Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What a joy

We started the young adult's study a couple of weeks ago, and I have truly enjoyed it. There is something about that age group that Marie and I have a special love for, and for the life of me I can't really say what it is! Perhaps it is because those are some very important years for most people, as they were for me. Graduating high school, getting saved, going into the service, going to college, getting married, having kids, buying first homes, all of that took place for us during those "in between" years. So many decisions that are of critical importance are made during those short years, so for Marie and me, it is a joy to be able to spend time with people at that critical juncture of their lives.
We have a good attendance, filling up the banquet hall, and I am slow in wanting it to grow any further, because if it does we will have to leave the hall for the chapel, and I fear some of the personal feel that I have in the banquet hall will be lost in the larger space. Still, I don't want anybody who wants to be there to not be able to because of space limitations, so we shall see. 
One of the things I am enjoying is the time we are taking to answer questions. This is new for us, as most of the studies are simply closed with prayer, so we are getting used to the new format. Because of time constraints, I am not answering all of the questions that are being asked, but am going to shorten my answers so Marie and I can answer more questions. The questions are good, and I think it is something that needs to be done, so we will do what we can to accommodate more questions!
We will be leaving tomorrow for northern California, Mt. Shasta to be exact. A Calvary pastor friend of mine has asked us to teach at their annual couple's retreat, so we leave tomorrow out of LA. I am at the point of life that I really don't like leaving, and to be honest, we are so busy at this time that it is something that is a bit difficult. We return on Sunday night, and I will teach on Monday, then Wednesday, then we will go to the men's retreat, and then return to teach on Sunday, then Monday, and then will teach again at the Men's conference the following Saturday, then will be going to the Pastor's conference and will teach there. So you can see, we are pretty busy. Still, I would rather burn out then rust out (though I don't plan on doing either one!)
Anyway, tonight we have our study in Ezekiel, and it is a tough portion of scripture. I pray that it makes sense, and that we can leave these studies loving God more completely. I hope you are able to join us, and please make an effort to be with us this upcoming Sunday, as we resume our Truth Project studies Sunday night!


circleslash said...

Hi Pastor David! Miss your church! but mine is great too, here in Edgewood, NM. Ever guest speak out here in our little town?
Anyways, just wanted to say hi, I miss my old church, and God Bless!

SHALOM said...

hey Pastor david,

My high school sweetheart and I wish that we could attend the Monday Night study So bad. I hope it's being taped. My Hubby and I just had our fourth child who is only three months old. It's awsome to know that you care for our age group, especially because we don't have parents who are close by, or who are Christian. Marie is such a wonderful example to the younger generation, and I respect her very much. It's hard to believe that you guys travel as much as you do plus minister to our church. Praise God for HE IS OUR STRENGTH!!!!


Anonymous said...

Pastor, my husband and I are truly enjoying the S.O.S. study! Thank you for doing it. You are right about this age group being at a crucial decision making stage of life-- we are 28 & 32 and wish we would have gone through a study like this when we were first dating in high school.
We are also VERY excited to hear about the 26-35 year old group that will start after this study. We have been praying for Christian couple friends our age and at our stage in life (married with young children). Praise God we have found some through the Couples Ministry. The new study will bring more opportunity to make new friendships and strengthen our relationship with the Lord and each other.

Max Solis said...

Pastor David, just wanted to say thank you. I pray that God continues to use you in a mighty way, especially this weekend in Mt. Shasta (thought that was a soda, not a mountain- LOL!) I'm looking forward to seeing Victor Marx this Sunday and all we've got coming up these next couple of weeks. Annywhoo, I hope Marie is feeling both will be in my prayers. Take care & God bless!
- Max

Ericka said...

Hello Pastor David,
I barely found out about this study.
I am looking forward for next Monday, not sure if its scheduled because it is not in the calendar.

I attended the "A Sure Foundation" class tonight and really loved it.