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  • j5willis 7:32 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    So Nicole and I recently got hooked on this website called Swagbucks.  Basically they randomly give you swagbucks just for searching the internet through their search bar.  Once you have enough bucks you can trade them for gift cards, merchandise, etc.  I think in about 1-2 weeks Nicole got a $5 amazon.com card just from using the swagbucks search bar everytime she searched the internet.

    Anyway, if you’re my friend sign up through my referal and I’ll get some extra bucks, thanks.


    ps, I’m a Professional Engineer now so I think that makes me cooler or nerdier or both…

    • Hunter D 9:53 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      you passed the exam? nice! I was worried for you because my other friend found out awhiles back. swaggalicious.

  • willardscott 2:38 am on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Dreamin…of fireworks 

    So I had a dream the other night.  It involved several of you. 

    So there I was.  Sitting in health class at Blacksburg High School.  I was told we would be watching a video.  After the cheesy 80s intro music, there appeared on the screen some white dude in a suit and Mark Ashbaugh, complete with sling.  The white dude identifies himself as the director of Homeland Security and the Mark says, “And I’m Mark Ashbaugh, and we’re here to talk to you about something serious.”  Homeland Security guy, “Fireworks.  Many children die each year from fireworks.”  The rest of the video was pictures of Rawls, Harris, Mark and Hunter just blowing stuff up and lighting things on fire.  Then I woke up.  Awesome.

    • Joshua Brown 3:36 am on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      only cool if phipps was still the health teacher.

    • Hunter D 5:14 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      was there mention of the fact that mark’s arm was in a sling because of the fireworks, and not because of playing too much volleyball?

    • mashbaugh 5:59 am on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      outstanding, I’d love to have that dream…

  • Joshua Brown 7:23 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    • hammertime88 3:08 pm on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I coached the best triple jumper in the state for single A the past 2 years. My guy won states by over 3 feet last spring. He jumped against Wilson several times. Wilson is a man. He was routinely 2 feet better than my dude and everyone else on the track every week. His thighs could be wider than my torso.

  • Hunter D 5:54 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    first club 

    Our first club (in at least ten years) at Lee-Davis is tonight. I’m real nervous and real pumped at the same time. We covet your prayers.

    • Vengeful Pat 4:12 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hunter, can we get an update? How did it go?

      • Hunter D 7:01 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        yeah, man. there was definitely good stuff happening. very high energy, with about 25 kids + 7 or 8 leaders and adults in the room. probably 6 or 7 kids that were new to young life, and everyone loved it. definitely a good start for the semester.
        there was a vcu student there who is potentially going to start leading later, and he took a ton of pictures. when i get a hold of them, i’ll pass that on.

  • Hunter D 10:54 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Blacksburg HS Gym Collapses 

    Just saw this…apparently happened today but noone was hurt. Some of my favorite pick-up game memories are from nights when school was cancelled and Steve let us into the gym.


    • willardscott 5:26 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hunter, as a bburg alum i was saddened when the roof collapsed. so many good memories of me dunking over you.

      • Hunter D 7:06 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        the truth is I missed a wide-open dunk my junior year there. the place is cursed.

        • Joshua Brown 8:39 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink

          hunter you actually did dunk over me once.

        • Hunter D 3:03 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink

          this is also true, i can’t deny it

        • willardscott 3:14 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink

          And to think that all the work that Leonard and I did on the air conditioning in that gym was for naught. Boo.

        • Joshua Brown 4:43 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink

          you got paid right? And hey who knows, maybe you and leonard can get the team back together again and do a little h-vac for the new gym… assuming SW VA ever has enough money to build one.

    • willardscott 2:47 am on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      haha, that would be a dream job. Burnin one, checkin out chicks, being angry all the time, loving nascar, talkin about workin at crystal’s, driving his dui butt around, and having to walk oppressively fast all the time.

  • iplawrence 5:48 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Qdoba coupons 

    This is random, but I thought I’d share my excitement –

    If you go to http://www.qdoba.com and play the “mash” game you can win some pretty sweet coupons. You can play once a day, and you usually win something. The best coupon is a free “craft 2” (reg. $5.99 entree) with a drink purchase. Megan and I have gone twice in the last week and both had dinner for $3.50 total. Check it out!

  • mashbaugh 3:30 am on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Harris, that’s awesome. I think it can … 

    Harris, that’s awesome. I think it can be a great thing to see and be a part of the Lord interacting with His people in different ways.

