MONTHLY ARCHIVES: August 2009
A Little Bit
Read This Passage: Proverbs 15:15-18
Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure with turmoil. —Proverbs 15:16
IT NEVER CEASES to amaze me how relentless the media are when it comes to reporting on celebrities. You would be hard-pressed to find a news show that doesn’t devote at least a segment to the latest info-tainment story on the rich and famous. What’s the cause of this media focus? The answer unfortunately is supply and demand. Society wants to hear these stories. Did they break up? Are those two really together? How many times will she lose custody of her kids? We want to know! Camp is great because you don’t have to worry what’s going in the media. It’s your chance to get away from the “real world”.
As a youth leader, I asked one of the girls in my youth group if her friends get wrapped up in celebrity news and gossip. I expected (or hoped) the answer would be no. Much to my disappointment, her answer was “Oh, yeah!”
So why do we care? Society envies those who seem to have everything—money, fame, beauty. But “everything” without Christ is not everything it is cracked up to be.
Proverbs 15:16 has something to say about that. In God’s eyes, true prosperity doesn’t lie in things; instead, it lies in a focus on God and the things He values. The writer of Proverbs is quick to say that it’s much better to have a little and live in a way that honors God than to have all the treasures of the world and a life filled with turmoil. The treasures of the world simply can’t fill the holes in our lives. Only God can.
Think of the turmoil that these rich newsmakers—the ones in need of Christ—go through. Remember, there is nothing wrong with money, but it is no substitute for the fulfillment only found in Christ. You may have little by the world’s standards, but you’ll be rich in God’s eyes if He alone is your treasure.
Take stock of your life. Keep a log of the things you buy or the activities you devote your time to. After a few days, take a look at your findings. What does your life say you’re chasing: God’s treasures or the world’s? What changes do you need to make?
Take a look at Matthew 16:26 as you reflect on today’s message. How do these verses challenge you?
Lord, thank You for everything You have given me. I praise You for Your faithfulness.
Here’s one final recipe from the Crestridge kitchen for this summer…Pigs in a blanket!
1 can original crescent rolls
1 package cocktail sausages
Pam cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut each triangle into 4 smaller triangles.
3. Roll sausage inside triangle from the base to the tip
4. Cook about 12 minutes, depending on desired browness.
That’s all of the recipes for this summer. The cooking skill was a favorite and will definitely be back on the agenda next summer. With it will come new recipes for all you campers and camp friends to enjoy!!
Read This Passage: Proverbs 13:8-11
Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it. —Proverbs 13:11
A FEW MONTHS ago, I went to work for a marketing firm. The job was much different than they let on during the interview process. As it turned out, the owner of the company was using unethical techniques to obtain employees. He did this because he was able to make money off of people working for him.
In today’s world, many people don’t want to work to earn their living. They’d rather do whatever is easiest, even if it’s fraud or something that’s not quite illegal, but not right either.
In today’s passage, God told us that wealth obtained by fraud will “dwindle.” For months the owner of the company I worked for made a great deal of money through fraud and dishonesty. Then everything fell apart. The owner lost his business and his income.
In this world, there’s an obvious need for money to survive. But ask yourself just how important money and riches are. In terms of eternity, are they worth lying and cheating to obtain?
God has called us to earn our living, and sometimes that’s hard work. But He respects and blesses that. In the end, it’s worth it.
Father, help me make decisions in my life that reflect You. Keep me accountable for my actions.
Ever had mustard, relish, chocolate syrup, ranch dressing, flour and ketchup poured on you? Well, the chippewa campers and staff sure have…and that’s not even all the ingredients used!!
When we say messy, we mean MESSY!!!
The starter camp girls get to experience lots of the same things that would happen during a regular session. One of those things is the mudpit! The Chickasaws went over to boys this week to play in the mud and had a blast! In the “real” world, people pay lots of money for a mudbath, but I wager they don’t have near as much fun as our girls do! Watch the video and see for yourself.
Starter camp has begun and the summer fun continues for another week. Since starter camp is only half as long as a regular session, the campers don’t experience everything. But we try to give them as much of the full camp experience as possible. They participate in skills (albeit a bit differently), village activities and campwide activities. The campwides include campfire, sockwar, and this year…the newspaper party!!
Watch the video below to hear about it from Sharon and to see a bit of it for yourself!
Here’s yet another recipe from the Crestridge kitchen that is easy and tastes great:
Large Velveeta cheese
2 Cans of Rotel
Pam cooking spray
Armour Chili (optional)
1. Microwave cheese in a bowl (sprayed with Pam) on medium until soft.
2. Stir after 2 minutes . Place bowl back in microwave for 2 more minutes.
3. Spray a crockpot with Pam and heat Rotel on high for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and add microwaved cheese. Stir. Chili maybe be added if desired.
Another recipe to come in the next few days.
Free for All
Read This Passage: Proverbs 11:24-26
One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor. —Proverbs 11:24
AS I STOOD in that foreign country, my ears full of indecipherable language, my North American view on life began to deteriorate. There I stood, sweating in the 100 degree heat of the Nicaraguan jungle, reevaluating every idea I’d ever had about wealth. I thought I understood poverty, but I didn’t really, not until I went to Nicaragua and met people living in it. I was in the heart of one of the poorest countries on the globe, meeting people who had nothing. And it was there that I met some truly rich people.
In Nicaragua, I met people who -literally had nothing. Many didn’t know where their next meal would come from. Though most had next to nothing, they lovingly offered our mission team what they did have. These people who had so little wanted to give it to us, who had so much.
As Christians, that spirit of generosity should also characterize us. As today’s key verse says, when we give freely to others, whether we have a lot or a little, we gain. We have a peace that we know we’ve done what is right and satisfaction that we’ve allowed God to work through us. When we don’t give and know it’s right to do so, we only rob ourselves.
Father, renew my heart and redefine wealth for me. I thank You for all I have, and what I have, I offer to You.