A couple of weeks ago I had the wonderful joy of being at the high school camp, Regeneration camp down in New Mexico with 900 high school kids. Just a delight, just a wonderful time, and I think there were four or five hundred from Grace Church and then others from other churches around the southwest. And I put together a message just for them, just going through some things in my reading in the New Testament, and the Lord kind of laid on my heart a message, and I presented it to them. And they responded very well. And as a result of that, Austin Duncan, who wields a lot of power around here--our high school...our college pastor now...former high school pastor--came to me and said, "You have to preach that at Grace, because you all need to know what your children heard at camp."
So I said, "Well if you think I should do that, I'll be glad to. So I'm going to do that this morning. Open your Bible to Matthew chapter 26, Matthew chapter 26.
Now one of the real delights in speaking to high school kids is they have the courtesy to talk if they're not interested, which lets you know exactly where you are. You don't have that courtesy; you look like you're interested even when you're bored to death. That's just kind of an adult thing to do. But the feedback from them was wonderful, and it was a privilege and a joy to minister to them for a few days down there. And I have to tell you, you ought to be very thankful for the ministry that so many folks have in the lives of your children and your young people here at Grace Church. The medical doctor that I was referring to earlier, Carlan, has served on high school staff and was there running a triage center for us at high school camp. It's that kind of a camp. It's pretty crazy. And delighted to serve the young people there with his formidable skills. So we are very grateful for the folks that are investing in the lives of the young people here in our church. I know in my own family, I'm deeply grateful for their influence on our children through the years, and our grandchildren....