I am so excited about our new series How to Talk to God. Each week in September we will look at the Old Testament book Psalms. We will ask how does the ancient poetry apply to our lives today and what does it tell us about God. I hope you will join us at Hagan United Methodist or Daisy United Methodist this month.

This fall Statesboro First United Methodist Youth will be going to Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters for our high school fall retreat. It’s going to be amazing! We will be going during fall break on October 15th-17th. The cost is $150 and the due date to sign up is Sunday September 18th. Here are 5 reasons I am fired up about going back to the place we took our winter retreat last year.

#1 – The on-campus recreation activities. They have a 3 man swing, zip line, goliath swing, rock wall, foam pit, paint ball, a mountain to climb, and more. The fun never stops!

#2 – Rafting down the Ocoee River. Back in 1996 when the olympics where in the USA they went here to go rafting. Don’t worry we will be on the easier part of the water. I am huge chicken and I had a blast when I went a couple of years ago.

#3 – FOOD! Snowbird is the best camp food you will ever eat.

#4 – Worship and Teaching. I was blown away by how moving our time was with not only the teachers and worship, but also the small group leaders. They have a staff full of college age people who are ready to listen and pour into students.

#5 – It’s a high school retreat! We all deal with some similar issues, but this will be just for high school students. You will get to hang with people your age.

This is our first high school retreat and I am SO PUMPED! You should go talk with your parents right now about coming.

During practice today we discussed the story of David in the bible. Most people are familiar with the story how David, a small shepard boy, strikes down Goliath. It’s an incredible story of having confidence in God. But David’s confidence did not come out of nowhere. David is explaining to King Saul why he is ready to go fight Goiliath.

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised

Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. – I Samuel 17 34-36

David was ready to fight becasue he had confidence in God and spent time preparing by taking of sheep. I can image having to chase a lion down and beating it until it realeased it’s prey from it’s mouth. Even after that if the lion attacked David he would beat it to death. So you can imagine fighting another human…or giant was not a big deal for him. I encouraged the boys to enjoy this time as we prepared for our games. It is hard, and we will push but our hope is that our preperation will allow us to have Godly confidence once games roll around.

Plus most of practice was rained (well lightning) out but I feel we made adequate use of our time with a good look at our play book and some weight lifting. Unfortunately though my windows were cracked…