    Something on a quick note that I’ve been struggling through in my head and with the Lord is where the Lord would have us go to church. There’s a PCUSA church at the beginning of our neighborhood, literally 1/2 a mile away. The pastor is pretty sweet, holds to scripture, the church is a confessing church (which means they hold to scripture as inerrant, I didn’t know there were any PCUSA that were like that), but from attending there for about a month now it appears as if there isn’t much depth to the congregation. That could be broad generalization, but I want to be a part of a church where there are families that Katherine and I can watch and model and learn from. That doesn’t mean they’re not there. Also, they have female elders and the kid’s ministry, arts ministry and youth director are all females. Not sure what I think about that, but just from a human standpoint the church is often full of weak men, and I’m not sure if having lots of female leadership sets the right example. I’m just talking out loud. Anyways, something y’all can be praying for for the Ashbaugh’s. I’ve never been a member of a church outside of the Methodist church I grew up in and would love to be a member of one.

    On another note, like most things, I took this from somebody else but know we’ve got some 24 fans here.


    • Martin Cates 10:01 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      2 churches I would visit. One really close by and one closer in to downtown.. Hope Community Church and Christ Central Church.

    • willardscott 5:37 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, 2 things:
      1. I grew up in a bad PCUSA church. It didn’t feed me. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go there and do work.
      2. My pastor’s name is Jack. It would be cool if he were more like Jack Bauer. Not to say I don’t like Jack. That link made me laugh. I’m rambling.

  • hammertime88 3:25 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Harris Update 

    Hello friends,

    Let me first say how excited I am about the recent change in the blog.  Even though I haven’t posted or replied, it has been really fun to read, think, ask questions and pray about these questions we are posing to each other.

    That being said, I would love to talk about where Jen and I have been for the past few months.  Life has been a sweet adventure in Christ for us recently.  On the way back from Steve Rawls’ bachelor weekend, Mark and I got into a long discussion about theology and where Jen and I find ourselves right now.  I am starting to understand what a great place God has us in.

    Let me explain:  Right now in Botetourt, we find ourselves in a three way pull of ideas about faith, worship, and how to live the best life in Christ.  Here are the 3 groups that are influencing us right now:

    1. Young Life Commonwealth Region.  The staff in our region leans strongly towards a Calvinist point of view.  We have guys like Mike Cramer, Jim Cunninham, Matt Garrison, Tim Toy, etc.  who have been on staff for a long time.  They are very wise.  Our region is very knowledge oriented.  Studying scripture and reading books is held in high regard.

    2. Area Leaders.  A new bible study has started here that most of our leaders are going to on Tuesday nights.  Their emphasis is on listening to the Spirit and following His lead.  This group is much more charismatic than I am used to.  They want to be obedient to God’s voice.  Often times they will have a time of prayer and listening, and then go out in Roanoke and speak to people about Christ who they feel God is leading them to talk to.

    3. Church.  Jen and I are members of a conservative Southern Baptist church.  The emphasis of our church is obedience.  Do we know our eternal destiny?  If so, does our life reflect that?  If we are following Christ, does our life look like we are following Christ?

    It seems to me that all three of these groups are encountering Christ in their own way.  I would not argue that any of them do not know Him.  However, it is amazing to me how different they are.  The hard thing is, they all believe that they are experiencing Christ in the best way.  When we first realized this, it was hard for us.  We felt like each group was pulling us in their own direction.  Each group wanted us to go their way.  However, the joy we have found is that God has us right in the middle.  We are learning that studying and learning is important.  We are learning that listening to the Spirit is important.  The Spirit is alive inside us!  And we are learning that obedience is important.

  • rcard7878 3:18 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Willard Calendar > February 

  • Joshua Brown 4:18 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you.” Says the Lord your Redeemer.
    To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.

    This is from Isaiah 54. In my own sense, I have taken it to be the promise of Christ. In 2 Samuel it says “I will be my father, and He will be my son. When He does wrong, I will punish Him, with a rod yielded by human beings, with flogging inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from Him.

    …When He does wrong. Ironic a little as He never did wrong, but God saw in Christ the wrongness of us all, that’s on Him. And He was punished accordingly. He paid the price of God’s anger, making the Isaiah promise possible.

    In Jude it says “Though you already know all this I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered His people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.” It kinda sounds like a threat. The Lord has delivered you, but He will destroy you if you don’t believe.

