I have thought about all of the excellent sermons that we were able to hear at Resolved that I would love to share but I really want you to see the result of God’s Word and how it changes everything about life. Rick Holland began one of the sessions by telling the story of a young man named Ryan Gay who a week before the conference had gone to the doctor because of a very bad cough and was diagnosed with a very large cancerous tumor that was located in between his heart and left lung. Ryan immediately began aggressive Chemotherapy and was subsequently unable to travel across America to Resolved. Rick called Ryan so that we could all hear him and pray for him; upon Rick asking what we could pray for Ryan listed several things including his family, friends, and the conference and he never once mentioned himself. Of all the things that stuck in my mind after Resolved it was this when Rick asked Ryan how he was doing and Ryan’s reply was this, “God has shown me so much through this I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.” Of all the preaching and singing that occurred during the entire conference I think God was most glorified in those words. Life and the world look so different when Christ is your treasure. Oh that we would learn to treasure Christ like Ryan.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ Philippians 3:8