Weekend to Remember

In June, Ingrid and I had the privilege of working as volunteers at the Family Life Weekend to Remember conference in Orlando. It was a really great time. Family Life is a CCCI ministry that focuses on the family oddly enough. The Weekend to Remember conferences focus on marriage and are a time for couples to come together, learn more about how to build up their relationship and they also have time to start the process of doing so.

There were 740 in attendance and the conference was a great time. Though Ingrid and I were working, we got to sit in on all the sessions and take advantage of the great speakers and materials, just like all the other attendees. We recommend the conference to anyone who is married (or about to be) and we found it to be incredibly helpful.

At the end of the week-end people had an opportunity to share their thoughts in an open mic type forum. Ingrid tried to jot down a few of the comments that she heard, and here they are:

“After 8 years of separation and this conference, God has worked on us and is now restoring our marriage.”

“I filed for divorce last year and we are separated, but God did a miracle in my heart. I realized it’s not all him (her husband of course). We have discovered each other in a new way.”

“Me and my wife have been married for 30 years and i don’t think we would have made it anymore with out this conference.”

“After 7 years of marriage, we have never talked as deep as we have talked until this conference.” (from the husband)

“We have very busy lives and we never find time for each other. This has brought us a lot closer together.”

“My wife and I have been married 17 years. This has been a tremendous awakening. We became soul mates last night.”

“I’ve been asking God for children for 13 years and I forgot what gift I had from God sitting right next to me.” (this was very emotional, I wish you could have heard it in person)

“We have been married 4 years and have 3 children. The one question I had for God before coming here was, ‘Why God do you make men so different?’ They (the differences) allow us to build each other and become holier to God. I’m excited for the first time to be that daughter of God.”

The conferences are held all over the country, throughout the year. If you might be interested, check out the links above or let us know.

God’s Strategy

The Bible says that God’s wisdom is at odds with what humans consider wise. I don’t think many Christians really believe that is true. We are often after a God that is after what we want for ourselves. I know I fall into that line of thought on a regular basis. Yet scripture doesn’t seem to teach this at all. I started thinking about it today after reading the following posted on twitter by John Piper;

God’s strategy for making the church bold: imprison her leaders. (Philippians 1:14)

Philippians 1:14 reads, “And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.” (NLT)

It’s completely counter-intuitive, yet it is true. What will come of the not only imprisonment but death of the three pastors in Nigeria? I don’t know. What I do know is that this life is not about the fulfillment of my wants and desires, in fact it seems to be about the exact opposite. At our national staff conference Rev. Keith Battle exhorted us to get out there and “run the play”, after likening the conference to a huddle. Nobody pays to watch the huddle and if it goes on too long the team gets a penalty. Everyone wants to see the play – and for the players that means effort and pain. I need to stop focusing on comfort and safe options and focus on running the play.

3 Pastors Beheaded in Nigeria

Boko Haram is a group trying to impose Sharia Law in Nigeria. Last week, as they ordered prisoners to convert to Islam, three Pastors resisted and were beheaded. The Daily Sun has published an eyewitness account of the murders.

John 16:2 “For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.”