This week I am attending the Okoboji Lakes Bible and Missionary Conference . Traditionally I take the week off for continuing education so I can attend morning Bible studies, classes and evening worship. I have someone coming in on Aug. 9 to lead worship and preach for me so I can focus this week on being fed. The conference began on Friday, July 31 but last night (Sunday) was my first night there. The speaker was Mark Ashton; a pastor in Omaha, NE (formerly a pastor at Willow Creek Church near Chicago). He gave a sermon about God’s amazing grace. He speaks tonight again (Monday), but this time on God’s amazing forgiveness.
This morning I attended a Bible study led by Skye Jethani who spoke about the story of Jacob wrestling with God from Genesis. One phrase that sticks out for me is: “Don’t spend your life wrestling with God because you can’t and won’t win. Surrender to God.” I am still pondering this.
Following Bible study, Skye lead a class about how our culture uses fear to control our behaviors. This is a week long class and I am looking forward to where we will be going. I will share more insights from this class throughout the week.
I am also using this week to begin preparing for the fall season (i.e. Confirmation, Release Time). It’s hard to believe we are closing in on the start of school and fall church activities. Where has the summer gone?
With that…I’ll be back later with more insights from the Bible conference.