The last day of a conference is always good because you can come late and still get a good seat—everyone else has slept in and is coming in late as well!
The morning started out with missionary Rob Booy who spoke with a refreshing reverence for the task of preaching. He spoke from 1 Samuel 13ff and began with some unabashed allegorisation, but soon moved on to make some very helpful points from the narrative of Jonathan and his armour bearer. He challenged us to be a person who takes action and steps out in faith. He also challenged us to remember that even though Saul had some weaknesses, Saul was not the enemy.
The next session—and one I particularly looked forward to—was by H. Richard Hester. After a few preliminary exhortations, brother Hester shared the testimony of God’s grace throughout his life. We saw the pre-eminence of God’s plan, God’s presence, God’s provision, God’s people, and God’s providence. A few highlights thoughts were:
-Don’t be pigheaded. Be teachable. Learn from others.
-Regarding talents, give God what you’ve got. Stop comparing and get your eyes on Christ.
-When we take a stand it’s easy to be mean. Don’t be. But you need to take your stand as well.
-Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Trust God’s providence and pray “Lord, I don’t have much, but it’s yours. No strings attached.”
Jeremy Pinero took the morning youth session speaking on “Why you should want my job” (as a missionary). Some highlights were:
-I get paid to do what I love to do!
-An illustration of a murderer who was saved. The next day she was in church and no one recognised her as the woman who had been saved because her countenance had been altered so drastically.
-God rejoices in even our baby steps. He is not angry and frustrated, but rejoices in each baby step that we take.
-Pastors and plumbers will hear the same “well done” when they get to heaven. We each play our part in the work and there are no stars in God’s kingdom.
All in all it was a very encouraging morning which was followed up by a barbeque on the grounds. We ducked out before the final youth session and headed to Wendy’s for some fellowship with family and friends. Until tonight, grace to you.