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Greek Summit 2014

The other moms at the elementary school looked at me with question marks as I talked about packing up our life and taking our kids out of school a month early. But to me (and 12,000 other Campus Crusade for Christ missionaries) it’s totally “normal” to relocate for the summer and join college students on a summer adventure of experiencing Christ and expressing Him to the world.

This summer our family joined some of the top leaders on the college campus on a summer project called Greek Summit! It’s one part missions trip, one part theology and Christian leadership training and all parts intense fun in the context of community.

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What started 16 years ago with 12-15 students has now reached it’s all-time high attendance of 94 students and 30 staff! DSC_0139

Students come to Greek Summit from various points in their spiritual jouney, but all desiring to know God in a deeper way and have a personal ministry in their sphere of influence. This year we saw unprecedented repentance and surrender. For confidentiality sake, I won’t say much more than that, but holy moly it was powerful to see the student’s lives be turned upside down by the beauty of the Gospel.

One of my favorite quotable moments was walking by a girl talking loudly on her phone (she was on our front porch, so I wasn’t totally eavesdropping). She was sweetly sharing with a parent or maybe a best friend, and said, “Before I came here I thought I was totally fine. But since I have been here I have seen that I am a complete mess and in total need of Jesus to rescue me from stuff I didn’t even realize was sin. It’s like I thought I was so good, but really I am so bad… but in the best way possible!” #winning

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I was able to lead two training times for the students on two of my favorite topics- “How to Share Your Faith” and “How to Lead a Bible Study”. (If you want my notes, I’ll gladly email them!) And I got to help coordinate our Women’s Times each week. We also had a blast homeschooling each day. We seriously loved it. Ole EG is seriously reading, D-man rocking 1st Grade in review and BOTH learned to swim!
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Joel was the amazing behind-the-scenes super hero who made all the morning classes happen. This was a fun change of pace for him, but he worked his tail off. He also got to disciple several staff and students and got to train the students on “Having a Plan for Your Ministry” DSC_0252By the end of the 3 weeks we were amazed by these Jesus-loving students who are fired up and ready to take the light of Christ to their Greek Houses, the darkest places on the college campus! IMG_2141

We love working with these students at Ole Miss! Go Rebs!IMG_2345

What a gift this Summer Project was to our family and will be to the Kingdom for years to come! IMG_2347We will spend the remainder of the summer support-coaching interns and new staff, as well as doing some ministry partner development ourselves. Also, we will get to facilitate summer ministry in Oxford and seek God for direction for reaching another freshmen class here in the Fall! Woohoo!

Nourishment for the Soul

Yesterday morning, 10 delightful college girls gathered in my home for breakfast. Several had simply received a text message sometime around midnight the night before, from a girl they’d never met, inviting them to come learn more about following Jesus…and they showed up! At my house. At 8 in the morning!?! This kind of every day miracle nourishes my soul.

We sat crisscrossed all over the living room, warmed by the sunlight and our chicken mini’s. We talked about God’s movement in our hearts during the week, specifically through the Girls’ Night Out with Marian Jordan event the night before. photo (34)IMG_3788

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We talked about salvation. We talked about how to study the Bible and how to pray. It was so sweet and so simple. It was real and it was a beautiful. It was definitely the highlight of my week.

Maybe you can grab a chicken mini tray and invite some new friends over as well.

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When you want to know how to grow in your relationship with Christ, it’s helpful to remember that HE is in charge of our growth and there are some amazing resources He’s given us. When it comes down to it, the same thing God used to save us is what grows us…repentance and faith…Daily acknowledging I am more broken, damned and depraved than I could ever imagine, but more forgiven, healed and righteous than I ever dared to imagine. What do I need to turn from? What promises of God must I choose to believe and what parts of His character must I cling to?

The Holy Spirit is the fullness of God dwelling in the believer to enable them to grow. The Bible is how God talks to us, prayer is how we talk to Him, Christian community is needed to grow into healthy members of the family of faith and without sharing our faith we merely grow ingrown.

Sometimes it is difficult to know how to approach God’s Word. For some people it is an overwhelming wealth of information. For some it’s a Golden Corral approach of take what you want and leave the rest. I wanted to share with you a great way to approach your study of Scripture so as to REAP the most benefit and walk away forever changed. (This is a compilation of several organization’s resources.)

The more we spend time with God, the more we see His deep unending love for us.

AND

The more we spend time with God, the more we see our deep unending need for Him.

Psalm 1:1-3-delighting in the Lord and His Word

John 1:14-the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

What do we do in this “time with God?”

What do you do when you spend time with people here on earth with whom you have an intimate relationship?

  • Talk
  • Listen
  • Learn
  • Laugh
  • Share joy
  • Share sorrow

Sacred version of this=

Talking to God-CATS (Confession, Adoration, Thanksgiving, Supplication)

Listening to God-REAP (Read, Examine, Apply, Pray)

Learning of God-reading, sermons,

Laughing, Sharing Joy, Sharing Sorrow-praise, worship, journaling, running, painting

Inductive Bible Study Method & Prayer-

R- Read the book. Read up on the history of the book. Read up on the context within redemptive history.

E- Examine the section.

What does it say?

What does it mean?

What does it matter?

A- Apply it to humanity.

What does this passage teach me about the greatness of God?(What does it teach me about the sinfulness of humanity?)

What would it look like to practically live this out?

Why does my heart resist?

What aspect of God’s redemptive work do we need to embrace in order to reflect and enjoy God’s glory?

P- Pray that into your life. Pray that into the lives of those you know. Pray for those you know who don’t know anything about reflecting and enjoying God’s glory!

Summary:

What fallen condition is focused on? (Philippians 1:1-11= “It’s all about me!”)

What is the Christ solution? (Philippians 1:1-11= “It’s all for His glory!”)

Connecting with God Through Prayer

C– Confession of sin

A– Adoration of who God is

T– Thanksgiving for all He has done

S– Supplication for your needs

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