starting off my year right…

I know, I know, I know that New Year’s resolutions are usually those things that we say we are going to to do and then we never keep up with them.  If we are good we keep them for a week and if we are lucky sometimes maybe a month.  And yet we still keep trying to do them.  That’s where I find myself this year, back at trying to keep resolutions.

in_the_store_giftThe first resolution that I wanted to do this year was to find a devotional that I could work through during my quiet time throughout the year.  Thankfully for Christmas I was given a copy of New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp.  It’s a year long devotional that has a new thought for you to read each morning, then expands on that thought, and then sends you to scripture to reflect on what God says.  This devotional has been a huge blessing in my walk with Christ and is something that I honestly can’t wait to jump into each morning.  If you are looking for a good devotional to work through this year I highly recommend this one.

As always, my second resolution is to start taking better care of myself physically.  Erin and I were blessed with a gift at Christmas that allowed us to join our local YMCA.  We have been trying to do things as a family there to be healthy like swimming, but I’m also trying to get up early enough to go workout and get myself to a healthier weight and state of mind.  So far things are going well, and I am committed to really taking the necessary steps.  For some reason going to the gym isn’t as daunting when you don’t work there all the time!

There are many days left in 2017, but I am committed to becoming both spiritually and physically fit in the days, weeks, and months ahead!

leading a new Not a Fan study…

FB_Profile_horizontalTonight I start a 4 week study at my Dad’s church on Kyle Idelman’s book study “Not a Fan.”  I have had the pleasure of leading this study several times for teens, but this will be the first time I have led it for adults.  Please be praying for me as I challenge this group to move from being fans of Christ to true devoted followers of Christ.  It’s a message that has impacted me on a personal level and so many of the teens my wife and I work with.  Pray that God will use this study and give me words that come from Him to have maximum impact for His Kingdom.  I am excited to see where God is going to lead and what He is going to do, so please please pray!

back to school…

UnDefeated-Logos_3_legacyA couple of weeks ago we started back to school with our weekly FCA Huddles at Lee County High School and Middle School. It’s been great getting back to seeing our students each week and being able to share with them from God’s word in their schools.  The exciting thing to report has been the growth in our Middle School FCA Huddle.  This year we are averaging over 40 students a week and they are not only excited to be there, but they are bringing their friends.  Our Huddle at the high school is doing well in that we have a faithful core group of students who are coming and we are really enjoying getting to know better. However, we have lost a lot of students who came last year.  Please pray for us that we will be able to get these students to come back and participate.  Also, be praying for my wife Erin as she is hoping to start a Bible study with some of our older FCA students and even one or two of our former students.  We are excited to see God do something great this year through our FCA Huddles and as you to pray for us and our students each day!

2015 FCA Leadership Camp – Day 1

Heading to Chapel

Heading to Chapel

Bright and early yesterday morning my family and I met our Lee County FCA Leadership team at the Lee County Rec. Center to head to Campbellsville University for the 2015 FCA Leadership Camp.  This year we are taking 4 girls and 2 boys with us to have a great experience as they are trained in how to be leaders for Christ, know what they believe and why, and share their faith with others.  The students were also excited to have the experience of staying in college dorms, making new friends and all kinds of various fun activities as well.

We arrived at Campbellsville University early in the afternoon and the students were able to check in and find out where they were staying, what huddles they were joining for competition and devotions, and also to get all kinds of goodies like shirts and a brand new FCA Student Bible.  From there the students found their dorms and quickly got settled in meeting their fellow students and huddle leaders.

"TubeMania!"

“TubeMania!”

The rest of the day the students were kept busy with a full schedule.  We had a big kickoff in the school chapel where the students started camp off with a great time of praise and worship.  From there they met more of their leaders and were sent out to play various games all over the campus.  As usual, a favorite game was “Tubemania” which is a form of tug-o-war played with tire inner tubes!  Once the games were over the students had worked up a big appetite and so we headed to the campus dining hall where everyone had a great meal with lots of food to choose from.

After dinner the students went back the the chapel where they listened to various speakers share about topics they would be teaching in buzz groups.  Buzz groups are little small groups that meet for about 30 to 45 minutes and deal with a variety of Biblical, moral, ministry, and various other topics.  The students are able to hear what groups are offered and then choose two to go to that interest them.  I encouraged all our students to really go to the group that applies most to them or interests them the most.

Maeven and one of her favorite "Teenagers!"

Maeven and one of her favorite “Teenagers!”

While the students were in their buzz groups, my kids Maeven and Judah had their own mini camp for the kids of all the adult workers and chaperones here at Leadership Camp.  Judah as always was a little unsure, but had a great time.  Maeven, our little social butterfly, jumped right in and began making new friends and was very upset when she had to leave the lessons, games, and friends to go back to our room for bed time!

Heading to Chapel

Heading to Chapel

After Buzz Groups, we all headed back to the chapel for our evening service.  We were once again blessed with a great time of worshipping Christ through songs.  You could definitely feel the spirit moving as we sang and listened to the testimony of a football player from the University of Louisville.  Our speaker at camp this year, is once again Mark Cahill, who played basketball at Auburn and was Charles Barkley’s college roommate.  Mark shared with thestudents about how so many students are walking away from Christ and spent the night talking about reasons why students walk away and how all these various things need not cause them to reject Christ.  He talked to them about how they could be assured of their salvation and stand up to the various issues that arise that may cause them to doubt their faith.  It was a great and challenging message for our students to hear.

Today, we start another day of activities, worship, Bible study, and being challenged to grow and be bold in our faith.  Please pray throughout the day for our students that they will let God speak to them this week and forever change their lives!

exciting new opportunity…

biblestudyFor the past two years Erin and I have taught the teen Sunday School class at our church.  We have definitely enjoyed our time getting to know the students and sharing how much Christ loves them each week.  One of my passions was to be encouraging our students to grow deeper in their faith in Christ, to know what they believe and why, and to move from being fans of Jesus to true devoted followers.  I am excited about the growth we have seen in our students and for the opportunities to plant seeds in others.

Erin and I have now been asked to move from our teen Sunday School class to help start a Sunday School class for college/young adults.  This has been a group in our church and many others that is often forgotten as they are transitioning from being students to being adults.  It’s also a group that we are passionate about working with as so many in this age group often walk away from the church and their faith.  We are excited to help teach this group and help them grow closer to Christ in a time in their lives when they are being drawn away.

So as we set out on this new journey of leading this new Sunday school class I want to ask for your prayers.  Pray for us as we seek the best study materials/lesson plans to reach our class.  Pray that those in our church who should be in this class will come out and participate.   Pray for us as we study and prepare that we will be open to being used by God however He sees fit.  Please keep praying!