morning, the only trace of these items’s existence was the suspicious crumb trail leading all the way from our kitchen, up the stairs, and under the door to his bedroom.

Sometimes I think my brother could make a living at the circus as “The Amazing Bottomless Hole.” Despite incriminating evidence against him, his constant alibi is that he is still hungry. And he’ll prove it happily by eating six eggs, five pancakes, and innumerable pieces of bacon without blinking an eye. It’s unreal.

While we refer to ourselves as followers of God, we often end up following Americas Next Top Model or the newest episode of Glee much more religiously. Our relationship with God should be insatiable; but the world around us pushes other things into our path to distract us and steal our focus.
Press into what God has for you! Set your daily TV or computer routine aside and make God your routine! Unlike like my brother’s ravenous appetite, God guarantees that you won’t come away still hungering for something more, but instead that you will be filled.

Things of this world last only for a moment, but God’s kingdom is eternal. You choose.


CHRISTINE WESSELIUS

Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)
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Spread the Love …

Posted by Eddie Jones on February 13, 2011 in Christine Wessilius, iBe HEgat, iBe SHEgat, iBegat U |

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NIV)

February 14th

Valentines

Singles Awareness Day

No matter what you call it – it annoys me…

I don’t like candy. The regular Hallmark movies already make me want to gag. And when I see so much pink and red and white together it makes me want to convulse into seizures.

When I see couples making out in the streets and singles making goo-goo eyes at the remaining brood – I really do convulse into seizures.

It’s just one of those days where I’d rather stay in bed and relive Discovery Channel’s Shark Week on TiVo.

Despite all the pomp and circumstance, and even my excessive distaste for the day, I think someone, somewhere along the line – got it right.

Showing love has changed throughout the ages. The ancient Greeks used to toss an apple to the woman they fancied, and if she caught it – they were as good as engaged.

Ladies in old England would fasten their handkerchiefs to a knight’s javelin to let him not-so-subtly know she favored him the most.

Back in the 17th Century, in Wales, a man would tediously carve a pair of wooden spoons – called Lovespoons – and would give them to the girl he loved to show his affection.

And in 30AD, God sent His son to die a butchered death and bear the sin of a world that had rejected him so that we, ungrateful children, may spend eternity with Him. Because no matter what we’ve done – and no matter what we will do – God loves us.

Kind of puts ‘love’ into perspective, huh?

So this Valentines-Singles-Awareness-Day, take a step out of conformity and spread the greatest love of all with those you hold dear.

The love of Christ.


CHRISTINE WESSELIUS

Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)
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Forgotten

Posted by Eddie Jones on January 11, 2011 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten, IBegat Trouble, iBegat U |

I’ve screamed so long my lungs are hoarse, my fists have slammed against the wall so many times the skin is broken and bleeding streaks of red down my bedroom wall. No one’s home right now. And even worse—I can swear no one is listening. Even if someone was, they must not care about me because nothing is changing. No matter how many tears I weep in the night, no matter how low and broken I’ve become, all I hear is silence. All I feel is the emptiness from the world.

God has forgotten me.

Have you ever felt this way? Frustrated and desperate for some kind of sign; some kind of proof that He’s there: that things will get better? That He hears you?

Let me assure you, He is. And He always will be.

Even more than that—God weeps with you! Jeremiah 8:21 says, “Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn and horror grips me.” (NIV) You are not in this alone! Hebrews 13:5b states, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” It is impossible for you to be forgotten! And most importantly, God cherishes you and nothing can change that!

Romans 8:39 “…(nothing) shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NASB)

God hears you. God passionately loves you.

Remember, “Do your best, prepare for the worst; then trust God for the victory.” (Proverbs 21:31 MSG)

CHRISTINE WESSELIUS

Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)
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Killing Fear

Posted by Eddie Jones on November 17, 2010 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten, IBegat Trouble |

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7 NIV)

“If I brought a gun to school you’d be the first one I’d kill.” Seth leered at me from behind, sending a chill down my spine.

It was my first year in public school and to say I wasn’t exactly socially accepted would be an understatement. I was in fifth grade and already I had someone who wanted to kill me – great.

Fresh from private school and home schooling I had no idea how to handle such a threat. Much less my ruined notebooks or the insults, threats, and curses bled into my desk with permanent, black marker that showed up in the following weeks. I didn’t know how to tell my parents that my glasses were broken because a boy had hit me or that the day before I’d found the body of a dead mouse in my desk with the message “you’re next” noosed around its neck on notebook paper.

So I ignored it, hoping that Seth and the other kids in my class would grow tired of trying to scare me. The next day I cut out hearts from red construction paper and wrote out verses that spoke of God’s love for them and taped them to the desks of all my classmates. And the next day, and the next day, and the day after that until the bullying stopped. Within a month the bullying came to a dead halt.

The best way to combat hate? With God’s furious love.

CHRISTINE WESSELIUS

Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)
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Curtain Call Resolution

Posted by Eddie Jones on November 9, 2010 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten |

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

I check my microphone one last time, listening through the double doors for my queue lines. I clench the bag in my hands that will be used during the scene, making sure I’ve got everything, sending up a silent prayer to God for help. Suddenly I hear it—my queue!

Instantly I throw open the door and come running through the audience, hearing my laughter echo loudly across the speakers. I’m almost through the auditorium and at the last row of seats before the stage when… I fall. One of those brilliant ‘face-eats-carpet’ moments.

My bag of props goes sprawling before me. I don’t even have time to feel embarrassed by how far my skirt probably flew up! Grabbing everything I possibly could, I arrive on stage late, improvising a new entrance before getting into place for the dance number and song.

Half way through the music I notice…I can’t move my hand. Worse than that, with every movement I’m forced to make, excruciating pain shoots through my fingers and wrist.

I later found out that I’d snapped the tendon in my hand when I fell. True, God didn’t spare me the pain. Instead, He gave me the strength and comfort I needed to make it through till curtain call.

God doesn’t promise us lives without pain, but He will be there every step of the way, strengthening and encouraging us till that moment when the final curtain falls and we go to be with Him in paradise.

CHRISTINE WESSELIUS

Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)
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Beauty and the Beast Theology

Posted by Eddie Jones on October 19, 2010 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten |

Truly I say to you, unless you turn around and become as young children, you will by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens.” (Matthew 18:3 NWT)

None of us, when we were five years old watching the opening of Beauty and the Beast as Belle danced through the town, stopped to ask what on earth ‘provincial’ meant. Nope, we kept watching. We went with it. Because even though we didn’t technically understand, we got it; the fact that Belle was a dreamer and wanted more than life had given her.

As teens, we question everything. Is the death penalty Biblical? Why aren’t there piranhas in the Amazon? Why was my friend killed by a drunk driver if God is just? Are the hot dogs in the cafeteria really made of plastic and road-kill? Why did my parents divorce?

And while questions are essentially good—they more often than not become a distraction from the main message God has for us. Some of the greatest theological minds in the world know everything there is to mortally comprehend but at the end of the day, they still miss the mark. They’re too distracted by the obstacles they’ve put up for themselves.

That’s why God calls us to look at this world through the eyes of children. Kids don’t always understand the mechanics of how things work but that doesn’t stop them from enjoying the moment.

So stop looking at the technicalities life throws at you and look into the heart of God once again.

CHRISTINE WESSELIUS

Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)
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