May 23, 2017

Meet the Author

Hey Everyone,

Today I thought I would do something a little different than what I usually write and let y’all get to know me a little bit! I just wrote 25 random facts about me so you can get an idea of the girl behind the blog post. 🙂 If you see a shared interest comment and let me know!

1. I wear reading glasses, but I wear them all the time.
2. I have a very diverse taste in music: everything from Casting Crowns, Joshua Radin, Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, instrumental hymns, Alabama, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, etc. 😀 *I told you it was diverse*
3. My favorite color is eletric blue.
4. I actually enjoy writing and never minded writing research papers in school.
5. Some of my favorite books of the Bible are Psalms, James, Ruth, and 1 & 2 Samuel.
6. My favorite place to go on vacation is Savannah, GA
7. I love listening to and watching thunder storms.
8. If I could go anywhere in the world I would want to visit Scotland
9. My favorite snack is Ritz Crackers (they are really good with Nutella on them!)
10. If I could I would wear jeans, cowgirl boots, and a t-shirt or plaid shirt every day. 🙂
12. I do web design
13. I was homeschooled for all of high school using the A Beka Academy video curriculum
14. I am facinated by Civil War, WW1, and WW2 history as well as ancient egyption and myan history.
15. Some of my favorite movies include Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibiblity, Remember the Titants,  Gods and Generals, The Sound of Music, Rocky IV, Hoosiers, and My Fair Lady.
16. I’m not sure of the exact date I was saved but it was when I was about 8 or 9 years old.
17. I hate seeing or hearing about medical things (blood, body fluids, needles, etc.)
18.  I am trying to teach myself to play the guitar.
19.  I am a big reader
20.  Some of my favorite books are: The Missionary Call, Heaven Taken by Storm, The Soul Winner, Hearts of Fire, The Crown and Covenant Series, Do Hard Things, and Peace Child
21. Most people know I play basketball, but I did actually play volleyball in the 8th and 9th grades. I probably would have continued if I had not hurt my knee in a game.
22. I like playing card games: particularly lier and rummy (probably the only two card games I know anyway.) Oh, and Uno! 🙂 I usually do prefer card games though over board games. It depends.
23. My favorite meal would consist of country fried steak, oakra, mac & cheese, and sweet tea (that’s not the most healthy meal and I don’t eat it often, but when I do it is good!)
24. There is no #11 on this list, but because I didn’t feel like changing all of then after #10 so I didn’t. Did you notice until now?
25. The only bracelets I ever wear are hair bands. 🙂

I know some of the things on that list are pretty random, but I do hope it helps you to know where I’m coming from and am just an 18 year old girl sharing my thoughts and I go through my Christian life.

My Experience at Summit’s Worldview Camp

Summit Graduation 2012

Hey everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share with you about Summit Ministries Worldview camp that I attended for two weeks. My time at Summit was probably the most important two weeks of my life. It was a great blessing to me and I hope as I share some of the things I learned It is a blessing to you as well!

I got home a week from Saturday (July 28th) from spending two weeks with 280 other students at Summit at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. At Summit I spent a total of 55 hours in lectures and open forums (Q&A with the speakers.) That is not even counting the hour of small group time I had every night.

For those of you who are not familiar with Summit according to their website Summit is “a Student Worldview Conference that is an intensive two week retreat designed to teach students how to analyze the various ideas that are currently competing for their hearts and minds.” Summit has been around for 50 years and today is viewed as one of the largest leaders in training and and equipping Christians in the areas of apologetics, worldview analysis, and social engagement. Summit has ten two-week conferences every year at various locations around the country. Their  locations include: Bryan College in Dayton Tennessee, Cedarville University in Cedarville Ohio, Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia as well as at their headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over 2,000 students graduate from Summit every year.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Me Sharing about Summit with my Church

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At Summit we had a total of 21 speakers, all of whom were fantastic! Some of the speakers that you may recognize include: John Stonestreet, Sean McDowell, Dr. Del Tackett, Scott Klusendorf, Dr. Jeff Myers, Dr. Ken Turner and Alex McFarland to name a few. At Summit it is hard to pick a favorite speaker because they are all so good! Most people at camp could choose their top three or top five but not a single person. My top five would probably be:

  • John Stonestreet- Is a speaker, writer, cultural commentator and collaborator on worldview initiatives. Mr. Stonestreet is also the host of The Point, a daily national radio program.  He has also worked with Summit ministries a the Chuck Colson Center for years.
  • Scott Klusendorf- Is the president of Life Training Institute and travels the United States and Canada training pro-life advocates to defend their views. He has also author of Pro-Life 101 and The Case for Life.
  • Dr. Ken Turner- Is the Professor of Bible at Bryan College
  • Dr. Del Tackett- Is the teacher of the Truth Project, he has recently wrote and co-hosted the television series Cross Examine which presents biblical worldview teaching through the use of real-life stories and is the executive Vice President of Focus on the Family.
  • Dr. Jeff Myers-Is the President of Summit Ministries. He has appeared on Fox News and other media programs. Dr. Myers has been described as being a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview.

