Sometimes we struggle to reconcile the way God reveals Himself in the Old Testament with how He reveals Himself in the New Testament. But God himself has declared, "I the Lord do not change" (Malachi 3:6). James would write much later that the Lord "does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17). And so we've been theming our sermons for Friday Night Fellowship (FNF) on campus with the theme "Unchanging." Our current sermons series is about messages from God to His people. His consistent message that He loves us, His invitation to repentance and forgiveness, His call to love Him and one another. I hope you'll join me in praying that students will encounter the true and living God in the months to come--our unchanging, loving, gracious God.
The UTD ministry leaves for Fall Camp Saturday October 1. This overnight camp is such an amazing chance for these young men and women to get to know each other at a deeper level and have more fun together than they can get in a couple hours a week. One thing that we do every year that is especially impacting is our "Walk & Talks." The student leaders pair up the students from their small groups to go off and share their stories with one another. So many new friendships and discipling relationships have started out of these purposeful conversations. The students rave about them every year. Say a prayer that God will do something awesome at our camp this weekend!
Our corefas (small group leaders) are already dealing with some heavy stuff this year, so be in prayer for them as they have such a unique opportunity to minister. In the past couple of weeks, I've heard from student leaders about issues with sexual immorality, homosexuality, loneliness, rage, betrayal and forgiveness issues, suicide of a friend, alcohol addiction, drug use, emotional fits attributed to demon possession, students cutting themselves, intense paranoia, sudden death in the family, dealing with serious injuries, obsessing over someone of the opposite sex, and a student going to jail. And those are just the ones I know about and can think of off the top of my head! But we know who loves these people and has the answers to every one of these problems. So be in prayer for these student leaders that they would have supernatural wisdom and that the Spirit would gift them with all that they need. Satan is at work, but "we are not unaware of his schemes" (2 Cor 2:11). And pray for these students that they would turn to God and experience radical deliverance, comfort, community, and healing.
|The five "corefas" that I mentor weekly. Two are returners |
and three have stepped up to lead a group for the first time!
Thanks for your love, your support and your prayers. You are truly making a difference on the campus and beyond.