Friday night started the whole weekend off with a bang. I mean seriously, when the matriarch of women’s bible study is the first thing you see, anticipation is all that’s left for the rest of the conference. How do you top Kay Arthur?
She was real and relevant and FUNNY. This was NOT your momma’s church service. I am currently involved in one of her inductive precept studies at a church here in Austin. Obviously, I didn’t make it last week. I almost can’t wait to walk in tomorrow afternoon and be asked where I was. The answer is still formulating in my mind. Sarcasm is an art form, you know. 8^)
The theme for Friday night: “REST is the activity of faith for this anxious moment, this trial, this test, this tribulation. **Hebrews 11:1-3, 12:1-2**
Saturday morning started around 7:30. My first thought as Connie and I walked into the arena was “I wonder how many gallons of coffee the concession people had to make for 9,000 people.”
Hey! It was early. That’s where my mind goes and to be completely honest, I’m still curious.
When the program started on Saturday the first thing we were treated to was…
BETH MOORE RAPPING!! Oh yes she did! And she was good, y’all!! Even Kay got her groove on. Girlfriend was gittin’ jiggy. And you see that little guy there in the middle. That’s one of Priscilla’s kidlets. Look up “cute” in the dictionary. This little guy’s picture is right there…along with his brother.
His mom is who started off our day. I had never seen Priscilla Shirer speak and had never read any of her books so I had no idea what to expect. The one thing I did know was that, if she was hangin’ with this bunch, she was a force all her own.
I was right. It doesn’t happen often so remember that. She was animated and visual, real and relevant. I now have a list of books and studies I’d like to do by this woman. She will definitely be a favorite going forward. The woman can make her point. If we walked away with anything from Priscilla’s message it was that no matter what we can imagine God doing, He is able to go:
“exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond beyond anything my mind can imagine”. **Ephesians 3:20-21**
Saturday afternoon crowned the event with Beth Moore. Would you believe it…not a single hair story?
At this point I believe she was telling us how she and her staff had been “punked” not too long ago. Which is funny…kinda, but it spiraled into probably the most relevant message of the entire weekend. We desperately need to obtain and exercise some level of discernment. Especially in today’s world when we are bombarded with information over the internet and through the media without any research to back up what we’re being told. Blindly believing what we’re told and what we read and refusing to question it, either because it sounds good or like what we already believe or because we don’t want to “judge”, is without a doubt the most dangerous position we can put ourselves in right now.
Throughout the weekend, we were treated to the voice of Travis Cottrell. What an incredible, almost otherworldly voice. More than once, when he took to a solo, the rest of the arena fell silent and just listened. Here is just a taste:
I think Connie summed up the weekend beautifully when she said: “If you ever get to go see one of these teachers......Kay Arthur, Beth Moore, or Priscilla Shirer or even better yet if they bring Deeper Still to an area near you...........RUN to it as fast as you can. You'll never regret it.”