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Archive for April, 2009

Greetings one and all! I’ve been meaning to blog about some conferences and other blogs I have stumbled upon the past few days.
In June Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City is hosting a Singles Ministry Conference. They are calling in Single Factor (singlefactor.com). They’ll be having classes on singles ministry from a few singles ministers from across the United States. I won’t be able to attend the conference, but hope to buy CDs of the keynotes and a few classes at some point in the future. I know of a few congregations who have employed a singles minister on their church staff. That is totally awesome. I have seen that the percentage of singles in the US population is 40% or higher. That is pretty high. Singles ministry is a growing passion of mine. Lord willing I hope to pursue reaching out to singles and college age young people wherever the Lord sends me in life.
There are several campus ministry websites and blogs I have seen and highly recommend them. Check out Campus Ministries United’s website (campusministryunited.com), Campus Cross Walk’s website (campuscrosswalk.org), and Reaching The Campus Tribes’ website (reachingthecampustribes.com). All three of these sites are very informative and useful websites to go to and look at.
A really good blog I can recommend is westcoastwitness.com.
I hope and pray that each person reading this blog will check out these other websites and blogs. Be blessed! Grace and Peace.

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Greetings one and all. I meant to do this yesterday, but got really busy and forgot about it until today. Opps. Sorry about that. Here it is.
In the first few weeks of March we closed out last semester. We had our last classes and final exams. We got our final grades a few weeks ago in April. I feel lucky and blessed to have made it through last semester with my sanity intact (Laugh Out Load! Joking of course.). My grades from last term are the following: Acts of the Apostles: 84; Effective Bible Study: 91; Evangelistic Methods: 82; Life and Teachings of Jesus 2: 88; Scheme of Redemption: 72; and Topical Preaching: 97. Scheme of Redemption was by far the hardest class and feel lucky and blessed to pass it. I feel lucky and blessed to have passed all of them actually, but Scheme was the hardest. After our finals were over, Jacob; Katie; Allie; and I drove home and got to spend Spring Break with all of our dearest family members and friends at home. Got to celebrate my aunt’s and uncle’s birthdays and my own while we were home. Got to watch a lot of sports on TV with everyone. I especially enjoyed watching the NCAA Tournament (Go UNC!). The last two weeks of March we were back in Lubbock.
The second to last week of March the school took part in a mission campaign in the city of Lubbock. We got to pass out fliers to our neighbors at their homes, at coffee houses, and at the Texas Tech campus. These activities really opened my eyes to what I hope to be doing after finishing Sunset: campus ministry, reaching out to college students, and people in general. Inviting people to the community of the church. But to do evangelism the church must leave the building and get out in to the neighborhoods, interact with people, love on them, talk with them, and love them into a relationship with Jesus. That’s what we are to be about doing. Disciples making more disciples that make disciples and so on. As a school, we did those things during the day time and at night the Sunset church got involved with us. It was a lot of fun! The last week in March we started the last semester of the school year. We now have all new classes and they are all very good and very enjoyable. And of course lots of work, but I am learning a ton! Loving it! Right now we are taking 1 Corinthians and Church History on Mondays and Wednesdays; Thessalonians and Phillippians and Biblical Theology of Missions on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Letters of John on Fridays, and Evangelistic Preaching for Preaching lab. This has all been so much fun! Learning so much already! Love it!
Once again, thank you all so much for your patience, love, support, and prayers. I wouldn’t be here with you. Thanks! God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! I intend to write about what happened during the month of February, but unfortionatly don’t remember anything that happened during February. I started attending a weekly small group at one of our instructor’s houses. I’m a BIG small groups guy (kind of an oxymoron there- big on small groups- a corny joke, but hopefully made some one laugh).
One last thing. In my Evangelistic Methods course from last semester we had a man named Jerry Tallman teach us. He is a 1976 graduate of what was then called Sunset School of Preaching. He spent 25 years preaching the gospel in his native state of Michigan. He preached for five years in one place and the last twenty for the Rochester church of Christ in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The past few years he has been traveling through out the nation doing evangelism seminars. He teaches material he developed himself in his years of preaching in Michigan. He even put all of his material in book form called His Eternal Plan. He even has his own website for it too. Check out hiseternalplan.com.
I’ll write a newsletter covering March next weekend. Thank you all so much for your patience, love, support, and prayers. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. Thank you all so much! Lots of love! God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings one and all. First of all I must apologize for not posting a news letter in such a long time. I’ve been extremely busy, but that is not a good excuse. Here is a format I hope to accomplish in the next few days: today talk about what happened in January, tomorrow talk about February, and next Friday talk about March. Hopefully all of this will be accomplished in that time frame. Then I’ll be caught up and follow through with the rest of my monthly newsletters from then on out.
Since so much time has passed I don’t remember a whole lot about what happened in January. I remember getting to spend a wonderful Christmas and New Year holidays with my family and friends back home. I had a blast! The time went by way too fast. When school started back up we had all new classes. Our Monday/ Wednesday classes were Acts of the Apostles and Matthew. Our Tuesday/ Thursday classes were Effective Bible Study and Scheme of Redemption. Our Friday class was Evangelistic Methods. And our Preaching Lab was Topical Preaching (we got our grades and I’ll write about those during the March newsletter). Also in January was the Sunset Lectureship. The theme was 2020 Vision (meaning seeing clearly and for the year 2020). The theme lectures were excellent! It started on a Wednesday night with a lesson on having an evangelistic prayer life. The lecture was titled: The Power of Constant Prayer by Jim Gardner of Fresno, CA. On Thursday morning Ben Myers of Richardson, TX gave a lesson on Balancing Grace, Love, and the Pattern of Sound Words. Thursday afternoon Eli Hopper of Grass Valley, CA gave a lesson on The Impact of a Christ-Focus On Our Mission to the Lost. That night Truitt Adair of Lubbock, TX (and the President of Sunset International Bible Institute) gave a lesson on Passing the Torch of Leadership on to the Next Generation. Friday morning Kevin Haynes of Lubbock, TX gave a lesson on Building Our Future on a Solid Foundation. That afternoon Ken Wilson of Puyallup, WA gave the keynote on How Servants Deal With Error and Opposition. That night Chris Swinford of Lubbock, TX gave a lesson on The Value of God’s Word and Godly Living. Saturday morning Dennis Jones of Florence, AL gave a keynote on How to Finish Well. And Saturday afternoon JJ Turner of Denver, CO gave the keynote address on Does Biblical Preaching Still Work. All of the keynotes were excellent! I enjoyed each of them very much.
Let me give the basic premise of each of them. Jim’s lesson was about praying evangelistic prayers for family and friends who are living in sin. Ben’s lesson was about having a healthy and biblically sound pattern of words. Eli’s lesson was on seeing the world as Christ sees it and to reach out to those that are far away from Him. Truitt’s lesson was telling us to be sure to effectively pass hte torch of leadership on to the next generation. Kevin’s lesson was on building a solid foundation on God’s Word. Ken’s lesson was about using God’s Word to refute error. Chris’s lesson was on learning from and valuing your mentors in the faith. Dennis’ lesson was on finishing your ministry and your life on a high note, to finish strong. And JJ’s lesson was to tell us that yes biblical preaching still does work.
I hope to do my February newsletter tomorrow and March newsletter next weekend. Thank you all for your patience, love, support, and prayers. Please keep it up! Please pray God will open the hearts of those we speak to to hear the Word of God and that some will come to know Jesus as their Lord and be baptized. Thank you all! God bless. Grace and Peace.

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