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August 10, 2009

Session 6 | Day 9

It's hard to believe that we've already been here at Summit for over a week! It seems like each morning, it's a little harder to wake up...yet every morning I've woken up with a fresh excitement for what a new day here at the Summit holds. I must say that by the time 11pm, "lights out" rolls around, I'm extremely ready to go to bed! (I know that most students feel the same way I do, too.) But each and every day seems to be a little bit better than the previous one, and I've got to say that today was one of my favorites days thus far. However, every aspect of Summit is fantastic! From the people, to the food, and everything else in between. But in my opinion, the best part of Summit is the time we spend studying in the classroom. Today's lectures were informative, practical, and challenging. After breakfast we started out our morning with "Bible Hour" with Dr. Noebel. Our scripture of the day was Proverbs 14:23, "All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty." Next, we heard from Mr. Chuck Edwards entitled, "A Post-Modern Bible Study." He challenged us to study Bible verses in context, so that we are searching for the full and correct meaning of scripture. After that, we heard an extremely powerful message from Mr. Mike Haley, who spoke to us for a little over 2 hours. His time with us just flew by! During that time, however, he discussed with us a very important and prevalent issue in our country: homosexuality. His testimony had such an impact because God has brought him out of the homosexual lifestyle. Because of his experience on this issue, the information he shared was extremely convicting, encouraging, and helpful. His passion to see the Church and the Christian community address this issue in a Christ-like manner was relevant and inspirational and even more helpful because of the challenges with homosexuality that we're facing today. Before he even told his testimony, he began by sharing with us 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 which talks about how the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God. In this passage, several specific sins are listed, one of which is homosexuality. In verse 11 it says, "...and that is what some of you were." (referring to all the sins listed in the verses above) It struck me that often Christians can look down on those involved in the homosexual lifestyle, yet it's so important to grasp that we're all in need of God's forgiveness. Mike Haley stated in his lecture, "The ground is level at the foot of the cross." That statement for me, put this whole issue in perspective, revealing that God's love and forgiveness is available to all those who believe. After lunch we concluded our morning lectures by hearing again from John Stonestreet. He too gave a convicting session on entertainment, and our cultures (and many Christians') obsession with it. We often allow it to take priority over things that should instead, be dominant and superior in our lives.
Now...it's free time! Many students took advantage of this time to rest, read a book, or take a nap, while others enjoyed exploring downtown Manitou! Yet, there was a group of guys (and a few brave girls...) who enjoyed paint-balling this afternoon. Sean Anderson explained his paint-balling experience by saying, "There has never been such a mix of pain, fear, and natural beauty..." He was smiling as he said this, so I'm sure he enjoyed his afternoon! After Dr. Noebel's evening lecture on secular humanism, the guys enjoyed a "Manference", while us ladies enjoyed a "Feminar." While I don't know what the guys talked about, the point I took away most from the "Feminar" was the fact that in Jesus Christ, each of us has complete freedom. In Him alone, are we free. (2 Corinthians 3:17) As I reflect on the events of today, I'm reminded of one event that I haven't mentioned yet...evening worship. What an encouraging time it is to be gathered with other believers and all worship God together. We sang one of my favorite songs tonight and I leave you with just a few lyrics from, "In Christ Alone" which specifically encouraged my heart tonight...
"No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand...'Til he returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ, I stand."


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