    Once you have believed in Jesus, and have started given your life to Him (as evidenced by fruit and changes) is it possible to fall out of the promise made in Isaiah? If you stop believing, even after earnestly living in the truth and for real being Christian, do you fall back under judgment? I know there is discipline, and Hebrews 12 talks about that, enduring hardships. But what about when people are just ignoring God, does His anger come. Don’t worry, it’s not my plan to stop believing, and God is doing some amazing things in my life right now even though I’ve kinda had it a bit rough. I’m just trying to get a better understanding of some of the stuff that I’ve been reading recently. Anyways, there’s some food for thought! Peace

    • iplawrence 3:05 am on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Josh, here are some helpful and carefully formulated thoughts on this subject (by John Piper, not me) –


      I’ve wrestled with those questions myself quite a bit. This issue can be particularly tough to work through, at least for me it is, but also extremely rewarding. Keep wrestling 🙂

      • Joshua Brown 3:46 am on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        ian that is so ridiculously helpful! Thanks for pointing me to something that backs itself with the Word. You’re the man.

      • Joshua Brown 3:57 am on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        i have another question. Please don’t take this as devil’s advocate or me trying to be smart. I just legitimately want to know what you think and don’t actually have a stance and am not smart. Piper included scripture of god’s “especially” people, or His people. But then in 1 Timothy 2 it talks about us praying for all people’s salvation as it is good because He “wants all men tp be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth”. How does that fit in for you? Thanks ahead of time, peaace

        • iplawrence 2:13 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink

          Excellent question, Josh. Actually, digging into that verse gets into some very deep theological issues regarding God’s will that have no simple answer. Let me try to briefly frame the issue:

          If, in the deepest sense, that is, in every hidden corner of God’s will, God’s wants everyone to be saved, then we have a very significant problem. Why? Because clearly all people are not saved, thus God is not able to cause people to be saved. But we know from Scripture that God can indeed cause people to be saved, at the very least in certain instances. Consider John the Baptist, filled with the Spirit from the womb, or Paul, blinded on the road to Damascus, or Jacob, who was chosen from the womb instead of Esau. Nearly all Christians would concede that if God wants to, he can cause someone to believe. Some would say that God doesn’t typically work this way, but that he has in some unique instances in the Bible. OK, so the question remains – why does he not do this with all people if he desires all to be saved? There must be a competing desire, even if one would claim that the competing desire is to protect human free will. For those who believe in election/predestination (myself), the problem is similar. How can God elect people to salvation while at the same time wanting everyone to be saved?

          My point is that the problem remains whether one is an Arminian or Calvinist. This is important, in my view, because realizing this should keep a person from rushing into one camp or the other while ignoring the issue.

          So then, here’s my advice. Don’t feel the need to make a quick decision about how this all works out, but keep it in mind as you read through the Bible daily and pray for wisdom. I’ll give you one verse that has been very helpful for me. Lam 3:31-33

          For the Lord will not
          cast off forever,
          32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
          according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
          33 for he does not willingly afflict
          or grieve the children of men.

          Also, John Piper is helpful here as well. This is good, but heavy swimming. http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Articles/ByDate/1995/1580_Are_There_Two_Wills_in_God/

          Hope that helps!

        • Vengeful Pat 6:04 pm on February 5, 2010 Permalink

          I think that it’s highly possible that God leaves certain things like this ambiguous because the answers to these questions aren’t ultimately important for us to know, so He leaves it up to us to interpret in the way that makes the most sense to us. This isn’t to say that He leaves everything open to interpretation because he doesn’t. He has undeniably forbidden things like murder, sodomy, stealing, adultery, etc. He has made it clear that he is all-loving. I think we have to believe that God made clear exactly what He wanted to make clear, and left ambiguous the things that were either beneficial to leave ambiguous or else unimportant enough to leave ambiguous.

        • iplawrence 10:12 pm on February 5, 2010 Permalink

          I certainly agree…to an extent. That reasoning can also be an excuse for not digging into the deep things of God. I don’t think that people like Jonathan Edwards, AW Tozer, and Augustine simply postulated theologically in all that they wrote, I think that they knew God deeply because of hours and hours of meditating on His Word. As a result, men like these have attempted to explain verses and doctrines that others might say are too difficult to understand. And their writings have illuminated the saints, strengthened the church, and changed the world. This issue in particular, I believe, can be profoundly, though not fully, understood.

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