Revival hopes to ignite faith

During a Wednesday chapel in January, Wes Hamilton, a teaching pastor at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, captured students’ attention as he humored the audience while speaking of Christ’s love.

“In any relationship, in any commitment… you have to know, in advance, everything that’s involved in that relationship,” he said.

Hamilton encourages students to understand what is required and expected in all relationships.

“And your faith, your relationship with Christ, is no different.”

Ready to visit the campus and speak to students again at Revival — the university’s spring tradition held under the big white tent — Hamilton expressed his excitement for the upcoming event during a luncheon with the Revival steering committee.

The committee learned more of Hamilton’s passion for the Lord.

One of Revival’s co-directors, junior elementary education major Rebecca Widmer, finds Hamilton “intriguing”.

She said, “One thing that really stuck out to me was that he was so real with us. He had a great sense of humor and was able to inspire us in a way that was encouraging.”

By asking committee members why they are passionate about Revival, Hamilton made the group feel comfortable.

“He wanted to get to know each of our hearts on a deeper and personal level,” Widmer said, “Some of the things he challenged us with will really allow us to think about this commitment.”

Unraveling truth, Hamilton wants people to know “by following Christ you must understand, that you’re basically signing a blank check with your life…. You have no idea where this may take you, what He may do with you, or ultimately, what this will cost you.”

This year’s revival theme is based on Jeremiah 24:7, “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord.”

Open to the community, the event is held March 22-24 at 7 p.m.

Adviser, Dr. George Loutherback is eager for Hamilton’s return.

“He already has sort of a pulse beat of our campus,” Loutherback said. “Because he was here, he encountered students at Chapel, and at the luncheon he kind of got to know where we are spiritually and what our needs are.”

Loutherback scheduled him to come to Chapel for those particular reasons.

“He is fired up about coming here and already feels a connection between us, and that’s what excites me,” Loutherback said, “I don’t just want to have somebody coming in from wherever and doesn’t know who we are.”

He believes Hamilton “has a good heart and is a good person” to be spiritually interacting with college students . The message Hamilton feeds is the same to any one, and his ability to connect with whoever is rare.

“He’s very balanced,” Loutherback said, “I think he can walk over to the gym and talk to the jocks, walk to the music school and talk to the piano players all in one day and still communicate with them.”

The steering committee is ready to see what God has in store for Hamilton as well as the band, Dutton, each night of Revival.

Widmer said, “My prayer is that God will bless him as he prepares for Revival and that our hearts will be receptive to what God has to say through him.”

Author: Andra Holbrooks

Andra is a senior Mass Communication/Journalism major from Aledo, TX. She is the Features Page Editor for The Bells. Andra loves spending time with her family, roommates and friends. Although her time at UMHB will soon come to an end, she will always hold the Crusader family dearly in her heart. Her adventure of becoming Features Editor for The Bells began in 2008. Being a writer was not a profession she ever imagined pursuing, but she is thankful for the opportunity God has given her to do so. She enjoys page designing and writing feature stories. After graduation in May, she hopes to use her degree by working for a magazine or reporting for a news station.

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