Wow!  The last few weeks have been a blur.  It seems like it's been one thing after another as our family has been through illness after illness (this week it's chicken pox with Grayson!) and at the same time ministry and church life chug ahead at full steam.

I did want to take a second and talk about a great opportunity I had last weekend.  I spoke at a youth retreat called "Remade" at a Great Wolf Lodge north of Cincinnati for a group of about 35 middle and high school students.

It was a super-short (less than 24 hours for me) but fantastic experience.  I spoke at three sessions (Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon) on the idea/topic of God's desire to remake our hearts and our lives.  The sessions looked like this:

#1 - We are broken.  Romans 3:9-18.  Focus on our need to be remade.

#2 - We can't fix ourselves.  Mark 10:17-22.  Focus on the foolishness of the question "what can I do" to be remade and our inability to fix ourselves.

#3 - Jesus can and wants to remake us.  2 Corinthians 5:16-17.  Focus on the only true way to be remade - in Christ.  Special emphasis on not just God's ability to remake us but His desire to do so.  Only a great love for us can explain that.

Worship was great - led by Isaac Pitman from Apex in Dayton, Ohio - and I think one of the big strengths of the weekend was how well the theme came together, from music to media to message.

It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to adapting the sessions in to a series here at FBCCS soon.  I'll share with you what comes out of that on here!

- Tim B.


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