MONTHLY ARCHIVES: May 2010
What about in your everyday life? As a believer, what does victory have to do with your day-to-day life?
Read Romans 8:31-39. Memorize verse 37.
What does this passage teach you about God and His love for you?
Of all the things in verses 35-39 that we think can separate us from God’s love, which ones do you deal with the most?
What steps will you take to let God’s love wash over you in those situations?
What do these verses teach you about how you should live your life? Do you have to be trapped by fear, sin, or persecution?
If you truly lived like a victorious Christian, how would it change your life?
Over what areas of your life do you need to allow God to have victory?
Life is hard. Tough times will come, sometimes because of what you believe. But you don’t have to be afraid. Your life should be defined by an overwhelming sense of victory because of what Christ has already done. If you’re a believer, you don’t have to be afraid of death, persecution, or anguish. Jesus has already defeated all of these things through His life, death, and resurrection. You can be strong and faithful in the middle of it all because your faith is built on Christ, the Victor.
SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL, popular, and recently engaged. And she was dying. Yet she still smiled, peace radiating from her. Ashley had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was 17, and last October, her battled ended. She was 23, and those of us in her church family still miss her smiling face now, a year later. If you knew Ashley, that smile is what you would remember. Ashley praised God despite the circumstances. Ashley knew it was God who gave her strength, ordered her steps, and held her hand.
Read Habakkuk 3:16-19. Pore over verse 19. What does it mean to you?
What was Habakkuk’s response to the greatness of God?
How do Habakkuk’s words reflect an acknowledgment that God is in control and trustworthy?
From where does Habakkuk’s confidence come?
Habakkuk listed hard things in his life. What are the hard things in your life? What steps will you take to rejoice in the Lord despite these things?
What does it mean that God can make your steps sure, like those of a deer?
Do you really believe God has the power to do that in your life? Explain.
Hard times come. Ashley knew it, and so do you. This life isn’t fair. Distress, disaster, stress, and terrible times can easily overwhelm us and leave us questioning our ability to stand firm in the faith. Like Habakkuk, we need to recognize that our strength comes from God alone. Only He can make us strong and steadfast, guide our steps, and write a testimony of His power in the story of our lives. Part of standing strong in the faith is realizing you can’t do it on your own. You must trust Him and borrow His strength.
WHEN HAVE YOU WANTED TO GIVE IN? When was the last time it seemed easier to give in rather than stand firm? In class? With a friend? While you were surfing the Internet or flipping through the TV channels?
Think about a time when standing up for what was right would have cost you something. Did you stand firm? What did you learn from the experience?
Read Mark 14:43-50. Ponder verse 50.
What happened in these verses?
Who is Judas, and what had he done?
What was Jesus’ response to the mob? How did it shame them for their actions? Why is it important that this moment fulfills the Scriptures?
What was the disciples’ response to the arrest?
What would your response have been in this situation?
When have you been given a chance to stand firm for Christ and run away instead? Explain. When have you stood strong? What did you learn in both situations?
What are some areas of your life in which you need to stand strong for Christ?
What steps will you take to turn these things over to Him?
Moments before, Jesus had been praying in the quiet garden. Then, a mob with clubs and swords and led by His own disciple, Judas, arrived. In the chaos of Jesus’ arrest, the disciples who’d promised that they would never leave Him ran away.
As followers of Jesus, we’re called to stand firm in the faith when it’s easy and when it’s not. And Jesus’ own life tells us there will be times when it is not easy, when deserting Him seems like the best option. Just remember that He stood strong in His commitment to save us. He has never deserted us.
Each summer, the Alumnae of Camp Crestridge come together for a weekend and clean camp like crazy. They come in on a Friday night, eat dinner and fellowship, then work all day Saturday painting, raking, spreading mulch, cleaning, etc. They finish the day with a beautiful campfire. Then on Sunday, they have Chapel and say their goodbyes. It’s really a mini Reunion so you don’t have to wait 5 years to come back to camp. We are so grateful for the work they do because it allows us to have more training time during Staff Week instead of spending the whole week to clean camp.
Here’s a flyer that was sent out recently on Facebook:
JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL WORK WEEKEND IN THE MOUNTAINS. MAINTAIN THE MEMORIES WEEKEND, MAY 28-30, 2010
BRING YOUR TOOLS AND GLOVES, WEAR YOUR GRUBBIES AND PREPARE TO BE A PART OF SPRUCING UP CAMP. LODGING IS AT THE CONFERENCE CENTER AND THEY HAVE GIVEN US A RATE OF $35 A NIGHT PER ROOM.
