We woke this morning to a wet scene as it had rained in the night and was still drizzling as we went to breakfast. It was a bit cool which made it very nice compared to the usual hot Fuge weather. We went to the AM Show for worship and some videos, etc. and then had our Bible study. Today's theme was Pursue as we looked this morning at how God is pursuing us. We also talked about the authority of Jesus in our life. The thing that stood out to me the most was from Ephesians 1:3-10 and our leader asked "do we seek redemption and forgiveness, etc. as the treasures they really are?". We then headed off to our track sites.
The worship service for the night was great. The only songs I remember were 1) a song that is one of Finding Favour's originals that was really good and 2) How He Lives. The pastor's message was amazing. He preached on how we are adopted by God when we are saved and preached from Galatians 4:4-7. He challenged those who realized they needed to be saved and adopted by God. He told a story of someone who adopted some kids from another country who had lived in an orphanage in terrible conditions. When they rescued these orphans as they drove down the road these kids were reaching back in the direction of the dark, junky orphanage. As Christians, though we are adopted we sometimes reach back toward the dark sinful life we were redeemed from. Some Christians go back to actually living in the dark sinful life. Something for all Christians to think about.
We then had our church group devotions. We took time sharing about our day and what we learned in Bible study and experienced in our Tracks. I'm in the Social Track along with Laura, Ivey, and Nathan C. We went to a couple of nursing homes where we interacted with the residents. It was great hearing from the Evangelism Track and how they spent the day sharing the Gospel with people in the park. We also spent some time talking about the worship service and it was nice hearing how God spoke to everyone. It was a great day and looking forward to the rest of the week. One of my favorite things is seeing how our group, like last year, has really bonded so far.
Prayer Requests: Boldness for everyone, especially those in the evangelism track. Energy as we all get more tired as the week goes on (and personally I have only gotten 3 hours of sleep each of the past 3 nights). The vans bc van #1 that didn't want to start for a few minutes yesterday didn't want to start again today. It finally did but makes me really nervous each time. Healing for some of our students and some of our leaders.