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June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18 (Session 3, Day 7)

Saturday, June 18 (Session 3, Day 7)

What a glorious day today was. I enjoyed waking up to the song “I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone” at an earsplitting volume. I woke up and decided to shower before breakfast due to the fact that I loathe standing in lines. I want to use my time as efficiently as possible so that I have plenty of time to procrastinate. I enjoyed my breakfast of skim milk, orange juice, an apple, and Honey Bunches of Oats. Then it was a mad scramble to brush my teeth and get my room passable for room checks. Summit Staff make army inspections of living space look simple and easy to pass. Luckily, inspectors at Summit can easily be bribed, usually with food.

We began the morning with our pledges to the American flag and the Christian flag, along with singing the first verse of Amazing Grace (if you are ever having a bad morning, I recommend that you sing Amazing Grace and your morning will instantly improve). Eric Smith gave his Bible Hour lecture, where he focused on the reliability of the good old Bible. I found many examples of archeological evidence that supports the Bible. However, I ended up doodling in my notebook of an alien invasion.

The next two lectures were on leadership by Bob Linden. I, on the other hand, left for 36 Acres with the other alumni to listen to a talk given by Chuck Edwards on rhetoric. 36 Acres is a place owned by Summit for paintballing, but there also is a little house for the staff. We were served some refreshments (compliments of Mrs. Pat Edwards) and had a very educational talk. We learned an approach to a conversation by the Apostle Paul. Paul compliments his audience and finds common ground. Then he goes into a discussion that his audience cares about. I will try to practice this method for the rest of my life. If you would like to read it for yourself, go to Acts 17.

The alumni came back to the hotel for the last lecture before lunch. We took our seats and listened to a talk about Worldviews in Movies by Chuck Edwards. He went in depth about how New Age is in so many movies, like Star Wars and Avatar. I will have to be more observant when I watch movies.

I enjoyed my lunch and we loaded the buses for Sports Time and a picnic. I enjoyed going to Walmart (a very interesting story), playing Apples to Apples (again, another story), playing speed volleyball (where I was as useful as a rock), and dinner. Our dinner was an All-American picnic with hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, chips, and Rice Krispies treats. We had quite a selection of beverages, but I am addicted to Diet Coke. Then, I went to the open forum with Bob Linden. If you don’t know, an open forum is a period of time where we get to ask the main speaker anything. We had a great time and learned so much, including how to pray for the spiritual gift of leadership.

I called my grandparents when we arrived back at the hotel to tell them all the exciting events of this week. After that, it was time for a 2 hour long lecture from Mike Haley (no one complained of the longevity of the talk). He spoke on the topic of homosexuality, both the culture war and his own personal story. I can’t tell you everything that happened, because there is not enough room. However, the main points you should know is that homosexuality is a real and active agenda, every conversation has a person behind it, and that everyone is on a level field at the foot of the cross. Mike told us an amazing story of God’s love and grace, of his conversion, and how God continues to bless him, his wife, his two sons, and the entire ministry at Focus on the Family.

That is what happened today, June 18, 2011, at Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, CO. This is Sam Klandrud, signing off.

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