We are feeding you Friday night off the grill at camp. FREE MEALS at the Conference Center. Pizza lunch in the camp dining hall on Saturday-when was the last time you got to eat in the dining hall?? (We will purchase your meal ticket for Saturday and Sunday.) Remember, mileage, meals and lodging are tax deductible.
SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE We are only $4,000 short of the 2010 goal. Don’t miss the chance to make a difference in a girl’s life. Even the smallest donation will help.And, as always whether or not you can make it in person this year, we give you a chance to make a donation toward the weekend. We also ask for your prayers.
_________ Yes, I’ll be there
_______ I’d like to sponsor a worker for the weekend with a $40 donation
______I’d like to make a contribution toward expenses for the weekend
_________ I’d like to make a donation to the Arvine Bell scholarship fund
Please return by May 15 To: Karen Aiken 463 Ben Ave. Lilburn, GA 30047 or just e-mail email@example.com
TOP 10 REASONS TO COME TO MTM
10. Reconnect with old camp friends and make new ones.
9. Play in the creek.
8. Sleep in bunk beds at the Conference Center.
7. On the mountaintop, you feel closer to God and forget about the outside world.
6. Spend the weekend with people who “get” camp.
5. Spread mulch with 50 of your closest friends.
4. Brush up on your 4-square skills.
3. Shop at the camp store and add to your Crestridge t-shirt collection.
2. You don’t have to wait five years for the next reunion; it’s a mini-reunion every year.
1. Sing songs, campfire and s’mores!
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I told her that I didn’t know why she had to go through all of that, but that I did know one thing: God was with her in the middle of it.
Her response floored me: He is? No one ever told me that!
Read Psalm 46:1-3. Focus on verse 1.
What does it mean to call God a refuge?
How has God been your strength?
What does it mean that God can always be found during our times of trouble?
How have you seen that truth play out in your life?
When everything seems to be falling apart, why is it hard to trust God?
What do these verses teach you about God’s attitude toward the tough times in your life?
When you’re facing troubling times, from where do you get your strength? Is it God? Why or why not?
In today’s passage, everything seemed to be falling apart. But he didn’t freak out; he praised God, calling Him a refuge, his source of strength, and the One who can always help in times of trouble.
We don’t get a pass on tough times just because we have a relationship with Jesus. Trouble, opposition, persecution—all will come to believers. The power to overcome these things comes in knowing that God is your strength. He is the One who carries you through. Jesus is with you—in the middle of it all.
We want to send out a big Congratulations to this month’s Free Store Winner- Keller Anderson. Because of Keller’s wonderful commenting she will be munching on some yummy Peanut Butter M&Ms and washing them down with a cool, refreshing swig of Cheerwine- nothing will get you excited about summer quite like that! Keller is so excited about coming back to camp to reunite with some old counselors and friends, as well as see all the new cabins!
Keller will be enjoying life as a Choctaw this summer, and we cannot wait for her and the rest of you to get here! Remember if you want to receive a Free Store in the mail, all you have to do is comment and your name goes into the drawing. Summer is approaching quickly, are you getting excited?
A PASSING GRADE. Getting through your parents’ divorce. Getting tapped out for the Little Chief test. Winning a state championship. We all have priorities—things that are important or that we want to accomplish. A priority is generally considered to be the most important issue or your primary consideration. When you look at your life, what are your priorities? Why are these things so important?
Read Mark 14:32-38. Then, read verse 38 again.
What was about to happen to Jesus in these verses?
Why is it important that Jesus asked His disciples to pray for Him?
What were Peter, James, and John doing when Jesus came back to them?
When have you gotten distracted, tired, or become unfocused when trying to pray?
How do these verses help you to understand that prayer is important to God?
Prayer was important to Jesus, a priority even. Would you describe it as a priority in your life? Why or why not?
What steps will you take to make prayer a priority in your life?
Jesus was about to be arrested, tried, and crucified. He knew what was going to happen, and His response was to take His closest friends and go to a quiet place to pray. He obviously thought prayer was important. That it accomplished something. That it was vital to His relationship with the Father. And His closest friends couldn’t even stay awake to pray for Him, even after He had told them His soul was “swallowed up in sorrow.”
Strong relationships require communication. Prayer is our way of communicating with God. A strong relationship with Jesus doesn’t just happen; it takes effort. You have to take action and focus on the things that He says are important, like prayer. Prayer is powerful. Talk to Him today!