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July 06, 2011

Tuesday, July 5 (Session 4, Day 10)

Tuesday, July 5 (Session 4, Day 10)

“Ideas have consequences”, and as the second week begins sleep is starting to seem like a great, humble idea with good, promising results. This morning I woke up at seven after sleeping through my alarm. As I walked into the kitchen area I noticed signs all over the walls about something called “mancakes”. I found out that these are one of the looked-forward-to traditions at Summit Ministries. These mancakes were huge pancakes (approximately the equivalent of six normal pancakes) with M&M’s. Shamefully, I have to admit that I was not able to finish my mancake; but I certainly enjoyed it (as with all the food at Summit…thanks to the cooks!). After breakfast, I headed to the front porch to enjoy the mountain weather and have a quiet time.

The week before coming to Summit, I was counseling at a Christian camp in Oklahoma. During a worship service at this camp, I heard a young man yell out next to me, “It’s real! It’s real!” I then desired to know this with all of my mind and spirit. “I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” (I Cor. 14:15) I desired with all of my heart to believe by experience, reason, and revelation. Having spent the past fall and spring semester in China, I had a new perspective. I had a new interest in learning why there are flaws in certain ways of thinking and why there is only one true way (simply put).

I came to Summit desiring to learn to properly reason, engage my mind, give a reason for the hope within me, and more. Summit has certainly met these goals and more! From the environment, to the teachings, to the staff, everyday is an experience that I will never forget.

Everyday I look forward to the new speakers and the new information they will share. Today we had three terrific speakers. Mike Adams gave another energy packed, inspiring testimony of his experience in standing for our rights. Greg Koukl shared some apologetic tactics. One of these tactics was the “Columbo Tactic,” which is all based on asking questions. The insight in this method gave clarity in learning how to use the information that has been gained the previous week. It has made me excited about upcoming experiences when I will have to apply all of this information. Jeff Myers spoke about the way in which we were designed and how to carry out God’s will through this design.In the afternoon, we all headed out to a park for sports time. During the sports time, I enjoyed the mountain scenery and weather while playing some good volleyball with some great friends. For the ending session today, all the guys and I went to the “Manference.” During this period, all of the men learned about true manhood and the realities of role models, relationships, responsibilities, and redemption. It was a great encouragement to me in helping to show me my duty as a man. I thought the day was over and retired to my room for a good night’s sleep. I was wrong. I was then woken up and asked to blog…

The personality here at Summit is refreshing and certainly makes me aware of the life that I have been blessed with and the responsibilities that I am now honored to carry out. At Summit, I have daily learned many things that have answered many questions as well as brought up many more questions. I have learned how these questions will strengthen my faith and purpose. Sometimes I find myself having to say just as the man in the Gospel of Mark, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.” Today and all the past and future days here at Summit reveal to me KNOWLEDGE and understanding of how the most important thing is to love God and conform to Christ. Surly, “the love of God is greater far then tongue or pen could ever tell”!

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