speaking in public…

microphoneI have always been what most people would consider an outgoing guy.  I can go in and talk to people and joke and have fun.  The truth is though that while I can do those things, it’s not really me.  Going into a group of people and having to mingle petrifies me with anxiety and then take it another step further an have to speak to everyone and I get even more anxious.  The biggest anxiety of all though is when I am charged with sharing a devotion or preaching a sermon.  The pressure of making sure that not only am I communicating well, but also handling the truth of God’s Word properly very much overwhelms me.

Yet, I am in full time ministry where I have to do all those things that cause my anxiety.  From 2005-middle of 2016 I was in a ministry where I may only have to speak in front of a group a handful of times a year.  That all changed last year when I went full time with FCA.  Since that time I have had to share in churches, civic organizations, schools, and lots of other places.  In just a little over a year I have had more opportunities to speak than I have had in the 11 years prior.

All this is to say, I am so thankful that I have a God who encourages me and gives me strength to over come, or at least ignore the anxieties that attack me about speaking.  Where once I had a sense of dread when someone asked me to speak, now I am open to it and sometime find myself excited for the opportunity.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still scared and worried, but too many times has God showed himself faithful for me to be held back by those feelings.

This Sunday, I will be speaking at a church that I have never spoken at before. I am blessed to have the opportunity to not only share about our ministry with FCA but to also share a message from God’s Word.  The nerves and fears will come, but I have a great God who will give me strength and allow me to do all things through Him!

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presentation tomorrow…prayer needed

Photo on 5-31-13 at 1.29 PMOver the past couple of years of blogging, I have shared on a couple of occasions how I have to occasionally speak to churches and various other groups.  Whenever I am speaking about the ministry I serve with here in Southeastern Kentucky or about my family, or things of that nature I do great and could talk forever.  However, when it comes to putting together a devotion or sermon, I am a nervous wreck.  I think part of it has to do with just the great responsibility that comes with handling the Word of God properly and well.  Whenever, I am teaching or preaching from the Bible I want to communicate clear easy to understand truth about the love of Christ to whomever I am talking to.   And so as I prepare to do that I get really nervous about it and wanting to do well.  I know that God’s in complete control and I am just a vessel that He has chosen to use for the moment.  It’s His words and truth coming through me.

So, here I sit, preparing for another speaking engagement at a church retreat tomorrow.  I am sharing about our ministry with KMM and then talking about service and being a servant.  Please pray for me throughout the day and night today and about 8:30 Saturday morning if you think of it.  I know God can use me and pray that I will be calm and clear communicator of His truth…

2013 FCA Leadership Camp Fundraising Update for May 28th…

Relentless_rgbLots has happened since last week’s fundraising update.  This week God have us a couple of opportunities to share about FCA Leadership Camp and blessed us greatly towards reaching our fundraising goal.  On Sunday Morning, one of our students was able to share his testimony and tell about FCA Leadership camp at his home church.  We were so proud that Zack was willing to do this on his own without the other students there.  God used Him greatly and $350 towards going to camp was raised!  On Sunday night all of our Leadership team gathered at another area church to present about FCA Leadership Camp.  Three students shared their testimonies and one sang.  I was able to share about the impact FCA is having on our local school system and how FCA Leadership Camp is training our students to be bold leaders for Christ.   God used the students and over $200 more was raised towards our goal of $2,000 towards camp expenses.  Thanks to all the gifts that have came in so far and the way God has blessed we only need $900 more to pay all student and chaperones camp expenses and fuel for the trip.  If you are interested in our students coming to share with your church, please contact me as soon as possible and we would be happy to share with you.  Also, if you feel God leading you to partner with us financially we would greatly appreciate it.  We are over half way to our goal and would love to have you partner with us and get us the rest of the way there.  And as always we covet your prayers.  Thanks so much and I will update you again next week!

2013 FCA Leadership Camp fundraising update…

Relentless_rgbI wrote a couple of week back about how we are working with our FCA students on their testimonies and going into local churches to raise money to take 6 students and 3 chaperones to camp this summer.  So far God has blessed us with the opportunity to speak at two churches already and we have at least one more church scheduled already.  To pay for our students and chaperones way to camp as well as gas money to get everyone there we need to raise around $2,000.  So far God has blessed and we have gotten that number down to $1,795.   If you would like to help sponsor our students going to camp, please contact me as soon as possible.  Also, we would be willing to come share at your church about FCA and how God is using the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to impact our schools for Christ.  God is doing some great things through our Lee County FCA Huddles and we would love for you to partner with us in this exciting ministry.   Hope to hear from you soon!

last night’s FCA Leadership Camp Presentation Update…

Last night, our FCA students presented their desire to attend FCA Leadership Camp to Idamay Bible Church.  We entered the night about $500 short of being able to pay for all six students to attend camp.  Our students did a great job of presenting and I was very proud of them a I know how nerve wracking it has been over the past two weeks to stand up in churches and speak in front of so many people.   God truly blessed us and we received the $500 we need to take all six students to camp.  When you add that in with all the donations we have been given so far as well as a promised sponsorship our kids are ready to go to FCA Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University!

That being said, now comes the hard part.  Please pray for Erin and I as we are now trying to raise the needed $250 for our family to attend camp.  Just like the students we will be receiving training to lead our FCA huddles during the upcoming school year.  It is also just a great time of spiritual refreshment for us and we are taught and poured into spiritually through great messages and fellowship with others in full time sports ministry!   Please pray that God will provide this money and take that burden from us!

To all of you have already been praying for our students and also have given to our students, thank you!  I am confident that God is going to do great things in their life at camp this summer!