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Good Times, Great Friends

This past weekend was one of the best I've had in a long time, and I've had some pretty good weekends. Ryan, Pam, and I put together the First Annual Sooners for Christ Alumni Reunion to happen over Homecoming weekend in Norman, which turned out to be a huge success.

I've been around quite a few of my closest college friends off and on since I graduated, but this weekend was the first time when all of us really relived many parts of the whole experience. If you know me, you know that my four and half years in college were some of the best I can imagine having in life. Now, imagine reliving many of the best parts of those four and half years' worth of experiences in just about 40 hours, and that's the life I lived last weekend. It's almost like a chemical high. We did a devotional on Saturday night where we spent most of our time recounting experiences that changed and affected all of us individually, and I eventually just had to cut the thing off or we would have gone all night long.

What's great is that we will be doing the same thing here in Manhattan this weekend with the Cats for Christ ministry. What's interesting is that a majority of the former Cats for Christ students that have been running and participating in the alumni reunions here are of the same general era of students that participated in the SFC reunion last weekend. Our ministries seem to have had very strong groups of students at about the same time over the last decade.

I think I've said this before, but I consider what I do every day of my life now to be somewhat of a tribute to my experience every day with Sooners for Christ during the first part of this decade. One of my goals as a facilitator of this ministry in Manhattan is that these students are experiencing the kind of powerful life-changing community of God that so obviously impacted the people I was with last weekend and the others that I will see this weekend who were part of Cats for Christ. And I really mean life changing. To hear the stories come straight from their mouths as we sat around the Green Room on Saturday night of entire lifestyles that were radically changed for God - real people connecting with a real God, not just good church kids getting into a nice college group - is a reminder to me that we are doing something real. Something truly worth doing.

Something that is quite literally changing the world.


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Blogger Alli - 8:15 AM

Glad we got to come, if only for a little bit. Thanks for putting it together!    



Blogger Gabe - 10:21 PM

So very sad that we missed it. Believe me, our hearts were with you. I hope you guys do this again next year, and, the Lord willing, we can make it.    



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