Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer and Sermon Update

Well, it's been quite some time since my last update. I had almost forgotten how busy the summer can be for an intern in college ministry. I hope that doesn't sound like a complaint, it's definitely not. I absolutely love what I do and I'm grateful for every day that I do it. Here's a quick overview of some of the things that have been going on this summer:

About a month ago I had the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic with a group of about twenty college students to work with an organization called "Children of the Nations". We spent nearly two weeks interacting with and sharing the love of Jesus with children from the DR and Haiti. It was an amazing time of growth and awakening for all of us as we saw first hand how truly blessed we are to live in a country of such wealth. Many of the children in the communities couldn't afford food, shelter, or even clothing. The good news is that COTN is working hard to provide these essentials to as many children as possible. I truly believe that Lord is working in the Dominican Republic.

I've also recently started a new guys small group. We are going through the book of Daniel, and I have to admit, I'm really excited about it! I remember reading through Daniel several times as a kid and I'm familiar with all the stories about the lion's den and the furnace, but I don't recall anything about all this prophecy! Aside from the fact that I love spending time with the guys, it's been a real exciting process for me as I've prepared each week to lead. God's word is truly living and active and it's been a blast digging deeper into the prophecy.

Lastly, this past Sunday I had my second opportunity to preach at The Well. I have to admit that I felt a little more disorganized this time for some reason, like I was struggling to organize my thoughts well. At any rate, I'm just thankful and excited to be getting opportunities to preach. I've actually been really surprised by how much I enjoy it. Not just the actual teaching, but the entire process. There's something really exciting about starting with a topic and having no idea what I'm going to say. but then slowly seeing the sermon start to take shape as I'm studying and preparing throughout the week. This week I used Act 2:42-47 to talk about true Christian community and the implications of the passage for us today.

You can listen to my message here. I would love any feedback.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support me both financially and through prayer. I am so grateful for all of you!