Archive for July, 2016

I’m on the bus leaving Daytona Beach with several new friends. Our church does youth ministry in a big way. God has given Newspring a vision for the next generation and the youth event at Daytona Beach is a big part of how we fulfill that vision. I will eventually get back to my west coast trip pics, but for the next several posts I will be alternating between Gauntlet stories, pics, and west coast shots. 

As we begin this day’s journey I am totally content. As I prepared for this trip the Lord impressed upon me to simply trust Him and not build a lot of expectations. There is nothing wrong with believing God for big things, but I am prone to telling God how I expect Him to move, how to bless, what His grace out-pouring is supposed to look like. I didn’t do that this week and I have been blessed to the uttermost. 

This week was simply amazing. Each speaker delivered powerful messages. The worship was incredible. And the joy and love in the many faces blessed me to the max. However it is the deeper work, the hearts of student and leader alike that the Lord has touched and prompted to take their next step that is the most wonderful thing from this week. 

I’m sitting next to Andy. We serve together in the Care Ministry. He leaned over to me just after we passed a saloon where he once worked and said, “If you had told me I would be on a bus with a bunch of youth. …”  A contented smile crossed his face. God orders our steps. When we submit ourselves to Him, He will take us to places we wouldn’t expect. He will do things we wouldn’t picture. He will accomplish things we struggle to comprehend. And it is good. 

I look forward to sharing many new God stories with you. Our God does abundantly, amazingly more than we can think our imagine. 

To God be the glory. 

Just a few numbers. Over 500 youth gave their life to Christ. 1390 people baptized. Hundreds committed to return to following hard after Jesus. And a church re-energized to following Jesus, loving our neighbors,  and serving in our communities.

God is so good. 

Love you my friend. I pray the Lord’s blessing upon you. And I pray He enables you to share His love to someone today. 

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