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May 27, 2007

Session 1 | Day 8—A Welcome Day of Rest!

According to God, Sunday is the day of rest, and I can honestly say that I have never had a greater appreciation for this time of relaxation! The week has been intense. Summit has been incredibly educational, and tons of great fun, but having a day to oneself is a nice change of pace.

On this given Sunday, I was allowed to choose between hiking up the majestic Pike's Peak (with the trailhead a mere mile away from the front steps of the hotel), spending the day whitewater rafting, or just kicking back and relaxing around the Manitou Springs area. Not feeling especially compelled to climb up a mountain, or to get up at 5:30am and travel to the river, I chose to spend the day around the hotel playing my guitar and exploring the stores that populate the Manitou main street.

After a day of fun, and a wonderful, "Thanksgiving-esque" dinner (courtesy of the awesome Summit kitchen staff), we found ourselves in the classroom once again, privileged to participate in worship and a message from Pastor Jeff Anderson. Pastor Anderson taught from I Samuel 7 and explained to us some of the faults, results, and remedies that the Israeli nation faced in their times of sin.

After the message, we got to hear from Dr. Noebel about the "Worldviews in Collision." Currently, we are being shown how Communism, Fascism, Nazism, and secular humanism (and their more specific components: atheism, socialism, and evolutionism) are infiltrating our public education and creating environments in which it is imperative for Christians to be knowledgeable and firmly grounded in their Biblical worldview.

To close the day, we watched a video called "Obsession." This film opened our eyes to the true, violent nature of radical Islam. While this video stirred up feelings of hatred in me towards those who want to see me and my country destroyed, it also evoked sympathy towards those who have been brainwashed by the extremists. Those who have been indoctrinated by the radicals have also been provoked to war (Jihad) with the Jews and the "West". After watching this movie, I am coming to the realization that only by the grace of God will I be able to pray for my enemies and for those who persecute me.

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