Friday, August 07, 2009

Pastor Conference Recap

We finished up our "Building Biblical Marriages" conference today. As far as my participation, I spoke twice, Wednesday and Thursday. My message was too long for one day, so I made it a two part series! The title was "How being Satisifed in your Spouse glorifies God!" Anyone who reads John Piper will instantly recognize that I "borrowed" from his wording and even more his teaching of the Word of God. His most "famous" phrase is: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. The more I think about it, the more true that statement becomes, especially when it is applied in a marriage relationship.

Anyway, it was a great time to be challenged by some great speakers from both America and from Zambia. In addition, it was great to reconnect with pastors that are not in our programs. And, the worship can't be beat. This conference I had one of the pastors help me translate all the Bemba songs so I could not only know what they are singing but also what the words meant.

A couple of cool things happened: On the first day, a pastor from a conference I did last year came up to me as I greeted him and said, "Tenga, Chita, Onassessa, Manga! See I remember!!!" These are the Nyanga words for the words we use for inductive study. Another pastor was very encouraging as he introduced before I spoke by saying that my teachings on inductive study and expository preaching have been very impactful and people still talk about those conferences. I share that mostly because I want you who pray and support us to be encouraged that God is encouraging pastors here through our ministry and you are a big part of it. I was encouraged and I want you to be as well. Our labor is not in vain. Thank you for all your support and prayers!!!

I included a short highlight video to let you see what what went on during the conference. I would encourage you to watch it if for no other reason than to see my wife singing with the other Action ladies...

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