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Month: May 2017

Not what you might think

Not what you might think

It’s springtime family! All the snow is gone now, and it’s raining plenty. This is the time of year that was made for longboarding, late night pizza and anime nights with brothers, sleeping in your backyard, and early morning sunrise watchings. Enjoy this season that God blessed us with!

Real quick before i actually talk about what i want to talk about I’m going to try to make a clarification about this blog. i started this blog so that i could share with you the adventurous life of being a missionary, the new and strange interactions with new people and cultures, the unique life that God has blessed me with. This blog was not started to be a spiritual guidance blog or a christian living blog, because I’m not good at those things.

Even though i talk about different spiritual topics, and what i think is a proper response to certain things, thats not what this blog is for. Right now I’m still at home waiting to take the first step in missions. Its all planned out, and i am growing closer and closer to that first step every day. But for now while i am still at home living a really normal life, i will talk about some of the things i am struggling with, and how i believe God wants me to react to those things. Basically all the words on this blog so far have been me preaching to myself, But God in his goodness and grace allows those words to maybe speak to someone else.

This all kind of leads into what i really wanted to talk about in this post. i am a broken human.

i believe that all to often in the church and christian community there is a tendency to look at leaders and teachers and “good people” as more than a sinful human being. And on the flip side, people who are viewed as being “good” begin to hide sin and other messy things in their life so that it looks like they are living up to the standard of “good”. i have seen this standard of being a “good christian” ruin the lives of many people. i have seen churches fall apart because the pastor, who never sinned or struggled with sin all of the sudden fall into adultery, and the congregation is shocked! Thats crazy! All men are human, and all humans sin.

i am a human. i sin. i can never ever live up to the standard of being “good”.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 

i am desperately sick.

Now, it’s not all doom and gloom because i have been saved from this sin, and i am not held captive by sin.

Romans 6:6-7 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.

However i am still a mess.

Romans 3:9-11 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God”.

But i am still loved in spite of all that sin and wickedness

Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us reason together, says the Lordthough your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Despite all our sin we are still loved! We are loved so much that the God who created the world, decided that spending all eternity with us was worth killing his son over.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

So we are loved and saved in spite of all the sin, brokenness, and messes in our lives. 

Hahahaha i kinda got a little side tracked there, sorry. Basically all i am trying to say is please, when you look at me and the life i am living, look with the right perspective. i am not “good” and cannot be, so when i sin and mess up, dont be surprised. And don’t expect me to live a life free from sin and messes. I’ll be honest i struggle lots with sin. i am as much of a sinner as you are, and i am also loved and forgiven just like you are.

Thats all i have for this go around. Thanks all for reading. As always feel free to contact me, whether you have prayer requests, questions, complaints, or just want someone to talk to, hit me up!

Noah Brandt –– 720-635-4235

Thank you all so much.
April Showers Bring May Snow?

April Showers Bring May Snow?

Dear Family.
You are amazing, and i love you. Seriously, look at you, you decided to take your very own 5-10 minutes to read the odd and infrequent blog postings of a missionary to be. Thank you.
I’m sitting here in the coffee shop  (the one i do most of my writing at) and it’s snowing. That is correct, it is snowing in Denver Colorado in (basically [probably by the time i post this]) May. It’s a cool change of pace from the standard sunny warm Denver spring. Its cool to have a day that just makes you feel like sitting inside and kicking back with family and watching a movie, instead of (for me) the typical running around restlessness. Part of the reason i can enjoy the chill nature of this weather (pun intended) in the midst of the amazing springtime weather is that i know it won’t last. i don’t have to worry about being stuck inside my house for the next few weeks while its slushy and cold outside, i can just lay back and soak it in knowing that in a few days the sun will be shining and the streets will be dry and i can be busy running around once again.
This cool weather pattern reminds me a lot of the ups and downs we face in our christians lives. It seems like just when we (me) have most of the “christian” things figured out, life is good and we (me) have a pretty good walk with the Lord, then something happens and we fall and trip and stumble. Now when this happens my typical response is to stare at the ground and think about how i need to get used to the ground because there is no way i can get back up from this fall. Its easy to become distanced from God, and its even easier to become comfortable with that distance, but thats not the right way to live.
 Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. 
The correct response should probably look like the response to this weird springtime snow. Just lay back and soak it in knowing that in a few days the sun will be shining and the streets will be dry and I can be busy running around once again. God doesn’t give us trials to leave us down on the ground.
1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,  so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,  obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 
These trials and hardships won’t last long. Take it all in and be calmed with the understanding that this won’t last forever, take joy in that fact that your faith is being strengthened through this.  Lift your head up.
So theres my words. i hope it all makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense let me know.
Once again I’m sorry I’m late again, but i figure this wasn’t too bad compared to what its been lately. Thanks for reading this: you are amazing.
For those of you who don’t know who i am or what Dudebro missions is i will explain for you a little. My name is Noah Brandt and i am working towards becoming a long term missionary to the Country of Mongolia. i have been and will be working with YWAM, so the first step of missions for me will be a training school called DTS for about 6 months. After DTS i might attend a secondary training or i might just get ready to move to Mongolia, it all just depends on what happens while i am gone at DTS. If you want more information or if you want to help support me SPACE (financially or prayerfully or however else God wants people to support me) feel free to contact me, i will leave all my contact information for you guys below. Please let me know how i can pray for you guys, and if you ever need someone to talk to hit me up. Additionally if you have questions or comments you can leave them in the space below or you can just contact me directly if that’s what you’re into.
Noah Brandt. Email – Phone – 720-635-4235
Thank you all so much.