This weekend I am speaking at a high school camp in New York. Many of you may think I am in a big city, but it is as far from that as you can get. This is in the middle of nowhere and it is awesome. I landed in Albany on Friday to 5 inches of snow, had lunch with my brother at the high school he works at and then headed down here for camp.
The theme of the weekend is Identity. So my messages have been based on 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" We have been looking at how we can find our identity in Christ and not all the things that "we are" (ie. father, brother, athlete, musician, etc.). Friday night we found that if we have a relationship with Jesus then we are a "New Creation." Saturday morning we looked at the idea that we are "accepted" just as we are and then tonight we looked at being "secure" in a god who is secure. With all the things we try to put our trust in that we think are secure and then fail us (popularity, friends, family, money, school, abilities, etc.) there is Jesus whom we can trust in!
I read a portion of The Shack by William P. Young (AMAZING READ, but more on that later) and there was clapping and cheering at the end of it. It was an incredible section. At the end there were about 10 students who stood up and prayed to Jesus a prayer of confession for their sins and inviting Him to be part of their life for the first time!!! It was AWEsome! that never gets old to me. I love to see when the light goes on for someone like that.
Tomorrow we will look at how we are "significant" to God. there will be a challenge to be used by God and a reading from Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess.
Well, I need to go to bed, but wanted to share what God is doing. All of the cool things this weekend are all about God. He gets the glory!