The Heart Of Relationships

This week might have been one of the favorite of the entire semester according to feedback from many students. Jonathan Pokluda of Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas shared his knowledge and wisdom regardling relationships with emphasis on our hearts in the process. Discussion on the topic has filled every table at meals and come up in many conversations throughout the week. One guy (Shawn Cash),  and one gal (Alexis Alston) have written a personal reflection of the week…hopefully this gives all you readers a little insight into the way that each group grew from the lessons…

Wow, this week has been one of my favorite weeks thus far, now I know that that is said very frequently probably but we just had 2 really great speakers come in this week!  On Monday, our mystery Monday, we had what Mr. Seth the Beast called a Sportzapalooza and it was fantastic!  The boys and the girls split and we boys played volleyball, but the greatest part of that day was that Coach Mike Singletary came in and spoke to us.  He spoke on his life story and he used his story to talk about community and staying strong in college. It was such a sweet talk! It was a big blessing to have the Coach Singletary come and speak, it impacted allot of people including me.  The speaker for the rest of the week was Jonathan Pokluda and his body guard (accountability partner) Connor lol.  JP spoke a lot on some key points about not abandoning  faith in college but a lot of his talk was on a topic that I think we all need to hear and people are afraid to give, but man oh man did I need it and it was sooo beneficial!  He talked on relationships, sex, and sexual sins.  The last day, Thursday, was the most impactful for me! Thursday he talked allot about sex and about getting stuck in sexual sins and the excuses we make to avoid being vulnerable and fixing the sins.  Something that really blew my mind was when he was talking about pornography and how it fuels the slave/sex trade, he moved on to tell a story about when the NBA All Star game came to Dallas the people who own these slaves, aka prostitutes, flew in 50,000 prostitutes to Dallas for this big event and the average age of the prostitutes was the age of 11… that hit me and hit me hard and almost hurt me, slavery is still here and is bigger than ever before!  The biggest thing I learned though was how to defeat those sins. The start of it is of course confession but I had never really understood the full magnitude of confession until he talked about it.  He also gave us a method to defeating sin after confession and after the enemy no longer has hold of this sin, the method was called ANTHEM: Avoid, say No, Turn, Hold, Enjoy, Move.  The method is such a big useful tool to me!  I can’t really describe what the Holy Spirit did today through JP to me but man, it was soo amazing and tremendous! Stuff I will never ever forget! It was such a great learning week!