Jason @BeardedOverland www.pioneeringaz.blogspot.com
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV
Who hasn't thought of Philippians 4:13 before a big test, meeting, or game? Maybe you were the athlete who quoted it after completing a nearly impossible feat. Or maybe it was quoted to you by an old acquaintance after they explained an, "amazing business opportunity." "Sure it sounds risky," they said, "but just like the Bible says, 'You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.'"
Too often, Philippians 4:13 is quoted for self-motivation alone. A more secular version might sound like, "If we set our mind to it, whatever it is, we'll accomplish it." Sure, "through Christ" is in our Bible version, but hopefully He's not there to just give us strength to accomplish our goals. Does Christ give us strength to do wonderful things including athletic feats? Yes. However, the original author of this coffee-mug verse wasn't trying to win the Iron Man or triple his income in as little as three months (neither of which are necessarily bad things). Paul was writing—from jail—to the church he helped start in Philippi.
If Paul had the power to do all things, wouldn't "get out of jail" be at the top of his to-do list? After all, if he could really do all things, he'd be all-powerful. The next three verses give additional meaning to verse 13. Paul described experiencing poverty, hunger, want, and despite it all, contentment. Then, he added verse 13 to basically say he could do all this only because of Christ. Paul's words were less about motivating the Philippians to accomplish great things and more about inspiring them to trust God despite horrible things. In fact, the original language reads more like, "I have strength for all things. Why? Because Jesus." (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Sunday, November 1, 2020
As 2020 ends, we are finishing our move from the country to the big city. We started the process this past spring, by mid November we will be 100% city dwellers. That's a first for me. Going forward I'm not sure how the Blog will look, or what direction I'll go with it. Only time will tell.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Winding down my busy weekend... 990 miles driven in three days, two states, couch surfed and Covid BS. A quick rundown... had a medical emergency in our family Thursday, had to be in Chandler Friday, then a wedding in California on Saturday, back to Kingman on Sunday. The details, we could use some prayers for my father-n-law who had a stroke Thursday. He’s doing better, but will have some challenges ahead of him. I could also use some prayers for a job opportunity in Chandler after 6 months of looking. My cousin had a great wedding back in my hometown in Nuevo California on Saturday. That poor state is lost, you can’t even use a restroom in a fast food restaurant. I did have a great quick visit with my aunt and uncle who let me crash at their house. A quick word about the truck, after 12k miles it’s officially broken in. What a great driving truck. The Falkens are amazing tires, great off road, and comfortable on pavement. This past 990 miles I’ve gotten 20mpg on average, not bad for a full size, V8 powered 4wheel drive truck!
Revival - Chris McClarney There’s no denying that very regularly we, not only as individuals, but as a community of people who make up the Church, face struggles and tragedies that target us both mentally and spiritually, especially when it comes to our trust in the absolute redeeming power of God. We live in a time where fear is constantly being projected onto us through news outlets and social media, and anxiety is becoming so commonplace that we’ve begun to ignore its presence in our day to day lives. Not only are we facing tragedies on a worldwide scale, but in our personal lives as well, as we are often confronted by death and disease. In these times of trials and suffering, we begin asking a lot of questions: Why is this happening? Why did God allow this?
Friday, September 25, 2020
A few days ago I came across a post on social media of a Jeep stuck in the badlands of Southern California. Being from that area I recognized the trail as being a popular mountain biking and motorcycle destination. Someone had made a very bad decision on taking their Jeep there! Now the original post was “How are they going to recover it?” It wouldn’t have been that hard to recover, so a large group went up and did just that!
Just a reminder that 4 wheel drive doesn’t mean you can go anywhere, it just means you can get stuck better! Keep in mind the #OverlandBound words of wisdom... “It doesn’t matter what you drive, but it does matter where you drive it!”
Thursday, September 24, 2020
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.” ― A.J. Cronin ———————— It’s been almost 30 days since my last post. I’ve been busy living between two houses 300miles apart, getting hurt at work due to the stupid mask mandate, taking care of the family and just living life in between. But I have stolen a few minutes here and there to hang out in the desert and talk to the wildlife.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Per Scanner: Units in El Dorado Fire Division Q (Quebec) have located a person who has been out in the forest since August. The subject is significantly malnourished but is ambulatory. Will be bringing him in for evaluation and care. [BRIEFING MAP]