What a great start! Some of the funniest Skits and performances I’ve ever seen, a cover of a journey song that spelled out the “plight” and crazy thinking of local Youth Pastors, Joe Reed’s “Between the Tree’s” interview was truly something “special.” On a more serious note the praise and worship lifted us all as we sang and gave praise to God.
Joel Stocksdill in a powerful, unassuming way, spoke a much needed and strong word on the “Matters of the Heart.” In short we place to much importance and attention on superficial things the the way the “world” views success. Using the story if Ishbosheth in 2 Samuel 3, he challenged us to be strong leaders unencumbered by fear, weakness (unwillingness to fight), and selfish ambition. All matters of the heart.
Great ministry time at the end, the front filled with youth pastors, breaking out of all kinds of heart issues to grow and develop. One of the greatest qutoes of the night was during the prayer at the end. Joel said, “groups are not grown by crowds but by developing sons and daughters who develop sons and daughters.”
Truly a night to remember and lives were no doubt changed. I encourage you if you are in the area to come out to the night sessions, they are open to the public. 7 pm tonight.
My prayer is that God will daily examine my heart, keep my motives pure, let Galatians 2:20 be the motto of my life.
Thats my take on Session 1.