GYC 2011 Impressions

GYC’s focus on the Holy Spirit this year was something special.  I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true (this was my eighth GYC).  All the prayer after the evening meetings was really nice.  Everything really combined to touch hearts and to mend relationships.  The mending relationships aspect occurred several times for me, and it was a result of the messages that dwelt on walls and barriers coming down.  It reminds me of how reconciliation is pictured with revival before the fall of the latter rain in some of the writings of Ellen White.  Humility is very much combined with the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, it seems to me.

Psalm 34:18 – The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Recommended listening: Kameron DeVasher’s third evening message, Sebastien Braxton’s Sunday morning charge, and Dwight Nelson’s Sabbath sermon.  Oh, and I went to Roy Gane’s seminar on the Spirit-saturated life, the Spirit and the sanctuary, and the Spirit and the seal of God, and it was FANTASTIC.  The message on the seal dealt clearly and effectively with fears that people have about the judgment.

I was able to make a lot of great connections for ThisGeneration’s programs.  Different evangelism schools were interested in coming and helping with training at our programs.  Unfortunately, sometimes it felt like running around for the ministry detracted from the GYC experience.  On the plus side, there has been a whiplash effect for me in the sense that the blessings from GYC have caught up with me after the conference ended, praise the Lord.

Also, when a pastor goes to GYC for the first time to try it out, it might end up in a powerful sermon like this one at the Kettering SDA church last Sabbath by Karl Haffner.

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