These are all notes I took from their preaching.
Opening Speaker Last night was Bro. Mike Ray.....He opened with some funny statements and jokes to get our attention....he said "Lo Children are and heritage of the Lord"
God is talking about height!!! (you kinda had to be there...or be watching it live=)
I didn't get to see his whole message because we went to church last night but he mainly spoke on giving God your all. He used a great illustration to show us how much time in our life we spend sleeping, eating, getting ready, driving, etc. and that once you subtract that time from your life span...there's not a lot left to give Him. (so when God asks me for my all....He isn't asking a lot! After all, it is my "Reasonable Service"!!)
But then Bro. Ray pointed out...if you turn all those things into His service that gives a lot! Driving for a bus route, getting ready to serve Him soul winning, etc.
This morning I got to hear Bro. Chris Teft speak..the title of his message was "Walking With God"
"It's not the length of the prayer but the DEPTH!!!"
"Love God when everyone is watching, Love God when no one is watching!"
Bro. Teft pointed out that we all have "Tendencies of similarity" with the pharisees.
(Exactly what it sounds like)
We are the separated ones. (or supposed to be!)
"Your not separated just to be separated, you are separated because you will be more efficient in the use God has for you!"
The pharisees didn't have a purpose for their separation, we do!
We are all hypocrites! (Romans 3:23)
Don't ever forget where you came from! You may have come down a ruff road, but did you know God gave you that experience so you could help others down it later???
Don't criticize them, help them!
You ought not want to live a "pretty good" life. (which would be typical)
Rise above the Normal!!!
Trust God, he maketh No Mistake!!!
Bro. Ray then quoted this poem by A.M. Overton modernized by Adrian Vermeulen-Miller:
My Father’s way may twist and turn,
my heart may throb and ache.
But in my soul I’m glad I know,
that He makes no mistake.
My cherished plans may go astray,
my hopes may fade away,
but still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,
for He does know the way.
Though night be dark and it may seem
that day will never break;
I’ll pin my faith, my all on Him,
for He makes no mistake.
There is so much I cannot see,
my eyesight’s far too dim
but come what may, I’ll simply trust
and leave it all to Him.
For by and by the fog will lift
and all things plain He’ll make.
Through all the way, though dark to me,
He made not one mistake.
Don't be critical...GET ON WITH LIFE!!!
Be humble too, humility isn't thinking lowly of yourself, but not thinking of yourself at all!
Do right when its the popular thing to do, Do right when its NOT!!!
In conclusion Bro. Ray stated
"Just please God, He'll take care of the rest!"
Next was Bro. Stewart Mason
He preached a message titled with the theme of this conference...
"Will You Be the One?"
(each point was given with the illustration of when Bro. Mason was on a sports team...not really on it at first, just the unnoticed helper, then the one on the bench, then the player)
1. You have to WANT to be THE ONE!!
-you have to desire it more than anything, doesn't matter how unimportant my job is, as long as i am part of the team! I'll do what ever you want me to Lord!
2. You have to be READY when God calls you!
-Be ready when sitting on the bench, stretched and warmed up, because if you aren't ready the first time He calls, sometimes He won't call on you again.
3. You must be WILLING to do what He wants you to do!
-Don't argue with God!
As stated before, He knows what He is doing and doesn't make any mistakes! Trust Him!
4. You have to be willing to be the one to BE COUNTED ON!!!
-When your "game" (testimony, ministry, etc) is on the line are you the one that can be counted on??
So far i have really enjoyed the preaching and skits and i hope all my friends get as much as i have out of this conference!
Praying for you peeps!!