There were numerous things that I learned at Summit that I could share with you but there were three main things that I thought I would share with you.

John Stonestreet and Me

One of the things that I learned at Summit that really stuck out to me was in our very first session with John Stonestreet. In his first session Mr. Stonestreet made the statement that, “No information is neutral; information has ideas” and also, “Every cultural expression communicates worldview ideas.” This was a big things because as he pointed out, everyone has a worldview, whether they know it or not, and we need to be careful to evaluate the worldviews (information and ideas) we are taking in because if we don”t we will accept whatever worldviews are communicated to us through things like movies, tv shows, books, music, etc.

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Scott Klusendorf

The second thing that really stood out to me were in Scott Klusendorf’s sessions on pro-life. He did not present the defence of the life of the unborn child by trying to prove abortion is wrong from the Bible because a non-christian would have no reason to listen anyway. Instead he rests his case on two points: What is the unborn? and What makes humans valuable? Is or is not the unborn human? He argues that if the unborn are not human than we can abort it and it is no different than pulling a tooth, but if it is the unborn is human we can not. He went on later to give us three questions to help in a discussion with someone about abortion. They are: 1. What did you mean by that? 2. How did you come to that conclusion? 3. Have you considered the implications of your view? Mr. Klusendorf told us that there were three purposes with these questions: 1. To gather information so you can accurately understand your critic’s view. 2.To reverse the burden of prof to the other person. 3. To show your critic must pay to high a price to hold his view. Mr. Klusendorf’s sessions were extremely helpful and practical in understanding and defending the pro-life position.

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Me and Dr. Ken Turner

The final thing I want to share with you was a big theme throughout many of our sessions and it was the idea of the metanarrative, the big picture of the Bible. Also, along those lines was knowing how we should read the Bible. Dr. Ken Turner dealt with these topics in multiple sessions. Dr. Turner dealt with understanding the metanarratice of the Bible being the: Creation, Fall, and Redemption and how we are to see this big picture throughout the Bible. He also dealt with how to read the Bible. Dr. Turner’s points on how to read the Bible were:

  • That the Bible was meant to be read in large portions at a time.
  • To be committed to the authorial intent (authors  original intent)
  • To understand the historical contest of a passage (details, occasion/purpose)
  • The literary context (structure, genre)
  • The theological context
  • Read the parts in light of the whole.

My time at Summit was probably the most important two weeks of my life. It helped me to better understand the beliefs and worldviews I will be and am being faced with. It helped me to understand how to engage with someone who has different beliefs than I do on multiple topics as well as having met some awesome people who I hope to know for the rest of my life. There have already been a few times where I have heard something after getting home and been like, yep we talked about that at Summit and discussed what the ideas and worldview behind that are. If you are able to go to Summit let me encourage you to do it. I think It would amazing if every young adult could go to Summit because I think it is so important that they understand what they will face in the world and are prepared to engage the world for Christ.

If you have any questions about Summit or anything I have mentioned above comment below or send me a message from my contact page! I hope this was an encouragement to you!

 

Introduction

Dear readers of haleydempsey.com,

What a privilege to be asked to post on this website with Haley! I wish to express my gratitude to her for extending the invitation to me. I have followed her website for about six months now, and I am really looking forward to writing with her.
I wish to say a few things in introduction to give you an idea of my vision, passion, and walk with our Lord, so you can know perhaps a little bit about me.
I was saved in February of 2011 after a long period of doubt and questions. God showed me the truth of His Word early one morning while reading the scriptures, including such passages as Psalm 51 and Romans 9. Since my salvation, God has developed in me a passion for global missions. Currently, it is my earnest desire to go to Africa as a full-time missionary as soon as my education is complete (about five more years).
Some of my Christian heroes include Charles Spurgeon, Paul Washer, David Breinard, David Livingston, CT Studd, Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, Eric and Leslie Ludy, John Piper, John MacArthur, DA Carson, Katie Davis, George Wittfield, Richard Wurmbrand, Gladys Aylward, Esther Ahn-Kim, and Helen Rosevera.
My favorite portions of Scripture (if I could limit myself to a few!) Might include Job 38-41, Romans 9, Psalm 119, Psalm 23, Hebrews 11, 1 Corinthians 10, John 19-20,2 Coronicles 17:14-22, Matthew 28, and the books of Proverbs.
In my free time, I also enjoy drawing and writing. Generally, I write historical fiction and base my drawings off scenes from those books 🙂
AS I said, I am really looking forward to posting with Haley! This website is a medium that I pray God will use to reach many people.

