I want to share with you a sweet little bit of encouragement that has come Joel’s way via students…Joel hates attention being drawn to him. So, this is ONLY to bring God glory. God is doing amazing things in the lives of students in Greek Village.
New Christian Frat boy appreciation via text messaging–(after doing the second follow-up lesson)
“Joel-I just wanted to let you know I appreciate everything that you do and are doing for me. Thank you so much.”
“Hey man, just wanted to say I really enjoy getting together and talking about the Lord. He’s done so much in my life already and I am only 20!”
New Christian Sorority girl appreciation via Facebook–
“Hey Joel, I know you don’t know me but I was at Greek Impact tonight and just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your speech. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I’ve been struggling with trying to change my ways but it’s been difficult because it is so tempting to just give into sin and those sources of instant gratification.
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Also, your analogy of the Peter denial thing to the Carolina Clemson game finally put in perspective for me. I always thought.. how could Peter do that? I would never deny Jesus like that. But then when you made that analogy I could finally see why he did that. (also made me realize the other ways I deny Jesus that I never saw as wrong before) I can sympathize with him and it made me sad to think of how horrible he felt when he thought about it afterwards. That’s how I feel about the past few years of my life so that really hit home also. and the part that was the best was when you talked about how Jesus came back and made Peter breakfast. It made me realize that I should be sorry for what I have done but that God loves me so much that if I ask for forgiveness and truly mean it and truly intend to avoid sin, then he won’t hold it against me. It’s hard to fathom that kind of forgiveness/love and just makes me more and more amazed by the Lord.
Wow, ok now I am this complete stranger who has just written you a novel. sorry not trying to be creepy haha. I just felt like I could share this with you because you were expressing exactly what I’ve been trying to piece together. So I knew you’d know where I was coming from. I’ve just recently had my change of heart and accepted the Lord so sometimes I feel like I’m not worthy enough to be at Greek Impact or Bible Study with all these people who have lived for the Lord for so long. But it’s comforting that I can so easily relate to what everyone is saying and I see that we all struggle. And it makes me so grateful that God has lead me to this and allowed my heart to open up to Him and it’s just amazing how much with each day my perspective on everything is changing.
haha here I go again rambling. sorry I can’t control myself with this stuff.. I could ramble on about how amazed I am for days.
anyways just wanted to tell you what an impact your speech had on me tonight and wanted to say thank you!”
Kind of a funny contrast b/n boys and girls. But ultra-precious. Praise God for what He is doing through His Spirit’s power.
“‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord.” –Zec. 4:6