Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted so long. As many of you know, my dad and I went to Colorado Springs for a week for Summer Heritage at Bro. Burgess' church. We left last Monday afternoon and got back early early this morning. Like, 2:30 :) Well, the two weeks before we left were extremely hectic. Not only did we have quite a bit of company, we also had to do all the last minute shopping trips for things we needed for the trip.
As my first time flying, I was more than a little nervous at first. But, after about 2 minutes and a couple of bumps, I was more relaxed and enjoying the flight. It amazed me how fast everything on the ground became very, very small. I did take quite a few pics so I will be posting them as soon as my dad gets his laptop unpacked.
We flew out of the Akron/Canton airport to the Charlotte airport, then from Charlottle to Denver. Our flight into Akron was about 20 minutes late, and having only a 36 minute layover in Charlotte, made us miss our flight. So the lady very graciously scheduled us for the next flight to Denver....two hours later. Well, the two hours became three as the flight to Denver experienced some delays. We flew into Denver at about 12, then we had to rent a car and drive to Colorado Springs.
The experience was wonderful! My dad, being a preacher, is on a preachers' forum online. When we got to the hotel he discovered that some of his very close friends on the forum were in Colorado Springs. So on Tuesday we got together with them and went to Royal Gorge. Now let me say this, Bro. Kelly Nix has one awsesome youth group! I felt an immediate bonding with Lauren, Jennifer, Courtney, Becca and Marissa. I didn't talk to Jonah and Kevin much at the Royal Gorge, but since then have talked to them more and have discovered that they are also very, very wonderful.
Wednesday night was the first serivce, and Bro. Jason Calhoun preached about disease in the garments. His main point was young people need to get into the fire of the Holy Ghost and let God burn out the diseases and sins in us. Thursday morning Bro. Brian Jones preached about "Turning the Hearts of the Children to Their Fathers" I cannot describe to you the awesome power of God that was in that message. On the way to church my dad and I had had a discussion and Bro. Jones quotes some of the exact things my dad said and I KNEW that the message was for me. God changed my life forever and it started on Thursday morning. After Bro. Jones preached, Bro. Kevin Archer preached. This is just horrible, but I can't remember what he preached and he didn't give a title. I'll have to listen to the message later and tell you what it was about.
Thursday night Bro. Ron Garrett preached about the cry. His main point was about young people, especially, crying out to God in their affliction. It was a very powerful move of God. Friday morning, Bro. Burgess preached "When I Speak They Are For War." He really, really stressed young people standing up when no one else will. Moving up in God even if some of the carnal young people don't want to and stop talking to you. It was really great! Bro. Burgess is amazing! :)
Between messages on Friday morning we had a really great time of worship and the Holy Ghost reeaally moved! Bro. Archer got up and preached "Possession Mentality." He preached about possessing the promises God has given to us. He gave reasons that we can have a possession mentality. It really really spoke to me again. On Friday night we had a really good time of prayer, and really there was no worship serivce. It was a constant prayer room for most of the service. When Bro. Garrett did preach, he preached about some young people getting a burden in their hearts for more than just themselves. For getting themselves and focusing on the calling that God has placed on their lives.
There really are no words to describe how life-changing Heritage 2010 was for me. I can't wait for church in Titusville tomorrow night. Look out, Devil! I'm on the war path!
On Saturday we met up with Bro. and Sis. Wheeler, and their two sons, Nathan and Josh. We went to God's Garden ( renamed by us. it's actually Garden of the gods) and the Flying W ranch. The Wheeler's were such a blessing to us, I'm so glad we met them!
Well, I have tons of pictures to post so I'll be doing that later. Thank you for reading all the way to the bottom ;) Until next time!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I just wanted to say Happy 4th of July to you all. Also, I wanted to encourage us all not to forget why we celebrate this holiday, and the reason that we have it. Let's not forget the many people who will not be celebrating tomorrow, but will be grieving because they lost a son or a daughter in the fight for freedom. If you see a soldier, don't forget to thank him or her for the great sacrifice they've given so that you and I could have the freedom to do as we please. I can proudly pledge my allegiance to this country and to the American flag.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands. One nation
Under God, indivisible
With liberty, and justice for all.
God bless our soldiers and God bless the U.S.A!