Sunday, January 22, 2006

I AM A...Warrior in an Epic Battle



Today at the Journey was all about being a warrior in the battle we face everyday on the spiritual level. It was such a great service, so great that I'm blogging about it and therefore breaking my once a month blogging habits. Shocking.
Anyway, one of my favorite parts of the service was when Mike, the pastor, interviewed Brian, who just returned from serving in Iraq, and compared his service in the war to the war we wake up to everyday wherever we are. Every morning, when he was in Iraq, he would mentally put on the 'spiritual armor' while he was literally putting on his 'real armor'. He mentioned that when he came back to the States, the thing he noticed most about life was the complacency. There is a sign where he was stationed in Iraq that says "Complacency Kills". He spoke about how true that is in our spiritual lives and how we don't feel like we are in a spiritual battle, but we should be waking up everyday putting on our armor and preparing for war. It was very powerful.
The other favorite was when Mike shared a scene from Kingdom of Heaven, when Orlando Bloom's character asked the crowd of boys, farmers, blacksmiths and common men if knighting a man makes him a better warrior. He answered his own question my saying 'yes', and told the crowd to take a knee and knighted them all on the spot. Mike then told us to take a knee and it was so cool seeing the congregation kneel. We read St. Patrick's Prayer "The Breastplate" and Mike "knighted" us, making us a church of warriors. It was a very cool service.
Here are some parts of the prayer I thought were cool:
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before,
God's host to save me...

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

How Long has it Been..........



This title has two meanings. First, we are not so good at keeping up with this blog. I understand why people do not check it very often. Second, it has been over a month now since we have left New Zealand, and it seems to always be on my mind. As we look towards our future, and stay with in-laws and friends, it becomes difficult at times to think that we are suppose to be here instead of there. But searching for truth and seeking after God, I know that we are in the right place, for now. I have been leading worship at a church called the Journey, and speaking and singing at my father's church, and our pre-NZ church Impact, along with Angele. It has been a busy time for us, and yet I don't feel as if I am doing much of anything.
The weather here is constantly changing, not much different then Auckland in that respect, but much much colder. We got 3 or 4 inches of snow last night, but it will be gone tonight as the sun is out.

So here are a few pictures for you all. One at new years, and the other at Impact while we practiced for the service. Brett and Kristen Jones are also there.

By the way, while I was in New Zealand I got to know Frank Ritchie, and I can say from a Pastoral stand point, as well as from our friendship, that Frank is an outstanding man of God, who has a wife, and a great relationship to the church. I am convinced that God is using him to reach thousands on a regular bases that may otherwise never hear the name of God. If you get the chance check out his blog
http://www.fritchie.blogspot.com

And I will sign this so that you all know who is saying these things,
RYAN GERTEN

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Updates...





Well, we decided we should probably update this thing, so here goes...

Tons has happened. My parents came out for a trip, here's a picture of Ryan and me at Mt. Cook in the South Island. We had such a great time with them.
Moved back to the States before Christmas and have been traveling between family and friends staying with whomever would have us while interviewing and looking for work.

Wow, tons has happened, but I pretty much did an update in 3 sentences. We are missing New Zealand quite a bit. Missing cession, friends and the hikes, beaches and weather. We just got a half of foot of snow dumped on us though, so skiing will be in the near future.

Thanks to everyone for keeping in touch! Please continue! We'll do what we can to keep this blog updated.