Your Sister in Christ,

Elizabeth
I am Forgiven–Romans 4:7-8
I am a Slave of Christ–John 12:26
I am set-apart–2 Timothy 2:21
I am a new creation–2 Corinthians 5:17
I am Biblically Feminine–Titus 2:3-8
I am becoming The Proverbs 31 Woman–Proverbs 31:10-31
I am a warrior against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil–Ephesians 6:10-20
I am being conformed to the image of Christ–1 Peter 1:13-20
I am a sinner saved by grace alone–Ephesians 2:8, Romans 5:8
I am a follower of Christ Jesus alone.

Big Scare With Peyton

Hi everyone, Wow! It was a crazy night last night with my brother Peyton. Last night he had a high temp and came into my parents room where my mom and I were talking out of his mind. When he turned to walk out of the room he nearly passed out, collapsing into the wall where he hit his head. When my dad got upstairs he was in the floor, disoriented and said he felt like he could vomit. When dad helped stand him up he started shaking involuntarily and nearly fell face first in the hall.  It was very scary. Thankfully our neighbor is a nurse and the EMT’s where here within 10 minutes. Thy think it was a simple fever and dehydration. Mom and Dad slept down stair, with him on the couch. Peyton is doing much better today. He seems to be getting over the stomach virus and just running a low grade fever right now. He is tired but seems much better this morning. Please continue to pray for his healing. Thanks so much!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! It is finally 2010! Time sure does fly. Tonight mom and dad dropped me off at MCA for a New Years Eve fellowship in the gym. The time spent there was very encouraging. We had a buch of food,-I didn’t eat much because I had already eaten- fun games, we watched Fly Wheel and heard an amazing testimony of a family and their love for the Lord. Their son was in a car wreck. His name is Joshua Cajuiuat. Josh and Caleb (his younger brother) were in a bad car wreck on Monday, Nov 30, 2009 at 3:40 p.m. They were one mile from home. Caleb was released but still very sore I’m sure. Josh is still in the hospital.  Just recently they moved him to his own room and his progress is astounding.  He is now speaking and carying on conversation… There is much more to his story. If you would like to know more go to http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=Josh+Cajiuat&init=quick#/group.php?gid=352039135480&ref=search&sid=1318034521.686925456..1   … on facebook. Please pray for him. The testimony of his family has been encouraging. Well, I hope that this year is better than the last and that God’s “Fire will fall” this year!

December Already?

Wow!! I can’t believe it is December already. Time has just flown by. It is hard to believe that in 26 more days we will be in 2010! I have been thinking about a new years resolution as that time comes nearer, and I think mine will be to try my best to not get hurt during any ball seasons! I’m really joking (I think.) Now, I can’t believe it is only 19 more days until Christmas!! I love Christmas time!! I love the music and the good times with family and friends! Every Christmas our family gets up, goes and opens gifts from mom and dad and each other, then we clean up all the trash and get breakfast going because then a little later, my Grandma and Grandpa Dempsey and my Great-grandma Esther come over for breakfast, then we open presents, after that we clean up all the mess again. Then after they leave a little bit later, we head over to my grandma and Grandpa Thurmond’s house where we eat lunch/dinner and afterwards exchange gift with them, us, and my aunt and her family. Then after playing over there for a while we come back home and play with our new stuff and put batteries in stuff and try to figure out how everything works! And that is our Christmas day almost every year! Well, make some comments and tell me how you spend your Christmas our even New Year! 🙂 Got to go for now, getting late!

Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving is finally here! For many of us we immediately think of  turkey, cranberry sauce, and dressing. But we need to remember that Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for everything in our life. Thanksgiving should not have to be a holiday for us to be thankful. We should always be thanking God for everything, including the difficult things in life. Thanksgiving is a good holiday to be Nationaly thankful, but we should always be. Now of course they turkey, cranberry sauce, and dressing are all very good, so be thankful for that and enjoy this Thanksgiving. Maybe I’ll do an accrostic or poem for Thanksgiving! 🙂

Favorite Singers/Groups

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all enjoyed this past week! I know I have! Today I was wondering what peoples’ favorite groups or singers were and why! Post you answer and learn more about others! 😉 I know mine is Casting Crowns. I like their music because it is christian and the lyrics to their songs are awesome as well as most of the tunes! I love Mark Hall’s voice and think their entire band is awesome! I think my favorite songs of theirs are East to West, Who am I?, and While Your Sleeping. Post your own thoughts! Thanks!