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Not the light, only a witness

 John 1:1-8 "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light." Ministry, especially college ministry, can be full of high's. Fun times, great conversations, and getting to watch in real time as people make decisions to follow Jesus. Baptisms, and worship nights, fellowship, and bible studies. And all of these moments have largely been what the last 6 years of my ministry at UT Arlington have been made of. But what happens when a pandemic arrives? When you can't gath
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The Leaders of Tomorrow

 Hello Friends and Ministry Partners, Today I want to highlight some future leaders that are coming out of the ministry at UTA, graduating, and moving forward to the next stage of their lives. I also want to ask for your help in praying for wisdom as we make decisions about who from the next generation of students should we invite to take their place as leaders in our ministry! I got to take a retreat last week with some of the guys from UTA Focus who are considering starting the FOCUS Apprenticeship in the fall. Jalen Quintana in the pink hoodie is my co-pastor over the mens ministry at UTA, the others from left to right are Cole Benge, Matt Carothers, Austin Nelson, and Taylor Bass. Each of these guys have been key pillars in our ministry as they have led core groups and personally discipled so many younger men all while being discipled by Jalen and myself. If they do get to start the apprenticeship in the fall then they will spend half their time taking seminary level courses on scr

End of the Semester; Gratitude

 Finals week has come to a close and our students are largely headed home for the holidays. God has been so good to us this semester. Not only were we able to meet and reach as many students as we do in a usual year, we also got to see God move in the lives of the individual students that your gift impacts. As the semester has come to a close I wanted to highlight a couple of those students and share with you the gratitude that they have expressed towards this ministry. The first student I wanted to tell you about was Taylor Carver. I met Taylor about a year and a half ago at a UTA event called Waffleopolis. I told him about FOCUS and all of the events we were having that week in order to reach students. I mentioned, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Candy Poker, and I also mentioned our small groups called Cores. Sometimes college students will want to hear all about the fun events we've got going on and might be willing to come check out our bible studies. But Taylor immediately want

Keep Focus Growing

Wow wow wow! Today is Giving Tuesday and you can help Keep Focus Growing by making a special contribution today. This year we are inviting people to pave the way for not only this generation to know Jesus but for all of the college campuses in DFW to be known as a place where disciples are made and people can experience the love of God for generations to come. Will you join me in giving today towards that vision? Everything we raise today will be MATCHED dollar for dollar by some of our generous ministry partners, up to $42,000. Also, starting at 7AM, Facebook is matching 100% for the first $2 Million, and 10% after that until they reach $5 Million. So all or part of your gift could be matched TWICE by giving today! https://www.facebook.com/donate/1050987058753315/?fundraiser_source=external_url Thank you for your investment in college ministry! Because of you hearts are being turned to God each and every day.

Hearts Turned Towards God

 God is so good! This months blog will be short but jam packed of good news. This year more than any other year since we have gotten started we have had an influx of students join our ministry who were previously opposed to, or passive in, a relationship with God and who have now become convinced in their hearts that Jesus is Lord and are determined to live their lives for him. Connor is a new guy in our ministry this year who came to college skeptical of Christianity. So skeptical that he says in high school he used to debate people who believed in Jesus and convince them that God was not real. This year he said he made friends with several guys in our ministry. Taylor Bass and Jalen Quintana invited him to play spikeball. As he put it, he found friends first and then he found God. At the same time that he joined a core and started doing a one on one bible study with one of our corefas, Taylor Bass, he also met several other campus ministers from several other campus ministries. He be

Cores and More

Hello friends! It's been a great second month of the school year. I continue to see God at work as all of the new students that first became interested in checking out focus a month ago have already begun to join cores, build friendships, and even consider this community to be their own as we all seek God together.    This semester we changed how we do our Thursday Night gatherings. We used to do 30 minute sermons and include worship and community sharing every time we got together as a large group. But we decided with the unique situation that COVID is that we should limit praise through song and make more room for teaching. So we changed our name for what we do on Thursday's from "Thursday Night Fellowship" to "Deep Dive" and all semester we've been going through the gospel of Mark in hour long teaching times. I got to preach through the first 5 weeks. If you want to take a listen to one of those you can do so here!  https://www.twitch.tv/videos/751120

God Continues To Amaze

 Hello friends, The last two weeks have been like nothing else I've ever experienced in ministry before. With restrictions from the University on where we can meet and how many people can be present we knew going into the two weeks of Maverick Stampede that we would not be able to operate like we usually do. There would be no pajama dance party to attend, or candy poker night to invite people to, or a waffleopolis to be overwhelemed by with the amount of people who come to that event just to eat one free waffle. None of those would be happening like they have in years past. In fact we weren't even sure how many students would be on campus. And with all of this uncertainty and our unability to rely on strategies we've used to reach the campus in the past, there was anxiety for us and for our student leader team. What would college ministry even look like this year? How could God possibly work with so many restrictions impeding our efforts? Well, good news, God is not impeded