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What is the Truth

We face a major problem in our world today. It comes from the claim that all faiths, all beliefs, all religious doctrines, all ideologies ultimately lead to the same destination. It's not what you believe, but how genuine you are in your belief that matters. I...

Oh what a friend..

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to reconnect with a girlfriend that I had not seen for at least 10 years. As we talked and caught up on our children and just life in general I was struck by the fact that even though we had not seen each other or really spoken...

Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover.

The Lord uses people of all shapes, sizes, colors, genres, etc.  We should never be quick to judge the state of another person's faith for any reason.  We're called to be who we are in Christ by Him and Him alone.  Each one of His followers play a role in the Body of...

watch your words

What gets on your nerves or really just gets under your skin? Parents, little brother or sister, teacher, and/or your friends? When I was a teenager it was all of the above and all the time. Matthew 5:21-22 (NLT) 21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You...

Faith Is A Journey

As you are all getting into the swing of the new school; a chapel that I did a few years ago came into my mind this week. I am an individual who enjoys being a part of any sport. I often in some way or another relate my faith journey to a sporting event. For example,...

How Full Is Your Glass? **Retreat Information At The Bottom**

Camp is an awesome place, isn’t it?  At some point during each week of camp during the summer, I think:  “Do I have to go home? Why can’t I just stay here with all of these amazing people?” As cool as that would be, we can’t live at camp.  We all have our lives back...

All in this together

Proverbs 27: 17  "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend" I have a devotion that I love called "Devotions for the Beach and the days you wish you were there" by Thomas Nelson publishing. For someone who is in land locked Indiana I have a great fondness...

Powerful Hands

Your hands have so much power.  They are amazing structures of the body - enabling skills like writing, typing, feeding yourself, dressing yourself.  But more importantly, they are connectors.    You can use your hands to reach out to feel the softness of a flower, to...

THE POWER OF A VOICE

A voice is a powerful thing!  We can use our voice to whisper to protect information from being heard when it is private.  We can use our voice to speak truth to guide and encourage others.  Most importantly ~ we can use our voice to praise our Savior.  When we speak...

UP ON YOUR FEET!

Get up and do something!   Don't be stuck, do something and so God can use it!  Especially as the school year begins, please - please don't just be stuck.  Do the right thing: include the awkward kids, give support freely, look past the physical appearance...  You...

EYES UP!!!

So here's a challenge for the new school year - keep your eyes up!  Make an effort to look around you and keep a look-out for options to be Jesus to those around you.  So many times we can get caught up in our own stuff: physical stuff (like our phones and our...

Back to School! Let’s do the walk!

Many of our campers and other members of our faith family and friends head back to school this week! Down here in Florida, School begins on Friday!  Let the countdown begin.  😉 I remember how this day made me feel.  It wasn't always as endearing as the first day of...

Fear No More

How often are you afraid? We all have things we are afraid of. Some of these fears are real. For example I have a fear of spiders and snakes. I personally hate it when I am surprised by either of those two things while working in my flowers or I feel something...

Be Strong in the Lord – Ephesians 5-6

Ephesians 5-6 5 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual...

Christ In Me – Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4 Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ 4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the...

Reckless Love of God – Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to...

I Am Who You Say I Am – Ephesians 1

In an age when people depend on instant electronic communication, it may be hard for us to understand or remember what it’s like to get a hand-written letter in the mail. It can also be difficult to think of a book in the Bible as a personal letter, but that is what...

A Time To Build (Friday)

20-21 But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending...

God’s There (Thursday)

2 He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.  He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent people you save me. - 2 Samuel 22:2-3 (NIV) 2-3 God is bedrock...