Friday, January 29, 2010
This past weekend was an amazing time for the Dads that attended the 2010 Father's Conference! There were great men of God that came and shared from the depths of their hearts and lives for the benefit of others. Doug Small, Paul Speed, Ray Alveranga, Mr. Gothard, Phill Downer, Chris Hogan and others that shared insights that encouraged everyone who heard them!
I was able to help staff the Conference in the book sales it was a great experience!
(I Can't wait till the regional conferences get here!) Mrs Rodgers was the main strain through the conference working with the gift shop and the book tables.
Susana Hicks and Shannon Ehnis were two from HQ that helped staff the book tables...
And Andy and Amanda came to oversee the process so that we didn't mess anything up! :)...All in all the experience with the book sales and conference were a great opportunity to get an idea of how were going to run the regional conferences...
...We had many fathers come up to us after the conference and thank us for having the materials available for them and their family's.
There were over 300 Dads that attended the conference and all of them walked away with truths that has the potential to radically change their lives, bring them to tears and transform their walk with God. It great to see the willingness of all these fathers to be able to learn form the different speakers. The spirit of the Lord was definitely on this conference. And although it was allot of work... it was also allot of fun! so I posted some pictures about it...
Go AV Team!!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Our Family is definitely not perfect as some of you know.. :), I definitely don't claim us to be either. We have our times and sometimes very frequently! Again, its how we respond to these times of hurt, frustration and pain that will make or brake our relationship with Jesus Christ. Each of us have our own memories of things in families that happened that we wished we could go back and change. Each of us have hurts and memories of crying yourself to sleep at night because of one thing or another. And each of us have the opportunity to lay ourselves safe in the arms of Jesus... oh the memories are still there but Jesus Christ has the power to change those seemingly hurtful experiences into something good and useful in our lives.
the old saying "no Paine, No Gain"... still holds true in some ways... There are things that happen and have happened in my family that I wish never did, but wishing never took care of those problems its only when we accept the grace of God to forgive and forget that He can keep working through and in our lives. And like I've said before, even when "bad" things happen or people seem to be against me, I'm still going to get up in the morning have breakfast, brush my teeth and go to work. I'm not being controlled by what people think of me, nor do I let what they say control how I act or react I'm only aiming to please my Savior in everything I do.
Have you ever met anyone who seems to be perfect? We all know, no one is perfect and no family is perfect either. It often seems that those who are set on the peddle stool of perfection or on public display usually always will and already have problems of their own to face... God obviously wasn't pleased with the pharisees that were hypocrites neither does He today with anyone that calls themselves a follower of Christ. In His loving kindness and usually because of lack of humility on our part, He will often exposes our failures for others to see so that we can see and deal with it correctly. It is how we respond to those failures that will either make us or brake us.
It's great to see how the Lord has supplied my every need and then some... Just recently I was blessed with a new computer and camera! My hope is too use these in a way that would please the Lord. I know that things we obtain down here on earth are not really ours but are essentially the Lords. Its comforting to me to know that Jesus knows my wants and needs before I even ask Him! God blesses in amazing ways and my desire is that where i am blessed I in turn will bless others.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Colossians 3:22 is an insightful verse that the Lord has been teaching me about. It really brought home to me the principle of Authority. "Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers: but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord." Understanding the principle of authority has helped me live out this verse in my own life and we know that the principle authority is basically; the understanding that God has placed different people in my life( like parents, Church leaders, and goverment) to establish direction, protection and correction for my life. God has really shown me through this verse that whereever I'm at, whether at home or the work place if we put into the practice of this principle we will exsperience the benefits of peace and protection. There is a saying that goes along with theme from Jim Elliot, he said;"Wherever you are, be all there." In essance he was saying whatever your doing, do it with all your heart as we seek to obey the authorities over us, which is in accordance with this verse in Colossians..."Servants obey your masters in all things...in singleness of heart to the Lord."
Monday, January 18, 2010
"Constant Survival" is the name of my blog because i like to think of myself as living on the the edge! =)... Whether it's scaling a 300ft Mountain ridge in Georgia, Canoeing through the whitecaps in Michigan or hiking treacherous regions in Oklahoma, excitement and adventure is my theme. Life in general can be survival situation from time to time but praise God because we as Christians can thrive and Survive at the same time!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Hello all, I'm Thomas, I'm excited to announce this blog it's been something I've been wanting to do for awhile. Its different in allot of ways than what I'm used to but I think it's great! Besides all that, I wanted to tell people why I wanted to have my own blog (seeing this is my first post). Here are some of those reasons;
1. To keep all of you updated on what I’ve been up to…
2. To have a greater effect on the young men I work with…
3. To be light for Jesus Christ in the darkness of our generation…
God has laid it on my heart to work with young men since the age of 16 years old and it had been a growing passion ever since. I love the outdoors and all the sports that go along with it! I also have interests in the area of music and Marketing. God continues to teach me everyday from His word and it’s exciting to see Him at work in my life as well as those around me.
The Lord has shown me that even though I have a great desire to disciple others, I am still learning allot from those around me and that is a vital need in the area of counseling. However, I have had the privilege to work with young men in various age groups and the Lord has blessed throughout those experiences. I feel that God has where I am now so that I can learn how to be an encouragement to those around me.
“Though youths grow weary and tired and vigorous men stumble badly, Yet those that wait for the Lord will gain new strength they will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not get tired they will walk and not become weary.” NASB – Isaiah 40:30-31