One3ighty Retreat: A Moving Weekend!

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“When God moves I move.” This statement was at the heart of the ONE3ighty Student Ministry Retreat this past weekend at Cranhill Ranch in Rodney, Michigan. I was so blessed to be the main speaker of the event. I spoke to about 100 middle school and high school students about how to get moving with God, about our “inner jerk” that pulls us off track and how we need to make a 180 degree u-turn towards Jesus. The students were incredible and so open to making courageous next steps in their lives. Here are a few cell-phone shots of the weekend.

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One of the great parts of the retreat was that I got to experience it with my six year old son Luke. Here he is just before I went up to speak on the first day. Luke was my prayer partner throughout the weekend. He prayed for me during my talks. I asked him what he prayed for and he said he prayed, “God, help dad remember his talk and have a good time!” Luke and I stayed at the Prayer Cabin which was surrounded by beautiful snow covered trees.

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Seeing so many teens worshiping was very cool. Brian Campbell and band were the guest musicians. They very talented and super humble.

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Here’s “what would you do for a buck-eighty.” Two brave students took on the challenge of being the first to eat two bananas and a can of pop. The leaders were amazing building energy for the students.

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There was great community among the leaders from many different ministries in central Michigan. Here’s a shot of backstage where Luke is entertaining the female leaders with his acrobatic skills on the exercise ball.

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Student ministry doesn’t really kick into high gear until after Luke’s bedtime. Luke crashed backstage about 10pm.

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Community Church’s Director of Student Ministries, Aaron Mora, did a phenomenal job leading the team. I was so impressed by the quality of leadership from all the different ministries represented.

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Luke trying out Archery Tag. Great game. He was the secret weapon of our team–since he was too cute to shoot.

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Luke trying out the Grissabella costume and flexing his muscles. This white dancing bear was sort of the mascot for the weekend. Pretty hilarious.

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It was a great weekend! On Saturday night, God moved in a powerful way and many, many students came forward to make personal decisions to follow Christ. It was awesome to see so many students praying with their leaders. On Monday, I read through the comments from our students about the impact the retreat had on them. All of them expressed a desire to live for Jesus. Aaron pointed out this great comment from a student, “Because of ONE3ighty, I am going to turn my life around.  Place others’ needs in front of mine, love more, judge less, spread God’s word.  I will fight through religious intolerance at my work and home to introduce people who are in desperate need to a loving Lord and Savior.

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