Monday at Camp!

Welcome to the Homebuilders, I mean, the Junior Camp weblog!  I hope the updates will help you follow what your children are doing this week, pray more effectively for them, and just enjoy seeing and hearing about their week. I also hope you are challenged personally to lead your families more effectively, as you see what your children are learning from God’s Word.

We had a smooth trip, other than the normal rest area being closed. A McDonalds at the next exit was fine, and we made the rest of the trip without “incident.”  The kids were great. Loud, but great!  We pulled into Camp CoBeAc about 2:20—the same time as a storm rolled in. Nothing like starting off the week wet.

We got the kids unloaded, through health check (no lice!), and farmed off to their counselors. All the kids are in three cabins—the girls are all three together and the boys are divided into two groups with 5-6 of them in two cabins. I met their counselors and they seem like great young

Dinner was mostaciolli (however you spell that), cheese-filled bread sticks, mixed veggies and cake. Salad was optional (though not for me).  The evening service followed dinner.

Our speaker is Mark Herbster, long time friend from Bob Jones’ days, and faithful preacher of God’s Word. He is guised as ‘Major Mark’ again this summer. Last summer was a “boot camp” theme, and this summer’s theme is “Be a Part of God’s Special Forces.” I know the kids will profit from his ministry.

He spoke tonight on the theme: God wants you to be a Special Forces soldier for Him that will make a difference!  The Text was 2 Samuel 23:8-39, the account of David’s mighty men of valor.

Special Forces soldiers must be willing to accomplish four actions:

  1. Be Willing to Stand Singly (Alone)- The passage gives an account of a number of mighty men who fought even when others fled.
    • We need to be willing to stand alone against evildoers (Ps 94:16)
    • We need to stand alone even when all around are corrupt (Ezek 22:30)
    • We never really stand alone, for the Lord is with us (Ps 118:6)
  2. Be Willing to Serve Selflessly- the mighty man’s goal was not to promote himself but to serve their king and God.
    • We must be willing to lose our lives even for Christ’s sake (Mt. 16:25)
    • We must look out for the needs of others (1 Cor 10:24)
    • We must look out for other’s concerns (Phil 2:4)
  3. Be Willing to Submit Sincerely- Can we say that “whatever God says, that I will do?”
    • We must submit to God primarily (James 4:7)
    • We must submit to Christ as servants from the heart outwards (Eph 6:6)
    • We must have a submissive heart that fears God shown by obeying Him (Deut 5:29)
  4. Be Willing to Struggle Securely- we stuggle, and work hard, secure in God’s help, depending on Him
    • We must trust in God, not our own thinking (Prov. 3:5)
    • We understand a fear of man brings a trap (Prov 29:25)
    • We have peace when we rest in God (Isa 26:3)

This was a good exhortation for me to be reminded about– to be willing to do right no matter who does anything differently. To be willing to serve even when it doesn’t advance my agenda or popularity or wealth. To be willing to submit from the heart and find joy in doing so. To encounter the struggle, but do so trusting in God. Parents, if we would express to our kids when we do these things, we will exemplify our role as a part of God’s “Special Forces” as well– which are really God’s redeemed, grace-receiving, joyful people.

We had a lengthy sponsor meeting afterwards, so I didn’t make the activity. THe kids all said they were doing well, and seem to be doing so. They went to their cabins afterward. I will check in with them at breakfast, and the office knows how to get in touch with me at any time of the night if there are any problems.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve your family in this way!

Not to many pictures yet. I will catch some more tomorrow.


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