Carolyn and I enjoyed being present for the Del Oro Division SAY Summit. You know that the event means Salvation Army Youth Summit and was formerly known as Youth Councils.
No matter what you call it, the young people had a great time in spiritual formation, worship, commitment and fun. Congratulations to the division for their good work and faithful effort. As best I could tell, the kids really had a good, spiritually effective experience. Hallelujah!
Now we are looking for results at the home corps. What will the delegates do now that they’ve been influenced by such an exciting experience. I’m believing for extraordinary results, both in their lives and their impact in the corps.
I thank the Lord for every corps leader who made sure the right kids were there.
Friends, let me go over the Message with you one final time— this Message that I proclaimed and that you made your own; this Message on which you took your stand and by which your life has been saved. (I’m assuming, now, that your belief was the real thing and not a passing fancy, that you’re in this for good and holding fast.) The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died); that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me. It was fitting that I bring up the rear. I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence.