This month I started and recently ended the Sermon Preparation course in my AKSOM. I read the Choosing to Preach textbook about the different techniques of preparing a sermon and the basic principles of how to organize one. The next textbook I read will be at the halfway point in the certified ministers level AKSOM course.
God has been teaching me about resisting the temptation to sin, persevering, and to trust in Him more, during hard times and good. I have also been praying that He will show me to see others the way He does and to love others the same way. It was hard at first to show that I care for my enemies because I have always been picked on and made fun of. But I never stop praying for the people who aren't so nice and keep showing them that I will be kind even when they aren’t towards me. It’s not easy because there is that temptation to do the same thing other people are doing, especially from my peers.
Another battle I dealt with was seeing the good in everything when I was surrounded by things of the world. It was hard for me to see the blessings God gives me everyday because I gave in to my flesh instead of giving thanks to God. What changed was my mindset on how I view the world and how God wants me to view the world. A lot has changed since my internship and I see things better than I used to. I treat people like family and show them respect, even if some are rude.
- Corrisa James