Yes, but I will say why in a minute…
Our morning sponsor challenge was on John 3:30- “He must increase, but I must decrease” from Evangelist Tom “Double Barrell” Farrell. I appreciated and needed the reminder myself, that it is Christ–My knowledge of Him, my proclamation of Him and the resulting knowledge of Him that spreads to others that must increase. Too many of us are always pushing in our lives to increase our own selves–our reputation, our abilities, our wealth, our experiences–that we leave Christ out of the picture of our lives. When Christ is not in the forefront of our lives, He will certainly not be on the edge of our tongues and those around us will not hear about Him.
We may excuse ourselves by thinking, “At least they will see Jesus in us,” but a Christian that doesn’t speak about Jesus will simply not be a Christian whose life testifies of Jesus. He must increase!
Now, about your kids– they are a blessing. I prayed with a couple of the boys after the service. One said “I just think God might want me to preach.” The other prayed that his life would be lived for CHrist. I told him afterward his voice sounded just like his dad’s when he prayed (it was striking). One of your kids bought pops for two cabin friends to be kind. Another keeps his eyes on the speaker the whole time and I can tell he considers every word. The girls have made friends and encouraged their counsellor. One guy asked, “Can I sit out this game and learn a couple more verses?” Another one got a cheap shot in the back during a game and he responded perfectly. I won’t say they are all perfect all the time, but our kids represent our church, your family, and Christ well even as Junior Campers. Good job!
I meet with them all this afternoon to remind them to bring all of the luggage they came with to the van in the morning. Our goal is to leave about 9:00 AM, but that is always dependent on when the kids get packed, who wanders off somewhere while everyone else is on the van and who else leaves when I go find the lost sheep, etc. However, we will depart sometime, Lord willing, and shoot to be home by 12:30. I am looking forward to that as much as you are!
Great day today folks! We had a later service and I was spending some time with others, so I am quite late getting this up (and getting to bed!).
This morning’s breakfast was a little more normal: French Toast and sausage, though I saw a few kids with the “I look like a corn dog, but I am really a wheatsausage pancake thing.”
I got some good pictures at and after breakfast, but forgot the card again. Never done that before, but I did it twice. Regardless, I got some more pics during free time and such which I uploaded.
The morning service followed the theme of “Navy Seals: The Only Easy Day is Yesterday!” Mark addressed the kids not to be lazy in their spiritual life, but instead to have 1) an attitude of surrender (of their eyes, and mind), 2) An Aversion to Sin (you hate sin and love God and His Word), and 3) An adoption of Separation (from sin and from sinners). Mark encouraged the kids to love God and work hard to know Him better.
Lunch was leftover hamburgers and the old Cole-Slaw, plus fresh hot dogs, macaroni salad (another menu choice by an elderly person) and chips. I dove for the salad bar again.
The afternoon was filled with cabin challenges, Girls Swim time, and other free-time activities. The Sponsors had a cookout for dinner of chicken, and the aforementioned macaroni salad and cole-slaw, plus a great fruit salad. It was nice. I don’t know what the kids had, but I hope I didn’t miss the real corn dogs.
The kids played an activity—Boulder Football—while I was at the cookout, so I have no idea what it was. I hope they didn’t throw boulders though. I think they used a big ball.
Tonight’s message was by Hal Hightower again. His theme was to have a life that counts for Christ. He used life cereal as an object lesson and sprang off the text Mt. 16:24 , “Whosoever will save his life will lose it.” He encouraged the kids not to be selfish with their life, not to waste it, nor to defile it, but to share it with others and live it for God.
It is cooler here tonight, so we are thankful. It is about 65 degrees right now. I hear it is a bit warmer downstate! Sleep well tonight.
Oh, and I polled the kids– 14-0 in favor of the one’s who don’t miss being home. I don’t know if it is me or if it is camp, but they want to be here! I am planning to bring all of them home Saturday though, so don’t worry.
