And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18
People. Connection. Relationships. The two-day D6 conference was rich with all three. Matt Papa, our amazing worship leader for the week, called it “drinking out of a fire hydrant.” He was right. There were too many incredible moments, too many powerful scriptures, too many moving stories to share with you all in such a brief summary. So, I will simply touch on some of the highlights that stood out to me . . .
Kyle Idelman. He is the well-known author of such studies as not a fan and gods at war. However, Kyle Idelman shared with us as if he were talking to his own personal congregation. We were all impressed by his skills to pop his ears and say the entire 66 books of the Bible in one breath. His message that morning centered on Luke 9:23, and he focused on three key words/phrases: if, come after, and deny. We were challenged to not only live this out but also to proclaim it to those in our sphere of influence. “What you win them with is what they are won to.”
Idelman spoke in the second breakout session that afternoon as well. He discussed the AHA principle from his book with the same name. AHA stands for Awakening (Conviction) Honesty (Repentance) and Action (Obedience). We were reminded of the hurting people in our church. In the place of brokenness and desperation, at the point of our greatest need, is when we often realize our need for the Savior.
Skit Guys. The Skit Guys provided comedic relief throughout the conference. They also shared their hearts and moved us to tears. They are two, genuine guys who are passionate about sharing God with others in a very creative way! I would have loved to invite them to a game night at our house!!
Dannah Gresh. “Parent-child connectedness plays a huge role in avoiding sexually related pain.” Dannah Gresh’s heart is for the purity of girls. She has written books and spoken into the lives of teens and tweens for years, but now, she feels God is calling her to an even younger generation. Over and over, we heard from speakers the influence of starting young, coupled by the admonishing that it is never too late to get started and do something. Gresh’s message focused on the Three Truths that Set Them Free: 1. My primary purpose is to glorify God. 2. My primary practice is to look like God. 3. My body is a living sacrifice for God.
Walker Moore. Author of the book Escape the Lie and Rite of Passage Parenting, Moore joined us the second day in the breakout sessions to share with us more about the orphan heart. The passion for this message was birthed out of John 14:18 when Christ tells the disciples that He “will not leave them an orphan.” Without a father (either physically, emotionally or spiritually absent), a child becomes an orphan with no identity, no purpose, no direction, no destiny and no life. But God has the power to change all that! Moore shared three ways to become part of a family—birth, marriage or adoption. God covered all three!
Sissy Goff & David Thomas. Two counselors from Daystar Counseling in Nashville, Tennessee, spoke to parents in our final main session together. Sissy Goff shared Two Most Important Mistakes Parents Make in Discipline: too much emotion and too many words. She went into further detail by giving us practical steps to being consistent. What really stood out to me was the admonition from David Thomas to “parent with emotion but not out of emotion.”
Brian Houseman. Author of such books as Engaging in Your Teen’s World and Raising Responsible Teens in a Digital World, Brian Houseman brought a close to our time in Louisville, Kentucky. I thought his conclusion was a perfect ending to the conference, as he pointed it all back to Christ. It wasn’t about the work that we do or the people that we reach or the songs we sing or the blogs we write. Our society has an all-about-me mentality, and before we do any work, we should be asking ourselves, “Is this because I want to promote me or because I want to make much of Jesus?”
What’s next? Throughout day two, I drank in the Word and encouragement, but I knew that the end was drawing near. What would happen when we all went home? How would this change our lives? Our families? Our churches? I thought of my husband and our four little ones at home. How does God want me to love them? How does He want us to parent our children? I thought of the women who are part of my ministry. How do I lead them? I thought of this blog, and wondered how does God want to use me? I wondered what the days ahead would hold for me and if in God’s strength, I could not only survive but thrive.
Before I ever reached my driveway, the “what’s next” question was answered in a big way. A very dear friend of our family, someone without whom we may not be here, had passed away. Death is not fair, and although he is in the land of glory, there are many wounded and grieving left behind. I thought back on the AHA moment that Kyle Idelman shared with us and of the countless others who are broken and hurting right now. And I know, I KNOW that God can do something with this brokenness. He can show us His glory. May my life, my marriage, my family, my church be a reflection of that–something far greater, something far better than ourselves.
So tell me . . . If you went to D6, what happens next in your life, home and ministry?? I’d love to hear from you!
I want to make much of You, Jesus I want to make much of Your love I want to live today to give You the praise That You alone are so worthy of
I want to make much of Your mercy I want to make much of Your cross I give You my life Take it and let it be used To make much of You
Much of You, Steven Curtis Chapman