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The Steadfast Love of God

Hello from everyone here at UTA Focus! This Gif was made from our digital gathering last Thursday Night. I have had the opportunity recently to read through some more of the psalms and I was recently struck by the language of the "Steadfast love of God endures forever". Even as things have looked different than usual, I am convinced that the love of God is as with us today as it was a month ago, and his work, that is always essential, has not come to an end.  I thank God for the opportunity that technology has provided to us to still meet weekly, read and discuss scripture, worship God through song, and encourage the body. 
Since these shut in orders began across all of DFW, college ministry has certainly looked different. All of my appointments that used to be in person are now over video chat or phone call. But I don't believe that has in any way lessened the impact that Jesus is having on students lives. If anything the isolation and the stillness has caused our students to ask great questions about their identity and worth, as well as about their rights and their belongings. Even as our "kingdoms" may be coming to a grinding halt, God's kingdom is advancing as strongly as ever.
Our students are not only meeting together for our large group gathering, but  they are also continuing to meet one on one, and all of our cores are continuing as well. I have heard reports of how encouraging some of those cores have been for the people in them during this difficult time. Young men and women across the metroplex are gathering together online, to share life and pray for one another. Many of them are reading whole books of the bible together discussing topics like "What does it look like to rejoice in all situations?" and "How can I look to meet others needs above my own desires?" I have had conversations with students this week that are thinking through how to be a light to their families at home, and how to date well now that they are long distance, and how to use this extra time to spend more of their time relating to God. While some students are afraid during these times, one of the most encouraging things has been getting to watch and listen as their peers in ministry encourage them and remind them of the hope that we have of resurrection and of God's kingdom come. All of this is evidence to me that one on one ministry is having the desired effect. This generation of students is taking seriously their call to be the people of God in every situation.

God's work is always essential, thank you for your partnership in ministry, and for your time in reading this update. I pray that it is encouraging to you. Please let me know if there is any way that I can be praying for you and your family. Don't forget to read the testimony below. James is one of our UT Dallas Alumni and I'm so thankful to God for his involvement in our churches.

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