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CCEFOctober 3-5, 2014

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Today I started a new course with CCEF called Biblical Interpretation. It’s a course that helps apply scripture to the everyday hustle and bustle of life. As I go through my counseling training with my church, I pray that this course will enrich my life with the Word as I apply it and help mentor others. I met Dr Mike Emlet at the CCEF national conference last year and I’m looking forward to having him as an instructor for this course. My Mission Community consists of many former Pastors who took the time to pray for me and encourage me as I begin this journey with my studies. I am thankful for the ministry of CCEF and how it has been a huge blessing to my life.

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Road trips are always a great way to process things. It gives you the opportunity to reflect and ponder life. This road trip in particular has been good for me because I’ve experienced so much recently and God has been working in my life as a result of these experiences. I’ve experienced the death of both my Grandmother and my uncle in the past two weeks. I had a wonderful Holy Week in which I was able to proclaim my faith in baptism. I’m doing life with some pretty amazing people and my family has bonded together in ways I haven’t seen in a long time. God is good and my Grandmother’s death has drawn me closer to Him. I’m headed out to Catalyst West Coast in Irvine, California. I first went to Catalyst in 2009 with a team of leaders from my previous church. I attended the year after as well and haven’t been back since. Now I find myself being called to these conferences to soak in some teaching and to learn from those that are leading the church today. God has been preparing my heart for some big plans recently and has been opening many doors for me already. I attended a conference for my counseling college in the Fall and started to pray to God about what He wanted me to do with the courses that I have been taking. Not too long later, God started to bring young men into my life in search of mentorship and now I am finding myself pouring into the lives of several men as of late. My spiritual life grew closer to God through worship and He has further shaped my heart to be a part of being a voice for this generation by seeking change in this world. This grew out of attending Passion in Atlanta. God further aligned my heart to His heart for justice in Philadelphia by the example of those that spearheaded the movement for justice before me. Now God is calling me back into leadership. I just completely eight weeks of leadership training, joined my church counseling team and started a missional community. Catalyst is a wonderful conference of teaching and equipping leaders in ministry and I’m excited He has called me to come back. I saw Brad Lomenick speak a couple of months back at PhoenixONE and it was confirmation that God wanted me to be back here in Irvine. I also have many friends from the many years I was in ministry that are going to be here and I’m excited to spend time with them. After arriving, I spent my first night in worship praising the Lord for how great He is on the beaches of Newport Beach watching the sun go down.

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Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Romans 8:17

I started a new class today. I’m in between classes right now as I pursue my level two certification with CCEF. I have decided to start these courses with Voice of the Martyrs. I have been reading VOTM publications and what is going on in persecuted countries for years. Just reading about people who suffer for their faith encourages me and my own battle with persecution. My first class is an introduction to Persecution and it basically gives an overview of where persecution is going on in the world today. My hope is to grow more in my faith and in the understanding of how Christ suffered for us.

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Giving Back

The past couple of weeks I have had some one on one coffee time with some guy friends younger than me. I don’t think this is no accident as God has me in a place where I just want to give back. I’ve been through quite a bit and now I want to share my experiences with guys younger than me so they don’t make the same mistakes. I am thankful to have some counseling training with CCEF and I am looking forward to taking some more classes with them. One of the guys I met with is a long time friend one mine. Taylor was on one of my Tijuana trips that I led years ago when he was in high school. In the summers, he works at Forest Home and we hung at PhoenixONE earlier this year together. Now he is a student at NAU. He has been in a relationship for some time and came to me for some advice. I was happy to impart what I could even though I have a lot to learn myself. I also had some time sharing with my friends Michael and Cody. I am thankful to share my life with these guys, but also being encouraged by how they are living their life for the Lord.

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