Renewed Vision

I can’t believe that I didn’t write about this yesterday and left you guys with the whole Sabbatical post. Yesterday I went to lunch at the school for the first time this year and it was just the remedy for the funk I have been in. Over the summer I get so focused on our youth and on the programs and trying to get us to all of the events and get things planned. What I miss in all of that is why we do all of these things.

I went to the school yesterday and saw all of the students who I have built relationships with, but who don’t come anywhere near church and it reminded me why I do all of the stuff that we do. I had gotten so focused on the program and the people at church that I had forgotten the 500 students who don’t go to church anywhere. Being at the school on Tuesday really opened my eyes and helped me to remember why I go through all of this stuff.

With that said, tonight’s youth lesson went well. It was a high impact sort of night, but it was fun, and I think I actually got my point across. On top of that we had 4 new people and at least 3 people back who have been away for a while. It was a grand time for all. I just get more excited when there are new people at church.

4 thoughts on “Renewed Vision

  • August 11, 2005 at 2:05 AM

    Dear oh dear,

    You simply must go to where you will then click on “05” at left under Complete Archives. Then scroll down to the program called “Godless America”. You want to listen to the second half of this hour long program. RealPlayer allows you to push the scroll bar to fast forward to minute 35 or so where the woman begins to speak.

    Good luck.

  • August 11, 2005 at 11:04 PM

    Sounds like many of you do not have a personal relationship with your personal savior Jesus yet. Let me share a story with you.

    Three years ago 100 members of my church were on a bus travelling to a remote bible camp up in the Blue Ridge mountains. Unbeknownst to the passengers at the time, the driver was an alcoholic who couldn’t stop drinking. He was continously sipping Jack Daniels from a coffee mug that day as he drove the faithful to their destination.

    To make a long story short, he got so drunk that he lost control of the bus on a hairpin turn sending it hurtling off a cliff. The bus dropped 1500 feet before killing everyone except for one young survivor.

    It was when we heard the terrible news of the accident and the lone survivor, that I finally knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God and Jesus are real and have infinite mercy and love for us all.

    The lone survivor was only 10 at the time and will never walk again. He now has to wear a football helmet at all times and use a drool cup. But praise Jesus, he’s alive!

    Everytime I see him now, it just confirms my appreciation of the love our Dear Lord hath for us. That boy is a walking testament to God’s infinite mercy for mankind.

    After hearing this story how can you not believe in God?

  • August 12, 2005 at 2:51 PM

    I don’t really understand what either of these comments are talking about. I am assuming that Uncle Darnell is trying to be sarcastic, but I can’t really be sure.

  • August 14, 2005 at 9:16 PM

    I’ve got to agree, Shane. I actually listened to all of the radio broadcast that Pastor Hank referred to, and I had no idea at all what it had to do with your blog post. Uncle Darnell’s is pretty far out in left field as well. Strange.


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