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August 30, 2010

Session 8 | Day 9

Session 8 | Day 9

Hey ya’ll! My name is Devon and I am from Florida, the great sunshine state!

I’m sooooo glad I had the opportunity to come to Summit. God has shown me so much during my time here. He’s showed me how to defend my Christian worldview, as well as how it is so important for churches and Christians to be involved in politics, which I’m going to study in college.

This morning we had the pleasure of listening to Del Tackett. A couple of the topics we talked about were: What was this nation founded upon? (For those who don’t know, it was Christianity and morality…which gives us freedom, liberty, and a free republic.) If you know what those are, then you probably know that we do not stand on those beliefs anymore. He also shared with us that “if there is no larger story, then ‘our’ stories are all that exist ,and if there is no larger story, then our story has no value.” Also it is important for us to remember the past; if we don’t, we are doomed to repeat it.

Then we got a break, and those of us who hiked Pike’s Peak yesterday took advantage of it and took a nap. I was one of them, and, trust me, a 7-mile hike going from an elevation of 8,000 to 14,110 really does take a toll on the body. You could pick out the kids that went by their energy level and if they were injured.

After our break, we had Dr. Frank Beckwith, who shared with us on “Is belief in God Rational? And Five Arguments for God’s Existence.”  These five arguments were: the Moral Argument, Kalam Cosmological Argument, Argument from Reason, Argument from Mind, and the Design Argument. He told us that “our faith doesn’t depend on arguments but by building our confidence in our Christian faith.”  After our talks we had lunch, which was delicious. Come to think of it, all of our meals are. Then we watched a video on Global Warming and how it’s non-existent.

After that we could re-take the Bible exam if we didn’t pass, go to paintball, or just hang out around the hotel or downtown Manitou. Then we had dinner, which was Chinese, and that’s where I sit right now. I just finished my dinner, and I’m sitting in the lobby listening to laughter of people all around. This is the best experience I have ever been to. I look forward to the rest of the week, and I know probably many people have said it already, but if you haven’t been to Summit, you definitely need to come!! You won’t regret it. Trust me!

Well that was my fun-filled experience.  Well…only half of it! I hope you enjoyed the read!

I want to shout out to my family!!! HEY GUYS!!! LOVE YA!!! I have SO many stories and photos, and I can’t explain how much of an experience I’m having. Sad to say, I don’t want to leave, but I can’t wait to get home. I’ve made many new friends…well, let me re-phrase that. This is the best thing I could ask for, and I’ve bonded with everyone here. It’s definitely worth it.
Much love and very freezing,
Devon Parke

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