Jessie Schnoebelen

Thoughts On Life From Paradise To Metropolis

Chargers Fangirl

I have been going to Charger football games since before I could walk. Back in the good-ol-days, my dad’s family would tailgate in a moterhome and we even have a picture of baby-me perched on the dashboard.
Now that I got the Timehop app, I now can track my fangirl posts throughout the years. Not featured in the below pictures, however, is the time I painted a giant bolt down my entire face for a Halloween party. I’m not trying to prove anything by knowing football, I really do like watching the games, and knowing the details, they help me feel a sense of comfort and remind me of my dad. So, diehard Charger fan for life.

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God Is So Good, All The Time… He Is Good.

“It’s just so beautiful.”

It is SO beautiful!”

“I can’t even handle how beautiful this is!”

Just a few quotes from me and my mom as we got entered the new apartment. Now, ever since I and my parents made the decision that I would move off campus for my Junior and Senior years, this apartment search has been on my heart, mind, soul, stomach, head… you get the picture… We [I] probably put this search out of proportion; however, all the searching wasn’t for nothing. 

Yesterday, through God’s grace, my mom moved me into a gorgeous apartment in the financial district in New York City. Through every step of the way on this journey God provided — Not on my time, not on my dad’s time, not on my mom’s time — but in His perfect timing. He provided the roommates, the correct management, the right price, the pristine location. This apartment is a 2-bed, 2-bath on the 43rd floor with this view!

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I have never been in an apartment that I could sit on the floor and see nothing but clouds and blue sky out the window. 

God has blessed me more than I could ever imagine. Even though I struggled and pushed trying to take this situation into my control, it never left His hand. And thank you to my parents for providing and working with me and for me to get this done. Just the awesomeness of having my mom come out and help me move in is mind-blowing. Not to mention everything that my dad does. He’s pretty fantastic.

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So now I am back in New York City getting ready to tackle my Junior year at The King’s College and to everyone that I didn’t get to say “good-bye” (or even “hi”) to, I pray that God will bless you in this coming year that you may grow closer to Him and to those who I will see in just a couple weeks, I can’t wait to experience life with you and help the King’s community to flourish in this coming year!

Disney Day

17 hours at Disneyland/California Adventure. Sister time.

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Happiness

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New hair and date night with the boys.

Good-byes

I don’t like to say good-byes.

If I even try, I start to cry.

……. I’ll see you soon…….

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God’s Plan

 Just as mutineers should not be allowed to stay on their ship and traitors should be executed, so should people that sin against God be punished. “I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals when she burned offerings to them and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry and went after her lovers and forgot me, declares the Lord.” (Hosea 2:13) Created to be in union with God, man commits adultery every single time he puts God below something else on his priority list. “You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way.” (Hosea 10:13) Stolen from God is His “very good” lover and creation; only to be replaced with dirty whore. A whore who is willing to give away the God-given ability to adore, serve, and worship to a multitude of other inferior objects. “I [God] desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings but like Adam they transgressed the covenant, there they dealt faithlessly with me… upon her children also I will have no mercy because they are children of whoredom.” (Hosea 6:6) Because no command is complete without a reward or a fear of punishment, God’s covenant with Adam was that if he did not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam and his descendants would enjoy an eternity of communion with God. Conversely, if Adam disregarded God’s decree, Adam and his descendants would die. It is obvious the path Adam chose. Heart aching, the compassionate and just God, sought out Adam and Eve. Yet they continued to throw God’s love back in His face. As Adam and Eve left the garden, God removed His continual physical presence and selfishness to become the primary drive in human nature: spreading hurt, destruction, and torment. “the devil and all he ungodly are reined in by God, so that they cannot conceive, plan or carry out any crime, unless God allows it, indeed commands it. It is the Lord’s prerogative to enable the enemy’s rage and to control it at will.” (Institutes of Christian Religion pg81) Since life on earth was finite, God had to have a place to banish His fallen creation after death, so He created Hell – a place of eternal torture. “We reached the curving brink of a steep bank constructed of enormous broken rocks; below us was a cruler den of pain. And the disgusting overflow of stench the deep abyss was vomiting forced us back from the edge.” (CantoXI) So it stood: a gaping chasm with Hell at the bottom separating the creator from His beloved creation. But God still longed for man to fulfill his purpose by serving and idolizing his maker. From the beginning, God had a plan to redeem His fallen people – He sent His son to be born of a woman. Jesus contained all of God’s perfection and of all man’s free will and propensity to elevate himself. But Jesus, “who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped!” (Philippians 2:6) Contrary to Lucifer, Eve, Adam, and every other human being, Jesus submitted Himself under God’s will. Even to the point of death, He was lead as a lamb to the slaughter and willingly took on the just punishment of God to save all mankind. God’s justice was upheld. “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before Him.” (Hosea 6:1) Now God in His mercy and His perfect plan was able to bring glory to Himself by having His people turn from their tenacious perverted nature and return to Him.

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Chargers’ Practice… Finally

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After years of saying “We should go to the Chargers’ practice!” We finally did.

Watching football with my Dad and brother is one of my favorite things.

Robot or Free-Will?

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Innately connected to man’s ability to sin is freewill – the ability to make one’s own decisions to decide one’s own fate. A robot is a programmable being and unable to make an independent decision. When God set the world in motion, he did not program Adam and Eve to be devoted to Him. “After realizing that there is a Creator, it must then infer that he is also Governor and Preserver, not just because he can produce a kind of general motion in the machine of the universe, as well as in each of its parts, but because by his special Providence he sustains and cares for everything he as made.” (Calvin: Institutes of Christian Religion) Fashioned in the image of God, Adam and Eve were rational, logical, capable beings; for God did not desire a robotic unconscious devotion. Instead, God longs for his creation to willfully reject their own selfish motivations and independent passions and turn to their creator and sustainer for their welfare. Even though He has the power to minutely control every aspect of human life, He does not. Even if by giving man free will He enabled them to chose the wrong thing thereby perverting His creation, God valued man’s self-motivated worship. “Before all sin, there was an original imperfection in all created things, an imperfection which arises from their limitation… the first man was able to turn away from the supreme good and be content with some created thing and thus he fell into sin.” (Leibniz Dialogue on Human Freedom pg114) Before all sin there was an original ability arising from man’s free will to choose to turn away from God and fall into sin.

God, as the governing authority of creation has enacted laws, man has broken them and must now suffer the consequences. “Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law that it be attended with a sanction; or in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience. If there be no penalty annexed to disobedience, the resolutions or commands will, in fact, amount to nothing more than advice or recommendation.” (Federalist pg91) As the embodiment of all virtues, God is the supreme justice. When God endowed man with free will, God took into account the propensity of His created beings to elevate themselves above their creator. He presented them with the choice between following their own selfish desires or obeying their maker. “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit… You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’” (Genesis 2:17) God gave man every tree in the garden. God caused the rain to fall and the sun to shine. In no way was man inconvenienced by being unable to eat of that one tree. Eve was overcome by the insuppressible desire to be like God. “But the serpent said to the woman, ‘you will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” (Genesis 3:4) Mirroring Satan’s first disobedience, Adam and Eve saw equality with God something to be grasped. Because God had set in place a direct order not to do something and the virtue of justice requires that some type of retribution must be taken from the perpetrator of the wrong-doing, He allowed for Hell.

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