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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What a wedding!

Hey everyone,

I hope things are going well for you this week. Thanks to all of you who prayed for me and my family as we traveled back to our former ministry in Fishkill, NY (about 6 hours away) as I officiated a wedding with two of my former students.

It was an awesome weekend as I was able to re-connect with lots of people that I had the privilege of working with over the years. It was very interesting as I rubbed shoulders with student after student and got caught up in the stories of mutual experiences we had together, that a common theme kept coming back to me. The theme was basically, that life is tough, life is full of choices, and if we choose to live our lives God's way we can avoid alot of pain.

That theme came screaming loud and clear to me as I ran into a student that I hadn't seen in about 4 years. In fact the last time I saw him he was about to be sent away to some juvenile detention center because of bad choices he'd made. I was so glad to see him, I actually didn't recognize him at first as alot can change in 4 years, but one thing I noticed immediately was how happy he looked! He was a kid that was always in trouble for stealing, or fights, or gang involvement or drugs or you name it, and there he was standing there in a pin striped suit at his cousins wedding...beaming from ear to ear because finally he was "clean".

I talked to him for quite a while and got to the bottom of why he was transformed. The bottom line was that he started choosing to live life God's way, and he realized he had been surrounded by a group of loving family members that never gave up praying for him. It was awesome to see him "get it".

His Grandma came up to me at the reception and gave me some more details on the amazing transformation in his life, and it reminded me again how important prayer is, as she told me that not a day went by that she hadn't prayed for him. She went on to thank me for the part I played in being his Youth Pastor, and I was just so thankful in that moment that God has directed my path as He has.

This student and I have alot in common, we both had opportunities to choose the wrong crowd, wrong direction, wrong things etc. but God sent people into our lives who prayed for us, never gave up on us and fought for us. As I stood there rejoicing with him at the changes I was moved to remember and thank God that Jesus never gives up, in fact never stops fighting for me because he has an incredible plan just for me.

All these thoughts were perculating in my brain this weekend, then I get home and I click on a link to a music video that was sent to me and viola there it is in skit form what I was feeling all weekend. Check it out for yourself, and realize that Jesus never gives up and is always there fighting for you because He loves you and has a much better plan than the hollow lies of the enemy! http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ee73e63418003b47d7d5

Have a great week!
Brent

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