Nice and warm here today. Kids don’t mind too much and they seem to have had a good day today. I caught most of them at the cookout by the lake, which included cheeseburgers, chips, and cole slaw (tell me, do any of your kids eat cole slaw? The bowl seemed pretty full and I was one of the last to go through). They had chips and Capri-Sun juice too, so everyone was happy.
CoBeAc has expanded it’s waterfront significantly. I took some pictures of it for those of you who have been here. The beach is bigger, there is a deck, and they expanded the boat area around the corner a bit. They also dumped a lot of sand in the water so it the swimming area is bigger as well. They even got new kayaks and paddleboats which are nice.
Tonight’s service theme was the Army Rangers. “Leading the Way” is their motto. Mark spoke on “Leading the Way through the Roman’s Road.” He gave a straightforward gospel message. 1) Man’s Problem: Sin. 2) Sin’s Penalty: Death. 3) The Payment: Christ’s Sacrifice. 4) God’s Plea: Repent, Believe, and Receive Christ.
I could tell the kids were dragging after a long, hot day.
Tonight they had Funny Time (I will let them tell you about it!) and Their bonfire (they know how to build them big up here in the woods!), which concluded with a trail hike through the woods. No phone calls from the office tonight, so I think everyone made it back. I will be there at breakfast to check on them and I am available all night long if there are any issues. You all have good kids!
Pray they will get a good night’s sleep. (me too!)
Since it is going to be a late night tonight, I thought I would do a midday post for you–esp if you are starved for pictures. In our morning chapel time, Mark talked about “The Soldier’s Arsenal” for serving God. He began with 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 then branched off from there into more of a theology of the equipping for Christian life.
- The Power of God
- Demonstrated in Creation (Gen 1:1)
- Demonstrated in Christ
- Displayed throughout Scripture (Ps 62:11; Job 42:2; Lk 1:37; Mt. 19:26)
- He communicates truth through His Word (Jn 14:26)
- He confronts us when we are wrong- conviction
- He comforts us when we are hurting
- He controls us as we obey the Word
Following Chapel, there was an emergency drill information meeting, then the kids had some cabin time to learn their memory verses. It is wacky-Wednesday, so the campers are dressed in bright colors, inside-out clothes, and interesting hairdos.
In case you are wondering, they are making the kids take showers once a day–either in the evening before bed or in the morning. Trust me, they needed them!
They finished nap time a short while ago since it is a later night. Tonight’s schedule:
3:00- Watermelon Time
3:00-5:00- Guys Swim Time and Open Activity Time- Stores, Game room, Frisbee Golf, Climbing Wall, Crafts, Black Hole, Basketball
5:00- Cookout by the lake
5:30-6:30- Zipline, Game Room
7:00-8:15- Evening Service
8:30-8:50- Team Meetings
9:00-9:45- (Hope Its) Funny Time
10:00-10:30- Campfire/Singspiration/Woods Hike
11:00- Back to Cabin
Good night at camp last night. It looks like the storm that was headed this way has dissipated. The kids had a healthy breakfast of what looked like corn dogs. Never fear– it was a sausage on a stick dipped and fried in pancake batter! Frosted mini-wheates with bananas, apples, peaches and oranges were served as an alternative. (I had the alternative :-))
From today’s reading of Hosea 1-4, I would encourage you to meditate on Hosea 2:23: “I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will aslo have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they will say, ‘You are my God!'”
People say a lot of things that identify themselves and make a lot of boastful claims about their background, their ethnicity, their wealth, their positions, and their accomplisments.
What a privilege we have to proclaim the accomplishment of God– that He has made us His people who were not His people. He looks at us now and says “You are Mine!” We, in turn can look to heaven and say “You are my God!” Pray that, through the gospel, we will have the blessing of seeing people who now say to many other things or to themselves “you are my god,” say to the True and Living God, “You are my God!”